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SC Top 80 Player Profile: 2022 Xzavier Thaggard (Trinity Collegiate)

Player: Xzavier ThaggardSchool: Trinity Byrnes CollegiateClass: 2022Height: 6’2 We continue our coverage of the South Carolina Top 80, a terrific event that brought some tremendous talent all under one building.  Phenom Hoops was impressed with the talent that was on display, but a few names really captured our eyes.  One of those players that earned our attention was 2022 6’2 Xzavier...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: Antonio Jones #108: 5’10 ’23 Amari Richardson (Pendleton) Starting things off, we look at a player who showcased a pretty smooth, well-rounded skillset, Amari Richardson. He’s a smart, crafty guard prospect with a consistent jumper from midrange and beyond the arc, and the ability to penetrate and finish whenever necessary. Richardson is a capable passer and utilizes his blend...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Rodney Lesane #107: 5’10 ’24 Jeremiah Jacques (Orangeburg-Wilkinson) Starting things off, we look at a player who arguably stood out as the best passer and overall playmaker on this team, Jeremiah Jacques. He’s a wiry, unselfish, well-rounded point guard prospect with a quality feel for the game on either side of the ball. Jacques does a great job of attacking the basket as a...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Yusuf English #106: 5’10 ’24 Bryson Rose (Lake City) Starting things off, we look at a player that continually found ways to make an impact on both ends of the floor, Bryson Rose. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with a natural understanding of how to make hustle plays within the flow of the action. Rose does a great job of getting downhill and finishing or accessing his...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Kelvin Mills #105: 5’10 ’24 Deon Harvey Jr. (Christ Church) Starting things off, we look at a player that consistently outperformed opponents despite being the smallest camper on this team, Deon Harvey Jr. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor point guard prospect with quickness and the ability to score with efficiency from all levels. Harvey is a quality playmaker and looks to...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Marcus Crawford #104: 5’9 ’25 Reginald Mack (Ridge View) Starting things off, we look at a player that contributed nicely despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, Reginald Mack. He’s a young, rugged, high-motor guard prospect with an unselfish approach and quality defensive prowess. Mack is a useful penetrator with the necessary quickness to breakdown his...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Patrick Paul #103: 5’9 ’24 Damario Saxon (North Augusta) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a steady impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Damario Saxon. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with an unselfish approach and the ability to make his presence felt on either side of the ball. Saxon is a capable shooter and penetrator with useful vision...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Blake Walker #102: 5’7 ’23 Darren Lloyd (West Florence) Starting things off, we look at a player that always seems to outwork and outperform opponents in every matchup, Darren Lloyd. He’s a tough, heady, slightly undersized lead guard prospect with a strong balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Lloyd is at his best when breaking down opponents, getting downhill,...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Stan Carpenter #101: 5’7 ’24 Ziyon Gamble (South Florence) Starting things off, we look at a player who consistently found ways to produce despite being the smallest camper on this team, Ziyon Gamble. He’s a smart, scrappy, unselfish guard prospect with a nice penetration sense and a willingness to do the dirty work on both ends of the floor. Gamble makes quality decisions...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Kenny Orr #0: 5’9 ’21 Omazeon Tinsley (Lancaster) Starting things off, we look at a player that knows how to make his presence felt as a sharp, quick two-way floor general, Omazeon Tinsley. He’s a smart, heady point guard prospect with the understanding of how to properly run a team while applying pressure as a three-level scoring threat. Tinsley is great at getting downhill...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: John Combs #0: 5’9 ’23 Deuce Hudson (Darlington) Starting things off, we look at a player that knows how to set the tone with his smart, savvy approach, Deuce Hudson. He’s a heady, well-rounded point guard prospect with a smooth offensive arsenal and toughness defensively. Hudson gets downhill, touches the paint, and sets up others with ease while actively harnessing available...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Smith  #0: 6’0 ’22 Omari Bryson (South Pointe) Starting things off, we look at a player that knows how to assert himself as a steady two-way threat with any collection of teammates, Omari Bryson. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with a reliable spot-up presence and ability to operate with or without the ball in his hands. Bryson attacks the basket well, makes the...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Josh Staley #0: 5’9 ’22 Dylan Williams (Irmo) Starting things off, we look at a player that is widely known and acknowledged for his electric approach and scoring ability, Dylan Williams. He’s a tough, heady lead guard prospect with quickness, penetration instincts, and perimeter shooting from midrange and beyond the arc. Williams makes quality decisions with the ball in his...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Yusuf English #0: 6’0 ’23 David Elam (Mead Hall Episcopal) Starting things off, we look at a player that contributed very well despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, David Elam. He’s a smart, wiry, high-motor guard prospect with an excellent scoring arsenal and the ability to create for himself or others off the bounce. Elam is a quality shooter and...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Kelvin Mills #0: 5’11 ’23 Arturo Overton (Lower Richland) Starting things off, we look at a player that has been a regular shining spot at camps over the last few years, Arturo Overton. He’s a smart, skilled guard prospect that built his foundation as a scorer and has gradually transitioned into a floor general. Overton scores the ball at an efficient clip and can easily...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Drae Rice #0: 5’10 ’21 AJ Thompson (Northwestern) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to successfully run a team on either side of the ball, AJ Thompson. He’s a smart, quick, heady point guard prospect with an excellent balance between scoring and playmaking. Thompson is great in the open floor but also more than comfortable within the half-court...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Christian Savage #0: 5’11 ’21 Jalen Breazeale (Dorman) Starting things off, we look at a player that offers a strong balance between scoring and playmaking, Jalen Breazele. He’s a smart, quick, tough two-way point guard prospect with an excellent penetration sense and the willingness to make plays for others. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move...

