Coach: Joe Cassell
#23:5’7 ’21 Kabe Ellis (Andrews, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that continues to stand out with his leadership and sharp instincts, Kabe Ellis. He’s a smart, well-rounded point guard that offers an excellent blend of playmaking and three-level scoring. Ellis possesses great quickness and knows how to utilize it to enter the paint at a strong rate. He is a great communicator that contains his on-ball assignment extremely well. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would allow him to attack the basket and finish with more consistency. Coach Cassell on Ellis: “Kabe is a pleasure to coach! He has great energy on defense with the ability to influence the game with his defense. He has a great catch-and-shoot game. Kabe plays with a great pace to his game. He has a good IQ and knows where the ball needs to be. He can continue to work on shooting off the dribble and finishing through contact.” Ellis was among the most electric performers from camp and has the tools to be an incredible floor general throughout the upcoming years.
#47:5’11 ’21 Hamilton Campbell (Grundy, VA)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most exciting prospect on display, Hamilton Campbell. He’s a smart, wiry point guard prospect with unbelievable vision and craftiness, which allows him to manipulate the defense on nearly every possession. Campbell is very deceptive with the ball in his hands and simply makes everyone around him better. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot the ball from beyond the arc, as it would make him virtually unstoppable on offense. Coach Cassell on Campbell: “Hamilton is a point guard that can be a game changer and looks for his teammates at every opportunity. He has a high IQ and will find the open guy. He’s a good on-ball defender and pressures the ball continuously. Hamilton has a good idea of who needs the ball and when to pass it! He can continue to get stronger and work on his shooting mechanics, which should ultimately help his range.” Campbell won the Mr. Playmaker award for an unprecedented third consecutive time, which simply speaks to how brilliant he is with the ball in his hands, and should already be considered a noteworthy scholarship-level prospect.
#52: 6’0’ 22 Jacob Barnes (Bartlett, TN)
Moving onto a player that stood out nicely for his well-rounded skillset and conservative approach, Jacob Barnes. He’s a strong-bodied wing/forward prospect with a quality motor and solid all-around feel for the game. Barnes knows how to make plays while operating within himself and the team concept. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it will make him an even better spot-up threat. Coach Cassell on Barnes: “Jacob is a very solid all-around player; he has a solid midrange game and is a good spot-up shooter that does a great job of taking shots within the offense. He plays the game the right way and does a lot of things well. He has great form on his jumper and his range is solid. His game will improve as he gets stronger but has great upside and was a pleasure to coach throughout camp.” Barnes enjoyed a pretty solid showing during his time at camp and could be a quality contributor during his upcoming sophomore season.
#65: 6’1 ’20 Zach Owens (St. Paul, VA)
Continuing onto a player that made a strong impact with his motor and ability to position himself for success, Zach Owens. He’s a scrappy, high-motor guard prospect that can overwhelm the opposition with his nonstop energy. Owens is a solid scorer, but made the biggest impression with his defensive prowess and ability to force turnovers. Next in his development process is working to tighten his handle, as it would allow him to create for himself with less resistance. Coach Cassell on Owens: “Zach seemed to always be in the right place at the right time! I loved his hustle the entire time he was on the floor. He never took a single play off! Zach will help his team win with his team play and hustle. He has a solid game with the ability to score inside the midrange area. He’s a great teammate! Zach can continue to get stronger while improving his ball-handling and range on his jumper.” Owens did an excellent job of making his presence felt defensively and could emerge as a college level prospect with continued work.
#68:6’2 ’21 Daniel Forester (Maggie Valley, NC)
Next, we look at a player that did an excellent job of affecting the game while playing within himself, Daniel Forester. He’s a wiry guard prospect that proved to be a solid teammate and useful two-way threat. Forester shot the ball well from the perimeter and did a nice job of outworking his assignment on defense. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Cassell on Forester: “Daniel was a pleasure to coach. He plays with the team and gives 100% effort. He makes good reads and sees the floor well. Daniel is able to make the open shot and finishes well. He was able to knock down several open three-pointers. Daniel can continue to get stronger and work on his moves off the dribble in order to elevate his game.” Forester showed some solid tools on both ends of the floor, but should continue working to maximize his potential.
#73: 6’2 ’23 John Tolsma (Knoxville, TN)
Moving onto a player that stood out nicely for his advanced feel and skillset during his time at camp, John Tolsma. He’s a wiry, long-bodied wing/forward prospect that understands how to utilize his length on both ends of the floor. Tolsma does a great job of asserting himself in the game without forcing the action and showed his ability to knock down perimeter shots with consistency. Next in his development process is working to tighten his handle, as it would allow him to create for himself and others with less resistance. Coach Cassell on Tolsma: “John is a great young man that gives it all he has. He was a pleasure to coach! He impacts the game with all the intangibles and was able to knock down midrange shots with consistency. John also made several great hustle plays that led to wins! He can continue to work on getting stronger and developing his off-hand.” Tolsma enjoyed a solid showing at camp, especially for his age, and looks likely to become a pretty productive high school player with continued work.
#81: 6’3 ’21 Quintin Watson (Franklin, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to impact the game pretty well during his time at camp, Quintin Watson. He’s a wiry wing/forward prospect with an excellent motor and the ability to cause havoc with his energy level. Watson outworked bigger/stronger opponents for rebounds on both ends of the floor and pushed the ball ahead in transition whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a craftier offensive threat, especially when attacking the basket. Coach Cassell on Watson: “Quintin is a guy that a coach can win with! He makes the hustle plays and is always battling for the ball underneath the basket. He knocks down open shots and makes good reads with the ball in his hands and sees the floor well. Quintin can work on his shot mechanics, as it will improve the range of his shot. He can also work to get stronger and become a better ball-handler.” Watson proved to be a strong contributor and teammate throughout camp, so it’ll be interesting to see his progression going forward.
#90: 5’10 ’21 Cam McMullen (Mooresville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that stood out as arguably the most well-rounded prospect on this team, Cam McMullen. He’s a balanced point guard prospect with a strong array of tools and the ability to operate with or without the ball in his hands. McMullen scored the ball effectively and showed a willingness to create for others whenever possible. He played solid defense and proved to be a nice rebounder for his size. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Cassell on McMullen: “Cam has the tools to impact the game in all aspects. He scores the ball at all three levels and is able to knock down open shots consistently. He sees the floor really well. Cam can continue to work on pull-up jumpers and playing hard with intensity at all times.” McMullen offered a balanced two-way presence throughout camp and could become a solid contributor for his high school team.
#93: 6’7 ’21 Trelin Harper (Chandler, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the most dominant interior presence, Trelin Harper. He’s a strong, aggressive post prospect with phenomenal touch and feel around the basket. Harper has an excellent frame and clears out space incredibly well for rebounds on both ends of the floor. He utilizes his strength to overwhelm opponents and is capable of playing above the rim at a quality rate. Harper also showed his ability to run the floor and score in transition. Next in his development process is continuing to polish his footwork, as it will maximize his offensive post presence. Coach Cassell on Harper: “This dude is a beast in the paint! Trelin has a great body with soft hands. He finishes well with both hands; I don’t think he missed a paint shot all day. STUD! Trelin will be a dominating force in the paint. He’s a great young man! Trelin can improve the range of his jumper.” Harper secured the Mr. Defense award with his high-level showing at camp and should be a prospect to keep an eye on, considering he possesses all the necessary tools to become a star.