#6: 5’0 ’23 Angelo Alexander of Francis Bradley (Charlotte)
Starting things off, we look at a player whose passion was far ahead of most campers, as he was willing to do anything to put his team in a winning position, Angelo Alexander. He’s a lead guard that does many things at a solid rate, on both sides of the ball, and projects to only get better from here. Offensively, Alexander is a nice shooter off the catch, which allows him to play off-ball in a pinch; he can also be found making the extra pass and hustle plays frequently. Alexander works extremely hard on the defensive end, especially on-ball, and makes up for any size shortcomings with his constant intensity. Next in his development process is continuing to work on the skilled traits within his game, as a reliable jumper or ability to get to the basket (and finish) would certainly make him a more dangerous offensive player. Coach Mosley on Alexander: “Angelo is a great player and person; he has off-the-charts passion. As he ages his IQ and skill development will catch up with his passion for the game, making him one to watch in the very near future. He listens and does as directed every time. Angelo should continue to train and play the game, adding a consistent jumper with increased dribbling skill will allow him to go far within the game.” Alexander is very young but has the foundation of what should be a successful player.
#10: 5’0 ’24 Jonah Drye of Mount Pleasant MS (Mount Pleasant)
Next, we look at a player that showcased the ability to do the little things while producing at a high rate, Jonah Drye. He’s a guard that can play with or without the ball. With the ball, Drye is able to create quality looks for himself and others; without the ball, Drye poses a threat as a catch and shoot piece. He gets to the rim and finishes really well in those opportunities. Defensively, Drye proved to be a solid all-around defender, able to get steals off-ball with his anticipation skills. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to have a more balanced attack on the offensive end. Coach Mosley on Drye: “Jonah is a great player with a great passion for the game; he plays hard the entire time he’s on the court, listens and executes any orders given. Jonah can knock down jumpers from time to time when open. He produces and enhances his teammates’ ability to produce by constantly looking to get them involved. Jonah should continue to work on his skill development as he continues to grow and learn the game. Expect to see great things out of Jonah in the future.” Drye is just entering middle school, so there is still plenty of time to build his game up, though he is already making a noticeable impact.
#21: 5’2 ’21 Joshua McClary of Piedmont IB (Charlotte)
Moving onto a player whose combination of high IQ and motor made a considerable difference for his team and their success, Joshua McClary. He’s a guard that can handle the ball, create shots and nail open jumpers from midrange or three-point territory. Offensively, McClary forces opponents to respect his ability to score; he also displays quality vision and basketball IQ. On the other end, he’s a solid defender in transition and picks up steals at a nice rate. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to be a more balanced player on the offensive end. Coach Mosley on McClary: “Joshua is a guy that comes to the gym ready to play and produce. He is able to shoot from midrange and three pretty well. Joshua is a player that has a gift at getting his hands on the ball; he should continue to train and condition as he continues to get stronger. He has great vision and found teammates whenever possible; Joshua will do whatever it takes to win.” McClary is an intriguing player and should continue to grow with applied work.
#22: 5’2 ’21 Gavin Miller of Riverwood MS (Clayton)
Continuing onto a player that displayed a high understanding for the game and provided great effort, Gavin Miller. He’s a guard that moves well without the ball and has shown potential on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Miller is a decent shooter (with a solid release) from midrange but can still improve his range; he can handle the ball when necessary. On the other end, Miller proved to be a solid all-around defender, using his IQ effectively and making plays off-ball. Next in his development process is to work on his ability to penetrate to the rim and finish around the basket, as it would make him a more polished offensive player. Coach Mosley on Miller: “Gavin is a great player that understands the game and knows how to get it done. He’s able to move without the ball, dribble hard and fast with the intent to help the team win. Gavin should continue to get stronger and faster as he continues to grow and mature. Getting more work with his ball handling and shooting would be beneficial; [I’m] looking forward to seeing his continued development.” Miller works hard and is committed to winning; he should continue to progress and already has the intangibles in place.
#52: 5’7 ’21 Clay Hodges of Hickory Christian (Hiddenite)
Next, we look at a prospect that displayed the ability to aggressively control the game on both sides of the ball, Clay Hodges. He’s a versatile player that can be slotted at either wing position or even as the primary ball handler. Offensively, Hodges scores very well on all three levels and rarely missed on catch and shoot opportunities; he was the motor that ran the teams’ offense, making plays for himself and others whenever a play was needed. On the other end, Hodges was among the stronger defenders, able to mirror his assignment on and off-ball. Next in his development process is continuing to put in the necessary work to prepare for basketball at the high school level, as he should be one to watch. Coach Mosley on Hodges: “Clay is a player that can flat-out play, period! He has the ability to score and defend at each position; has great speed when pushing the ball and makes the needed passes to his open teammates. Clay is able to see two or three plays ahead in the game; I’m very interested in his career as he continues to train, grow and develop. He never quits and plays with an extremely high motor. Working on his shot consistency and ball handling are the only things left for him to do, as he understands the game exceptionally well.” Hodges proved that with continued growth he’ll have a very bright future playing basketball.
