Coach: Jordan Washington
#5: 5’9 ’23 Matty Foor (Summerville)
Starting things off, we look at a player that already showcases an advanced skillset and two-way approach, Matty Foor. He’s a young, wiry point guard prospect with tremendous IQ, unselfishness, and the ability to reliably create for himself and others. Foor is crafty and displays sharp vision with the ball in his hands, but will quickly take advantage of easy scoring opportunities from all three levels—though he prefers to shooting to penetrating. He provides excellent effort on defense and rebounds quite well for his size/position. Foor simply knows how to be a team-first leader whenever he’s on the court. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more resistant defender at the point of attack. Coach Washington on Foor: “Matty has really impressed me today with his poise and decision-making throughout the games. He isn’t the biggest kid on the floor but plays with a lot of hear. I would love to see him work on defending his position.” Foor made a terrific impact, especially for his age/size, and should be an excellent building block for Summerville going forward.
#11: 5’10 ’20 Sam Laydon (Wando)
Next, we look at a player that seems to make a terrific impact regardless of surrounding teammates, Sam Laydon. He’s a smart, wiry point guard prospect with unselfishness and a very smooth perimeter jumper. Laydon typically works with the ball in his hands but can operate alongside another primary ball-handler given his ability to spot-up and apply pressure as a cutter. He’s tougher than his size would imply and regularly digs into his assignment on defense and when pursuing rebounds on either end of the floor. Laydon makes the extra pass and shows a willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him tougher for opponents to contain off the bounce. Coach Washington on Laydon: “Sam can shoot it well and handle the ball really effectively. I look forward to seeing his development as he grows. He has to work on getting stronger and finishing at the rim.” Laydon was among the most reliable performers on this team and should have a very productive upcoming season for Wando.
#31: 5’10 ’23 CJ Rich (Richland Northeast)
Moving onto a player that made his impact felt quite nicely, especially to be the youngest camper on this team, CJ Rich. He’s a young, smart, high-motor guard prospect with a fairly well-rounded skillset and approach on both ends of the floor. Rich does a great job of filling in the gaps, pursuing loose balls, securing extra possessions, defending with purpose and scoring as needed. He gives excellent effort at all times, always looking to overwhelm his on-ball assignment and force turnovers. Rich already knows how to make plays from either backcourt position without forcing the action. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Washington on Rich: “CJ played really well today. He ran the floor well in transition and attacked the basket with great timing. He also made a ton of good reads when attacking the basket.” Rich enjoyed a nice showing at camp, especially for his age, and should emerge as a quality building block sooner than later for Richland Northeast.
#59: 6’2 ’21 Lawton Fulford (Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably the best three-point shooter in attendance, Lawton Fulford. He’s a smart, team-first guard prospect that does a variety of things well, but continually stands out with his perimeter shooting. Fulford is a steady, reliable creator for the team but can also slide off-ball and make a nonstop impact as a spot-up threat. He moves well without the ball, possesses nice vision, and is always looking to make the best available play. Fulford plays hard and utilizes his body effectively to get defensive stops and clear out space as a rebounder. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him an even tougher penetrating threat. Coach Washington on Fulford: “Lawton shot the ball really well today. He has a really high IQ and feel for the game and plays really hard on both ends of the floor. He needs to work on being more assertive throughout the game.” Fulford enjoyed an excellent showing during camp and should be a major two-way leader this season for Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach.
#60: 6’4 ’21 Robert McCray (AC Flora)
Next, we look at a player that could easily end up among the top long-term prospects on display, Robert McCray. He’s a long, wiry, incredibly explosive point guard prospect with IQ, size, and terrific pace with the ball in his hands. McCray is sharp, quick, and able to apply relentless pressure as a penetrating threat, where he’ll frequently play above the rim. He’s a crafty ball-handler and distributor with the ability to regularly mix it up on offense while absolutely hounding his assignment on the other end. McCray displays strong patience in the half-court and flashes of pure dominance in transition. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him basically unstoppable on offense. Coach Washington on McCray: “Robert has great size and athleticism. He is a surefire Division I kid. I love the way he plays on both ends of the floor. I would like to see him become more vocal on the court.” McCray looks ready to take the next step in his development and recruitment, which should have a ton of college coaches watching closely throughout the upcoming season.
