Coach: Drae Rice
#0: 5’10 ’21 AJ Thompson (Northwestern)
Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to successfully run a team on either side of the ball, AJ Thompson. He’s a smart, quick, heady point guard prospect with an excellent balance between scoring and playmaking. Thompson is great in the open floor but also more than comfortable within the half-court setting, where he often highlights a strong change of pace. He’s a reliable defender with the necessary combination of quickness, positioning, and anticipation to force plenty of turnovers. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Rice on Thompson: “AJ is a tough pick-and-roll player. He can create shots for himself and his teammates. AJ knocks down open jumpers and plays with a good pace to his game. He scores on all three levels and defends his position effectively on the other end.” Thompson enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be able to draw the attention of college coaches throughout his upcoming senior season at Northwestern.
#1: 5’11 ’22 Koby Scott (Fort Mill)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a nice crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Koby Scott. He’s a quick, rugged guard prospect with a quality defensive presence and the ability to contain his assignment at a consistent rate. Scott looks to get downhill and attack whenever possible, where he displayed solid finishing instincts and the instincts to make smart passes to his teammates. He handled the ball at a useful rate, but also operated effectively as an off-ball cutter. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent perimeter shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Rice on Scott: “Koby pushes the ball well in transition. He defends the ball well and makes good decisions with the ball in his hands. Koby is inconsistent at shooting off the bounce and in spot-up situations but had some really good moves off the dribble.” Scott made his presence felt in a variety of ways during camp and should be a vital piece for Fort Mill throughout the upcoming season.
#2: 6’3 ’22 Julian Kiett (Irmo)
Moving onto a player that is arguably one of the most underrated two-way prospects in South Carolina, Julian Kiett. He’s a long, athletic, high-motor guard prospect with phenomenal size and physical tools. Kiett is fairly skilled and can score from all three levels, but is nearly unstoppable from attacking the basket and finishing above or through contact. He handles the ball very well and is capable of creating for others, but also operates quite effectively as an off-ball cutter. Defensively, Kiett is an overwhelming presence with the necessary energy to overwhelm his assignment on a regular basis. He forces turnovers at a consistent rate and does a great job of making his presence felt in transition. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Rice on Kiett: “Julian can fly! He plays both guard positions well. He scores on all three levels. Julien defends well and excels in transition. He’s also capable of creating for others. Julian is a Division I prospect.” Kiett has been a noteworthy name for a while, but should garner even more respect from college coaches over these next few seasons at Irmo.
#3: 6’2 ’21 Tyler Schaafsma (Bishop England)
Continuing onto a player that simply knows how to find ways to contribute, regardless of setting or surrounding teammates, Tyler Schaafsma. He’s a wiry, fairly athletic guard prospect with the ability to adapt and thrive within a glue-guy role on either end of the floor. Schaafsma is able to score the ball efficiently from all three levels but also looks to make the extra pass and operate within the flow of the team. He’s quick and utilizes his solid ball-handling skills to breakdown his assignment and make quality decisions when attacking. Schaafsma displays a high motor, unselfish mentality, and nice feel for the game on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better below-the-rim finisher. Coach Rice on Schaafsma: “Tyler plays the game the right way. He knocks down open shots and plays hard on-ball defense. He plays above the rim in transition whenever possible.” Schaafsma did a lot of things well during his time at camp and will be a prospect for college coaches to monitor throughout his upcoming senior season at Bishop England.
#4: 6’3 ’21 Undre Lindsay (Gaffney)
Next, we look at a player that was easily among the most decorated two-sport athletes in attendance, Undre Lindsay. He’s a skilled, athletic, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with impressive creation instincts and the ability to apply scoring pressure from all three levels. Lindsay is able to get hot quickly and pile on points in a variety of different ways, both off the catch and dribble, and moves very well without the ball in his hands. He possesses great physical tools and utilizes them effectively to overwhelm his assignment on defense. Next in his development process is working on his presence as a transition defender, as he has the necessary tools to shut down opposing fast-breaks. Coach Rice on Lindsay: “Undre is an athletic player with the ability to defend multiple positions. He excels in transition. Undre is a two-sport athlete. He’s a quick downhill player that can play above the rim.” Though Lindsay has already committed to playing football at Howard, folks should still expect him to have a dominant upcoming basketball season for Gaffney.
