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Wake Forest Basketball Recruiting: NC Top 80

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The 80 best high school basketball players in the state of North Carolina were in action on Saturday afternoon and Blogger So Dear was there to cover the event.

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Rick Lewis, who runs Phenom Hoop Report, organized an outstanding event on Saturday afternoon at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was a first-class event and if you're interested in high school basketball in the southeast area, then I highly recommend following coach Rick on Twitter. Let's take a look at who stood out at the event.

Class of 2015

Luke Maye -  6'8"

Luke is a 6'8" stretch four who has a wide offensive arsenal. He's a strong passer and was consistently able to finish around the basket. According to Maye, he holds offers from Clemson, Gonzaga, Charleston and Davidson. He also had offers from Boston College, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, but the new coach of those schools will have to re-evaluate Maye. Maye is the number 2 player in the state of North Carolina in the class of 2015 according to 247's composite rankings.

Other Notables: Ronshad Shabazz

Class of 2016

Iran Bennett - 6'9"

Bennett is a 6'9" 305 pounds monster, who is surprisingly agile for his size. He has excellent hands and finishes with authority around the bucket. He will have to lose to some weight, and increase his stamina, but he's still only a sophomore in high school and that will come in time. According to Bennett, he holds offers from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Georgetown, and Rutgers. He is clearly a high-major prospect and is someone Wake Forest's next coach will probably want to keep his eye on.

Brandon Childress - 5'11"

Brandon is the son of Wake Forest legend Randolph Childress, and his game can back up his name. Childress is currently a sophomore at East Forsyth High School and has a strong grasp of the game. He's a very smart decision maker and is an excellent passer in pick-and-roll situations. He has very good handles and rarely turned the ball over, even though the nature of these games was very fast paced. He is also an aggressive on-ball defender and does not take defense lightly. I believe if Brandon continues on his current trajectory that he will be an ACC-caliber player.

Kwe Parker - 6'2"

Kwe is a 6'2" combo guard who can jump out of the gym. According to 247, he is the third best player in the state for the class of 2016. He is an elite athlete, who can create havoc and cut off passing lanes on defense. Offensively, his jump shot is still a work in progress, but once he develops a more consistent jumper his stock will rise even more.

Dennis Smith Jr. - 6'2"

Smith is a high school teammate of Kwe Parker and is another outstanding prospect. Rivals.com ranks him as the 16th best player in the class of 2016. He possesses excellent court vision and is a very good passer. He also has a very reliable jump shot and knocked down a number of 3 pointers this afternoon. He needs to improve his defense, but it's more difficult to evaluate defense at an event like this.

Other notables: Ebuka Izunda and Jalen Harris

Class of 2017

Notables: Lavar Batts Jr. and Jordan Riley