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Carolinas’ Top 50 high school basketball recruits

The new No. 1 recruit in North Carolina is Fayetteville’s Dennis Smith, an N.C. State recruit who also will likely miss this season with a knee injury he suffered over the summer.
The new No. 1 recruit in North Carolina is Fayetteville’s Dennis Smith, an N.C. State recruit who also will likely miss this season with a knee injury he suffered over the summer. Getty Images

The Observer’s Top 25 basketball recruits in North Carolina looks a little different now than just a few months ago.

Harry Giles, the consensus No. 1 player in the state, transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Va.), making him ineligible for this year’s rankings. Giles,who is from Winston-Salem, committed to Duke Friday, three days aftersuffering a season-ending knee injury.

The new No. 1 is Fayetteville’sDennis Smith, an N.C. State recruit who also will likely miss this season with a knee injury he suffered over the summer. Another top-ranked N.C. prospect, 6-11 center Sacha Killeya-Jones, is from Chapel Hill but plays at Virginia Episcopal School. Killeya-Jones, who has committed to Kentucky, is also ineligible for the N.C. rankings.

Jones, Giles, Smith, Raleigh Word of God’s Rawle Alkins and High Point Christian’s Edrice Adebayo all rank among the top 35 players nationally.

▪ In South Carolina, 6-1 shooting guard Seventh Woods leads the rankings. He is No. 53 in ESPN’s top 100.

North Carolina Top 25

Rk.

Name

School

Pos.

Ht.

College

1.

Dennis Smith

Fayetteville Trinity Christian

PG

6-2

N.C. State

2.

Edrice Adebayo

High Point Christian

PF

6-9

Undecided

3.

Rawle Alkins

Raleigh Word of God

SG

6-4

Undecided

4.

Jay Huff

Durham Voyager

PF

6-10

Virginia

5.

Deshawn Corprew

Winston-Salem Quality Education

SF

6-5

Arkansas-Little Rock

6.

Jalen Johnson

High Point Wesleyan

SF

6-6

Tennessee

7.

Papa N’diaye

Winston-Salem Quality Education

PF

6-9

Undecided

8.

Grant Williams

Providence Day

PF

6-7

Undecided

9.

Kwe Parker

High Point Wesleyan

PG

6-1

Undecided

10.

John Fulkerson

Ardren Christ School

PF

6-8

Tennessee

11.

Brandon Childress

High Point Wesleyan

PG

6-0

Wake Forest

12.

Quentin Jackson

Apex

CG

6-3

Charlotte

13.

Ty Graves

High Point Christian

PG

5-11

Boston College

14.

Jaylen Fornes

Raleigh Word of God

SG

6-3

UNC Wilmington

15.

Quante McKinzie

Harrells Christian

PF

6-7

Buffalo

16.

Malik Brevard

Winston-Salem Quality Education

PF

6-8

Undecided

17.

Davion Mintz

North Mecklenburg

PG

6-3

Creighton

18.

Isaiah Whaley

Evelyn Mack Academy

PF

6-9

Undecided

19.

Jalen McManus

North Mecklenburg

PF

6-6

Undecided

20.

Raekwon Long

Lincolnton

C

7-1

Florida International

21.

Jordan Sheppard

Asheville Christian

PG

6-3

Undecided

22.

Jalen Harris

Raleigh Word of God

PG

6-1

Buffalo

23.

Patrick Tape’

Queens Grant

C

6-9

Columbia

24.

Ian Boyd

Apex

WF

6-3

George Mason

25.

Deondre Griffin

Knightdale

CG

6-3

Undecided

South Carolina Top 25

Rk.

Name

High School

Pos.

Ht.

School

1.

Seventh Woods

Columbia Hammond School

SG

6-1

Undecided

2.

Sedee Keita

Greenville 22 Feet Academy

PF

6-10

South Carolina

3.

Jordan Bruner

Columbia Spring Valley

SF

6-7

Undecided

4.

Eli Wright

Greenville 22 Feet Academy

SG

6-3

Mississippi State

5.

Brevin Galloway

Anderson TL Hanna

G

6-0

College of Charleston

6.

Darius Hicks

Greenville 22 Feet Academy

PF

6-8

Undecided

7.

Tajh Green

Columbia Johnson

PF

6-7

Undecided

8.

Elijah Lake

Columbia Blythwood

W

6-5

Undecided

9.

Ladarius Williams

Laurens

PF

6-8

Undecided

10.

Clifton Powell Jr.

Greenville 22 Feet Academy

W

6-5

Undecided

11.

Cartier Diarra

West Florence

CG

6-3

Undecided

12.

Deshaun Leftwich

Legacy Charter

CG

6-2

Undecided

13.

Chevez Goodwin

Columbia Hammond

PF

6-8

College of Charleston

14.

Aaron Washington

Greenville 22 Feet Academy

CG

6-3

Undecided

15.

Lydell Elmore

Branchville

PF

6-8

Undecided

16.

Jordan Bowden

Greenville 22 Feet Academy

W

6-5

Undecided

17.

Quinterous Jones

Anderson TL Hanna

PF

6-7

Undecided

18.

Joseph Battle

Abbeville

W

6-3

Undecided

19.

Jamez Rogers

Mount Pleasant

W

6-4

J.C. Smith

20.

Quindarius Hardy

Union

G

6-4

Undecided

21.

Daniel Gillins

Columbia Airport

SF

6-6

Undecided

22.

Xzavier Barmore

Seneca

PG

6-1

Liberty

23.

Quantra Taylor

Indian Land

C

6-8

Undecided

24.

Cam Johnson

Marlboro County

F

6-8

Undecided

25.

Chris Ross

Goose Creek

SG

6-3

Undecided

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