Best Game of the Day
South Florence (68) vs. Marion (65)
South Florence took a 10 point lead (37-27) into halftime, then Marion used a 23-12 third quarter, behind 8 points from TJ Sanders and 9 from Mac Washington to make this an incredibly tight ending. South Florence pulled away in the fourth and ended up winning 68-65.
The stars shone brightly in this one in what ended as a three-point win. 6’3″ junior Mac Washington led the way with 28 for Marion. While 6’1″ unsigned senior Justice Jackson paced South Florence with 23. Both shooting guards showcased touch, with range and confidence. While Jackson may be more polished, there is no denying the raw ability to Washington. 6’5″ junior TJ Sanders was a load on the block, but also created plays at the high post. 6’2″ unsigned senior Brian Sparks created the excitement for the crowd with multiple highlight-reel dunks, and dunk on attempts (he also knocked down jumpers at a high clip). Sanders finished with 13 points & 8 boards while Sparks had 20.
Best Player of the Day
6’10” 2021 Cesare Edwards of Hartsville HS (SC)
He was straddled with foul trouble throughout, but every time he touched the ball Edwards was able to create offense. Coach English at Hartsville did a good job of lining him up in different positions on the floor, and it showed Edwards ability to catch and shoot from 3, create off the bounce in iso situations and finished over his left shoulder around the basket. Edwards has always had the upside, and he is still only scratching the surface, however, his recent VCU offer appears the be the sign of things to come for him. A lot to like here.
The Criminally Under Recruited
6’1″ Unsigned Senior Justice Jackson of South Florence (SC)
Shooting translates to every level. Jackson finished with 23 points in the win here. He was 2-4 from 3 and showcased an array of 1 and 2 dribble pull-ups, getting to his spots. Jackson was a good secondary ball-handler and has good length with a strong frame. Someone who should continue to put up big numbers and coaches should take notice in the late period.
Blow-Up is Impending
6’2″ 2021 Colin Rodrigues – North Augusta HS (SC)
He has been straddled with a groin issue all year, which has put him on a minutes limit and took him out of last night’s game. However, even in his limited minutes, he is this team’s leading scorer and most explosive player. Rodrigues has shown a full complement of scoring tools, with range, a quick first step and explosion/body control at the rim. Once he gets 100% healthy, watch out. Was the leading scorer at the SC Top 80 this year.
6′ 2021 Davion Thomas – Lee Central HS (SC)All Thomas seems to do is go out, and produce, and win. This has gotten him USC-Upstate and Presbyterian offers, which are great as they do a great job in their own state. More should be on the way through, as Thomas should morph into a regional type prospect. The compact lead guard is explosive, has a good handle and showcased deep range in this one. Lee Central is now 12-2 on the year behind Thomas, expect another big season and expect the offers to start coming once he is seen by more coaches.
Congrats to Coach Tony Harrell and the North Augusta Yellow Jackets for winning the 34th Annual Pepsi Carolina Classic
Tournament MVP: 6’4″ 2021 Jordan Wilburn – North Augusta HS (SC)
6’3″ 2021 Mac Washington – Marion HS (SC)
6’5″ 2021 TJ Sanders – Marion HS (SC)
6’3″ 2023 Zandae Butler – Wilson HS (SC)
6’5″ 2021 Travis Cooper – West Florence HS (SC)
6’2″ 2020 Brian Sparks – South Florence HS (SC)
6’3″ 2022 Lebron Thomas – Lee Central HS (SC)
5’10” 2023 Deuce Hudson – Darlington HS (SC)