One of the top small forwards in the 2018 class comes from Concord (N.C.) Cannon in Jairus Hamilton.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound athlete, ranked 45th by Scout, is pleased with how his game has come along as a junior.
“I feel like my season went really well,” Hamilton said. “I got a lot better as a leader for my team and my offensive game has really progressed.
“I’m getting to the basket really well, I’m breaking down my man, my ball handling is getting better and I’m keeping everyone involved in the game. I’m working on developing more of a consistent three-point shot and midrange pull up.”
There is a long list of offers for Hamilton, who says that seven schools are working on him the hardest.
Kansas: “I really like the history. They won 13 straight Big 12 championships and that’s really impressive. It’s a place a lot of pros go through.”
Louisville: “They’re a top 10 team in the nation. They won a championship I think four years ago. Coach (Rick) Pitino is one of the best coaches to come through college basketball.”
Cal: “I really like coach (Cuonzo) Martin. He’s a really straight forward guy. He sees a big future for me. He’s really good at communicating with me all the time and I feel the program is on the rise.”
Arizona: “They’re really good; they talk to me a lot. They are one of the top teams on the west. I like how they’re doing right now. They win a lot and a lot of pros come through there.”
Maryland: “Coach (Mark) Turgeon is really good at communicating, same with coach (Cliff) Warren. They see a big future for me and they see a lot of stuff I can excel at with them.”
North Carolina: “It’s great because of the history and pros. Coach (Roy) Williams is one of the greatest to coach the game and it’s great to hear his ideas about me. It’s close to home and the fans are amazing. It’s just a great school.”
Wake Forest: “They’re really good at communicating with me. I talk to coach (Steve) Woodberry every other day, same with coach (Danny) Manning. They see a really big future for me. They see me coming in and making a difference in their program.”
With some big programs recruiting him locally, whether or not he chooses to stay close to home will be something to watch in Hamilton’s recruitment.
“It doesn’t have that big of a factor for me,” Hamilton said. “I feel like staying close to home isn’t a big deal.”
Hamilton, who says he could make a decision in the fall, has an idea of what will be important to him in the recruiting process.
“I’m looking for a great school - which all of these are - but I want somewhere I can come in and contribute huge and set me up to be successful in future,” he said.