Robbie Dreher SG Southside HS: Friday's opener against Arlington Country Day was tough for the Tigers as they gave up height across the board to the nation's #2 team. Dreher to be honest wasn't on his game like normal. His shot wasn't falling early but after starting off cold he decided it was time to attack the basket and challenge the trees inside. He got a few shots down at the free throw line and started to find his way in the second half. He nailed a couple of key three-pointers down the stretch to help keep the Tigers close in the second as they lead almost the entire first half. Despite the height disparity he willingly went at the larger ACD guys and managed to finish with 20 points. Still a great get for Winthrop in our eyes.
Quinton Thomas SF Southside HS: Continues to struggle to find consistency. He'll have a spectacular play and then he'll disappear for long stretches of time. Confidence doesn't seem to be real high right now and it shows. If he simply goes out and plays his game he's one of the most versatile prospects in the southeast. Right now he's got to focus on his grades and regain his confidence on the court as well.
Chris Rhodes PG Southside HS: We've watched Rhodes for 3 years now. He's one of the quickest/shiftiest point guards you'll find in terms of ballhandling and slickness. Friday saw him put forth one of his best performances for Louie Golden's team. Rhodes came out and showed no fear in taking on the country's #2 team as he consistently took it to the rack against the ACD bigs. We've never questioned this young man's heart and he helped keep his team out front by doing all of the little things whether it be finding an open teammate, making a steal, taking a charge, or outhustling opponents for rebounds. Underrated defender who usually defends opposing team's top perimeter threat and has locked down some solid players over his career. National recruiting director Dave Telep had this to say about Rhodes, "Should be a Division I prospect. Needs to become a better shooter or at least threat behind the line. Has a way about him at the point." Right now he's being looked at for his talents as a wide receiver on the football field as well. Talking with him afterwards he says he'll explore prep school or military school options to see if his stock can rise even more for both sports.
Stacy Wilson SG Mullins HS: Here's a young man who has seen his stock take off. His play at the BBC has done nothing but make it skyrocket. All of the small and mid-major programs who knew about him before are probably irked because more programs will come calling now. Wilson has turned it on in a big way so far in the first two days of play. Went for 17 on Day 1 and then 25 on Day 2. His 5-6 performance from three point range stands against Socastee had people talking plenty as he went 9-17 overall from the field. Has schools like Davidson, Coastal Carolina, USC-Upstate, and Gardner-Webb taking a look. More on Wilson in the near future right here with SCPrepNation.com.
Eric Smith PG Mullins: After starting the season off on fire offensively Smith found the going tough against St. Patrick (NJ). While he had 5 assists he also had an uncanny 8 turnovers against St. Patrick. Smith didn't shoot the rock as much as we would've liked either and scored just 8 points but when he's on he's one of the top junior point guards in the southeast. Had a 13 point, 5 assists, and 1 turnover in a victory on Saturday in which he got himself back on track. Since last season he's gotten more explosive and expect him to amp it up as the tourney continues. We'll catch up with Smith to talk about the early part of his junior season soon so stay tuned.
Brandon Boggs SF J.L. Mann: If Boggs keeps up his play then he's a definite legit D1 prospect in our eyes. Has decent size at about 6'5 or 6'6 and is very athletic. Continues to shoot it well from behind the arc but also has the length and bounce to get to the rack and finish. Intriguing in that he's a tweener between SG/SF right now. If he improves his ballhandling he very well could be a big-time SG prospect like his younger teammate, Damien Leonard. Right now he has more athleticism than Leonard but doesn't have the consistency from three that Leonard has. Had a nice showing against Boys & Girls and his stock is way up in our eyes. Sleeper extraordinaire folks and all indications to him landing at least on the mid-major radar and possibly higher in the right system. We'll have an update with Boggs to see how his recruitment is coming along at this point soon so stay tuned.
Damien Leonard SG J.L. Mann: We've said it time and time again, this young man is one of the best young shooters in the country. He started off pretty slow but once he got a few to go down he picked it up in a hurry. Perimeter game is still his bread and butter but he vows that he's working hard on his midrange game as well as getting stronger physically. If he adds those dimensions to his game and we have little worry that he won't, then the sky is the limit. Ballhandling is improving and he showed us more heart on the boards than in recent memory.
More to come from SCPrepNation.com as we will have analysis and updates from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday action from the Beach Ball Classic. We are your #1 source for everything concerning South Carolina high school basketball so keep it locked right here with SCPrepNation.com!!!