D2 Sleepers

By: Stephen Rodgers and Kevin Schneider

We at Big Shots held 7 individual camps in September and October located in Columbia, Fort Mill, Richmond, Raleigh, Wilmington, Charleston (WV), and Myrtle Beach. We also have had the pleasure of checking a couple weeks of the Glymph League out located at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, SC. Over these last couple of months we have ran into many division 2 sleepers. Here is a list of some players that we believe division 2 schools should keep an eye on this upcoming high school season.

 

2019 Daniel Finney 6-6 SF AC Flora (SC)/Upward Stars Cola |
Daniel was the breakout performer at Big Shots SC Top 150 in the 2019 class scoring 31 points in game 1, averaging 22 ppg for the camp. Love wings that have length, athleticism and play with motor at both ends. Finney did just that. The 6’6 wing with a 6’11 wingspan showed his elite athleticism with high level dunks and rebounds above the rim. Polished skills hitting the mid-range jumper and uses his length to block shots and rebound out of his area. Made a major jump in Big Shots SC 2019 rankings and will see his recruiting rise. Finney has recently picked up offers from Southern Wesleyan and Francis Marion.

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2019 Allen Williamson 6-4 SF Wilson (SC)/Carolina Wolves |
Efficient game that consistently produces sums up Allen Williamson’s game. A strong high riser at 6’4, Williamson can play and defend multiple positions. Allen had a breakout performance at SC Top 100 in 2017 continued that in 2018 averaging 16 ppg. The lefty wing caught many lobs in the break following it up with a jumper to show he can hit the mid-range and 3-poing shot. He fights through contact at the rim using his lengthy strong frame to power up. He played with a motor at all times, good rebounder. Like his upside as he continues to get better every time I see him.  Made jump in SC rankings now in Top 25 2019 SC.

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2019 Deshawn Brackett 6-0 PG Wilson (SC)/ Big Shots Elite (SC) |
Throughout the circuit season Brackett was the consistent player for Big Shots Elite SC and showed that at Big Shots SC Top 150 in scoring 21 and 17 in 2 games. Similar to Crosby and Napper, Brackett can really score off the bounce, hitting the 3 or attacking to mid-range or rim. Can really play off a ball screen understanding angles and change of speed to make a play. Runs a team and can score when called upon. Will be a star at Wilson alongside Allen Williamson and a talented squad that will be a top contender for a state title.

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2020 Jalen Jennings 6-4 SF White Knoll (SC)/ Team SC | Jennings a multi-positional player that brings versatility to the game offensively as well as defensively being able to guard multiple positions. He has shown the ability to score on all three levels using his athleticism to finish at the rim. Averaged 10 ppg at Big Shots SC Top 150. Holds an offer from Coker

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2020 Tauris Watson 6-1 G White Knoll (SC)/ Team Wall SE | Watson is well built at 6-1 allowing him to use his body to get into the paint where he finishes well around the rim with contact. Excels when slashing to the rim where he seems to make reads on the fly well. Watson seems to thrive in transition where he likes finishing above the rim. He averaged 16 ppg at Big Shots SC Top 150. Watson displayed a consistent mid-range jump shot at camp as well. He plays hard nosed on-ball defense.

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2019 Elijah Rush 6-0 G Franklin Prep (SC)/Carolina Thunder | In the skills session Rush was putting on a show consistently scoring off a jumper or getting in the paint for a bucket. He did a good job as the primary ball-handler in pick-and-roll situations making correct reads. Rush shot the ball consistently at all 3-levels at Big Shots Southeast Top 150 with ESPN’s Paul Biancardi especially off the bounce earning 2019 All Star honors. Tight form on his jumper and confidence to run them off. A breakout performer in the 2019 class at camp that should attract Division 2 programs.

