Here's a look at the top standouts at BigShots South Carolina Top 150 from the 2021 class.
Gray Collegiate has a lot of talent in their wheelhouse as evidenced by the performance of many of their players. One player who stood out in the 2021 class is 6-foot-5 shooting guard Chase McDuffie. McDuffie showed off an impressive stroke from behind the arc as he took over most of the scoring load and during one instance made three straight 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. He's a nice sized guard with a confident shooting stroke. Shooters with size and skill set get recruited. St. Bonaventure and Fayetteville State have offered but he's bound to earn more offers very soon as South Carolina's top 3-point shooter in 2021. Ranks in the Top 10 in Big Shots South Carolina 2021 rankings and will be the player Dion Bethea dials up to get a bucket as Gray Collegiate looks to 3-peat as state champs.
There's players you see and instantly feel fully confident pushing to the high level programs even when not being recruited to that level yet. After seeing Robert McCray V at Big Shots SC Top 150 I have no problem doing that. McCray V was impressive as ever with his ability to get to the rim and shoot from 3-point land. He played above the rim on the break and in the halfcourt, showing off his range and ability to fill it up when given the opportunity. His savvy lefty floor game reminds me of recent ECU star BJ Tyson. He's a prospect that should begin to get a lot of looks from college programs of all levels as he's already got offers from USC-Upstate and Miles College. McCray jumps into the Big Shots South Carolina Top 5 after his 18 ppg showing at camp.
R.J. Felton is a 6-foot-3 combo guard that can jump out of the gym. Felton kept everybody on their feet during this year's dunk contest and translated his athleticism into solid performances during the games portion of the event. He has nice strength for a guard of his size and wasn't afraid to finish above the rim as he did on multiple occasions. Mixed with his tight form and stroke plus his focus in the skill session is what sold me on Felton making it safe to tag as SC's best sleeper in the 2021. Sleep no more, many more college coaches will be making their way to Aiken soon. He holds offers from USC-Upstate, North Florida and Presbyterian. Top 5 2021 prospect in South Carolina averaged 16 ppg at SC Top 150.
Korey Richardson was a lefty lead guard that showed off his knack to make plays in transition and traffic showing his finishing ability and why he's as good as any passer in SC's 2021 class. As good as he is going left, he's just as effective driving, passing and finishing with his right. Korey has high level PG size at 6-foot-4 and uses it well to stretch at rim or hit the short game floaters and jumpers. He has an advanced pace and vision in the open floor to see the next move or play that allows others to get involved. Richardson shot the 3 well at camp, but did most of his damage in the paint. The Georgia Stars standout PG holds one offer from Clemson while generating interest from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Providence, NC State, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Wake Forest, Wofford and College of Charleston. Ranks Top 150 national and Top 5 in the Big Shots South Carolina 2021 ranks.
Chris Rhone was another prospect out of Gray Collegiate that showed off his skills at the Top 150 showcase. Rhone has a nice broad frame that shocked me when he walked through the door. He's a player I've known for years as his dad officiates Big Shots and to see his growth mixed with his shooting and skills has him looking like a Division 1 prospect more and more. As a 6-foot-4 combo guard he's able to play either guard and forward spot. Dion Bethea of Gray Collegiate has found great success over the years with players just like Chris Rhone: shot makers, two-way players that can play a number of positions. When given room and rhythm, he showed off his stroke from behind the arc. Rhone ranks in the top 20 in South Carolina's 2021 rankings.
When you go up against and work with a top-75 prospect in PJ Hall everyday in a Dorman practice it will only make you better as evident in the emergence of Earl Burgess III this spring & summer. It also helps to receive passes from the state's top PG in Butler commit Myles Tate. As college coaches make their way recruiting the Palmetto state, Earl Burgess III will turn heads. He has a vast wingspan along with a quick two-foot jump which allows him to snag rebounds and alter shots in the post. Using his quickness at the 4-spot, Burgess takes advantage of his strengths to score in transition rim running, drives from the high post or his bread and butter hooks in the post. Earl shows an efficient midrange game and touch around the rim with hooks of either hand. He starred for Big Shots Elite SC 2021 on the circuit this year where he was a consistent all star. Playing for Thomas Ryan at Dorman, his team looks to be a 4 -peat champion this season and providing the energy and motor Burgess brings will not only help add another ring but also attract Division 1 offers and more interest. So far, USC-Upstate has offered him and many more will soon be on one of the top forwards in SC's 2021 class.
