#9:5’4 ’23 Michael Forte II (Summerville, SC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a pretty well-rounded skillset during his time at camp, Michael Forte II. He’s a young point guard prospect that plays a smart, conservative brand of basketball. Forte scores the ball effectively on all three levels and understands how to make plays for himself or others. He is pretty quick with the ball in his hands and does a great job of beating his man off the dribble. Forte defended quite well for his size and contained his assignment nicely throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll allow him to absorb more contact on penetration attempts. Coach Thompson on Forte: “Michael is a very solid player that quickly became the primary ball-handler of this team. He ran the offense well and played tough throughout camp. Michael is a solid shooter.” Forte enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could be a prospect worth keeping an eye on going forward.
#15:5’7 ’21 Jaylun Parker (Blackville, SC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to make a solid impression with his motor and team-first approach, Jaylun Parker. He’s a guard prospect that displayed the ability to operate with or without the ball and make an impact. Parker was able to handle the ball well and enter the paint at a pretty regular rate, which is where he made most of his plays. He rebounds the ball effectively for his size and pushes transition play whenever possible. Parker contained his assignment nicely and was able to force a few turnovers throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on his ability to spot-up, as it would allow him to coexist and make a stronger impact alongside another primary ball-handler. Coach Thompson on Parker: “Jaylun is a solid guard that handled the ball well against bigger competition. He quickly gained the respect of his teammates, shot the ball well, and finished nicely through contact.” Parker worked hard at camp and could be a useful contributor during his upcoming high school season.
#30:5’10 ’21 Charlie Miller (Lumberton, NC)
Moving onto a player that operated extremely well within his role on both ends of the floor, Charlie Miller. He’s a well-rounded guard prospect with a terrific blend of IQ, motor, and offensive skills. Miller moves exceptionally well without the ball and possesses quality shooting mechanics, which is a big part of what makes him such a useful spot-up threat. He did a great job on defense of containing his assignment, both on and off-ball. Next in his development process is working on his rebounding presence, as it would allow him to grab boards and push transition play with relative ease. Coach Thompson on Miller: “Charlie is a solid player with an extremely high basketball IQ, particularly for his age. He has great shooting mechanics and can get open without the ball and knock it down consistently. He’s a solid ball-handler that ran some point guard and did an outstanding job. Charlie demanded the defense’s attention because of his ability to shoot the ball.” Miller has the ability to coexist with any group of teammates, which resulted in a pretty solid showing at camp.
#35:5’10 ’22 Connor Nighbor (Lake Wylie, SC)
Continuing onto a player that made a strong impression with his ability to spot-up along the perimeter, Connor Nighbor. He’s a young off-guard that embraces his role and understands how to apply scoring pressure at all times. Nighbor utilizes his efficient perimeter shooting to force defenses to pay him constant attention, even when slotted without the ball in his hands. He is a willing passer and unselfish teammate that looks to make the right play whenever possible. Nighbor displayed strong positioning on defense and was able to contain his assignment well during his time at camp. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it’ll allow him to utilize the entire floor on offense. Coach Thompson on Nighbor: “Connor is someone that defenses cannot leave open! He will light up the opposition if given any daylight. He’s a very good kid with a great attitude. He needs to get physically stronger, but was a solid player and great shooter.” Nighbor played a pretty valuable role for his camp team, so it’ll be interesting to see his productivity going forward.
#55:6’0 ’21 Kenneth Greene (Elgin, SC)
Next, we look at player that was able to make a noteworthy impact throughout his time at camp, Kenneth Greene. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect that has a pretty well-rounded skillset on both sides of the ball. Greene is a capable three-level scorer with the ability to reliably penetrate or slide off-ball and apply pressure as a spot-up threat. He made numerous plays defensive through utilization of his motor and overall energy level, which led to multiple turnovers and easy transition play. Greene rebounded quite well for his size and also showed a willingness to make plays for others. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Thompson on Greene: “Kenneth is a great defender and overall hustle player. He finishes well through contact and works hard at all times. He’s also a great kid.” Greene is already quite productive, but looks likely to continue steadily progressing, especially if he’s willing to put in the necessary work.
