The early signing period has come and gone, but an abundance of Division I prospects remain unclaimed from the Carolinas. Many of these guys made a noteworthy impression on college coaches throughout the holiday break and this article will take a closer look at some of the top standouts.
6’5 Asanti Price (Keenan)
The last calendar year has been a roller coaster for Asanti Price. He’s gone from being an unknown commodity at Eau Claire to playing in a travel season that featured flashes of dominance. Price initially planned to attend Combine Academy and reclassify to the Class of 2020, but ultimately decided to remain a senior and join the Keenan Raiders. Since then, it’s been like a match made in heaven. Price is such a vital part of their game plan and his three-point shooting is arguably what makes this team so difficult for opponents to contain. His ascension into high-major territory has been gradual but it’s definitely happening, and he’ll soon become one of the most coveted players in the area.
6’2 Mike Green (Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach)
For folks that don’t already know, Mike Green has made his mark in South Carolina history, now totaling over 2,000 career points. He’s so equipped to score from anywhere on the floor and possesses excellent craftiness when looking to attack. Green is a capable playmaker for others and offers a pretty nice balance between scoring and playmaking, despite rightfully having the reputation as a scoring guard. It doesn’t seem to matter when, where, or who is guarding him, Green is simply able to overwhelm the opposition while playing his game. His recruitment is still somewhat perplexing, as there are multiple Division I programs in the area that could benefit from Green’s services.
6’8 Jalyn McCreary (Legacy Early College)
Few players from the Carolinas have been more impressive than versatile power-athlete Jalyn McCreary since December. He’s big, strong, and a walking mismatch for most opponents, considering his guard-like perimeter skills and highlight-reel athleticism. McCreary has an incredibly unique skillset and can change his approach in an instant, able to seamlessly go from handling and creating to posting-up and placing more emphasis on the glass. He’s really talented on offense, but his ability to defend and rebound will likely determine just how special he can become. At 6-foot-8, McCreary legitimately moves well enough (and possesses the necessary size) to defend five positions comfortably at the high school level. The right fit at the next level could be massive for his continued development, as he could already fit at a wide variety of different programs.
6’1 Tommy Bruner (Gray Collegiate)
Since entering high school, only a handful of players have been able to maintain the consistency well-rounded approach of Tommy Bruner. He’s a poised, intelligent two-way guard that can truly thrive with or without the ball in his hands, given his phenomenal blend of scoring and playmaking. Bruner is unselfish and has terrific vision, which allows him to manipulate and dismantle opposing defenses quite often. He touches the paint regularly and scores efficiently from all three levels. Bruner is a really fundamentally-sound prospect that makes nonstop contributions on both ends of the floor. His recruitment has been steady, but it’ll be interesting to see how many other programs get involved before the next signing period.