Top 6 Players: Legacy Charter (SC) vs Hamilton Heights (TN)

By: Stephen Rodgers

On Saturday, I had the pleasure to drive to Greenville, South Carolina as Legacy Charter (SC) hosted Hamilton Heights (TN). This match-up intrigued me due to the amount of division 1 talent between both rosters. This made creating a Top 6 player list very difficult. The game was a fun one to watch as Legacy Charter squeaked out with a 71-68 victory over Hamilton Heights. Class of 2020 Hamilton Heights 6-2 PG Jordan Rawls had a chance to hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to send it into overtime. Legacy Charter was down by double digits twice in the game and had the grit to fight back to get in the win column.

Class of 2020 Legacy Charter (SC) 6-2 PG Kaleb Mack | Mack played with great pace against Hamilton Heights. This allowed him to penetrate to score for himself or set up teammates. Mack finished at a high rate around the rim and Hamilton Heights possesses solid size in their interior defense. He has good size at 6-2 with a solid body at the point guard spot. Mack finished the game with an impressive 18 points and 5 assists. With only two offers from Nicholls State and Coastal Carolina, I expect his recruiting to take off more this year. In my opinion, mid-major schools should give Mack a look or at least put him on their radar.

Class of 2019 Legacy Charter (SC) 6-8 F Jalyn McCreary | McCreary showed a solid motor which is always one of my favorite traits to watch in a player. This showed up on the offensive and defensive glass during the game. McCreary didn’t mind getting physical with his 200lb plus frame. He also showed flashes of versatility on the wing knocking down multiple mid-range jump shots. After the game Legacy Charter head coach, BJ Jackson, told me that he is still getting comfortable with operating on the wing since before at Legacy Charter everyone had him at the four and five. This lets me know that he has room for growth and I expect him to become more comfortable on the wing as the season progresses. It’s no surprise that he holds 11 division offers at the moment with schools including such as Xavier, South Florida, Murray State, Florida Gulf Coast, UMass, and more.

Class of 2019 Legacy Charter (SC) 6-10 PF Dearon Tucker | I really liked Tucker’s game, he displayed great touch down low which translated out to 15-18 feet with his jump shot. Tucker provided a great spark off the bench for Legacy Charter with 13 points and 8 rebounds while shooting an efficient 6-for-8 from the floor. Tucker has a great frame at 6-10 which surprised me that he only holds 4 division 1 offers. It’s hard to call Tucker a high-major sleeper since he holds offers from Depaul, Baylor, and Wake Forest. I expect mid-majors and even more high-majors to get involved with his recruiting as more coaches get to go watch him.

Class of 2020 Hamilton Heights (TN) 6-2 PG Jordan Rawls | Rawls played with great pace throughout the entire game which allowed him to blow by defenders to get in the lane all game. He displayed the ability to shoot consistently from the three-point line. Rawls has a great handle on the ball and also made good decisions as the primary ball-handler committing minimal turnovers. He contributed with an impressive 17 points and 9 assists coming just shy of a double-double. Rawls holds offers from Kansas State, UMass, Canisius, Florida Atlantic, Hofstra, and Arkansas State. Rawls has high-major potential, in my opinion at the point guard spot. For now I expect more mid-major schools to become interested this season.

Class of 2020 Hamilton Heights (TN) 6-7 W Samson Ruzhentsev | Don’t be surprised if Ruzhentsev puts himself in the best shooter in the nation conversation. When I was calling Big Shots VP Kevin Schneider after the game, I told him that when the ball came off his hands it screamed high-major. He is one of the best shooters that I have seen recently. At 6-7, Ruzhentsev is a shooter with size and it doesn’t surprise me that Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Georgia Tech, and Auburn. He also displayed some athleticism with a nice two-handed dunk in transition versus Legacy Charter. Ruzhentsev finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals including 4 made three-points shots.

Class of 2020 Hamilton Heights (TN) 6-6 W Drew Williams | I was able to see Williams multiple times this past circuit seaons while he played for B-Maze Elite and didn’t realize how good of a passer he is. This is definitely an underrated aspect of his game. He is the most versatile player on Hamilton Heights roster, in my opinion. Williams showed a smooth stroke from three and I see this part of his game improving as time goes on. He did a good job penetrating off the wing making defense collapse to set up his big men for easy shots down low. Williams holds offers from UT-Chattanooga and East Tennessee State. Expect more offers to come his way since the game of basketball values the versatility that he brings to the table.


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