Jaiven Lowery-Isaac is a big-body forward that plays with strength and tons of energy. He was a tough check for anyone at SC Top 150, which was evident in his 20 ppg showing. At 6-foot-3, he can play the point forward spot as he got a number of rebounds on the defensive end and took the ball the length of the floor, finishing above the rim a few times as well. As last year's SC Top 150 MVP Sumter star CJ Felder makes his way to Boston College expect Jaiven to be the next in line. Sumter always reloads with athletic wings and he's another scholarship talent coming up the ranks in the program.
Timothy Barnes is yet another emerging prospect that will be at Gray Collegiate this upcoming season. He’s a combo guard that has the ability to jump out the gym and his athleticism was on full display at the Top 150 event for South Carolina as he was trying to dunk everything. He’s got nice size at 6-foot-3 and is a confident slasher that is due for a break out year this high school season as Gray looks to 3-peat as champs.
Darius Porter II is a 6-foot point guard with a long wingspan and nice stroke on his jump shot. He can light it up from three as he showed at times during the showcase. He’s quick off the dribble and has a high IQ that allows him to create a shot for himself and others. His defense is what stood out to me the most, setting the tone with pressure and active hands that led to steals and layups at the other end. Porter makes plays that may not always show up in the stat sheet but win you games and help you get recruited.
At 6-foot-4 with a 6'7+ wingspan Devin Boston catches your eye as soon as he walks in the gym, then his game keeps you watching. The 2021 wing averaged 17 ppg at SC Top 150, he flew around for rebounds scoring on tips and put backs around the rim. Playing to strengths with his long and wiry frame Boston was out in transition consistently beating his man down the floor for easy buckets. On defense, he has the ability to defend multiple positions as he alters shots and creates havoc in the paint and press. He’s a player due for some solid looks at the next level this upcoming season.
Myles Ulmer is a 6-foot-2 point guard that plays smart with the ball in his hands. An efficient shooter that makes the right play whether to pass or hit the open jumper. He has solid court vision on the floor and does well to get others involved. He won’t hesitate to rebound the ball, either, with his hustle and high IQ on the floor. Ulmer really stood out at the showcase with his game but even more with his 4.9 GPA. He's due for a strong year at Anderson Christian School.
Rivaldy Louis is a big guard with a knack for getting to the rim and finishing in traffic. Louis didn’t hesitate to be aggressive with the ball in his hands, especially when he secured rebounds. He controlled the pace well with his shot as well, showcasing his skills in the midrange.
Trey Williamson showed off his shooting stroke from behind the 3-point line during the showcase scoring 16 points in game 1. Williamson is a combo guard with nice strength and athleticism that allows him to score on all three levels. His quick first step allows him to get by defenders and score in the half court. A versatile player that will be one to watch for Perry Dozier's Spring Valley squad this season.
Davison Wright is another combo guard out of Dorman High School with the ability to score off the dribble and make plays for others. Wright can handle the rock and play within the game to find points. He’s quick on defense as well, allowing him to push up on the ball and force turnovers. Wright averaged 11 ppg at Big Shot SC Top 150.
Lawton Fulford is an efficient shooter from the wing that measures at 6-foot-2. He’s put up big numbers in numerous Big Shots events so it was no surprise to see him excel in the showcase. Fulford has a quick release off the catch and off the dribble that makes him a lethal weapon on offense. He’s also got nice handles and a high IQ. A 2021 prospect that will be a key impact player for Colin Stevens at Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach.
L.J. Curry is quality combo guard that can distribute and pull with his unlimited range. He was unselfish throughout the showcase and when he did score, he was as equally impressive with his ability to pull up from anywhere on the floor and knock down 3’s. He’s got all the confidence to emerge as a solid player at the next level. Curry averaged 10 ppg at SC Top 150.