Coach: Will Roberson
#6: 5’11 ’22 Cameron Oates (Trinity Christian)
Starting things off, we look at a player that already looks quite comfortable at running a high-level offense, Cameron Oates. He’s a very quick point guard prospect with quality instincts and the ability to effortlessly set up his teammates. Oates scores the ball pretty well from all levels, but typically looks to get in the paint and make the smartest possible play. He sees the floor well, especially in transition and is capable of making passes that other guard simply cannot. Oates is fairly crafty, but doesn’t force the action and knows how to keep the ball moving. He proved to be an excellent defender throughout the day and forced numerous steals with his quick hands. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a spot-up threat, as it would allow him to slide off-ball and coexist alongside another point guard. Coach Roberson on Oates: “Cameron set the tone at times with his on-ball defense. He’s a very aggressive offensive player, but tried to do too much at times. Cameron made some solid IQ plays throughout the course of the day.” Oates has an abundance of talent and will only continue to get better, but has already established himself as one of the top freshman floor generals in the state.
#22: 6’0 ’20 Landon Sutton (High Point Christian)
Next, we look at a player that can thrive with any group of teammates and showcase his phenomenal offensive skillset, Landon Sutton. He’s a smart, poised guard prospect that offers an excellent balance between scoring and playmaking. Sutton has always been a very impressive perimeter shooter, but has continually improved as a finisher and does a terrific job of getting others involved. He displayed the ability to operate with or without the ball and apply pressure, given his floor-spacing presence. Sutton is unselfish and simply knows how to play the right way on both sides of the ball. He positions himself well on defense and when pursuing rebounds, which allows him to force turnovers at a solid rate and push transition play. Sutton maintains a calm demeanor on the court and will go toe-to-toe with any assignment. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a stronger on-ball defender. Coach Roberson on Sutton: “Landon is an excellent shooter with deep range. He has a sneaky ability to penetrate and finish. He knows how to play on and off-ball.” Sutton has proven himself time and again against every level of competition that North Carolina has to offer, so his recruitment should begin to take off within the next few months.
#34: 6’2 ’20 Jay Hickman (Terry Sanford)
Moving onto a player that might’ve truly been the most prolific three-point shooter at camp, Jay Hickman. He’s a slightly undersized off-guard that possesses a useful all-around skillset, but makes the strongest impression with his abilities from beyond the arc. Hickman is a lethal spot-up threat that only requires a glimmer of daylight to launch incredibly accurate attempts from anywhere within thirty feet. He isn’t restrained to spotting-up and can easily create similar looks for himself off the dribble. Hickman had one contest where he notched eight consecutive three-pointers and still looked ready to hit another handful. He also proved to be a quality ball-handler and bulldog-like defender that plays with intelligence and a strong two-way motor. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to defend. Coach Roberson on Hickman: “Jay is an excellent three-point shooter with a quick release and the ability to heat up. He can put it on the floor and get to the rim against closeouts. He possesses good length and a desire to defend.” Hickman enjoyed an exceptional showing at camp and deserves to have his name included with the top shooters in the state.
#50: 6’3 ’21 Jacob Hukins Jr. (Grace Christian)
Continuing onto a player that showcased an extremely well-rounded skillset throughout his time at camp, Jacob Hukins Jr. He’s a long-bodied guard prospect with a nice blend of IQ, motor, and unselfishness, which allows him to set the tone and play conservative two-way basketball. Hukins is a terrific ball-handler with craftiness and quickness, which highlights his excellent penetration skills and ability to make plays for others from within the paint. He’s an effective scorer from all three levels that doesn’t force the action and looks to get others involved whenever possible. Hukins proved to be a pretty reliable on-ball defender against opposing guards given his quickness and solid positioning. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up additional scoring opportunities as a cutter and spot-up threat. Coach Roberson on Hukins: “Jacob has really good size for a point guard. He is very quick in the open court. He needs to get more consistent with his decision-making in order to become a more complete player.” Hukins should be a player that folks start hearing about more, especially if he continues to maintain his strong all-around presence.
#67: 6’4 ’20 Jamahri Harvey (Northwood Temple)
Next, we look at a player that already possesses a pretty high-level skillset on both ends of the floor, Jamahri Harvey. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with athleticism and a quality all-around feel for the game. Harvey offers an excellent balance between smooth-shooting and rugged hard-nosed athleticism when attacking the basket. He’s a very efficient three-level scorer that gets downhill and can rise up against any type of opponent. Harvey can create for himself and pull-up off the bounce or spot-up and knock down shots off the catch, both with relative ease. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would allow him to be even more physical on both ends of the floor. Coach Roberson on Harvey: “Jamahri is a smooth scoring guard that can get where he wants to go on the floor. He needs to play hard on every single possession on both ends of the floor. He has all the tools to be a successful Division I player.” Harvey is a proven entity that has seemingly found success against every type of competition, so it’ll be interesting to see where he ultimately decides to further his playing career at the next level.
