Triangle Challenge: Unheralded Big Men

Grassroots
North Carolina

Posted On: 06/23/17 7:00 PM

The Triangle Challenge is a basketball summer league held at the Club Teen Center in Raleigh, NC. Some of the top names in high school basketball participate every year as well as unheralded guys that are great players in their own right. I’ve detailed a few big men who are producing at a high level in the Triangle Challenge that have managed to somewhat fly under the recruiting radar heading into their senior season.

Michael Armstrong – 6’6” F | Athens Drive HS | Class of 2018 (Carolina Vortex)

Underrated. Armstrong is a load to deal with in the paint. Despite being somewhat undersized, he is quick enough to get around most defenders, has a very long wingspan and rises up for dunks in traffic with his quick leaping ability. He rebounds the ball well, has a high motor, a nose for the ball and competes on every possession. Whatever school gets him will have themselves a player.

Evan Davis – 6’7” F | Garner HS | Class of 2018 (Carolina Flash)

Davis was quite a surprise. He moves pretty well for a player his size, is active on the glass and crafty in the paint. In the matchup that I got my first chance to view him, he showed a ton of grit and toughness while facing a team with much more depth on the inside. Never once wilted and stayed on the attack. At the next level, should he come into a good situation where he can develop his core and go to moves, could become a steal.

Ody Oguama – 6’8” F | Cardinal Gibbons HS | Class of 2018 (NC Red Storm)

One word that could be used to describe Oguama is lengthy. He is also a very active big man that does a solid job running the floor and protects the rim at the highest level. Outstanding shot blocker in man-to-man defense and even scarier on weakside blocks. Offensively, he’s very raw but there is a lot to like. Possesses above average quickness off the dribble and a willingness to mix it up inside. His best days are ahead of him.