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Updated: February 27, 2019

NORTH CAROLINA BEST TEN AVAILABLE 2019 FORWARDS / BIGS

Below are several of the top forwards/bigs left on the board in North Carolina’s 2019 class:

Emmanuel Izunabor

Emmanuel Izunabor 2019 6’9 C Fayetteville Academy (NC)/ Team Felton (Offers: ECU, Denver, Radford, Hofstra)
Top big and shot blocker left in NC’s 2019 class. Emmanuel had that high major breakout performance at Big Shots NC Top 150 showing he is NC’s elite shot blocker and high motor big in 2019. At 6’9 Izunabar plays with intensity and energy you want in a big with instincts to block shots or rebound. Offensively, he plays hands ready, dunks with force, shot hooks right and left with a 15 foot face up game. His motor is what stands out beating his opponent down the floor or covering ground with his 7’0+ wingspan. Top 3 big overall in NC 2019 class. State champion | NC 2019 No. 28

Nicholas Evtimov 2019 6’7 PF Greensboro Day (NC)/Team United (Offers: Campbell, UNCG, Lehigh, Towson, Iona, App State, Bucknell, Colgate, Little Rock)
Every time Nicholas takes the floor there’s production and usually ends in a W for his team. He was a key piece to Greensboro Day accomplishing their 3-peat state title this year. High motor big that runs rim to rim and beats you with effort, strength, footwork and high basketball IQ. Son of former UNC/McDonald’s All American Vassil Evtimov. One of NC’s top available that continues to impress me every time I see him. Face up game stretches out to the 3. Rebounds both ends of the floor. Experienced player that played on France national team. Can make impact very soon at next level at the right fit | @NicholasEvtimo3 – NC 2019 No. 31

Jayden Turner 2019 6’6 SF Southwest Guilford
What a season Jayden Turner and Southwest Guilford is having. Along with the Langley twins, Turner has his team No. 1 in the state and undefeated going into the playoffs. A ‘Jack of All Trades’ type of wing that plays at the front of the press, defends 1-4, leads the break off a rebound, hits timely shots and sets the tone with his energy and productivity. An all state candidate due to his versatility and knack to win games. I’ve fielding several calls of late from Division 1 programs showing interest in the 6’6 wing.

Fiifi Quansah

Fiifi Derrick Quansah 2019 6’11 PF Village Christian (NC)/ Garner Road (Offers: ODU, ECU) Hottest big prospect in NC 2019. Recently offered by ECU, Fiifi is coming on at the right time. A breakout performer at NC Top 150 scoring 23 ppg. At 6’11 with strength and athleticism he has figured out how to use it. Motor to run the floor hard, moves well with instincts around the rim to get open when guards penetrate for easy lobs and two-hand power flushes through contact. Quansah plays with a solid motor which reflects on his activity on the glass. Defensively, he’s an active shot blocker and rebounder with his 7’1 wingspan. We are surprised that Quansah only holds two Division 1 offers but we expect many more Division 1 schools to pull the trigger offering Quansah. Has a high ceiling as he continues to develop under the tutelage of the West Family. – NC 2019 No. 42

NC Top 150
Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh 2019 6’6 SF Cardinal Gibbons (NC)/ Big Shots Elite 2019 |
One of NC’s top available 2019 stretch forwards that creates a mismatch offensively and showed that at Big Shots NC Top 150 averaging 24 ppg, carrying it on to the high school season where he has averaged 21 ppg 9 rpg. Always a shooter with a high basketball IQ now adds burst to his game. Walsh has lost 20 lbs since last high school season and it is showing with his explosiveness. The top 5 performer at NC Top 150 finishes above the rim with ease and his foot quickness was evident on the perimeter. The Big Shots Elite NC star forward is a player who feels comfortable on the perimeter shooting the 3 or posting up down-low. With his skill set you can draw sets up for him at various levels on the floor in ball screen actions or iso calls. Even with losing 20 lbs, he finishes well through contact with a strong base to score against bigs or defend them at the other end. His basketball IQ stands out with his instincts, passing and feel to make a play. Every time we see Walsh it seems he has improved his ball-handling as well. Following a standout July circuit, Walsh remains hot and on track for a big high school season. A player that I’ve had a division 1 prospect since he’s been 15, it’s great to see him playing at that level again going in to his senior season. High academic Division 1 programs should be looking into Walsh heavily.@micheal_walsh_5 – NC 2019 No. 50

Zack Austin 2019 6’7 F Winston Salem Prep (NC)/ Team Winston (Offers: USC Upstate)
Austin is an explosive hybrid forward that plays with a motor and fearless mentality attacking the rim. Super bouncy playing above the rim. A 4-3 combo that creates a mismatch at the offensive end off the dribble and on the glass. Defensively he can guard 1-5 with his length and quicks. A prospect that is attracting LM-MM/D2+ interest as he leads No. 1 Winston Salem Prep into the playoffs | All Star: ESPN CLT ’18, Team United ’16 – | Offers: USC Upstate @ZackAust11 – NC 2019 No. 51

