Three Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational

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Posted On: 07/1/18 12:28 AM

Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational

The East Coast Invitational is one of the premier summer high school basketball tournaments in the United States. High School coach Wells Gulledge started the event 15 years ago, when he was the coach at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Even though Wells left to become the basketball coach, first at Kinston and now at Ashley HS in Wilmington, he has continued to run the “East Coast Invitational Tournament for North Carolina high schools in Jacksonville.

Three Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational

Day’Ron Sharpe, 6-10 225, C, 2020, South Central HS, Winterville, NC-North Carolina Commit

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This young man has had a busy summer and July just arrives on Sunday.
Day-Ron had a good showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-June. In the Camp, he competed against 15-20 of the other top big men in the USA and he more than held his own. On top of that, Day’Ron was one of the few underclassmen among those big men.
The big man is playing with the Garner Road 16U AAU team this spring and summer. He’s one of the leaders of the team, which is one of the top 16U teams in the USA.
Day’Ron also found time to verbally commit to playing his college basketball at the University of North Carolina.

Dontrez Styles

Dontrez Styles, 6-7 200, SF, 2021, Kinston HS, Kinston, NC
He’s not only one of the top rising sophomores in the state of North Carolina, he is also proving to be one of the top players in the country in the class of 2021.
Dontrez plays with the poise of a senior, even though he has three more years of high school basketball ahead of him. This talented young man has good all around skills and he’s a good teammate.

Jalen Benjamin, 5-11 160, 1G, 2019, Leesville Road HS, Raleigh, NC
This quick guard has excellent ball handling skills, good vision and very good passing skills. Jalen is also one of the best shooters in the state. He shoots it well off the dribble and he also shoots it well from well beyond the arc.
I’ve watched Jalen play, since his father Ishua started him out playing 14U AAU basketball when he was only 11 years old.