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2020 Beach Ball Classic Top Performers

By Samad Hines , 01/01/21, 2:00PM EST


H/T Charlotte Observer

Ohio State 2022 PG Bruce Thornton of Milton (GA)

After many major national tournaments getting cancelled for the 2020-2021 high school season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beach Ball Classic still managed and secured one of the top tournaments in the country this season. 

Many high level programs and prospects appeared in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina post-Christmas for a few days of fantastic basketball. Below we take a look at which prospects stood out over the course of six days. 

1st Team:
Ohio State commit 2022 PG Bruce Thornton (Milton) (MVP)
21.0 PPG 48% 5.0 RPG 4.2 APG

Bruce Thornton led his Milton (GA) squad to another Beach Ball Classic championship this past week, their first title since 2011. The future Ohio State Buckeye was nearly unstoppable in his four games out in Myrtle Beach and receiving the most valuable player award of the tournament. The 6-foot-1 point guard scored in multiple ways while facilitating the ball. His midrange scoring was on display at an elite level, his defensive skillset, and utilizing his big body frame finishing at the rim. Bruce literally carried his Milton squad to a 4-0 record out in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Chris Holtman receiving a winning point guard of the future.

2023 PG Marvel Allen (Calvary Christian)
16.5 PPG 40% 5.5 RPG 

A name to keep an eye on for the future? Marvel Allen. With the pandemic interrupting this past spring, summer for AAU season, multiple prospects were not able to boost their stock and get noticed as usual. Marvel Allen helped lead Calvary Christian (FL) to the Beach Ball Classic championship and where he averaged 16.5 PPG while shooting 40% from the field and 5.5 RPG in four games. Allen is a 6-foot-4 tough shot making point guard who is very disruptive defensively. Allen plays with toughness, rebounds well for a point guard, and handles himself well as a sophomore during high level games.

2023 G Kanaan Carlyle (Milton)
19.0 PPG 48% 40% from 3 2.6 SPG

Highly rated 2023 guard Kanaan Carlyle set the tone in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from day one, dropping 21 points (8-12 FG 3-5 from 3), 6 assists, and 2 steals in a win. Despite only playing three games, Carlyle makes our All-1st Team selection after averaging 19.0 PPG shooting 48% from the field, 40% from 3, and 2.6 SPG. The 6-foot-2 scoring guard displayed his elite shot making skills from all levels, elite pull up jumper, was active defensively, and was very efficient throughout the tournament. Unfortunately, Kanaan suffered a head injury which kept him out of the title game for Milton (GA).

2021 G Wesley Cardet Jr. (West Oaks Academy)
12.6 PPG 56% 66% from 3, 5.3 APG, and 5.0 RPG 

Wesley Cardet Jr. is one of the top prospects still on the market in the 2021 class. Cardet Jr. is a very intriguing prospect sitting in the 2021 class. He is a 6-foot-6 guard who is able to get downhill attacking the rim, make excellent passes, a capable perimeter shot maker, and an elite versatile defender with his size and football-like body frame. Wesley was a main piece to West Oaks Academy's run to the Winter Jam title game, helping the Flame go 3-0 to capture the Beach Ball Classic Winter Jam bracket championship and guarding the best player on the opposite team. College coaches need to be more interested in the 6-foot-6 versatile guard. 

2023 F Matthew Bewley (West Oaks Academy)
16.3 PPG 53% 10.6 RPG 2.6 BPG

Matthew Bewley makes our All-1st Team selection after capturing the most valuable player award in the Beach Ball Classic Winter Jam bracket, the toughest bracket out of both brackets. The sophomore forward proved this past week why he is considered one of the highly rated prospects in the 2023 class. Bewley's motor stood out the most and has always been noticeable since entering high school. He is a very productive 6-foot-8 plus forward who holds great upside. Matthew holds unique length with his long arms, a shot blocker on the defensive end, runs the floor well, catches lobs, and makes his money scoring around the rim. Bewley was an efficient prospect in his three games in South Carolina. 

2nd Team:
2023 PG Robert Dillingham (Combine Academy)
17.0 PPG 53% 56% from 3

Robert Dillingham came into this 2020-2021 high school season with a lot of buzz and hype and all that noise he received definitely translates on the court. The highly rated sophomore point guard averaged 17.0 PPG while shooting 53% from the field and 56% from 3 and making our All-2nd Team selection. Dillingham helped Combine Academy reach the Beach Ball Classic Winter Jam bracket championship. The 6-foot-0 shifty point guard was able to score at all levels and continues to prove why he is an early consideration for one of the best scorers in the 2023 class. Robert displayed his elite ball handling abilities, his elite shooting skills from beyond the arc, and continues to show his transition to being more of an actual point guard for his teammates. His growth has shown throughout the entire season and he had himself an outstanding tournament. 

SMU commit 2021 PG Jalen Smith (Oak Ridge)
15.7 PPG 54% 44% from 3

SMU will be receiving a very nice quality point guard next season in Jalen Smith. Smith makes our Beach Ball Classic All-2nd Team selection after averaging 15.7 PPG while shooting 54% from the field and 44% from three and helping lead Oak Ridge (FL) to a 3-1 record in Myrtle Beach. Jalen Smith is a 6-foot-3 plus point guard with a next level wingspan with his long arms. He displayed his talented shot making abilities from three point range, he is active on defense, and playmaking abilities throughout the tournament. Jalen could be in the immediate rotation next season at SMU. 

