5’11 ’25 Eli Ellis (TLBA)
There are a lot of varying opinions about Ellis, but there is absolutely no debating his high-level consistency and production—especially against his own age group. He’s already developed a unique toughness through being battle-tested at the high school level. Ellis stands out as a tremendous leader for this group, both as their primary scorer and playmaker, and simply produces in all areas of the game. He attacked the basket, knocked down three-pointers, and made multiple plays on defense.
6’3 ’24 Amare Bethel (TLBA)
Despite being one of the newer additions to this roster, Bethel already shines as one of their more impressive prospects. After reclassifying, he’s added weight to his frame and has shown flashes of dominance against his grade level. Bethel is a great creator with the ability to score from all three levels while actively looking to make plays for others. He utilizes his length well on both ends of the floor and should see a massive uptick in production during the upcoming high school season.
6’6 ’24 Nick Hamrick (Carolina Rising Stars)
The Carolina Rising Stars organization is full of talent, and Hamrick is as appealing as anyone within the program. He’s long, wiry, and quite skilled, which makes him a legitimate matchup problem for majority of opponents at this age level. Hamrick has a clear amount of upside and a frame that should continue adding strength over the next few years. He’s definitely a prospect worth noting.
6’1 ’23 Randy Gibson (Upward Stars)
There’s a lot worth getting excited about within the Upward Stars’ program, and Gibson is quietly among the better players on this team. He’s a smart, steady floor general that has continued to grow and add strength to his frame. Gibson plays with a smooth, unselfish approach and can set up others or create scoring opportunities for himself.
6’5 ’23 Marcus Brown (Team Charlotte)
Unsurprisingly, Brown continues to shine as the leader of this Team Charlotte squad. He’s their most versatile player on the team and it’s evident in the way he affects all facets of the game. Brown is smart, tough, and a reliable all-around player that can work as the focal point of a team or as a complementary piece. He should start to attract Division I coaches sooner than later.
6’9 ’22 Jai Smith (Tea Marie)
Arguably the most impressive performer of the entire event, Smith is a prospect that is vastly under-recruited and should have a slew of high-major suitors over the next few months. He moves incredibly well for his size, both in transition and when defending/attacking in space, and seems to naturally overwhelm other interior players. Smith is a strong athlete that lives above the rim for dunks and blocks.
6’9 ’21 Keeyan Itejere (Upward Stars)
There are numerous things that stand out with Itejere’s game, but none more impressive than his nonstop motor. It’s easy to appreciate someone who plays thishard, especially given how naturally he affects the action without needing to be an offensive focal point. Itejere is a powerful athlete with incredible length and defensive ability. He showed flashes of a useful jumper and should have great success at the next level.
6’3 ’21 Daylen Berry (Tea Marie)
Tea Marie has easily been one of the more impressive teams on display, and Berry has shined on both sides of the ball. He’s an excellent on-ball defender with great quickness, positioning, and anticipation. Berry forces turnovers at a quality rate and understands how to convert in transition. He shoots the ball at a high clip, attacks well off the dribble, and possesses a nice combination of IQ, size, and athleticism.
6’3 ’21 Janyle Pittman (Carolina Pressure)
It’s easy to get excited about the Carolina Pressure, especially when Pittman is showcasing consistent flashes of dominance on both ends of the floor. He’s hitting three-pointers at an improved consistency while still doing absolutely everything for this team. Pittman is strong, explosive, and plays way bigger than his size would imply. He’s a terrific rebounder, finisher, and overall defender with great versatility.