Fort Mill, SC – In the 5th annual Big Shots SE Top 150 with ESPN’s Paul Biancardi, many of the Southeast’s top talent took center stage. In years’ past MVP’s have included Collin Sexton, Jalek Felton, Devontae Shuler, Clyde Trapp Jr, and Luke Frampton. Let’s check out the top performers in the 2021 class at Big Shots Southeast Top 150:
MVP: Bryce Alfino 6’4 W Davidson Day (NC)/Team Charlotte | Alfino led the camp with 30 ppg earning 2021 MVP honors at Big Shots Southeast Top 150 Paul Biancardi. A 6’4 scoring wing that can score on all three levels of the floor. He hit 4 three-point shots in each game with a 36 point outburst in game 1. We have been high on Alfino since the age of 13 starring for Team Charlotte as he is forming as one of the top wings in the Class of 2021 in North Carolina. Moves extremely well without the ball, converts around the rim, and with his size and skill set will be heavily recruited. Alfino was one of the more efficient scorers at camp. Twitter: bryce_alfino
Tony Waters 6’0 PG North Mecklenburg (NC)/Team Charlotte | Winning point guard that plays with a chip on his shoulder and produces at a high level. Since age 13 at Big Shots, Waters has been an MVP starring for Team Charlotte. A floor leader that is a extension of the coach (coach’s son) where the game flows through. Waters knows how to control tempo and set up his teammates. Changes gears and direction quickly and showed a consistent three-point shot at camp. Waters is a shutdown defender who can pick up 94 feet. A top 5 PG for the Class of 2021 in North Carolina. Averaged 23 ppg while hitting 6 three-pointers in two games. Twitter: @IamTonyWaters
Ammare Haynie 6’2 PG AL Brown (NC)/Team Charlotte | Haynie was a top passer at camp and an elite point guard in North Carolina’s 2021 class. He has a great feel for the game scoring of the bounce or dishing to a teammate left or right handed. After a MVP at Big Shots Rock Hill Team United 2017, we knew he could score the ball efficiently. After camp, we realized how much he takes pride in his passing and setting teammates up. Will be a heavily recruited point guard in North Carolina’s 2021 class.
Justin Taylor 6’3 G Mallard Creek (NC)/Team United | Taylor is a scoring combo guard who was a top shooter off the bounce in camp. He caught our attention two years ago at Big Shots Rock Hill Team United with his ability to score in a number of ways. Smooth balanced floor game. As all stand out guards do, Taylor knows how to switch gears while staying on balance. Does a good job with his mid-range especially with floaters. A future D1 prospect that stars for Team United.
Cinque Lemon 6’5 G Overhills (NC)/Team Wall | Lengthy shooting guard with upside that is already attracting mid-major to high-major interest. A 6’5 fluid guard with springs and a pure stroke. His game reminds of us Shaun Kirk, formerly at NC State, with his frame and ability to score the ball. Will have more of a star role this year at Overhill, look for Lemon to have a big role. Uses athleticism to get out in transition where he plays above the rim. We project mid-major to high-majors to be involved with his recruiting when it is all said and done.
Glenn Bynum Jr. 6’4 G Northside Christian (NC)/Team Wall | High-motor left wing that scores at the rim. Had 24 points in game 1. Slasher that moves well without the ball. Also shut down defender that turns defense into points. A consistent mid-range shooter that is most effective going left. Active on the glass offensively and defensively. Averaged 14 ppg at camp. Twitter @glenn_bynum20
Amere Cherry 6’2 G Richland Northeast (SC)/Beaufort Hustle | Amere scored 14 points in game 1, 16 points in game 2 averaged 15 ppg for the camp. Amere is a lengthy combo guard that consistently hit the mid-range jumper and floaters around the rim. A versatile player who gets the putbacks and plays with a slasher mentality. With his long arms he was active defensively on the glass at the guard spot. Tight handle in traffic and loves to attack the basket in transition. Needs to work on his off the dribble moves. Hit the outside shot off the dribble. Twitter: @Amere_Cherry
Timothy Barnes 6’1 G Gray Collegiate (SC) | Explosive scoring combo, sleeper in SC’s 2021 class. Timothy was a breakout performer in the 2021 class at Big Shots SC Top 150 where he averaged 19 ppg and continued his strong play against tough comp at Big Shots SE Top 150 Paul Biancardi. Excelled in skills session. Able to score in variety with a smooth stroke off the dribble, finishes through contact at the rim and can create space with his ball handling and footwork to knockdown jumpers with range. Defending state champion Gray Collegiate will be as deep as any team in the state at the guard position with Barnes as one coming up the ranks in the 2021 class to keep an eye on.