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Top 10 scorers from SC Top 80 (Class of 2023)

NameClassCityHigh SchoolHeightAverageGregory Jackson2023ColumbiaRidge View6′9″12David Elam2023North AugustaMead Hall Episcopal School6′0″10.5Arturo Overton2023HopkinsLower Richland5′11″10Jamari Briggs2023HartsvilleHanahan6′3″9.5Deuce Hudson2023DarlingtonDarlington5′9″9Alik Lewis2023BurlingtonComenius6’1″8.5Taevean Famutimi-Brown2023DarlingtonTrinity Byrnes Collegiate...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: NC/SC Top80 Standouts

Christ Essandoko 6’11 Christ Essandoko 2022 was unbelievable today as he showcased his dominance on the offensive end scoring in a wide variety of ways. His presence in the paint is so overwhelming as he scores at will around the basket and overpowers his defender. He rebounds the ball at a very high level and runs the floor pretty well. He showcased a unique ability to attack from the high post...

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Player Standouts at NC Top 80 v. SC Top 80

Jamarii Thomas- The tough, heady point guard prospect offered a very consistent two-way presence, overwhelming opponents with his motor and toughness. Thomas attacks the basket very well and displays a strong balance between scoring and playmaking. He’s great in the open floor and shows a willingness to make hustle plays. Julian Kiett- It’s somewhat perplexing to try and understand why Kiett...

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South Carolina Top 80 Team Roster

NameClassCityHigh SchoolHeightTeamNumberJalen Breazeale2021RoebuckDorman5′11″SC 1 (Neon Green)0Davison Wright2021SpartanburgDorman5′11″SC 1 (Neon Green)1Daveon Thomas2021ElginLee Central6′1″SC 1 (Neon Green)2Kory Davis2022Rock HillYork Prep Academy6′1″SC 1 (Neon Green)3Jamari Briggs2023HartsvilleHanahan6′3″SC 1 (Neon Green)4Russell Felton Jr2021AikenAiken High School6′4″SC 1 (Neon Green)5Devonta...

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Destin Clark Calls it for Wingate

The modern-day basketball approach relies heavily on three-point shooting or the ability to cause mismatches for opponents. The latter part of that statement rings especially true for 6’2 2020 Destin Clark of Indian Land/Team United. On Saturday, the smart, strong-bodied point guard ended his recruitment process by committing to Wingate University, a program that is on the rise and currently...

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South Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 12

Team 12 Coach: Austin “Rudy” Mays   #9: 5’9 ’22 Dylan Williams (Irmo) Starting things off, we look at a player that already has a reputation as one of the most electric prospects in the state, Dylan Williams. He’s a smart, crafty, quick point guard prospect with a tight handle and excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Williams loves to dice up his man, get downhill,...

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South Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 11

Team 11 Coach: Tay Robinson   #8: 5’9 ’21 Omazeon Tinsley (Lancaster) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to properly run a team on either end of the floor, Omazeon Tinsley. He’s a smart, lightning-quick point guard prospect that offers a nice balance between scoring and playmaking. Tinsley is able to get downhill with relative ease, where he’s able to frequently...

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South Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 10

Team 10 Coach: Anthony Bellamy   #7: 5’9 ’20 Omarion Byrd (North Augusta) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to properly run a team on both ends of the floor, Omarion Byrd. He’s a smart, tough, team-first point guard prospect with a sharp, crafty handle and excellent three-level scoring prowess. Byrd is always looking to set up others but still forces the...

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South Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: Ryan Bernardi   #6: 5’9 ’23 Montraivis White (Gray Collegiate) Starting things off, we look at a player that was simply incredible, especially for his age and size, Montraivis White. He’s a smart, lightning quick point guard prospect with vision, a tight handle, and the ability to pile on points from all three levels. White is very crafty with the ball in his hands, able to...

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