Coach: Josh Staley
#1: 5’7 ’22 Kristopher Wallace (Gray Collegiate)
Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to run a team while doing all the dirty work, Kristopher Wallace. He’s a smart, team-first lead guard with great quickness, which allows him to touch the paint quite regularly while mirroring his assignment on defense. Wallace handles the ball well, looks to make plays for his teammates, and is a fairly consistent scorer from all three levels. He works within himself on both ends of the floor and shows a willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. Wallace also knows how to operate alongside another ball-handler and find opportunities as a cutter and spot-up threat. He’s somewhat undersized but frequently outworks bigger/stronger opponents for rebounds and loose balls. Next in his development process is working to become stronger, as it would make him an even better finisher through contact. Coach Staley on Wallace: “Kristopher is a high-motor guard that knows how to push the tempo. He rebounds well for his size. Kristopher maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Wallace proved to be a tough two-way guard during camp and could carve out a nice role this season for Gray Collegiate.
#22: 6’0 ’20 Chris McGill (Goose Creek)
Next, we look at a player that was quietly among the most well-rounded performers on this team, Chris McGill. He’s a smart, unselfish, strong-bodied guard prospect with an active two-way motor and the ability to make his presence felt in a variety of different roles. McGill does a little bit of everything, from creating off the bounce for himself and others to outworking his assignment on defense, and can impact the game alongside any group of teammates. He shows a willingness to fight for rebounds and make the pitch ahead pass in transition to open teammates. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to seize more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter and spot-up threat. Coach Staley on McGill: “Chris is a solid two-way guard that plays within the team. With work and consistency, he can develop into a nice combo. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” McGill proved to be a useful asset on both sides of the ball and looks poised to have a productive senior campaign at Goose Creek.
#38: 6’1 ’20 Kaleb Cooper (North Augusta)
Moving onto a player that showcased a strong 3-and-D presence during his time at camp, Kaleb Cooper. He’s a long, strong-bodied guard prospect with a nice motor and high IQ on both ends of the floor. Cooper is a quality ball-handler and passer with unselfish tendencies and the ability to create for himself, others, or slide off-ball. He knows how to find open space as a cutter and spot-up threat, setting up early and knocking down jumpers at a reliable clip from midrange and beyond the arc. Cooper can score effectively off the bounce, but typically prefers to operate in catch-and-shoot scenarios. He’s also a smart defender that shows a willingness to fight for rebounds on both sides of the ball. Next in his development process is working on getting quicker, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain off the bounce. Coach Staley on Cooper: “Kaleb is an accurate shooter with deceptive length. He handles the ball well and displays good vision. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Cooper enjoyed a great showing at camp and will give college coaches another reason to head out to North Augusta during the upcoming season.
#49: 6’2 ’21 Colin Rodrigues (North Augusta)
Continuing onto a player that has a massive chance to end up as one of the top prospects from this event, Colin Rodrigues. He’s a steady, intelligent, explosive guard prospect that entered camp among the lesser-known but exited as a potential high-major piece. Rodrigues possesses an advanced feel for the game, simply able to see the game multiple steps ahead of others, and uses it to his advantage on both ends of the floor. He showed the ability to operate full-time from either guard position, displaying high-level vision and phenomenal three-level scoring prowess at a nonstop rate. Rodrigues is crafty with the ball in his hands and gives the opposition zero margin for error when he’s on the floor. He’s also a quick-twitch defender with fast hands, great anticipation skills, and the ability to force turnovers with ease. Rodrigues rebounds well, leads the break, and is always a threat to make highlight plays in transition. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as it would make him a nearly complete player. Coach Staley on Rodrigues: “Colin is an exceptional athlete with a high IQ. He has the ability to drive very well and can score at all three levels. Colin maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Rodrigues was truly among the most dominant performers from camp and looks poised for a breakout upcoming season, which should lead to a ton of Division I offers.
#66: 6’3 ’21 Umar Lawson (Laurence Manning)
Next, we look at a player that continues to impress and show flashes of two-way dominance, Umar Lawson. He’s a long, explosive, team-first guard prospect with an elite motor and quality feel on both ends of the floor. Lawson is undeniably rugged and shows a consistent willingness to get his hands dirty, fighting for rebounds/extra possessions, defending the best opposing perimeter player, and simply outworking anyone in his path. Offensively, Lawson is an excellent penetrator that can play above the rim or finish through any amount of contact, but also displays the necessary vision to make smart passes to open teammates. He’s a capable perimeter shooter with nice cutting instincts and the ability to make an impact without requiring offensive touches. Lawson was easily among the best rebounders for his position and was able to contain a variety of different opponents on defense, given his blend of length, strength, and positioning. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even tougher finisher around the basket. Coach Staley on Lawson: “Umar is a great athlete that is very explosive. He’s very difficult to guard when going to his dominant hand. With continued development, he will be an exceptional combo. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Lawson didn’t do all the “sexy” things but still shined very bright during camp and will have the attention of college coaches sooner or later, especially given the likelihood of a breakout upcoming season.
