Coach: Anthony Bellamy
#7: 5’9 ’20 Omarion Byrd (North Augusta)
Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to properly run a team on both ends of the floor, Omarion Byrd. He’s a smart, tough, team-first point guard prospect with a sharp, crafty handle and excellent three-level scoring prowess. Byrd is always looking to set up others but still forces the opposing defense to respect him at all times and will take advantage of easy scoring chances whenever available. He positions himself effectively on defense to jump into passing lanes and force turnovers at a nice rate. Next in his development process is working on hitting the glass harder, as it would likely make him a tougher rebounder on both ends of the floor. Coach Bellamy on Byrd: “I’ve been watching Omarion at these events for a few years and each year he gets better and better. He’s always been unselfish and able to shoot the ball. His ball-handling has improved tremendously over the years. I’m excited to see what he does this season.” Byrd was a clear asset to his team during camp and should be poised for a very productive upcoming season at North Augusta.
#13: 5’10 ’20 Donnell Adams (Great Falls)
Next, we look at a player that was quite possibly the most reliable all-around defender on this team, Donnell Adams. He’s a smart, high-motor point guard prospect with phenomenal quickness and solid playmaking skills. Adams is able to get downhill and to the rim almost whenever he wants, where he’s proven to be a reliable finisher through contact. He knocks down open jumpers and rebounds effectively for his size on both ends of the floor. That being said, Adams’ defensive prowess is what sets him apart from other similar guards. His blend of quickness, footwork, and positioning make him extremely difficult for opponents to overwhelm. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up a lot of opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Bellamy on Adams: “Donnell has a great attitude and I love his competitive spirit. You have to have a kid that plays as hard as him. He takes pride on the defensive end. He shot the ball well and made some tough shots in transition.” Adams enjoyed a great showing at camp and will be a vital piece for Great Falls throughout the upcoming season.
#33: 6’0 ’22 Samaad Wright (Blythewood)
Moving onto a player that possesses a terrific crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Samaad Wright. He’s a smart, unselfish, young point guard prospect with phenomenal vision and playmaking skills. Wright gets downhill and makes plays for himself and others from within the paint but can also knock down the open perimeter jumper. He’s a very steady, poised defensive player, especially for his age, and knows how to manipulate opposing guards into making bad decisions. Wright is a leader and tone-setter on both ends of the floor that consistently makes plays to provide his team with an edge. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him an even better finisher through contact. Coach Bellamy on Wright: “Samaad is a true point guard. He manages the game well, he gets into the paint at will, is unselfish…I could go on and on about how much of a great teammate he is. He’s one of those guys that does a bit of everything on the floor. Samaad is definitely one of my favorite and most underrated guys at the event.” Wright has so many tools and will only continue to get better, which should have college coaches monitoring sooner than later.
#48: 6’1 ’20 Aaron Parker (Hemingway)
Continuing onto a player that offered his team with a calm, steady presence on both ends of the floor, Aaron Parker. He’s a long, strong-bodied guard prospect with a fairly well-rounded skillset and team-first approach to the game. Parker is a reliable spot-up threat, especially from beyond the arc, and knows how to find open space as an off-ball cutter. He handles and passes the ball at a solid rate for his position. Parker is very quick and utilizes it well on defense to force turnovers, both on and off-ball. He knows how to properly run the floor and finish in transition. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more lethal finisher around the basket. Coach Bellamy on Parker: “Aaron started out a little timid but was locked in once that first three-pointer fell through. Aaron defends well and can shoot it from beyond the arc. He’s at his best when he’s confident in himself.” Parker enjoyed a nice showing at camp and should have a very productive upcoming season at Hemingway.
#63: 6’2 ’20 Tauris Watson (Gray Collegiate)
Next, we look at a player that stood out extremely well with his tough, rugged, physical two-way approach, Tauris Watson. He’s a long, athletic, high-motor guard prospect with the ability to dominate his assignment through phenomenal athleticism and relentlessness. Watson is lightning-quick and touches the paint whenever he desires, which allows him to make plays for himself and others quite often. He’s a solid distributor that shows a willingness to make the extra pass. Watson is also a pretty suffocating defender, especially at the point of attack, and forced multiple turnovers that led to easy fast-break buckets. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Bellamy on Watson: “Tauris is probably the most explosive kid at this event! His athleticism is his best asset but his character is also first-class. Tauris is a good kid and the sky is the limit for his basketball career.” Watson continues to shine in any type of setting and should be a prospect for college coaches to keep an eye on going forward.
