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2024 6’8 Dirk Wyatt DeGraaf continues to grow and develop

You sometimes can’t help but get excited about the future for players, especially when you see the growth of a young but developing big.  One player that I happened to stroll by at the Coach Rick’s TOC that grabbed my attention was 2024 6’8 Dirk Wyatt DeGraaf with Garner Road.  He is a name that we saw earlier this summer but you can see that this young big man has been working hard in...

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Start Watching: 2024 6’10 Devin Brafford (Rabun Gap)

Photo: Rankings Report We haven’t seen too much of Devin Brafford’s game yet but that will soon come.  But this past weekend in Rock Hill, we got a chance to sit down and view the young man’s game and there is no doubt, there was talk around what we saw. First off, Devin is going to get a lot of attention being the younger brother of scoring machine 2022 Nate Brafford and both have similar...

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Charlotte Guards duo impresses in Rock Hill

The duo of 2022 6’1 Landon King and 2022 5’10 CeDrek Mangum had it going in Rock Hill this past weekend at the Coach Rick’s TOC.  King is one we have seen multiple times before, with a lot of it being this past high school season at Independence. The guard really has shown consistently how much of a scoring guard he can be and help carry the load offensively.  His ability to operate and score...

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Talent to monitor: BMaze Biven 17u

The talent all throughout the weekend and the LIVE period was highly intriguing. College coaches could find next-level players of all levels, almost everywhere you looked.  One team that sometimes flew under the radar though was BMaze Biven 17u from Tennessee.  Getting a nice glimpse of the team in Rock Hill recently, there were a few players that should be on the radar for college...

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Coach Rick’s TOC: Bright future for young prospects

The Coach Rick's TOC was off the charts with talent. One thing is for sure is that the future around the region looks to be bright, as there were several young prospects that really captured our eyes and should be household names. Check out a few young players that will be ones you will want to know.

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3)

Paul McNeil 2023 Cam Oates (Garner Road): Now part of the 2023 class, Oates is an intriguing guard to keep tabs on with how he plays and how his game is maturing offensively.  He still brings a toughness to the floor and is scrappy on both ends.  But Oates is showing that he can really step up and be a consistent offensive threat from all areas. On Day 3, his perimeter game was...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 2)

By: Heath Gulledge 2021 6’4 Glenn Bynum (Mint Hill Lakers) Bynum is a really athletic guard who can score on all three levels. He makes teams respect his jump shot and because of this, driving lanes open up for him to get to the rim. He knows how to use the dribble to get into the mid-range area to get step-backs and shoot over defenders. I like the craftiness he has around the rim when taller...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’3 2022 Lebron Thomas (FIBA 2022) When I watch Thoams, the first thing I notice is how he uses his lightning speed and athleticism to get downhill at will and use his strong lower body to finish through contact. The way he was able to use this natural ability to make plays for himself and his teammates was impressive as it really showed in transition. Not only does Thomas do an...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 2)

Jaari Outlaw By: Sean Halloran 2022 Jaxon Ellingsworth (Brand X 17U) Ellingsworth is known to be one of the top unsigned big men in the area, as he continues to impress college coaches this weekend with his play. Ellingsworth in a 6’8, long, mobile-forward who is an effective force on the offensive and defensive glass. He showed he can stretch the floor a little bit offensively this weekend and...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Jackson Holt (Big Shots 17U/Moravian Prep)  Jackson is a well-conditioned, smooth shooting guard that knocks down open perimeter shots at a high rate of efficiency. I believe he is one of, if not, the best shooter(s) on a team full of talented marksmen. In his senior season we see him receiving a ton of opportunities to show coaches at the next level his shot-making...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 5’10 2022 Bobby Taylor (Upward Stars 3SSB 17U/DW Daniel) Taylor is a quick-thinking lead guard that manipulates defenses with pass fakes. I believe that Smart has the ability to play at the next level given his toughness, IQ, and facilitative ability. Put the ball in the basket well in day 3, really showed me an ability to score that I was looking to see.  6’2 2024 Joe...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 1)

By: Sean Halloran 2025 Chris Rivens (Team EAT 2025 National) Rivens was impressive today, showing off his natural athleticism once he was in transition. He gave everybody a glimpse of what he is capable of once he develops into his body, and grows as a basketball player. He already has the intangibles to be a great guard at the next level. With a good frame and natural athleticism, his potential...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 1)

By: Noah Hooper 6’11 2023 John Baldwin (Garner Road Bulldogs 2023 – Bryant) In my time watching Baldwin this morning, he really showed me great flashes of long-term upside as he was a solid presence inside for his team. His ability to use his large frame to gain positioning on offensive and defensive rebounds was good as he was able to grab a good amount of them this morning. He also...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 1)

By: Heath Gulledge 2022 6’5 Tim Vaughn (Chattanooga Elite Grey 17u) Vaughn impressed me this morning with more than one skill set today. He came out of the gate getting to the rim with ease and finishing in transition. As the game went on he began to show a more versatile skill set. He started knocking down deep balls off the catch and off the bounce whether he had a hand in his face or...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 3)

