Raleigh, NC – In the 5th annual Big Shots Raleigh North Carolina Top 150, many of North Carolina’s top talent took center stage. In years’ past MVP’s have included Thomas Allen, Joey Baker, Day’Ron Sharpe and Greg Gantt Jr. Top 25 National 2020 talent & future Tar Heel Day’Ron Sharpe once again claims MVP honors. Let’s check out the top performers in the 2020 class at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 including the MVP and Dunk Champion:
VIDEO: #BIGSHOTS RALEIGH #NCTop150 DUNK CONTEST sent the camp into a frenzy!
2020 Kobe Jones goes over 6’9 UNC commit Dayron Sharpe to win it in an epic dunk off vs 2021 Jalen McDonald reverse windmill pic.twitter.com/mo2HwPW8dx
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MVP: Day’Ron Sharpe 6’9 PF South Central (NC)/Garner Road | The 2020 North Carolina commit Day’Ron Sharpe is North Carolina’s No. 1 big in 2020, Top 25 nationally and as good as any big in the 2020 class. He was the top overall performer at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 earning 2020 MVP honors for the second consecutive year averaging 16 ppg. Sharpe once again was dominant displaying his superb footwork to match his array of moves in the low post (credit coach/NBA 2-time champion David West). Who better to have than David West as his mentor and coach, one of the game’s most fundamentally sound bigs in the last 20 years. We’ve been fortunate to have 119 current NBA players play in Big Shots. Many well known some that are sleepers that eventually blow up. I feel he is the most underrated 5-star prospect in America and if you don’t know the name Day’Ron Sharpe yet nationally get to know him! The 5-star 2020 stands at 6’9 with a 7’0+ wingspan possessing the qualities I saw in bigs of that caliber with his skill-set. Let’s talk about his 3-level scoring: inside he hits you with the right or left hook with touch, then the power dunks off rebounds, stretches it to 15 feet with face up or fade aways, runs his lane to finish in the break with fluidity and power, and then to see him now shooting the 3 in rhythm at a high rate was even more impressive to see. Game similar to a Rasheed Wallace or his mentor David West, who claims he was better than him at that age. Defensively, a quick leaper with timing and nose for the ball to block shots with length, keeps it high on rebounds. Plays to his strengths and stars in doing it. Great thing about Day’Ron he gets better and better every time I see him. North Carolina is an ideal fit seeing how they’ve done with skilled bigs like Day’Ron. Join fellow Garner Road alum Isaiah Hicks to be a part of the Tar Heel family.
Nick Farrar 6’6 F Apex Friendship (NC)/Big Shots Elite NC 2020 |
Nick has made as much stride as any player in North Carolina’s 2020 class claiming 4 MVP honors for Big Shots Elite NC on the circuit as one of the Circuit’s top 2020 scorers. Nick is an inside-out lefty big with a feel for the game similar to a Zach Randolph. He put up big numbers all season creating a mismatch at the 4-spot with his versatility. He scores in a high low setting also off a face up game that he can stretch beyond the arc. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 he averaged 13 ppg. Like most scorers do, Farrar gets to the line at high rate and puts pressure on you to either stop him or foul him. His positive personality and energy is contagious leading to wins and a joy to be around. Plays with energy. active on the glass and vocal player. Defensively, he guards the 3-5 positions and rebounds at both ends of the floor. Young for his grade, Farrar continues to get better and better with his best ball ahead of him as he ages. Named a 2020 Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 All Star and is a Big Shots NC 2020 Top 15 prospect.
Kaleb Scott 6’6 PF Holly Springs (NC)/Garner Road | Grant Williams-like Kaleb Scott is a handful inside with his frame, hands and power post play. Scott reminds us of SEC Player of the Year Tennessee’s Grant Williams, a former Providence Day and Big Shots star. Using his strength he makes his presence known on the glass utilizing his body well to get position and score with power and finesse inside off two feet. He has the frame, length and hands of a player even much bigger. He has the biggest hands I’ve seen in quite some time from a player of that age allowing him to palm the ball with ease. He has a fluid mid-range game knocking down 15-18 foot jumpers and operating out of the mid-post in a high-low setting. Scott is a solid passer out of the post finding shooters for open shots. Defensively, he can switch out on guards, stunts the ball screen action very well and can block shots near the box. His mobility creates a mismatch at both ends of the floor. In a recent picture on his unofficial visit to Tennessee Kaleb and Grant Williams met up and you clearly see the similarity in the look and the game has the upside to follow suit.
