Nation’s No. 1 recruit turns heads at Big Shots tourney

thommakerThon Maker, the nation’s No. 1 basketball prospect in the Class of 2016 backed up his lofty credentials by leading his team to the championship in the top division of the Big Shots tournament on the Grand Strand over the weekend.

Team Loaded Virginia won the crown in the 17-year-old Slam Orange division. Other bracket champions include Greg Monroe Assists (Blue 17), Team Go Hard (U17 Orange), New Light Disciples (U17 Blue), Charlotte Reign (U17 White), Another Level (U17 Red), Georgia Stars (U16 Blue), Durham Hurricanes (U16 White), and Raleigh Caps (U16 Red).

Team Felton, led by former Latta High standout and current Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton, won the U14 and U15 Orange brackets. Other winners in the younger age groups include the Juice All-Stars (U15 Blue), East Coast Fusion (U15 White), Team Go Hard (U13 Orange) and Defense Nation (U12 Orange).

The four-day event featured two tournaments and more than 750 teams competing for championships and featuring some of the top players in the nation. College coaches scouted the event for future talent, including visits Sunday from Clemson’s Bradley Brownell and Virginia’s Tony Bennett.

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