2024 Rakease Passmore (NLPB): With college coaches coming to watch, Passmore put on a show and gave them everything you would want in a young player. With the blend of athleticism, break down defenders, finish through contact or around/over defenders, step out and knock down shots, and be an impact defensively with blocking shots, Passmore showed it all and why he is looking to be one of the top...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 5’10 2025 Eli Ellis (Big Shots 17U/Moravian)  Has there been a player more spoken about this weekend? Likely not. Eli has made a name for himself as a consistent lead guard that plays in a constant mode of attack. He’s a stellar shooter with a rugged mentality that reminds me of Payton Pritchard of the Boston Celtics. Ellis plays with no fear in the face of older competition,...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’5 2024 Jamal Brown (1 of 1 Elite 2024/Word of God)  Jamal is most certainly one of the most athletically imposing prospects in this event. In 2019, I first heard of Brown after making waves as a high-flying middle schooler with incredibly advanced size. A walking 20+ point performer amongst his age group, Brown elevates above the rim with ease and has the length to truly...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’6 2025 Trent Steinour (Riptide 2025) When I look at Trent on the floor, the first thing I notice is how well he is able to use his length to be a disruptive asset defensively for his team. He also uses his length very well to gain positioning and grab rebounds for his team which helps them tremendously. Not only did he use his long frame well, but he also had very solid...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 2)

By; Heath Gulledge 2022 6’0 Dwight Canady Jr. (NLPB Senyo)  Canady Jr. has great athleticism and the ability to use it to his advantage when being guarded by slower defenders. He’s aggressive around the rim and finishes in unique ways. He’s always running the floor and it pays off as he finds himself in a lot of two on one scenarios in which he thrives. He’s one of the primary ball handlers for...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 2)

By: Sean Halloran 2023 Trey Parker (Big Shots Elite NC 17U) Parker was impressive once again here today, displaying to everyone his high-level athletism. The quick, fast-twitched guard can get to anywhere he wants to on the floor, with his ability to break defenders down off the dribble and convert on an array of difficult pull-up jump shots. Parker thrived when he was able to get out in...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 2)

2022 AJ Cook (CC Elite): Now playing this weekend with CC Elite Jacob-Fisher, it certainly gave an opportunity for Cook to shine even more with his shooting ability and that he did on Day 2, eventually going for 32 big points to lead his team to a win.  Cook doesn’t need much room to get his shot and makes quick, decisive decisions in his game.  Cook though can be a game-changer for a...

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Player Standouts at Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

JaKobe Hood By: Heath Gulledge 2024 6’1 Justin Skelton (Columbia Hoopers Elite 15u) Skelton showed an impressive ability to score the ball from beyond the arc in the 8:00 am game this morning. He came out of the gate letting it fly and it was paying off for him. I like his ability to stretch the floor and make the defense respect his shot. He uses his skill from beyond the arc to draw the...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

By: Noah Hooper 6’8 2023 Patrick Tivnan (Team Hope 2023 Laney) Coming from the long well-coached program of Charlotte Catholic, Tivnan really showed how much of a valuable asset he is to his team this morning as he completely dominated the glass on both sides of the floor. At 6’7, Tivnan’s versatile offensive skill set stood out as well as he is able to put the ball on the deck to get what he...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

Maki Johnson 2022 Kusamae Draper (SPO Sports): A new name to the scene for Phenom Hoops, the 6’8 big man grabbed some attention early on Day 2 with his productivity and activity down low on both sides. Draper has a good feel offensively, sealing in the post and taking contact to help get to the line.  But you also like his length that helps in on the boards on both sides.  Draper also...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

By: Sean Halloran 2022 Nygie Stroman (RDC Lakers 17U) Stroman was a player that caught my eye this morning. The 6’5 strong, athletic forward displayed the versatility he has in his offensive game. He poured in a smooth 20 points in this morning’s game and he did so in a variety of ways. Using his strong body to dominate the glass on both ends and converting on easy putback opportunities....

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Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’4 2021 Glenn Bynum (Mint Hill Lakers Elite) In the two events I have seen Bynum play in so far, Bynum has really impressed me with his shot-making ability as he is able to spot up and shoot off the bounce at a high level. He has also shown me that he is able to control the pace of the game and be a floor general given the fact that he is a solid ball-handler and knows how to...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1)

By: Heath Gulledge 2024 6’5 Tyrique Wilkins (WV Generals 15u)  Wilkins is a big body who plays to his size around the rim. He’s really skilled at running in transition and makes the defense pay for not sprinting back. He knows how to use his athleticism and length to grab boards on both ends of the court and block shots efficiently on the defensive end.  2024 5’8 Jayden Clark (WV Generals...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 3)

2024 Paul McNeil (Garner Road): There has been a lot of talk around McNeil and his game but it is easy to see why he is regarded as one of the top players in his class for 2024.  He put on an absolute show to start his weekend, using his 6’5 frame to his advantage, finishing over defenders, showing tremendous body control, and has an excellent perimeter feel for the game.  The young...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 2)

Julien King By: Sean Halloran 2022 Julien King (Garner Road 17U) King was a player to catch my eye today with his impressive performances. The most impressive part about Kings game is the defensive intensity that he contains on every possession. He causes havoc while guarding the ball and is very physical while defending off the ball. He uses his long arms to affect opponents and make things...

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