On December 6th-8th, the sixth annual Bojangles Bash took place in Columbia, SC located at Ridge View High School. The Bojangles Bash has acquired a reputation of bringing in top high school and prep schools from across the country. We at Big Shots were in attendance for every game at the Bojangles Bash. Here are our Session 1 Top 6 players.
Hartsville (SC) vs Our Savior New American (NY)
A.C. Flora (SC) vs Keenan (SC)
Aspire Academy (KY) vs Ridge View (SC)
Class of 2021 Our Savior New American (NY) 6-8 SF Jonathan Kuminga
Kuminga is a young intriguing prospect with a skill set and the body that he already possesses. He already has an NBA body as a sophomore in high school. He showed flashes of versatility allowing him to grab a rebound and be the primary ball-handler to initiate offense or get numbers in the primary break. Two attributes that also stuck to us was his length and athleticism. Kuminga loves to get out in transition and show these off where he finishes above the rim with ease and aggressively.
He showed great timing defensively blocking shots whether it was his man or coming help side. Kuminga uses his length to his advantage defensively getting into the passing where he had 5 steals in the first game against Hartsville (SC). He finished with 30 points, 5 steals, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks while shooting 12 for 22 from the field and 2 for 7 from the three-point line. Kuminga showed potential to be a future NBA player, keep an eye on him for the future. He already holds offers from schools such as Arizona State, Memphis, TCU, Illinois, UConn, Texas Tech, LSU, Baylor, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Auburn, among others.
Class of 2019 Hartsville (SC) 6-2 PG Trae Hannibal
Hannibal is a point guard with a linebacker’s body that is committed to South Carolina. He is an explosive guard with the capability of finishing above the rim in the half-court offense. It is hard to guard him with your opposing point guard with how he uses his physical body to get you off of him and does a good job using it to get into the paint where he finishes through contact well.
Hannibal showed an improved shot off the bounce since the last time I was able to see him play. He has a great feel for the game and doesn’t try to force anything selfishly for himself. Hannibal was the only player on Hartsville’s roster that didn’t seem to get flustered with Our Savior New American’s (NY) height and length. He finished with 28 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist while shooting 10-22 from the field. Frank Martin and his staff will enjoy his toughness and how he can handle coach Martin’s coaching style.
Class of 2019 A.C. Flora (SC) 6-2 CG DJ Sinkler
Sinkler played against Keenan (SC) like he had a chip on his shoulder and enjoyed watching with the passion the played with. He is a guard who likes the ball in his hands, but is capable of playing off the ball as well. Sinkler has shown to be dangerous shooting off the bounce from mid-range and from the three-point line as well.
He possesses good lateral quickness defensively allowing him to play tough man-to-man defense. We think that Sinkler will be steal for a Division 2 school once it is all said and done. He finished with 22 points and 3 rebounds while shooting 6 for 11 from the field and 4 for 8 from the three-point line. Sinkler holds offers from Miles College (D2), Southern Wesleyan (D2), and USC-Salkehatchie (JUCO).
Class of 2019 Keenan (SC) 6-5 SG Asanti Price
Price is a skilled shooting guard at 6-foot-5 that knows how to get to his spots to make a play for himself or to make the right read. He has shown most lately that he is a better ball-handler than people realized. Price is also a fluid athlete who can finish above the rim. What has impressed me most with Price is his efficiency and how consistently he is knocking down his shots from the three-point. He has become a knock down shooter that you have to stay attached to defensively.
Defensively, Price does a good job using his athleticism to play the passing lanes where he seems to get a couple steals every time that I have seen him recently. Price finished with 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals while shooting 10 for 13 from the field and 4 for 6 from the three-point line. He seems to be an under the radar Division 1 prospect with holding only one offer from New Orleans. We have heard interest from Charleston Southern, Kansas State, and Clemson as well. Expect Price to blow up as the late signing period gets closer and closer. He recently transferred back from to Keenan (SC) from Combine Academy (NC) where he reclassified to the Class of 2020. Now that he is back in the Class of 2019, we expect schools to come after him stronger.
Class of 2019 Aspire Academy (KY) 6-6 SF Ahmard Harvey
Harvey had one of the highest motors in the entire Bojangles Bash and could even argue he had the best motor. Harvey single handily was beating Ridge View down the court offensively and defensively. He played great defense against 2019 Ridge View 6-foot-11 center Malcolm Wilson even coming up with two blocks against him.
He is relentless on the glass coming up with 11 offensive rebounds against Ridge View giving Aspire Academy many second chance points and extra possessions. This was extremely impressive since Ridge View has 2019 6-foot-11 center Malcolm Wilson and 2020 6-foot-8 power forward Ja’Von Benson who are both considered great rebounders on the high school level. The best thing to say about Harvey is that you win games on the next level with guys like him. Does a lot of little things to help your team win. He finished with 23 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal while shooting 10 for 20 from the field and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line. Harvey only holds one offer from Coastal Carolina. We expect his recruiting to take off once more college coaches become aware of him.
Class of 2020 Ridge View (SC) 6-8 PF Ja’Von Benson
Benson is a raw big that intrigues me every time I see him play. At 6-foot-8 he has a 7-foot-2 wing span which shows up in his rebounding ability and his knack of blocking shots. He plays alongside one of the best shot blockers in the entire 2019 class, Malcolm Wilson, but we feel that Benson is actually the better weak side shot blocker. He has the capability of stretching it behind the three-point line.
Benson is a consistent mid-range jump shooter. Ridge View head coach, Yerrick Stoneman, says he continues to become better at guarding on the perimeter. He finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block while shooting 7 for 9 from the field and 1 for 2 from the three-point line. When Benson plays with a high motor around the rim he is hard to stop. He holds offers from USC-Upstate, South Carolina State, and Coker (D2). Benson has also taken an unofficial visit to South Carolina as they continue to keep him on their radar. If Benson figures out how to utilize his length offensively on a consistent basis it could propel into a high-major prospect.
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