5’10 2021 Clay Hodges: Carolina Riptide
Hodges is an incredibly smooth operator at the PG position, constantly willing his way into the teeth of the defense and making the right play. He’s a tough competitor that is always willing to get his hands dirty if it means creating something positive for his team. He and his backcourt mate Callahan Reed are always in sync with one another, making this team click on all cylinders. On top of his abilities as a floor general, he’s a marksman from beyond the arc.
6’6 2021 Peyton Gerald: Team Loaded 704 (Mitchell)
Gerald is one of the more intriguing prospects that we saw in today’s first slate of games with his length, ability to create, and touch on his jumper. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect that was extremely productive in his first game of the day, carrying his team on the offensive end in the majority of the first half. He should have a big year at Ardrey Bell next year, where he could see his stock soar if he builds a good foundation this summer. Definitely one to watch closely.
5’11 2021 Vincent Orlandi: Fort Mill Knicks 16U
Orlandi was one of the most confident shooters I’ve seen thus far today with his willingness to shoot it with confidence anytime he was open. He was arguably his teams most reliable offensive option, but still didn’t force the issue at all, consistently making the right play, and using his aggressiveness on the offensive glass to come up with a couple extra possessions. He should have a big summer as one of the feature guys within a tough Fort Mill Knicks group.
6’2 2021 Jonathan Shaw: NC Wildcats
Shaw displayed an ability to really attack in transition, finish through traffic at the rim, and blow by his man off the dribble consistently with his quickness. He’s a really competitive, vocal leader, that should continue to progress as he learns to be a little more careful with the ball. He’s got a great foundational skillset, and he should have his opportunities to showcase that this summer. Definitely a fun player to watch.
6’7 2019 Revv Tholel: Team Loaded 704 17U
Tholel is one of the top unsigned seniors in the state of North Carolina, and he showed why in his first game of the day on Saturday. He has a lot of stuff working in his favor… size, body type, athleticism, motor, and touch around the basket. As he continues to fill the holes in his game we should see him develop into a really good player at either the D1 or D2 level. Every D2 in the region should try to swoop in and see if they can get him, because he is someone that is physically ready to play just about right away at that level. Definitely has a chance for a big spring.
6’1 2020 Machai Holt: CEBA 2020 Massey
Holt is an explosive lead guard that showcased his leaping ability with one of the early top highlights on a high flying jam that caught the attention of the entire gym. He’s an attack first lead guard that found a way to continuously make exciting, momentum shifting plays for his team. Definitely a high motor guard to watch.
6’4 2021 Bryce Alfino: Team Charlotte 16U
Alfino is the epitome of a valuable asset to any team with his long range shooting, length, high motor, and ability to find a way to do all of the little things necessary to come away with a win. He plays with that Team Charlotte toughness, always willing to lay his body on the line for a big play. He had an excellent sophomore season @ Davidson Day and he should continue to build on that success this summer with 5 Star Backcourt mate Jalen Hood Schifino. They appear to be totally in sync, and have an opportunity to lay the recruiting foundation heading into next summer.
5’9 2021 Kadyn Dawkins: NC Cobras 2021
Dawkins is a floor commander, running his team to a tee, ensuring that they are clicking on all cylinders. He does a great job attacking in the half court, freeing up opportunities to pull the trigger from beyond the arc where he is an absolute marksman. He has a very real chance to become a division one player if he continues to develop both physically and athletically. He’s a joy to watch and is another player that is simply an asset to any team that he suits up for.
6’0 2020 Trayden Williams: Team Charlotte 17U
Trayden did an EXCELLENT job playing nearly mistake free basketball, and attacking the paint at will. He’s a smooth operator at the Point Guard position, making multiple defenders look silly in the process. He is extremely shifty with the ball in his hands, and consistently makes sound decisions while possessing the rock, after making the switch over to Team Charlotte, he’s embraced the toughness they play with, bringing the intensity on the defensive end of the floor as well. There’s no doubt Williams is poised for a huge summer with CLT.
6’8 2020 Josh Hall: Team Loaded 17U
By the end of the summer I’d be surprised if Josh Hall didn’t become a widely regarded top 60 guy in the country… at least that’s what he showed me today. He shot the absolute hell out of the basketball today, going 4/6 from 3, and really stretching the defense, giving Carter Whitt and Justin Wright room to operate. He was the main guy on a star studded group to start the day, hopefully this initial performance will be a sign of things to come for Hall.