Coach: Yusuf English
#0: 6’0 ’23 David Elam (Mead Hall Episcopal)
Starting things off, we look at a player that contributed very well despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, David Elam. He’s a smart, wiry, high-motor guard prospect with an excellent scoring arsenal and the ability to create for himself or others off the bounce. Elam is a quality shooter and reliable spot-up presence with quickness and great penetration instincts. Next in his development process is working on his awareness as an off-ball defender, as it would allow him to intercept passing lanes and force turnovers with more regularity. Coach English on Elam: “David scores the ball well on all three levels. He can shoot off the dribble as well as off the catch. He plays hard on both ends of the floor. David is very coachable and a pleasure to coach. He will be very good once he puts it all together.” Elam did a lot of things well at camp and looks poised to enjoy a very productive season for Mead Hall Episcopal.
#1: 6’2 ’21 Colin Rodrigues (North Augusta)
Next, we look at a player that is consistently one of the most explosive all-around prospects in the gym, Colin Rodrigues. He’s a strong, tough, athletic guard prospect with a phenomenal motor and the ability to overwhelm opponents on either end of the floor. Rodrigues possesses a quick first step and applies nonstop pressure as a transition force and downhill penetrator, where he’s able to finish above or through nearly any amount of contact. He also rebounds at a strong rate and possesses quality defensive tools. 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 English on Rodrigues: “Colin is a high-energy player that brings 100% every time he plays. He plays above the rim and is good in the open court. He’s very athletic and finishes well at the rim. Colin can shoot the midrange jumper very well. He is very shifty and changes speeds well.” Rodrigues continues to solidify himself as an obvious talent at the next level and should see an uptick in his recruitment over the next calendar year.
#2: 6’2 ’22 Shane Blakeney (Legion Collegiate Academy)
Moving onto a player that continues to trend upward with each new viewing, Shane Blakeney. He’s a long, wiry, smart, skilled guard prospect with craftiness and offensive savvy as a creator and three-level scorer. Blakeney moves very well without the ball as a cutter and spot-up threat, positioning himself for success and forcing the opposition to pay him constant attention. He handles the ball well, makes smart, unselfish decisions, and finishes with poise around the basket. Blakeney contains his assignment very well with his blend of quickness and anticipation. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will only help prepare him for the college game. Coach English on Blakeney: “Shane has a high IQ and can shoot the three-pointer. He has tremendous range and can score on all three levels. He does a good job of leading the team and stood out as a natural leader. Shane is a good defender, both on and off the ball. He hustles and is willing to dive on the floor. Shane good passer, ball-handler, and great team guy.” Blakeney impressed with his showing at camp and should be a major focal point during the upcoming season for Legion Collegiate Academy.
#3: 6’2 ’21 Lawton Fulford (Myrtle Beach Christian Academy)
Continuing onto a player that always seems to make his presence felt as a glue-guy, regardless of setting or surrounding teammates, Lawton Fulford. He’s a smart, unselfish guard prospect with the necessary skillset to adapt and thrive within various different roles. Fulford is a reliable shooter, passer, ball-handler, and defender with great off-ball instincts. He consistently makes the right play and shows a willingness to set up others whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him an even better on-ball defender. Coach English on Fulford: “Lawton is a very crafty player and one of the better shooters here at camp. He has a very high IQ and can shoot the three-pointer with consistency. Lawton does an amazing job of creating space for himself to get off his shot. He plays good defense off the ball and is very coachable. Lawton is a quality communicator and was a complete pleasure to coach.” Fulford proved to be a definite asset for his team during camp and should continue to gain traction with college coaches throughout his upcoming senior campaign.
#4: 6’3 ’21 Cohen Gaskins (James Island Charter)
Next, we look at a player that consistently stands out as one of the most fundamentally sound prospects in the gym, Cohen Gaskins. He’s a smart, crafty, very well-rounded guard prospect with three-level scoring ability and balance between playmaking and scoring. Gaskins is a steady offensive threat with the skillset and understanding to thrive within various different roles. He can run a team or operate as an off-ball threat. He defends and rebounds well, pushes transition play, and makes unselfish decisions. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him an even better on-ball defender. Coach English on Gaskins: “Cohen has a high IQ and shoots the ball very well from midrange and beyond the arc. He does a great job of creating his own shot as well as for others. He’s a good passer and communicates well on defense. Cohen plays hard with and without the ball. He’s a good rebounder and plays team basketball. Cohen is a good ball-handler and can finish in traffic.” Gaskins made a quality impact at camp and should have a very productive upcoming season for James Island Charter as he prepares for his collegiate career at Converse College.
