The 2020 Best of the South is in the books and our staff has gone through a weekend full of notes to compile our Best of series from the end of the summer tournament. Today we take a look at the top overall performers from the event.
One of my favorite players over the weekend. In my 13 years of covering high school basketball, Gortman changes direction as quick as any prospect I have evaluated. His explosiveness in the open floor is second to none and his ability to score was on full display this weekend for The Palmetto City Hurricanes. He is the leader of this team and kept games close by taking games on his own shoulders. He showed he is a high-major level recruit with his quickness and his consistent shot from outside. His ability to create for his teammates by drawing defenders on him allowed for easy buckets for his teammates. Clemson, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland and Ole Miss have jumped on the train and offered. I expect this one to come down to South Carolina and Clemson. - Justin Byerly
The recent Furman commit was one of the best guards that we saw this weekend. He controlled the tempo for PSB all weekend and was a big reason in their run to winning The Best of the South 17U crown.. He scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 6 assists in the final game. This is a great fit for Bob Richey and company at Furman. The Paladins land a regional talent that will be able to play in the Southern Conference from day one. For the tournament, Pegues averaged 18.5 points, 5.25 assists and 5.5 rebounds over his four games. - Justin Byerly
Exciting lefty lead guard had a fantastic Best of the South leading his squad to the 16 and under championship over fellow Middle Tennessee group PSB Elite Dozier. Rising junior plays with passion and effort, he has a strong build which allows him to get anywhere on the court he wishes to go. He excels going to the paint and his outside shot is good enough to keep one honest. His biggest asset is his will to win and his endless effort on the court. A warrior whose has that contagious attitude that makes teammates play hard or face his wrath. His step back is another offensive weapon in his arsenal which keeps defenders off balance as he is most known for his forays to the cup. Improving the asceticism on his outside shot and his shot selection will only keep him on an upward flight for success. - Andre Whitehead
I’m a fan of a big that still thinks he is a guard. Bryson Hall personifies that statement but he backs it up to a T. Standing 6-foot-9 and 220-plus, Hall can do it all. He has a great handle for his size, can shoot from the outside and bang down low. He was a rebounding monster for Grind 2 Shine all weekend. Look at these numbers, 14.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists while going 11-20 from beyond the three-point line. His biggest out-pouring came against HW Elite where he went for 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. The New Orleans native who moved to Tuscaloosa County (AL) after Hurricane Katrina has offers from North Alabama and Georgia Southern. - Justin Byerly