Coach: Jimmy Duncan
#2: 5’8 ’20 Maurice Bell (Heathwood Hall)
Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to properly run a team on both ends of the floor, Maurice Bell. He’s a slightly undersized point guard prospect with a high IQ and the ability to carve up the opposition with his passing. Bell possesses a tight handle, team-first mentality, and touches the paint at an excellent rate. He’s a solid perimeter shooter, but was at his best when utilizing his quickness and craftiness to make plays within the paint. Bell proved to be a quality defender with sharp positioning, but also made a clear point to prioritize transition defense throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to seamlessly play alongside another primary ball-handler. Coach Duncan on Bell: “Maurice has great vision! He was able to make one great pass after another. He was vocal on defense and was able to guard his assignment at a high level. Maurice can continue to work on his three-point range.” Bell did a lot of things well during camp and should be a very useful piece for Heathwood Hall throughout the upcoming season.
#17: 5’11 ’22 Kameron Williamson (Aiken)
Next, we look at a player that made quite the lasting impression with his flashes of defensive dominance, Kameron Williamson. He’s a smart, wiry, high-motor guard prospect with a well-rounded skillset and the ability to truly overwhelm his assignment on either end of the floor. Williamson scores the ball efficiently from all three levels while offering a useful combination of passing, ball-handling, and two-way rebounding. Williamson does a phenomenal job of eliminating operating space when defending the point of attack, utilizing his length and quickness to force turnovers and immediately push transition play. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more consistent finisher from inside the paint. Coach Duncan on Williamson: “Kameron was one of the best defenders in the gym. He has great lateral quickness and had a knack for finding the ball. His three-point shot was solid with a quick release. Kameron can continue to work on finishing around the basket. He was extremely coachable.” Williamson had a productive showing at camp and is only going to get better with continued work, which should allow him to emerge as a vital piece for Aiken sooner than later.
#25: 6’0 ’22 Jazian Gortman (Keenan)
Moving onto a player that was arguably one of the top performers during his time at camp, Jazian Gortman. He’s a strong, intelligent two-way point guard prospect that is capable of controlling the action on both ends of the floor. Gortman offers an exceptional blend between scoring and playmaking with elite-level defensive prowess. He’s quick and able to get downhill, attack the paint, and make plays for himself and others with regularity. Gortman has a calm demeanor but possesses a killer’s instinct and certain ruggedness, making him a nightmare for most opposing guards. He’s also a strong rebounder that can push the break in transition at a terrific rate. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to become a craftier finisher around the basket. Coach Duncan on Gortman: “Jazian had a great ability to find the open. He repeatedly defended the best opposing guard. His first step and lateral quickness are extremely good. Jazian has a very positive attitude and next-play mentality. He can continue to work on extending his shooting range.” Gortman was undeniably impressive throughout camp, securing the 2022 MVP with relative ease, and should be monitored closely by Division I coaches going forward.
#40: 6’1 ’20 Justice Jackson (South Florence)
Continuing onto a player that simply continues to shine regardless of role or setting, Justice Jackson. He’s a smart, strong, team-first guard prospect with a clear-cut identity and incredibly accurate three-point shot. Jackson is a reliable creator for himself and others, which allows him to initiate the offense with relative ease, but typically operates as a lethal spot-up threat along the perimeter. He moves extremely well without the ball and shows the necessary capability to make the extra pass whenever available. Jackson is a useful all-around defender with a nice blend between strength and quickness. He also rebounds at a terrific rate for his size/position. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even more lethal finisher through contact. Coach Duncan on Jackson: “Justice has a silky-smooth jumper. His catch-and-shoot along with his pull-ups off the dribble were his greatest strengths. He has the ability to defend either wing position but can continue to work on his help-side rotations and jumping the pass. Justice was very coachable.” Jackson carried his phenomenal summer play into camp and should have the attention of Division I coaches, especially as he prepares for an extremely productive senior campaign at South Florence.
#52: 6’2 ’22 Barry Hardy (Blythwood)
Next, we look at a player that still showcased a lot of quality tools before suffering an injury, Barry Hardy. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with great shooting abilities and a team-first approach on both ends of the floor. Hardy possesses nice quickness and footwork, which allowed him to make defensive plays at a solid rate. He’s a useful ball-handler and willing passer with the ability to score or create for others quite effectively. Hardy also displayed a high motor at all times, which allowed him to make hustle plays and secure extra possessions. Next in his development process is working on his penetration ability, as it would complement his perimeter shooting extremely well. Coach Duncan on Hardy: “Barry hit the floor really hard in the first showing and only played one game, as he injured his ankle. He has a high basketball IQ and was very coachable. He could continue to work on his all-around defense and off-hand. Barry has a positive attitude and was fun to coach.” Hardy showed some great flashes before being sidelined and should be among the most productive performers for Blythewood during the upcoming season.
