Forty Available Forwards in NC’s Class of 2019
20 “Big Forwards”
Available Big Forwards in NC’s Class of 2019
The “Top Five”
Nicholas Evtimov, 6-7 225, PF, 2019, Greensboro Day, Greensboro, NC
He’s scores in the low post with a variety of moves to either shoulder. He’s also an excellent passer.
Joel Pettiford, 6-6 180, F, 2019, SW Guilford HS, High Point, NC
The lefty is one of the most explosive athletes in North Carolina and he utilizes that ability, good strength and hard play to rebound and defend really well. He’s an above the rim finisher.
Shamon Jackson, 6-8 190, PF, 2019, Garner HS, Garner, NC
He scores and rebounds on both ends of the court. He’s virtually unknown, because of playing behind Garner’s 2017-18 squad, which featured 10 seniors.
Christian Wells, 6-6 210, F, Prep, Washington Prep, Greenville, NC
Son of Bonzi is like his father a jack of all trades. He rebounds both ends of the court and he guards either forward position really well, despite being a bit undersized. He uses length and desire to score inside and out. Simply put – he has a knack of scoring and rebounding.
Jason Thompson, 6-7 190, F, 2019, United Faith, Charlotte, NC
He’s an aggressive combo forward, who runs well and he possesses a solid mid-range shot. He guards either forward position equally well. He needs to get stronger and to work on his dribble-drive maneuver.
Fifteen more Big Forwards – By Height
Alvin Cannady, 6-8 205, BF, 2019, Hopewell HS Huntersville, NC
He’s averaging 12 points and six boards for the year. He is mobile and agile, but he needs to add some bulk to his slim frame.
PJ Fenton, 6-8 185, F, 2019, Green Hope HS, Raleigh, NC
After showing potential for three years, but not being very productive, it seems that the “light” has come on for the agile big forward. He’s averaging close to 18 points per game and around 8.5 rebounds. He still needs to add some muscle to his frame, but he has become a productive player.
Derdan Derdevic, 6-8 210, C, 2019, Freedom Christian, Fayetteville, NC-LM Prospect
He’s a long-armed European, who shoots it well facing from 17 feet. He’s also solid on the boards for Coach Anquel McCollum and he’s working on a post up game.
Brandon Franklin, 6-8 180, F, 2019, Northwood Temple, Fayetteville, NC
Having grown around six inches since reaching high school has made Brandon an interesting prospect. He retains a good perimeter stroke and he’s agile. He has not added the muscle that he needs to better rebound the basketball. That should come with time as he continues to grow into his body.
Blake Wilson, 6-7 190, Forward, Bull City Prep, Durham, NC
He’s a skilled forward, who shoots the ball well from the perimeter and he has good passing skills. He’s at prep school, because he needed strength and to be more aggressive on the boards.
Nalik Vesley-Johnson, 6-7 220, PF, 2019, North Stanley HS, New London, NC
He’s a strong insider, who rebounds well and who scores within 10-12 feet.
Rajuan Connor, 6-7 190, BF, 2019, Butler HS, Charlotte, NC
He’s a good athlete, who defends and rebounds well. His scoring ability has improved this year, as he’s scoring over 12 points per game. He also gets seven plus rebounds.
Sam Wolfe, 6-8 210, PF, 2019, United Faith, Charlotte, NC
This young man has steadily improved over the 4-5 years, I’ve seen him play. He’s solid in all phases. One big improvement in Sam’s game is his perimeter shot. He’s now solid with the facing shot from 16 feet.
Xavier Howard, 6-6 185, F, 2019, 71st HS, Fayetteville, NC
He’s solid defensively and on the boards, plus he has solid mid-range shot.
Caleb Gilbert, 6-6 215, PF, 2019, West Brunswick HS, Supply, NC
He’s a bouncy athlete, with good hands. He uses those attributes to rebound well on both ends of the court. He also good touch around the rim and to 15-16 feet.
Saiquone Harris, 6-6 190, PF, 2019i, Garner HS, Garner, NC
He’s a solid shooter and a good athlete. He defends and rebounds aggressively and he plays hard.
Williams Onyeodi, 6-6 210, F, 2019, Fayetteville Academy, Fayetteville, NC
He’s a very good defender and rebounder, with good strength and athleticism. He’s added a strong dribble-drive game to his game. He needs to shoot the ball with better consistency from the mid-range area.