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2020 Davidson Hubbard 6-5 F Ardrey Kell (NC)/Team Synergy | Every time you turned around Davidson was making a play either offensively or defensively.His scoring stood out with 15 points in game 1 followed up with 20 points in game 2 to average 17 ppg. His lengthy frame at 6’5 allowed him to get a step and use his stretch around the rim to score on drives or create a mismatch inside. Solid footwork and skill set to put it on the deck with confidence, fight off pressure to finish through contact or hit the pull up. Shooters with length find a home at the next level. Davidson is one to keep an eye on. Named 2020 All Star at Big Shots Southeast Top 150 with Paul Biancardi.

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2019 Lance Monteiro 6-4 W L.C. Bird (VA) | Monteiro displayed great finishing abilities around the rim. He was constantly active and played with a solid motor. Monteiro was constant movement without the ball to put him in scoring situations. He showed a good touch from 15-18 feet with his jump shot. Monteiro had a good feel on the perimeter as well. He had 12 points in Game 1 and 14 points in Game 2 for a 13 ppg average.  Will be an impact player for a talented LC Bird team with his ability to play multiple positions including some lead guard. Division 2 programs should be all over Monteiro.

Mid Atlantic Top 150

2019 BJ McLaurin 6-7 F 71st (NC)/Flight 22 | Versatile forwards that stretch the floor are a hot commodity these days and BJ McLaurin excels in that role.McLaurin is another stretch forward at 6’7 who shows a vast amount of versatility offensively and defensively. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 McLaurin averaged 23 points in game 1 hitting two 3’fgs. Followed that up with 18 points in game 2. He shows that he is comfortable operating offensively on the perimeter. Like Michael Walsh, McLaurin is a player who has the foot quickness to guard on the perimeter and creates a mismatch at the other end either with length or speed. He is able to knock down mid-range and three-points jumpers at a consistent rate. McLaurin does a good job on the glass especially offensively playing with a relentless motor. Starred for Flight 22 on the Big Shots Circuit as a consistent all star. Added his first offer following the event from Fayetteville State.

Wilmington NC Top 150

2019 Jahrique Isaiah 5-11 PG Loris (SC)/Confidence Cougars | Isaiah was arguably the breakout performer at Big Shots Wilmington NC Top 150. He had the ball on absolute string all day, being arguably the top ball-handler at camp. His handle allowed him to get in the paint where he made the extra pass and did a good job finishing around the rim himself. Isaiah showed a consistent three-point shot rarely missing for the day. He showed active hands defensively that allowed him to get out in transition where he seemed to love to attack the rim. Isaiah is a guard that plays with great pace as well.

Wilmington NC Top 150

2020 Jordan McNeil 6-1 G Lumberton (NC)/Flight 22 | An efficient scoring combo with a competitive edge that can fill it up from 3 and brings relentless pressure on the drive. McNeil led all 2020 scorers at 25 ppg at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150. A consistent all star playing up in the 17U division for Flight 22 at Big Shots MB Live, Felton, Flight 22 & Florida Live. As he did at camp, Jordan put up big numbers all season long. A balanced guard that can shoot the 3, likes taking big shots and can put pressure on the defense with his attacking mentality off the bounce. With his touch around the rim he is crafty scoring with the left and right and has the strength to fight off contact to finish. He competes creating offense getting into the passing lanes and rebounding at both ends. Expect him to continue to light it up this season at Lumberton. Division 2- LM Division 1 prospect that is attracting that interest.

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2019 Riley Adams 6-0 PG Cape Fear (NC)/Big Shots Elite NC | The extension of a coach/leader you want running your team and that scorers love to play with.Riley is a high basketball IQ point guard that will find you if you are open in the break, half court, coming off screens or in the post. Starring for Big Shots Elite NC 2019 the last 2 seasons he has showed his ability to run a team at a high level and also score the ball. A shooter off the catch or dribble with range and superb footwork and technique. Being the son of highly known trainer, Mark Adams, it’s no surprise that he has a high IQ and great feel for the game. He smoothly operates versus pressure as the primary ball-handler against aggressive on-ball defense whether it is full-court or within the half-court. Adams displays great passing ability being able to fit them in tight spaces with either hand and can play in all systems (1/2 court, tempo, ball screen action). He is a point guard that you can’t leave open because he will burn you. High academic student athlete that will make someone very happy at the next level. Holds an offer from Francis Marion.