#64: 6’2 ’21 Tyler Schaafsma (Bishop England)
Moving onto a player that was undoubtedly the main glue-guy for this team throughout camp, Tyler Schaafsma. He’s a smart, unselfish, surprisingly bouncy guard prospect that plays with a nonstop two-way motor. Schaafsma seems to naturally fill in the gaps on both ends of the floor, pursuing every available rebound, loose ball, and working to secure extra possessions in any way possible. He shoots the ball well from the perimeter but is always looking to attack the basket and finish above the rim. Schaafsma is also a very reliable all-around defender with quick hands and the ability to force turnovers at a pretty solid rate. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Bellamy on Schaafsma: “I like that Tyler took pride in doing all the little things. He rebounded the ball well on both ends, made the extra pass when necessary, and various other things that won’t show up on the stat sheet. He’s a great team player.” Schaafsma simply knows how to make plays and looks increasingly poised for a productive upcoming season at Bishop England.
#90: 6’4 ’20 Darin Parker (Aiken)
Continuing onto a player that has the tools to become a matchup problem on either end of the floor, Darin Parker. He’s a big, slightly undersized, strong-bodied forward prospect with great quickness, footwork, and the ability to consistently take advantage of slower opponents. Parker knows how to utilize his body to clear out space as a rebounder and absorb contact as a finisher. He displayed nice touch and moves out of the post, but can also handle the ball and get downhill quite effectively. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Bellamy on Parker: “Darin is a big-bodied forward that moves like a guard! When he uses his size and quickness, he’s almost impossible to stay in front of. He uses his strength to secure rebounds and loose balls. He also has a good personality.” Parker embraced his identity well throughout camp and should be one of the main leaders for Aiken this season.
#91: 6’4 ’20 Jai’Breon Ferguson (Greer Middle College)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most versatile two-way performer on this team, Jai’Breon Ferguson. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with phenomenal quickness and the ability to apply nonstop pressure as a downhill penetrator. Ferguson is excellent at getting by the point of attacking and utilizing his length and athleticism to finish strong around the basket. He possesses nice ball skills, especially for his size, and is capable of making some very crafty reads as a playmaker. Ferguson does a tremendous job of containing multiple positions and forcing turnovers on defense. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would take his offensive game to a new level. Coach Bellamy on Ferguson: “Jai’Breon is a very athletic lefty that can get to the rim at will. He shoots perimeter jumpers well and has solid court vision. Defensively, his length and quickness can cause problems for opponents at the next level. He was very easy to coach.” Ferguson is a very useful two-way piece and should start garnering attention from college coaches throughout his upcoming senior campaign.
#104: 6’6 ’22 Marcus Kell (Legion Academy)
Moving onto a player that continues to make a pretty lasting impression as one of the best shooters in South Carolina, Marcus Kell. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward prospect with knockdown spot-up ability from midrange and beyond the arc. Kell loves to move and relocate along the perimeter, but can also score quite effectively while facing or with his back to the basket. He moves well for his size and makes smart passes whenever possible. Kell knows how to operate within the team structure on both ends of the floor and never forces the action. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a tougher interior presence on both ends of the floor. Coach Bellamy on Kell: “Marcus really shot the ball well today. He showed that he can handle the ball in the open court and also rebounded well for his size. He’s very coachable!” Kell is a prospect that should only continue to trend upward and will start seeing an uptick in his recruitment sooner than later.
#110: 6’6 ’20 Anderson Kirkland (Greer Middle College)
Finishing up, we look at a player that really stood out with his blue-collar approach on both ends of the floor, Anderson Kirkland. He’s a long, wiry forward/post prospect with a high motor and soft touch around the basket. Kirkland operated very effectively out of the post but also knows how to position himself for dump-off passes and spot-up looks from the perimeter. He’s a great two-way rebounder that utilizes his length very well to alter shots and finish strong inside. Kirkland also proved to be a great passer, both in transition and the half-court sets. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher for opposing big men to contain off the bounce. Coach Bellamy on Kirkland: “Anderson is a great energy guy. He finishes with both hands around the basket. He’s unselfish and made a lot of key passes that led to other guys scoring.” Kirkland did a lot of things well during camp and could be a prospect for college coaches to monitor throughout his upcoming senior campaign.