On Sunday, Phenom Hoops hosted the 5th annual South Carolina Top 80 exposure camp, the premier exposure camp held in the state of South Carolina. 30+ college coaches from around the region stopped in to watch the talent, as nationally read media and NCAA compliant scouts sat baseline to watch. This is the beauty of Phenom Hoops exposure camps, many do come in with big reputations, but some are able to walk in their and start writing their reputations. The South Carolina Top 80 was no different, this camp had its high major commitments and nationally ranked prospects … however, it also had a number of players who were not being talked about prior, who came in and showed their buzz needs to be amped up …
Here are some of the South Carolina Top 80 Breakouts … These are the guys college coaches should call immediately to figure out schedules to get in and watch.
6’8” 2020 Nick Pringle
Whale Branch HS (Seabrook)
What is there not to like about Nick Pringle, he is a lengthy big man, who is incredible pop to his game, natural shot-blocking timing and the ability to put it on the floor to get to his spots. Still raw, however, that makes sense because he has grown from 6’2” to 6’8” in the last year and a half (and he still may be growing). Pringle is a high upside player, who at his college floor is a dunk spot, shot-blocking big who can step and knock down a 3-ball, however at his ceiling…well, that’s an entirely different conversation to be had.
6’2” 2021 Colin Rodrigues
North Augusta HS (North Augusta)
Perhaps no player made more noise in the gym than Rodrigues. He came out the gates with an immediate 26 ball, scoring all over the floor. In the stations, you immediately notice his elbows above the rim explosion. However, in games you see that Rodrigues is a modern-day combo guard, he is comfortable setting up the offense and he is comfortable scoring at each level. What really showed out with his game was the efficiency with which he played. The 3-dribble rule did not affect him at all, as he was able to attack his spots within that dribble count. Welcome to the conversation Rodrigues, his recruitment will be very interesting moving forward as he moves into being a Top 5 prospect in South Carolina’s 2021 class.
6’4” 2021 Robert McCray IV
AC Flora HS (Columbia)
McCray is a name people have known for a couple of years now, however, the light is coming on with how supremely talented he is. Blessed with great size and length, McCray showed off ridiculous bounce in the event. He finished with numerous dunks where his head was at, or above, the rim. He shot the ball well, showcasing a smooth and repeatable stroke, but he also was able to get downhill and attack the basket within the 3 dribble count. Still some upside to go here, McCray has a lot of tools, a lot to like as college coaches are making their rounds. It would not surprise to see the offers start to trickle in at a consistent pace.
6’6” 2020 Justin Amadi
Dorman HS (Spartanburg)
Amadi was an absolute monster, just playing ferociously above he rim. The strong and explosive forward showcased the ability to play both inside and out, especially on the defensive end. He is a potential game-changing type, at the D1 level on that end. With some similarities to Radford’s Ed Polite at the same stage, Amadi was able to grab and go, he lined up from the wing or the high post where he created offense. Amadi showed to be a solid passer but also a ferocious finisher. Presbyterian, USC-Upstate and South Carolina State have jumped on board, there should be more. This one is a difference-maker at that level.
6’6” 2022 Jordyn Surratt
Dorman HS (Spartanburg)
Surratt came into camp as an afterthought within that Dorman program, however he left camp being called the future of possibly the top program in the state of South Carolina. Surratt is an explosive, and lengthy wing forward. He showcased a 40” vertical as well as a plus wingspan during the testing portion of the camp. During the playing portion, Surratt showed the ability to get downhill from the wing, defend multiple positions and touch on his jump shot. He will end up as a Top 5 type of prospect in his 2022 class, with the ability to move higher. A lot to like with Surratt’s game, both current day and projecting ahead.