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School: Fayetteville Academy

AAU: LBA Thunder

Height: 6’0

Class: 2019

 

 

Strengths

  • Height is one of strong attributes , although he doesn’t tower over opponents, E.J is a player that has solid size for the guard position, at 6’0 with a decent wingspan he can cause some deflections and make things difficult for smaller guards. Offensively he doesn’t have to deal with height differential issues too often so his height is definitely a positive. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to see this youngster grow an extra inch or two before it all said and done.
  • Scoring the ball is another attribute that he has that impressed me, as of now I would define him as a slashing type of guard. When he gets hot from three point land, he can knock down a good amount of trey balls but where he has been the most impressive is attacking and finishing around the basket. He has the ability to finish in traffic as well as around and under out stretched arms of opposing big men, so basically we could define him as a crafty slashing scorer.
  • Coachability is another strong suit for this young man, no matter what is going on he doesn’t snap back at coaches or teammates, he takes suggestions and applies them. Also we must acknowledge his work ethic, he puts in a good amount of time in the gym working on his craft and simply trying to get better each and every day. Overall he’s just a nice kid who is very respectful each time you see him and seems to be a guy that will be beneficial to a squad with team unity.

 

Areas for Improvement

  • His body still needs more muscle added to it to be able to embrace the contact at the next level, he’s young and still has time to add weight so it’s no need to worry. However there were some occasions where he was unable to finish a play in the paint due to contact from a larger/stronger opponent.
  • Knocking down the trey ball with consistency is another area we feel he can improve, as of now he would defined as a ‘‘streaky shooter’’ but with the amount of time he puts in the gym we are sure that his shot consistency will improve.
  • Ball handling is the final area that I would love to see him focus in on, he’s not a bad ball handler but he tends to dribble soft and high at times instead of dribbling harder and lower to the ground. At the high school level it does not cause major issues but at the college level it would lead to turnovers.
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School: Trinity Christian

AAU: Fayetteville Magic

Height: 6’2

Strengths

  • Plain and simply put Deumbre has one of the highest motors that I have seen from a youngster in years, he plays the game with a chip on his shoulder and will go at anyone regardless of height. There have been countless times that I’ve watched him and seen him : dive on the floor force loose ball, force tie up just by his hustle, chase down opponents for blocked shots and taking charges. No matter what you can know one thing for sure about this young man, he’s going to play his heart out and the fans will love him for it.
  • At this point he’s somewhat of an undersized forward, he spends a lot of time inside the paint and at 6’2 you would figure that would make him a mismatch for opposition. This is far from the case as he plays much bigger than his height suggest, he uses his athletic ability and strength to outwork much bigger players inside for rebounds and put backs. In the end this all helps to be a more versatile player for his squad as he can play the Wing position or inside on the block or at the high post. On defense he guard just about every position on the floor, he has the lateral quickness to defend guard and the grittiness to bang inside with bigs.
  • Over the last year or so he has improved scoring the ball as well, he’s knocking down the outside shot with more regularity which causes the big men that are guarding him to have to come out on the perimeter. He finishes well inside the paint even though he’s shorter than most players, and he has an outstanding ability to finish thru all types of contact inside.

 

Areas for Improvement

  • As stated earlier he’s somewhat undersized for a college level forward and most levels, so perfecting his guard skills is the key. He already has improved his shot so the next step for him is to perfect his ball handling skills and understanding the proper reads out of pick and roll situations.
  • Playing honest defense is another attribute that I feel he can improve, he has outstanding lateral quickness and is athletic so there is no need for him to reach for steals or swat at the ball for blocks. All those habits can lead to foul trouble at the next level as the game is called much more closely and less physical contact is allowed.
  • Lastly he must remember to stay locked in when the game is going on, he plays the game hard and the fans always love so it’s easy to get distracted even when the game is going on. If he stays locked in and focused on the task at hand he’s a huge factor for his team on a nightly basis.

