2024 Taky Prosper (NC Spartans): We spoke and wrote about Prosper coming into the event and he has shined once again, but he still isn’t a done package with his game. Which only makes him more intriguing. Such a strong physical presence down in the post, and is so active on the glass. He is one that I would jot down and watch how he continues to develop, as there is a lot to like about what he brings to the table.
2023 Ka’leel Stillman (SE Elite Gold): If you are looking for a big man, Stillman looks to be one college coaches should be watching. He has great size at 6’10, he moves well, shows a soft touch and feel in the paint and in the post, and can be assertive on the glass. You can’t teach his size, and he makes an impact on the floor, as well as being a consistent presence on both ends of the floor.
2024 Alex Atkinson (Upward Stars Columbia): Atkinson is one that continues to capture my eyes and intrigues me in what he can be and what he brings to the table. Good length and size, moves well all over the court, has a nice feel in how to operate around the paint, and really do love his ability to defend along the perimeter with his length. Intriguing prospect to watch.
2023 Marlon Bennett (SE Elite Black): Bennett has been consistent all weekend long for his team, as the unsigned senior could be a nice snag for a program late. He shows his ability to be effective and consistent with his offensive showing, has a good frame to handle against multiple defenders, finds ways to stay active and creates well, has a smooth feel to the game, and brings a nice balance to the court.
2024 Maddox Watson (Upward Stars Carolina): This is a team that has plenty of talent and should have the attention of college coaches. Watson had an excellent Day 2 in ending the game, as he was showcasing his range and stroke from deep, hitting multiple threes, while also having nice touch around the basket. As our guys said, he has that scorer’s mentality and it was on full display to end the night.
2024 Gray Madeira (Mint Hill Lakers): Madeira has been a new name for me personally this summer but is now one that constantly gets brought up with what he has shown early this spring and summer. Madeira can absolutely light it up and fill it up; whether he wants to knock down shots off the catch, or mix it up in getting to his spots or the basket, he has been a big offensive weapon this spring and should be one to watch out for more.