Anytime you allow college coaches an extended period of time to watch kids over the course of time, blow ups are inevitable to happen. Whether its in AAU or high school settings, offers having a trickling effect where when one comes, a lot of times, a cascade of them can follow.
It has been great to watch Caleb Mills rise to stardom this July. He is similar to what Aaron Nesmith did last year, entering July with no Power 5 offers and walking out of July with well over 30 tenders. His was the most pronounced and widely spread jump in July, however here are some of the lesser known guys whose status took major leaps as well.
6’10” Kadin Shedrick
AAU: Garner Road
High School: Holly Springs
Shedrick had quite the ride in July picking up numerous high major and power 5 offers. Rightfully so, he came out with a major chip on his shoulder and it has been great to watch. We first put eyes on Shedrick in the 8th grade. He has always been very long and very skilled. He set his high school’s all-time single season blocked shots record as a sophomore (in only half a season). He has always had the tools, however, back from an injury that kept him out most of his junior season, Shedrick is on a mission. He is coming straight at dudes, finishing above the rim, showing a versatile game that will translate as he continues to add weight. Shedrick should be thought off as a Top 100 type of prospect as his best basketball is clearly in front of him.
6’4” Jayvis Harvey
AAU: Durham Hurricanes > Team Felton
High School: Southern Durham
Harvey was virtually unknown coming into July when Citadel was the first to offer on the first week. He switched programs to Team Felton after that and the offers continued to roll in as he now reports 5 offers from the likes of UNC-Asheville, St Bonaventure and James Madison. Harvey has great size and is an absolute sharp-shooter, rippling the nets with virtually every shot he gets off. Still new to the scene many may have not heard of him yet, however keep your eyes open, size and shooting ability translate.
6’7” Brice Williams
AAU: Team Loaded 704
High School: Hopewell
This one is perplexing for why he has not blown up at an even bigger rate than this. We have been screaming at the tops of our lungs for over a year now about the 6’7”, long armed wing whose father is still the all-time leading scorer at UNC-Charlotte (by over 200 points). This July, Williams offers not only picked up, but they also took a leap in level with tenders from multiple Atlantic 10 Schools. Williams is one who could continue to see his stock rise as he is still below the radar, but the sun is shining on his game, finally.
6’5” Caleb Stone-Carrawell
AAU: Team United > PSB Elite
High School: Cox Mill
Stone-Carrawell is a known commodity, he won a high school state title last year, is the son of a former Duke star (and current assistant coach) and he had a skill he could hang his hat on. At 6’5” Stone-Carrawell has always been a sharp shooter, playing last season with Leaky Black and Wendell Moore, Stone-Carrawell was relegated to catch and shoot scenarios, but he shot and made them at a high clip. Moving to PSB Elite Stone-Carrawell was allowed to play Robin to Caleb Mills’ Batman. In this role he was able to create off the bounce and make plays. Carrying great size and that pure burner, Stone-Carrawell displayed an entirely new facet to his game over the last two live period weeks and as he picked up numerous offers in that time frame, that could grow as this is still new to college coaches as well.
6’1” Shykeim Phillips
AAU: Team ENC 252
High School: South Central
Phillips has created quite the local buzz for himself over the last year. He was the point guard for one of the best teams in North Carolina’s vaunted 4A public school division. Phillips had a lot of eyes on him as well with his team making a big run to the State Final Four this year and had a Top 50 prospect (now UNC commit) in 2020 DayRon Sharpe. Even though Sharpe got all the love, Phillips was the most consistent performer, he is the one who went out and made plays. In July, Phillips showed his ability as a creator. No one could keep him out of the lane, once he touched paint he showed the propensity to make great decisions. Phillips scores the ball at every level and he distributes pin-point pocket passes to his teammates. While he only picked up two offers in July, this is one who set the ground work for more offers to flow. Expect a major bump in the rankings for him.