The 4th Annual SC Top 80 took place at the beautiful gymnasium of Lexington High School. To put it simply, the state of South Carolina has a deep and loaded list of collegiate level prospects. Known for being a “football” state, the state of South Carolina is quickly changing its reputation and becoming a hotbed for talent. The 4th Annual SC Top 80 showcased the top players in the state regardless of class and the players didn’t disappoint. Now, let’s take a closer look at the award winners.
Mr. Top 80: No. 117 6’9 2020 PJ Hall (Dorman High School, Moore, SC)
It was a great all around performance for 6’9 2020 PJ Hall. Hall played equally well on the defensive end of the court as well as the offensive end of the court. We’re talking about a highly skilled power forward that plays with poise, maturity and an incredible high basketball IQ. We were impressed with his soft shooting touch and excellent range, not to mention he rebounded at a high level, blocked shots and played well within the team structure. Without question, look for a strong upward spiral in the national rankings.
Mr. Defense: No. 120 7’0 2021 John Butler (Christ Church Episcopal School, Simpsonville, SC)
7’0 2021 John Butler is truly an intriguing prospect. We’re talking about a highly skilled 15 year old 7’0 prospect. To say the sky’s the limit would be a gross understatement. Butler is an ultra smooth and fluid wing forward. He has good ball handling and passing skills in the open court and is more skilled on the perimeter than in the paint. In addition, Butler is an unbelievable shot blocker and his length is such a presence defensively. The sky’s the limit for the young prospect and truly could become one of the top players nationally in the 2021 class.
Mr. Playmaker: No. 38 6’1 2021 Jacobi Wright (Fort Mill High School, Tega Cay, SC)
6’1 2021 Jacobi Wright is simply advanced beyond his years. We’re talking about a high level floor general who played with great poise, maturity and pace. He has a high basketball IQ and understands how important it is to get teammates involved, not to mention proper passing angles to passes into the post. Wright has a nice understanding of the game and is a high return, low risk point guard. He takes excellent care of the ball and rarely makes mistakes or turnovers.
Mr. Hustle: No. 102 6’6 2021 Keyan Mims (Fort Mill High School, Fort Mill, SC)
6’6 2021 aggressive play on both ends of the court earned him the SC Top 80 Mr. Hustle award. He plays with a high motor and his full throttle approach quickly caught the eye of the scout and coaches in attendance. At 6’6, Mims is a very versatile power wing. His length and athleticism along with matching skill set allows him to player and guard multiple positions.
Mr. Station: No. 43 6’1 2020 Mason Grigg (Northwester High School, Rock Hill, SC)
6’1 2020 definitely got the crowd involved with his athleticism. Grigg showcased his bounce and leaping ability with a few poster dunks, but it was his follow up tip dunk that got the crowd and players into a tizzy. That being said, Grigg played exactly the way he practiced and that was all out.