Coach: Ward Yount
#2: 5’9 ’25 Bryson Taylor (Dutch Fork)
Starting things off, we look at a player who contributed quite well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Bryson Taylor. He’s a wiry, high-motor point guard prospect with nice feel and a blossoming skillset. Taylor is a great penetrator who can finish or set up others at a solid rate. He defends well at the point of attack and makes unselfish decisions with the ball in transition. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing player on both ends of the floor. Coach Yount on Taylor: “Bryson is an undersized guard who really knows how to create space for floaters and catch-and-shoot looks. Really guards it hard. Stays in front of drivers. His shooting mechanics need to improve so that his release can get quicker. Promising young player. Coachable with a good attitude.” Taylor enjoyed a nice showing at camp, and should be a useful contributor during his upcoming sophomore season.
#15: 6’0 ’24 Joshua Smith (Ridge View)
Next, we look at a player who consistently made an impact within his role on both ends of the floor, Joshua Smith. He’s a smart, steady, fairly well-rounded point guard prospect with a tight handle and strong penetration sense. Smith is a quality shooter with a lethal midrange pull-up and an understanding of how to properly move without the ball. He’s also very unselfish and looks to get others involved whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach Yount on Smith: “Josh is a heady lead guard who knows how to use the dribble to probe the defense and get to his poll-up or find the open guy. Works hard on defense. Needs to improve as an off-ball defender. All-around solid player who contributes to winning.” Smith did a lot of things well at camp, and should be able to carve out a useful role for Ridge View during the upcoming season.
#18: 6’0 ’25 Dalton Gadson (Ridge View)
Moving onto a player who showcased a polished scoring arsenal from all levels, Dalton Gadson. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with a solid motor and overall feel for the game on both ends of the floor. Gadson is a reliable shooter from midrange and beyond the arc, but also attacks well off the dribble and finishes effectively around the basket. He’s a solid all-around defender who utilizes his quickness to cause problems for opponents. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a more physical player on both ends of the floor. Coach Yount on Gadson: “Dalton is a solid player who can provide some instant offense with his ability to get into the paint. He’s a crafty finisher around the rim, able to finish over bigger defenders. Needs to develop as a passer and on-ball defender.” Gadson made a steady impact throughout his time at camp, and should be a useful piece for Ridge View over the coming years.
#31: 6’2 ’23 Quentin Houston (Rock Hill)
Continuing onto a player who possesses a natural instinct for scoring the ball, Quentin Houston. He’s a wiry, active, scrappy guard prospect with excellent quickness and the ability to reliably create his own shot off the bounce. Houston is able to score the ball from all levels, and understands how to find opportunities as a cutter or spot-up threat. He’s a capable defender who is arguably at his best in transition. Houston is also more athletic than he initially appears. Next in his development process is working on his ability to get others involved, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Yount on Houston: “Quentin is a good scorer who really looks for his shot in transition and the half-court. Capable finisher, good shot-maker. Needs to improve defensively and as a playmaker. Capable passer, just needs to work on setting up others.” Houston enjoyed a solid showing at camp, and should be a definite leader for Rock Hill during his upcoming senior campaign.
#34: 6’2 ’24 Will Olden (Blythewood)
Next, we look at a player who arguably stood out as the main glue-guy on this team, Will Olden. He’s a smart, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with a high motor, unselfish mentality, and understanding of how to fill in the gaps on both ends of the floor. Olden is a great spot-up threat who can hit jumpers, move without the ball, and set up others as needed. He’s a nice defender and rebounder who outworks his assignment with relative ease. Olden displays a strong understanding of how to produce with or without the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Yount on Olden: “Will is a winner! He makes all the right basketball plays to help his team. Really good catch-and-shoot player. Plays really hard. Moves without the ball and rebounds well for a guard. I’d take Will on my team any day.” Olden proved to be an asset at camp, and should be a difference-maker during the upcoming season at Blythewood.
