Some of the top juniors from around the state and seniors from the Columbia area will be on display Saturday in the third annual S.C. Hoops Festival.
The festival, produced by former South Carolina great and SEC legend Carey Rich, will be held at Heathwood High School beginning at noon. Tickets are $10.
Last year’s event attracted phenom Zion Williamson, and this year’s showcase roster is loaded with the state’s top boys and girls prospects. Seven of the top eight juniors in 247Sports’ S.C. class of 2019 state rankings are on the rosters, including Lower Richland’s Christian Brown, Gray Collegiate’s Juwan Gary and Tommy Bruner, York Prep’s DJ Burns and Deuce Dean, Ridge View’s Malcolm Wilson and Sumter’s CJ Felder. Gamecock football target Mikey Dukes and Hartsville’s Trae Hannibal also are in the game along with Cardinal Newman’s Chico Carter and Blythewood’s Tre Jackson.
The girls’ game features three players from Spring Valley including Clemson commit Ashley Williamson, Taylor Lewis and Destiny Coleman. Other notable players are Swansea guard and two-time Class 3A Player of Year Danae McNeal, Westwood’s Maliyah Lockett and Unique Drake and Lexington’s Olivia Thompson.
Before the junior showcase, Capital Showcase will be held and include seniors from the Columbia. The boys’ game features Blythewood’s Robert Braswell and Jonathan Breeland, A.C. Flora’s Zach Foulks and Diamante Brown, Cardinal Newman’s Patrick Reedy and Brandon Pirie and Swansea’s Effix Miller.
The senior girls game roster includes college signees Jordan Strange (Georgia Southern), Jayla Bolden (Francis Marion), Trinity Johnson (Presbyterian), Ahlea Myers (Charleston Southern), Tyra Beedle and Madison Golden (Newberry).
S.C. Hoops Festival rosters
S.C. Junior Showcase (girls game 3:30 p.m.; boys 5:30 p.m.)
Christian Brown (Lower Richland); D.J. Burns (York Prep); Mickey Dukes (First Baptist); C.J. Felder (Sumter); Chico Carter (Cardinal Newman); Tre Jackson (Blythewood); R.J.Campbell (Southside); Marlow Gilmore (Hunter Kinard-Tyler); Russell Jones (Westwood); Nick Paul (Newberry); Latrell Taylor (Keenan); Ishan White (Berkeley)
Coaches: Shawn Jones (Sumter) and Joe Wallace (Berkeley)
Juwan Gary (Gray Collegiate); Malcolm Wilson (Ridge View); Dericko Williams (York Prep); Trae Hannibal (Hartsville); Juwan Perdue (Lakewood); Tommy Bruner (Gray Collegiate); Deuce Dean (York Prep); Jamal Edmonson (Ashley Ridge); Mike Green (Myrtle Beach Christian); Walyn Napper (Ridge View); x-Khalil Robinson (Gray Collegiate); Allen Williamson (Wilson).
Coach: Bryan Brown (Lakewood)
Shayla Nelson (Goose Creek); Mya Burns (North Augusta); Quadjah Moore (Emerald); Olivia Thompson (Lexington); Unique Drake (Westwood); Brandy Rivers (Orangeburg Wilkinson); Shatyara Noreen (Cross); Anne Hamilton-Leroy (Seneca); Maliyah Lockett (Westwood); Ciera Shivers (Goose Creek); Essence Marshall (Ridge View); Ki-Air Caine (Lakewood)
Coach: Crystal Cummings (North Augusta)
Amish Lindsay (Nation Ford); Destiny Coleman (Spring Valley); Taylor Lewis (Spring Valley); Ashley Williamson (Spring Valley); Danae McNeal (Swansea); Angel Middleton (Frist Baptist); Jessmen Darby (Airport); Katie Brooks (Bishop England); Taylor Britt (Richland Northeast); Janell Sindab (Mullins); McKinley Brooks-Sumpter (A.C. Flora); Shadea Kelly (Burke)
Coach: Jabari Deas (Richland Northeast)
Capital City Showcase (girls game noon; boys 1:45)
Mike Marsh (Gray Collegiate); Ervin Stone (Keenan); Effix Miller (Swansea); T.J. Brown (Dreher); Kevin Roberson (Lugoff Elgin); Patrick Reedy (Cardinal Newman); Kerry Eaddy (Dutch Fork); Bradwin Salmond (Lugoff Elgin); Brandon Pirie (Cardinal Newman); Dominique Perry (Brookland Cayce); Simon Grant (Dreher)
Coach: Steven Moore (Dreher)
Diamonte Brown (AC Flora); Anthony Flagler (Eau Claire); Robert Braswell (Blythewood); Zach Foulks (AC Flora); Jonathan Breeland (Blythewood); Lawton Lovett (Chapin); Matthew Lee (Heathwood Hall); Javian Bellamy (Ben Lippen); Julian Smith (Spring Valley); Patrick Paul (Newberry); Ryan McCray (Ben Lippen)
Coach: Herbert Hunter (Eau Claire)
Jayla Bolden (Ridge View); Mya Belton (Westwood); Kristian Wall (Spring Valley); Jordan Strange (AC Flora); Tyra Beadle (Cardinal Newman); Lamarria Colter (River Bluff); Jadiamond Hickman (Keenan); Logan McDaniel-Taylor (Keenan); McKeyzia Harts (Ridge View); Mya Parter (Cardinal Newman)
Caitlyn Barkins (Gray Collegiate); Madison Golden (Dutch Fork); Kelsey Felks (Newberry); Trinity Johnson (Hammond); Ahlea Myers (Hammond); Sabrona Gantt (Batesburg Leesville); Mya Benn (Brookland-Cayce); Tameshia Woodard (Fairfield Central); Dashia Jackson (Richland Northeast); Amina Copeland (Columbia)
Coach: Roshan Myers