The guys at GetMeRecruited have been gettin’ it done. After bringing the state’s best players all under one roof in March with their Super 60 Showdown, they got it done yet again. They made things easy for scouts, coaches, and mixtape guys alike to check out the best that the class of 2019 had to offer not just from North Carolina, but the entire South and beyond at the GetMeRecruited SE All-Freshman Invitational.
Held at Knightdale High School in Raleigh, the one day event was just about everything one could ask for to get a glimpse of the future. Dope color programs, a smooth schedule that ran on time, and a hospitality room sponsored by Zaxby’s were a few of the added perks that were offered. With Nike jerseys and former camp alumni such as Kentucky bound Sacha Killeya-Jones coaching the squads, it was just as enjoyable for the hoopers themselves. Naturally though, the best part of the event was the immense amount of talent that was all under one roof.
Here are a few of the top players from the 2015 GetMeRecruited SE All-Freshman Invitational:
Wendell Moore, 6-5, SF, Cox Mill HS (NC)
One of the youngest players in the class of 2019 nationally, Wendell Moore picked up an offer from Tennessee a few weeks ago at just 13 years old. At 6’5 with a the body of a senior, Moore is the type of physical specimen that you don’t see too often. He created his own shot at the will, finished above the rim, and used his athleticism to defend multiple positions all over the floor. Fresh off of killing it at the SE All-Freshman Invitational, Wendell received yet another ACC offer from Wake Forest.
Christian Brown, 6-6, SF/PF, AC Flora HS (SC)
There wasn’t a player who played with more energy than Christian Brown. With a motor that simply didn’t stop and dreads flying around everywhere, Brown was the type of active forward that every coach dreams of having. The explosive athlete took home the dunk contest crown and was much improved creating his own shot than when we last saw him in the spring. Both UNC and NC State hosted Brown, who is one of South Carolina’s best freshmen, on unofficial visits.
Marquise Walker, 5-11, PG, Chicago St. Joseph’s (IL)
While most players came to the event were within driving distance, Marquise Walker flew to North Carolina for the one day event to get some run with the Southeast’s finest. The super shifty lead guard already has a year of high school experience under his belt and it showed when matched up against his own peers. He got in the lane at will, finished creatively at the rack, and constantly got teammates the rock in scoring positions. Already hearing from the likes of Baylor and LSU, Walker visited UNC before flying back to the CHI.
Jamal King, 6-4, SF, Wayne Country Day (NC)
Jamal King was one of those guys who straight blew up over the weekend. Showing that he could hold his own against the region’s finest, King was tough attacking the rack and kept the D honest with his ability to shoot it from deep. As Jamal continues to improve as a ball-handler, it will only make him more of a problem as a one-on-one scorer.
Deantonio Gordon, 6-7, PF, Leflore HS (AL)
As far as long term potential is concerned, there weren’t many guys that offered more than Deantonio Gordon. Following in Demarcus Cousins’ footsteps at Leflore, Gordon has the raw ability to follow in his footsteps to the highest level. He was a simply unbelievable shot-blocker, blending nice timing with some serious bounce. Toss in the ability to finish above the rim and you see why programs such as UNC and NC State are already vying for his services.
Khalil Shaheed, 5-11, PG, Wheeler HS (GA)
A player that I definitely wasn’t hip to before the event, Khalil Shaheed immediately made his presence felt from the first game over the weekend. He used his blazing speed and flashy style of play to get by most defenders on the way to the cup, yet also locked down to the point that he was named the camp’s MVP on the defensive side of things. Playing for one of Georgia’s finest high schools, expect Shaheed to get plenty of attention moving forward.
Josh Nickleberry, 6-4, SG/PG, Northwood Temple (NC)
Already having a year of varsity hoops under his belt, Josh Nickleberry had more preparation than most rolling into the event. A volume scorer, he showed that he could light it up in a hurry with his crazy J and advanced scoring moves. He’s one of those guys who is already receiving D-1 interest and should have his first offer in no time.
JC Tharrington, 5-11, PG, Charlotte Christian (NC) The best shooter that we saw in the event, JC Tharrington was straight feathery with his touch from beyond the arc. He bombed from NBA three, made really nice decisions with the rock, and was a threat to shoot it off of the bounce. Word on the street got to college coaches about this shooter too, as NC State hosted Tharrington on an unofficial visit following the camp.