Coach: Darius Williams
#5: 4’11 ’26 Nylan Rush (Wake Forest, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a quality foundation during camp, especially for his age, Nylan Rush. He’s a young guard prospect that was able to effectively get downhill and attack the basket with regularity. Rush finished a majority of his attempts inside and also displayed the ability to reliably handle and create for himself or others. Next in his development process is working on his rebounding presence, as it would allow him to grab and go in transition. Coach Williams on Rush: “Nylan is a very good player looks to score from penetrating on every play. He’s a fast guard with good ball-handling skills. He plays very good defense. Nylan needs to work on his pull-up jumper, as it’ll open up his entire offensive arsenal.” Rush possesses a lot of useful tools, so it’ll be interesting to see how he develops over the next few years in middle school.
#6:5’0 ’25 Drew Johnson (Durham, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased extended flashes of offensive dominance, Drew Johnson. He’s a quick, intelligent guard prospect with a lot of polish on both ends of the floor. Johnson effortlessly scores the ball from all three levels and displayed excellent vision when attacking the basket. He is extremely difficult to contain in transition, given the way he sees the floor and willingly makes the right play. Next in his development process is giving more commitment to defense, as he is capable of forcing turnovers when he’s properly engaged. Coach Williams on Johnson: “Drew shoots the ball well from deep range. He can flat-out score from anywhere on the floor and is a quality ball-handler. Drew plays good defense and moves very well laterally. He can work on never taking plays off and consistently utilizing his motor.” Johnson was the leading scorer among all sixth-graders and averaged 18 PPG during his time at camp. He has all the makings of a star prospect at this stage in his development.
#13:5’3 ’24 Braylon King (Wake Forest, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to display some quality flashes of a well-rounded skillset during camp, Braylon King. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect that is capable of causing havoc with his defensive ability. King scored the ball decently well and showed signs of a formidable jumper, but should continue fine-tuning his perimeter skills. Next in his development process is working to get more involved on the glass, as it’ll make him a more impactful two-way player. Coach Williams on King: “Braylon is a very long athlete with solid hands. He needs to shoot more during the course of a game. He has to work on creating space to get his shot off in order to maximize his skillset. Braylon doesn’t need to get down on himself when things aren’t going well.” King worked hard throughout the day and should be even more successful upon becoming more assertive on the court.
#14:5’4 24 Aidan Cook (Waxhaw, NC)
Continuing onto a player that worked hard and looked to fill in the gaps however possible, Aidan Cook. He’s a thin guard prospect with solid length and a quality amount of defensive prowess, which allowed him to disrupt his assignment and force turnovers at a decent rate. Cook played within himself on offense and showed a strong understanding of the team concept. Next in his development process is working on the overall use of his off-hand, as it would open him up an abundance of offensive opportunities. Coach Williams on Cook: “Aidan is a good shooter from the midrange area and plays well when he’s active on the defensive side of the ball. His defense creates a strong amount of offense for him.” Cook enjoyed a solid two-way showing at camp and has the potential to be a quality prospect, especially if he continues to add strength and physically develop.
#37:5’8 ’24 Kai Davis (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that utilized his strong motor on both sides of the ball throughout camp, Kai Davis. He’s a wing/forward prospect with nice size and strength for his age, which allows him to consistently affect various facets of the game. He fights for rebounds, runs the floor, and looks to score from midrange in. Davis has a lot of useful tools and was quite menacing on defense. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a finisher from inside the paint, as it would make him a much more reliable scoring option. Coach Williams on Davis: “Kai was very aggressive in the second game on the boards and played well with his back to the basket. He is very active on both ends of the floor and utilizes his motor well, but can continue to work on his overall ability to handle the ball.” Davis has a pretty solid skillset for a seventh-grader, but it’ll be interesting to see how his game develops going forward.
#39:5’8 ’24 DeVaughn Brown (Sanford, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to make a noteworthy impact with his two-way athleticism, DeVaughn Brown. He’s a long, strong wing prospect that showed the ability to consistently get downhill and attack the basket. Brown displayed a solid feel for his offensive skillset and was able to apply decent pressure on that end of the floor. He has the necessary tools to become a quality defender, but must work on utilizing his motor and length. Next in his development process is working on moving without the ball, as it would allow him to get easy points from basic off-ball cuts. Coach Williams on Brown: “DeVaughn is a very athletic player that likes to score near the basket, but needs to utilize his solid midrange abilities. He should work on committing to defense.” Brown is pretty physically advanced at this stage in his development, so we’ll be watching closely to see his skill progression over the next few years.
#41:5’8 ’24 Jared Nobles-Brown (Sanford, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly only beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term potential, Jared Nobles-Brown. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with a very intriguing frame. Nobles-Brown displayed a solid feel for the game and was able to effectively score the ball when needed. He has a fairly well-rounded skillset, which should expand as he grows physically. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll make him far more imposing on both sides of the ball. Coach Williams on Nobles-Brown: “Jared is a great teammate that plays hard on both sides of the ball. He displayed very good shooting during our second game, but needs to pick up his energy at times. Jared should look to score more and utilize his triple-threat position.” Nobles-Brown worked hard during his time at camp and could be a prospect to revisit in the near future.