Coach: Don Ledford
#24: 5’8 ’23 Grayson Cathey (Greensboro, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to provide his team with a consistent two-way presence, Grayson Cathey. He’s a wiry guard prospect with a quality feel and unselfish, team-first mentality. Cathey scored as needed, but it was his defensive prowess that made the strongest impact. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a much more imposing player on both ends of the floor. Coach Ledford on Cathey: “Grayson had a good overall day at camp. He’s an unselfish player that looks to pass whenever possible. He finished very well on the break, both when open and through traffic. He could work on his physical strength. Grayson provides excellent on-ball defense, causing many turnovers and getting a good number of steals today. He’s a good shooter that should look for his shot more often.” Cathey was quite productive during his time at camp and we’ll be monitoring his progression over these next few years.
#35:5’8 ’23 Christopher Mashburn (Jacksonville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that worked extremely hard and showcased a fairly well-rounded skillset, Christopher Mashburn. He’s a long-bodied wing prospect with the ability to score on all three levels, but typically prefers to spot-up and stretch the floor from beyond the arc. Mashburn was a solid defender throughout the day, forcing multiple turnovers and prioritizing his transition defense. Next in his development process is to properly utilize his skillset to apply more consistent scoring pressure, as he possesses the necessary tools to do so. Coach Ledford on Mashburn: “Christopher has good overall skill level in every area of the game. He had a great attitude and was a team player with a fundamentally-sound approach. He can continue to work on being aggressive, especially on the offensive end of the floor. Chris’ offense and defense will also improve with added physical strength.” Mashburn is already an intriguing prospect, so it’ll be interesting to see how his game develops going forward.
#44:5’9 ’23 Devin Crumble (Wilson, NC)
Moving onto a player that really stood out as one of the main contributors for this team, Devin Crumble. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect with a great overall feel for the game, which allows him to operate within various different roles on both ends of the floor. Crumble is a terrific three-level scorer with an absolute flamethrower from beyond the arc. He utilizes his strength well to absorb contact when penetrating and defending. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his passing, as he’s unselfish and possesses the necessary vision to become an excellent playmaker. Coach Ledford on Crumble: “Devin had a good overall day at camp. He’s a very strong, physical player at the point guard position. He was able to penetrate and score at the basket as well as contain his assignment defensively. Devin did a good job of looking for the open man. He played hard and tough all day and knocked down a considerable amount of shots from beyond the arc.” Crumble’s blue-collar approach and ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor certainly makes him a prospect worth noting.
#47:5’10 ’23 Nathan Baldovino (Wake Forest, NC)
Continuing onto a player that provided his team with toughness, a great attitude, and leadership by example, Nathan Baldovino. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect with a high motor and the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball. Baldovino didn’t force the action, but rather let the game come to him and made the most out of his opportunities. He understands how to operate within his role and is capable of creating for himself or others with little resistance. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would allow him to defend the ball and get by opponents much easier. Coach Ledford on Baldovino: “Nathan had an overall outstanding day at camp today. He did a great job of playing hard and steady in every area. He was always under control and was able to score at all three levels throughout the day. Nathan is stronger than most guards on display and utilized his strength well. He makes great use of fakes to finish at the basket.” Baldovino was fairly productive and affected all facets of the game while at camp, which should make his continued growth worth watching.
#56:5’11 ’23 Woodrow Jackson (High Point, NC)
Next, we look at a player with a nice crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Woodrow Jackson. He’s a big, strong wing/forward prospect with great size and a quality array of offensive skills. Jackson is fairly quick off the bounce and is a pretty well-rounded playmaker for his position, able to reliably handle the ball and create opportunities for others. Next in his development process is working on playing with a consistent motor, as it would make him a far more impactful all-around defender. Coach Ledford on Jackson: “Woodrow possesses very good skills in every area of the game. He needs to work on playing harder for an extended period of time and getting physically tougher around the basket. He can also be more aggressive on both ends of the court. He can continue to work on his overall skill level, which will give him more confidence and the ability to be more productive.” Jackson enjoyed a solid showing at camp, but it’s likely that his best basketball is in the not-so-distant future.
