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2017 Basketball Class South Carolina Jalek Felton Devontae Shuler Tariq Simmons Nicholas Claxton

SCPrepNation.com Basketball Editor Randy Johnson brings us an early look at the Top 40 basketball prospects in the state of South Carolina for the 2017 class. Lead by current North Carolina verbal commit Jalek Felton there's a deep talent pool to choose from here in the Palmetto State. Johnson takes a look at some of the top guys and lists his early Top 40 inside courtesy of SCPrepNation.com

The S.C. hoops class of 2017 is loaded and presently has a pair of Top 30 national prospects. 

The class is led by 6’4 "Mr. Do It All" PG Jalek Felton of Mullins HS/Team Felton who is ranked as high as #7 in the nation. A superb passer and shooter who can score in bunches and had over four 45+ point games this past season. Felton has already committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels where he will follow in his uncle's footsteps.

6’3 Devontae Shuler of Irmo/SC Hornets also cracks the national rankings. A very athletic scoring guard who is very explosive off the dribble and can shoot the 3 ball as well. Has early offers from Clemson, South Carolina & Southern Cal and being heavily recruited by UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Louisville, Tennessee, and others. (Shuler has transferred to Oak Hill Academy)

The SCPrepNationHoops top five is rounded out by 6’4 WF Jalen Cameron of West Florence/UBA, 6’3 G Tariq Simmons Keenan/Carolina Wolves, 6’6 Wing Keith Matthews Blythewood/Carolina Wolves 16U & Duane Moss 6’6 wing Carolina Forest/Upward Stars SE.

Cameron is an explosive scoring 2G who holds offers from Towson & UMES & being recruited by Wake Forest, Clemson, New Mexico State, and others.

Simmons is a big time guard who led his team to the 2A state Championship and is being recruited by USC, Clemson, Charleston, Stanford, Stephen F. Austin, and others.

Matthews is one of many lengthy wings in the 2017 class who is smooth and holds an offer from Coker and getting looks from Clemson, Charleston, Charlotte and others will be big time.

Moss is another long wing who can stroke it and is being recruited by USC, Clemson, Maryland, NC State, Charleston, Wofford, Portland, and others.

            SCPrepNationHoops 2017 Top 40 (Sept. 2015 Edition)

    Jalek Felton        6’4    PG    Mullins/Team Felton (UNC)
    Devontae Shuler        6’3    G    Irmo/Oak Hill Academy/SC Hornets
    Jalen Cameron        6’4    W    West Florence/UBA
    Tariq Simmons        6’2    G    Keenan/Upward Stars SE
    Keith Matthews        6’6    W    Blythewood/Carolina Wolves
    Duane Moss        6’6    SF    Carolina Forest/Upward Stars SE
    Duncan Lexander        6’7    SF    Wilson/Team Felton
    Blake Walker        5’9    PG    Wilson/TMP
    DeAndre Thomas        6’9    C    AC Flora/CC Force
    Vincent Cole        6’6    F    James Island/Upward Stars SE
    Jaylen Quick        6’7    PF    South Florence/UBA/SC Hornets
    Christian Jones        6’3    G    Cardinal Newman/Car.Wolves
    Marquise Riley        6’3    W    Richland NE/Carolina Wolves
    Kaiden Rice        6’6    W    Ridge View/CC Force
    Jordan Davis        6’2    G    Dutch Fork HS
    Jacor Nelson        6’3    G    Lower Richland/Carolina Wolves
    Jamal Bryant        6’3    W    Wilson/Upward Stars SE
    DJ Johnson            6’6    F    Timberland/Upward Stars SE
    Khalil Harris        6’3    G    Blythewood/Carolina Wolves
    Jai Morant            6’2    G    Crestwood/SC Hornets
    Nicholas Claxton  6’8    PF    Legacy Charter/SC Raptors Elite
    Carlos Nuttry        6’3    G    Lower Richland/SC Kings
    Maurice Hardiman    6’7    PF    James Island HS
    Bryce Schneider        6’4    G    Myrtle Beach/Big Shots Elite (VA)
    AJ Oliver            6’3    G    Daniel/Upward Stars SE
    Jordan Coleman        6’4    G    Greenwood HS
    Tyler Mendenhall        6’7    C    Newberry/Upward Stars SE
    Justin Busby        6’2    G    Waccamaw/Flight 22
    James Reese        6’4    W    AC Flora HS
    Adonicas Sanders        6’2    G    Fort Dorchester HS
    Jaquan Chestnut        6’4    W    Myrtle Beach
    Kendrick George        6’3     G    Gray Collegiate Academy
    Josh Caldwell        6’0    PG    Heathwood Hall HS
    Davion McCoy        6’2     W    Hartsville HS/Carolina Wolves
    Jason Cudd            7’0    C    Socastee HS/Upward Stars SE
    James Ford            6’1    G    Wade Hampton(H) CarolinaCagers
    Raheem McClam        6’6    PF    Dillon HS
    Christian Wilson        6’8    C    West Florence HS
    Sidney Robinson        5’10    PG    Burke HS
    Dakota Jennings        6’3    F    Crestwood HS
    Malik Williams        5’6    PG    Chester HS

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