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North Carolina Rankings: A Look at the Top 10 Prospects in the 2021 Class

By Big Shots Nation, 05/15/20, 8:00AM EDT


Take a look at the Top 2021 prospects in the state of North Carolina.

#1 Dontrez Styles - 6'7 - Forward - Kinston

Dontrez Styles is the best prospect in the state of North Carolina given his ability to play multiple positions on the floor at 6-foot-7. He’s the latest name from Kinston to emerge with a high ceiling on the hardwood. He put up 19.7 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game as the Vikings went 26-4 on the year and 12-0 in conference action. He’ll be the first commit in North Carolina’s 2021 recruiting class, which isn’t a bad way to start a signing class. 

#2 Terquavion Smith - 6'3 - Guard - Farmville Central

Terquavion Smith is a combo guard with a ton of tools in his wheelhouse. Smith is an explosive force on the hardwood, especially in their 2A Region Final victory over South Granville, posting 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in a big overtime win. He put up solid numbers once again as the Jaguars returned to the 2A State Final before things were postponed. He’ll be a solid addition on the wing for the NC State Wolfpack.

#3 Will Felton - 6'9 - Forward - Millbrook

Will Felton is a big man prospect that's due for a break out soon. Felton is one of the more underappreciated big men in the state, but he does the dirty work in the paint on both ends. He put up 19.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.8 assists per game along with 22 double-doubles in the Millbrook rotation in 2019-20. Coaches at the next level are starting to notice as he holds offers from UNC-Wilmington, High Point, Elon, Hofstra and Appalachian State. 

#4 Carter Whitt - 6'2 - Guard - Leesville Road

Carter Whitt continues to prove the critics otherwise as he continues to develop his all-around. After falling to Millbrook in their first contest, he led them to three victories including in the state playoffs to advance to the next round. He’s a shifty point guard that can fill it up on all three levels but is even more lethal as a playmaker for others. He’s the blueprint for a player that makes everybody around them better. He holds offers from the likes of Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Memphis.

#5 D’Marco Dunn - 6'4 - Guard - Westover

D'marco Dunn is a name that’s growing across the state of North Carolina. He was a standout for Westover High as they made it all the way to the 3A State Final before the pandemic shut things down indefinitely. He’s a combo guard that can create on all three levels but looks to get to the midrange area and dominate. He put up a convincing 25 points against Rocky Mount in an 82-55 victory, then followed that up with a 27-point performance against Clayton. He’s also quite the rebounder, he had six against Rocky Mount and nine against Clayton. Given his all-around skill set at 6-foot-4., he holds offers already from UNC-Greensboro, Maryland, Xavier, Clemson and a slew of other Division I programs.

#6 Bobby Pettiford Jr. - 6'1 - Point Guard - South Granville

Bobby Pettiford Jr. is a point guard prospect with a very high ceiling. Pettiford really turned a corner in 2019-20, leading the Vikings to a 32-1 record while posting 21.8 points, 7.4 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game. One thing that stands out along with his playmaking ability is his efficiency from the field. He shot 56 percent from the field on the season, showing off his ability to get to the paint and finish in traffic consistently all year long. He holds offers from Louisville, Providence, UNC-Wilmington, Elon, High Point and Virginia Tech. 

#7 Elijah Jamison - 6'3 - Guard - Louisburg

Elijah Jamison is an high-scoring guard that's doing damage at Louisburg High School. Jamison averaged a double-double during his junior year, 29.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals per contest to lead the way for the Warriors. He’s a big guard prospect that does whatever it takes on both ends to get his team a victory. 

#8 Eric van der Heijden - 6'9 - Forward - Millbrook

Eric van der Heijden is another name that’s growing at Millbrook High School. He transferred in from Ravenscroft School this past season and fared well on the wing and in the frontcourt. He averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per contest as the Wildcats went 23-4 on the year, losing to just two teams all year long in the end. He can knock down shots with ease from the wing at 6-foot-9 then is quite the athlete as well that likes to fly to the rim. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range while making 54 total from behind the arc in 2019-20. High major programs are starting to take notice as he holds offers from Maryland, Wake Forest, Texas, Providence, UNC-Wilmington and others. 

#9 Lucas Taylor - 6'4 - Guard/Wing - Heritage

Lucas Taylor has really seen his recruitment grow during the current state of things, with offers coming in from a number of Division I schools. He put up 21.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game and took home NAC VI Co-Player of the Year honors for his performance when it was all said and done. He’s a prospect that can extend the floor with his 3-point shooting, he made 66 3-pointers in 2019-20 but even more of a threat driving to the hole. He holds offer South Florida, Iona, Providence, Elon, Wake Forest and other Division I programs

#10 Kuluel Mading - 6'9 - Forward/Center - The Burlington School

Kuluel Mading is a lengthy prospect at The Burlington School that’s turning heads in the state of North Carolina. Mading is a rising forward prospect at 6-foot-10 that’s making waves as a stretch-4 and has very high upside as a rim protector and rim runner. He also is quite the shooter on the perimeter and can handle the ball a bit as well. He holds offers from Providence, Clemson, Hampton, UNC-Wilmington, Elon, UNC-Greensboro, Radford and Western Carolina and is due for a big senior campaign.