Coach: Kelvin Mills
#0: 5’11 ’23 Arturo Overton (Lower Richland)
Starting things off, we look at a player that has been a regular shining spot at camps over the last few years, Arturo Overton. He’s a smart, skilled guard prospect that built his foundation as a scorer and has gradually transitioned into a floor general. Overton scores the ball at an efficient clip and can easily toggle between either backcourt position. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Mills on Overton: “Arturo is a good teammate. He is a lefty with a smooth release from deep. He is very consistent shooting the ball from the three-point line. He needs to improve on his ball-handling and decision-making skills. Arturo can also work on the use of his right hand when defenders force him right. He plays with a high motor on the defensive end and displays active hands.” Overton enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be a reliable contributor during the upcoming season for Lower Richland.
#1: 5’11 ’21 Richard Black III (Westminster Catawba)
Next, we look at a player that simply has a knack for scoring the ball, regardless of setting, Richard Black III. He’s a long, wiry, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with the ability to consistently create and convert from all areas on the court. Black moves well without the ball and poses a great spot-up threat. Next in his development process is working on his awareness as a defender, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to attack. Coach Mills on Black: “Richard is a knockdown shooter. He is able to set his feet well in catch-and-shoot situations. He also has a crafty side to his game when attacking the basket. Richard can finish with either hand around the basket. On the defensive side, he tends to get lost and not know where the ball is. HE has a tendency to ball-watch and hug his defender, rather than being in help-side. He plays with a high motor on offense, but not defense—it needs to be on both ends of the floor.” Black made a quality impact at camp and should be poised to enjoy a productive upcoming season at Westminster Catawba.
#2: 6’0 ’23 Matty Foor (Summerville)
Moving onto a player that is capable of offering a fairly well-rounded skillset and approach as a floor general, Matty Foor. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with a strong balance between playmaking and asserting himself as a scorer. Foor does a quality job of setting up the offense, making unselfish decisions, and taking advantage of scoring opportunities whenever available. He also possesses the ability to operate with or without the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing player on both sides of the ball. Coach Mills on Foor: “Matty didn’t play with his usual sense of urgency today. He went through the motions at times. Matty was streaky as a shooter on the day. He has the ability to run a team on either end of the floor.” Foor enjoyed a solid showing at camp and should have a very productive upcoming season as a focal point for Summerville.
#3: 6’1 ’22 Kendall Davis (York Prep)
Continuing onto a player that really shined with his presence on both ends of the floor, Kendall Davis. He’s a smart, quick, tough two-way point guard prospect with phenomenal energy and defensive prowess. Davis can reliably get downhill and attack the basket, where he’s proven to be a quality finisher, but also looks to set up others and knocks down jumpers at a nice percentage. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find even more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Mills on Davis: “Kendall is a true floor general, making sure players were in the right place. He has a high motor and leaves it all on the floor on both ends. His basketball IQ can be better in regards to decision-making but he accepts criticism and makes the necessary adjustment. Kendall is a great kid who is very coachable.” Davis proved to be a definite asset during camp and will be a notable leader for York Prep throughout the next two seasons.
#4: 6’2 ’23 Taevean Famutimi-Brown (Trinity Byrnes)
Next, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Taevean Famutimi-Brown. He’s a long, wiry, fairly skilled guard prospect with excellent physical tools and solid understanding as a creator. Famutimi-Brown is able to breakdown his assignment and assert himself downhill as a penetrator, but also showed the makings of a useful jumper. Next in his development process is working to play with a more consistent motor, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Mills on Famutimi-Brown: “Taevean didn’t showcase a sense of urgency on the floor. He went through the motions at times and needs to improve his presence on both ends of the floor. Taevean needs to work on being strong with the basketball in his hands.” Famutimi-Brown highlighted a lot of intrigue during his time at camp and will be one to keep an eye on at Trinity Bynes, as he should only continue to get better.
