North Carolina’s Top High School Basketball Recruits
Home to numerous outstanding college basketball programs, the state of North Carolina seems to ensure its athletes work towards success. Here are a few of the most promising players that hail from the state.
Standing at a lanky 6-foot-8, Brandon Ingram’s frame begs for a Kevin Durant comparison. But at only 180 pounds, he’ll need to bulk up before he can think about reaching the level of the reigning NBA MVP. Ingram, a senior at Kinston High School in Kinston, N.C. has yet to commit to a college, but has received offers from big name programs including Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and UNC. His skill set features the ability to finish at the rim, but he is also not afraid to let one fly from deep, especially at the top of the arc. He has displayed success in putting the ball on the floor to ignite a drive, but seems to prefer receiving an inside pass under the basket. His dunks are seldom, yet often uncontested, and he has a smooth release off of a catch and shoot. Although his vertical is not overly impressive, his height allows for many clean blocks, making him an instant force on both offense and defense. Depending on where he decides to take his game, he could become a powerful athlete.
A big man who can square up quickly, set his feet, and consistently knock down threes, Luke Maye has interest from schools like Gonzaga and Notre Dame. He is a strong rebounder and a noteworthy outlet passer, with the ability to move the ball the length of the floor in one pass. His shooting form is smooth and consistent, allowing him to hit mid-range jumpers off the dribble. A current attendee of Hough High School in Huntersville, N.C., the power forward measures in at 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds. He utilizes an aggressive rip-through move and convincing up-fakes to work his way to the rim, though he could improve his shadowing on the defensive end. He benefits from selfless point guards who feed him down low, but has shown he can put the ball on the floor and make plays for himself as well.
With the commitment coming just last month, small forward Rayjon Tucker is taking his 185 pound, 6-foot-5 self to Florida Gulf Coast University next year. He brings an irresistible urge to finish loudly at the rim, often slamming down both one and two- handers with apparent ease. The current senior at Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C. has shown off an effective spin move, but also frequently cleans up his teammates’ shots off the boards. His excellent vertical allows teammates to throw the ball in the general vicinity of the hoop, confident that he will convert. Glimpses of a potentially solid pull-up jumper have appeared in his game, but the majority of his touches begin with a powerful drive, and end with an even more powerful slam. While he possesses an excitement-inducing style of play now, it will be interesting to see if he can carry the hype over into college ball, or if his signature jams will be compromised when he faces larger defenders.