#70:6’2 ’21 Jazarorion Champman (Lumberton, NC)
Moving onto a player that sits at a crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Jazarorion Chapman. He’s a long, athletic guard prospect with a strong motor and excellent feel for his skillset on both ends of the floor. Chapman overwhelms opponents with his activity level and forced numerous turnovers with his quick hands when defending the point of attack. He attacked the basket with great frequency, displaying craftiness and the ability to finish exceptionally well with either hand. Chapman is a smart, physical player that was able to emerge as a leader during his time at camp. Next in his development process is working on the timing of his jumper, as it would allow him to handle more defensive pressure with a quicker release. Coach Thompson on Champman: “Jazarorion earned the respect of his teammates very early in camp. He’s an explosive athlete that will slam it on anyone that doesn’t match his energy. He won the crowd with some of his finishes at the rim. The sky is the limit for him!” Chapman stood out as one of the top two-way performers on this team and could become a special type of prospect sooner than later.
#76: 6’2 ’21 Myles Ulmer (Anderson, SC)
Continuing onto a player that basically served as the main glue-guy for his camp team, Myles Ulmer. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect that plays with a nonstop motor and utilizes it well to create havoc on defense. Ulmer is a solid penetrator that can create decently well off the dribble, but also showed the ability to knock down open shots along the perimeter. He looks to secure extra possessions in every possible way and willingly makes the hustle plays. Ulmer made multiple plays in transition and outworked his assignment for most of the day. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as it would make him a much more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Thompson on Ulmer: “Myles is a great hustle player that finishes well through contact. He quickly earned the respect of his teammates and worked hard on defense throughout the day.” Ulmer knows how to contribute with any group of teammates, which is part of what made him so impactful at camp.
#91: 6’4 ’21 Ansuélo Young (Lexington, SC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a pretty productive motor and skillset throughout camp, Ansuélo Young. He’s a strong-bodied post prospect that does all the little things necessary to provide his team with an edge. Young is somewhat undersized, but has solid athleticism and is able to play above the rim at times. He runs the floor extremely well and looks to make the right play whenever possible. Young rebounds at an impressive rate on both ends of the floor and did a great job of altering shots around the basket. He displayed great touch and solid IQ for his position. Next in his development process is working on his ability to penetrate, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Thompson on Young: “Ansuélo is a solid post prospect that works hard and is very coachable. He’s strong and battles inside. He has legit size and will only get better with more work in the post.” Young enjoyed a nice showing at camp, so it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses going forward.
#97: 6’7 ’21 Jackson Lewandowski (Mount Pleasant, SC)
Moving onto a player that is just beginning to truly scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Jackson Lewandowski. He’s a wiry post prospect that operates with a high motor and displays a solid feel inside the paint. Lewandowski is somewhat thin, but utilizes his length and touch quite well around the basket. He runs the floor with purpose and rebounds pretty well despite his lack of strength. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to score even more effectively from the post. Coach Thompson on Lewandowski: “Jackson is a solid post player with great size. He runs the court well for a big and has a great attitude. He has a high IQ and needs to get physically stronger, but showed that he can finish through contact. Jackson played solid every game and earned the respect of his teammates, as they began to look for him in critical points of each game. He has a really high ceiling. I don’t think he knows how good he can be.” Lewandowski has the chance to become an excellent player, especially if he continues to work and expand his skillset.
#98: 5’10 ’23 Kobe Oxendine (Lumberton, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that emerged as one of the most reliable performers on his team, especially for his age, Kobe Oxendine. He’s a young guard prospect with a solid frame and quality feel for the game on both sides of the ball. Oxendine does a terrific job of controlling the action on offense and making intelligent decisions with the ball in his hands. He is unselfish and looks to create open opportunities for teammates whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even more effective finisher. Coach Thompson on Oxendine: “Kobe held his own against older and bigger competition. He earned the respect of his teammates and played solid every game. He has a great attitude, drives to the hole hard, and became the primary ball-handler at critical points of the game. He sets up teammates well and knocked down shots after getting open from moving without the ball. Again, Kobe is an eighth-grader that had a really solid camp while mainly playing against sophomore.” Oxendine had a strong showing at camp and could be a prospect worth keeping an eye on going forward.