The 2020 class from North Carolina has some high-level talent at the top and some players throughout the rankings that can make an impact at the prospective colleges come this time next year. Here is a look at five impact incoming freshman from this class.
Josh Hall, 6’9, F, Moravian Prep, NC State - His scoring ability and skillset at the high school level will translate immediately for Kevin Keatts and The Wolfpack in the ACC. Hall is all of 6-foot-9 and he can play on the perimeter. He is a consistent shooter from the outside and can create off the dribble. His length allows for him to get into the paint with ease and get to the rim. With NC State not having a legitimate threat from the wing, Hall will be able to come into Raleigh and make some noise. I see him only being on campus for a year before shaking hands with Adam Silver on Draft night. We last saw Hall at The John Wall Holiday Invitational right after Christmas and our Tai Young had this to say about the future NC State player.
"The third, and final NC State signee on the list, Josh Hall was his typical scoring self through the weekend. The past year and a half has been fruitful for Hall as he's improved both his skill level and national standing. His scoring acumen comes naturally given his fluidity at athleticism at a long and lean 6 foot 8 inches. Taking contact seems to have been a point of emphasis in the off season as Hall seems more willing and eager to make his presence felt at the rim. With his future head coach in attendance, Hall made sure to display a nice variety of his scoring moves."
Djimon Bailey, 6’5, PG, Greenfield School, Wake Forest - The first thing with Bailey is his size at the point guard is something we still do not see a lot of at the college level. With Brandon Childress graduating and Bailey along with incoming freshman point guard Marcus Watson from Morgan Park (IL) Danny Manning can go with a bigger point guard when he wants to play big and go to small ball with Marcus. Bailey played with Garner Road Basketball Club on the Adidas circuit and those guys down in Southeast Raleigh produce players that are ready for college basketball as soon as they arrive on campus. Bailey can see over smaller guards at the same position and will be able to get his shot off against them even at that level. Bailey garnered some HoopSeen attention at our HoopSeen Tip-Off.
Josh Banks, 6’3, SG, Olympic HS, VCU - Scoring is what Banks can do and he can do it at a high-level. He is long and lanky with the ability to make shots from all over the floor. This time last year, Banks and his recruitment took a big movement upwards with his 28-point performance against West Charlotte and now Florida State freshman Patrick Williams. Since then he has signed with VCU and fits the mold of the toughness and wiry scoring guards that Mike Rhoades and staff recruit. He should be able to come in and get some quality minutes as a freshman in Richmond. Banks was top-performer from the NCBCA June Live Period Event.
Nolan Dorsey, 6’6, PG, Millbrook HS, New Mexico - In my opinion, the best passing point guard that I saw all season between travel basketball and high school basketball was Dorsey. He has the size and the length at the lead guard position to impact the college level at New Mexico. Head Coach Paul Weir came to a workout at Millbrook, offered and got an official visit within a week to have Dorsey’s commitment and signing sealed. Dorsey has missed some time this season with an injury but his feel for the game and his keen passing ability will translate when he gets to New Mexico. We wrote about Dorsey being a sleeper prospect after his signing with New Mexico here.
Keishon Porter, 6’5. SG, Southwest Edgecombe HS, Radford - Athleticism in the Big South Conference is something that doesn’t compare to conferences a level up and Porter has it. His raw style of game will translate under Mike Jones at Radford. He has the length to cause problems on the defensive side of the ball and over the travel season his shooting was the key question about playing Division One basketball but he quieted all of the questions with his play at The Best of the South. He showed that he put in the work and consistently made shots throughout the four-day live period in Downtown Atlanta in July.
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