Last summer, Pro Skills Basketball introduced their newest team to the lineup, Team Curry, part of the Under Armour Association. Head Coach Sim Frazier helped build this team into one of the most recognizable teams in the country. In a summer with so much uncertainty, Team Curry finished with a 23-4 record.
What’s even more impressive is that every single player on their roster earned a Division 1 college scholarship offer. In total, last year’s team racked up over 115 Divison 1 offers, and had players commit to schools such as Marquette, Villanova, Clemson, UCF, College of Charleston, Army, and UNCW.
Team Curry looks to build upon last year’s success and has all the pieces on this year’s team to make some serious noise across the country. As where last year’s team had size, defended, and controlled the games, this year’s team also has the length and size, but also can really shoot the ball a high level. From top to bottom, every single player on the roster can knock down shots from the perimeter. In addition, this year’s team also has more size at the point guard, shooting guard, and wing positions.
Let’s take a detailed look at this year’s roster:
Caleb Foster 6’4 2023 (Oak Hill)
To start things off, we’ll look at one of the nation’s top point guard prospects, regardless of class. Caleb Foster is elite. This season as the starting point guard on national powerhouse Oak Hill, he averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. He is a super smooth, high IQ point guard who understands how to run a team and make others better. He does a great job of attacking downhill off of ball screens. He makes the right reads when attacking the basket, whether it is to score or finding the open man. In addition, he shoots the ball at a high level from the perimeter and the midrange. This season at Oak Hill, he shot 46% from beyond the arc. When you watch him play, he seems to always have complete control of the game. In addition, he has great size for his position which makes him a difficult matchup for opponents. Foster holds offers from Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Texas A&M, Georgetown, and Washington. Expect his recruitment to seriously pick up this summer.
Chauncey Wiggins 6’9 2022 (Grayson)
Last season, Team Curry had fellow Grayson teammate and Clemson commit, Ian Schieffelin. This season, Chauncey Wiggins will be lacing it up with Team Curry as well. He helped Grayson to a 22-4 record this season in the GHSA 7A division. Wiggins has multiple high major offers including Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Clemson, Iowa State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, South Florida, UAB, and Kennesaw State. At 6’9, Wiggins has the ability to hurt opponents from multiple spots on the court. He has the ability to stretch the court with his perimeter shooting ability. And with his size and skill, he can play both on the wing and in the post. He is super skilled and can create off of the bounce, whether getting all the way to the basket and finishing above the rim or getting to the midrange where he can elevate and knock down shots over defenders. On the defensive end, he is long and active. He does an excellent job of protecting the rim and forcing tough shots for opponents.
Elijah Gray 6’8 2022 (Ardrey Kell)
Elijah Gray is coming off of a stellar junior season for Ardrey Kell in which he averaged 15.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 51% from the field and 39% from three. Gray currently holds offers from Murray State, Charlotte, Tulsa, ODU, ECU, Cleveland State, Elon, and USC Upstate. Elijah Gray is a mismatch nightmare. He is an efficient scorer and has the ability to hurt you from multiple spots on the court. He can take smaller opponents into the post and score in the paint. He can take you out on the perimeter and create off the bounce and make plays for himself and others. He can knock down the perimeter shot off both the catch and the bounce. Gray’s combination of size and skill make him an extremely versatile player.
Cade Tyson 6’7 2022 (Carmel Christian)
Cade Tyson is an extremely skilled and versatile wing with length and athleticism. He averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 50% from the field and 38% from three this season for Carmel Christian. Tyson has the ability to knock down shots from all over the court. With his size, he has the ability to shoot over defenders with deep range. In addition to being a knock down shooter, he has a high basketball IQ and is a fundamentally sound player. He can handle the ball and is a very good passer. On the defensive end, he has the ability to guard multiple positions with his length and athleticism. Right now, Tyson holds an offer from Charlotte, but it is only a matter of time before his recruitment really begins to take off.
