Gatlinburg, TN – Star guard play & team ball can win a lot of games on the circuit, and that’s what we’ve become familiar with from Team Synergy out of Charlotte, NC over the years and in winning the 16U Big Shots Rocky Top Tip-Off title. 6’2 PG LJ Johnson and 6’3 G Shawn Wilson set the tone from Round 1 and had several big scoring outputs in route to the crown and Co-MVP honors. Both division 1 prospects.  Team Xplosion was led by high flyer Brandon Brown, steady PG’s Nick Owens and Hamilton Campbell to the championship game. Quante Berry of B.Maze Elite 2022 was the top overall prospect in the 16U Division.

Let’s look at the rest of the stars that stood out:


MVP: Team Synergy 2021 5 LJ Johnson 2021 6’2 PG United Faith Academy NC | Named Co-MVP of 16U, averaged 19 ppg, efficient lead guard, game flows through him, Interests: Liberty, Charleston, Evansville

MVP: Team Synergy 2021 1 Shawn Wilson 2021 6’3 G Comenius Prep NC | Big guard, mid-range game, fluid floor game, D1 PG, named Co-MVP scored double digits each game

B. MAZE ELITE UAA 2022 3 Quante Berry 2022 6’3” Guard Bradley-Central High School (TN) | top prospect in 16U division, holds several D1 offers as a Fr., 2-way player

Team Xplosion 2020 0 Brandon Brown 2021 6’1 SG Teays Valley WV|  High flyer, lefty shooter, competes, D1 talent, fun to watch, fearless mentality attacking rim

B. MAZE ELITE UAA 2021 14 Andrew Williams 2021 6’8” Forward Hamilton Heights TN Lefty shooter, high flyer, can play inside and out, guards multiple positions, led 16U in scoring at 22 ppg,  Offers: ETSU

B. MAZE ELITE UAA 2022 5 Brian Edwards Jr. 2022 6’1” Guard Knoxville Catholic School TN High level PG, smooth floor game, offers: South Alabama, UT Arlington, a top PG in TN’s 2022 class

B. MAZE ELITE UAA 2022 24 Handje Tamba 2022 6’10” Center Knoxville Catholic School TN | Shot blocker 6’10 Fr, a top player in TN 2022, top C in TN 2022, mobile, runs rim to rim, active on the glass, good instincts

Team Xplosion 2021 35 Jaheim Niblett 6’7 PF Martinsville (VA) | Inside-out stretch forward with a stroke, lengthy frame. Attacks off the dribble vs. slower 4’s. scored 17 points in title game

Team Xplosion 2021 1 Nick Owens 2021 5’10 PG | Extension of coach type PG, facilitator , floater, 3-point shooter hit big shots

Team Xplosion 2021 13 Hamilton Campbell 2021 6’0 PG VA | Extremely crafty game, one of best PG’s in SOVA

Charlotte Dragons 1 Josh Williams 2022 5’9 PG Queens Grant NC Shooter, runs the team

UWIN SERVENTZ – Battle 0 Nigel Lanier 2021 6′ G Hazel Green High School AL tough on-ball defender, finishes well through contact

UWIN SERVENTZ – McCarty 1 Ryan Anderson 2021 6’1′ PG, G Lee High School AL

UWIN SERVENTZ – McCarty 0 Taye Fields 2021 6’4′ G, SF Opelika High School (AL) | A breakout performer averaged 17 ppg, 3rd leading scorer at Rocky Top Tip-Off.

B. MAZE ELITE UAA 2021 22 Ben Knight 2021 6’7” Forward Lakeway Christian Academy TN Springy shot blocker, great activity on the glass, finishes well around the rim

B. MAZE ELITE UAA 2023 23 Mekhi Grant 2023 6’8” Forward Comenius NC | Super explosive, HM frame and upside, lefty shoots face up, as 8th grader has a bright bright future

Tennessee Trotters 15 Brandon Cuevas

PSB Chatt Neal 30 Hayden Moore 21 6’1′ G Walker Valley High School TN

PSB Chatt Neal 53 Owen Neal 21 5’10’ G Silverdale Baptist Academy TN

PSB Chatt Neal 41 Eli Sparkman 22 5’10’ G Baylor School TN

B. MAZE ELITE UAA 2021 12 Trayvien Curry 2021 6’5” Forward Bradley-Central High School TN High level FB recruit Offers: VA Tech, Tennessse, Georgia, Texas A&M, UK, Miss St, Louisville, Arkansas

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