By: DeAjai Dawkins

6’3 2022 Justin Taylor (Mint Hill Lakers/Hargrave Military)

It has been very obvious to me that Justin Taylor is one of the most talented lead guards in this entire event. Primed for the next level, Taylor is a composed guard with a frame and mindset ready for the next level. He’s shown the ability to hit from all 3 levels and should be respected in that regard. I believe his year at Hargrave Military Academy will only further craft a player who has already proven their worth at the next level.

6’0 2024’s Chase and Carson Daniel (CC Elite 2024/Central Cabarrus)

In the past when writing about these two, I’ve made it intentional to mention them separately, as I respect their individuality and think they should be presented as such. In today’s case, I will be highlighting them as a duo, as their combined efforts have left spectators murmuring since early Thursday afternoon. In separate contests against EYBL affiliates Bounce Elite & Team CP3, the twins combined for 44 and then 39. A win against Bounce followed by a nail-biting thriller against CP3 left me with memories that I won’t soon forget. Chase assumed much of the off-ball scoring this weekend, hitting contested shots off the dribble. Carson played his point guard role with splendid consistency and defended at a high level as well. 

6’1 2023 Jaylen Curry (Team CP3 2023/J.L Chambers) 

On a team filled with exceptional guards, Curry has more than a few moments where he presents himself as the most talented lead guard in the floor. Recently acknowledged as a top 35 2023 prospect in the country, Curry displays his right to that national notoriety game in and game out. Curry’s speed in the open floor, creativity with the ball, and his uncanny ability to find & zip passes to open teammates are his most intriguing traits at the moment. In his first game today, he certainly played the best game on the floor. His activity defensively created a number of steals, which themselves led to transition points. He hit from deep and showcased his facilitation.

6’10 2023 Brandon White (Team United/Winston Salem Christian) 

In my opinion, Brandon White is clearly one of the best big men in the class of 2023. The developed C prospect provides elite length and athletic ability on the inside. He’s proven himself to be an extremely useful rim protector, with a quick first jump to execute put-back dunks. Obviously a high major commodity, White looks to compete for hardware. The true remaining question lies in where White will choose to attend school after his high school career concludes.