2023 Emanuel Richards (Upward Stars 3SSB 2023): Richards continues to show his production on the floor, as I believe he is one of the more underrated prospects in the state of South Carolina for his class. Every time he comes out, he makes an impact on the floor. Before, he did an incredible job in getting downhill and finishing through contact and he continues to do so, but you can see that he has developed more of his game in other areas to make him even more productive on both ends.
2023 Jaiden Thompson (PSB Bethel): Thompson really played strong, creating well off the dribble, attacking and staying aggressive on the court, and showing the ability to get by his defenders consistently to get to the basket and finish some tough shots.
2022 Evan Presnell (Carolina Riptide 2022): Presnell continues to have a stellar and consistent summer, really scoring the ball effectively with his jumper. Love his pull-up mid-range jumper that he can step further out behind the arc, but also can score effectively and efficiently from all levels. Plays hard on both ends and defends as well.
2022 Patrick Wessler (CC Elite): There may not be a bigger stock-riser in the state of North Carolina and should be ranked more nationally, as Big Pat is continuing to show his dominating game down low. His footwork was tremendous and sees the floor/defender well to get defenders to respect his jumper and love his ability to score around bigger dudes.
2022 Chase Lowe (CC Elite): Though shots didn’t quite fall all the time for Lowe, what makes him such a tremendous prospect is how he can make an impact in other areas. Whether it is finding teammates, playing with a ton of energy, battling on the boards… Lowe makes himself known and a force. But he still knocked down and created some tough shots for himself.
2022 Julian Phillips (Upward Stars 3SSB 2022): Phillips is something special, there is no doubt about it. You can see that he has continued to work and develop his overall feel, continuing to expand his game and feel, knocking down shots but operating on so many levels. Add that to his ability to defend multiple positions and be a presence everywhere on the court, there is a lot to love about this young man’s game.
2022 Jordyn Surratt (Upward Stars 3SSB 2022): Surratt is a productive wing prospect, really excelling out in transition, finishing strong and through contact, and displaying really good athleticism on the court. He continues to develop his overall feel for the game and is becoming an even better and more dominant presence on both ends.
2022 Julian Kiett (PCH Nightrydas): Kiett is a player that I would consider being “under the radar” as I believe more schools could use a guard like him. He brings strength to the guard positions along with terrific speed in the open floor. He also knows how to finish at or around the rim, as well as through contact. Plays really hard and with a ton of passion… really played well on Day 1.
2022 Jemez Herd (Rod Howard Select): Herd had a breakout season this past season at Olympic and is carrying it into this summer. There is a lot to like about a 6’7 versatile player that can create his own shot, operate and play multiple positions, and gets on the boards as well. Like his inside out type presence and he can find success in several areas on the floor.