Here's a look at five prospects on the rise following their performance at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.
2013 - Shane Whitfield (Bayboro, N.C./Pamlico County)
Whitfield is originally from the 2012 class, but plans to reclassify to the 2013 class. He spent this past weekend playing with the Team Loaded U16 team. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound wing player did a great job of using his size to get into the lane and finish with contact. Whitfield is built like a linebacker, but has a surprising quick first step. Delaware, Campbell and American have all offered while Whitfield is picking up interest from Virginia Tech.
2013 - D.J. Brooks (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest)
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard playing with the loaded South Carolina Raptors U16 team did a fantastic job leading his team to the final four. On Saturday morning, Brooks was matched up with 2013 standout Josh Newkirk and did a great job of limiting the high scoring Newkirk to just 14 points with most of those coming in the final minutes. Brooks does a great job of using his length on the defensive end of the floor while staying under control on the offensive end of the floor. South Carolina, Clemson, Tulane and Virginia Tech are all starting to show interest.
2013 – Brandon Stith (Brunswick, VA/Brunswick)
Stith is a 6-foot-6 wing that gets lost in the mix from time to time because he plays with Isaiah Hicks and Anton Gill. This weekend Stith showed the ability to run the floor and handle the ball on the wing. One area that Stith needs to continue to improve on is his perimeter jump shot, but he is effective on the floor right now because he can knock down shots inside 12 feet and is a force on the defensive end blocking shots and rebounding. Virginia has already offered Stith and he is receiving interest from Clemson, Xavier and Virginia Tech.
2012 - Hans Brase (Pottstown, Pa./The Hill School)
The versatile forward looked very solid this weekend knocking down shots from the perimeter and finishing with power inside. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound prospect moves extremely well getting up and down the court and has the ability to take the ball from the wing and finish with contact at the rim. Brase could be a combo forward at a low major program or end up being a skilled power forward for a mid major school. He holds offers from Princeton, North Florida, Charlotte, Penn, Presbyterian and UNC-Greensboro among others right now.
2012 - Terrell Rodgers (Indian Land, S.C./Indian Land)
Rodgers is an undersized point guard that is extremely crafty in finding ways to score. Friday night Rodgers posted 23 points in the first half of a blow out win for Team United and Saturday afternoon in bracket play he did all he could to keep his team in the game against the Southern Phenoms. Only 5-foot-8, Rodgers is great with his change of pace and using an array of shots in the lane along with the ability to knock down the open three pointers.
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