South Carolina Jr. Phenom Evaluations
Coach: Brian Allen
#2:4’9 ’25 Aidan Trimiew (Mechanicsville, VA)
Starting things off, we look at a young player that shot the ball incredibly well throughout camp, Aidan Trimiew. He was probably the smallest player in attendance, yet had no difficulty making a constant impact on the game. Offensively, Trimiew can usually be found spotting-up without the ball and preparing to launch a bomb from three-point territory. He displayed solid quickness and was able to take opponents off the bounce fairly often. Trimiew competed hard on defense, forcing turnovers while remaining disciplined. Next in his development process is continuing to grow and add strength, which will both certainly come in due time. Coach Allen on Trimeiw: “Aidan demonstrates a strong ability to light up the court like the fourth of July, straight fireworks when he heats up. He might be short, but as only a sixth grader, he packs a punch that will knockout any opponent guarding him. I can’t wait to see him in four years, once he’s in high school.” There was simply no doubting Trimeiw and his ability to contribute, which he did all day long at SC Jr. Phenom Camp.
#4: 5’1 ’24 Jordan Barr (Blythewood, SC)
Next, we look at another small player that had no issues dominating the competition, Jordan Barr. He’s a combo-guard with nice decision-making skills and a strong ability to score the ball from all three levels. Offensively, Barr is a natural scorer, but he doesn’t have any selfish qualities and looks to make the intelligent play whenever possible. He has nice touch on his jumper, especially from beyond the arc, where he was able to hit one after another on Saturday. Next in his development process is continuing to work on the use of his off-hand, as it would open up an abundance of new angles for Barr to attack on offense. Coach Allen on Barr: “Jordan’s game is so swift; he has a sniper mentality and his sights set on the rim. He began to show strength on both sides of the ball along with his confidence. Jordan scores buckets in bunches. I truly look forward to following this young man’s growth in high school.” Barr showed up and was able to get whatever he wanted on offense; it’ll be exciting to see how he builds off his strong performance at camp.
#13: 5’3 ’24 Josiah Peeples (Columbia, SC)
Moving onto a player that brought a fairly well-rounded skillset to both sides of the ball, Josiah Peeples. He’s a guard with solid quickness and ball-handling ability, allowing him to get downhill and attack the rim often. Peeples is deceptive and has a crafty approach to creating for himself; he passed the ball well and displayed a quality off-ball presence. He scored well from all levels and hit every open look that he lined up. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it will make him a more versatile defender. Coach Allen on Peeples: “Josiah is a savvy player that attacked the rim with aggression. He has a smooth stroke that heated up with each minute played. Josiah showed quick impulses on defense and was able to use his quick hands to accumulate steals. He was a spark that fired up the team throughout our games.” Peeples is already showing signs of being a dynamic two-way guard, but it’ll be interesting to see how much he improves over his next two middle school seasons.
#16:5’4 ’23 Darren Lloyd (Florence, SC)
Continuing onto a player that really stood out with his impressive athleticism and overall approach to the game, Darren Lloyd. First and foremost, Lloyd was definitely the fastest end-to-end player in attendance, and it’s not up for debate. He was unstoppable in transition and could be found blowing by every opponent in his path. Lloyd is also very quick and able to create for himself within two or three dribbles, which was perfect for the three-dribble rule. His pull-up shot is nearly impossible to block, based on how quickly he rises up and releases. Lloyd forced a ton of turnovers and drew fouls throughout camp, making him one of the top two-way players on display. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen his ball-skills, since he’s already such a terrific athlete. Coach Allen on Lloyd: “Darren is a kid whose name you will want to remember. He was a flame on the court, leaving opponents standing two steps behind when he attacked the rim. On defense, he suffocated his assignment and consistently won his matchup. Darren’s vision was sharp and he showed the ability to make strong passes in the half court and transition.” Lloyd turned heads with his two-way play and could have a breakout upcoming season, especially if he continues to build off this strong performance.
#25: 5’6 ’23 Matty Foor (Summerville, SC)
Next, we look at a player that made a noticeable impression from the opening drills, securing the Mr. Station award, Matty Foor. He’s a skilled guard with the ability to handle the ball or play without it. Foor displays an excellent feel for the game and simply understands how to contribute at all times. He was the first guy on the floor for a loose ball and was willing to do anything to give his team a competitive edge. Foor shot the ball very well from all three levels and showcased quality vision on penetration chances. Next in his development process is simply continuing to grow and add strength, as his skillset and overall foundation are both quite strong. Coach Allen on Foor: “Winning a trophy for drills and skills already tells you how strong Matt’s handles are. So it only makes sense why his vision was show-stopping and his passes were priceless. The icing on the cake was his knockdown shooting-stroke from all over the floor. Then he clamped down on the ball, locking his man down and stealing multiple passes. I can’t express how proud I was of him.” Foor exceeded any and all expectations during his time at camp, and certainly earned high praise from all in attendance.
