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N.C. boasts strong crop of basketball talent in 2016 recruiting class

High Point Wesleyan 6-10 power forward Harry Giles is the No. 1 recruit nationally in the class of 2016
High Point Wesleyan 6-10 power forward Harry Giles is the No. 1 recruit nationally in the class of 2016 jhknight@newsobserver.com

The N.C. high school boys’ basketball recruiting class of 2016 is especially strong.

Three of the top eight recruits in the ESPN Top 100 are from the Tar Heel State. Harry Giles, a 6-foot-10 forward from Winston-Salem, is ranked No. 1 overall. Dennis Smith Jr., a 6-2 guard from Fayetteville, is ranked No. 4, the top point guard in his class. And Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, a 6-8 power forward from Pinetown, is ranked No. 8 overall. He’s the second-ranked player at his position behind Giles.

Three other N.C. recruits are in the ESPN top 100: Sacha Killeya-Jones, a 6-10 forward from Chapel Hill; 6-9 forward Mamadi Diakite from Cashiers; and 6-2 guard Kwe Parker from Fayetteville. Jones is ranked No. 57, Diakite No. 70 and Parker is No. 90.

“This 2016 (class) is one of the strongest (N.C.) classes ever,” said Rick Lewis of the Phenom Hoop Report, which covers the state closely. “You have three of the top 10 players nationally. Giles is the consensus No. 1 player in the country. Smith is the No. 1 point guard. Adebayo was simply dominating at the (National Basketball Players Association) top-100 camp and saw his stock climb even more. Think Dwight Howard.”

Lewis said in addition to that trio, players such as 6-10 Virginia recruit Jay Huff, 6-6 Deshawn Corprew – who had a strong showing at the NBPA camp – and Killeya-Jones, who is getting recruiting attention from Kentucky and North Carolina, help give the state incredible depth.

“There are over 75 recruitable Division I prospects in North Carolina,” Lewis said. “We have quality and tremendous depth.”

▪ Killeya-Jones plays at Virginia Episcopal School and is not listed in the Observer’s Top 25 rankings of in-state recruits.

Observer N.C. Class of 2016 Top 25 Ranking

Rk.

Name

High School

Ht.

College

1.

Harry Giles

High Point Wesleyan

6-10

undecided

2.

Dennis Smith Jr.

Fayetteville Trinity Christian

6-2

undecided

3.

Edrice Adebayo

Pinetown Northside

6-8

undecided

4.

Jay Huff

Durham Voyager

6-10

Virginia

5.

Deshawn Corprew

Winston-Salem Quality Education

6-6

undecided

6.

Kwe Parker

High Point Wesleyan

6-1

undecided

7.

Jalen Johnson

High Point Wesleyan

6-5

undecided

8.

Ty Graves

High Point Christian

6-1

Boston College

9.

Grant Williams

Providence Day

6-7

undecided

10.

Papa N’diaye

Winston-Salem Quality Education

6-9

undecided

11.

Brandon Childress

High Point Wesleyan

5-11

Wake Forest

12.

Iran Bennett

Durham Mount Zion

6-9

undecided

13.

Jaylen Fornes

Raleigh Word of God

6-2

undecided

14.

Emmanuel Ugboh

Winston-Salem Quality Education

6-10

undecided

15.

Jevontae Milner

Burlington Cummings

6-6

undecided

16.

Isaiah Whaley

Gastonia Ashbrook

6-9

undecided

17.

Jalen McManus

North Mecklenburg

6-6

undecided

18.

Jalen Harris

Raleigh Word of God

6-1

undecided

19.

Jordan Sheppard

Asheville Christian

6-1

undecided

20.

Patrick Tape’

Queens Grant

6-9

Columbia

21.

Davion Mintz

North Mecklenburg

6-4

undecided

22.

Osinachi Smart

Greensboro New Garden Friends

6-8

undecided

23.

Ty Gadsden

Victory Christian

6-1

undecided

24.

Mike Buckland

High Point Wesleyan

6-4

undecided

25.

Quante McKinzie

Harrells Christian

6-7

undecided

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