School: Freedom Christian

AAU: RAID Nation

Height: 6’3

Class: 2019

Strengths                   

  • He’s known for his ability to score the ball, especially shooting, throughout the high school season and even into the AAU season he had bigtime scoring number knocking down a high amount of trey balls. His release on his shot is pretty quick and he has a good idea of what a good shot vs a bad shot is, which leads to him have a nice shooting IQ. His range on his shot is impressive as he can knock down shots from near NBA range and once he gets hot from deep it can be a long night for the opposition.
  • Athletically he has the ability to finish above the rim offensively and make plays protecting the rim defensively. He may not be a player that ‘‘jumps out the gym’’ but when you combine the athleticism that he has with his height and length, it gets the job done.
  • Which brings us to our next attribute which is his size and wingspan, at 6’3 with a nice wingspan, he fits the mold of a college guard at the D2 level without a doubt. If he grows some more and hits about 6’5 then that could be a level change for him prospect wise. With the combination of his height and length he has the ability to guard the PG and SG spot and some situations even slide over and guard and undersized SF. He does a good job of rebounding the ball as a guard and getting it out into transition or to the PG to get things going for his squad.
  • The final attribute that we love about this young man is his character, he’s a great kid that is very coachable and handles his business on and off the court. He’s very respectful and is a player that a university will benefit having on campus not only on the court but in the classroom and in the community.

 

Areas for Improvement

  • At this point he is a player that we would consider a very good shooter, the next step for him to become a higher level shooter is more shot consistency. He’s had game where he’s knocked down 10 treys and others just 2, the key for him will be to shoot with the exact same form each time and staying confident in his shot.
  • At his height for the next level he is decent size for a SG but it is highly likely that he will spend some time playing the PG spot. He has decent ball handling skills at this point but goes to his right much more than he does to his left which will need to be balance out more as the competition level gets higher. Some more time focused in on perfecting his ball handling skills will only make him that much more of a dangerous player.
  • Lastly is adding muscle to his frame, right now he’s somewhat slender for a college prospect and will need to add muscle to be able to absorb the contact at the next level. Consistent time in the weight room can help him with this as well as pushup and other natural muscle building activities, he doesn’t necessarily need a ton of muscle mass but adding lean muscle would be beneficial.

These days in the high school basketball world, there are certain players that are highly publicized and people already know about prior to their senior year of high school basketball. They have coaches like Roy Williams and Coach K sitting sidelines throughout the summer watching them as well as ESPN guys who checked them out having them ranked in the Top players in the country in their respective class. The media flocks to these guys normally and getting an interview with some of these players is just about as hard as getting an interview with certain NBA players. However there is another group of players, who don’t have a ranking, may not be watched by the biggest schools during the summer and their following is limited to the local fans in their city.

Over years as a scout I’ve seen this numerous times, the unknown player that many has overlooked gets his chance to finally shine and now folks know his name. Well this past year we had a few young men that had this happen to them, the first that will be highlighted is Isaiah Washington from St. Raymond’s HS in New York, also known as ‘‘Jelly fam Dimes’’. In the NY area he was a very well-known young man, at just about every park he plays at fans stand on the sideline and rush the court when he does one of his signature finger roll layups. However  many people outside of the NJ/NY area had no idea who this young man was, I can tell you first hand living in North Carolina people looked at me like I was strange when I mentioned his name to them.

Well this summer he changed that for sure starting with impressive performances during AAU season on the Under Armour circuit and during the NBAPA Top 100 Camp where he was second in the camp in assist per game at 4.7. Follow that up with a very good showing at the CP3 Elite camp where NBA players, College player and some of the top high school prospects all went at it. Those performances alone sound like an impressive summer but Isaiah saved the best for last when he returned to NY for the Under Armour Elite 24 Game, which was a game that was not even originally selected to be in. Once the game began you could hear the fans getting excited every time he touched the ball, although the first few shots didn’t drop we already knew it was just a matter of time before he got going. In the 2nd half and in overtime Isaiah put on absolute show going right at Trevon Duval who many have as the #1 PG in the country right now. Isaiah would go on to finish with a game high 36 points and MVP honors with a ton of plays that made fans get out of their seats in NY and even across the country in California. Now that he has verbally committed to Minnesota the whole recruitment process grind is behind him and we are expecting his senior season to be special and full of: Points, Assist, wins and  ‘‘Jelly”.

