The 2021 HoopSeen Tip-Off was loaded with high-level talent. Over the course of three days, our staff saw some of the top overall players from the Southeast. Who stood the tallest from the Tip-Off?
I watched Kanaan Carlyle score it from all over the court this weekend. This kid can really go. He is absolutely relentless in attacking the rim. He can finish with either hand or throw it down on a defenders’ head. He is an exceptional jump shooter as well. He can stop on a dime for a pull up jumper or knock shots down from deep range. No matter how you look at it, this kid is scary on offensive because of his ability to score from anywhere on the court. It is easy to get caught up on his offensive game, but he can really lock up on defense. He usually guards the top guards on the opposing team and hustles after every loose ball. Carlyle was the best player on the court playing against older competition. - Brianna Patton
saiah Collier is a superstar in the making. He’s a 6-foot-3 point guard that’s an absolute magician with the ball. His court vision and passing ability are unreal. He put on a passing clinic over the weekend, and showed that he deserves to be discussed near the top of the list of the country’s young guards. He’s improved as a 3-point shooter and can get to the basket with ease. As a defender, Collier already has the speed, size and strength to guard multiple positions. He’s already being contacted by high majors, but he can expect those calls to continue to roll in as he further develops over his last two years of high school. - Josh Tec
Scoot Henderson continues to show why he is one of the most dynamic players in the country. His athleticism is off the charts. He has a strong frame that he uses to bully smaller guards. His bounce seems to get higher each time I see him; if he gets a clear path in the lane, he throws it down with a lot of force. In three games this weekend, what stood out the most was his ability to blow by defenders and create for his teammates as well. His Game Elite squad is loaded which allowed for his passing skills to be on display. - Brianna Patton
Ma’s performances on Saturday proved that he’s one of the more intriguing unsigned prospects. At 6-foot-7, the Taiwanese guard poses a mismatch problem for his opponents. The best part of his game is his ability to be a lights-out 3-point shooter. Ma has a picture-percent jumper that he can unleash over smaller guards, and he can put the ball on the floor and get into the paint at will. When he gets into lane, he looks to kick the ball to open shooters or posterize whoever’s in his way. Defensively, he has room to grow, but he has the physical tools to develop into a deflection-generating machine. As he continues to learn the intricacies of the game, Chien has the opportunity to develop into a bonafide star at the next level. - Josh Tec
Phillips is the top-ranked prospect in South Carolina for the 2022 class. His play on Sunday at our HoopSeen Tip-Off helped us understand why. The 6-foot-8 long and lanky prospect alters the game in a variety of ways. He can change shot selection, cause deflections on defense and is a high-volume rebounder. Phillips gets a lot of tip-ins around the rim and number put-backs with his rebounding timing. Phillips led the charge for the Upward Stars in their fierce comeback against TSF Mack scoring 6 straight points and hammering home some crowd-pleasing dunks. His three-pointer for Upward forced overtime and led to the win over TSF Mack. He finished with 28 points. - Justin Byerly
Pound for pound, no one raised the level of excitement at the HoopSeen Tip-Off more than the twins from South Florida did. Not even close. The high-flying aerial attack was a thing to behold all weekend long inside Suwanee Sports Academy. The chemistry between the two was pretty special as both guys would find their way to the rim and have a pin-point pass delivered for an easy score at the rim. Their first steps are outstanding and it allows them to blow by defenders with ease. The athleticism is next level and their body control made the game look easy. As ball-handlers, scorers, slashers and passers, the Thompson 1-2 punch was too much to contain for the field. Florida PRO ran the table and the Thompson twins were spectacular in every match-up from start to finish. - Justin Young