Carolina Jam Top Performers : Part I
Raleigh, NC - The Carolina Jam was a smash in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina and we have our first portion of Top Performers for you.
John Henderson, Dream Big Elite: The DBE small forward was dynamic and electric all weekend. He burst into the tournament on Friday night with highlight-reel dunks and blocks and never let up. He’s switchable and versatile on defense thanks to his long arms and athleticism. On the other end of the floor, he’s a playmaker that’ll create for himself and others, or he’ll simply out-muscle someone on the glass for an offensive board and generate easy points that way. - Josh Tec
#3 Trevor Barrett, Grassroots NC: I nicknamed Barrett the Silent Killer. He just goes out there and produces. No flash, no frills. He just hoops. On Saturday, he finished with 30 points, including a game-winning tip-in. Barrett was one of the most steady guards I saw all weekend. He always had control of the game and seldom made mistakes. He combines a bit of burst and craft to get by defenders and get to advantageous scoring positions. If there was a mold that point guards could be made from, Barrett would be a good person to base it on. - Josh Tec
#5 Trey Byrd, Team Trezz: We have had the chance to see Byrd quite a bit on our HoopSeen stage dating back to our last Carolina Preview Camp where he was named a top performer. This weekend at the Carolina Jam, it was much of the same for Byrd. He is a lanky wing prospect that thrives at scoring. He has the length and the size at 6-foot-7 to cause a lot of problems at the next level. He is a natural scorer and he knows it. He has a second-burst of speed that he can go in to and beat defenders on the break with a crowd-pleasing finish at the rim. According to his Team Trezz coach, Rod Williams, Byrd has qualified academically and should start to see his recruitment pick back up. - Justin Byerly
# 6 Tymaureon Outlaw, Team Trezz: There is a lot to like with Outlaw. He comes from a lineage of standout players in Roxboro, North Carolina where his dad, Tyrone Outlaw Sr., was a monster back in the early 1990’s for Person High School and had committed to NC State, before a derailment. His older brother, Ty Outlaw played at UNC-Greensboro and Virginia Tech. So it’s safe to say that basketball is in Tymaureon’s blood. The 6-foot-8 post-presence has wide-shoulders, big hands and a sturdy frame. He can attack the rim when he gets by defenders in the block and runs the floor well. He tells HoopSeen that he holds an offer from Belmont-Abbey, which he picked up last week. The 2023 prospect looks the part right now of a Big South or Southern Conference big man. - Justin Byerly
Trevor Best, Team Loaded NC - The first thing you notice with Trevor is he is crafty off the dribble and plays with a lot of energy. He gets to where he wants off the bounce with a lightning-quick crossover and quick change of direction. He can create his own shot and is hard to stay in front of. He is a natural scorer that is really bouncy, finishing a lot of plays with crowd-pleasing dunks. Best is at Word of God in Raleigh, North Carolina and is the brother of 2022 prospect Mike Best. College coaches will be getting to know the younger Best soon. A lot of them. - Justin Byerly