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2019 Naheem Mcleod 7′ 3″ Center “Big Duke Is What They Call Him” by Big Star

One of the biggest attractions to step on the court this upcoming 2018-19 high school basketball season in Pennsylvania will be 7′ 3″ Naheem Mcleod,  2019 Center at Plymouth Whitemarsh HS (Plymouth Meeting, PA).  He has not yet committed, but has interests from Florida State, La Salle, Oregon, Penn State, & Rhode Island.  I know the PA universities recruiting Naheem would surely love for him to remain in PA, just as much as the out of state schools would love for the agile, shot blocking, floor running center with the Mo’ Mamba-ish wingspan to join their programs.  Wherever this young fella lands, he will be bringing much more to the table than just his height and impressive wingspan.  Naheem (aka “Big Duke”), is very skilled, and has shown glimpses of his future promise early on in his high school career.  During his sophomore year (2016-17) vs Trinity HS (Camp Hill, PA), Naheem stood out displaying a soft touch from various spots on the floor, shot blocking, back to the basket post moves, finishing ability with either hand, mid range jump shot, rim attack, ability to run the floor, and good endurance for a player his size.  Fast forward to 2018, he’s improved in each of those areas with the addition of being more vocal, aggressive, confident, moves well with out the ball, he still loves to block shots, slam dunk, shoot the jumper, and run the floor.  From first hand knowledge of the young man, he’s well rounded and very respectful, which is evident when watching his interaction with teammates and coaches.  I am very curious of what his senior season will bring because his teammates at PW in past seasons were very skilled and dominant senior guards (Ish Horn, Williams Twins).  I would expect a new level of dominance to come along with his senior leadership role.  I would definitely not be going out on a limb to say that he should 100% average a double-double this season, that’s well within his scope of abilities.  According to sources, Mid-November is his possible college commitment time.  That could definitely change if he gets off to the type start that shakes up the nation and has more colleges wanting to put the pressure on him to come make a visit before his senior season is done.  Regardless, it’s a Blessing to see young men living their dreams, and it’s more of a Blessing when they have the type character that Big Duke possesses.  He’s definitely earned and deserves everything coming his way.  Stay Tuned!