#5: 6’3 ’21 Janyle Pittman (Lancaster)
Moving onto a player that consistently stands out as one of the most productive all-around prospects in South Carolina, Janyle Pittman. He’s a strong, athletic, physical two-way wing/forward prospect with excellent versatility and the ability to make his presence felt in a variety of different ways. Pittman effortlessly defends three positions at the high school level while showing an understanding of how to relentlessly outwork opponents on the glass on both ends of the floor. He’s a powerful athlete, especially in transition or when attacking the basket, but also displays a quality amount of skill to his game. Next in his development process is working on his playmaking sense, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Rice on Pittman: “Janyle was great in transition. He showed the ability to make one or two-dribble pullups or get to the rack. He plays well above the rim. Janyle rebounds outside of his area and displays a nonstop motor.” Pittman continues to highlight a game-changing presence on the court and should have his fair share of next-level suitors throughout the upcoming season at Lancaster.
#6: 6’4 ’21 MJ Collins (Westminster Catawba)
Continuing onto a player that simply knows how to provide a tough, intelligent presence on both ends of the floor, MJ Collins. He’s a smooth, skilled, fairly versatile wing/forward prospect with excellent shooting prowess from midrange and beyond the arc. Collins creates well for himself and others, displaying nice passing instincts and the ability to finish strong at the basket. He moves very well without the ball and understands how to pose a reliable spot-up threat from distance. Collins defends at a quality level and has the combination of strength and athleticism to defend multiple positions when necessary. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would only make him tougher for opponents to contain from penetrating to the basket. Coach Rice on Collins: “Michael plays a fluid, smooth game. He allows the game to come to him. He doesn’t need the ball to be effective. He moves well without the ball and attacks the offensive glass. Michael can shoot it off the bounce and spot-up nicely.” Collins proved to be an asset during camp and should have a very productive upcoming season as a newcomer to Westminster Catawba.
#7: 6’5 ’21 Dessie Canty (Dorman)
Next, we look at a player that has arguably boosted his stock as much as anyone within the last few months, Dessie Canty. He’s a long, skilled, athletic wing prospect with a phenomenal three-level scoring arsenal. Canty shoots the ball well from the perimeter and creates effectively off the bounce, but is at his best when getting downhill and attacking the rim with force. He’s an incredible finisher around the basket with the necessary strength and explosion to finish above or through contact. Canty rebounds the ball at a high level for his size/position and effortlessly pushes the break in transition. He possesses great defensive tools and utilizes his blend of IQ and motor to force plenty of turnovers. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Rice on Canty: “Dessie puts a ton of pressure on the defense by getting downhill from the wing. He has a nonstop motor and plays way above the rim. Dessie excels in transition and, if he is not boxed-out, will dunk on the opposition’s head!” Canty enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be poised for a very productive upcoming season as a newcomer for Dorman.
#8: 6’7 ’22 Kidd Brizek (Legacy Early College)
Moving onto a player that possesses a pretty useful amount of skill, particularly for his size/position, Kidd Brizek. He’s a long, wiry, fairly well-rounded forward prospect with nice offensive versatility and the ability to cause matchup problems. Brizek handles the ball well and can effectively create for himself or others off the dribble, but also shows an understanding of how to make an impact as a cutter and spot-up threat. He makes smart passes and looks to set up open teammates whenever possible. Brizek defends well and rebounds the ball nicely on both ends of the floor. 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 Rice on Brizek: “Kidd is a tall, smooth player that can play on the perimeter. He adds to his value as a matchup nightmare, as bigger guys can’t stay in front of him and he simply overpowers smaller guys in the post.” Brizek highlighted a lot of ability at camp and should play a vital role for Legacy Early College over these next few seasons.
#9: 6’8 ’22 Ryan D’Joussa (Trinity Byrnes)
Finishing up, we look at a player that operated quite effectively as the primary interior presence for this team, Ryan D’Joussa. He’s a big, strong-bodied forward/post prospect with a high motor and the ability to overwhelm opponents within the paint on both ends of the floor. D’Joussa is a terrific finisher, absorbs contact very well, and is capable of drawing fouls at a consistent rate. He’s an excellent two-way rebounder with the understanding of how to properly utilize his length and body to carve out space. D’Joussa also displays great post ability, operates within the team concept, and runs the floor hard in transition. Next in his development process is working on becoming a better passer, as it will make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Rice on D’Joussa: “Ryan plays hard in the paint. He’s a back-to-the-basket, strong, physical player. He has a series of post moves. He rebounds well offensively and defensively.” D’Joussa showcased a variety of appealing qualities at camp and will be a prospect to monitor over these next few seasons at Trinity Byrnes.