Cedric Patterson 6’1 PG Victory Christian (NC)/Team United | A scoring point guard that was a breakout performer at Big Shots Southeast Top 150 Paul Biancardi pouring in 26 points in game 1, 14 points in game 2. Downhill driving guard that attacks gaps and can finish in a number of ways. Confident player that excelled in skill session with his high basketball IQ and ability to breakdown defenders off the dribble. Shot the mid-range jumper and made the right reads coming off ball screens. Finds the open man in transition. Averaged 20 ppg at Big Shots Southeast Top 150 Paul Biancardi earning All Star honors. Twitter: @Cedunderscorepatterson
Nate Brafford 6’8 SF Tuscola (NC)/PSB Elite | Stretch forwards are a commodity in the recruiting world and Nate Brafford fits that mold. At 6’8 Brafford has the stroke and length that will pull in Division 1 interest. The shooting forward can really shoot the 3 and play on the perimeter stretching the floor to open up his drive vs. most 4’s. Against smaller 3’s he can step into the post and use his length to score. In 2017, a breakout performer and named 2021 MVP at Big Shots Southeast Top 100. Thin frame but has the frame and game along with wingspan to cover ground and effect shots defensively. Twitter: @Natedogg2552
Bryson Nesbit 6’5 South Mecklenburg (NC)/NC Flames | Bryson was a top defender in camp. Bryson is a 3/4 hybrid and has displayed the ability to guard 1-5. He was a top defender in camp excelling as an on-ball defender and help defender. His defensive anticipation is impressive. He possesses a high basketball IQ and communicates extremely well with teammates. Averaged 11 ppg at Big Shots SE Top 150 Paul Biancardi. Offensively, he’s a selfless player and will give up his shots for better open shots for his teammates but he’s confident in attacking when the opportunity presents itself. He possesses skills with his back to the basket, an above average midrange, and he has displayed the ability to shoot beyond the arc. Active on both ends of the glass. Earned 2021 All Star honors at Big Shots Southeast Top 150 Paul Biancardi. Twitter: @BrysonNesbit
Earl Burgess III 6’4 F Dorman (SC)/Big Shots Elite SC | Hybrid, two-way productive forward that’s being groomed in one of SC’s top programs at Dorman. Earl Burgess has a long frame and plays with a high motor that causes havoc at the defensive end of the floor contesting shots. He averaged 11 ppg at Big Shots SE Top 150 Paul Biancardi earning 2021 all star honors. Offensively, Burgess penetrates the defense with his drive game and can hit the mid-range jumper. Efficient with his dribbles and score around the basket using explosive hooks or power moves. Team player that brings energy to the floor and will be ideal glue guy on defending state champion Dorman that is full of Division 1 prospects. Like his upside and will be one you will hear about in the years to come. Twitter: @noexcuseearl
Aavanth Ezhilan 6’0 CG Mooresville (NC)/Lake Norman Hornets | Aavanth was the top 3 point shooter on his team hitting 5 3’s in 2 games averaging 12 ppg and earning 2021 all star honors at Big Shots SE Top 150. Combo guard with a very high basketball IQ. Team player that makes the extra pass and is shot ready to get it back to knock it down. Gets out in transition hits the pull up in the break. Shot preparation is what impressed me with him during skill session and converted over to the games. Twitter: Aavanth1
Shawn Wilson 6’2 SG Comenius (NC)/Charlotte Dragons | Wilson was efficient at Big Shots Southeast Top 150 Paul Biancardi averaging 11 ppg, scoring 11 in each game. He sees the court and has a high basketball IQ. Has a tight handle with the ability to breakdown defenders and make plays in traffic. Good size for a combo guard. Twitter: @Shawn_Wilson
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