This year marked the 4th installment of the annual WJG Sports Classic hosted by WJG Sports. The classic was started to bring together some of the top guys from the east from upcoming freshmen to rising seniors all together in a camp format to showcase in front of coaches. Here’s a deep dive look at the standouts from the 2024 class that were in attendance.
6’3 KAM PRINCE, CB AYCOCK
If it weren’t for being teamed with arguably the best scorer in the field, who we’ll talk about below, Kam may have walked away with MVP honors. Standing around 6’3 he did a nice job of picking his spots while still getting teammates involved and making the offense flow. Averaged 25 points per game with an array of jumpers and crafty finishes while also having two of the wildest dunks at the event.
6’3 JAI WILLIAMS, WAYNE COUNTRY DAY
Running late to the event Jai Williams missed the camp portion of the event but walked into the gym and didn’t miss a beat. The slender built lefty scored the ball in every way imaginable from spot up and transition 3s to dunks in traffic and even a nice putback dunk in his 2nd game. Wired to score with an ability to get his shot off over most defenders expect Williams to see some increased production with the departures of the talented Way Day 2023s. Averaged 25 points per game over the event.
6’6 MALIK CADET, TBD
After being raised in Goldsboro as a child, Cadet has returned to the WJG area and looks to be immediately one of the top 2024s in the area. Standing around 6’6 with long arms and fluid movement from most spots on the floor he was a terror for guys trying to finish at the rim and had a few nice dunks, including the most viral play of the day. Averaged 12 points and 4.5 blocks per game.
6’6 KAYLEB COLES, WAYNE COUNTRY DAY
Kayleb Coles has always been known for his ability to step out and hit jumpers with some consistency. During the 2023 WJG Classic, he showed a much improved athletic ability that led to many dunks, including about 6 lob catches. Like Jai mentioned above except for a big year from Coles at Way Day. Averaged 19.5 points per game.
6’2 DERRICK BENBOW JR, LIVING WATER
Since leading the 17U division in scoring at the 252 Invitational, DJ Benbow has been on an absolute tear. Athletic and shifty with that ball in his hands with a much improved jump shot he just puts the ball in the bucket. Averaged 17.5 points per game including two of the most explosive dunks of the day.
-Max Carlson (Corinth Holders) coming into the event I had seen him only in a high school setting, Max should have been given an award for the way he shot the ball, averaged 17 points per game with 8 made 3s.
– Kaedon Porter (Red Springs) is one of those point guards that knows how to run an offense, any time I see him he does a great job of getting everyone involved.
-Kyheim Jones (Wayne Country Day) like Porter mentioned above KJ is the type of guard you love to have in this setting, he made sure everyone touched the rock while also getting his shots.