Coach: Bronal Gary
#82: 5’10 ’22 Emanuel Harrison (Enfield, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that truly embraces his role and the team-first concept throughout camp, Emanuel Harrison. He’s a young guard prospect with great length and sharp playmaking skills. Harrison proved to be a capable all-around scorer, but was the most efficient when attacking the midrange area. He has a solid IQ, made an abundance of plays for others, and exerted a ton of energy on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his overall quickness, as it would make him a much more dynamic threat off the dribble. Coach Gary on Harrison: “Emanuel does a great job of getting to his spots and taking good shots. He shares the ball with his teammates, then cuts to the basket for layups. He has a good IQ, plays good help-side defense, and looks up the court for open teammates.” Harrison was a great teammate and contributed well on both sides of the ball, which should make him an intriguing prospect going forward.
#89: 5’10 ’22 Khristopher Oxendine (Red Springs, NC)
Next, we look at a player that made a noteworthy impression with his ability to defend, Chris Oxendine. He’s a guard prospect with great length and a hard-nosed approach to the game. Oxendine does a nice job of operating within his role of scoring as needed, not forcing the action, and making hustle plays on both sides of the ball. He’s a well-rounded athlete with great defensive instincts, which allowed him to force numerous turnovers that immediately led to transition play. He moved well without the ball and played with a solid motor throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on his ability to rebound the ball, as it would make him a stronger contributor on both ends of the floor. Coach Gary on Walker: “Chris moves well without the ball. He penetrates and gets to the basket with relative ease. He doesn’t force anything and passes to the open man whenever possible. Chris plays smothering defense on the ball and good defense off the ball.” Oxendine has an excellent foundation, especially given the way he defends, and has a chance to grow into a two-way nightmare with continued work.
#93:5’11 ’21 Elijah Shepherd (Clayton, NC)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most polished backcourt prospect on this roster, Elijah Shepard. He’s a strong, intelligent guard prospect that overwhelmed his assignment on a regular basis. Shepard possesses sharp quickness and understands how to properly utilize different gears when attacking the basket. No opponent was able to contain him off the dribble, which led to an abundance of easy finishes and kick-outs to the corner. Shepard is a great teammate that offers a nice balance between scoring and playmaking. Next in his development process is working on his consistency when spotting-up, as he’s arguably more reliable off the dribble at this current stage. Coach Gary on Shepard: “Elijah can get to the basket when he wants. He has a great change of speed and hesitation dribble to get to the basket. He will euro-step, jump stop, or penetrate and kick to the open player. Elijah also has good range on his jumper and knows when to pull-up and shoot versus when to pass. He is great at finding teammates in their scoring spots.” Shepard is still quite young and has ample time to continue developing, which certainly makes him a prospect worth revisiting in the near future.
#111:6’0 ’22 Jamarie Loftin (Greenville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that contributed well, but also appears to possess great long-term potential, Jamarie Loftin. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect with a fairly well-rounded skillset on both ends of the floor. Loftin plays with a strong motor and uses it well to cause havoc on defense, forcing numerous turnovers on the day. He’s a capable three-level scorer with impressive vision and a quality feel for the game. Next in his development process is working to improve as a finisher, as it would allow him to utilize his quality penetration skills more often. Coach Gary on Loftin: “Jamarie is all over the court. He plays with great energy, both with and without the ball. He can get to the basket with strength and finish or will get fouled. He’s a willing passer and great at finding shooters off of penetration chances. Jamarie plays great angles on defense, often beating his man to the spot and not reaching. He stands his ground consistently.” Loftin was really impactful at camp and has a chance to become a great prospect, especially if he continues to work.
#119:6’2 ’19 Darius Jackson (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that overwhelmed his assignment and showcased an excellent understanding of his two-way skillset, Darius Jackson. He’s a long, athletic guard prospect with a strong feel for the game. Offensively, Jackson has a tight handle and utilizes it well to enter the paint whenever he desires. Jackson is very capable of scoring from all three levels, but proved to be simply unstoppable when attacking the basket. He also proved to be a monster on defense, regularly forcing turnovers, shutting down his assignment, and pushing transition play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to tighten up his shooting mechanics, as it would likely help his spot-up presence. Coach Gary on Jackson: “Darius is extremely quick to the ball and explosive off the dribble. He explodes to the basketball and gets vertical quickly. He gets his shot up quickly as well. Darius knows how to get his hands in the passing lanes for deflections and steals. He hits the open man ahead or finds him cutting to the basket. He can score inside with his good footwork.” Jackson has the ability to play at the next level, so it’ll be interesting what programs look to get involved with his recruitment going forward.
#120:6’2 ’20 Davis Grooms (Lincolnton, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to make nonstop contributions during his time at camp, Davis Grooms. He’s a wiry guard prospect that plays within himself and embraces the team concept quite well. Grooms is a solid three-level scorer, but spotting-up and knocking down shots along the perimeter was easily his most reliable area of attack. He made the extra pass whenever possible and moved extremely well without the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more dynamic threat off the bounce. Coach Gary on Grooms: “Davis sees the floor extremely well and knows what he wants to do before getting past half court. He gets to his spots for catch-and-shoot chances. He has a good pull-up jumper and doesn’t just camp out along the perimeter. Davis gets to the basket, kicks to the open shooter, and can score. He has a great basketball IQ and plays great off-ball defense.” Grooms enjoyed a solid showing at camp and should be a strong contributor for his team throughout the upcoming summer season.
#140: 6’3 ’21 Danny McKay (Charlotte, NC)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as the main glue-guy and workhorse for this team, Danny McKay. He’s a strong-bodied forward prospect that plays with a strong motor, willingly makes the hustle plays, and rebounds very well on both ends of the floor. McKay is able to score from all three levels and passes the ball nicely for his size/position. He runs the floor with purpose and utilizes his size well on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a finisher, as it would unlock an abundance of scoring opportunities upon securing rebounds. Coach Gary on McKay: “Danny can rebound the basketball on either end of the floor. He can start the fast break on his own. He’s a good pull-up shooter that can also spot-up and knock down shots off the catch. Danny is a good passer and cutter without the basketball. He moves up and down the floor very well and plays solid inside the paint.” McKay played a valuable role for his team throughout the day and should be able to continue steadily improving over the next few years.
#152:6’4 ’19 Colin Radcliffe (Richlands, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that showcased extended flashes of dominance throughout his time at camp, Colin Radcliffe. He’s a wing prospect with size, athleticism, intelligence, and no real holes within his skillset. Radcliffe is able to get wherever he wants on the court and possesses the necessary craftiness to overwhelm various different types of defenders. He’s an efficient three-level scorer that can attack the basket and play well above the rim, regardless of defensive pressure. He frequently mixes it up on offense and contains his position well on the other end of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would essentially make him unstoppable with the ball in his hands. Coach Gary on Radcliffe: “Colin is a great basketball player. He can shoot, dribble, get to the basket, or post up. He was the best player that I saw at camp. Colin played extremely well against each team we faced. He was truly unstoppable. Colin has a great basketball IQ, is strong, and quite unselfish as well.” Radcliffe is an obvious scholarship-level guy whose recruitment should begin to gradually take off sooner than later.