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Team Of The Year: Village Christian Academy & Coach Darden, Congrats on the state Chip and the stellar play throughout the entire season!!!!

First Team


Thank God Avar

Thank God Avar (Freedom Christian, Forward, Senior) – Strong, athletic player that will definitely be a good asset to whatever college program gets him , finished the season averaging 16 Points, 12 Rebounds and 2 Blocks per game and countless amounts of rim rocking dunks. Currently is receiving interest from Low Major Division 1 schools as well as D2’s and Junior Colleges. 1A-All State

AJ Baldwin

A.J Baldwin (Cape Fear HS, Point Guard, Junior)- True PG that is somewhat under the radar at this point, Voted as Player Of The Year, led Cape Fear HS to a conference Championship while leading public schools in scoring and Assist per game. Averaged 18.2 Points, 4.6 Assist, and 5.4 Rebs, Mid Major/Low Major Prospect.

Malik Johnson

Malik Johnson (Terry Sanford HS, Point Guard, Sophomore)- A player with potential to be as good as he wants to be when he truly locks in , led public schools in 3 point field goals made with 68, averaged 11.3 points and 3.9 Assist per game. Currently receiving interest from Clemson, Wake Forest and other HM schools

Demani Applewhite

Damani Applewhite (Westover HS, Forward, Senior)- One of the more skilled players in the area, finished the season averaging 15.6 Points and 7.4 Rebounds per game, currently holds offers from Elizabeth City, Catawba and SC State. Also was selected to play in the NC vs SC game as well as the NC East vs West game.

Jordan Ratliffe

Jordan Ratliffe (Village Christian, Guard, Junior)-Had one of the best poster dunks of the year, very gifted scorer an athlete and one of the best shooters in the area. Has a very strong frame and has a strong desire to win. Finished the season averaging 18.3 points and 6.9 Rebounds per game, has multiple D2 offers and is receiving interest from Division one programs as well such as Liberty and Radford.

Dakari Johnson

Dakari Johnson (Northwood Temple, Point Guard, Sophomore)- Floor General that can run a squad but can also get a bucket as well, has a deadly midrange game and embraces contact well, finished the season averaging 17 Points and 5 Assist Per game. Has been receiving interest from numerous Division One programs such Oregon, College of Charleston, NC Central and UNC Asheville. 1A All-State

David Strother

David Strother (Village Christian, Point Guard, Senior)- Voted as Most Improved Player, is a PG that can score as well as distribute, finished the season averaging 14.7 points, 8.8 Assist and 2.3 Steals. Currently is being recruited by numerous schools such as Pembroke and Catawba, some Low Majors such as Wofford have taken interest. 2A All-State

Tyler Thomas

Tyler Thomas (71st HS, Guard, Senior)- Very quick guard that can flat out shoot it, finished the season averaging 17 points per game , was second in public schools for 3 point field goals made with 59 on the season. Still unsigned at this point and will be a good pickup for a program that needs a shooter with good speed and defense.

