By: Kevin Schneider @BigShotsNation
Myrtle Beach, SC – Big Shots Myrtle Beach 1 & 2 Live has been a national stop for top talent and college coaches during the first recruiting period of July. In an event that has highlighted many pros over the years, this year’s event continued that trait of elite talent and sleepers blowing up.
Team Loaded VA 17U …The Triple Towers of 2018 No. 1 C David McCormack, 2019 No. 1 C Armando Bacot, and Top 100 2019 Oscar Tsheibwe were dominant in two showcase games. Recent Princeton commit Top 100 Jaelin Llewellyn was a breakout player in the spring and continued to show his quicks and and elite PG skills. Penn State commit Rasir Bolton had the hot hand as usual in Myrtle. Mac McClung was high flying as many of the 30 schools he holds offers from were on hand.
Nation’s Elite 2020’s Shined…The matchup of No. 1 vs No. 2 in the 2020 class was special as Team Loaded Isaiah Todd vs Dallas Seawolves Greg Brown III was a show for the ages. Greg Brown III scored 31 points in leading his Seawolves team to the win. Isaiah Todd scored 19 Points in all ways of the game especially showing his refined stroke from 3. Todd and Brown have the elite size for wings at 6’9 and 6’8 respectively, skills, athleticism and oozing with future pro talent.
Best Performance…Big Shots Elite WV 2020 PG Kaden Metheny was the buzz of the tournament after a 47 points outing vs Team Loaded Va in a 70-67 win. No. 1 WV 2020 prospect Metheny had four 40-point outings in the Myrtle. He turned the heads of high level coaches. SG KJ McClurg & PF Michael Maumbe were standout as well in earning first offer from WV Wesleyan.
Two of Nation’s Hottest prospects…Team Loaded NC 2018 6’6 PG Nate Hinton and 6’7 SG Landers Nolley have been two of the hottest prospects in class last two weeks. After a runner Up finish at the Adidas Gaunlet Finale, the two star guards were dynamite at the beach. Hinton off the dribble at 6’6 his size and length overshadow opponents. Always believed he had the elite size and talent now it’s been on full display. One of GA’s top 2018 prospect, Nolley is an elite shooter at 6’7 with pace and footwork to his game to score all 3 levels. Many high major head coaches in to see these two. 2018 PF Jayden Gardner also holds 26 offers for Loaded NC.
Team Loaded 2020 6’10 Mark Williams has picked up several high major offers since the event. He is a top 25 prospect nationally and one of the nation’s elite bigs in 2020. Buy stock on Mark Williams…he will be special. Darrick Jones Jr., Elvin Edmond and Henry Coleman all hold mid-high major offers on the Loaded VA 2020 team and were heavily followed.
BACK TO BACK… Three programs went back to back in winning Myrtle Beach Live 1 & 2 titles. We recognize them…
Garner Road sweeps again going back to back in the Slam 17U & 14U.
MVP’s steady PG Bryant Randleman, shooting scorer Andreas Wilson, beast mode Trayvon Ferrell were a 3-headed monster all week that brought toughness and determination in evading early exits in the tourney to win in sudden deaths and eventually take home the title. They are winners and will do the same at the next level. Receiving low major to high level d2 interest.
Garner Road Davis won the 14U defeating Big Shots Elite WV in the title game in Myrtle 1 & 2. Big Will Felton who wears a size 18 shoe was named MVP. Terrence Harcum, Lucas Taylor and Tharius Suggs are slashing scorers that have done it all year in leading the Garner Road team to a remarkable 20-0 record on Big Shots Circuit this year. Big Shots Elite WV shooter Clayton Thomas attracted Marshall HC courtside for nearly all their games.
Bridge City Ballers out of Pittsburgh, Pa brought that steel toughness and grit to the beach to win both events. They are extremely talented in the 2019 class with 2 high major prospects in 6’6 Maceo Austin (16U MVP MB1) and stretch-4 6’9 Brandon Stone. The breakout player was 6’8 2020 Tre Mitchell who has a Jared Sullinger frame and game and earned 16U MVP in Myrtle Beach 2.
Brandon Stroud of the Georgia Knights is one of Georgia’s biggest sleepers in 2020. The 15U MVP stands at 6’3 and is deadly with his lefty stroke and drive game. His dad Derek stands at 6’6 so he’s not done growing and developing. Expect him to be a high level recruit in 2020.
Louisiana United reached the Slam Orange title game led by a backcourt of grit and drive. 2018 6’5 SG Spencer Mays had several colleges in to see him.
South Florida Elite won the Slam Blue title led by a variety of unsigned seniors. Franklin County Bulls finished runner Up in going 7-1 on the week.
Triumph 2018 6’8 PF David Nzekwesi came in as a hot prospect holding 16 offers and with his play picked up more in a Hofstra offer. Wide frame with soft touch and feel around the basket. His brother ORU Emmanuel Nzekwesi was Conference Rookie of the Year and starred in Big Shots for Triumph, David is following suit.
Over 250 college coaches attended with nearly every D1 conference in the country on hand…the ACC, Big East, Big 12, SEC, Big 10, Pac 12, AAC, CUSA, Mountain West, WCC, WAC, CAA, Sun Belt, Big West, NEC, Ivy, So-Con, Big South, Southland, Horizon, America East, A-Sun. Thank you for you attending college coaches
Media coverage was outstanding. Thank you to Sports Radio America for broadcasting games. Allen Smothers Radio Show every morning at the Sports Center. WPDE, Ch. 15, Sun News, Vantage Hoops, Prep Hoops, Ball is Life & more.
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