Right now, there is an impressive amount of talent flowing through the state of South Carolina and, specifically, within the Class of 2021. There are players that already hold high-major offers, others trending upward, and some that are completely under the radar. However, the unique makeup of the talent is something worth noting. John Butler is obviously an uncommon specimen, given the fact that he’s a seven-footer with perimeter ability. Cesare Edwards is basically the perfect archetype for a modern day big man, given his incredible athleticism, ability to protect the rim andstretch the floor at a high level. So, why is this information relevant to Quenton Flood? Well, his arsenal of tools is as favorable as anyone in the state but doesn’t seem to properly align with his offer sheet.
The idea that a 6-foot-6 wing/forward with IQ, athleticism, versatility, and a well-rounded skillset only holds three offers seems somewhat bizarre. Kudos to ETSU, Charleston Southern, and Eastern Kentucky for getting involved first, but one has to imagine that list expanding from three to ten or twelve by this time next year. Last season at Lower Richland, Flood led the team in scoring and averaged 13.9 PPG, 8.0 RPG, and 2.0 APG. He and running mate Korey Richardson should simply have more traction at this point in time. Flood has no glaring weaknesses within his game and can reliably find production through any type of role on the court. Though he will probably end up at a higher level, it’s difficult to comprehend why every Division I school in the region hasn’t already offered. In six months, Flood could hold over a dozen scholarships and none of this could even matter, but it still needs to be acknowledged. College coaches have done such an improved job of recruiting South Carolina over the last few seasons, so hopefully they remain headed in the right direction with someone like Flood.