#55: 5’7 ’22 Latrel Pate of Northridge MS (Charlotte)
Moving onto a player that stood out for his exceptional ability to finish, regardless of defensive pressure, Latrel Pate. He’s a guard with solid size and quality understanding for the game, displaying high IQ on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Pate looks to get inside the paint and finish strong around the basket, especially in the open floor, where he’s also willing to make the extra pass. On the other end, Pate is smart and uses proper positioning to defend; has more untapped potential on that end. Next in his development process is working on the consistency of his jumper, as it would make it a more dangerous offensive player. Coach Mosley on Pate: “Latrel is a great player and person who loves to play, hurt or not. He’s able to get open, play great defense and solid offense. Latrel has nice size, showed that he’s willing and able to put in work to get better. He should continue to learn the game and put in the necessary work to grow. Latrel would benefit from a consistent jumper and ability to handle the ball; they would go a long way for him.” There is evidence that Pate has the two-way potential necessary to be a quality player at the next level and could be one to watch down the road.
#96: 6’1 ’21 Lawson Albright of Mendenhall (Greensboro)
Continuing on with a player that displayed the ability to be effective inside and outside the arc on both ends of the floor, Lawson Albright. He’s a forward that can play on the perimeter when necessary, but is a huge benefit when he’s near the basket. Offensively, Albright is able to score on all three levels, though he’s more efficient inside the arc. Albright stays active at all times, playing with a high motor and going for every rebound possible. On the defensive end, he’s a plus, but has the potential to be a versatile lockdown defender. Next in his development process is finding a go-to move; he scores well from everywhere but doesn’t have a guaranteed spot yet. Coach Mosley on Albright: “Lawson has nice size and skill; he comes to play and assist his team to compete and get the win. Lawson has the ability to finish strong, hit the midrange jumper or even step out and hit a three-pointer on occasion. He rebounds with the best of them and has a nice motor throughout the game. Lawson should continue to train and develop; I’m very excited about his future in the game as he enters high school.” Albright was among the more reliable options for the team and showed his ability to affect the game on both sides of the ball.
#97: 6’1 ’21 Will Parrish of Clayton MS (Clayton)
Next, we look at a player whose high motor and ability to get after it on both sides of the ball made a huge difference for his team, Will Parrish. He’s a forward that has quality two-way ability, able to cause chaos and disrupt the opposing team frequently. Offensively, Parrish scores on all three levels, though he is more deadly inside the arc when getting to the rim or taking shots from midrange. On defense, Parrish is able to guard multiple positions quite well and takes pride in his play on that end. Next in his development process is improving the consistency of his three-point shot, as it would make him a far more lethal player on the offensive end. Coach Mosley on Parrish: “Will is able to defend and attack the paint well; he has nice size and the ability to handle the ball, penetrate or hit jumpers. He plays with a high motor and great passion; he should continue to work on the long range shot, as he can hit the three from time to time. Will can enhance his ability to play ball at the next level by continuing to train, play, practice and grow.” Parrish proved he is able to make a noticeable difference on both sides of the ball, regardless of opponent and should be one to keep an eye on going forward.
#105: 6’2 ’22 Miles McClure of Macon MS (Franklin)
Finishing up, we look at a player that already has the size and ability necessary to play high school ball but still has one year left in middle school, Miles McClure. He’s a big man that will likely continue to grow and has shown flashes of physical dominance over his peers. Offensively, McClure is able to score extremely well around the basket, working hard for every rebound and second-chance point available. He plays with a high motor and it’s evident on the defensive end, where his potential to be a shutdown defender is visible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to handle the ball, as it would give him the perimeter skills necessary to be an inside-out force. Coach Mosley on McClure: “Miles has great size and strength; he’s a very hard worker with unlimited passion. He’s able to rebound, defend, pass and shoot. Miles never quits and listens without having a problem; he already could play the high school game. Miles does whatever is needed in order to win! He should continue to train, practice and play, as it will help his growth and knowledge of the game. Ball handling and shooting skill work would be beneficial.” McClure still has plenty of room to grow and is already producing at a quality rate now; the sky could be the limit for him.
Tag(s): Spring Jr. Phenom