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2019 Khalil Ridges 6-2 G Southern Lee (NC)/ Flight 22 |Players that take advantage of the Fall season seem to find success in earning scholarships, Khalil Ridges has been a breakout performer this Fall circuit with Flight 22 that is worthy of that. The explosive combo guard is a bucket getter at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 scoring 18 points in game 1, 31 points in game 2 in a thrilling matchup vs. DJ Horne & Greg Gantt Jr.  He was named 2017-18 Tri-County 6 Conference Player of the Year at Southern Lee. Ridges is a two-way guard that plays with burst, converting defense into points in a hurry and can score in all facets of the dribble in the half court. Has a positive energy about him, a joy to have at camp. Division 2 prospect that should be receiving that interest soon.

Wilmington NC Top 150

2020 Vernon Fraley Jr. 6-4 F Wakefield (NC)/Garner Road | Fraley is a high motor forward that uses a strong base, physicality and technique to be efficiently productive.  A wide frame 4-man that competes at both ends of the floor and uses frame very well. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150, Vernon scored 11 points in game 1, 20 points in game 2 including 2 3-fg earning all star honors at 15.5 ppg. The bulk of his damage is done in the paint, with quick footwork and rip through moves or dump offs. Added a solid jumper in his tool kit where he is now shooting the 3 consistently. Division 2 programs should definitely be on this one. Has produced consistently for many years at Big Shots.

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2020 Brady Rankin 6-1 G Hoggard (NC)/Flight 22 |  A gym rat with a pure stroke proved to be the top 2020 shooter at Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 and Wilmington NC Top 150. Brady has an effortless stroke from 3 off catch or the dribble. At Big Shots Raleigh NC Top 150 he 10 3-fg’s in two games. Rankin connected on five 3’s for 18 points game 1 followed up with five 3’s for 23 points in game 2. In averaging 21 ppg he showed he wasn’t just a shooter, Rankin attacks close outs and in transition scoring over length at the rim. In a well structured set system at Hoggard, Rankin is an ideal weapon for coach Brett Queen to dial up plays for the shooter to convert in the half court and on OB’s. Brady will be a top shooter in the Mid-Eastern Conference this upcoming season.

Wilmington NC Top 150

2019 Bryce Radford 5-11 PG Woodrow Wlison (VA)/Big Shots Elite WV | Radford is a complete PG on the court. He’s a floor general that plays with great pace to find open teammates. Radford does a great job scoring from mid-range and from three where he likes utilizing his step back jumper. He is a high IQ PG who knows how to make others around him better. Does a good job running a offense in the half court or getting out in transition. Holds offers from Glenville State and Concord

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2019 Josh Felder 6-2 G Spring Valley (SC) | Felder is one of those players that plays with a certain amount of toughness that anyone can appreciate. He is competitive player who doesn’t mind going against anyone. Felder in the Glymph League displayed good footwork to get off open mid-range jump shots. He did a great job finishing through contact. Felder like slashing to the rim to create for himself. I expect him to have a big season at Spring Valley this season. Felder didn’t play much grassroots basketball, so his name seems to be flying under the radar.

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2019 Bryant Greene 6-1 G Moravian Prep (NC) | Greene is just a flat out shooter. Was able to take part in one of his workouts and it took him a little over 100 shots to miss back-to-back 3’s, very impressive. Greene is a high IQ guard who knows where to be at all times. This year at Moravian Prep will be big for Greene’s development as he will be around many division 1 caliber players in practice on a daily basis. Head coach Jeremy Ellis does a great job developing his players on the court and in the weight room. Holds an offer from West Virginia Wesleyan.

 

Here are 18 players that we feel our sleepers on the divsion 2 level, however there are a couple of players on this list who have the potential to work themselves into division 1 players. Division 2 programs should keep an eye on these players for the upcoming high school season.

 

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