#5: 6’3 ’23 Keith Bryant (Hanahan)
Moving onto a player that made a lasting impression through his motor and defensive prowess, Keith Bryant. He’s a long, tough, athletic forward prospect with excellent energy and the ability to make plays without necessarily requiring the ball in his hands. Bryant is a capable penetrator that finishes well around the basket and offers a solid cutting presence. He defends multiple positions and rebounds very well for his position. 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 Mills on Bryant: “Keith is a long athlete with the ability and understanding of how to effectively alter shots around the basket. He plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor. Keith needs to work on getting stronger and improving his footwork. He really has the potential to be a next-level player, especially with his wingspan.” Bryant found various ways to make an impact at camp and should enjoy a productive upcoming season for Hanahan.
#6: 6’4 ’22 Leslie Owens Jr. (Sumter)
Continuing onto a player that offers a skilled, fairly versatile presence on both ends of the floor, Leslie Owens Jr. He’s a long, athletic wing prospect with the ability to assert himself as an efficient scorer from all three levels. Owens can create for himself or others, or find opportunities without the ball. He’s also a reliable defender and rebounder with the necessary instincts to force turnovers at a nice rate. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him an even tougher assignment for opponents to contain. Coach Mills on Owens: “Leslie is an athletic wing that plays above the rim and attacks the basket, looking to finish every play. He can also shoot the three-pointer when defenders sag off. He plays with a high motor on both ends and talks on defense. He has active hands and plays the passing lanes very well.” Owens continues to show a productive game in every setting and should be a major contributor during the upcoming season at Sumter.
#7: 6’5 ’22 Jordan Simpson (Orangeburg Wilkinson)
Next, we look at a player with a strong crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Jordan Simpson. He’s a big, strong, skilled guard prospect with nice feel and athleticism on both ends of the floor. Simpson is a quality shooting threat, both off the catch and dribble, and is capable of filling it up as a scorer. Next in his development process is working on being more engaged as an off-ball threat, as it would only help his transition into the college game. Coach Mills on Simpson: “Jordan is a strong, athletic guard that can really score it from all three levels. He plays above the rim and has a smooth stroke from midrange and beyond the arc. His downfall is he doesn’t play with that same energy on the defensive end. He can go through the motions at times. When the ball is not in his hands, Jordan isn’t nearly as engaged. His attitude throughout our games at camp could also be improved.” Simpson continues to highlight a lot of appeal and should further his status as one of the more productive scorers in the state with his upcoming season at Orangeburg Wilkinson.
#8: 6’8 ’22 Olyn Knox (Blythewood)
Moving onto a player that arguably stood out as the most consistent and dependable prospect on this team, Olyn Knox. He’s a long, wiry, high-motor forward/post prospect with a low-maintenance identity and the ability to embrace his identity on both ends of the floor. Knox is a nice finisher with IQ, athleticism, and unselfishness. He’s a quality rim-protector and overall defender with the ability to hedge screens and effectively move his feet in space. Next in his development process is working to become a better penetrator, as it would make him an even tougher matchup for opponents at his position. Coach Mills on Knox: “Olyn is the player that any coach would love to have. He’s a strong big man that plays with a high motor. He is involved with every possession, no matter what it is. He rebounds very well and runs rim-to-rim, getting easy layups. He understands spacing and angles, regularly beating defenders to the rim for rebounds. He can score around the basket with his soft touch. On the defensive end, he is talking, moving his feet, contesting every shot, and getting on the floor for loose balls. Olyn will play at the next level.” Knox proved to be an obvious asset at camp and should play an integral role for Blythewood during the upcoming season.
#9: 6’8 ’21 Troy McCant Jr. (Gray Collegiate)
Finishing up, we look at a player that offers a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor, Troy McCant Jr. He’s a strong, mobile, fluid forward/post prospect with great length and understanding of how to wreak havoc defensively. McCant moves very well for his size, runs the floor hard in transition, and operates extremely well within his role no both ends of the floor. He finishes well around the basket and doesn’t necessarily require the ball to make a consistent impact. 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 Mills on McCant: “Troy is a quality two-way player. He knows how to embrace his identity. Troy alters shots very well, secures rebounds at a strong rate, and runs the floor very well in transition. He should have opportunities at the next level.” McCant enjoyed an excellent showing at camp and should be a vital contributor during the upcoming season for Gray Collegiate.