2022 Jacob Dar (Garner Road):
Dar is one that I think continues to fall under the radar but is starting to gain some traction with coaches and that he should. We are talking about a 6’6 developing prospect that continues to grow with his understanding of his game each time he is on the court. He can operate and defend multiple positions, especially with his wingspan, but also showed his activity level and ability to finish around the rim. Add that onto his ability to push the ball in transition and handle the ball, knocked down shots, and helps on the boards.
2022 Julien King (Garner Road):
King grabbed my attention with how he impacted the game in all areas of the floor. He quickly caught my attention with his defensive mentality, moving his feet and creating havoc against his opponents. But he also made some terrific and unselfish plays in finding his teammates offensively, while taking what was given to score the ball. Just an all-around, two-way player that makes his team better.
2022 Marcus Farley (Charlotte Guards):
Farley had a strong showing to start his day, going for 26 points to propel his team to the win. Farley showed a balance attack and his ability to stay aggressive, showing off his athleticism and scoring on multiple levels but doing much of his damage inside the arc. He had a strong start to his weekend and is hoping to do the same throughout the rest of his games.
2025 Eli Ellis (Big Shots):
Watching this young man in action, you simply have to enjoy how he operates and carries himself. Ellis is such a competitor on the floor and brings it every time he steps on the court. Such a shifty guard, his ability to break down defenders, create space for his jumper, or get around defenders and into the lane is impressive. Ellis has such a terrific feel and IQ in how to score and create, as his game continues to elevate and develop. Very impressive showing early on.
2023 Hamilton Campbell (Big Shots):
Campbell’s feel with the ball in his hands is what quickly attracts your eyes with his game. Slicing and penetrating through the defense, he has a terrific feel in creating openings with the dribble and opening the defense up; that is when he delivers sensational, on-target passes to his teammates for easy buckets or can knock down shots from the perimeter. Campbell is fun to watch operate on the court and is such a playmaker.