Coach: Demarcus Oliver
#12: 5’0 ’22 Josh Scales of Southeast MS (Winston-Salem)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to perform on both ends of the floor, Josh Scales. He’s a lead guard that looks to create for others whenever possible but is also capable of creating for himself. Offensively, Scales is a solid penetrator and does a pretty nice job knocking down shots from all three levels. On the other end, Scales frequently applies pressure and harasses his assignment, looking to snag loose balls or steals at all times. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to keep the defense off-balance more often. Coach Oliver on Scales: “Josh was a joy to work with today; he had a solid day on both ends of the floor. Josh showed great court vision and ability to pass the ball, always looking for his teammates cutting off-ball. He also displayed a solid midrange pull-up jumper and is at his best when operating around the elbows. Josh was also a quality penetrator and overall player.” Scales proved to be a benefit to his team on both sides of the ball.
#23: 5’2 ’23 Quasim Oden of Wendell MS (Wendell)
Next, we look at a player that stood out with his ability to penetrate and finish strong at the rim, Quasim Oden. He’s a lead guard that displays a quality understanding for the game and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Offensively, Oden is at his best when creating shots off the dribble, whether for himself or others, as his quickness opens up clear passing lanes. On the other end, Oden proved to be a quality defender that also hits the glass with authority, doing whatever necessary to help the team. Next in his development process is working on his jumper from midrange and three-point range, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Oliver on Oden: “Quasim showed his ability to be a team leader; he’s a solid point guard that handled the ball well against pressure and saw the floor well in transition. Quasim showed a great ability to pass the ball and was willing to distribute it whenever the opportunity presented itself.” Oden was an asset to his team with his quality defense and ball movement; he should be intriguing down the road.
#30: 5’4 ’21 Patrick Adair of Riverwood MS (Clayton)
Moving onto a player that was able to punish opposing defenses with his IQ and ability to shoot the ball, Patrick Adair. He’s a guard that does really well without the ball, as he can pose a threat to knockdown shots from midrange and three-point territory quite well. Offensively, Adair has a quality jumper but must improve his ability to create for himself off the bounce in order to expand from a catch and shoot option. On the other end, Adair works hard and plays with a high motor; he was a decent help defender throughout camp. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his quickness and footwork, as they would greatly benefit him on both sides of the ball. Coach Oliver on Adair: “Patrick was a pleasure to coach and he displayed a great attitude from start to finish. Patrick was a solid team leader and was willing to move the ball to teammates whenever possible; he has potential on both sides of the ball and could be a nice player sooner than later.” Adair was a solid player and teammate throughout camp and should continue working in order to reach his potential.
#48: 5’7 ’21 Patrick Cannon of Moore Square MS (Raleigh)
Continuing onto a player that proved to be a solid all-around player, benefitting his team on both sides of the ball, Patrick Cannon. He’s an off-guard that was able to expose opponents in transition and beyond the three-point arc. Offensively, Cannon is a nice option; he can score on all three levels and does a quality job penetrating and either finishing at the basket or distributing the ball to teammates. On the other end, Cannon was able to contain his assignment quite well, both on and off-ball. He hit the glass hard on both ends and played with a fairly high motor throughout camp. Next in his development process is improving the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to keep defenses guessing. Coach Oliver on Cannon: “Patrick was a joy to work with; he works incredibly hard on both ends and displayed a high IQ. He is a nice two-way player and has the potential to be a dangerous player at the high school level. Patrick has solid three-point range beyond the arc; he played with constant energy, heart and passion.” Cannon was already among the better off-guards at camp and should keep working to improve, as he can be a terrific player.
#60: 5’7 ’21 Naheim Clemons of Shepard MS (Durham)
Next, we look at a player that played with a high motor at all times and did whatever necessary to help his team win, Naheim Clemons. He’s a guard that can play with or without the ball well and displays a high IQ. Offensively, Clemons knows how to pick and choose his spots while spacing the floor; he has the understanding necessary to avoid straining himself physically on the court. On the other end, Clemons works very hard and is able to cause havoc with his quick hands, leading to steals on occasion. Next in his development process sis working on his ability to shoot from midrange and three-point range, as it would allow him to be a more dangerous option on the offensive end. Coach Oliver on Clemons: “Naheim provided the team with lots of effort all day and was non-stop throughout. He is a solid young athlete, demonstrating a great attitude and was very coachable. Naheim runs the floor very well and I enjoyed coaching him all day.” Clemons came prepared to play and coaches will appreciate his hard-nosed approach to the game, as he is fearless and will contribute however possible.