Demilade Adelekun 2019 6’8 PF Gaston Day (NC)/ Team Loaded NC Offers: UNC Asheville
Demilade had a big senior season earning All State honors. A past all star at Big Shots at Winston Salem, Adelekun excels back to the basket and back to baseline moves scores off 1-2 dribbles and dump offs. Quick off his feet and with his length covers ground at the rim. Sees the double passing out of the post very well to opposite and cutters.Plays with a high basketball IQ, high motor, shoots the three with ease. Upside with his size and skill set @DemiAdelekun

Dusan Dordevic 2019 6’8 PF Freedom Christian (NC)
Dusan is a stretch forward that shoots the 3. Double-dobule guy that earned all state honors as a senior. Standout at Zaxby’s MLK Tourney Town Showcase presented by Big Shots with his ability to pick and pop will attract D1 recruiting late.

David Elien Jr. 2019 6’11 C Chapel Hill (NC)/ Team Stacked
(Offers: Winthrop, UNC Pembroke)
Bigs with motor and feel are tough to come by late in the recruiting so David Elien is a hot name in the Carolina’s amongst LM/MM & D2+ programs. A 6’11 big that runs the floor and quick off his feet. Soft hands on the catch and finishing inside. He has a nice feel in traffic not to rush and make the reads. Trains with Mark Adams. One of the top available Centers in NC 2019 class. @davidelien20

Noah Dunn

Noah Dunn 2019 6’4 SG Greensboro Day NC Big Shots Elite NC 2019
(Offer: Winston Salem St)
Four time state champion and 2000+ point scorer sums up Noah Dunn in a sentence. To show his grit he overcame an ACL injury he suffered in July to be back on the court key contributor for Greensboro Day in February.  Nicknamed Mr. Efficient for a reason Noah Dunn is a flat out bucket getter and was all year on the Big Shots Circuit starring for Big Shots Elite NC. He can hurt you inside with the post up game even showing the bounce with authority dunks in traffic, but the bread and butter of Noah’s game is his ability to stretch the floor with his stroke. A 3-level scorer that uses his strong frame to create a mismatch and quick trigger and touch to deliver daggers. Reminds me of former MVC POY, Tulsa all-time Gary Collier who starred for Tubby Smith at Tulsa, really didn’t have a natural position but always produced at a high rate in an old-school type of game and did it every night. On a super talented team at Greensboro Day under the tutelage of legendary Freddy Johnson, Noah is one that excels in the system setting due to efficiency. MVP: NC Tip Off ’18, Felton ’17, All Star: Winston ’18, CLT Biancardi, MB Live, Felton ’18, @Baller_status42 | NC 2019 No. 60

Wilmington NC Top 150BJ Mclaurin 2019 6’7 F Seventy First (NC)/ Flight 22
(Offers: Fayetteville State)
Versatile forwards that stretch the floor are a hot commodity these days and BJ McLaurin excels in that role. McLaurin is another stretch forward at 6’7 who shows a vast amount of versatility offensively and defensively. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 McLaurin averaged 21 ppg. He shows that he is comfortable operating offensively on the perimeter. Like Michael Walsh, McLaurin is a player who has the foot quickness to guard on the perimeter and creates a mismatch at the other end either with length, size or speed. He is able to knock down mid-range and three-points jumpers at a consistent rate. McLaurin does a good job on the glass especially offensively playing with a relentless motor. Starred for Flight 22 on the Big Shots Circuit as a consistent all star. Added his first offer following the NC Top 150 from Fayetteville State. – NC 2019 No. 70

Rev Tholel 2019 6’8 PF Tri-City NC Big Shots Elite NC 2019
Rev is a hybrid forward with a rim to rim motor, face up game stretches out to the 3. He has a high level frame and a skill set to build on that given a year’s time he could blossom into a standout player at the next level. He hits the glass hard at both ends. Broke onto the scene at Big Shots Winston Salem ’18. Receiving D1/D2 interest

William Onyeobi 2019 6’6 SF Fayetteville Academy (NC)/ Team Felton  |
When you are determined to be in the dunk contest and others don’t want a part of that contest with you, you know you’re a high flyer. Williams is a hybrid wing that can go get it. Excels in uptempo game with an explosive first step, high motor that blows by you and can rise up at the rim. Was named 2019 all star in averaging 21 ppg at Big Shots Ralegih NC Top 150. Similar to Emmnauel Izunabor, Williams was a breakout performer and did it utilizing his size,length and athleticism mixed with his motor. Defensive specialist able to guard 1-4, shot blocker at the rim. Onyeobi was named NCISAA All State as a senior and crowned state champion. NC 2019 No. 76

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