Djimon Bailey 6’4 PG Greenfield (NC)/Garner Road | Continues to grow in size and game, Djimon Bailey has become one of North Carolina’s top point guards in 2020. Djimon is a player in the Garner Road family I’ve had my eye on for years and gets better and bigger every time I see him. Bailey is a smooth operating lead guard that makes high level plays look easy off the bounce either scoring or assisting. A pass first mentality finding his scorers in their best scoring positions. Playing alongside one of the nation’s elite scorers in UNC’s Koby White last season, Bailey excelled in that role. Now alongside UNC commit Day’Ron Sharpe Bailey enjoys finding his bigs in the break for lobs above the rim. Transition and in ball screen actions is where Bailey seems to thrive the most with his passing ability. At 6’4 with length he is able to shoot or see over smaller defenders at the point guard spot. He has a smooth stroke off the bounce and is a consistent outside shooter as well. Receiving mid-high major interest that will only pick up. Look for him to have a big year at Greenfield.
Todd Burt 6’7 SF Trinity Christian (NC)/Team United |
With his frame and athleticism mixed with confidence and a blossoming skill set now in the tool kit, Todd Burt is again quickly attracting D1 offers and interest at Trinity Christian. Four years ago, Todd was the breakout performer at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150, now fast forward he is back on track as one of the state’s elite 2020 wings. At 6’7 he glides around the court scoring at all 3-levels from 3, mid-range game and above the rim. Most recently offered by Tubby Smith at Hight Point, Burt has seen his game take off this fall credit to Gilbert Abraham training and a fresh start at Trinity Christian. He is a shot blocker and gets deflections with his length, active around the basket on the glass. He ran his lane hard and received the benefits with easy dunks. One to watch this season on a Trinity Christian team that is loaded with talent. Big Shots NC 2020 Top 25
Isaac Weaver 6’6 SF Mount Zion (NC)/Team Charlotte |
Motor is key for any slasher, Isaac’s athleticism was on display at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 earning 2020 All Star honors. At 6’6 he is a lefty slasher that gets to his spots finishing with either hand at the rim. Scored with dunks, transition, and on drives. Can defend multiple positions as well with his strength and quickness. Look for him to have a productive year at Mount Zion this season. Low major division 1 – Division 2 interest.
Jake Bertolini-Felice 6’4 G Trinity Academy (NC)/Big Shots Elite NC 2020 |
Jake Bertolini-Felice is that energizer bunny player that constantly is running and making plays at both ends of the floor helping your team win games. A Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 Jake averaged 14 ppg earning all star honors. Recently reclassifying to the 2020 class, Jake had a productive circuit season as a consistent all star with Big Shots Elite NC 2020 and puts that time in getting better training with Mark Adams. Type of player that fits big guard – cutting-passing-shooting versatile system, scores at all 3 levels, excelling in a transition game finishing with creativity at the rim. Jake keeps the ball high on release, sound footwork, sees the floor, coach’s son that plays with passion. High academic player with GPA at 4.0+. His cutting and running his lane will open up holes for 5-star teammate Isaiah Todd.
Jordan McNeil 6’1 G Lumberton (NC)/Flight 22 | An efficient scoring combo with a competitive edge that can fill it up from 3 and brings relentless pressure on the drive. McNeil led all 2020 scorers at 25 ppg at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150. A consistent all star playing up in the 17U division for Flight 22 at Big Shots MB Live, Felton, Flight 22 & Florida Live. As he did at camp, Jordan put up big numbers all season long. A balanced guard that can shoot the 3, likes taking big shots and can put pressure on the defense with his attacking mentality off the bounce. With his touch around the rim he is crafty scoring with the left and right and has the strength to fight off contact to finish. He competes creating offense getting into the passing lanes and rebounding at both ends. Expect him to continue to light it up this season at Lumberton. Division 2- LM Division 1 prospect that is attracting that interest.
Vernon Fraley Jr. 6’4 F Wakefield (NC)/Garner Road | Fraley is a high motor forward that uses a strong base, physicality and technique to be efficiently productive. A wide frame 4-man that competes at both ends of the floor and uses frame very well. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150, Vernon scored 11 points in game 1, 20 points in game 2 including 2 3-fg earning all star honors at 15.5 ppg. The bulk of his damage is done in the paint, with quick footwork and rip through moves or dump offs. Added a solid jumper in his tool kit where he is now shooting the 3 consistently. Division 2 programs should definitely be on this one. Has produced consistently for many years at Big Shots.
