With so many players dropping off of the board over the past few weeks, players in the class of 2013 who can play at the college level are disappearing fast. Here’s eight names for college coaches in the Southeast that haven’t committed and can definitely play at the Division I level.
Trey Mitchell (SG, 6’5″, 2013) Olympic HS (Charlotte, NC) Mitchell is a big shooting guard who can scorch it from deep while also having the bounce to play above the rim. Mitchell will see a ton of action this year at Olympic, with Allerik Freeman departing for Findlay Prep, and his high school team is a perennial power who should also challenge for the state title. Best thing about Mitchell’s game is his demeanor – he’s tough but plays with his emotions in check.
Solomon Mangham (SG/SF, 6’7″, 2013) Woodward Academy (Atlanta, GA) Hard not to like a 6’7″ wing with a great build and versatile game. Mangham has interest from dozens of schools and offers in hand but still would be considered under-the-radar for his ability. Coaches take note: Mangham is an excellent student.
Raekwon Harney (PG, 5’10” , 2013) Winston-Salem Prep (NC) Harney has some of the best handles in the country and is still on the board. He needs to improve his shooting but he’s rock solid as a ballhandler and already has offers.
LaBrian Shiflet (SG, 6’3″, 2013) Greer HS (Greer, SC) – Shiflet is one of the better shooters we’ve seen in the Southeast and has great athleticism – timing is solid and gets a ton of blocks/rebounds as a guard. Has DI offers but someone that hasn’t gotten the exposure that he should. Plays with another solid guard in Jameal Robinson (SG, 6’3″, 2013) at Greer so coaches should be able to see two prospects at once if they drop by a game.
Quinton Ray (PG, 6′, 2013) Middle Creek HS (Raleigh, NC) Ray is a force of nature on the court, he’s quick and has the speed of a defensive back. His first step is deadly but what really sets Ray apart is that he never slows down – he has a “Ray Lewis” engine. Already has a solid build and can handle the ball, run the team, and lock down on D.
Craig Hinton (SF, 6’6″, 2013) East Forsyth HS (Kernersville, NC) I don’t say this lightly; Hinton is one of the best dunkers in the nation. His explosiveness is off of the charts and he has high major athleticism. He’s still working on consistency – he can be a streaky shooter and still needs to show intensity during the entire game. But there’s no doubt he’s a collegiate athlete and has offers as well.
Patrick Wallace (PG, 6′, 2013) Brewster Academy (NH) Wallace has offers but is under-recruited. He plays eyes-up at all times, can shoot from deep and has a very quick release. A bit undersized as a combo guard but a good athlete who is versatile.
Lepreece Lynch (SG, 6’4″, 2013) Mt. Tabor HS (Winston-Salem, NC)
Lynch is possibly the most prolific scorer in the state of North Carolina and is one of the better scorers in the Southeast – at times he can be impossible to guard – he’s a scorer who is always going downhill and fears no defense. He can score from inside, slashing, or from deep. There is no mistake that Lynch will add offense to a college lineup. The knock on Lynch thus far has been his defense – during his junior year he landed in foul trouble at times by being out of position. This season should see Lynch and his Mt. Tabor team – combined with other serious prospects Ty’Quan Bitting (C, 6’8″, 2013), Matt Madigan (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2013) and Deion Robinson (PF, 6’4″, 2013) – make a run at the state title.