5’10 ’23 Orlando Hudson (Darlington)
There were many noteworthy contributors for Darlington, but Hudson was arguably their most reliable performer from start to finish. He’s poised and mature beyond his years, already extremely comfortable running a team on both ends of the floor. Hudson handles the ball well, sees the floor nicely, and scores efficiently within the flow of the team. He’s great in the open floor but also knows how to control the action in the half-court setting.
6’2 ’20 Devante Johnson (Lugoff Elgin)
Despite some early shooting struggles, Johnson rose up as the clear leader of this Lugoff Elgin squad. He handled the ball with intelligence, created for himself and others, and displayed great craftiness as a three-level scorer. Johnson has a smooth game and utilizes his length very well on both ends of the floor, finishing over the outstretched arms of opponents and jumping into passing lanes whenever possible.
6’5 ’20 Quentin Hodge (Lakewood)
There have been many impressive prospects on display, but Hodge has arguably been the most tantalizing. He has excellent physical tools, especially for his position, and has the ability to be a focal point within an efficient offensive attack. Hodge is a terrific three-level scorer that can work without the ball or create for himself and others. He handles the ball well for his size and displays great craftiness when attacking the basket. Hodge has phenomenal vision and is already quite talented but could be even better at the next level.
6’1 ’20 Brian Sparks (South Florence)
With Justice Jackson sidelined, Sparks was the guy who emerged as the leader of this South Florence group. He’s tough, scrappy, and plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor. Sparks penetrated quite often and was able to finish fairly well or setup his teammates. He rebounds well for his size/position and has the ability to push the break quite well in transition. Sparks could help a variety of programs at the next level.
6’0 ’20 Lawrence Frost (Combine Academy)
There are a ton of impressive prospects on this Combine Academy squad, but Frost doesn’t seem to receive nearly enough attention. His defensive tenacity is phenomenal and arguably unlike any other guard in the state. He does such an impeccable job of suffocating opposing ball-handlers and removes all operating space, which leads to miscues and plenty of turnovers. That being said, Frost highlighted a quality amount of offensive polish when going downhill today.
5’10 ’20 Will Whitley (The Burlington School)
Although there’s an abundance of talent on this roster, Whitley is one of the main unsung heroes of this squad. He handles the ball well but doesn’t require a ton of offensive touches to make an impact. Whitley is a capable shooter and playmaker with quality defensive instincts. He does a great job of setting up the offense and getting everyone involved.