#60:6’0 ’23 Sam Walters (Taylorsville, NC)
Moving onto a player that showcased a pretty intriguing two-way skillset throughout the day, Sam Walters. He’s a wing/forward prospect with great size and solid versatility for his age. Walters is a really capable three-level scorer, but his balance between shooting and working down low brought him phenomenal success. He handled the ball, created for himself and others, and rebounded the ball at a high level. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would cause even more matchup problems for opponents. Coach Ledford on Walters: “Sam enjoyed a great day at camp today. He shot the ball well, played with a high motor, and displayed toughness on both ends of the floor. He did a great job of taking advantage of smaller players in the post. He was great when looking to finish around the basket in traffic and from the post. Sam can continue to work on his guard skills and range on his jumper, in order to expand his skillset.” Walters was exceptional on both sides of the ball during camp, which allowed him to end up as the ninth-leading scorer from the event at 16 PPG. He was potentially the most appealing prospect on this team and should definitely be worth monitoring over the next few years.
#65:6’2 ’23 Chase Seawell (Knightdale, NC)
Next, we look at a player that possesses quality physical tools and terrific long-term upside, Chase Seawell. He’s a big, strong-bodied forward prospect with nice size and a pretty well-rounded skillset for his age. Right now, Seawell is more impactful on defense than offense, but has the ability to become a versatile scoring threat with improved assertiveness. Next in his development process is working to properly utilize his motor, as it would allow him to play more physical on both ends of the floor. Coach Ledford on Seawell: “Chase has a good overall skill level. He needs to play harder and provide more energy on both ends of the floor. His size and strength should allow him to be an excellent defender and rebounder. He can continue working on his perimeter skills to make himself more versatile and difficult to contain.” Seawell had a solid showing at camp, but appears to be just starting scratching the surface of his two-way abilities.
#66:6’2 ’23 Anthony Clark (Suffolk, VA)
Moving onto a player with an excellent skillset, but the potential to become even more dominant, Anthony Clark. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect that can control the action on both ends of the floor. The lefty has an impressive feel for the game, especially given his size, and was among the most versatile players on his team. Clark handled the ball with poise, looked to create for others, and scored the ball with great efficiency from all levels. He also made an abundance of plays on defense and was able to defend multiple positions during camp. Next in his development process is working to utilize his size to his advantage more often against smaller opponents. Coach Ledford on Clark: “Anthony is a solid player that did a great job on each end of the court. He’s an excellent shot-blocker with great length and timing. He rebounds and finishes well in traffic. Anthony can continue to work on his off-hand, as it’ll make the lefty much more difficult to defend.” Clark is a very intriguing prospect that continually improved throughout the day and ended up with a strong average of 12 PPG; he’s definitely a prospect to watch progress.
#71:6’3 ’23 Horace Smith (Wilson, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is quite productive, but truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term potential, Horace Smith. He’s an extremely long, physical post prospect with a terrific two-way motor, which allows him to overwhelm opponents on a fairly regular basis. Smith defended the post with purpose and fought hard for rebounds, never taking a possession off. He’s not particularly skilled yet, but that’ll likely come with time, work, and game repetitions. However, Smith scored nicely inside and did a great job of making an impact whenever he was on the court. Coach Ledford on Smith: “Horace is a good physical presence on both ends of the floor. He’s a quality shot-blocker and two-way rebounder. He can work on his overall conditioning to improve his ability to run the floor. Horace can work on his guard skills in order to become more versatile. He could also continue to work on the consistency of his shot from midrange and in.” Smith is a tough, blue-collar worker that embraces his role and willingly makes the hustle plays whenever possible. He’ll be an interesting prospect, especially if he continues to develop his skillset.