Second Team


Josh Nickelberry

Josh Nickelberry (Northwood Temple, Guard, Freshman) – Was named county Freshman of the year, has a game that is mature beyond his year has the potential to be a very special player. Finished the season averaging 15 Points and 4 rebounds per game while knocking down a high amount of treys. Receiving from numerous HM schools such as NC State, Maryland and Georgetown

Joey Baker

Joey Baker (Trinity, Wing, Freshman)- Another player that has a chance to be special without a doubt, has a smooth game and showed at times throughout the season some aggressiveness that will make him a difficult player to defend as his body matures. Averaged 13 points and 8 rebound per game, holds offers from Charlotte, Western Carolina and interest from numerous HM schools

Telligence Johnson

Telligence Johnson (Terry Sanford, Wing, Junior)- Another player that can jump out of the gym, if there was a stat for the most completed alley-oops he would probably have it for the season. Has improved overall on both ends of the floor and finished the season averaging 12 points and 8 Rebound per game. Wake Forest and other D1 programs have shown interest

Mike Boykin

Mike Boykin (Trinity, Guard, Senior) – A guard that can score the ball but most importantly provided tough defense and senior leadership for his team. Went on to average 14.2 Points and 5 rebounds per game and played a huge role in Trinity claiming the 1A state chip. Has signed with Barton College

Isaiah Stallings

Isaiah Stallings (Terry Sanford, Forward, Senior) – Played a huge role for Terry Sanford throughout the season, has a nice IQ for the game, can score the ball inside and outside. Averaged 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Although he is was outstanding on the basketball court he will be headed to NC State on a football scholarship.

Jon Gauer

Jon Gauer (Fayetteville Academy, Guard, Junior) – Very athletic player that showed flashes of how good he can be throughout the season, putting together multiple 30+ point games. Averaged 22 Points, 3 Rebounds and 2 steals per game, receiving interest from numerous Ivy League schools at this point.

Ethan Herring

Ethan Herring (Trinity, Forward, Junior)- Player that has performed better each time I saw him this year, knocks down the midrange shot but is very productive inside the paint . Averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds per game, has received interest from USC Upstate and other low Major Division 1 programs

John Maynor

John Maynor (Northwood Temple, Wing, Senior) – Can score a lot of points in a small amount of time, knock down shooter that knows how to get his shot off with minimal dribbles. Averaged 15 points and 5 Rebounds per game, has received an offer from Elizabeth City State and is receiving interest from Catawba Valley and Pitt CC

Adrian Norwood

Adrian Norwood (Westover, Forward/Center, Senior) – Talented player and an outstanding student, Led all Public schools in rebounds per game with 9.5 a night while scoring 11.3 points per game. Can play inside but also can step out shoot it, is a player that will continue to improve over the years, committed to play at Fayetteville State University.

Third Team


Justin King

Justin King (Terry Sanford HS, Guard, Senior)- Easily one of the most underrated players in the area and possibly even in the state, can knock down the outside shot but has nice athleticism as well that he uses to finish around and above the rim. Very unselfish player that makes the correct play at the correct time for his team to win, Averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 Assist per game, was hearing from numerous D3 programs and D2 Jucos at the end of the season.

Alex Mims

Alex Mims (EE Smith HS, Wing, Senior)- A very athletic player with a much improved jump shot, knows how to get to the paint with different moves and contests shots above the rim on the defensive end of the floor. Came to East NC Fab 40 camp in the fall and spring and showed out against some of the top players in East NC, Averaged 13 Points and 6 Rebounds on the season, is receiving interest from schools on the D2 and D3 level

Todd Smith

Todd Smith (Freedom Christian, Guard, Junior)- Spent his first year playing the PG spot full time for Freedom Christian and got better as the year went along, can shoot it from outside and has nice athleticism as well. Finished the season averaging 12 points, 6 Assist and 4 Rebounds per game, Receiving interest from numerous Division one programs such as Lipscomb, ECU and others.

D'Angelo Brown

D’Angelo Brown (New Life Christian, Guard, Senior) – Player that not many people knew about prior to the season starting, has outstanding athleticism and quickness as well as good defensive ability. Went on to average 16 points and 6 rebounds per game while being named to the NACA National Tournament All-Tournament team, still unsigned at this point but is receiving interest from JUCO schools.