#77: 5’10 ’22 Coleman Bryson of Waynesville MS (Waynesville)
Moving onto a player that thrived when getting downhill and towards the rim, where he finished almost everything, Coleman Bryson. He’s an off-guard that plays with great energy and intensity on both ends of the floor; he is the type of player willing to do anything to put his team in a winning position. Offensively, Bryson is a natural slasher that wants to get to the basket, but he’s also a solid shooter capable of knocking down open looks. On the other end, his willingness to defend and play hard is evident; he tries to disrupt opponents whenever possible and does a solid job of it. Next in his development process is to work on his ability to shoot the three-point shot, as it would allow him to really damage opponents on the offensive end. Coach Oliver on Bryson: “Coleman is always hustling and that is something that will always gain him playing time; he demonstrated great effort and was very aggressive when attacking the basketball. Coleman is a solid all-around player with plenty of room and time to continue growing; it was a pleasure coaching Coleman throughout camp.” Bryson could be even more dangerous with some added gym work and should be one to watch for down the road.
#88: 5’11 ’21 Brady Shook of Hayesville MS (Hayesville)
Continuing onto a player that put the team before anything else and was willing to make the smart play over the individual one, Brady Shook. He’s an off-guard that just goes out and plays, not thinking about how to “look good,” but rather how to help the team win. Offensively, Shook knocks down open shots from midrange and three while also getting to the rim at a solid rate; he looks for teammates whenever possible and has no issue creating for others. On the other end, Shook can be found giving all of his energy and effort into locking up his assignment, constantly harassing opposing guards. Next in his development process is working on the consistency of his shot from three-point range, as it would bring his offensive game to new heights. Coach Oliver on Shook: “Brady is a tough competitor on both sides of the ball; he provides the team with great energy and knocks down open looks when given the opportunity. Brady plays with a high motor and is willing to defend with high energy all game. He proved to be a solid team player with a great attitude, respect to his teammates and a willingness to learn.” Shook has plenty of untapped potential and could be a name we hear down the road.
#101: 6’2 ’21 Eric Van Der Heijden of Ravenscroft (Raleigh)
Next, we look at a player that knows how to control the game inside and outside the arc on both sides of the ball, Eric Van Der Heijden. He’s a forward with serious game; he comes to play and is capable of doing almost anything on the basketball court. Offensively, Van Der Heijden has three-level scoring ability and can expose almost anyone, as he is a walking mismatch. He will take bigger defenders out to the perimeter and smaller ones inside, neither matchup able to actually contain him. On the other end, Van Der Heijden uses his length extremely well and displays a quality understanding of how to get weak-side blocks with excellent timing. Next in his development process is continuing to mold his game as his body continues to grow; he projects to grow about five more inches and should be ready to adjust his game accordingly. Coach Oliver on Van Der Heijden: “Eric was a pleasure to work with throughout camp; he is a streaky shooter with three-point range. He consistently scored inside and outside the arc, making plays for himself and others. Eric has a high IQ and great upside.” Van Der Heijden was one of the more impressive prospects on display at camp; his ability to score in a variety of ways was very enticing.
#107: 6’3 ’21 JT Harper of Pine Lake Prep (Mooresville)
Finishing up with a player that has the size of the big man but the skills of a perimeter option, JT Harper. He’s a forward that looks to affect the game in as many ways as possible and plays with a relatively high motor. Offensively, Harper is intriguing and has the ability to score in a variety of ways, including finishing with force around the rim; he even displayed the ability to shoot from three-point range off the catch quite well. On the other end, Harper proved to be a solid defender, using his size and length to disrupt opponents attempting to take him off the dribble. Next in his development process is working on the consistency of his jumper from midrange and three-point range, as it would make him a more dangerous player on that end of the floor. Coach Oliver on Harper: “JT played with a good attitude all day and make things difficult for the opponents we faced. He was a solid rebounder and played excellent team basketball throughout camp; he has solid size and runs the floor well. JT was an asset to the team on both ends of the floor.” Harper still has a ton of potential available and will be one to keep an eye on going forward.