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No. 36: Legacy Charter Lions (SC) Team Preview

By Prep Circuit Staff, 10/30/18, 4:15PM EDT


Legacy forward Jalyn McCreary (H/T On The Radar Hoops)

Team Rundown

Legacy Charter enjoyed a successful season in 2017-18, compiling a 25-8 record which included a stretch of 15 wins in 16 games. Head coach BJ Jackson has his most talented roster in program history, and they will test themselves early and often this winter. The Lions have talent and athleticism up and down their roster, and if they can get by their tough November schedule, they’ll be in great shape to put up their best season in program history.

The Star(s)

Legacy’s is loaded with at least eight division 1 caliber players, and the group will likely share the ‘star’ duties. 6-foot-1 senior guard CJ Jamison returns for his third season and is labeled as the team captain. Jamison will help pace a lineup with plenty of offensive weapons, including combo forward Chase Claxton. A 6-foot-6 senior committed to Winthrop, Claxton teamed up Jamison this summer to lead upstart Team South Carolina - arguably the top non-sponsored grassroots team on the east coast. Again, the ‘star’ output will be a team effort, but Legacy will have veteran options at the top of their rotation.

Impact Players

6-foot-8 senior swingman Jalyn McCreary is a certified high-major recruit, and he’s coming off a strong spring and summer for Adidas Gauntlet member Game Elite (GA). McCreary is terrific in transition and is evolving defensively, making him a prime candidate to break out for Legacy this winter. 6-foot-11 Ole Miss commit Rodney Howard and 6-foot-10 high-major recruit Dearon Tucker also transferred in, giving the Lions some elite frontcourt size to bolster the rest of their rotation. Junior guard Naseem Khaalid transferred in from First Coast in Florida, and the junior will bring a dynamic, physical style of play to the Lions’ backcourt. Khalid is already verbally committed to Florida State, and will likely see major minutes. 6-foot junior Kaleb Mack played important minutes for the Lions last season and should see an increased role in 2018-19. 6-foot-4 sophomore Kameron Little rounds out the rotation, and the undersized forward should provide a nice spark off the bench.

Final Word

This version of the Legacy Early College Lions is super-solid, and will give opponents fits all season. Jackson has plenty of options to work with offensively and will deploy a deep rotation that will come at you in waves. Claxton and Jamison provide ideal veteran leadership, while McCreary, Howard, and Tucker - a two year veteran of the EYBL - should form a talented albeit underrated frontcourt. The Lions should have terrific team chemistry by the time November rolls around, and they have a terrific chance at being the top team in South Carolina this winter.

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