Milos Supicia

Milos Supicia (Freedom Christian, Forward, Junior)- College coaches should put this young man’s name in their phones ASAP, he has yet to even come close to reaching the potential of how good he can be while still putting together a good overall season with some impressive games. Finished the season averaging 14 Points, 11 rebounds, 3 assist and 1.5 blocks per game, receiving interest from numerous D1 schools.

Nassyr Daniels

Nassyr Daniels (Village Christian, Forward, Junior) – Has the tools and potential to be good, attended both fall and Spring East NC Fab 40 Camps and performed well in each camp. Does a good job with keeping the ball high, and runs the floor well with the guards to finish plays. Also is getting better with being aggressive to attack the rim, will be one to keep an eye on over the summer and into his Senior Year.

Talton Jones

Talton Jones (EE Smith, Guard, freshman)- One of the top young true Point Guards in the area and is a very gifted passer, has a long wingspan and is improving with his jump shot. Is one to keep a close eye on and his body continues to develop , averaged 9.8 Points and was second in public schools Assist with 4.1 a game.

Cameron Campbell

Cameron Campbell (Trinity, Guard, Senior)- Athletic player that played a role for trinity in bringing home another state Championship, defends very well and blocks shots above the rim using his leaping ability. Is not afraid of taking big shots when his team needs it but is a very unselfish player and good teammate, Averaged 13 points, 4 assist and 4 rebounds on the season. Holds offer from Johnson C Smith

Josh Haymer

Josh Haymer (Village, Guard, Junior)- The type of player that you want on your team when you are going to battle every single night, he may not fill a stat sheet up but makes the right plays consistently on a nightly basis. Was also one of the better perimeter defenders in the area and took on the task of guarding the best offensive for whoever they played against.

John Wright

John Wright (Fayetteville Academy, Guard, Freshman) – Another player that has shown great improvement over the past year, he brings an intensity and energy to the floor that you just don’t see from a lot of kids his age. Definitely one to keep a close eye on over the next few years, averaged 12.7 points, 5.3 rebs and 2.7 steals per game

TeTe Armel

Tete Armel (Northwood Temple, Forward, Senior) – After watching this young man develop for the past years, it was truly a pleasure to see him show what he can really be. Had multiple games throughout the season where he would come up with double digits rebounds and points with a good amount of blocks. Finished the season averaging 9 Points and 9 Rebounds, signed with Presbyterian.

Honorable Mention

Jamari Harvey– Freedom Christian

Tyron George– Westover

Omari Wilson– 71st

Rashad Royster– New Life Christian

Jake Smith– EE Smith

Jaylen Thorne– Westover

Greg Gantt– Trinity

Immanuel Bates– Jack Britt

Shamon Elliot– Terry Sanford

 

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Kyran Bowman

By now I’m pretty sure you have heard of Kyran Bowman, a youngster who at one point was headed to UNC on a football scholarship but decided to follow his heart and pursue his dream of playing college basketball instead. After an impressive sophomore and Junior Season on the court, Kyran hit the Adidas Circuit and turned plenty of heads with outstanding athleticism, defensive intensity and overall play. Following the summer we were all pretty interested to see how he would perform his senior with this being one of the first season’s that he would play an entire season of basketball. So we made the drive over to Havelock to check out their vs Northside HS to see for ourselves what this season might hold for Kyran Bowman, and I must say I was absolutely impressed.

His overall game had become smoother, his court vision he had as a Point Guard was excellent, the jump shot that was sometimes a bit streaky his sophomore year had become a knock down shot, and he was just as good of a defender and athlete as before. He would go on to finish that night with some monster numbers and would never look back throughout the season , putting up: 44 Points and 15 Rebounds against East Carteret, 33 points and 20 Rebounds vs New Bern, 29 Points in back to back games against Jacksonville and West Craven, coming up with a triple double of 31 Points, 15 Rebounds and 10 Assist in their second matchup with East Carteret, and giving Orange HS 32 Points in the state playoffs. But one of his best performance would be saved for when they played against the defending 3A State Champs Terry Sanford HS in the East Regional Semis at Fayetteville State University. It has been said that when the bright lights come on, the true star player knows how to take his game to another level and that is exactly what Kyran did. Playing against one of the top defensive teams in the state he would go for 43 Points, 10 Rebounds & 5 assist it what would end up being his final game in a Havelock HS uniform. As his final stat totals were calculated he would average 23.4 Points, 8.7 Rebounds, 4.7 Assist, 2.4 Steals Per game on the season not even including a good amount of blocked shots as well.

