LeBron Thomas

6’4 Jamari Briggs of Upward Stars Pee Dee 16U was impressive this weekend. He possesses the already translatable physical tools that allow him to stand out immediately when watching him. Jamari is a big guard who utilizes a blend of athleticism and strength to barrel his way to the rim and finish through contact. It is evident that he has made clear strides in his improvement shooting the basketball and being more aggressive offensively. Utilizing his physical tools, he also showcased his ability to be a quality rebounder at the guard spot. As he continues to work on his range from outside and his defensive intensity, he has a chance to be one of the more talked about guards in the state for his class. Holding a Xavier offer already, wouldn’t be surprised if other D1s begin tracking and recruiting him soon.

6’2 Lebron Thomas of FIBA 17U has continued to improve his game and is worth mentioning as one of the best guards in the SC 2022 class. He has the unique ability to use a combination of speed and athleticism to be unstoppable in transition, His ability to attack the rim relentlessly and finish through contact is very impressive. Not only does he get to the rim, he has shown tremendous improvement with his shooting from three as he shot a quality percentage this weekend. Scoring aside, his court vision and ability to find open teammates is an underrated skill that you see watching him play. He was clearly one of the best players at the tournament this weekend. 

6’1 Jonathan Mata of Riptide SC 2023 was a very intriguing prospect. He is a long wiry guard who possesses the natural feel for the game and the vision to be very effective for his team. His ability to rebound the ball and push the break as the lead guard was impressive. He utilized his length to attack the rim and finish over defenders with an array of moves. Defensively, his length allowed him to live in the passing lanes and cause a ton of turnovers which led to easy points for his team. As he continues to develop his body, he is one to keep an eye on moving forward. 

6’6 Demoris Jenkins of Charlotte Aces 16U was a physical, strong-bodied forward with a versatile skill set and tremendous footwork. His ability to score with his back to the basket using an abundance of different moves was impeccable. He showcased his ability to be a high-volume rebounder on both ends of the floor. He also displayed the ability to handle the ball well enough to get to his spots on the floor. Along with scoring inside, he was able to display his versatility as he shot it from range, knocking down a few threes. As he continues to add tools to his toolbox, he could be a guy for scholarship-level coaches to look at. 

6’3 Dontavious Pettaway of Raising Young Men 16U is a very versatile player who affects the game in a variety of different avenues. He is an athletic guard who possesses the strength and quickness to get anywhere he wants on the floor. He has the ability to be an effective 3-level scorer while also being a high-quality rebounder for his size. Defensively, his activity level allows him to be responsible for multiple forced turnovers which transition to easy points for his team. He is comfortable with the ball in his hands and is a willing passer. Scholarship level coaches will start to recruit him this summer!

6’7 Shad Thomas of NC Spartans 17U is a top remaining unsigned senior that college coaches should definitely take a look at. He affects the game in so many ways and it is evident in the way he fills up the stat sheet. He has great size, length and athleticism that allows him to be a huge defensive presence along with also having a huge presence on the glass. He has a great balance of inside-out scoring that is both efficient and effective for his team. He is a very versatile forward that can defend multiple positions and simply plays with the heart, motor, and toughness you need to be successful. Scholarship level coaches should be all over him as he has a chance to be a great piece in any program.