2023 Matai Baptiste (Vaughan): It was the first game of the day but Baptiste continues to impress and catch our eyes with his play. It is going to be interesting to watch him now in North Carolina because I think he has a chance to really take off. The 6’7 wing prospect has such a smooth feel on the court, knocking down shots from the perimeter with ease, creating for himself off the dribble, and impacting the floor in an array of ways. This is a young man that could see his recruitment really take off.
2024 Eli DeLaurier (Team Loaded): It has been a while since watching this young man in action but with what we saw, it is easy to see why schools are coming his way and fast. He brings tremendous size and skill at his age, displaying his activity down low in the post whether it was finishing around the rim, rebounding, or being a shot-blocker. Also loved his motor on the floor as well.
2023 Jordan Cooper (All-Carolina): Being part of the Cooper family, this is a young man that understands what he needs to do on the floor. He plays with terrific speed yet under control, playing at different paces on the floor, penetrating the lane and getting to the rim, and also showing us some of his athleticism for a smaller guard. Impressive stuff so far on Day 2 for Jordan and expect him to only continue to elevate his game.
2022 Davis Molnar (Team Wall): Already holding a few offers already, more schools should be looking his way with what he provides for a team. He plays with a natural feel and with a terrific IQ, making simple plays whether it is for himself or for others. Molnar has terrific vision in finding open teammates in the right spot but also with his 6’7 strong frame, he can body up defenders as well as step out with his perimeter shooting.
2024 Barrett Harwood (Team Loaded 757): Harwood is a new name personally for me but one that captured my eyes in a short time while watching his game. The young guard has a terrific jumper, one that is smooth and confident, as he knocked down multiple jumpers with ease. He was able to get to his spots and made teams pay from outside. One to keep tabs on.
2024 Drake Powell (Team Loaded 15u): Already getting some attention from college coaches, it is easy to see why with his skillset and length. Powell’s potential with his game is highly intriguing, as he showed his ability to impact the game in an array of ways. He is fully capable of stepping out and knocking down shots with range, as well as get score inside, get on the boards, and be an impact defensively. Really love his overall feel for the game at his age and there is a ton of potential still left in the tank.
2022 Nyles Howard (Mint Hill Lakers): Known for his size as a point guard, Howard has a nice blend of getting his teammates involved but also stepping up offensively when his team needs. He was showing more of his scoring threat, creating for himself and getting into the paint, finishing through contact or getting to the line, or showing nice touch in his floater. Howard has a natural feel for the game with the ball in his hands and knows when to get others involved or when he needs to step up even more for his team.