#33: 5’8 ’23 Arturo Overton (Hopkins, SC)
Moving onto a player that was so utterly dominant throughout Jr. Camp on Saturday, that he decided to participate in the high school camp on Sunday, Arturo Overton. Anyone who wasn’t impressed with Overton and his incredible scoring display is crazy. No player scored the ball as effortlessly as the guard prospect, who seemingly made everything he attempted from all three levels. Overton gets hot in a hurry and is capable of making an abundance of shots, regardless of defensive pressure. He’s a tricky defender that knows how to lull opponents into turning over the ball. Next in his development process is working on his creating ability for others, as it would make him a more complete threat on offense. Coach Allen on Overton: “Arturo was hungry from the beginning of drills until the end of camp. He devoured whoever was in front of him and scored in bunches. As he learns to open the floor by visually seeing everything around him, he will become one of the most coveted players in his class. It’s only true to score 31 points and grab every stat, which shows that Arturo is the real deal.” There were no debates about Overton’s impressive play, which is part of what awarded him the Camp MVP. We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on his progression throughout the next year.
#35: 5’8 ’24 Rodney Lesane (Florence, SC)
Continuing onto a player that already has a lot of intriguing skills, yet also possesses a ton of upside, Rodney Lesane. He’s a big-bodied forward with a strong low-post arsenal, able to utilize his size to abuse smaller opponents in the paint. Lesane moves fairly well for his size and displayed the ability to switch between most positions on defense. He has clear upside as a rebounder, but he still needs to become more comfortable when fighting on the glass. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handling ability, as it would enable him to attack in a variety of different ways from outside of the post. Coach Allen on Lesane: “Rodney has the potential to dominate the paint. As he continues to define his game, he will shatter rebounding records. His footwork is really strong at this stage. He’s very aggressive on defense and attacks the ball hard. I love his aggressiveness for the game.” There is a lot to like with Lesane, but it’ll be interesting to see how much he progresses going forward.
#38: 5’9 ’23 Matthew Rogers (Sumter, SC)
Next, we look at a player that could virtually do no wrong during his time at camp, Matthew Rogers. He’s somewhat of a glue-guy, given his ability to play two or three positions at this level and thrive. Offensively, Rogers is able to shoot, create for others, attack the basket, or fight for second-chance opportunities around the rim. He’s a quality athlete with a nice feel for the game, which is part of what allows him to play so many different roles. Rogers is a bully on defense and forced numerous turnovers through use of his quick hands. Next in his development process is continuing to tighten up his ball-handling ability, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Allen on Rogers: “Matt was destroying the boards. He has so much spring in his step that I see him dunking the ball before next summer. Matt smashed his assignment on defense and ran the floor at a high level pace. He is going to be a problem in high school.” Rogers certainly displayed a quality blend of production and potential at camp; he’ll definitely be one to note for the future.
#46:5’10 ’23 Randy Gibson (Summerton, SC)
Moving onto a player that simply provided his team with a constant flow of scoring and hustle plays, Randy Gibson. He’s a wing prospect with great athleticism and the ability to affect all facets of the game. As a ball-handler, Gibson looks to get downhill and finish through contact. That being said, he scores a majority of his points through transition play, off-ball cutting, and second-chance opportunities. Defensively, Gibson is quite capable of toggling between all perimeter positions and looks quite comfortable switching onto bigger opponents as well. Next in his development process is becoming more of a vocal leader, as the communication will help his coexistence with teammates. Coach Allen on Gibson: “Randy was quiet but deadly during his time at camp. He had strong defensive skills while playing aggressively around the rim. Randy showcased a strong jumper from all over the floor.” Gibson stood out from the opening game with his strong feel and IQ for the game, which allowed him to manipulate opponents from start to finish. He already possesses nice size and skill, so it’ll be exciting to see how much he improves going forward.
#53:6’4 ’23 Lukas Schou (Mount Pleasant, SC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that has the physical maturity to compete with any group of middle school prospects, Lukas Schou. He’s a big man with solid athleticism and a decent feel for the game. Schou runs the floor hard on every possession and will do whatever he can to give his team a competitive edge. He was among the best rebounders in attendance and frequently scored on second-chance buckets from offensive rebounds. Right now, his skillset is a little bit raw, but his motor and activity make up for any lack of polish. Schou takes a beating inside the paint, drawing fouls and absorbing contact incredibly well. Next in his development process is improving as a ball-handler and jump shooter, as both skills would make him a more lethal on offense. Coach Allen on Schou: “Lukas’ post-up game is quite strong; I nicknamed him “the magnet” because he stayed on the rim, fighting for rebounds, throughout camp. He’s respectful and hardworking. Lukas controlled the paint on both ends of the floor and was a pleasure to coach.” Schou has a pretty promising future, especially if he can continue to build off his strong two-way performance at camp.