#53: 6’2 ’20 Sam Brown (Travelers Rest)
Moving onto a player that really stood out for his incredible motor and blue-collar approach on both ends of the floor, Sam Brown. He’s a smart, athletic guard prospect with a fairly well-rounded skillset and the ability to make a strong impact without requiring offensive touches. Brown proved to be the ultimate teammate with his clear willingness to do anything and everything possible to provide his team with an edge. He grinded and outworked the opposition on every single possession for rebounds, loose balls, and simply to create havoc. Brown is also a steady ball-handler and passer with excellent penetrating skills and a reliable midrange jumper. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Duncan on Brown: “Sam has an extremely high motor. He’s a great athlete that was diving and talking on defense all day. He’s coachable with a positive attitude and was just plain fun to coach. He can continue to work on his shooting, as his form and technique was there.” Brown proved to be the ultimate team-first player during camp and should start garnering interest/offers from college coaches sooner than later.
#69: 6’3 ’23 Gabriel Frasier Jr. (First Baptist)
Continuing onto a player that currently possesses an excellent crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Gabriel Frasier Jr. He’s a young, smart, team-first wing/forward with size, strength, and a phenomenal two-way motor. Frasier is extremely effective from anywhere inside the arc, both as a scorer and overall creator, and is capable of controlling the glass on either end of the floor. He’s a great defensive player with solid versatility, which allows him to defend multiple positions quite seamlessly. Frasier is very quick for his size, able to draw out bigger/slower opponents and beat them off the dribble. He also displayed quality footwork and touch around the basket throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Duncan on Frasier: “Gabriel had a high motor and was able to communicate effectively on defense. He had a leaders mentality that made our team better. He could continue to work on his shooting prowess.” Frasier was excellent during camp, especially for his age, and should be monitored closely throughout his continued progression.
#70: 6’3 ’22 Jordan Simpson (Orangeburg)
Next, we look at a player that certainly stood out as one of the top three-point shooters in attendance, Jordan Simpson. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with a clear identity and team-first approach on both ends of the floor. Simpson is a useful ball-handler and passer with solid vision, but he embraces his role as a knockdown shooter and high-level spot-up threat. He’s absolutely lights-out from midrange and beyond the arc, and moves without the ball as well as anyone from camp. Simpson displays nice IQ when pursuing rebounds, able to position himself properly an utilize his length to secure extra possessions. Next in his development process is working on his overall defensive presence, as it would make him a more complete two-way player. Coach Duncan on Simpson: “Jordan is an incredible shooter. His three-point range is already at a college level. His catch-and-shoot ability is his strongest asset currently. He can continue to work on his lateral quickness to help with his defense. Jordan was extremely coachable.” Simpson had an excellent showing at camp and has all the necessary tools to play at the next level, especially if he continues to work.
#79: 6’4 ’23 Tremain McElmurry (Midland Valley)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the main glue-guy of this team throughout camp, Tremain McElmurry. He’s a young, long-bodied wing/forward prospect with a high IQ, motor, and unselfish approach on both ends of the floor. McElmurry does a strong amount of everything without forcing the action, which simply makes him a quality piece with any group of teammates. He scores the ball quite effectively from anywhere inside the arc while also displaying a formidable three-point stroke. McElmurry possesses great defensive instincts and will only become more versatile with time. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a craftier ball-handler. Coach Duncan on McElmurry: “Tremain was very team-oriented and accepted being coached throughout the day. His shot was not falling in the first game, so he decided to attack and cut to get layups during the second game—which was a very smart move. He can continue to work on his three-point range and shooting off the dribble.” McElmurry performed well during camp, especially for his age, and should be a prospect for coaches to keep an eye on going forward.
#99: 6’5 ’21 Quenton Flood (Lower Richland)
Finishing up, we look at a player that legitimately possesses all the necessary tools to succeed at the highest possible level, Quenton Flood. He’s a big, strong, physical two-way wing prospect with feel, athleticism, and a phenomenal two-way motor. Flood is a respectable perimeter shooter, but is certainly at his best when getting into the paint and finishing strong around the basket. He’s versatile on both ends of the floor but especially on defense, where he’s able to truly shut down three to four positions at the high school level. Flood rebounds at an elite level for his size/position and knows how to annihilate the opposition in transition, both with and without the ball in his hands. He’s a great off-ball cutter with quickness, quality footwork, and the ability to make crafty passes to open teammates. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him absolutely unstoppable on both ends of the floor. Coach Duncan on Flood: “Quenton is extremely athletic. He can guard multiple positions on the defensive end of the floor. He’s physical like a big man but passes and handles the ball like a guard. Quenton was very coachable and had a great attitude.” Flood continues to look like a star in the making and should have Division I coaches monitoring him closely over these next two seasons.