Anyone who has followed South Carolina high school basketball over the last five years should be well aware of Dorman and their nonstop success. However, things are guaranteed to change with Myles Tate (Butler) and PJ Hall (Clemson) set to depart. It’s difficult to even imagine a team without Tate at this point, given that he’s been a key varsity contributor since his freshman season and throughout their four consecutive championship runs. Due to interior depth, Hall played JV and then burst onto the scene as an obvious high-level talent during the following summer. Either way, both of these guys have brought great success and truly become pillars within the Dorman program. Outside of the duo, they will also lose some major pieces among Justin Amadi, Jack Renwick, Trasean Staggs, and Keondre Shippy. Unsurprisingly, this team will still retain an abundance of talent on the roster going forward. Jalen Breazeale recently received his first Division I offer from Winthrop and should collect four to five more by this time next season. Noah Clowney has as much upside as anyone on the roster and will be a massive draw for high-level coaches. Earl Burgess should continue to expand his role and earn offers along the way. That being said, could Jordyn Surratt emerge as the Cavaliers’ next leader?
The 6-foot-6 sophomore is brimming with potential yet already regularly highlights flashes of greatness on both ends of the floor. He displays IQ, creation skills, scoring efficiency, rebounding instincts, defensive prowess, two-way versatility, and a well-rounded approach to the game. Surratt plays with a high motor and maintains an unselfish attitude with any collection of teammates. Despite playing in a smaller role last season, there’s still been no real doubt or questions surrounding Surratt’s abilities as a player or next-level prospect. This summer was going to be a potential breakout period for him, which would’ve allowed his momentum to trickle into the following high school season. Surratt is going to find his footing as the year goes along but has ample time to find a comfort zone throughout his remaining time at Dorman. It would be unwise to bet against their potential return to the state championship game, but anything can happen. This season should be full of excitement, especially if Surratt begins to blossom into a star.