#5: 6’3 ’22 TJ Warwick (Oceanside Collegiate)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to consistently make his presence felt as a blue-collar worker, TJ Warwick. He’s a tough, sturdy, high-motor forward with an excellent nose for the ball and the ability to play bigger than his size on both ends of the floor. Warwick finishes well and is capable of knocking down perimeter jumpers within the flow of the offense. He provides a quality defensive presence and rebounds the ball extremely well on either side of the ball. Next in his development process is working to become a better penetrator, as it would make him a more difficult assignment for opposing forwards. Coach English on Warwick: “TJ is a strong rebounder with high IQ. He can hit the midrange jumper and finishes well around the rim. He’s a good on-ball defender and does a great job with help-defense. TJ will shoot the three-pointer if open. He’s a good teammate and was always encouraging others. TJ makes good decisions with the ball.” Warwick continues to mesh exceptionally well with any group of teammates and should be a quality contributor for Oceanside Collegiate for the next few years.
#6: 6’4 ’21 Jacoby Crosby (Bamberg-Ehrhardt)
Continuing onto a player with a quality crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Jacoby Crosby. He’s a tough, smart, wiry wing prospect with great abilities as a penetrator and finisher around the rim. Crosby is a well-rounded athlete with quality defensive prowess and a great rebounding sense on both ends of the floor. He moves very well without the ball and displays sharp quickness when attacking the basket or defending the point of attack. Next in his development process is working on his craftiness as a ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach English on Crosby: “Jacoby plays well in the open court and does a good job in transition. He finishes well around the rim and can shoot the midrange jumper well. He plays good defense, both on and off the ball, and rebounds the ball effectively for his position. Jacoby was a pleasure to coach.” Crosby provided a reliable two-way presence during camp and should be a leader for Bamberg-Ehrhardt throughout his senior campaign.
#7: 6’5 ’22 Jordyn Surratt (Dorman)
Next, we look at a player that is easily one of the best, most appealing complementary prospects in the region, Jordyn Surratt. He’s a smart, strong, physical, skilled wing/forward prospect with phenomenal two-way versatility and the ability to naturally cause mismatches on either end of the floor. Surratt is an excellent athlete, finisher, and rebounder with an understanding of how to overwhelm opponents on the glass while actively switching between multiple positions defensively. He’s capable of taking over a game but also possesses the skillset and approach to dominate without needing to be the focal point. Surratt affects all facets of the game and does legitimately everything on the court. Next in his development process is working to become a sharper passer, as it would make him an even better playmaker when attacking the basket. Coach English on Surratt: “Jordyn is a high-energy player with a very high IQ. He penetrates well and can finish around the rim. Jordyn is athletic, can score on all three levels, and makes good decisions with the ball. He’s an effective ball-handler and finishes well in traffic. Jordyn is very coachable and was a pleasure to coach. He plays hard and is a good shot-blocker.” Surratt was a definite leader for his team during camp, which should seamlessly translate into the upcoming season for Dorman—where he should be a priority amongst all types of Division I coaches.
#8: 6’7 ’21 Earl Burgess (Dorman)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to contribute while being a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor, Earl Burgess. He’s a long, wiry, intelligent forward prospect with an extremely adaptable skillset and approach. Burgess plays an unselfish, high-motor brand of basketball and is terrific at filling in the gaps within the flow of the team. He’s a great finisher and two-way rebounder with a strong nose for the ball and overall understanding of how to outwork his assignment in all facets of the game. Burgess also knocks down jumpers at a quality clip and runs the floor well in transition. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handler, as it would make him an even tougher assignment for opposing forwards. Coach English on Burgess: “Earl is a great rebounder and runs the floor well. He has great hands, is capable of putting the ball on the floor, and will shoot the three-pointer when open. He can hit the midrange jumper and displays a high IQ. Earl is very coachable and moves well without the ball.” Burgess continues to be an asset in all settings and should have another productive upcoming season at Dorman.
#9: 6’9 ’22 Bessanty Saragba (Trinity Byrnes)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Bessanty Saragba. He’s a long, wiry, blossoming two-way post prospect with nice fluidity for his size. Saragba is a solid finisher and quality midrange shooter with quality rebounding instincts and the ability to move effectively without the ball in his hands. He operates well within the team concept and offers a useful presence as a help-side defender. Next in his development process is working to become a better on-ball defender, as it would make him an even tougher assignment for opposing post prospects. Coach English on Saragba: “Bessanty is a good rebounder with his height. He alters shots and can run the floor well. He finishes well around the basket and can hit the midrange jumper. Bessanty can play with his back to the basket as well as facing. He’s a very coachable kid.” Saragba highlighted some great flashes throughout camp and will certainly be one to watch over these next two seasons at Trinity Byrnes.