SUWANEE, GA - 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 some more of the top underclassmen from the event.
Jalen Gilmore, North Point Youth- Gilmore was one of the more intriguing prospects at #BOTS. The class of 2022 guard filled the stat sheets in every game. Gilmore earned player of the game honors three times from our HoopSeen staff. This kid is a smooth guard. He has unlimited range with a quick trigger. His ability to score off the dribble was on full display all weekend. Once he put the ball on the floor, he was hard to stay in front of because of his scoring ability. Defenders did not know whether he was going to hit them with a pull up at the stop of a dime, or finish at the rim. His court vision is exceptional, too. He was in the top-10 in assists throughout the event. - Brianna Patton
Kevins Charles, TNBA South 2023 - One of the more dominant players I got to see at #BOTS was TNBA South big man Kevins Charles. Standing at about 6’5”, Charles was absolutely clearing out the paint for buckets and boards all weekend. A walking double double, Charles plays with great energy and just seems to bounce all over the floor. His length caused issues for smaller posts in the 15U, as shown in his 29 point performance versus Head Hunter Elite on Sunday. As Charles continues to grow, both physically, and as a player, he’ll undoubtedly be a player to keep an eye on. - Bre Singleton
AJ Horton, Metro Elite Basketball Club 2024 - When I think about players that can flat out score the basketball, young AJ Horton in the class of 2024 comes to mind. The first time I got to check out the Metro Elite Basketball Club, Horton went for 27 points, getting it done from literally everywhere on the floor against Stars Basketball out of Nashville. After bullying his way to the free throw line for his first six points, Horton continued to punish the Stars, hitting three 3s and slashing to the rim for several buckets. I saw him put up a tough 17 points on Sunday against Flame 2024, having to ear every bucket. I wrote about the Metro Elite Basketball Club in my Sunday Notebook and I truly believe Horton is one of the organization’s stars. I’d love to keep an eye out for him in the future as well. - Bre Singleton
Christian Andrews, Team Vision NC Elite - The class of 2024 prospect played up in the 17U division with his team and showed he belonged every game. The 6-foot, 15-year old steadily averaged around 7 points per game over the weekend for Team Vision. The well-rounded guard rebounded and provided ball-handling duties for his squad. He is going to be one to watch over the next three years in the Asheville, North Carolina area playing for one of the top private schools in the NCISAA. - Justin Byerly