6’5” Corey Rutherford
High Point Havoc (Winston Salem Prep)
Possibly no one in the event turned more heads than Rutherford. The shooting guard did just that, as he shot his way to 19 3s on Championship Sunday through his 3 games played. He averaged 26 points for the event, including a game high of 39 on 9 made 3s. This season, playing for State Champion Winston Salem Prep he shot 43% from 3, so this type of parking lot range shooting is the norm for him. This should be a fun April for Rutherford, he is already qualified and has the size and shooting ability that translates to the D1 level and should be recruited as such.
6’6” Khyrie Thompson
High Point Havoc (Wesleyan Christian)
Thompson showcased a diverse game with his ability to rebound, defend and score the ball. Thompson showed deep range with consistent touch. He also did a great job on defense showing the ability to seamlessly switch from a wing to a post and do well. Thompson put the ball on the floor well and showed the ability to rebound the ball very well. With his father having played in the NBA, Thompson has that basketball gene. Now that he is not playing the same position as two Top 50 prospects (Jaylen Hoard and Aaron Wiggins, Thompson should have a fun April as D1s should start calling often.
6’1” Tai Giger
Carolina Raptors (Carolina Day)
We have known for years that Giger can shoot the ball, and that has not changed. This weekend he came out with his guns blazing, showcasing the ability to run a team. He played with great pace and showed the ability to change speeds to get to the basket. Still shooting lights out, Giger put up big numbers consistently as he led his team to the 17u championship of the event. Scholarship level programs should look closely here.
6’10” Dimitrije Kitanovi
PSB Winston Salem (Forsyth Country Day)
It was an interesting event for Kitanovi, but a very productive one. He carries great size but here he was able to show off his skill set. Kitanovi had nice pick and pop ability out beyond the 3-point arc. Kitanovi was solid athletically, in straight lines, and he held onto the ball strongly when rebounding. He is a next level guy as you cannot teach size and touch.