This past weekend, Big Shots Winston-Salem made the short trip out to the Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina to wrap up their final live period and conclude the month of July. Regardless of opponent, this group has found ways to compete with anyone in their path over the last four months. Their talent, chemistry, unselfish approach, and ability to hurt opponents in a variety of different ways has culminated into something pretty impressive. Arguably no team has shown as much balance, even after the departure of Camian Shell, and it’s been a massive part of their overall success. College coaches should already be well-aware of this squad, but let’s take a closer look anyway…
The guard duo of James Wilkins and Omari Bolden consistently burdened the offensive load for this group. Both guys are interchangeable creators and ball-handlers with the ability to apply scoring pressure from all possible levels. Wilkins shows useful point guard instincts, but understands how to take advantage of scoring opportunities whenever available. Bolden is a capable defender and playmaker, but typically stands out with his scoring prowess. After standing out to various programs throughout the weekend, they will both be definite targets for next-level programs.
However, guards like Aaron Potter, Casian Richard, Tyreik Leach (committed for football) also found ways to shine with this squad. Potter should already be quite well-known at this point, especially given his production last summer and steady play across the high school season. He’s a strong-bodied floor general with IQ, craftiness, and a nice balance between scoring and playmaking. Richard has become a regular face at this point, always highlighting flashes of heady point guard play with the ball in his hands. He also displays a quick first step. As for Leach, he still showcases plenty of basketball ability as a strong, sturdy guard with toughness on both ends of the floor. He’s a great scorer inside the arc with useful capabilities as a defender and rebounder.
Rounding out the roster, Austin Johnson arguably poses their most lethal shooting threat. Elijah Calhoun is another well-rounded guard with the adaptable skillset to be an effective glue-guy alongside any collection of teammates. Jalante Edwards simply knows how to make plays and outwork opponents on both ends of the floor. Caden Fitzgibbons is an explosive leaper with cutting instincts and the ability to thrive in transition or up-tempo settings. Regardless, the entire roster is worthy of attention from college coaches.