It appears as if the NCAA and NBA ranks are in good hands going forward as star freshmen like Ben Simmons, Skal Labissiere, Brandon Ingram, and Jamal Murray are set to dominate the collegiate level beginning this season and future studs like Thon Maker, Dennis Smith Jr, and Jason Tatum are on deck as rising high school seniors.
Just recently, Class of 2016, Top 10 ranked forward Miles Bridges threw down an amazing off the backboard windmill dunk that would have made former NBA Dunk Champions like Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, and last year’s winner Zach Lavine proud.
Another player to watch in the 2016 Class is rising senior Zach Norvell, who had one of the best Summers of any prospect, playing for the legendary Mac Irvin Fire AAU squad, which took home first place in the annual Las Vegas Classic this past weekend.
Norvell is a former teammate of current Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor and Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker at Simeon HS in Chicago, as he now attempts to forge his own path as a unanimous Top 100 prospect, as he enters his senior season.
In Mac Fire’s victory over Castle Knights this weekend, Norvell’s stock is skyrocketing through the stratosphere after an amazing 53 point performance, including sinking 14 three pointers(11 in the first half), setting a new Las Vegas Classic scoring mark.
Amazingly, this wasn’t Zach’s first ever 50 point game as he once topped the 50 point plateau as a 7th grader in an AAU Tourney in the same gym. Also of interest, 2nd year NBA player Parker, who was a senior at Simeon when Norvell was a freshman, served as a celebrity coach during the event.
Norvell currently lists Illois, Oklahoma, Memphis, and Florida State as the top DI teams recruiting him the hardest.
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.