Coach: Ben Stywall
#8: 5’0 ’22 Corey Brown of Gray’s Creek MS (Hope Mills)
Starting things off, we look at a player that consistently looked to create open looks for his teammates, Corey Brown. He’s a true point guard with great pride in being a quality floor general and works incredibly hard on both sides of the floor. Brown gets into the paint well and scores on a variety of looks inside; he has the ability to hit shots around the elbows. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his three-point shot and ability to move without the ball, as they would open up his offensive game tremendously. Coach Stywall on Brown: “Corey is a pass-first guard that gets into the lane to create for himself and others; he has a good looking that he makes with appropriate time and space. Corey needs to work on his weak hand in order to keep defenders off balance; he will also need to show the ability to defend the perimeter and pressure the ball more.” Brown did anything possible to contribute to the team and should develop into a solid prospect down the road.
#17: 5’1 ’23 Casian Richard of Quality Education (Winston-Salem)
Next, we look at a player that has the potential to be among the best players from camp if he commits to working and progressing, Casian Richard. He’s a lead guard that is capable of playing at a high level on both ends, especially when his jumper is falling. Richard is a clever guard that can find his shot whenever he wants or dish the ball to teammates with ease. Next in his development process is committing to hitting the glass on both ends of the floor, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Stywall on Richard: “Casian is a true point guard; he’s a high IQ player that has excellent court vision. He controls the game and gets to whatever spot he wants to on the court; his passing ability is what really sets him apart from other players. Casian plays with his head up at all times, which allows him to be a true playmaker; he has a nice looking form on his jumper and shoots it with confidence and range. Casian will need to develop some type of midrange game to help out his offensive arsenal.” Richard is smooth and the sky is the limit with the right amount of work.
#28: 5’3 ’23 Arturo Overton of Southeast MS (Hopkins)
Moving onto a player with sharp quickness and a high motor that would benefit any player, Arturo Overton. He’s a guard that can play with or without the ball and gives his full-fledged effort at all times. Overton is able to blow by opposing defenders and consistently make shots in the lane; he possesses solid vision and a nice handle, proving able to distribute the ball whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his play on the defensive side of the ball, as it would make him a very intriguing two-way player. Coach Stywall on Overton: “Arturo is a quick, offensive-minded point guard that likes to get into the lane; he has good ball handling ability but must tighten it up in order to eliminate turnovers. Arturo has a nice looking jump shot with solid mechanics. In the future, he will need to obtain an in-between game and the ability to finish through contact.” Overton is already solid, especially given his age, but has the potential to be much better down the road.
#33: 5’4 ’23 Caden Robinson of Waynesville MS (Waynesville)
Continuing on with a player that simply dominated opponents with his ability to shoot the ball from deep, Caden Robinson. He’s an off-guard that has clear potential to be a successful two-way player sooner than later, especially with work in the gym. Offensively, Robinson is smart and knows how to pick his spots without the ball, exceptional at moving without the ball and knocking down shots off the catch. He consistently plays with a high motor and looks to create havoc on both sides of the floor. Next in his development process is improving his ability to penetrate and finish around the basket, as it would make him a more dangerous offensive player. Coach Stywall on Robinson: “Caden is a high IQ guard with a great understanding of how to play the game. He is very good off the catch and shoot; he does his work early and has excellent footwork, which allows him to get his shot off quickly. In the future, Caden will need to show the ability to put the ball on the floor to create better looks for himself. He will also need to add a one or two dribble pull-up to his game in order to keep defenders off balance.” Robinson was a solid guard that clearly gave his team a boost on the offensive end; he has the potential to be exceptional with better defensive instincts.
#47: 5’6 ’22 Dorian Hilard of Rogers Herr MS (Durham)
Next, we look at a player that understands how to stay within the teams’ game plan and while playing extremely hard on both sides of the ball, Dorian Hilard. He’s an off-guard that moves well without the ball and shoots it at a quality rate on the offensive end. Hilard displays a solid IQ and ability to pick and choose where he wants to expose opposing guards from. He creates well and distributes the ball to open teammates whenever possible; he’d rather make the smart play than the one that warrants him additional points. Next in his development process is improving his ability to finish around the rim, as it would make him a far more dangerous player on the offensive end. Coach Stywall on Hilard: “Dorian is a guard with good length and quality ball handling skills; he has the ability to penetrate strong. Dorian needs to show the ability to make shots from the perimeter consistently. In the future, he will need to also develop his off-hand better. Dorian is a solid defender that rebounds the ball well from the wing position.” Hilard has great two-way potential and should be one to watch going forward, as he could turn some heads.
