ATLANTA, GA - The 2021 Best of the South is in the books and our staff has gone through nearly a week full of notes to compile our Best of series from the event. With over 500 teams this time around, The 2021 Best of the South was the biggest live period event for boy's basketball ever.
We take a look at Part II of the top overall performers from the event.
Chandler Jackson, Team Thad, 2022 - A wrecking ball. Blunt force trauma. Freight train. These are the phrases that come to mind when explaining the dominance that Jackson can impose on defenders when he takes the ball into the paint. You can’t hit him hard enough when he gets his shot off. He is stronger than nearly every other guard we have encountered over the travel season. He has big legs and a solid upper-body and wills his way into the paint. From that point, he can score it or he can distribute it to his elite athletic forwards, Solomon Washington or Brandon Gardner. I think Jackson is an SEC level guard and fits right in with the way those guards play. - Justin Byerly
Zaide Lowery, Missouri Flight, 2023 - With Missouri State Head Coach Dana Ford and Marquette Head Coach Shaka Smart on hand to watch a good number of his games, Lowery showcased what a mid-to-high major guy is all about on this stage. He has high-level athleticism, he can score it and he has size. The Kickapoo (MO) standout helped lead them to a state championship this past season and is becoming one of the top 2023 prospects in the Midwest. The 6-foot-3 guard picked up an offer from Marquette early Saturday morning and right after he went on to score 31 points against Team Wall in an overtime loss. - Justin Byerly
Brennen Lorient, Team Florida - The big fella took his recruitment to a new level with his play at the Best of the South. You could make an argument that he was the most watched big man in the class of 2022 at the epicenter of the first July recruiting period. He is a force in the middle of the floor. He’s a strong defender with good timing and good vertical bounce. The brand of basketball he plays with is a bit old school and he doesn’t do things that isn’t in his bag. That simplicity is the essence of his game. - Justin Young
Nathan Brafford, Team Swish, 2022 - Brafford is a scorer. Simple as that. He can get baskets from anywhere on the floor. Rhode Island took notice of that skill-set over the weekend at The Best of the South and rewarded the 6-foot-8 Brafford with his first high-major offer. Playing with Team Swish during our events, Brafford is able to showcase all of his game not just his shooting when he was with the Georgia Stars organization. He can handle the ball, he can block and alter shots and he is getting more aggressive on the rebounding end. He is an interesting prospect because of his size and all of the things he can do on the floor. College programs are starting to take notice. - Justin Byerly
Danilo Jovanovich, Phenom U, 2022 - My first time seeing Jovanovich and he showed that he can play with the best we have to offer at the biggest stage ever in NCAA recruiting history. The first thing that jumps out about the 6-foot-7 combo forward is his shooting ability and his versatility. I like a player that gives his all out on the floor and changes the outcome of the game with his will to win and his motor. Jovanovich does that. Everytime. In Phenom University’s win over Gain Elite, the class of 2022 prospect scored 22 points. His offer list is strong, consisting of Wake Forest, Southern California, Toledo, DePaul, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois and Western Illinois. - Justin Byerly