2019 South Carolina Fall Preview: Team 2

Our South Carolina Fall Preview camp is in the books and our staff of evaluators and coaches have gone through their notes of every player in the camp. Every. Single. One. Today we look closer at Team 2 from camp.

Trevor Pittman, Wren, 5-9, PG, 2022: Pittman’s ball-handling skills were a notable aspect within his play throughout the day. He was eager to create off the bounce and make plays in the open court.  His quickness added to his handle as he was able to get where he wanted on the floor. - Austin Smith 

Bernard Atkins, Christ Church Episcopal, 5-9, PG, 2023: The underclassman held his own due to knack for hitting jump-shots. For a player his age, his shooting mechanics were solid. He was able to convert from multiple areas on floor. His IQ and feel for the game stood out as well. - Austin Smith

Alihjah Jones, Legacy Early College, 6-0, SG, 2023: Alijah did a nice job setting up his teammates for easy shot attempts. His passing ability was crisp and creative. He showed signs of a future PG that all players would want to play with. Knocking down the deep ball wasn’t a hard task for him either. He connected on a handful of three-pointers  throughout the day. - Austin Smith

Kendal Richardson, Lower Richland, 5-10, SG, 2023: Getting downhill was no problem for the freshman point guard. He had “ball-on-a-string” handles, and wiggled his way past opposing defenders. Once he got where he wanted on the floor, he was eager to find an open teammate for a good shot. - Austin Smith

Jordan Simpson, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 6-3, SG, 2022: Playing the game just comes natural to some players, and it clearly does for Simpson. With the smooth release on his jumper, he was comfortable shooting from anywhere. Finishing through contact in the paint or shooting a soft touch floater over a big-man? No problem, for the sophomore guard. He even showed signs as a true playmaker by driving hard to the paint and kicking out to open shooters. With an offer from Clafflin University and South Carolina State showing interest, his recruiting stock will pick up in the near future. - Austin Smith

Corey Johnson, Boiling Springs, 5-11, SG, 2021: Johnson left a major impression on our staff defensively. As a perimeter defender, he applied a ton of on-ball pressure. He showed great timing in the passing lanes with his pass deflections. Offensively, he excelled in the two-man game. He used ball screens to create shot opportunities for his bigs and his shooters on the wing.  The junior guard didn’t rush to take bad shots. He found his scoring efficiently. - Austin Smith

Taukedrick King, Westwood, 5-8, PG, 2022: Labeling Taukedrick as a strong defender is spot-on. We liked how he competed fearlessly against the opposition. His effort to be a good teammate and to make hustle plays were noted. - Austin Smith

J’Davien Young, Greenville, 6-3, SG, 2021: Young earned his recognition as a dynamic mid-range scorer. While being patient, he took the right shots at the perfect moments. His one-dribble pull-up jumper was fluid and efficient. It paired well with his first-step when attacking off the bounce. Moving without the ball was another comfortable component withiin his game. He fit in nicely with his teammates on their offensive possessions. - Austin Smith

Dorien Johnson, Porter Ridge, 5-11, SG, 2021: The 5-foot-11 guard produced an array of finishes around the rim over bigger defenders. “Crafty” was a word frequently used by our staff in describing his floaters and layups with both hands. Getting to the paint was one of his main objectives and he did well by making those touches count. - Austin Smith

Emmanuel Richards, Blythewood, 6-3, SF, 2022: Big Guard. Bully. Bulldog. That’s the absolute best way to articulate Richardson’s playing style. The sophomore guard excelled in transition and dominated his finishing through contact. He showed signs that he could score at all 3 levels with no hint of shying away from older players. He’ll be interesting to keep an eye on as he continues to develop. - Austin Smith

 

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