After his season completed he began the process of going on his recruiting visits and ultimately made the decision of attending Boston College in the ACC. We decided to allow the season to end before we voted for the Player of the Year, each player that was nominated had to be a senior and displayed excellence on and off the court. Once the East NC Player of the Year voting was completed Kyran Bowman was chosen as the unanimous winner receiving all 10 1st place votes while being on a ballot with numerous players that had amazing seasons as well. It has been truly a privilege getting to know Kyran over the past few years and to have him as part of our first ever East NC Fab 40 Camp back in October 2015. So from the entire Basketball Elite family we want to wish Kyran the best of luck on his journey and to always remember, WE ARE EAST NC!!

 

Name: Coby White

Height: 6’4

Weight: 160

High School: The Greenfield School

AAU Team: Team Wall

Class: 2018

Position: Combo Guard

Recruitment: Wake Forest, High Point University

Projected Level of Play: High Major Division 1

Coby White

Our First time really seeing Coby White play was at the NCISAA State Championships last year in Asheville, NC,  at that point in his HS career we saw some sparks and flashes of his potential and that he would be one to keep a close eye on. Fast forward a few months to October 2015 where Coby showed up at Fab 40 Camp and showed out. He had grown to 6’4 and you could tell that he had been spending a lot of time perfecting his game as he had become an overall better player. During his HS season this year he has absolutely been putting on a show with some outstanding numbers and performances!

Strengths

  • This young man is definitely the type of Point Guard that college coaches will love, first and foremost because he’s a taller guard that knows how to use his height, at 6’4 he sees over a lot of opponents which gives him the opportunity to make reads that smaller guards would have much more difficulty doing. He also has an advanced basketball IQ on both end of the floor as he makes very good decisions that most young players his age don’t make.
  • Coby is hands down of the best scorers in the state, throughout this season he has put together numerous impressive scoring performance such as: 46 Points Vs Neuse Christian, 35 Points vs Parrot Academy, 34 Points vs Wake Christian, Christ School, and numerous other schools. What makes him such a dangerous scorer is that he’s a versatile scorer, he has the ability to knock down shots from 3 point range as well as pull ups from midrange. Once he gets into the paint he has a nice variety of moves that he uses to finish as well as a floater that he brings out when he wants to finish over taller opponents. Of course we can’t forget about the athleticism he has added to his game as well, although he’s not throwing down windmill dunks at this point, we believe that it’s only a matter of time before he is.
  • Even though Coby is an outstanding scorer he still is a willing and gifted passer, he’s not the type of players that looks teammates off and tries to get his own shot first. Instead he uses his ability to score to attract extra attention from opponent’s defense and drops passes of to open teammates. One aspect of his game that I truly was impressed with was how he always keep his head up and loves to kick the ball ahead up the court to open teammate instead of over dribbling and slowing down the possible transition opportunities.

Areas for Improvement

  •  Even though he’s only a sophomore he must remember to put in a lot of time in the weight room over these next few years , as of right now he has somewhat of a slim/slender frame but that is to be expected for a young man who is only in the 10th grade.
  • Defensively I would love to see him stay honest, at times he reached for a steal or overplayed the passing lane, when he stays honest and slides his feet he can be a very good on ball defender.
Seventh Woods

Seventh Woods

Name: Seventh Woods

Height: 6’2

Weight: 185

High School: Hammond HS

AAU Team: Carolina Wolves

Position: Guard

Recruitment: UNC Signee

Seventh Woods has been a household name since he was about 13 years old, this young man is a super athletic player and can score the ball at a very high level. In the past years he has not only grown as a player but specifically at the PG position. Although there were many that believed he would stay at home with Coach Frank Martin, he would make the decision to take his talents to UNC with Coach Roy Williams. We watched Seventh Woods this summer with his AAU Squad the Carolina Wolves and again this HS season with his school Hammond HS at the Bojangles Bash Tournament.