2022 G A.J. Smith (Combine Academy)
17.0 PPG 48%

A name that did not receive much buzz coming into this year's Myrtle Beach Classic? 2022 guard A.J. Smith out of Combine Academy. Smith made his presence known early after putting up 31 points (12-20 FG 3-4 from 3) and grabbing 7 boards off the bench in Combine's first game in the Beach Ball Classic Winter Jam bracket. He averaged 17.0 PPG while shooting 48% from the field in three games this past week. Smith is a 6-foot-3 physical guard with a football-like body frame and muscle tone. A.J. is a capable shot maker from the third and second levels, can defend multiple positions, a strong guard, and contact finisher at the rim. The junior guard should be receiving some much deserved interested over the next few months, especially after this big time performance.

2022 F Gregg Glenn (Calvary Christian)
11.7 PPG 42% 9.2 RPG 2.7 SPG

Gregg Glenn quietly stood out this past week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina helping Calvary Christian go 3-1 overall and reaching the Beach Ball Classic championship game. The 6-foot-8 forward displayed his versatility on both ends of the floor throughout the tournament. Glenn is an outstanding and very productive forward who has the ability to do everything on the court. He was able to score from inside, make shots from the perimeter, was engaged defensively, rebounded at a high level, and finished through contact when attacking the basket. Gregg is a multi-skilled forward who averaged 11.7 PPG while shooting 42% from the field, 9.2 RPG, and 2.7 SPG in four games.

2022 F Taylor Hendricks (Calvary Christian)
14.5 PPG 60% 7.0 RPG 3.0 SPG

College coaches need to be on the radar for junior forward Taylor Hendricks as soon as possible. Taylor Hendricks put the nation on notice this past week at the Myrtle Beach Beach Ball Classic, averaging 14.5 PPG while shooting 60% from the field, 7.0 RPG, and 3.0 SPG. He is a 6-foot-8 plus linky forward who shows high versatility, a midrange shot maker, a potential elite shot blocker, effective rebounder, and runs the floor well for a prospect his size. Taylor could be considered a stretch-four at the next level with his ability to step outside the paint and knock down perimeter jumpers. He makes our Beach Ball Classic All-2nd Team selection after an incredible outing and assisting Calvary Christian (FL) to the championship game in their bracket. 

3rd Team:
2023 G Jaydon Young (Greensboro Day)
16.0 PPG 52% 50% from 3

Jaydon Young was another one of those 2023 prospects who boosted their stock throughout the entire tournament this past week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Young led Greensboro Day in scoring during the last four games, averaging 16.0 PPG while shooting 52% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. He is a 6-foot-4 combo guard who could potential be an elite all level scorer as he continues to grow. Jaydon holds a nice positional size already, a big body guard, a consistent finisher at the rim, and an efficient scorer as well. Young also showed his excellent on-ball defensive skills and carried himself extremely well staying poised as a young sophomore during the high level competition. The future is very bright for Jaydon Young out of Greensboro Day.

2022 SG Keyonte George (iSchool Lewisville)
21.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG

One of the nation's top scorers in the 2022 class put his talents on display this week at the Beach Ball Classic. Although he did not necessarily shoot the ball that well, percentage wise, George still was able to prove why he is considered one of the country's top scorers in his class. He averaged 21.0 PPG while snatching 8.0 RPG in three games for iSchool Lewisville (TX). The 6-foot-4 guard was able to connect on his jumpers from the third and second levels, score in transition and in the half court, display his unique shot creating skills, and impressed with his defense and motor. Besides his scoring skillset, Keyonte also impressed with his effectiveness on the glass rebounding the ball and his playmaking abilities as well getting his teammates scoring opportunities. 

Furman commit 2021 SG Alex Williams (Archbishop Moeller)
17.2 PPG 51% 40% from 3 6.2 RPG

Furman commit 2021 SG Alex Williams of Archbishop Moeller (OH) makes our Beach Ball Classic All-3rd Team selection after a solid performance this week averaging 17.2 PPG while shooting 51% from the field, 40% from 3, and snatching 6.2 RPG in four games for the Fighting Crusaders. Williams will be an excellent and solid addition for the Furman Paladins next season. He is a 6-foot-5 two-guard who looks like he can earn scholarships for football as well. He holds a big physical body frame, can spread the defense with his outside shooing, can finish through traffic utilizing his football-like body, and is an incredible versatile defender. Alex opened eyes all week long with his motor and impactful production on both ends of the floor in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

2022 SG Emmanuel Sharp (Bishop McLaughlin)
24.2 PPG 41%

Emmanuel Sharp is a name we should be getting familiar with over the next few months because this kid can flat out score the ball and proved so this past week at the Myrtle Beach Classic. Sharp posted multiple 25+ point games during his time in South Carolina for Bishop McLaughlin (FL). He averaged an overall 24.2 PPG while shooting 41% from the field. He is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard with a round body frame, a prolific scorer with a quick release on his jumper, can score in bunches, able to finish at the rim utilizing his size, and has unlimited range from beyond the arc. Sharp already holds offers from schools like Florida, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, SMU, Texas Tech, and more. He certainly boosted his stock over the last few days with his performance. 

2022 F Jai Smith (Word of God Christian)
19.3 PPG 53% 12.3 RPG 3.0 SPG

Jai Smith could have easily made our Beach Ball Classic All-1st Team or All-2nd Team selection after the way he performed this past week. The 2022 forward made an even bigger name for himself at the Beach Ball Classic Winter Jam after averaging an impressive 19.3 PPG while shooting 53% from the field, 12.3 RPG, and 3.0 SPG. Smith is a 6-foot-9 plus versatile small ball four man who rebounds at a high level, quick off the floor, a beast inside and around the rim, an athletic finisher, explosive, and holds active hands on the defensive side of the ball. Jai's motor was unnoticeable. Grabbing rebounds, running in transition, finishing plays, and an annoying pest on the glass for his opponents. College coaches need to buy stock now and keep him on their radar. 


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