#81: 6’6 ’20 Chris Nobles (Garner)
Moving onto a player that showcased an abundance of tools to pair with his long-term potential, Chris Nobles. He’s a long, active forward prospect that causes matchup problems for opponents with his ability to actively toggle between positions. Nobles is a fairly well-rounded player that can pass, dribble, and shoot at an effective rate, but also knows how to exploit his assignment on both ends of the floor. He is a quality athlete that can blow past bigger power forwards or post-up against smaller assignments. Nobles is a strong rebounder on both ends of the floor and does a nice job of utilizing his length when altering shots around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Roberson on Nobles: “Chris played out of position for much of the day. He’s a good athlete that has the ability to take bigger opponents off the dribble. He needs to improve his shot selection and not settle for jumpers.” Nobles enjoyed a solid two-way showing at camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#85: 6’6 ’21 Jalen McDonald (Knightdale)
Continuing onto a player that caught the attention of everyone in the building with his high-flying display, Jalen McDonald. He’s an incredibly athletic wing/forward prospect with a strong two-way presence and the ability to overwhelm almost any type of opponent. McDonald penetrates with ease, finishes through any amount of contact, and will happily play above the rim while disregarding defensive pressure. He’s unselfish and possesses a quality feel for the game, which allows him to make plays for others and hit the open man whenever possible. McDonald is a really well-rounded defender that is capable of locking down a variety of different positions. Next in his development process is working to establish a consistent three-point stroke, as it would make him virtually unstoppable against most opponents. Coach Roberson on McDonald: “Jalen is an unbelievably explosive athlete that doubles as an absolute terror in transition. He needs to improve his outside shot in order to complement his other skills, as he has a tendency to disappear in the half-court. Jalen has the chance to be a special player.” McDonald is one of the most naturally gifted players in the state, so it should be exciting to watch his journey unfold over these next few years.
#93: 6’7 ’20 Anjay Cortez (United Faith)
Next, we look at a player that possesses an abundance of tools and phenomenal long-term upside, Anjay Cortez. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect that can operate in a variety of different roles and find success. Cortez is a quality slasher and cutter without the ball (which is his most effective scoring method), but can also knock down the occasional perimeter jumper. He has an excellent frame and utilizes his length nicely when rebounding or defending the point of attack. Cortez has a solid feel, athleticism, and makes a lot of plays in transition. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would allow him to create more reliably for himself and others. Coach Roberson on Cortez: “Anjay is super long and excellent in transition. He can knock down the three-pointer with time and space. He can post his man, but needs to improve at finishing in traffic. Anjay seemed to tire easily and lost sight of his man off the ball at times.” Cortez could be poised to breakout over this next calendar year, so we’ll be monitoring his progression closely going forward.
#99: 6’7 ’20 Nick Farrar (Apex Friendship)
Moving onto a player that has a chance to ascend himself into an entirely new recruiting realm, Nick Farrar. He’s a strong, athletic forward prospect with great feel and a versatile, well-rounded skillset. Farrar can actively toggle between either forward position and thrive, given his physical tools and ability to do everything well on the court. He handles the ball, creates for himself or others, shoots efficiently from the perimeter, and takes advantage of his size down low—both as a penetrator and low-post brute. Farrar plays incredibly hard and knows how to impose his will against almost any opponent on defense. He’s the type of player that is capable of leading a team in all major statistical categories on any given night. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his body, as his ceiling has grown tremendously since beginning to improve his physique. Coach Roberson on Farrar: “Nick is a strong, physical rebounder. He runs the floor well, but will need to learn how to properly use his body to finish against high major size and length. Nick communicates, has a great attitude, and emerged as a quality leader. He can continue to get more consistent with his outside shot.” Farrar has really blown-up over the recent months, so it’ll be exciting to see the inevitable uptick in his recruitment sooner than later.
#109: 6’8 ’21 Nate Brafford (Tuscola)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Nate Brafford. He’s a thin post prospect with IQ, length, and a very useful two-way skillset. Brafford is tougher than most people think and will go at any opponent with no hesitation. He positions himself very well for rebounds and when protecting the rim, which allows him to utilize his length on a regular basis. Brafford is a pretty solid ball-handler that can push the break in transition and make crafty reads, especially around the basket. He scores the ball efficiently on all three levels and understands how to operate within the team concept. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a much more imposing two-way player. Coach Roberson on Brafford: “Nate has good length and excellent range on his shot. He needs to get stronger and more athletic in order to compete at the highest level. He can handle the ball in open spaces but needs to work on being strong in traffic.” Brafford has an incredible amount of upside and should be a prospect to monitor going forward, as he’s only going to get better.