2022 Best of the South Top Overall Performers, III
ATLANTA—With all of the talent in the building at Best of the South, there’s no shortage of standout performers that we want to talk about. We’ve covered ten of the top 17U guys that we saw over the weekend, which you can find links to below. Now, we’re bringing you five more names that had our staff buzzing.
There can’t be an examination of the top overall performers of the weekend without MidPro’s Owen Freeman. The Iowa commit was dominant in the post for the team of the weekend. With great footwork and an array of post moves, he’s a hard-to-stop force when he catches the ball on the block. He’s also a guy that’s ready and willing to put anyone on a poster. Last year, we all saw that he was born and bred to be a Big 10 player. Now that’s going to be the case, and he looks like he’s going to be a guy that will emerge as a fan favorite in Iowa City before long.
When it came to bucket creation, Hadnot was one of the very best guards when it came to creating a shot for himself. His speed paired with strength off the bounce was a tough problem for defenders to contend with. Hadnot created so many opportunities with the dribble and speed time and time again. His scoring touch was the gas in the Team Temple engine. From my perspective, I thought he was one of the best guards in the event. He holds two offers at this stage of the game from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and UT Rio Grande Valley. - Justin Young
On AE5’s run to the 17U Gold division championship, Kory Mincy was one of the constants. This guy just wins. On the brightest stages, he performs. He helped Tri-Cities win a state championship in March, and he helped AE5 win a championship at Best of the South in July. Mincy is a tough guard that can go out there and get a bucket when his team needs one. He’s capable of starting a run singlehandedly, but he’s not a ballstopper either. He understands when to get his teammates involved and when to feed the hot hand. With his winning pedigree and his toughness, Mincy should be a no-brainer for coaches at the next level. - Josh Tec
Beaumont was one of the best surprises of the weekend for me. I went in totally unfamiliar with him, and I left thinking that he should be fielding phone calls from college coaches sooner than later. The 6-foot-7, long wing has the frame similar to that of Floridian wings throughout history. He also has a burner of a 3-point shot. Beaumont was torching nets off the catch, off the bounce, and coming off screens with movement. In a short time, he showed off a full shooting package to a crowd of on lookers. He’s also a high character guy. After fouling out late in a close game, Beaumont stopped and shook the ref’s hand and the opposing coach’s hand before taking his seat on the bench. I was shocked to see Florida Pro tweet out that this was his first time ever playing in a July live period event. It makes his performance all the more impressive to me. - Josh Tec
We have seen Alston a lot this travel season with Team Trezz and each week he capitalizes on this stage. He will leave with a new offer from Milwaukee and another spot in our top performers from the event. Alston is a long prospect at 6-foot-8 and can play multiple positions on the floor. Alston showed the ability to score in traffic off the dribble with his length and can step out and stretch the floor a little. This is the third top performer list this travel season for Alston and he has been a huge piece for Trezz’s success on the HoopSeen Association this year. Alston should see his recruitment pick up over the next month and will add to his list with his move to Winston-Salem Christian, one of the top independent programs in North Carolina. - Justin Byerly