While the current freshman class in South Carolina, is being touted as the best in the state's recent history. 6'6' point guard Josiah James of Porter Gaud in Charleston has cemented his name toward the top of the list.

James is the starting point guard for the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA) 3A State Championship team. Every play, the ball was in James' hands. Rightfully so, as the lefty point guard who also has a 6'10' wing span seemed to effortlessly make the right play.

At this point in time, James will need strength. He will need to straighten up his jump shot. Those, however, are correctable skills. You cannot teach feel for the game, it is something that either you have or you don't. You cannot teach length, it is something that you have or you don't. You cannot teach a player to be a winner, it is something that you either have or you don't.

James has great basketball pedigree. His brother is currently a sophomore at High Point University. His mother (who stands about 6'1' is a college basketball official) and his father (who stands about 6'8' and played at Michigan State). So the fact he is a high level talent should come as no surprise.

However, when you look through the national (and even regional) recruiting landscape you don't see James' name mentioned. Former University of South Carolina team captain and sports radio show host/South Carolina basketball junkie Tweeted during James' SCISA 3A semi-final showing''I'm watching 6'6' 2019 point guard Josiah James completely dominate the game without scoring'great passer, great feel, and IQ #Highlevelprospect.'
Defensively, James carries great instincts with his 6’10” wing span. He lives in the passing lanes, coming away with over 2 steals and 2 blocked shots per game.

James is happy to stay local, he attends the same high school that his brother did. He plays for the same AAU program that he grew up. Mind you this is the same AAU program that produced the likes of Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton, San Francisco 49er Bruce Ellington, former University of South Carolina top 100 recruit RJ Slawson, and others. The Team Trademark program is run by Wofford All time assists leader Antoine Saunders and James team is coached by state championship high school coach John Pearson.

James is in good company, he being taught by knowledgeable guys, he has great basketball and athletic pedigree, and he carries an IQ and feel that is off the charts. Firmly place him in your SIM Cards and expect to see his recruitment pick up heavily this summer.
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