Coach: Patrick Paul
#13: 5’3 ’23 James Davis (Hannah Pamplico)
Starting things off, we look at a player that understands how to utilize his lack of height to his advantage, James Davis. He’s an extremely quick, unselfish point guard prospect that simply thrives in transition, where he’s proven to be faster than basically everyone on the court. Davis displays a solid two-way feel for the game, able to score fairly consistently from all three levels while getting others involved whenever possible. He’s a great defender with the ability to mirror his assignment and force turnovers at a quality rate. Next in his development process is working on becoming a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Paul on Davis: “James is a great point guard with incredible speed. He defends well on-ball as well as off-ball. He needs to improve on shooting the three ball and finishing at the rim.” Davis enjoyed an excellent showing at camp, furthering the “heart over height” notion with his performance, and has the tools to be a very useful guard for Hannah Pamplico.
#21: 5’8 ’24 Brycen Redmon (Fort Mill)
Next, we look at a player that impacted the game pretty well despite being the youngest camper on this team, Brycen Redmon. He’s a smart, unselfish, young guard prospect with a pretty strong well-rounded skillset, especially for his age. Redmon possesses an advanced feel for the game, able to do a little bit of everything while consistently making positive plays for his team. He plays hard, scores effectively from all areas on the floor, and utilizes his quickness to attack the basket. Redmon defends well for his size and showed a willingness to hustle back in transition. Next in his development process is working on improving his rebounding presence, as it would allow him to grab and immediately push the break in transition. Coach Paul on Redmon: “Brycen is a good young prospect that can shoot, pass, and defend. He plays on both ends of the floor. Brycen is a great kid. He can improve his ball-handling and shooting off the dribble.” Redmon did a lot of things well during camp and should emerge as a strong contributor for Fort Mill sooner than later.
#29: 5’8 ’23 Xavier Brown (Florence)
Moving onto a player that was able to impact the game quite well with or without the ball in his hands, Xavier Brown. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with excellent spot-up instincts and three-point consistency. Brown handles and passes the ball at a solid level but typically operates without the ball, which forces opponents to pay him constant attention. He moves well as a cutter, works effectively in the team structure, and makes the extra pass on a regular basis. Brown also proved to be a useful defender, both on and off-ball. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would make him a better penetrating threat. Coach Paul on Brown: “Xavier is a good three-point shooter with good range on his shot. He’s a willing passer with an aggressive steak. He needs to become a better help-side defender but plays hard on both ends of the floor.” Brown enjoyed a great showing at camp and has the tools to become a useful high school contributor sooner than later.
#48: 5’11 ’20 Bradley Williams (Millbrook)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as one of the most reliable and productive performers on this team, Bradley Williams. He’s a smart, crafty, tough two-way guard with a high motor and the ability to score with efficiency from all three levels. Williams knows how to mix it up while also getting others involved on a regular basis. He creates well off the bounce but can also spot-up with ease, which allows him to effectively operate from either backcourt position. Williams is a quality defender with great positioning and quickness, which allows him to force turnovers at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working on his rebounding presence, as it would allow him to push transition play even easier. Coach Paul on Williams: “Brad is a great scorer that can score at all three levels. He’s a decent on-ball defender but needs to become a better help defender. He has a good sense for the game.” Williams enjoyed an excellent showing at camp and could be a nice late addition for the right program.
#52: 5’11 ’23 Jevon Brown (Wilson)
Next, we look at a player that has made noticeable strides within his game over the last six to eight months, Jevon Brown. He’s a long, wiry, smart, skilled guard prospect with an excellent two-way identity and understanding of the game. Brown continues to build on his strong foundation, simply becoming better in all facets of the game on a consistent basis. He’s offers an excellent balance of penetration and perimeter shooting, and his efficiency from beyond the arc was among the best at camp. Brown breaks down opponents well, touches the paint, and makes plays for himself and others. He moves very well without the ball, which makes him an even deadlier spot-up threat. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Paul on Brown: “Jevon is probably the best shooter in the gym. He has great accuracy and range. He can shoot it off the dribble. Jevon has a decent handle but needs to improve it in order to become a point guard.” Brown was undeniably impressive at camp and truly possesses all the tools to become a noteworthy name in South Carolina’s Class of 2023.
#73: 6’0 ’23 William Brooks (Northwestern)
Moving onto a player offered a pretty steady, consistent two-way presence throughout camp, William Brooks. He’s a smart, high-motor guard prospect with a quality balance between scoring, playmaking, and defensive intensity. Brooks is a nice spot-up threat with the ability to take opponents off the bounce quite regularly. He finishes well around the basket, moves well without the ball, and rebounds pretty well for his size. Brooks defends the point of attack well and understands how to position himself for success. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more lethal penetrating threat. Coach Paul on Brooks: “William is an interesting prospect that can handle it, shoot it, and defend. He does all the little things and is willing to put his body on the line to make a play. He needs to improve his ball-handling in order to excel his game.” Brooks did a lot of things well during camp and should carve out a useful role at Northwestern sooner than later.
#80: 6’1 ’22 Valerian Bruce (West Florence)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably the most well-rounded performer on this team, Valerian Bruce. He’s a smart, steady, unselfish wing prospect with the ability to consistently affect all facets of the game on both ends of the floor. Bruce is a quality three-level scorer that can make a strong impact with or without the ball in his hands. He rebounds the ball, pushes the break in transition, and makes plays for himself and others at a terrific rate. Bruce highlighted nice versatility and was able to defend multiple positions throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would take his game to another level. Coach Paul on Bruce: “Valerian is already a proven 3-and-D guy. He hits shots and defends all positions at a high level. He has great vision with the ball but needs to become a better ball-handler to be a more complete player. Valerian has great upside.” Bruce enjoyed an extremely productive showing at camp and could emerge as a leader for West Florence over the next few years.
#92: 6’4 ’21 Alec Bowie (Irmo)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was easily the most reliable interior presence for this team, Alec Bowie. He’s a strong, mobile, high-motor post prospect with great rebounding instincts on both ends of the floor. Bowie utilizes his body very well inside the paint to secure rebounds and capitalize on second-chance opportunities. He runs the floor hard in transition and doesn’t necessarily require the ball in his hands to make an impact on offense. Bowie is a quality defender that plays consistently physical, under control, and shows fear of no opponents. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would make him an even better penetrator and on-ball defender. Coach Paul on Bowie: “Alec is a great glue-guy. He rebounds the ball at a good rate and understands the game well. He needs to be a more confident shooter and add more range to his jumper.” Bowie proved to be a clear asset throughout camp and has the tools to carve out a quality role for Irmo over the next calendar year.