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North Carolina 2019 Rankings (#1-#10): Joey Baker Steady
by Zachary Lyon, Future150 (8:04 AM CT, Thu March 29, 2018)
Baker will fit well in Duke's system.
Baker will fit well in Duke's system.
Zachary Lyon
Zachary Lyon:

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

Charlotte, NC (Future150) -- Duke commit Joey Baker of Trinity Christian School is holding steadily as one of the clear-cut best wing prospects in the state and the country, regardless of class. Who stands at #1? Who else made the top-10?

#1 | Jalen Lecque, PG, Christ School: Lecque is an electric guard, to say the least. The 6'3" lead guard, is an extremely athletic floor general with great decision making skills and phenomonal scoring abilities from all three levels. He has taken the high school hoops scene over by storm not only in North Carolina, but around the country. Lately he has been garnering a nickname of, "Baby Westbrook", by the media and fans. Lecque will head into college basketball with a ton of hype surrounding him during the 2019-2020 season. 

#2 | Wendell Moore, G/F, Cox Mill High School: No a back-to-back state champion with Cox Mill, it's safe to say Moore has cemented his legacy in North Carolina high school hoops. Holding offers from Duke, Kansas, and UNC among others, Moore has continued to prove himself as a stout high-major wing prospect with great strength, rebounding, and understanding of the game. His improvements on the offensive end has really helped take his game to the next level. 

#3 | Joey Baker, SF, Trinity Christian School: The Duke commit, will be a prized jewel in the Blue Devils 2019 recruiting class. Baker has fantastic length on the wing, and is very underrated as an athlete. His smooth, crafty scoring abilities will fit right in with Coach K's system. He definitely has pro-potential and fantastic upside, but will probably need more than a year or two in college unlike Lecque or Moore. Regardless, Baker is a stud and will have a very good career in a Duke jersey. 

#4 | Greg Gantt, SF, Trinity Christian School: Gantt has really seen his stock skyrocket over the past 12 months or so, after seeing lots of low-major offers and interest come his way, now it seems Gantt is a legit high major wing prospect holding offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Oklahoma State, Providence, South Carolina, UConn, Virginia Tech, and Xavier among others. Playing alongside Joey Baker at TCS, expect them both to have huge summer's and senior year's. 

#5 | Josh Nickelberry, SG, Northwood Temple Academy: Nickelberry is a crafty scoring-guard with good size (6'4", 170 pounds) and versatile enough to play the one, two, and even the three in a small-ball line-up. Holding offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Xavier among many others, it's safe to say that Nickelberry is a high-priority guard prospect from a number of high major programs. 

#6 | Patrick Williams, G/F, West Charlotte High School: Williams had a terrific summer last year with Team Unitedon the EYBL Circuit. He continues to prove he's worthy of high major offers with his unique skills on the offensive end, great rebounding, and his ability to guard four out of five positions on defense. Listing offers from Cincinnati, Florida State, NC State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest among others, make no mistake that Williams is capable and will be playing his collegiate career at the highest level of college basketball. 

#7 | Jaelyn Withers, CF, North Mecklenburg High School: At 6'8" and possessing an extremely high motor, Withers is a joy to watch on both ends of the floor. At the next level, he will be able to play both forward positions with ease due to his size, length, and scoring capabilities from all three levels. Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, NC State, Oklahoma State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech have all offered Withers to this point. Expect him to continue to pile up the high major offers this summer running with Team Loaded NC. 

#8 | Au'Diese Toney, SG, Trinity Christian School: Toney has saw his stock rise from solid mid-major recruit to holding multiple high-major offers thanks to a huge junior year at Trinity Christian. A lengthy guard with a great feel for the game, Toney almost always makes the right decision and loves to have the ball in his hands in late game, clutch situations. Kansas State, UConn, VCU, and Virginia Tech among others have extended a scholarship to Toney. 

#9 | Donovan Gregory, G/F, Carmel Christian School: Gregory still continues to fly under the radar as a 2019 wing prospect. Even though he's recognized as a consensus top-150 prospect on a national scale, he only holds offers from Appalachian State, Hampton, UNC-Charlotte, and Winthrop. At 6'5" with a strong frame Gregory can excel at the two and the three spots. A tough-nosed defender, active rebounder, and big time slasher, he will be just fine at the next level, although his outside shot could use some improvement. 

#10 | Brandon Stone, F/C, Christ School: A native of Pennsylvania who's been residing in North Carolina the past few years playing at Christ School in Arden, Stone is a very intriguing big man. Standing just under 7-feet, he has a very nice inside-out game on offense and has continually improved as a rim protector on the defensive end. Stone trimmed his school list to a final four a few months ago, the list includes Duquesne, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and South Carolina. 


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