Nicknamed “Leaky” based on his middle name, Malik, Rechon Black is a blue-chip talent who possesses exceptional ball skills for a 6-6 guard. Even given that defending an opposing wing may make the most sense in college, Black is being groomed as a point guard and it’s easy to understand why.
He’s a highly coordinated dribbler and passer with length and improving athleticism, and within the state he’s drawing comparisons to former N.C. product and current Duke freshman Brandon Ingram.
Black toured with CP3 this past summer and is staying focused despite the outpouring of college coaches attending open gyms at Concord this fall.
”It’s just been a blessing really, with all the college coaches coming in and out like every other day,” Black said. “I just try to keep my head level.”
Like every young player, the skinny wing must continue to hone his identity both in the present and how he projects going forward. Black is well on his way to accentuating his positives and addressing any shortcomings.
“I knew that I passed the ball well,” Black said, “but everybody kept telling me to be more aggressive and eventually I started bullying the smaller guards and stuff like that.”
On the topic of being aggressive, college coaches have been anything but subtle in their sojourns to observe him in action. I attended an open gym on Friday wherein Virginia Tech boss Buzz Williams also was present along with an assistant from Georgetown.
The young player himself can’t even keep track of all the pursuit.
”Tennessee has been in here, Kentucky is supposed to come sometime, (North) Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Kansas State,” he said. “There’s a whole bunch, that’s just off the top of my head.
”My dad handles all that, he just tells me to keep playing and eventually they’ll come.”
Black will be pushing for a state championship with Concord this season, something that barely eluded his father, Rechon Sr., and coach Jason Stowe — who both played for one of Concord’s great teams 25 years ago — and Black hopes to redeem.
Meanwhile, his mother Carla is the school principal and obviously will have her thumb on the pulse of his academic and athletic development as well.
Black is a four star prospect who’s climbing the national rankings at a rapid clip and will be a regular subject of our coverage this high school season.