Year after year, this is the 6th year of the event, this platform is perfect for players to break out in a big way. Any time you have a baseline filled with college coaches and a court filled with incredibly talented players, something is bound to happen. Session 1 was no different.
Add in incredible coverage of EVERY court and a live stream being blasted out by Baller TV and the amount of exposure is unparalleled. Breakout performers goes a step further from a stock riser, a breakout has these players on the cusp of offers coming in a big way with major recruitment boosts.
Here is a listing of kids who caught our eyes as breakout performers.
6’10” 2020 Jaylon Gibson
GRACE Christian (Cary, NC)
We have spoken pretty extensively about Gibson over the past couple of weeks and he did nothing but play incredibly well in front of the high major coaches in tow. Most impressively about Gibson is the way he runs and moves. He routinely beats his man up and down the floor and is able to switch on ball screens on defense. Gibson showcased ball skills when pushing the break or attacking while facing up, he also shot the ball well, from three, off the catch. Gibson is the type of player these North Carolina school cannot let get out of the state. He currently carries South Florida and James Madison offers.
6’3” 2021 AJ Smith
Hickory Grove Christian (Charlotte, NC)
We all know by now, NCs 2021 class is incredibly guard heavy. In fact, the depth of guards in NCs 2021 class may be better than any other state in the country with numerous players who should end up ranked among the countries best. Go ahead and add one more name to the list of high major guards in this class, with AJ Smith. He is a strong, explosive and quick on quick lead guard who plays in an aggressive and downhill manner on both ends of the floor. Smith plays the game with a chip on his shoulder, which he demonstrated playing up this summer for the Team Charlotte 16u group. Smith carries early offers from Charlotte and Hampton, expect that list to grow rapidly.
6’10” 2021 Gabe Wiznitzer
Christ School (Arden, NC)
This event was the perfect storm for Wiznitzer. With 6’10” 4-star Justice Ajogbor nursing and injury and 6’11” Lasalle commit Brandon Stone playing football, Wiznitzer got all the playing time. This was exactly what he needed, as he was able to play in front of a host of high major programs. Wiznitzer, a South Carolina native, picked up a St John’s offer earlier this summer. The big has a frame similar to Butler freshman Bryce Golden, but a couple inches taller. His skill set is similar at the same stage as well, with ball skills, range and great hands/feet on the block. He is one to watch as a Top 100 type prospect and who will quickly become a high major priority. He carries early St John’s and Iona offers.
6’6” 2020 Kahari Rogers
Liberty Heights (Charlotte, NC)
Rogers was on the verge of breaking out last season, playing along side Wake Forest freshman Mike Wynn. Well his high school team has reloaded with a pair of high major guard with Alabama commit Juwan Gary and high major recruit Idrissa Bivens. However, it is Rogers who was the standout in this setting. The lengthy, and athletic wing showed the ability as a shot maker. He has great length with a high, quick release off the catch from 3. He also showed the ability to get into the mid-range off one and two dribble pull-ups going both ways. Only a junior, watch this one closely. He should start to gain mid-major offers now with the high majors watching how his year and summer goes.
6’3” 2019 Caleb Burgess
Moravian Prep Varsity (Hickory, NC)
Burgess is not a new name, he is a player who has shown flashes all throughout. However, given his size and incredible speed with the ball he has always been a player who has been right on the verge of breaking out. Well, it appears that has happened. Burgess showcased the ability to consistently knock down the 30ball, all the while getting into the paint often and finishing at the rim. He is a fiery competitor and he should pop up on D1 radars. He carries an offer from NC A&T.