Jibril McCormick, 6-6 175, F, 2019, Hough HS, Cornelius, NC
He’s a lanky, long and lean slasher, who defends and boards well. He also has a solid mid-range stroke. He would benefit with some added bulk, which should enhance his rebounding ability.
Zack Austin, 6-6 215, PF, 2019, Winston-Salem Prep, Winston-Salem, NC
A very good athlete, Zack has added muscle to his frame, which enables him to play bigger and to rebound the ball better. He’s an aggressive defender. He drives it well from mid-range and he finishes impressively. He needs to shoot the ball with better consistency from the mid-range area.
Darlingstone Dunbar, 6-5 190, F, 2019, Rocky River HS, Mint Hill, NC
He’s an aggressive athlete, who plays bigger than his 6-5 height would indicate. He rebounds and defends well, plus he has good touch to 16 feet.
20 Small Forwards
Available SFs in NC’s Class of 2019
CJ Jackson, 6-6 190, SF, Prep, Washington Prep, Greenville, NC
Played scholastically near Atlanta, GA. Athletic and a good mid-range stroke.
Donte Wiggins, 6-4 180, SF, 2019, South Meck HS, Charlotte, NC
High flying finisher, with a solid midrange game
Noah Dunn, 6-5 220, SF, 2019, Greensboro Day, Greensboro, NC
Just getting back from an injured leg from last summer. Beasty to the open and finishes through contact. Hits mid-range and handles.
Brian McLaurin, 6–6 190, 2019, 71st HS, Fayetteville, NC
Solid athlete, with a solid mid-range game. He shoots the ball really well from mid-range and he hits some from beyond the arc, as well.
Christian Pickens, 6-5 180, SF, 2019, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, NC
Athletic, with solid mid-range skills and well coached defensively.
Fifteen more Small Forwards – By Height
Max Farthing, 6-7 190, F, 2019, Word Of God, Raleigh, NC
He’s one of the best shooters in the state. He moves well without the ball and he has a quick release. He shoots it equally well from mid-range and from beyond the arc.
Trevon Spencer, 6-6 180, F, 2019, Word Of God, Raleigh, NC
Bouncy athlete, who finishes and rebounds, actively.
Jalen Joiner, 6-6 185, SF, 2019, Piedmont Classical, Greensboro, NC
Good athlete, with good ups, for boards. Has a solid mid-range shot.
Shyquan Jones, 6-6 180, SF, 2019, South Central HS, Winterville, NC
Lean athlete, who excels defensively, with the ability to guard three positions.
Daniel Hodge, 6-6 180, SF, 2019, Vance HS, Charlotte, NC
He shoots it well from mid-range and he defends well.
Duwe Farris, 6-6 175, SF, 2019, Myers Park HS, Charlotte, NC
He’s a very good mid-range shooter and a solid passer.
Darquez Flowers, 6-5 175, SF, 2019, Northern Nash HS, Rocky Mount, NC
His eye-opening feature is his ability to finish above the rim. Pretty solid from mid-range and he’s solid defensively and on the boards.
DyQuavis Wilkins, 6-5 180, SF, 2019, John Paul, Greenville, NC
High flying finisher, who’s now hitting mid-range jumpers consistently. Improved light years over the last 12 months.
Elijah Shabaz, 6-5 180, SF, 2019, Wakefield HS, Raleigh, NC
Really good athlete, who is solid in all aspects: He defends, rebounds, drives it and hits from mid-range.
Ryan Ayers, 6-5 190, SF, 2019, West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, NC
He’s a good athlete, with good strength and he shoots it well from mid-range.
Trey Belin, 6-4 180, SF, 2019, Forest Hills HS, Marshville, NC
His calling card is impressive verticality and the utilization thereof. Hits from 15’ and boards on both ends.
Dayjuwon Cooke, 6-4 180, SF, 2019, North Rowan HS, Spencer, NC
Explosive run and jump athlete, who finishes and rebounds with a passion. Mid-range shot is improving.
Trae Smith, 6-4 190, SF, 2019, Wakefield HS, Raleigh, NC
Solid athlete, with a good mid-range SF game.
Bryant Randleman, 6-4 180, SF, 2019, Durham Academy, Durham, NC
He’s a solid all around player, who can play and guard three positions.
Michael Logan, 6-4 185, SF, 2019, Freedom HS, Morganton, NC
Very explosive athlete, who throws down impressive jams and plays excellent defensively. Well coached, athletic and a winner.