6’6 ’23 Stepfon Simmons (Team Magic)
It would be impossible for anyone watching this contest to walk away anything other than impressed with Simmons and his seemingly nonstop production on either end of the floor. He’s a long, strong, mobile forward prospect with a high motor and the ability to overwhelm opponents as a rebounder and defensive anchor. Simmons finishes with both hands, moves well for his size and runs the floor effectively in transition.
6’3 ’23 West Kellett (Upward Stars Watson)
While there were numerous productive contributors for Upward Stars Watson, Kellett was arguably their most significant—especially given the timing of his scoring. He’s an excellent shooter and overall spot-up threat from beyond the arc, which allowed him to consistently make opponents pay when given a glimmer of space. Kellett also provided great effort defensively and made quality decisions with the ball in his hands.
6’4 ’24 Tosh Alberga (Elite One)
Given his age and numerous flashes of appeal throughout this contest, Alberga is certainly a name worth noting for the future. He’s long and wiry, but still just beginning to physically develop. That being said, Alberga already blocks shots at a constant rate while showing the ability to finish and rebound on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor hard and should only continue to improve with physical maturity, especially given his natural shot-blocking instincts.
6’2 ’25 Keenan Arcega-Whitesides (Upward Stars Watson)
Between his upside and current production, it’s already easy to be impressed with Arcega-Whitesides. He’s a long, wiry, high-motor forward prospect with defensive prowess and the ability to make his presence felt in transition. Arcega-Whitesides understands how to attack the basket and finish effectively through contact.
6’3 ’24 Isaac Allen (Carolina Riptide)
As the youngest prospect on the roster, there’s already a lot to like with Allen and his two-way identity. He’s long, fluid, and skilled with the combination of IQ, athleticism, and versatility to naturally affect all facets of the game. Allen forced turnovers defensively, made his presence felt on the glass, scored in various ways, and got out in transition whenever possible. He’s certainly one to watch for the Riptide.
6’0 ’23 Jordan Miller (Upstate Select)
In terms of noteworthy guards, Miller was arguably the most complete floor general on display. He’s a smart, heady, well-rounded guard prospect with a clear willingness to make the best possible play on every possession. While he ran the offense with poise and relative ease, Miller also operated effectively without the ball in his hands. He’s a balanced athlete, scorer, and defender with poise, patience, and an excellent two-way feel for the game.
6’5 ’25 Sadiq White (Team Eat)
There’s a lot of talent within the Team Eat program, and White is easily among their most enticing long-term prospects. While his production wasn’t insane, the tools are clearly in place for something special to potentially emerge. White has the frame, fluidity, and flashes of perimeter skills worth getting excited about. He’s already a great all-around athlete and should only continue to improve in time.
6’2 ’24 Bobby Hardison (Carolina Riptide)
The guard duo for Carolina Riptide’s 2024 squad is so consistently impressive, and Hardison is an obvious part of that pairing. Though he might appear somewhat unassuming at first glance, he’s an absolute killer and all-around leader for this group. Hardison is crafty and able to reliable create for himself or others off the bounce, but also applies excellent pressure as an off-ball threat. His heady, quick-twitch tendencies complement his smooth playmaking and three-level scoring very nicely. Hardison showcases a strong feel for all facets of the game.
5’10 ’24 Will Googins (Carolina Riptide)
Though he’s become somewhat of a regular face over the years, Googins is still so enjoyable to watch perform. While he’s maintained his foundation as a tough, smart, high-energy guard, he’s become an even more challenging assignment for opponents to contain. Googins is phenomenal with the ball in his hands, but also makes a lasting impact alongside another ball-handler. His feel for the game cannot be overstated, as being in the right place and making the right play is merely instinctual for him at this point. Googins regularly outplays his assignment on both ends of the floor.