South Carolina 17U Standouts from Bob #Gibbons Tournament of Champions
SUWANEE, GA - South Carolina brought some talent down the road to Georgia for The Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions this past weekend just outside of Atlanta. Here are a look at some of the top 17U prospects from the event.
Julian Phillips, Upward Stars - The top-ranked prospect in South Carolina for the 2022 class has been one of the best players from The Palmetto State all season. The 6-foot-7 small forward can stretch the floor with his shooting and can get baskets in the paint. Phillips has length to block and alter shots, he rebounds, and he can handle the ball on the break off the rebound. His recruitment has a little bit of everyone in the country. He scored 25 points against Team Speights in a win during The Bob Gibbons, one of the top teams on our HoopSeen Association. He is a true inside-outside threat.
Lewis Duarte, Upward Stars - Duarte has been picking up the offers left and right since our historic Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Playing with Curtis Wheeler's Upward Stars program, Duarte showed he has a really nice basketball frame and the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. He can attack off the dribble from the perimeter and has the size to score easily over smaller guards. He has recently been offered by South Carolina, Rutgers and Creighton. He is a distant-cousin of Oregon standout Chris Duarte.
Kidd Brizek, Team South Carolina - The junior wing from Legacy Early College in Greenville, South Carolina was one of the top prospects for Team South Carolina at our historic event. He uses a lot of shots fakes to get his defender up and goes by, attacking the paint. He either gets fouled and goes to the line or makes the driving shot. He has a long wing-span and can defend the rim. Brizek is vocal out on the floor and with the national level of schedule that Legacy plays, I expect his recruitment to pick up more of a low-to-mid major feel over the next few months.
Malachi Reeves, Upward Stars-Columbia - The 6-foot-3 guard in the 2021 class is still available. If college coaches are looking for a guy that can shoot it and knock down shots consistently at the two-guard spot, Reeves did all of that during our Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. The River Bluff (SC) prospect has a nice feel for the game and understands where to be on the floor at all times. He has a high basketball IQ and is vocal out on the floor. Division II schools should be taking a look at this prospect.