NCB On The Trail: Charlotte

As the Class of 2016 ESPN 60 takes shape, there are indications that there are key players at every position who could be special. The star power is intriguing, and we are discovering more talent each weekend. We'll be keeping a close eye on this class throughout the summer.

Dennis Smith Jr., a prospect not many outside of North Carolina know about, has become a top-10 player and is the best point guard in the class. As a rising junior, his recent performances on the spring circuit have made some lasting impressions, and he still has plenty of room to grow. As a sophomore, Smith averaged 17 points and 9 assists per game. Simply put, he has impressive tools, instincts and basketball IQ at a young age. The future looks extremely bright for this young guard.

Charlotte lands hometown wing

August, 8, 2013
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The Charlotte 49ers nabbed a verbal commitment on Thursday from Charlotte (N.C.) Northside Christian shooting guard Keyshawn Woods, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Woods was garnering interest from Virginia Tech and held offers from Chattanooga, Charleston and Houston, among others. He ran with Team Charlotte on the AAU circuit this summer.

Woods is the first recruit for the 49ers in the 2014 class.

Clemson lands first 2014 commitment

August, 6, 2013
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Point guard Gabe DeVoe (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) became Clemson's first commitment from the 2014 class when the senior picked the Tigers on Tuesday, the Shelby Star reported.

DeVoe held offers from Marshall, UNC-Wilmington, Richmond, Charlotte and Xavier.

"The recruiting process gets a little aggravating," he told the paper. "So I decided I was going to get it out of the way. Now I won't have to worry about anything, you can just go enjoy your senior year.

DeVoe averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a junior last season.

Auburn adds prep center Atewe 

April, 1, 2013
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Six-foot-8 center Matthew Atewe (Toronto/Notre Dame Prep) ended his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal pledge to Auburn, according to multiple sources.

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C Jordan Robinson commits to Dukes 

February, 28, 2013
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Duquesne landed a verbal commitment from senior center Jordan Robinson (Toronto/Quality Education Academy) on Wednesday, according to multiple sources.

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Robert Morris lands PF Jeremiah Worthem 

October, 18, 2012
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Class of 2013 power forward Jeremiah Worthem (Philadelphia/Math, Civics and Sciences) gave a verbal commitment to Robert Morris on Thursday. The news was confirmed by his high school coach.

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Virginia Tech lands ESPN 100 SF 

September, 23, 2012
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ESPN 100 small forward Donte Clark (Charlotte, N.C./Hargrave Military) verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Sunday following his official visit to Blacksburg, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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Brandan Stith commits to Pirates 

August, 24, 2012
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East Carolina landed its second recruit from the 2013 class on Thursday with a pledge from small forward Brandan Stith (Lawrenceville, Va./Brunswick H.S.), multiple sources are reporting.

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PF Terrance O'Donohue makes choice 

August, 18, 2012
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The College of Charleston landed a verbal commitment from Georgia power forward Terrance O'Donohue (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), multiple sources are reporting.

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North Texas head coach Tony Benford landed a verbal commitment from center Tony Nunn (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) over the weekend, according to The Denton (Texas) Record Chronicle.

The 6-foot-10 Nunn chose the Mean Green over offers from East Carolina, Cincinnati, Charlotte and Jacksonville.

"UNT has great coaches and a great program," he told the paper.

Nunn joins junior college power froward Anthony Norris (Midland College) as 2013 recruits.

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Point guard Denzel Ingram (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill H.S.) made his college choice last weekend, giving Charlotte a verbal commitment, according to the Charlotte News & Observer.

The 6-foot Ingram was named the Carolina 3A Conference player of the year the past two seasons. He averaged 23.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals as a senior and finished his career with 1,570 points.

"Denzel is a leader and a winner," Chapel Hill head coach Tod Morgan told the paper. "He has been a coach's dream."

Ingram will join forward Willie Clayton (Thomasville, Ga./Thomasville H.S.), forward Darion Clark (Conyers, Ga./Oak Hill Academy) and guard Shawn Lester (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville H.S.) in the 49ers incoming class.

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Darion Clark (Conyers, Ga./Oak Hill Academy) ended his recruitment on Sunday with a pledge to UNC - Charlotte. Clark chose the 49ers over Rhode Island, UNC-Asheville and Florida Gulf Coast.

"Darion is a strong, physical power forward that can finish through contact and rebound on both ends," offered ESPN's Reggie Rankin. "(Head coach) Alan Major continues to add quality pieces to the Charlotte program."

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