6’1 Jaleel Smith (Carolina Wolfpack)

Given everything he’s already done at the varsity level, it should come as no surprise to see Smith listed here. He played with the Carolina Wolfpack and looked utterly dominant throughout the weekend. Smith is already a very advanced player with the IQ, skillset, and natural instincts to cause a ton of problems for the opposition. He scored however and whenever he desired, yet made a clear point to create for others and set up his teammates at a high volume. Smith also possesses great feel defensively and forced turnovers on a regular basis. He controls the game as a floor general and should easily be among the most productive freshmen in North Carolina.

6’7 Chase Smith (Ed Cota Elite)

It’s uncommon to see post players in middle school with a real combination of feel, fluidity, and skill, but that’s a massive part of what separates Smith from his peers. In terms of physical attributes, he already possesses strength, long arms, and quality athleticism. Smith can comfortably operate around the basket and utilize his touch to finish. He displays nice footwork and a natural nose for the ball as a rebounder. Smith plays well through contact and is capable of spacing the floor or attacking from the perimeter. In terms of tools and ability, Smith has the makings of a high-level prospect.

5’10 Draeton Nance (Team FLY)

Seemingly every time we watch Team FLY perform, without fail, Nance finds ways to stand out as a leader. On one hand, the production is undeniable. However, his communication, motor, and unselfishness allow him to set the tone in a myriad of ways. Nance is a smart, team-oriented player who is comfortable dictating the offense, creating for himself and others, and scoring from all levels. He makes the right play with a high level of consistency, yet knows how to properly assert himself as a highly efficient scorer within the flow of the action. Nance is a terrific defender and rebounder who brings effort and intensity to every possession.

6’0 Noah Dulin (Team FLY)

His brother and backcourt mate, Dulin, continues to showcase a lot of appeal. He’s a smooth lefty with solid vision, athleticism, and a terrific shooting stroke. Dulin is a useful creator off the bounce, displaying the ability to create for himself and others, but also poses problems for opponents without the ball. Dulin finishes well around the basket and plays effectively through contact. He utilizes his length to involve himself as a defender and rebounder. There’s still a lot of upside remaining, but it’s easy to be impressed with Dulin.

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