North Carolina has roughly 37 seniors that have signed their letter-of-intent or have made a strong verbal commitment to college programs over the last several months. There are still a lot of players in the state that can play at the next level and we breakdown some more of the top available here. We touched on some of the top unsigned seniors a couple of weeks ago here.
Shumate was a mainstay at our HoopSeen events with The Carolina Wolves NC this travel season. The 6-foot-8 forward is a non-stop motor player that can shoot it from the outside and has the size to score in the paint. Playing in his senior season at Salem Baptist, Shumate has offers from Coker, Concord, Newberry and Malone University. In a class that is not great in the big man sector, I could see a lower-level Division One school maybe pulling the trigger on Shumate closer to April.
"Being able to stretch the floor is the biggest attribute that Shumate brings to the next level. He can get hot from outside and has a good mid-range game to match. He rebounds well and can start the break with his handle and court vision. I like his length and ability to disrupt the passing lanes" - Justin Byerly
Belton is blessed with a NBA-type body and has recently been recovering from an injury but is now getting back to game speed. The 6-foot-9 wide shouldered forward for North Carolina's best team, Moravian Prep is a behemoth on the block and is a really strong rebounder. Belton is also known to be able to step-out and shoot the ball from deep on occasion. Belton is a guy that can come in and get rebounds at the college level as soon as he walks on campus, and has the body to bang down-low. His long offer list includes Rhode Island, IUPUI, Texas A&M, St. Bonaventure, LaSalle, Drexel, Wake Forest, Elon, Hofstra, Wichita State, UMBC, College of Charleston, South Carolina State and UNLV.
Carolina Day was one of the premier programs in North Carolina back in the early 2000's. Over the past four years The Wildcats have had three different coaches and the talent level has dipped a little since the days of winning state titles roughly twenty years ago. Unsigned senior point guard Lee Langstaff has been a bright spot over the past three seasons. A quick-twitch athlete that can score from all spots on the floor, Langstaff has some bounce to his game and is unassumingly athletic. He is a pure point guard that can create for his teammates but can also take control of the game and score when needed to. The 6-foot-2 guard had some big scoring games against some of the top teams in the state and has proved that he is a Division One prospect.
One of the most athletic players in the state, Hampton thrives at getting the crowd involved in the game with one of his thunderous dunks. He is a shifty 6-foot-2 shooting guard that can break down defenses and attack the rim off the bounce. Hampton has Rutgers signee Dean Reiber as his go-to big man for Northwest Guilford HS and he understands where to get the ball to his big man. What Hampton can bring to the next level is pure athleticism mixed with scoring from the perimeter and a good feel for the game. Hampton's recruitment sits at offers from Mount Olive and Catawba.
Rogers is one of the more unheralded players in the state and playing with one of the most talented teams in the state, Liberty Heights Basketball Institute in Charlotte. Coached former Charlotte prep standout Michael Wright, Rogers spent some time on the HoopSeen circuit with Team Charlotte. Rogers is one of the most consistent shooters in the state and has the size to produce at the next level. He holds offers from North Carolina A&T and Hofstra. Rogers was named one of the three best players we saw at The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions back in May.