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North Carolina 2017 Top 10: Batts Leading The Way
by Zachary Lyon, Future150 (11:22 AM CT, Wed March 8, 2017)
Lavar Batts is ready for a monster career at VCU.
Lavar Batts is ready for a monster career at VCU.
Zachary Lyon
Zachary Lyon:

Future150 Regional Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball: NC, SC & VA

Charlotte, NC (Future150) -- With high school season coming to a close, and 2017 prospects nearing the time to pack their bags and head to their four-year schools, we take a look at the top ten seniors in the state of North Carolina.

1.| Lavar Batts, 6'4" CG, J.M. Robinson, Committed to VCU: Batts has been the undisputed #1 senior in North Carolina for quite some time now. There are close seconds like Blake Harris and JP Moorman, but Batts finishes his high school career at the top spot. He should be able to help coach Will Wade and the Rams right away with his great size, strength, speed, and athleticism paired with his elite ability to finish at the rim and make plays for other teammates. 

2.| J.P. Moorman, 6'7" G/F, Greensboro Day School, Committed to Temple: Moorman finished out his high school career on top by helping lead Greensboro Day to a state championship win over Wesleyan Christian Academy. At 6'7", Moorman will be able to play the two, three, and four positions for Temple. This is what makes Moorman so special, his versatility on both ends of the floor. He can handle the ball like a wing, yet he can defend opposing frontcourts with his length and athleticism. It will be fun to watch the jack of all trades continue to develop under coach Fran Dunphy at Temple. 

3.| Blake Harris, 6'3" CG, Word of God, Committed to Washington: Harris will be a breath of fresh air at UW next season, considering they will be losing a ton of production when Markelle Fultz declares for the NBA Draft. Not to say Harris will have a Fultz type impact, but he will definitely be able to contribute in all three main stat categories during his freshman season. Don't be shocked if he is an All-Pac-12 selection before his career is finished at Washington. 

4.| Brandon Huffman, 6'9" F/C, Word of God, Committed to North Carolina: Seeing his stock explode over this past summer, Huffman went from little known low-major prospect to nationally known big man on his way to Chapel Hill to continue his basketball career. The key strengths to Huffman's game are his size, frame, and sneaky athleticism. He will fit the Tar Heel mold perfectly with his elite rebounding, and ability to run the floor well and finish strong around the rim. 

5.| Justyn Hamilton, 6'10 F/C, Independence High School, Committed to Temple: The second prospect in this NC class headed to Temple is Hamilton. The scary thing about Hamilton is how good he already is, and how much better he can get. He has elite length and a terrifying wingspan that gives him the potential to be an elite rim protector. He has vastly improved his back-to-the-basket game over the past year and is continuing to become a factor in the mid-range. Even though he may not make too much noise during his freshman campaign, he will have a highly productive career at Temple. 

6.| Carter Collins, 6'1" PG, East Chapel Hill High School, Committed to Davidson: Unfortuantely for Davidson, they are losing an all-american caliber player in PG Jack Gibbs after this season. The good news for the wildcats is that they have a pretty darn good floor general coming in to help make up for lost production. Collins is a wiry, high motored point guard that makes a big impact on both ends of the floor. He is a very crafty scorer around the rim and a pest on defense always trying his best to smother his man and create a turnover. 

7.| Tyler Maye, 6'1" CG, Farmville Central High School, Uncommitted: Easily the best unsigned senior left in North Carolina, Maye knows how to put on a show on the offensive end. His deadly crossover paired with his smooth handles and quickness make him an extremely tough cover. Not to mention his dead eye shooting abilitiy from deep and mid-range. For a smaller guard, he finishes through contact fairly well and never lacks confidence. He currently lists offers from Coastal Carolina, Kansas State, Kennesaw State, New Hampshire, UNC-Charlotte, Western Carolina, and Winthrop. Whatever program he ends up at, he has the raw skills to make some kind of impact right away. 

8.| Ryan Schwieger, 6'6" SF, Weddington High School, Committed to Princeton: Schwieger is a fundamental wing that always knows the best play to make. He is an adequate scorer from all three levels and is a solid rebounder and on-ball defender. He will fit in nicely with the Princeton offense and will have plenty of opportunities to score and showcase his fundamental style of play. 

9.| Jalen Seegars, 6'5" SG, High Point Christian Academy, Committed to UNC-Asheville: UNC-Asheville got an absolute steal in Seegars. Built like a linebacker, he is one of the best rebounding guards in the state and is a dog on the defensive end. On offense it is difficult to slow him down with his ability to knock down pull-up jumpers and bully smaller defenders when slashing to the basket. Don't be shocked to see Seegars make a nice impact his freshman season. 

10.| Michael Hueitt, 6'3" SG, Northwood Temple, Committed to Old Dominion: Arguably the best pure shooter in his class in North Carolina, Hueitt will also have chances to make an immediate impact at ODU based off his shooting abilities alone. He has a high IQ and is a natural leader on the court. By the time his collegiate career is over he could be one of the best scorers in college basketball, period. 


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