Coach: Joe Cassell
#35: 5’4 ’23 Destiny Harman (Floyd County)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made her presence felt quite well against bigger/stronger opponents, Destiny Harman. She’s a young guard prospect with a high motor and smooth shooting stroke. Harman typically worked without the ball, finding space as a cutter, pursuing loose balls, and securing rebounds at a pretty impressive rate. Next in her development process is working on the use of her off-hand, as it would likely make her a more consistent finisher at the basket. Coach Cassell on Harman: “Destiny is a joy to coach. She plays really hard and is fundamental. She rebounds very well and caused several loose balls. Destiny is a good defender, passer, and had several assists on the day. She displayed good vision and IQ for the game. She can continue to get stronger with the ball and work on her off-hand.” Harman did a lot of things well during camp, especially going against boys, and should maintain her high motor and team-first mentality going forward.
#52: 5’8 ’20 Josiah Walton (Beckley Prep)
Next, we look at a player that stood out nicely with his motor, defensive prowess, and team-first approach, Josiah Walton. He’s a smart, slightly undersized lead guard with a solid handle, quality vision, and a useful perimeter jumper. Walton utilizes his quickness to enter the paint at will but also as an on-ball defender when forcing turnovers and pushing the break in transition. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Cassell on Walton: “Josiah is a solid point guard. He makes the right pass at the right time. He’s a very solid defender that did everything I asked of him. Josiah is a great penetrator who would draw the defense and kickout for open shots. He’s a no-nonsense player who let his game do the talking. He has a great pull-up but can continue to work on his off-hand. Josiah was a pleasure to coach.” Walton has a clear two-way identity and knows how to contribute with any group of teammates, which should lead to a productive upcoming season.
#55: 5’9 ’22 Luke Lentz (Bearden)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most reliable perimeter shooter from this team, Luke Lentz. He’s a smooth, slightly undersized off-guard prospect with natural instincts as a spot-up threat and overall three-point shooter. Lentz operates extremely well within as an off-ball threat within the framework of the offense but also showcased some nice creation skills for himself and others. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Cassell on Lentz: “Luke is a coach’s dream! He’s very solid in all aspects of the game and makes the right play time after time. He makes winning plays! Luke is very sound defensively and scores on all three levels with consistency. He has a high IQ and plays so hard. Luke gets everyone involved and plays great help defense, causing a lot of turnovers.” Lentz proved to be a reliable two-way player during camp and will always be able to carve out a useful role with any group of teammates through his shooting prowess.
#70: 5’10 ’22 Hamilton Campbell (Carlisle School)
Continuing onto a player that continues to be one of the most exciting performers in the gym, regardless of competition, Hamilton Campbell. He’s an incredibly smart, crafty floor general with unbelievable vision and an improved three-level scoring arsenal. Campbell plays with excellent pace, able to amp it up or slow it down, and does a great job of getting all of his teammates involved in the action. He has leadership qualities and a clear desire to continually elevate his game. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would make him an even better finisher through contact. Coach Cassell on Campbell: “Hamilton is a true point guard and is always the floor general. He’s a guy that can penetrate and deliver the pass on time and in the right spot. He’s a solid defender and can score the ball from all three levels. Hamilton’s range will continue to improve as he gets stronger.” Campbell had another strong showing at camp and should be a prospect to keep a close eye on, especially after reclassifying and relocating to Carlisle.
#89: 6’2 ’22 Walker Spence (Carolina Day)
Next, we look at a player that offered his camp team with a fairly well-rounded presence on both ends of the floor, Walker Spence. He’s a young, strong-bodied wing prospect that is capable of operating in a variety of different roles. Spence is a solid creator and perimeter shooter, but typically found the most success as a cutter, rebounder, and overall defender. He doesn’t force the action and will do whatever necessary to provide his team with an edge. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Cassell on Spence: “Walker is a joy to coach and did all that was asked of him during camp. He’s an aggressive defender that created turnovers and made a lot of winning plays for the team. Walker is also an aggressive rebounder that was able to score consistently. As he continues to grow and get stronger, his game will grow to take him to the next level.” Spence enjoyed a solid two-way showing at camp and could emerge as a nice contributor for Carolina Day sooner than later.