Reece Edwards 2020 5’11 G Laney (NC)/ Flight 22 | Shooter with range off the catch or bounce. Reece’s pull up game was again automatic at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 averaging 15 ppg and named to the all star team for the 3rd time this fall. A coach’s/players son (dad Cee played at Presbyterian) that understands the game and has a pure stroke to go with it. He is able to break you down off the dribble and a ‘can’t leave’ guy on the perimeter. As he has grown and added strength he is now able to extend his range well past the 3-pt line making him an even tougher check. A paint chipper that applies pressure and uses his body to shield off and rise up to score. Efficient mid-range game, hit countless shots in the paint off the dribble. A consistent all star with Flight 22 Edwards on the Big Shots Circuit 2018, look for him to have a big season at Laney as one of the top shooters in the MidEastern Conference.
Alex Snively 2020 6’1 PG Northwood (NC) /Team Carolina | Knockdown shooter that moves well without the ball to get free and had the hot hand at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150. Alex connected on four 3-fg’s scoring 20 points leading to average of 14 ppg at camp. A player you can run sets for coming off screens due to his shooting ability. Not just a shooter can mix it up inside attacking off a close out. With his basketball IQ he makes sound reads distributing the ball. Snively also created scoring opportunities with his defense getting in the passing lanes. Twitter: @alex.snively
Bradley Williams 2020 5’10 SG Millbrook (NC)/ NC TriStars | Bradley is a two-way player that can defend both 1-2 posiitons and knockdown the 3pt shot off the catch. An all star performer with TriStars on the Big Shots 2018 Circuit continued strong play averaging 10 ppg at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 earning 2019 all star honors. Plays with confidence, posseses an unselfish demeanor, looks to create for others and connects when his shot is there. Twitter: @Hooperbrad2
Brady Rankin 2020 6’1 G Hoggard (NC)/ Flight 22 | A gym rat with a pure stroke proved to be the top 2020 shooter at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 and Wilmington NC Top 150. Brady has an effortless stroke from 3 off catch or the dribble. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 he 10 3-fg’s in two games. Rankin connected on five 3’s for 18 points game 1 followed up with five 3’s for 23 points in game 2. In averaging 21 ppg he showed he wasn’t just a shooter, Rankin attacks close outs and in transition scoring over length at the rim. In a well structured set system at Hoggard, Rankin is an ideal weapon for coach Brett Queen to dial up plays for the shooter to convert in the half court and on OB’s. Brady will be a top shooter in the Mid-Eastern Conference this upcoming season.
Brandon Poggioli 2020 6’2 W Athens Drive (NC)/ Triangle Trailblazers | Brandon is a two-way player that had two efficient scoring outputs at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 pouring in 20 points in one game to average 16 ppg. He showed his ability to knockdown the 3 in the skill session and carried that to the game where he connected on five 3-fgs. At Athens Drive he played on varsity as a sophomore and look for him to have a bigger impact this season. A vocal leader on defense that competes and is in the right spots to make a play. Twitter: bpoggiolo11
Darien Long 2020 6’2′ G NC | Darien is a lengthy driving guard that has a knack to score. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 the scoring combo poured in 23 points in game hitting three 3-fgs. In game 2 he contributed 14 points using his length and athleticism to finish well at the basket. A slashing mentality that gets in the paint and can score with touch. Defensively, he is active on the glass and effects shots.
Jarvis Tillman 2020 6’9 C Richmond Sr (NC)/ Richmond Jammers | Jarvis is a high motor big at 6’9 that showed why he is a college prospect to add to the radar. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 Tillman averaged 12 ppg scoring 14 points in game 1, 10 points game 2. A slashing center that ran the floor scoring in transition, on put backs, dump offs and back to the basket moves. Active defensively and uses his length to rebound out of area and block shots. A quick riser with instincts that will be one to keep an eye on in the upcoming season. You can’t teach 6’9 and his motor is very intriguing as I expect his recruiting to pick up.
Jason Williams 2020 5’10 PG West Carteret (NC)/ Garner Road | West Carteret has consistently had shooters and scoring guards in the mold of their success and Jason Williams is the next in line. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 he showed his smooth pull up game scoring 18 points in game 1. A lead guard that can play on and off the ball, really attacking you to get to the paint or can rise up at 15 feet with a pull up. Quick first step to get by his defender or out in the break. Well spoken team player. An efficient game who should have a big season at West Carteret.
Kobe Jones 2020 6’2 G Granville (NC)/Garner Road | Kobe Jones put on a show in the Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 Dunk Contest, just check the video proof above. As athletic as any guard in North Carolina’s 2020 class, Jones has been known to shut down Garner Road practices with a variety of windmills and jumping over obstacles. Well this obstacle was now jumping over 6’9 UNC commit Day’Ron Sharpe and with no problem Jones put the camp into a frenzy to claim the Slam Dunk title. Driving guard that can finish well above the rim and through contact. Named all star at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150.
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