#61: 6’2 ’21 Bailey Wiseman (James Island Charter)
Moving onto a player that still somehow feels like one of the more underrated prospects in South Carolina, Bailey Wiseman. He’s a crafty, exciting point guard prospect with a phenomenal balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Wiseman is somewhat unassuming, but will quickly break down his assignment, get into the paint, and finish or make an excellent pass. He’s an extremely reliable perimeter shooter and is possibly the most accurate shooter off the dribble in the state. Wiseman is deceptively quick and looks to touch the paint as often as possible. He pursues rebounds at a consistent rate and can operate without the ball, given his spot-up prowess. Next in his development process is working to become a better off-ball defender, as it would allow him to force even more turnovers by jumping into passing lanes. Coach Washington on Wiseman: “Bailey is a great player that can really stroke the ball. I love the energy that he plays with on both ends of the floor. I will love to see his progression as the season starts.” Wiseman is simply electric and should only continue to collect scholarship offers during his upcoming season at James Island Charter.
#88: 6’4 ’20 Tristan Freeling (Oceanside Collegiate)
Continuing onto a player that simply finds a way to operate as the glue-guy with any group of teammates, Tristan Freeling. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing/forward prospect with an extremely high motor and clear team-first approach to the game. Freeling handles and passes the ball well, but typically works as a spot-up threat and off-ball cutter. He simply knows how to find open space and capitalize with a smart pass or easy bucket. Freeling defends with purpose, displays nice versatility, rebounds nicely for his position, and forces turnovers at a fairly consistent rate. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would allow him to take opponents off the bounce with more regularity. Coach Washington on Freeling: “Tristan was the heart and soul of the team today. He really played aggressive and physical on both ends of the floor. I would like to see him work on his ball-handling. He even took a charge today.” Freeling is the type of guy that every team needs to win, which is why college coaches should be monitoring him closely throughout the upcoming season.
#102: 6’5 ’22 Colin McKenzie (First Baptist)
Next, we look at a player that possesses an excellent crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Colin McKenzie. He’s a long, wiry, fairly skilled forward prospect with great positional size and a well-rounded offensive arsenal. McKenzie plays hard and looks to disrupt his assignment however possible. He can play with his back to the basket, but typically prefers to faceup and highlight his smooth perimeter stroke. McKenzie’s ability to alter shots at the rim while playing inside out allows him to play alongside a wide variety of big men. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would allow him to be more physical as a defender and rebounder. Coach Washington on McKenzie: “Colin is a great young prospect that has great length, plays hard, and finishes great at the rim. He has to work on getting stronger, both physically and with the ball in his hands.” McKenzie is oozing with upside and will only get better from this point onward, which should certainly have all types of college coaches buzzing.
#115: 6’7 ’21 Earl Burgess (Dorman)
Finishing up, we look at a player that has only continued to get better and more polished over the last calendar year, Earl Burgess. He’s a long, smart power forward prospect with excellent touch and quality moves out of the low post. Burgess handles the ball well for his size, but understands and embraces his identity on both ends of the floor. He utilizes his length and motor very nicely to alter shots, secure rebounds, and jump into passing lanes. Burgess also possesses the necessary athleticism to play above the rim at a quality rate. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Washington on Burgess: “Earl has great size and the ability to defend on the perimeter has been great to watch. He pushes the ball well in transition. I would like to see him attack the basket more often and be more aggressive on the offensive end.” Burgess is going to be a major contributor and should attract plenty of college coaches during his upcoming season at Dorman.