#90: 6’2 ’20 Christian Holland (Beckley Prep)
Moving onto a player that showcased a lot of skill and translatable tools throughout camp, Christian Holland. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with a strong two-way feel for the game and the ability to absolutely pile up points on offense. Holland scores efficiently from all three levels and has the necessary athleticism to rise above the rim on penetration attempts. He’s unselfish and creates well for others, but also knows how to take advantage of easy opportunities. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to seize more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Cassell on Holland: “Christian is a very solid player that can score the ball on all three levels. He’s very athletic and gets to the rim with ease, able to finish at the rim and through contact. He can continue to work harder on defense and it will elevate his game to the next level. Christian can also work on being quicker with his pull-up.” Holland was quite impressive on both sides of the ball and could be a prospect for college coaches to keep a close eye on going forward.
#102: 6’5 ’20 Alec Topper (Forest Hills)
Continuing onto a player that offered his team with an extremely reliable motor and two-way presence, Alec Topper. He’s a versatile, fairly well-rounded wing/forward prospect that truly looks to involve himself in every facet of the game. Topper pursues rebounds with relentlessness and consistency, frequently able to outwork bigger/stronger opponents for extra possessions. He’s a surprising athlete with a nice perimeter jumper and above-the-rim capabilities. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him even tougher for opposing forwards to contain. Coach Cassell on Topper: “Alec proved to be a coach’s dream, playing so hard and was absolutely relentless as a defender and rebounder. He played in the framework of the team and was a solid contributor all day long. As he gets more comfortable with the ball, his game will go to another level. Alec has a high motor and took the ball to the basket strong.” Topper exuded productivity and unselfishness during camp, which should allow him to emerge as a quality leader this season for Forest Hills.
#106: 6’5 ’22 Miles McClure (Franklin)
Next, we look at a player that stood out as one of the best glue-guys in attendance, Miles McClure. He’s a young, strong-bodied post prospect that just continues to get better in every facet of the game. McClure is a terrific two-way rebounder that simply seems to always be in the right place at the right time. He runs the floor hard, finishes well around the basket, and is willing to make any possible hustle plays. Next in his development process is working on extending his range beyond the three-point arc, as it would make him a mismatch for opposing forwards. Coach Cassell on McClure: “Miles is a great, solid, and one of the most fundamental guys at camp. He hustles 100% of the time on the floor. He has continued to get better each time I’ve seen him. He goes hard to the basket and can finish with both hands. Miles is a solid defender and rebounds very well. I love this game and his game! He will only get better and better. He’s a relentless winner!” McClure is a guy that every coach should want, so it’ll be exciting to see his recruitment unfold over the next few years.
#109: 6’6 ’23 Debaba Tshiebwe (Beckley Prep)
Finishing up, we look at a player that might’ve been the most dominant and impressive long-term prospect on display, Debaba Tshiebwe. He’s a big, strong, athletic post prospect with an incredibly advanced physique and the ability to overwhelm all types of opponents with his nonstop motor. Tshiebwe has touch with either hand and genuinely takes pride in his rebounding and defensive presence. Next in his development process is working on building his jumper, as it would make him nearly impossible for opponents to contain. Coach Cassell on Tshiebwe: “Debaba is a very strong inside presence. He’s a great rebounder and is relentless on the boards. He’s a great offensive rebounder that uses both hands well and has nice moves around the basket. He’s a great post-up player and was one of the hardest workers at camp. Once the range on his shot is extended, Debaba will be a force. His attitude and work ethic would have him a spot on my team every time.” Tshiebwe has all the tools to become a star prospect, much like his brother, and should have the attention of Division I coaches going forward.