South Carolina Top 80

Team 5

Coach: Mason Waters

#5: 5’8 ’21 O’Mazeon Tinsley of Lancaster HS (Lancaster)

Starting things off, we look at a player that showed a high level of maturity and productivity, O’Mazeon Tinsley. He’s a lead guard that is able to handle and distribute the ball really well, especially in the open floor, where he was able to gather up assists with ease. Offensively, Tinsley shot the ball efficiently from all three levels and definitely showed that he’s unselfish, and would rather win than look cool. On the other end, he’s a pesky defender and does a great job for size, using quickness to erase airspace. Next in his development process is working on moving without the ball, as it’ll open up easy catch-and-shoot chances. Coach Waters on Tinsley: “O’Mazeon has a great handle and is able to control the pace of the game. He’s a good three-point shooter with nice form. He always finds the open man when he drives. O’Mazeon is the shortest player on the floor, so he needs to better create separation and quicken his release. However, as a freshman, he has a lot of skill. Now it’s just about refining those skills!” Adding height would be a bonus, but it should be noted that Tinsley already has the makings of a really strong floor general, and should be one to watch going forward.

#29: 6’0 ’20 Myles Tate of Dorman (Spartanburg)

Next, we look at a very special prospect that has been on the Phenom radar for quite some time, Myles Tate. He’s a point guard that is able to excel on either side of the ball and has the ability to be among the most talented players in the state of South Carolina. Offensively, Tate will get what he wants, as he’s able to shoot the ball incredibly well and has legitimate 30-foot range. However, he doesn’t have to shoot, as Tate is smart and can blow by defenders with ease given his blinding quickness, enabling him to finish strong at the rim or make the easy pass. Somehow, his defense matches his offense, making Tate an outright elite prospect. On the defensive side, Tate uses his quickness and nose for the ball so well; he has long arms and they frequently intercept passing lanes for easy steals. Next in his development process is continuing to be a hard worker and good student, as it will give him unlimited options to choose from at the next level. Coach Waters on Tate: “Myles is a shifty, quick, balanced guard who can create his own shot. I see him as a potentially great pick-and-roll guard; he can dribble with either hand quite well and has a silky-smooth jumper. Myles gets off shots quite and balanced; Kemba Walker-like.” Tate already has a variety of high-level programs coming his way, so it’ll be interesting to see how he comes off a state championship and a huge summer campaign this upcoming season at Dorman.

#36: 6’1 ’18 Kendrell Generette of Socastee (Myrtle Beach)

Continuing onto a player that simply knows how to consistently get it done on both ends of the floor, Kendrell Generette. He’s a long-armed guard that is willing and able to fit whatever role necessary to win games. Generette is a solid overall defender, smart on switches and closeouts, and understands the nuances on that side of the ball. Offensively, he’s a great cutter that can wiggle through traffic and finish strong at the basket. He also showed his capabilities of knocking down open looks from all three levels. Generette plays with a high motor and goes after rebounds in or out of his area; his scoring benefits greatly from transition and the way he runs the floor. Next in his development process is tightening up his three-point consistency, as that could become an easy avenue for points with a little work. Coach Waters on Generette: “Kendrell is a fairly well rounded player that gets most of his offense off others drives and makes his shots when open. He does a good job setting up and preparing for his shot before his gets the pass and is ready to shoot on the catch. Kendrell doesn’t force the action on offense and reacts properly to defensive mishaps.” Generette is a tough two-way player that could definitely gain some interest for the next level this upcoming season.

#44: 6’1 ’21 Jacobi Wright of York Prep (Tega Cay)

Moving onto a prospect that has as much upside as any freshman guard in the country, Jacobi Wright. He’s a point guard that already has an incredible feel and understanding for the game; he makes others better and is always looking to make the smartest possible play. Offensively, Wright is a quality shooter that can really get going from three-point range and he’s crafty inside on passes and finishes. On the other end, he’s long and wiry, which allows him to use his speed and length to force turnovers. Next in his development process is staying active on defense after the first shot attempt, as it would help his team avoid giving up second-chance points. Coach Waters on Wright: Jacobi is a nice guard with good shooting form that could be even better with practice. He’s a solid athlete who has potential to be a real terror on the defensive end. Jacobi needs to work on staying focused on his man without the ball, because he has a tendency to stare at the ball handler. He should develop into a really strong player.” Wright has already established a terrific foundation for a player that is just entering high school (though he started for York Preparatory last season) and could become an elite 2021 prospect sooner than later.

#53: 6’2 ’20 Aidan McCool of Bishop England (Charleston)

Continuing onto a player that was able to showcase his strong feel for the game and ability to coexist with any collection of teammates, Aidan McCool. He’s a guard that is at his best when playing off-ball, where he can effectively spot-up and knock down open looks. McCool displayed his quality three-level scoring and was terrific in transition, as he took advantage of every available opportunity to score. He works hard on defense and made rebounding a clear priority, hitting the glass on each possession and then busting down the floor. Next in his development process is improving his defensive abilities, as they would make him a better overall player. Coach Waters on McCool: “Aiden is at his best playing off of others drives, where he showed that he’s a good catch-and-shoot option. Nothing flashy, it’s just simple, but effective. He rebounds well for his size because he pursues every ball. He’s not going to score a ton, but won’t make negative plays or turn the ball over either.” McCool is a tough player that displays the intangibles necessary to develop into a college-level prospect. The more work he puts in to round out his game, the better he will be in the long run.