Stats: vs AC Flora – (24 Points, 7-15 FG, 6 Rebounds 3 Assist)

Strengths

  • Seventh has outstanding speed and athleticism and uses it to blow past defenders and get into the paint. Once he’s in the paint he uses his athleticism to finish about the rim and maneuver around defenders, throughout this game in particular he used a quick spin move numerous times at the correct moment to lose a defender to make or finish a play. Where you really see how fast this young man is after a missed shot by the opposition, he literally can get the ball and become a one man fast break with his ability to accelerate.
  • Even though he’s not the best shooter from the perimeter this young man knows how to score the ball easily and in multiple ways. He doesn’t need much space to get a shot off and has the advanced ball handling skills that keeps defenders guessing throughout the game. One thing that really impressed me was that Seventh is not a player that is only going to shoot threes or try to dunk the ball. He has a nice midrange game and has a deadly floater that he uses once he gets in the paint to finish over taller defenders.
  • Defense is always a question mark when watching HS players these days, many players seem to bring minimal effort on this end of the floor. However this isn’t the case for Seventh, he brings effort on the defensive end of the floor and plays very impressive on ball defense. He has quick feet and active hands that helps him to come up with steals and deflections, also he uses his athletic ability to blocks shots at a very high rate, whether it’s a chase down block on a fast break or a steal from playing the passing lanes, this young man definitely brings the high amount of energy on the defensive end of the floor that you love to see

 

Areas for Improvement

  • He can be somewhat of a streaky shooter from the perimeter but he doesn’t have bad form on his shot, its seems as if he doesn’t get the maximum amount of vertical lift on his shot which leads to him using his arms a lot more than his legs. With the amount of minutes he’s forced to play for his squad it’s no shocker that his body gets fatigued which could be very well be the reason for the issues with his shooting consistency.
  • For years there has been questions about what position he will be and over the past year he has improved greatly in his PG Skills, at times he still over dribbles a bit and may try to go for the difficult pass instead of the simple pass which leads to TO’s. We believe that with the higher amount of time he spends at the PG, the better he will be and these issues will get resolved sooner than later. The main thing for Seventh will be to keep the game as simple as possible and plays to his strengths, going to an up-tempo team like UNC should definitely allow him to have a very successful college career
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Damani Applewhite

Name: Damani Applewhite

Height: 6’6

Weight: 195

High School: Westover HS

AAU Team: Flight 22

GPA: 3.0

Position: Forward

Recruitment: Elizabeth City State (offered), UNC-P, Belmont Abbey, Fayetteville State University, The Citadel

Projected Level of Play: Low Major D1/D2

We first saw Damani prior to his Junior Season during the summer playing AAU basketball for the Raeford Hurricanes, he had a very old school flavor about his game and you could see the potential for him to be a special player. With much work, time and energy he has become a legit college prospect and we expect him to only get better as the year goes along. In the game we watched against EE Smith HS, he led his team to a win and finished with 18 Points, 12 Rebounds, 3 Assist and 2 Steals.

