Tons of talent in the gym today out here competing for scholarships with roughly 100 coaches from D3-Blue Blood watching along. Court two featured a lot of talent ranging along those various levels. Let’s take a look at some of the top performers form Court Two!
6’5 2019 Trey Cousin: Mid-State Magic
Cousin has really proven himself over the course of the spring/summer as a high level volume scorer that can get scorching hot at any given moment from deep and take over a game regardless of the competition. Today he did just that and showed flashes of what he can do as a slasher, particularly against smaller defenders. Cousin is capable of finding a make-able shot every time he touches the ball. Despite not being overly quick or shifty he knows how to use his body to create enough space to let one go and there’s a really good chance it ends up going in. Look for Cousin to have a really productive Post-Grad year at Washington Prep.
6’3 2021 Alphonso Smith: Team Charlotte 16U
Smith is playing up and age and you wouldn’t know it by the way he plays. Possessing a fearless mindset, Smith plays with a sense of urgency, always playing every possession on both ends of the court with a high level of intensity, yet possessing a high IQ truly understanding how to play the game. Smith’s offensive game is predicated on bully ball, driving downhill to the rack in a really intimidating fashion. His perimeter game is definitely getting there, but he still has some room to grow in order to make him a complete prospect. Regardless, producing at a high level like he is despite being a year younger than most of his competition is admirable. He’s definitely a prospect to watch.
6’6 2020 Jakub Moore: Team Winston 16U
Moore is a classic old school big man that is going to give your team a major boost in the rebounding and grit categories. He’s capable of defending the 4 or 5 with his length and lateral agility, but offensively he’s gonna bang down low, get to the line, and finish through contact. Moore is incredibly self-aware… he knows what he is, what he’s good at, what he needs to work on, and at the end of the day what else do you want in a young big man. He’s definitely a high motor combo big that scholarship coaches should get themselves familiar with.
6’6 Cam Caroway: NC Spartans East 17U
Caroway is a smooth 6’6 combo forward that is no doubt in my mind a next level prospect. He’s so comfortable shooting the ball from distance to go with being extremely fluid when driving to the basket and his high effort on the defensive end. Probably going to end up being a D2/D3 kid at the end of the day, but he’s still capable of lighting teams up from the perimeter stretching opposing bigs out of the paint or taking advantage down low on smaller wing defenders.
5’5 2019 Monte Pope: AP Elite 17U
Pope is sooo much fun to watch as a fan of the game. He’s really undersized, but he has crazy vision and plays with a ton of edge to his game. He is more than capable of running a team at the PG position and is definitely someone that D3 coaches should spend time watching this week. I love this kids toughness and heart on the court, he’s someone you want to root for.
6’2 2020 Aaron Ross: Boo Williams NC 16U
Ross is an excellent defensive and rebounding wing guard that is really capable of initiating offense for his Boo Williams NC squad. Ross plays with a high level of energy at all times and he might be one of the best rebounding guards in the event this week. I love the way this kid takes pride in his game and it showed with plenty of D2s watching along taking notice of him. The Pittsboro product is tough as nails and was one of my favorites from court two thus far today.