6'4 '19 Quinten Thomas (Upward Stars Charlotte)
The last year has been quite a turnaround for this squad. Formerly known as the Charlotte Nets,
this new-and-improved Upward Stars Charlotte squad is a lot of fun to watch, especially behind
the two-way leadership of Quinten Thomas. In terms of selflessness, few guys are as strong of
teammates as Thomas, who is a leader at all times. You could be three courts away, and you'll be
able to hear the wing prospect encouraging his teammates from the bench or on the floor. It's
real too, he doesn't put on an act for college coaches or scouts. This is how Thomas thrives, and
it's just one of the many qualities that only he possesses. His energy is incredibly infectious and
teammates tend to genuinely get motivated by Thomas. As far as his skillset goes, he's quite
unique. Thomas has always known how to use his strength to decimate opponents, but his three-
point shot has looked absolutely amazing throughout this July, which should do wonders for his
recruitment. He puts the ball on the floor pretty well and has the ability to generate a clean shot
for himself or teammates. His blend of IQ, motor, and strength are simply uncommon, and he'll
be a surefire Division I prospect if he continues to shoot like he has all month long. Thomas has
done an excellent job of improving all facets of his game and deserves the appropriate

6'9 '19 TJ Nesmith (Mid-State Magic)
The amount of big men that truly embrace their skillset is shockingly low, since most guys want
to modernize their game and stretch out the defense. Well, TJ Nesmith is going against the grain
and sticking to what he knows best. The 6-foot-9 big man can be found on the low block, where
his touch is better than a lot of highly-touted prospects. He's unstoppable when granted time and
space, from either block and with either hand, but never forces the action. Nesmith is extremely
reserved, though he will get vocal on defense, and simply comes to the game ready to work.
Nesmith runs the floor as well as anyone and has an excellent decision-making process with the
ball in his hands. His game doesn't draw a lot of attention and won't shut the building down, but
Nesmith is just so effective that it's impossible to ignore. Defensively, he displays a really strong
IQ and feel for the game while being a disciplined rim-protector that can accumulate plenty of
blocks and rebounds. The more you watch Nesmith, the more you can truly appreciate his fairly
compete two-way skillset, and hopefully Division I coaches will begin to feel the same way.

6'2 '19 Javeon Jones (Rocky Mount Mavericks)
The Rocky Mount Mavericks were easily one of the most exciting teams on display throughout
the past week, given their unselfishness, up-tempo pace, and limited roster availability. These
guys have leadership in various different forms, but Javeon Jones was arguably the spark plug
that got everyone else going. He is, in many ways, the glue-guy of this team and possesses the
ability to affect all facets of the game. Offensively, Jones shares ball-handling duties and is one
of the most polished scorers on this team; he shoots the ball pretty well from midrange and three-
point territory, but finishing at the rim is still his best scoring avenue. This squad highlighted
their passing through outlets and transition play, with Jones typically securing the rebound and
then the assist. As well-rounded as he was offensively, one could make the case that he's even
better on defense, given his length and ability to pile up the deflections. Jones can defend either
guard spot and knows how to play with a pretty strong motor, which makes him a constant
headache for opponents. D2 programs should be taking a serious interest into most of this team,
but especially Jones, who had quite a strong showing over the weekend.

6'2 '19 Jonathan Breeland (Team All or Nothing)
Sometimes, the evaluation process can be really difficult on some recruits and much more lenient
with others. Unfortunately, Jonathan Breeland hasn't gotten the fairest shake, yet still clearly
showcases the abilities of a Division I point guard. Now set to attend Fork Union Post-Grad, the
6-foot-2 floor general will get another year to make his case as a worthy candidate for the
collegiate ranks. As mentioned before, if Breeland shot the ball this well in the summer of 2017,
then he would be preparing for his first season as a college freshman at a quality program. That
being said, he shouldn't be forced to alter his style, as everything he does will translate to the
next level. Breeland has a quality frame for a point guard, but his craftiness and overall feel for
the game are what make him special. He absorbs contact well and finishes nearly everything at
the rim, but also has deceptive vision in tight spaces and various tricky maneuvers for opposing
defenders. His former teammate, Robert Braswell, is such a talented player, but Breeland never
really received appropriate credit for how much he set up the combo-forward on offense. Now
with an improved three-point jumper, there is no limit to Breeland's abilities. Prospects with his
IQ and natural playmaking instincts aren't growing on trees, so there should be optimism about
Breeland and his direction going forward.

5'11 '21 Denham Wojcik (TMP Elite)
After listening to various spectators speak about impressive players at our JMAC Showcase and
CP3 Live, it's become increasingly clear that many people don't appreciate quality basketball
players. Take Denham Wojcik, a small, physically undeveloped guard with no impressive
measurements, yet continues to play up multiple levels and maintain a high level of production.
On paper, Wojcik gets dismissed as a non-factor, but his on-court impact is truly incredible given
his age and size. This young man is simply terrific on both ends of the floor, rarely making
mistakes while consistently exemplifying an elite IQ and feel for the game. Offensively, he
usually plays without the ball (since Josiah James is on the team), but can initiate offense as a
strong secondary creator and should continue expanding as a ball-handler and passer over the
next few years. Wojcik is an excellent spot-up threat, but also has a strong ability to pump-fake,
make one or two decisive dribbles, and pull-up from the midrange area. He's way tougher than
he looks and will go right at the teeth of the opposition. Defensively, opponents try to pick on
Wojcik, but have little success, since he's a very capable defender that can accumulate charges
or collect steals. People are welcome to continue judging Wojcik based on his look, but they'd be
better served to let his two-way game do the talking instead.