6’1 ’22 Brandon Morgan (Forsyth Country Day)
Although one could pick a variety of standouts for this Forsyth Country Day squad, Morgan is definitely deserving of recognition for what he brings to the table. He’s a long, wiry off-guard prospect with an understanding of how to maximize his role on both ends of the floor. Morgan is a terrific shot-maker, especially of the catch, and primarily looks to apply scoring pressure from midrange or beyond the arc. He’s also a capable cutter, defender, and rebounder with the tools to attack closeouts if necessary.
6’5 ’22 Shane Blakeney (Legion Collegiate)
After somewhat of a quiet first quarter, Blakeney amped things up and started to showcase why he’s regarded among the top players in South Carolina. He’s started to fill out physically over the recent months, and it’s only made him more difficult to contain. Blakeney’s foundation has always been predicated on being a reliable shot-maker with IQ and craftiness, and it’s only continued to progress over time. He’s a quality athlete with toughness and ability with or without the ball in his hands. Blakeney should have a successful career at Drexel.
5’10 ’26 Justyn Whitfield (Victory Christian)
Despite some struggles as a team, it was easy to appreciate everything Whitfield highlighted throughout the course of this contest. He was the youngest player on either team, but still found ways to make his presence felt as a passer, shooter, and off-ball cutter. Whitfield is still only beginning to physically develop, and will be a player to keep an eye on over the coming years.
6’3 ’22 Brent Randleman (Piedmont Classical)
Few teams in the state can match the balance of Piedmont Classical, and Randleman is a huge part of their overall game plan. He’s always been a well-rounded player, and that naturally makes him an excellent leader for this squad. Randleman understands how to produce within the flow of the action, typically operating as their primary creator with the ball in his hands. That being said, he can find opportunities as an off-ball threat and does a great job of affecting all facets of the game. Randleman should have more action within his recruitment.
6’5 ’22 Chase Lowe (Weddington)
The fact that Lowe has been visibly dominant over the last calendar year makes his lack of offers as perplexing as any prospect in the state. He’s a clear leader for this Weddington squad (who should probably be among the top favorites to in a state championship), and it’s evident on both sides of the ball. He’s an absolute menace defensively, especially given his blend of size, versatility, and sheer instincts. Lowe is a brilliant passer with the ability to intelligently dictate the offensive action with the ball in his hands. He’s great at getting downhill and making plays, both for himself and others. Lowe is as under-recruited as any player in the state.
6’2 ’23 Isaiah Tate (Gaston Christian)
Though it was somewhat of an up-and-down contest for Gaston Christian, Tate did everything possible to keep his team afloat. He does a great job of carrying the scoring load for this group, both with or without the ball in his hands. Tate is a capable creator off the bounce, but also understands how to pose a threat as a spot-up shooter. He’s crafty enough to dictate the action as an initiator, but also regularly looks to get others involved.