#64: 5’8 ’22 George Moretz of Ligon MS (Raleigh)
Moving onto a player that will do anything possible to put his team in a winning position, George Moretz. He’s a wing that is solid on both ends of the floor, but is a constant benefit to his team, as his energy inspires teammates to elevate their game. Moretz is developing his offensive game but already has the ability to score fairly well on three levels, though he prefers to score inside the arc. On the other end, Moretz is extremely pesky and simply causes problems for opponents attempting to go after him. Next in his development process is improving the consistency of his three-point shot, as it would make him a phenomenal two-way player. Coach Stywall on Moretz: “George is a high energy player that competes on every possession; he has the ability to rebound the ball on both ends of the floor and outworks his man on every play. George does all of the little things that helps win basketball games. In the future, he will need to show the ability to make shots from the perimeter as well as using his dribble to attack the basket. George has a great understanding of defensive principles and knows where to be at all times.” Moretz’s approach to the game is very refreshing; he will make future coaches extremely happy with his constant work for the team, rather than himself.
#71: 5’9 ’21 Callahan Reed of Lake Norman Charter (Huntersville)
Continuing onto a player that has the potential to be a dominant two-way guard at the high school level, Callahan Reed. He’s an off-guard that forces opponents to respect him at all times, or else he will simply make them pay. Reed is a quality scorer/shooter from all three levels and displays a high IQ at all times, able to read and breakdown a defense far quicker than most guys his age. His ability to move without the ball is elite and it only makes him a more dangerous shooter, given the added space he creates. Next in his development process is working on his off-ball defense, as it would make him a deadly two-way player. Coach Stywall on Reed: “Callahan is a high energy two-way guard that defends the perimeter very well; he understands the game and picks his spots well on the offensive end. Callahan was able to penetrate and make plays at the rim, both for himself and others. In the future, Callahan will need to show the ability to consistently make jumpers. He has very good feet, which allows him to defend several positions.” Reed was impressive throughout camp and should continue working, as he has the potential to be very good down the road.
#83: 5’10 ’21 Jaden Watkins of Asheville MS (Asheville)
Next, we look at a player that was simply dominant throughout camp, regardless of matchup, Jaden Watkins. He’s a wing that is able to play four positions currently, but will ultimately settle as a two or three, where he can attack against anyone. Watkins is a supreme athlete that can blow by opposing defenders and finish aggressively at the rim; he’s also able to shoot the ball extremely well from anywhere on the floor and has the ability to heat up in a hurry. Few opponents were able to even trouble Watkins, as he would lock them up on one end and then score consistently on the other. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his all-around game, as he will definitely be a quality player with the right amount of dedication. Coach Stywall on Watkins: “Jaden is a very talented player that can play multiple positions on the floor; he has an excellent feel for the game and is at his best when attacking the basket. He finishes well with either hand and showed the ability to finish through contact at a very high level. Jaden was able to break his man down off the dribble at will, which allowed him to make plays for himself and others. The next step for Jaden will be for him to show that he’s capable of making jumpers consistently. If he continues to develop a jump shot, he will be a nightmare to defend.” Coach Stywall describes it best, as the sky is truly the limit for Jaden with the appropriate work.
#103: 6’3 ’21 Nathan Brafford of Waynesville MS (Waynesville)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is able to play inside or out whenever he wants with relative ease, Nathan Brafford. He’s a forward that can play near the basket, where he’ll rebound and score against almost anyone. Brafford also displayed the ability to shoot quite well, even from three-point territory, where he consistently had defenders on their toes. He’s skilled and smart, which makes for a deadly combination on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on the ability to handle the ball and finish at the rim, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Stywall on Brafford: “Nathan is a very skilled player that can do a lot of things, both on the perimeter and down low. He already has very good size and an understanding of how to properly utilize it. Nathan rebounded the ball extremely well in his area and also blocked shots with his length and timing. Offensively, Nathan has very good footwork, which allows him to make plays around the basket. Nathan also showed the ability to make jumpers from all over the floor, even out to the three-point line. In the future, Nathan needs to work on his lateral quickness. “ Brafford was among the top players at camp and showed signs of dominance on the offensive end; he has the potential to be a very quality player sooner than later.