Coach: Myron Prescott
#7: 5’0 ’22 Howard Brooks of St. David’s School (Raleigh)
Starting things off, we look at a player that constantly looked to create open shots for the team, Howard Brooks. He’s a guard that can play with or without the ball; his ability to shoot and finish around the basket are both solid. Offensively, Brooks is good at creating for others and knocks down open shots whenever possible. He showed willingness to overcome his size on both ends of the floor. Brooks was a solid defender throughout camp and is at his best off-ball, where he did a quality job of eliminating his opponents’ airspace. Next in his development process is working on his ability to penetrate to the basket and moving without the ball, as both tools would bring his offensive game to new heights. Coach Prescott on Brooks: “Howard has the heart of a lion; he’s willing to go at bigger players relentlessly and shows no fear on the floor. He plays with a high motor and IQ, frequently looking to create for others.” Brooks proved to be an asset to his team with his hard work on both sides of the ball.
#34: 5’5 ’21 Harrison Hall of E.B. Frink MS (LaGrange)
Next, we look at a player that showed he has the foundation in place to become a dangerous two-way player sooner than later, Harrison Hall. He’s a guard that gets after it on both ends of the floor, looking to disrupt the opponent or make a play on the ball. Offensively, Hall is quick and able to get to the basket pretty well; he also shot the ball at a solid rate from the elbows. On the other end, Hall is hard-nosed and aggressive in his pursuit for steals. Next in his development process is improving the consistency of his three-point shot, as it would make him a far more dangerous offensive player. Coach Prescott on Hall: “Harrison has a great sense of the game and is very humble; he attacks the cup like he’s on a mission. Harrison did a quality job of getting his teammates involved and seemed interested in team play. He has the ability to be a very good prospect down the road.” Hall contributed on both sides of the ball and was willing to make winning plays.
#42: 5’6 ’22 Comeh Emuobor of Ligon MS (Raleigh)
Moving onto a player that proved to be a fantastic teammate, both on and off the court, Comeh Emuobor. He’s a lead guard that works hard on both ends of the floor, looking to make hustle plays whenever possible and isn’t afraid to do the dirty work. Offensively, Emuobor can operate fairly well around the elbows, where he looks to drive and score or dish to a teammate. His ability to be a leader on the floor stands out, as he stays levelheaded and consistent throughout. Emuobor proved to be a solid all-around defender, able to contain opposing guards quite well and rarely getting scored on. Next in his development process is continuing to improve the consistency of his three-point shot, as it would pay huge dividends for his offensive game. Coach Prescott on Emuobor: “Comeh is a very good player and was a pleasure to coach. He defends and plays hard at all times. Comeh creates well for others and has potential as a true point guard at the high school level. Going forward, Comeh needs to tighten his handle and work on shooting consistency.” Emuobor proved to be an asset to his team throughout camp and still has potential to tap into; he’ll be an intriguing player going forward.
#45: 5’6 ’23 Cameron Lyons of Guilford MS (Greensboro)
Continuing onto a player that showed he was able to get to the basket whenever he wanted, Cameron Lyons. He’s a forward that plays a quality inside-out game while working for the ball on the other end. Offensively, Lyons can take opponents off the dribble or take them to the perimeter, where he’s able to hit shots consistently. On the other end, Lyons was a solid defender on and off-ball, mirroring his assignment and eliminating airspace whenever possible. Next in his development process is improving the use of his off-hand and ability to score in the midrange area, as they would both open up his offensive game tremendously. Coach Prescott on Lyons: “Cameron is a nice player that I enjoyed coaching throughout camp, as he was a hard worker from start to finish. He drives and shoots the ball like a true power forward; his effort was outstanding on the court. Needs to continue building his game in order to reach his potential.” Lyons consistently made winning plays for his team on both sides of the ball and displayed a high motor throughout camp, even after others began showing signs of fatigue.