Elijah Jamison 6’3 2022 (Liberty Heights)
Elijah Jamison had a superb season for Liberty Heights in which he averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists while shooting 51% from the field and 36% from the behind the arc. He is a strong, explosive, paint touch point guard. He excels getting into the lane. He utilizes his strength well and finishes through contact. He also is able to make really good reads at the end of drives, whether kicking the ball out to shooters or dropping it off to a teammate for the dunk. Throughout the season, Jamison continued to showcase his ability to knock down the perimeter shot. When he is making shots from the perimeter, it makes it that much easier for him to beat defenders off the bounce and make plays in the paint. On the defensive end, he sets the tone for his team. He has the strength and quickness to really bother the opposing team’s ball handlers. Jamison holds offers from Wichita State, ECU, MTSU, UNCW, Elon, and Ole Miss.
Christ Essandoko 6’11 2022 (Winston-Salem Christian)
Chris Essandoko wasted no time in making his name known amongst college coaches in his first season in the United States at Winston-Salem Christian. The skilled post player holds a handful of offers from Missouri State, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wake Forest, New Mexico, Seton Hall, South Florida, San Diego State, NC A&T, and Oral Roberts. His skillset is what sets him apart. At that size, he is an exceptional passer. He can drop passes to cutters or make skip passes out of the post to shooters on the opposite side of the court. In the post, he has really good footwork and utilizes fakes. He can go over either shoulder and score with either hand. He also has the ability to stretch the floor and knock down the three-point jumper.
MJ Collins 6’4 2022 (Westminster Catawba)
MJ Collins is an athletic, aggressive wing who can score the ball at all three levels. He is coming off a junior season at Westminster Catawba in which he averaged 18.4 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 55% from the field, 44% from three, and 88% from the foul line. Collins does a great job of attacking the basket and finishing through contact. From the perimeter, he can really make shots whether off the catch or the bounce. On the defensive end, he has the ability to guard multiple positions. He has the quickness to disrupt ball handlers and anticipate the passing lanes. But he also rebounds the ball really well for his position. Collins currently has offers from Murray State and Presbyterian, but he is another one whose recruitment is sure to take off.
Logan Threatt 6’3 2022 (Concord Academy)
Logan Threatt is one of the returners from last year’s 17u Team Curry squad. He is a crafty combo guard who has the ability to play off the ball or at the point guard position. Threatt helped lead Concord Academy to a 21-8 record this past season while averaging 11.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. He has a quick first step, can get into the paint, and create for himself and others. He does a good job of playing off of two feet at the end of drives which is very beneficial in making sound decisions with the ball. In addition, he is able to make shots off the catch and the bounce. Currently, Threatt holds an offer from UNCW.
Cade Pendleton 6’9 2022 (East Hamilton)
Cade Pendleton is another returner from last year’s Team Curry 16u roster. He had a tremendous season for East Hamilton in Tennessee averaging 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 51% from three. Pendleton is a stretch four who has the ability to really knock down shots from the perimeter. He also has a smooth midrange jumper, showcasing his ability to knock down shots from the elbow and baseline. On the defensive end, he utilizes his length and protects the rim. Pendleton is receiving a load of Division 1 interest from schools such as Davidson, Furman, Princeton, Lehigh, Pepperdine, Boston College, Yale, Columbia, Charleston Southern, Utah, Valparaiso, Toledo, Utah State, Maryland, Iowa, and California.
Iffy Ufochukwu 6’11 2022 (Covenant Day)
At 6’11, Iffy Ufochukwu provides incredible front court size and an interior defensive presence that will make it difficult for opponents to score over. He is strong, moves well and can really protect the rim. He is active on both ends of the floor. For his size, he does a really good job of running the floor. This puts pressure on the defense to get back. On the offensive end, he can score over his left shoulder and finish through contact above the rim. Ufochukwu has offers from Siena and Rice. Given his size, athleticism, and ability to defend, expect his recruitment to really pick up.