Posted On: 10/21/19 5:00 PM
The North Carolina PrepHoops site has finally dropped the 2023 Watch List for the upcoming high school season. With that being said, here’s a look at 10 names to watch, whether now or in the foreseeable future, with the potential to make an impact in the class.
Jaydon Young – Guard/Wing – Greensboro Day
Jaydon Young is a recent addition to Greensboro Day School’s rotation this season. He’ll be one to watch given his ability to play and guard multiple positions on the floor. With experience in front of him, there will be less pressure on him to produce offensively, but defensively, he’s a guy that should make an impact right away.
Prashant Hill – Guard/Forward – Cannon School
We’ve managed to get plenty of looks at Prashant Hill heading into his freshman season and each time, he impresses. He’s a versatile prospect with his ability to play inside and out. He’s already quite the efficient shooter from behind the arc and gets to the rim off the dribble with ease.
Kobe George – Guard – Ben L. Smith
Kobe George was a standout on the 15U circuit with Team Felton this past summer and playing up may have done him some good as he should see some time at varsity in 2019-20 at Ben L. Smith High School. He’s a solid slasher and has lots of raw athleticism in his skill set. They’ve already got an experienced rotation returning this season but it should still give George an opportunity to learn the little things that will keep him on the floor like defending and rebounding.
Amari Collins – Guard/Wing – Panther Creek
Amari Collins is an intriguing prospect already with his size at 6-foot-2. He’s got good length that he uses well to compete on the defensive end. He uses it well to secure rebounds and push the break as well. On offense, he can shoot the ball with precision from deep. If he’s not on varsity this season, he’ll still be a player due for a solid high school career at Panther Creek High School.
Will Otto – Guard – Broughton
Will Otto is a combo guard prospect with game that goes beyond his years. He’s only 6-foot but plays much bigger with his ability to knock down outside shots in bunches and ability to create off the bounce with his solid court vision. He also plays tough on the defensive end and does well to anticipate moves and force turnovers. Broughton High School may have found a solid point guard for years to come.
Bryce Cash – Wing – Charlotte Christian
Charlotte Christian has quite the prospect on their hands with 6-foot-3 guard Bryce Cash. He can get to the paint and finish and crashes the glass with purpose on both ends. It’s hard to consider him a guard given his presence in the paint, but he’s a player that will probably be hard to keep off the floor for the Knights.
Horace Smith – Forward – Kinston
Horace Smith is the next forward at Kinston High School set to do big things on the hardwood. He’s a long, physical post player with a nice motor for his age. He defends with purpose and alters shot in the paint well. He may not contribute on varsity right away but his size at 6-foot-6 is hard not to utilize somewhere in the program.
Jamal Townsend – Guard – Rocky Mount
Jamal Townsend is a two-way threat that is set to make waves at Rocky Mount High School this season. He’s got a solid feel for the floor on both ends and makes an impact when he’s on the floor. He can score on all three levels offensively and defensively, he’s a got that leads with his on-ball toughness and IQ.
Dice Royster – Guard – Wesleyan Christian
Dice Royster is a combo guard prospect to keep an eye on at Wesleyan Christian Academy. He’s a 6-foot-4 guard that brings tons of energy to the floor with his ability to attack the rim and fly around for blocks on defense. He runs the floor well off the ball and can knock down the outside shot as well.
Demari Guess – Guard/Wing – Hertford County
Last season, they had Keondre Rodgers emerge as a standout prospect in the 2022 class. This season, the freshman to keep an eye on is Demari Guess if he cracks the varsity rotation in 2019-20. He’s quite the combo guard with his all-around feel for the game. He gets to the paint and finishes with ease using his 6-foot-3 frame. He’s also hard to keep off the glass.