Top 5 Underclassmen To Watch in WNC

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North Carolina

Posted On: 02/27/18 9:47 AM

The 2018 season is over for only a handful of public school teams in Western North Carolina. A solid graduating class will open the doors to these five underclassmen for next season.

2019 SF Ren Dyer (North Buncombe HS)-I have never covered a player that is tougher than Dyer, pound for pound. He is one of the most athletic players returning in WNC and had some high scoring games last season surpassing the 40-point mark on a few occasions. He picked up an offer from Western Carolina University after his 46 point performance against West Henderson HS in January. What is most impressive about his performance was he scored 30 points in the 4th quarter. He can rebound with anyone in the state and is a great midrange shooter on the move. 

2020 G Callin Randolph (Mountain Heritage HS)-Randolph is the best shooter in the area. He has already set the record for most three-pointers in a game for Mountain Heritage and has one of the best strokes that you will find anywhere. He has a high basketball IQ and makes the right play 95% of the time.

2019 G Jake Smith (Enka HS)-Smith, like Dyer had a few games where he scored over 40 points. He is a legitimate threat to score as soon as he comes into the gym. He has a really good shot and can consistently make them from anywhere on the floor. He spent this past summer playing with Team South Carolina and really improved his shot selection and consistency prior to the season.

2019 F Landon Henley (Tuscola HS)-The 6-foot-6 Henley is a skilled post player that can score down low and can pop out and knock down shots out to the three-point line. He is spending this summer playing with The Mooresville Magic and should provide some length and toughness to the front line.

2020 G Max Rogers (Tuscola HS)-Rogers is a skilled guard that can play at the rim and plays much bigger than his 6-foot-2 Fram suggests. He is a smart basketball player that doesn’t make many mistakes when he haas the ball in his hands. He is a good defender and should be in the running for all-conference next season.