#68: 5’9 ’21 Wilson Handy of Greensboro Day School (Greensboro)
Next, we look at a player that stood out for his ability to perform on both sides of the ball, as he was often the best player on the floor: Wilson Handy. He’s a wing that has a very high IQ and is ready for high school basketball with the skills he’s shown thus far. Offensively, Handy scores efficiently on all three levels and has a terrific feel for the game; he’s able to create for himself and teammates extremely well. On the other end, Handy was among the best defenders on his team and frequently shut down his opponent; he almost certainly led the team in total blocks/steals. Next in his development process is continuing to work on all facets of his game as he readies himself for the high school level. Coach Prescott on Handy: “Wilson was Mr. Clutch for the team; he was willing to do whatever it took to win a game. Wilson is a fantastic team player with a high IQ, getting everyone involved often on the offensive end. He was also a great defender and rebound; he was the one of the best all-around players on our team. Bright future for Wilson if he continues to work.” Handy came to play at camp and was on a noticeably high level from start to finish, on both sides of the ball.
#70: 5’9 ’21 Shane Peterson of Western Alamance MS (Burlington)
Moving onto a player that was a team leader on both sides of the ball throughout camp, Shane Peterson. He’s a wing that is able to play three positions comfortably at this level; his versatility is a huge tool that allows Peterson to display his fantastic all-around game. Offensively, Peterson scores frequently from all three levels and gets to the rim or line whenever he wants; he also creates well for others and distributes the ball at a solid rate. On the other end, Peterson is a quality defender across multiple positions; he’s quick and smart enough to hang with guys faster or stronger than he is. Next in his development process is continuing to work on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to attack the defense from more angles. Coach Prescott on Peterson: “Shane consistently gets it done on both sides of the ball; he plays with a high motor and shows he has a high IQ. Shane was the glue-guy of the team and will get a basket whenever the team needs one; he was a terrific player and one that I enjoyed coaching throughout camp.” Peterson shows that he has high upside with continued work and could be an intriguing player at the high school level.
#82: 5’10 ’21 Michael Linton of Cardinal Charter (Cary)
Continuing onto a player that looked to generate shots for the team whenever possible while also showing off an incredibly high IQ on both ends: Michael Linton. He’s a forward that understands how to create for others and distributes the ball at a proficient rate, always looking for cutters and the trail man on fast breaks. Offensively, Linton is a decent shooter but typically gets his best looks off the drive around the basket, where he also looks to pass when necessary. On the other end, Linton works very hard and displays a hard-nosed approach, doing anything to make life difficult for his opponent. Next in his development process is continuing to improve the range and consistency of his three-point shot, as it would open up his offensive game tremendously. Coach Prescott on Linton: “Michael is a terrific two-way player that has grit to his game. He is a team player that listens to the coach’s instructions and executes orders on the floor. Michael works hard on both ends and will make a coach very happy in the future. Michael is ready to play at the next level; his IQ is off the meter, especially with his decision-making. Keep an eye on Michael to make an impact in high school.” Linton proved to be a reliable option for the team on both ends of the floor and should be a quality prospect down the road.
#102: 6’2 ’21 Khalil Blackwell of Neal MS (Durham)
Finishing up with a player that is a consistent performer down low, on both sides of the ball, Khalil Blackwell. He’s a big man that has scoring touch out to the three-point line, though is very successful operating around the elbows or low block. Offensively, Blackwell does well around the basket and is a hound for putbacks and second chance opportunities for the team. On the other end, Blackwell moves his feet nicely and uses his length effectively in the paint, when leaping for blocks or alterations. Next in his development process is improving his ability to handle the ball, as it would allow him to penetrate much better, opening up his offensive game to new heights. Coach Prescott on Blackwell: “Khalil was a huge asset to our team, constantly hitting the glass and he did a great job on passing when necessary. Mr. Blackwell will bang with the best of big men down low and shows no fear against bigger players. He provided the team with great rebounding, defense, and effort from start to finish.” Blackwell will be one to watch going forward, especially if he continues to work towards reaching his full potential.