The inaugural NC Top 80 was held on March 29, 2014 in Greensboro, NC and I wasn’t able to fully scout the event due to the fact that we were broadcasting six of the games live on NetCast Sports Network, but I still had quite a few notes and I’m putting up them here broken out by each game to try and make it as easy to review as possible. Today I’m posting my notes from Game Three. Note: This is the second game of the day featuring Team 4, so my notes on some players are the same, as these notes are my overall take on their play during the day, not on a specific game.
The second game we broadcast on the day was Team 2 vs. Team 4, with the following rosters:
|12||Justice Kithcart||2016||6’1″||Hillside HS|
|13||Spencer Wilson||2015||6’1″||Bishop McGuiness|
|37||Todd Smith||2017||6’3″||Flora McDonald|
|38||Chazz Surratt||2017||6’3″||East Lincoln HS|
|47||Ronshad Shabazz||2015||6’4″||Knightdale HS|
|53||CJ Bryce||2015||6’5″||N. Mecklenburg HS|
|65||Simeon Carter||2015||6’7″||West Charlotte HS|
|66||Xavier Hill-Mais||2015||6’7″||Page HS|
|80||Ebuka Izunda||2016||6’10”||Victory Christian|
|5||Juan Munoz||2016||6′||Panther Creek|
|7||Kenny Hairston||2015||6′||Davidson Day|
|18||Quayson Williams||2015||6’1″||Eastern Guilford|
|28||Emmett Tilley||2016||6’2″||Northern Durham|
|49||Charles Minlend, Jr.||2015||6’4″||First Assembly|
|54||Zach Cottrell||2016||6’5″||Hayesville HS|
|61||Peter Agba||2015||6’6″||Greensboro Day|
|69||Matt Kalaf||2016||6’7″||Nuese Christian|
|74||Papa N’Diaye||2016||6’9″||Quality Education|
Spencer Wilson (PG, 6’1, 2015) crafty left-handed point guard who has a smooth release on his deep jumper. Beats players off of the dribble and effective floor general.
Justice Cithkart (G, 6’1, 2016) a guard who showed an active, athletic game all day. Has an ability to get buckets in transition and an effective slasher in the halfcourt. Really solid looking prospect.
Charles Norman (G, 6’2″, 2016) Athletic guard with excellent awareness and aggressive with the ball. Looks to push it inside and beat the defender before they can react.
Chazz Surratt (G, 6’3″, 2016) Pushes the ball constantly and is a high motor player. One of the guys who kept looking stronger as the day progressed, and other players tired. Active on both ends, strong physically.
Ronshad Shabazz (G, 6’4″, 2015) Excellent size as a guard and versatile, today playing at both the 2 and the 3 spot. Can create his own shot.
Simeon Carter (F, 6’7″, 2015) Good length and size, raw athlete who will continue to improve as he polishes his skill set. Was active on both the defensive end and cleaning up on the offensive end.
Ebuka Izunda (C, 6’10”, 2016) Excellent big man prospect with good athleticim, good rebounding timing and can play in the post on offense. Has some upside and definitely worth being on colleges’ radar.
Juan Munoz (PG, 6′, 2016) very quick guard with a deft dribble. All over the floor on both ends and held his own against several top players.
Matt Kalaf (SF, 6’7″, 2016) Great deep shooter with length. College coaches have to like what they see in Kalaf, who has the size to play the small forward spot at the collegiate level. He has a high, fluid release on his jump shot and his height gives him an ability to shoot right over smaller guards and forwards. He also has the range to scorch teams from outside. Moves without the ball to get shots but doesn’t just set up on the perimeter, also gets inside on defense and posts up at times when he sees the right match up.
Peter Agba (PF/C, 6’6″, 2015) Agba is a rebounding machine and a physical presence in the post. Although he is undersized for a collegiate center, he outrebounded many players today who had an inch or two on him. A beast inside, he relishes and plays through contact all day long.
Zach Cottrell (SF, 6’5″, 2016) Cottrell was active and played a lot of perimeter today, showing an ability to hit from deep and a willingness to play scrappy. Good passer and awareness.
Papa N’Diaye (PF/C, 6’9″, 2016) is one of the best post prospects in the Southeast right now. His natural skill set is his length, high shot release and fluid ability to score from the mid range. I’ve seen N’Diaye play multiple times and have always been impressed with his ability to play – and score – against other true big men. His go-to move is a turn around jumper but he has a college build and will be playing at the Division I level somewhere. Great hands, good footwork and can even finish a bit slashing on the move. N’Diaye should be considered a national prospect.
Darriel Brown (G, 6′, 2017) Showed an ability to drive the lane with the ball, kicking it out if the defense adjusted, but also an ability to spot up and get open for outside shots. Good in transition with the ball.
Emmett Tilley (PG, 6’2″, 2016) Tilley is another player who I’ve seen several times and is a solid college guard prospect. Showed his ability to get to the bucket and has a quick release on the drive that makes him hard to stop going at the basket. Can run the team but today showed his ability to play and move without the ball, but was still very much involved in the game.
Charles Minlend, Jr. (SG/SF, 6’4″, 2015) one of the top performers of the day and definitely had the scouts talking. Showed a versatile game and at times looked unstoppable. In on every play, has a natural ability to get buckets, but I want to be clear that although Minland is an effective SG/SF who can score the ball, he isn’t the type of player who just drives for his shot as soon as the ball touches his hands. He showed an ability and willingness to drive and kick to teammates or give up the ball in the half court when it made sense. Easily arrived on the scene as one of the top prospects in the state in the class of 2015.
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