Coach: Todd Baker
#38: 5’10 ’22 Dillon Atwell (Knoxville, TN)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to make some solid contributions during his time at camp, Dillon Atwell. He’s a young guard prospect that is ready and willing to do the little things on both ends of the floor. Atwell plays within himself and the team concept, but also knows how to take advantage of open spot-up opportunities along the perimeter. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more useful penetrator off the bounce. Coach Baker on Atwell: “Dillon loves the game and puts the team first. He doesn’t force the action on offense and does a nice job of getting his teammates involved. He hustles hard and makes plays with his strong energy level. Dillon maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Atwell proved to be a solid young guard and looks likely to steadily improve over the next few years, especially if he continues to work.
#40: 6’4 ’20 Lucas Jenkins (Bakerville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impression with his relentless two-way motor, Lucas Jenkins. He’s a strong, fairly athletic wing prospect with a lot of tools, a great feel for the game, and a college-level skillset. Jenkins possesses great size for his position and scores the ball efficiently from all three levels while making plays to open teammates at a quality rate. He’s a gritty competitor that overwhelms the opposition with his energy level, especially as a defender and rebounder. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a spot-up shooter, as it would make him an even deadlier offensive threat. Coach Baker on Jenkins: “Lucas plays with a ton of energy and has a great ability to finish strong at the basket. He plays hard on both ends of the floor and is capable of making hustle plays and securing extra possessions with regularity. Lucas is a good communicator and well-rounded defender with a positive attitude and the ability to accept coaching.” Jenkins was arguably the hardest worker on display at camp and secured the Mr. Hustle award with relative ease, so it’ll be exciting to see his productivity throughout the upcoming summer season.
#53: 6’0 ’22 Quintin Carr (Knoxville, TN)
Moving onto a player that brought a lot of intrigue with his blossoming two-way skillset, Quintin Carr. He’s a wiry guard prospect with a strong feel for the game and the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Carr is a crafty ball-handler that knows how to create for himself and others with relative ease. He scores the ball effectively from all three levels, but typically looks to attack the basket and finish with finesse. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to score more often on cutting opportunities. Coach Baker on Carr: “Quintin is a terrific team player that knows how to run his team. He scores the ball well and knows how to work within the flow of the offense. Quintin is a good teammate that makes extra passes whenever possible. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Carr enjoyed an excellent showing at camp and should be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward, especially if he continues to work.
#61: 6’1 ’23 Payton Hill (Waynesville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that did a terrific job of exerting effort and making his presence felt during camp, Payton Hill. He’s a young, wiry wing prospect that is still just beginning to unlock his long-term potential. Hill displayed solid quickness and was able to make numerous plays for open teammates. He gave great energy on defense and fought hard for rebounds. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it will likely improve his consistency as a finisher. Coach Baker on Hill: “Payton is a highly coachable young man with a great attitude. He wants to get better and does a great job of playing within the team structure. Payton worked especially hard to get back on defense in transition. He benefitted from playing experience with bigger/strong opponents.’ Hill was the youngest player on his camp team and was able to make a pretty decent impact, so it’ll be exciting to see his progression over the next few years.
#74: 6’2 ’22 Mike Jones (Big Stone Gap, VA)
Next, we look at a player that currently sits at an excellent crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Mike Jones. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing/forward prospect that is capable of thriving and making his presence felt with or without the ball in his hands. Jones can operate within a variety of different roles on offense and does a phenomenal job of outworking his assignment on the glass. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to be a craftier finisher when attacking the basket. Coach Baker on Jones: “Mike is very athletic and possesses tremendous potential. He scored the ball well from all three levels and looked to make passes to open teammates whenever possible. He’s a great teammate that knows how to play the right way. Mike maintained a terrific attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Jones was arguably the most unique prospect on his camp team, so expect to hear his name again in the near future.
#75: 6’2 ’19 Nicholas Tybenn Sturm (Hurricane, WV)
Moving onto a player that stood out as one of the top all-around performers during his time at camp, Nicholas Tybenn Sturm. He’s a smart, extremely well-rounded guard prospect that can do it all on offense while actively switching across three positions on defense. Sturm embraces any challenge in his path and does a phenomenal job of outworking opponents in virtually every facet of the game. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him an even better scorer from cutting opportunities. Coach Baker on Sturm: “I really enjoyed coaching Ty! He does everything well on the court and knows how to play the right way. Ty is a great scorer with vision and an unselfish approach to the game. He creates really well for himself and others while constantly dialing in on defense. Ty maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Sturm was a two-way problem for the opposition and consistently highlighted a college-level skillset, so college coaches should look no further—especially if they are after someone that exemplifies toughness, unselfishness, and team-first play.
#78: 6’0 ’22 David Graves (Bluefield, VA)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as arguably the most intriguing long-term prospect on this team, David Graves. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect with a solid motor and unselfish approach to the game. Graves possesses a nice feel for his skillset and utilizes his quickness extremely well on offense to enter the paint and attack the basket. He proved to be a quality three-level scorer with useful passing vision and a willingness to utilize it. Next in his development process is working to become a better defender, as he has all the tools to become a shutdown guy on that end of the floor. Coach Baker on Graves: “David has a lot of skills and tremendous potential. He already showed that he has the ability to play at the next level. He knows how to score the ball and does a nice job of creating scoring opportunities for himself and others. David maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Graves did a lot of things well at camp, especially for his age, and should be one to watch going forward.
#85: 6’4 ’20 Elijah Hayes (Pound, VA)
Next, we look at a player that was able to impact the game and contribute quite well on both ends of the floor, Elijah Hayes. He’s a long-bodied wing prospect with excellent size and a fairly well-rounded skillset, which allows him to cause matchup problems, especially on offense. Hayes can operate inside or outside the arc and doesn’t necessarily require the ball to make an impact. He consistently stood out for his strong defensive presence and ability to switch across four positions on that end of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even deadlier threat to take opponents off the dribble. Coach Baker on Hayes: “I would love to have Elijah on my high school team. He’s a great teammate that does the little things on both ends of the floor. Elijah has a lot of skill for his size and proved to be an excellent all-around defender. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Hayes showcased a very useful array of skills and could emerge as a college-level prospect within the next calendar year, especially if he continues to work.
#87: 6’5 ’21 Thomas Messimer (Johnson City, TN)
Finishing up, we look at a player that did an excellent job of operating within his role and the team concept, Thomas Messimer. He’s a long, wiry forward/post prospect with the ability to reliably stretch the floor and apply constant scoring pressure from midrange or beyond the arc. Messimer utilizes his length to finish pretty well inside and secure rebounds on both ends of the floor. He’s an unselfish player that is capable of making smart passes and crafty reads to his teammates. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it will likely improve his ability to take opponents off the dribble and penetrate to the basket. Coach Baker on Messimer: “Thomas is a tremendous team player that works hard on both sides of the ball. He was a great catch-and-shoot guy for our team and did a nice job of positioning himself for easy scoring chances. Thomas maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Messimer displayed a quality foundation during camp, especially for his size and age, and has the chance to become a very productive high school player within the coming months.