With an update to the 2020 rankings around the corner, we’re looking at the Top 10 players at each position. We’ve already covered the Top 10 points guards in the class. Here’s a look at the top shooting guards.
The shooting guards start off with Virginia commit Carson McCorkle. McCorkle is a high-level scorer on the break, in the halfcourt and has the ability to play the point guard position as well. He had a strong summer on the Adidas circuit with Garner Road West to close out his AAU career.
After winning the NCISAA 4A State Title this past season with Greensboro Day, McCorkle returns looking to repeat. He makes up one of the best backcourts in the state alongside 2021 guard Cam Hayes. He’s set to go out with a bang, especially with Brock Williams joining the rotation as well.
Tristan Maxwell has had quite the spring/summer from a recruiting standpoint. He is the son of former NBA player Vernon Maxwell and in his final AAU appearance, Maxwell walks away with a good number of scholarship offers as he heads into the high school season with North Mecklenburg.
Maxwell and North Mecklenburg went 23-5 during the 2018-19 campaign while returning all but two players from last year’s squad. With a ton of experience returning, it will be interesting to see how Maxwell performs, especially with so many Division I offers at his disposal.
He holds offers from NC State, Winthrop, Providence, South Florida, Georgia Tech, Temple, Georgetown, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, St. Louis, Georgia Southern and Gonzaga.
Jamarhi Harvey is yet another transfer into the Moravian Prep ranks, giving them a strong backcourt to work with on a national level. Harvey spent the 2018-19 season at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, where he put up 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Since then, he’s made an appearance on the summer circuit with Team Loaded North Carolina and seen a boost in his recruitment.
Harvey can knock it down from behind the arc as well as defend at a high level. He currently has offers from St. Bonaventure, Nebraska, Rider, Elon, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, Quinnipiac, Hofstra, UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Hampton and Fayetteville State.
Josh Banks is one of the more versatile prospects on the list when it comes to shooting guard prospects. While Banks can fill it up from deep, he’s also an aggressive driver that can get to the rim. Banks had a strong summer getting to the rim and it showed as more offers came his way.
Banks will be one of the top prospects in the state to watch over at Olympic High School this winter. He posted 20.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for them during the 2018-19 season. He currently has offers from Providence, Virginia Tech, Murray State, UMass, VCU, Coastal Carolina, Elon, College of Charleston, UNC-Greensboro and Charlotte.
Ricky Council IV is a high-flying wing that can play above the rim with his length as well as shoot it from anywhere on the floor. Council showed off his arsenal of moves this past summer for Team Felton on the Under Armour circuit.
He has all the athleticism in the world and a nice mid-range game to go along with it. With his 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame, he’s able to get anywhere he wants on the floor. He holds offers from App State, Rice, Coastal Carolina, Siena, UMBC, Georgia Southern, Hofstra and Elon.
Keishon Porter is one prospect in the state of North Carolina that’s seen his recruitment grow in the previous few months. Heading into his senior high school season, Porter holds six offers from college programs after playing with Team Trezz, a non-shoe sponsored team over the summer.
Porter is quite the load on offense, especially on the break with his ability to get out and play above the rim. His shot is something that continues to develop but he’s still a lethal force downhill with the ball in his hands. He currently has UNC-Greensboro, Texas A&M, Radford, Hofstra, Hampton, and UNC-Pembroke.
Jackson Threadgill has shown the ability to play the small forward position, given his size at 6-foot-6, but his length allows him to cause mismatch issues at the shooting guard position. He’s a shooter with skill and given his ability, a lethal matchup on the wing for his opponents.
Threadgill has a nice floor game that allows him to get to the rim or finish with a shot in the midrange. With his underrated handles, he can create shots for himself and others in open space. He’s a matchup nightmare that seems to get better with each outing. James Madison, Charlotte, Mercer, UNC-Greensboro, Wofford and Elon have all offered him.
Zavian McLean is a big combo guard that gets to the rim at will and shoot the basketball. He’s a solid option on the wing at 6-foot-3 and 188 pounds and does well to get to his spots on the floor for easy buckets.
McLean’s biggest strength is his ability to find his shots without the ball. He can knock it down from deep as well as create his own shot off the bounce. Entering his final season, he’s got offers from Howard, VMI, Campbell, Lees McRae, Mount Olive, Lander and Catawba College.
Trent McIntyre has seen his stock on the rise as his final high school season approaches. He led Piedmont Classical in scoring (11.8 ppg), assists (2.5 apg) and steals ( 1.8 spg) this past season. After going 31-3 in 2018-19, the Bobcats return with some of the top prospects in the state.
McIntyre can knock it down from deep at volume and gets after it on the defensive end. He returns for Piedmont Classical after having quite the productive spring/summer for the New Light Disciples. He enters the 2019-20 high school season with offers from Mount Olive and UVA-Wise.
Jalen King-Joiner is another prospect from Piedmont Classical that will finish out our Top 10 list. He runs the floor well and gets to the rim for easy buckets. In the halfcourt, he can knock down the 3-ball with efficiency and get to the rim where he finishes through contact.
King-Joiner has real upside with the ball in his hands and shows poise at getting to open spots on the floor for shots. He’s also got underrated athleticism that allows him to get to the rim and finish strong. He holds offers from Mars Hill and Lees-McRae.