#47: 6’3 ’25 Lamont Britt (Gray Collegiate)
Moving onto a player who arguably stood out as one of the more impressive campers on display, Lamont Britt. He’s a strong, athletic, intelligent guard prospect with a high motor, unselfish mentality, and well-rounded skillset. Britt understands how to properly break down defenses and consistently make the correct read, but also takes advantage of available scoring opportunities as needed. He’s a quality defender and exceptional rebounder who simply outworks opponents on both ends of the floor. Britt understands how to set the tone and stand out as a leader by example at all times. Next in his development process sis working on getting quicker, as it would make him an even more dynamic player. Coach Yount on Britt: “LJ is a pure point guard. One of the best passers at camp. LJ knows how to manipulate defenses and hit open teammates. Can make every pass. Big-bodied guard. Rebounds well. Once LJ develops his jumper, he’s going to be really good.” Britt showcased a lot of ability during his time at camp, and should be a leader for Gray Collegiate over the coming years.
#50: 6’4 ’23 Gabriel Tooper (Fort Mill)
Continuing onto a player who showcased a variety of intriguing qualities at camp, Gabriel Tooper. He’s a long, wiry, skilled forward prospect with a useful inside-out identity and the ability to operate within numerous different roles. Tooper is a great rebounder who can push in transition or find scoring chances as an off-ball threat. He’s also a capable spot-up option from the perimeter. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better ball-handler against defensive pressure. Coach Yount on Tooper: “Gabe is a solid all-around player. He’s an undersized power forward who can guard multiple positions. He shoots it well off the catch and does a good job of popping and driving. Needs to get quicker and learn how to better utilize his body around the rim. Needs to build confidence offensively. Solid player.” Tooper showed some quality flashes at camp, and should be poised for a highly productive senior season with Fort Mill.
#63: 6’5 ’23 Justice Johnson (Richland Northeast)
Next, we look at a player who possesses an enticing array of physical tools, Justice Johnson. He’s a long, mobile, extremely quick post prospect with solid touch and a steady presence on both ends of the floor. Johnson is a great two-way rebounder who simply knows how to outwork opponents on both ends of the floor. He plays incredibly hard, and naturally finds production as a result. Johnson blocks shots, runs the floor in transition, and finishes effectively around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his ability to pass out of the post, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Yount on Johnson: “Justice is a really good athlete who uses his quickness and athleticism to rebound and finish. Solid on-ball defender who battles against bigger guys and switches onto wings and guards. Needs to develop his ball-handling and outside shot.” Johnson made a quality impact at camp, and should be a target for various college coaches over the coming months.
#66: 6’5 ’25 Tristan Thompson (Wilson)
Moving onto a player who always seems to stand out through his ability to affect all facets of the game, Tristan Thompson. He’s a smart, skilled wing prospect with useful athleticism and impressive two-way versatility. Thompson is a matchup problem who can alter his approach based on assignment. He’s too strong for majority of perimeter opponents and too skilled for most interior opponents. Thompson can reliably handle the ball, create for himself and others, and apply pressure as a finisher around the rim. He’s also a reliable perimeter shooter with excellent instincts as a defender and rebounder. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Yount on Thompson: “Tristan is a wing with tons of upside. He finishes around the rim, penetrates, and is a solid passer. His jumper is good off the catch, but needs to improve off the bounce. Good defender, but can improve his quickness in order to stay in front of guards.” Thompson proved to be an asset at camp, and should have a highly productive sophomore season for Wilson.
#79: 6’9 ’23 Brandon Crawford (Irmo)
Finishing up, we look at a player who made a lasting impression with his ability to anchor the paint on both ends of the floor, Brandon Crawford. He’s a long, wiry, explosive post prospect with great feel, timing, and mobility. Crawford is an excellent finisher who welcomes opponents at the rim and regularly finishes through contact. He’s a quality rebounder and phenomenal rim-protector with the instincts to block shots at a high rate—both from beneath the rim and from the weak-side. Crawford also runs the floor effectively in transition. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing player on either side of the ball. Coach Yount on Crawford: “Brandon is a great athlete who uses his length and athleticism to block shots and finish around the rim. He has the ability to switch onto wings and some guards. Developing a jumper will take his game to the next level. Needs to improve his motor and ball skills.” Crawford enjoyed a notable showing at camp, securing the Mr. Defense award, and should be a target for various scholarship-level coaches over the coming months.