#21:5’7 ’22 Wyatt Shoemaker (Knoxville, TN)
Starting things off, we look at a player that did a nice job of working within the team concept, Wyatt Shoemaker. He’s a scrappy point guard prospect that plays with a strong motor and knows how to disrupt opponents with his defensive prowess. Shoemaker handles the ball well and creates for others quite well. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to score on off-ball cutting opportunities. Coach Johnson on Shoemaker: “Wyatt played well in spurts but took a lot of plays off and needs to work on playing with a consistent motor. He maintained a great attitude and accepted criticism well throughout the day. Wyatt could be quicker for his size but showed some solid skill.” Shoemaker made some solid contributions during his time at camp and could become a productive high school player if he continues to work.
#37:6’2 ’23 Connor Lane (Gate City, TN)
Next, we look at a player that stepped up and performed at a quality level against older competition, Connor Lane. He’s a young, wiry wing/forward prospect with an advanced skillset and overall feel for the game. Lane shot the ball exceptionally well from the perimeter while also displaying his ability to attack the basket and finish strong through contact. He moves very well without the ball and understands how to make the extra pass whenever possible. Lane is quite mature and already showcases a lot of leadership qualities. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it will make him a more useful on-ball defender. Coach Johnson on Lane: “Connor played up today and proved to be a knockdown shooter. He is a very up-beat kid with high energy and a fantastic attitude. Connor took criticism well and played with a great motor all day. He stood out as a leader and made extra passes with frequency.” Lane enjoyed a quality showing at camp and has the tools to become a very intriguing prospect sooner than later.
#48:5’11 ’22 Steven McBrayer (Bristol, TN)
Moving onto a player that continuously stood out for his vocal leadership on both sides of the ball, Steven McBrayer. He’s a smart, well-rounded point guard prospect that communicates and leads by example. McBrayer sets the floor well for his teammates and is capable of making crafty passes on penetration opportunities. He did an excellent job of playing with energy, especially on defense, and forcing turnovers throughout the day. McBrayer was arguably the best teammate on this team and accumulated numerous assists, both in the half court and transition. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Johnson on McBrayer: “Steven was very vocal and had great energy throughout the day. He is a good catch-and-shoot guy that was good at running off screens. Steven maintained a positive attitude, accepted criticism well, and was always talking on defense.” McBrayer showed a lot of skill and leadership qualities throughout camp and should be a prospect worth keeping an eye on going forward.
#66:6’1 ’20 Trace Wandell (Powell, TN)
Continuing onto a player that really stood out with his ability to shoot the ball, especially from beyond the arc, Trace Wandell. He’s a wiry wing prospect that knows how to play with energy and assert himself on both ends of the floor. Wandell does a terrific job of positioning himself for success and has become an even better shooter over the last calendar year. He utilizes his length to secure rebounds and fight for second-chance opportunities. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him an even tougher finisher when attacking closeouts. Coach Johnson on Wandell: “Trace was a really good catch-and-shoot guy with unorthodox shooting mechanics. He has a good release point and hit at least four three-pointers in every game. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted criticism well throughout camp. Trace was also a good teammate that looked for others whenever possible.” Wandell was among the most reliable offensive contributors for his camp team and should be a productive player during his upcoming senior campaign.
#67: 6’1 ’23 Ian Villiard (Wise, VA)
Next, we look at a player that worked hard and gave terrific two-way effort during his time at camp, Ian Villiard. He’s a young, strong-bodied post prospect that displayed solid shooting skills when given time and space. Villiard has solid touch around the basket and understands how to work hard for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on tightening his handle and being craftier with the ball, as it would make him a better offensive threat. Coach Johnson on Villiard: “Ian did a great job of playing hard and working to make plays for others. He was an encouraging teammate that fought hard for rebounds. Ian has a great attitude and accepted criticism well throughout the day.” Villiard had a solid showing at camp, especially for playing up against bigger/strong opponents, so it’ll be interesting to see his continued growth.
#71: 6’2 ’23 Eli Day (Kingsport, TN)
Moving onto a player that showcased a pretty nice foundation and skillset for his age, Eli Day. He’s a young, wiry wing/forward prospect with solid length and a solid feel on the offensive end of the floor. Day played extremely well within the team concept but also showed his ability to take advantage of easy/open scoring opportunities, especially as a spot-up threat. He rebounded well for his position and pushed the ball ahead to open teammates whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it will make him a better defender and penetrator. Coach Johnson on Day: “Eli got down on himself a lot, but maintained a pretty solid attitude and accepted criticism well throughout camp. He is a good teammate that worked hard for rebounds and extra possessions.” Day highlighted a quality foundation during his time at camp and will be a prospect to watch grow over these next few years.
#80: 6’3 ’21 Tyrone McNair (Charlotte, NC)
Continuing onto a player that made a strong impression with his productivity and leadership qualities, Tyrone McNair. He’s a long, athletic wing prospect with a nice two-way feel for the game. McNair is a capable three-level scorer, but his ability to finish was arguably his most useful scoring avenue. He stood out with his defensive prowess, given the way he contained his assignment and forced turnovers throughout the day. McNair made an abundance of plays and proved to be a great teammate. Next in his development process is working on the release of his jumper, as it would make him an even more consistent perimeter shooter. Coach Johnson on McNair: “Tyrone gave great effort today and created a lot of offense from his effort on the defensive side of the ball. He was very coachable and wants to learn, asking a lot of questions and being a “yes sir, no sir” type of guy. McNair had an excellent attitude and accepted criticism well throughout the day.” McNair stood out as one of the top performers from his camp team and should be worth keeping an eye on going forward.
#92: 6’7 ’22 David Tubek (Chapmanville, WV)
Finishing up, we look at a player that showed flashes of utter dominance throughout his time at camp, David Tubek. He’s a long, athletic wing/forward prospect with an innate feel for the game. Tubek is just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities but already looks comfortable handling the ball, creating for himself or others, and scoring on all three levels. He was very difficult for most opponents to deal with, as he utilized his length to affect the game extremely well on both sides of the ball. Tubek rebounds well and was a force to be reckoned with in transition. Next in his development process is continuing to work on being aggressive on defense, as he has all the tools to become a shutdown defender. Coach Johnson on Tubek: “David played great with his size and athleticism on both ends of the floor. He handles and shoots it well for his size and is a good teammate that talked while on the bench. David maintained an excellent attitude and accepted criticism well throughout the day.” Tubek had a phenomenal showing at camp, especially considering his age and overall experience level, and could truly become a star within the next few years.