As usual, North Carolina is chock full of top flight high school basketball recruits.
North Mecklenburg's Jae'Lyn Withers and West Charlotte's Patrick Williams, a pair of 6-foot-8 forwards who can play four positions, recently picked up offers from Arizona. Concord Cox Mill's Wendell Moore, who won a gold medal with USA Basketball last summer and a state championship last March, continues to prove he's as good as his lofty national rankings.
But the guy who is having perhaps the best summer of any area N.C. star is Rocky River sophomore Jaden Springer. Springer is a 6-foot-4 guard.
N.C. recruiting analyst Rick Lewis of Phenom Hoop Report has long said he believed that, regardless of class, Springer might be the state's best player.
After averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds as a sophomore -- and leading Rocky River to its first N.C. 4A Western Regional championship game -- Springer was named the Southwestern 4A player of the year and to the Observer's All-Mecklenburg team.
In the travel ball season, Springer has kept up the pace.
Springer, 15, is playing with the 17-and-under team for B. Maze Elite (Tenn) in the Under Armour Association. Although he's a rising junior playing with mostly rising seniors, Springer ranks third in the league in scoring (21.1 points). He's 13th in rebounding (6.9) and ties for No. 10 in assists (3.8).
Rivals also named him of one of the top five players in last week's Pangos All-American camp in Cerritos, CA. The camp brought together many of the nation's top recruits in the classes of 2019 and 2020. A handful of players in the classes of 2021 and 2022 participated.
Springer and Moore both played in the camp's premier all-star game for the top 30 players there. Springer has more than a dozen college offers, including from N.C. State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and UCLA.