Strengths

  • Damani has become a versatile player which he has put on full display this season, not only can he step out and knock down the trey ball and midrange jump shot with high consistency but he also has the ability to play with his back to the basket as well as face up to the basket when hes in the post or short corner. He has a very soft touch around the basket and does not take unneccessary dribbles when making a move from the high post, his footwork on the offensive end is solid and you don’t see him getting called for traveling violations too often. His ballhandling ability is solid for a player his height and he has played some Point Forward for his squad this season, bringing the ball up the court and getting his squad into an offensive set.
  • His height and wingspan is definitely a positive on the defensive side of the ball, it allows him to make deflections easily as well as grabbing defensive rebounds at a high rate, Damani understands positioning and boxes out  well so that even if a player is stronger than him he can still set himself up well to secure the rebound.
  • In our opinion the ceiling on Damani’s potential as a player is very high, this is only his second year of playing varsity basketball and he has already took on more of a team leadership role this season, we truly believe that his ability to be coached and work ethic is something that coaches at the college level will love.

Areas for Improvement

  • At this point he has a very slender frame , even though he does spend time in the weightroom he will still need to add some more weight & muscle to be able to be fully comfortable playing inside at the college level. We honestly don’t see him having to much of an issue with this as he is a very hard working young man , in our eyes its not a matter of if he will gain the muscle and weight but when.
  • As stated earlier he is very versatile on the offensive end , however  he will need to improve his lateral quickness on the defensive end so he can have the ability to guard some shorter, quicker players at the next level. With that being said  he does a good job of closing out on wings but we would love to see him improve with his lateral quickness so that he could become a lock down defender against even more positions on the floor
  • Free Throw shooting is one aspect of his game that we would love to see him improve, he doesn’t shoot it great from the line at this point, he not a terrible free throw shooter by any means but he could become more consistent.

 

Zach Hobbs

Name: Zach Hobbs

Height: 5’10

Weight: 167

High School: Northside (Jacksonville)

AAU Team: Express United

GPA: 4.2

Position: Shooting Guard

Projected Level of Play: D2/D3

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Zach had an outstanding Sophomore Season winning numerous awards in his conference and region of the state, this young man is a gifted player and although he is still under the radar we expect his recruitment to start heating up very soon. He had a very good showing at the East Region Fab 40 Camp and is off to a very good start this season averaging over 20 PPG

       Strengths

Shooting- Zach is an outstanding shooter especially from behind the three point line, over the summer and last season with his high school squad he’s had multiple games where he knocked down a high number of three point shots. He doesn’t need much space to get his shot off and is very efficient especially when catching and shooting, he has good form and good lift and is the type of player that is in his shooting range even if he’s a couple feet behind the three point line. To make it plain and simple this young man is a knock down shooter and will be one of those players at the college level that a coach will definitely want on his squad if he needs a shooter.

Frame & Athleticism- Although he is a Junior in High School you can tell that he definitely spends some time in the weight room, he has a solid muscular frame which allows him to absorb contact when hes driving to the basket and finishing plays. This can definitely allow his transition to the college level to be somewhat smoother because many times young players have an issue with adjusting to the physical nature of college basketball due to the fact that they don’t have a solid frame. Zach athleticism is another area that is impressive , he uses his athletic ability on his jump shot to shoot over opponets and finish at the rim , as well as when rebounding missed shots,  he also has quick hands which allows him to come up with steals and deflections at a high rate.

   Areas for Improvement

Consistent Defense- When he is fully locked in on the defensive end of the floor Zach can be an outstanding defender , he has good lateral quickness and quick hands so he has the tools to be an excellent defender. However on some occasions he makes some minor errors on the defensive end such as : a slow close out, not contesting a shot with maximum effort or reaching for a steal instead of playing honest defense, At the next level those mistake could be costly so we would love to see improve in those areas.

Developing into a PG – At this point we would have to classify Zach as a Shooting Guard, at his height for the next level he will need to be able to play some Point Guard and know how to run a squad. We would love to see him improve in : his abilty to make plays off the dribble just well as he can off the catch, getting stronger with his off hand, being a vocal teammate in a positive way and becoming more of a floor general. Being at a smaller school with a roster full of shorter players may be one reason that he has spent so much time as the SG spot but if he improves on these areas he could become more of a combo guard and take his recruitment to another level.

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