Posted On: 02/12/21 2:00 PM

The NCHSAA season has roughly a week left and the freshmen are starting to blossom. Here’s a look at the freshmen standouts at the 2A level.

Javier OrtizJavierOrtiz6'4" | CGSouth Granville | 2024NC | 6’4 Guard | South Granville

Ortiz is an emerging guard/wing prospect in the South Granville rotation. He’s averaging 4.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.3 apg while operating as a solid two-way presence off the bench. He’s an aggressive defender that likes to play physical and attack the paint. As he learns to limit his fouls while staying aggressive on the defensive end, he’s a prospect with room to grow in the class. 

Kaden HammondKadenHammond6'6" | CCummings | 2024NC | 6’6 Forward/Center | Cummings

He’s averaging 13.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.8 apg and 2.2 bpg in the Cummings rotation in Year 1. He uses his size well to make an impact in more ways than one when he’s on the floor. He posted 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting along with 11 rebounds (5 offensive) against Carrboro back on Feb. 2. He’s a big man prospect worth tracking now in the class.

Makel SmithMakelSmith5'11" | CGMorehead | 2024NC | 5’11 Guard | Morehead

Smith is an emerging guard in the 2024 class that currently leads

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