#67: 6’3 ’21 Janyle Pittman (Lancaster)
Moving onto a player that was easily among the most productive two-way performers in attendance, Janyle Pittman. He’s a smart, strong, physical, explosive wing/forward prospect that truly knows how to affect every facet of the game on both ends of the floor. Pittman possesses a high motor, blue-collar approach, and clear team-first mentality, which simply makes him a player that every team can utilize. He shows a willingness to make hustle plays and sacrifice his body whenever necessary to position himself for rebounds or dive for loose balls. Pittman is a known athlete that can play well above the rim, but his skillset has also taken a noticeable step forward over the last year. He’s a reliable three-level scorer with the ability to handle and create pretty well. That being said, Pittman is arguably even more valuable on defense, where he can legitimately contain four to five positions at the high school level. His unique blend of size, strength, and all-around athleticism make him an absolute nightmare for most opponents. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his craftiness as a ball-handler, as it could allow him to play more on the wing. Coach Staley on Pittman: “Janyle is a skilled bruiser that can finish at all three levels. He’s an incredible athlete but can also finish with finesse. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Pittman was extremely productive during camp and looks likely to have another exceptional season at Lancaster, where his recruitment should take off.
#76: 6’4 ’21 Xavion Bennett (Goose Creek)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably the main glue-guy of this team during camp, Xavion Bennett. He’s a long, smart two-way forward prospect with a terrific motor and the ability to apply excellent rebounding pressure on both ends of the floor. Bennett knows how to move without the ball and find open space, both when hunting rebounds and as an off-ball cutter. He’s a capable perimeter shooter with touch around the basket, but never forces the action and defers to open teammates whenever available. Bennett is also a quality defender that can switch across either forward position quite effectively. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Staley on Bennett: “Xavion has nice length and a very good feel for the game. He has a nice shooting touch and rebounds the ball well. Xavion maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Bennett did a lot of things well at camp and should have a very productive upcoming season for Goose Creek.
#77: 6’4 ’22 Jamar Williams (South Pointe)
Next, we look at a player that currently possesses a nice crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Jamar Williams. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with a fairly well-rounded skillset and the ability to make an impact within the flow of the game. Williams doesn’t force the action and does a great job of maximizing his presence on both ends of the floor. He’s a solid scorer with the ability to post-up smaller players and knock down the open jumper along the perimeter. Williams plays hard at all times and shows a clear willingness to defend and fight for rebounds. Next in his development process is working to establish a go-to scoring avenue, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Staley on Williams: “Jamar is a smooth wing with a solid feel for the game. With continued development, he should turn into a formidable wing. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching throughout the day.” Williams has a ton of tools and quality basketball background, so it’ll be exciting to monitor his progression going forward.
#97: 6’5 ’21 Chase McDuffie (Gray Collegiate)
Moving onto a player that has quickly become one of the hottest prospects in South Carolina over the last year, Chase McDuffie. He’s a long, polished, extremely skilled wing prospect that simply knows how to get buckets in an efficient manner from anywhere on the floor. McDuffie displays a high IQ and a lot of smooth tendencies, especially with the ball in his hands. He can operate as a primary creator or off-ball threat, which allows him to apply constant scoring pressure in a variety of different ways. McDuffie also possesses vision and nice craftiness, add that to his scoring ability and it makes him extremely difficult to contain for opponents at the high school level. He’s a very capable rebounder and defender with the ability to switch across multiple positions and force turnovers at a strong rate. Next in his development process is playing with a consistent energy, as it would likely take his game and recruitment to another level. Coach Staley on McDuffie: “Chase has nice size for an attacking off-guard. He can score the ball at all three levels. When dialed in, Chase can affect the game at a high level on both ends of the floor. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” McDuffie continues to get better and better, and looks increasingly poised for a breakout upcoming season at Gray Collegiate.
#119: 6’10 ’21 Cesare Edwards (Hartsville)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was easily among the top breakout performers from camp, Cesare Edwards. He’s a long, wiry, athletic forward/post prospect with elite physical tools and an impressive amount of skill. Edwards possesses a blossoming skillset, which seems to get better with each passing day, but is already an exceptional three-point shooter and overall spot-up threat. He moves fluidly and plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor, especially when fighting for rebounds or loose balls. Edwards is also a versatile defensive player with great instincts as a rim-protector. He has possessed all the tools for quite a while, but it seems like everything is beginning to click in unison. Next in his development process is simply working to add strength in order to prepare for the next level. Coach Staley on Edwards: “Cesare is a high to high mid-major player. His game and overall athleticism have grown exceptionally over the last year. Cesare can score on all three levels and is capable of finishing above the rim. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Edwards is certainly among the most talented prospects in South Carolina, but can become even better, and should be monitored very closely by Division I coaches.