By Benji Oxman
Best Point Guard: 2023 6’3 PG Trent Lincoln (PHS Academy)
Trent is a dynamic point guard who brings some impressive skills to the table. He’s an exciting passer who always seems to find his open teammates whether that’s in transition, half-court set offense or in ball screen situations. Beyond his passing, Trent is quick off the dribble making it tough to keep him out of the paint. He’s also athletic with the ability to play above the rim. Combine all of that with his fluid, lefty jump shot and you’ve got a complete package that lots of schools are going to love. Currently, Trent holds offers from Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Alabama A&M & New Mexico State, a list that is likely to keep growing.
Best Shooter: 2023 6’10 W Alex Doyle (Showtime Ballers)
There were a handful of high-level shooters in attendance at McEachern but Alex Doyle’s consistency made him the easy choice for this best shooter award. Alex’s picture-perfect form from his high release point makes his shot repeatable & easy for him to shoot over defenders. Alex is always shot ready having his hands & feet ready so he can catch & fire. Over the course of the weekend Alex averaged 26 PPG while hitting at least 4 3s in all 4 games. Alex picked up his first offer from Alabama A&M after the first live period but expect more schools to get involved this summer.
Top Big: 2023 6’11 C DK Dut (Team Forrest)
DK showed major strides in his development with his performance this weekend. At 6’11, DK has always been a good shot blocker & rim protector but this weekend you can see his motor has improved. Every possession on the defensive end DK seemed to be impacting the game through altering shots & rebounding the ball. Offensively, DK showed good touch around the rim & ability to step out and hit 3 pointers. With his improving skillset & motor along with his size & athleticism I think more schools will take notice like New Mexico State did this weekend.
Biggest Stock Riser: 2024 6’5 SG Will Moore (Atlanta Timberwolves 17U)
Will Moore was easily the biggest stock riser from the weekend. Going into the weekend Will held no offers & only interest from a handful of schools, but after multiple impressive performances including a 31-point game against 1 Family, Will earned offers from: Alabama, Ohio, South Alabama & Tennessee Tech. Will’s athleticism at 6’5 paired with his ability to shoot the 3 is going to make him a sought after recruit in Georgia’s 2024 class. Will has shown flashes of how good he can be in the near future, once he shows consistency like he did this weekend, his recruitment will expand even further.
Most Impressive New Prospect: 2025 6’2 G Samuel Shoptaw (Team Georgia Magic)
Team Georgia Magic always seem to have talented under the radar prospects from Middle/South Georgia & Samuel fits that mold exactly. Against the Georgia Stunners, Samuel caught my eye with his vision & ability to change pace as he finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds & 5 assists. I would have been impressed if he was a 2023 but when I learned he’s a 2025 I became even more intrigued. He didn’t look even a little out of place playing up at the 17u level against quality teams. Samuel is a physically mature 2025 with 6’2” and broad shoulders. I continued to track Samuel over the weekend and each game he continued to play well. He never forces any shots, makes the right read in the half court & crashes the glass well. Everyone needs to become familiar with the name Samuel Shoptaw from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia.