Posted On: 09/18/20 10:00 AM

With the final summer of grassroots hoops coming to a close for the Class of 2021, PrepHoops makes an update before the high school season kicks off. The summer helped some more than others given the conditions, but still, Prep Hoops was able to put together a solid rankings update for the respective classes as the high school season approaches. 

Top 10 Overview
Rank First Name Last Name Height Position High School Club Team Commitment
1 Dontrez Styles 6’7″ PF Kinston Team CP3 North Carolina
2 Terquavion Smith 6’3″ CG Farmville Central Team CP3 NC State
3 Bobby Pettiford 6’1″ PG South Granville Team CP3 Louisville
4 Carter Whitt 6’2″ PG Brewster Academy Team Loaded  
5 Jonas Aidoo 7’0″ C Liberty Heights Team Curry 17U  
6 Jamarii Thomas 6’1″ PG The Burlington School Team Curry 17U  
7 B.J. Freeman 6’6″ SF Moravian Prep Team Eat  
8 Lucas Taylor 6’6″ SG Heritage Garner Road  
9 D’Marco Dunn 6’4″ CG Westover Garner Road  
10 Breon Pass 6’1″ PG Reidsville Tea Marie  


There wasn’t much movement in the Top 10, so to speak. At the top, Dontrez StylesDontrezStyles6'7" | PFKinston | 2021State#65NationNC (North Carolina remains No. 1 trailed by Terquavion SmithTerquavionSmith6'3" | CGFarmville Central | 2021State#111NationNC (NC State) and Bobby PettifordBobbyPettiford6'1" | PGSouth Granville | 2021State#117NationNC (Louisville). Fittingly, all are headed to ACC schools with a pedigree for being very good at basketball, so it’ll be interesting to see how everything plays out. Carter WhittCarterWhitt6'2" | PGLeesville Road | 2021State#71NationNC has been a familiar name and is set to make a college decision by mid-year, according to sources. Jonas AidooJonasAidoo7'0" | CLiberty Heights | 2021StateNC and Jamarii ThomasJamariiThomas6'1" | PGThe Burlington School | 2021StateNC are new entrants into the Top 10 as No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. They’ve both have strong summers on the grassroots scene. BJ Freeman remains at No. 7 given his versatility. He’s due for a breakout year at Moravian Prep.

Coming in at No. 8 is Lucas TaylorLucasTaylor6'6" | SGHeritage | 2021StateNC, who has seen his recruitment cool off a bit after reeling in over 30 Division I offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Howard, Ohio State, Miami, Clemson, Virginia Tech and other high-major programs. D’Marco DunnD’MarcoDunn6'4" | CGWestover | 2021State#81NationNC comes in at No. 9, he’s a versatile guard with offers from UNC, Georgia, Arizona, Louisville, Texas, Clemson and Vanderbilt. And rounding out the Top 10 is a familiar name to PrepHoops in Breon PassBreonPass6'1" | PGReidsville | 2021StateNC. He’s seen his recruitment pick up over the summer months and is down to a final four of NC State, Georgia Tech, Providence and East Carolina.

Jamarii ThomasJamariiThomas6'1" | PGThe Burlington School | 2021StateNC, Jonas AidooJonasAidoo7'0" | CLiberty Heights | 2021StateNC move into Top 10

The summer grassroots season still happened, at least for those that participated, and the likes of Team Curry, Team Charlotte, Flight 22 and others showed their stuff as they battled for supremacy in the power rankings. When it was all said and done, Team Curry reigned supreme behind the play of Jamarii ThomasJamariiThomas6'1" | PGThe Burlington School | 2021StateNC and Jonas AidooJonasAidoo7'0" | CLiberty Heights | 2021StateNC. They were a lethal 1-2 combination that terrorized opponents on the offensive end with their abilities and as a result, both find themselves ranked among the Top 10 prospects in the class.

Aidoo has seen his recruitment grow over the summer months as a staple in the Team Curry rotation. Now, he holds over 20 offers from the likes of St. John’s, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Georgia, VCU, Miami, Pittsburgh and other high-major programs are in the running for his services now.

Thomas has grown more as a floor general that distributes the basketball and when he does get to the rim, he makes sure to finish strong through contact. His recruitment is slowly starting to grow given he’s already proven he can defend and score at a high level. He holds offers from Stetson, Winthrop, Georgia Southwestern, Mars Hill, Lees-McRae, Catawba and UNC-Pembroke.

Tons of New Faces (Some Just in New Places) in the Rankings

With the pandemic putting some limitation on the public high school scene, some prospects have made the leap to the private school ranks. It’s been interesting to see, though, as many have decided to re-classify as well, but there still remain a number of unsigned seniors that have transferred into the state of North Carolina. Look for names like Isaac FarahIsaacFarah6'9" | PFLiberty Heights | 2021StateNC, Dondre WatsonDondreWatson6'9" | PFBull City Prep | 2021StateNC, Jay MitchellJayMitchell6'3" | CGForsyth Country Day | 2021StateNC, Brock BowenBrockBowen5'11" | CGWeddington | 2021StateNC, among others in the coming days as prospects worth taking a look at.

Rankings Expand to 200

Keep an eye out for expanded coverage on this update given the 2021 rankings extend from 150 to 200 players. There’s plenty of talent in the state of North Carolina and given the current conditions, it’s worth it to take a look at the entire rankings update. With an additional crop of prospects added to our database, there’s sure to be a prospect that college coaches can use.