Let’s get right to the stars of the show!
6’7 2021 Zaire Patterson: Team Winston 15U/Winston-Salem Prep
Patterson has an excellent frame for his age and it’s pretty clear he’s done a nice job figuring out how to use it on the glass and on the low block offensively. He possesses a high defensive IQ with an innate ability to call out defensive adjustments anchoring his unit from the low post. Expect his development to sky-rocket over the next 18 months at Winston-Salem Prep, they’ve established themselves as a next level prospect factory.
5’11 2021 Tayvon Suggs: NC Red Storm 15U/Farmville Central
Suggs is yet another up and coming lead guard from Farmville that is now under the NC Red Storm umbrella and it looks like they might have a potential star with him. He’s incredibly savvy for his age and always place at an excellent pace. He has a great floater game which is necessary for every small guard to have. I’m intrigued to see how he develops physically and how his game would change from there but this young buck definitely has a legit shot to be something special.
6’2 2021 Micah Williams: Carolina Riptide 15U/Lexington High School
Williams has really carved out a niche on a really well coached Carolina Riptide team as a high motor wing that does a lot of the little things most are unwilling to do. He’s not going to score in a high volume, but he’s going to rebound, get a couple steals, block a couple shots and end up having a major impact on the result of the game. His perimeter game is still coming along, but being willing to get your hands dirty on the glass makes up for a lot of that.
5’10 2021 Jordan McPhatter: Team Charlotte 2021/Buter High School
Butler has what might be one of the five most polished point guards in the HoopState that’s a part of the 2021 class at the helm next year and they should be ecstatic with what they have coming in. McPhatter is one of the shiftiest kids I’ve seen all week with eyes on the back of his head, capable of making every pass imaginable on the court. He’s a capable shooter that’s slippery when attacking the basket, with an excellent ability to finish at the cup in a variety of ways.
6’1 2021 Joel Baucom: Team Charlotte 2021/Davidson Day
Baucom is extremely confident in his game while still understanding what his limitations at this point in his young basketball career. He’s a huge part of the arsenal of shooter that this Team Charlotte 2021 group has and he might just be the most lethal of the bunch. He plays with incredible intensity on the defensive end and if he can grow just a couple more inches expect coaches to be all over him next summer has a legit 3&D prospect.
6’1 2021 Bobby Pettiford: CP3 15U/South Granville High School
Pettiford is a natural point guard and truly dominated the ball as a freshman at South Granville this past year. On this CP3 team he’s playing with more talented guards and he has to move off the ball a little bit and he’s showing that he can still be a standout player at either guard position. He’s a an incredible athlete with excellent ball skills, pulling up in the mid-range, attacking the rack, catch and shoot or off the dribble 3s. Pettiford can TRULY do it all and I 100% expect him to be considered a high major prospect moving forward.
5’11 2019 Elijah Haynes: Team Stacked/Mt Zion Prep
Haynes might be one of the most fun prospects to watch in the entire event with his shiftiness and just general flare. He’s excellent shooting the ball from distance with one of the swaggiest handles I’ve ever seen. He does such a great job getting his guys involved and has been really integral to the development of David Elien. Haynes should have a big post-grad year at Mt.Zion and I would be shocked if he didn’t have multiple scholarship opportunities at the end of the year.
6’2 2020 Isaac Spainhour: NC Spartans East/West Stokes High School
Spainhour is doing a really good job bringing a calming presence to a really fundamentally sound team. He isn’t going to wow you with his stat-line, but his intangibles are off the charts. Considering the fact that he’s playing up a year, Spainhour’s basketball maturity cannot go understated. I really like the way he can score the ball at all 3 levels while providing stability to an already solid team.