South Carolina’s “BATTLE AT THE ROCK” is the place to be; Day 2 was filled with a lot of Individual performances. Some of the top high school programs and player’s in the country are lacing them up this weekend.
Out the gate we were treated to a performance by 2023 6’1 point guard Robert Dillingham of Combine Academy (NC). He has proven he’s unaffected by playing on a big stage. Robert has elite ball skills and the ability to switch gears in transition.
It’s still early in Roberts development, but he has shown the ability to operate at a high level. His dribble penetration and body control as a finisher is above average for a point guard at his age.
Robert has a good looking mid range shot with a smooth release. His perimeter skills keeps defenders honest. There is a lot to like about Dillingham game.
Legacy Early backcourt Bryce McGowens and JaCobi Wright showed why they are one of the best in their region. 6’5 McGowens displayed and array of skills. Perimeter and interior scoring; knocking down shots from the mid range and beyond the arc. He Demonstrated good mobility and play making skills in transition. Nebraska is getting a well-rounded player.
JaCobi the 6’2 South Carolina commit was extremely effective on both ends of the floor. Getting out in transition making it very uncomfortable for defenders. I was impressed with his ability to get in the lane & finish through contact. He has a solid handle and a smooth release from the perimeter. He wreak havoc on the defensive side of the ball; demonstrating that he’s a fierce competitor. South Carolina is getting a good one!
For the second week, I have had an opportunity to see Lake Norman Christian in action. With the arrival of Mikey Williams the target is definitely on their back. But I must say Sunrise Christian is a different beast!
2021 6’8 forward Kendall Brown of Sunrise Christian was a hand full! Operating at a high-level all night. He dominated the game in a variety of ways; getting out in transition, finishing through contact, playing above the rim, and blocking shots. The Baylor commit is the type of player that brings a lot of energy! Mr. Brown finish the night with a game high 30 points.
Sunrise Christian Kennedy Chandler, the Tennessee commit pinpoint court vision and transition skills are above average and translates to the next level. His unselfishness and versatility tells me that he has a high basketball IQ. Against Lake Norman Christian Chandler was in attack mode. He has strong ball skills and a nice looking jump-shot. Kennedy demonstrates good mobility and play making skills for a point guard.
I can honestly say up to this point; I have not been disappointed with the level of play from the tournaments that I have attended. HOLIDAY HOOPGIVING In Atlanta and now BATTLE AT THE ROCK in South Carolina! Looking forward to Day 3!
Unit 1 Hoop Source National tour continues!