#68: 6’4 ’18 Lamatavous Collins of North Augusta HS (North Augusta)

Next, we look at a player that performed a level above the rest throughout camp with his strong two-way presence, Lamatavous Collins. He’s a wing with a great frame and numerous leadership qualities on and off the floor. Offensively, Collins is able to play with or without the ball and generate team success; he was able to score the ball efficiently from all three levels and got into the paint whenever he desired. Few players at camp showed a bigger commitment to getting back in transition on defense and making a valiant attempt to shut down the fast break. His overall passion on the defensive end shows, as he genuinely understands how much it’ll open up the game if his team defends well. Next in his development process is working on moving without the ball in order to become a bigger scoring threat as a spot-up shooter. Coach Waters on Collins: “Lamatavous was Team 5’s MVP and best player during camp. Skill wise, he has a reliable handle and solid jumper, but it was his intangibles stood out the most: he plays hard, communicates, competes and wants to be good—these are rare but he has them.” Collins should enjoy a nice year at North Augusta, where he could easily be their top option each and every night.

#77: 6’4 ’18 Kevin Williamson of Aiken HS (Aiken)

Moving onto a player that showcased his shooting and ability to score within the offensive flow, Kevin Williamson. He’s a long-bodied wing that caused havoc on both ends of the floor by intercepting passing and taking them coast to coast for easy points. In the half-court, Williamson is able to spot-up, create his own shot, or drive to the cup and finish through contact, all quite well. Defensively, he’s able to use his length on-ball and around the rim to force turnovers; he plays smart, positional defense and doesn’t gamble unnecessarily. Next in his development process is working on his passing ability, as it would help him become a more complete player. Coach Waters on Williamson: “Kevin is a good shooter but struggles getting open (relocating, calling for screens, etc.). His effort was great and he has a good attitude. If Kevin can continue developing into a knockdown shooter, driving and passing opportunities will come naturally.” Williamson is a solid two-way player with the ability to be even better, as a little work will take him a long way. Expect to hear from Williamson this upcoming season, where he should command plenty of attention at Aiken.

#92: 6’6 ’19 Juwan Gary of Gray Collegiate (Columbia)

Continuing onto a player that has already been nationally regarded for quite some time, Juwan Gary. He’s a wing that has endless potential, especially on the offensive end, where he already shows great promise. Offensively, Gary can score on three levels and even has a pretty nice bag of tricks on the low block; he will try and successfully exploit size mismatches whenever possible. On the other end, he possesses all the tools to be an awesome two-way player; it’s just about applying those tools to be productive. Next in his development process is becoming a leader on both ends of the floor and starting to lead by example, as many will follow behind a player of his reputation and caliber. Coach Waters: “Juwan made several threes and has the potential to be a good shooter, but he settled for contested looks from distance and took multiple shots when double teamed. With his size and athleticism, he has incredible upside, but needs to get back on defense and make that side of the floor a bigger priority. If he can play harder and smarter, watch out, because he has great natural skill.” Gary should have a huge junior season to further the notion that he is a nationally regarded prospect.

#101: 6’7 ’18 Juan Perez of West Florence (Florence)

Next, we look at a player that displayed great skills on both ends of the floor in the time provided, Juan Perez. He’s a power forward that plays with a great motor and does all the little things to move the needle for his team. Perez took an elbow to the head in the first half of the first game and had to leave and get stitches. However, in the time that we did see him, he displayed an incredibly strong work ethic and showed no quit on either side of the floor. Perez rebounds very well and understands how to get quality positioning on the block. He set great screens and his team would’ve certainly played better had Perez been able to avoid an incidental injury. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his midrange jumper, as it would allow him to expand his offensive abilities. Coach Waters on Perez: “Juan played a half and busted his head open. His intangibles are great: energy, effort, and communication are all on point. Again, he only played a half, so we didn’t get to see him play much.” Perez has the makings of a strong, productive player, and will definitely showcase his skills this upcoming season.

#117: 6’10 ’19 Cooper Fowler of J.L. Mann (Greenville)

Finishing up, we look at a player that is just beginning to scratch the surface of how good he could be, Cooper Fowler. He’s a big man with a very unique game that has adjusted towards the direction that basketball is heading. Offensively, Fowler is capable of effectively posting up smaller guys or facing up on all three levels; he’s a great catch-and-shoot option, especially from distance, where he has been efficient all summer. He has a very strong, full frame that allows him to simply bully smaller opponents around the basket for blocks and rebounds. On the other end, Fowler plays solid defense down low and it at his best when monitoring the paint. Next in his development process is getting quicker on the defensive end, so that he’ll be able to handle switches easier. Coach Waters on Fowler: “Cooper is a 6’10” lefty with good shot for and decent finishing ability. He lacks some agility/quickness, but he uses his size well to set good screens. Cooper has a good attitude and was coachable all day long; he has a high release that is difficult to block. He displays good footwork/spin moves and balance in the paint.” Fowler is already a talented prospect and he will continue to improve with confidence and experience.

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