We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at John Campbell of Bishop McGuiness.
We’ve seen Campbell various times throughout the years, including most recently at the Villains open gym, where we stated, “Despite being one of the younger players on the roster, folks should start taking note of John Campbell. Since he played within the homeschool ranks last season, people likely don’t know that much about him. Campbell is a smart, crafty, well-rounded floor general with an excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. He displays creative vision when attacking the basket, but instinctively understands how to make the proper read whenever available. Campbell scores the ball well from all levels, defends his position with toughness, and regularly outperforms his assignment in all facets of the game. He has the chance to be a very noteworthy prospect, and will certainly be a prospect for college coaches to monitor over the coming years.”
Similar to a few prospects in the past, we’ve actually benefitted from seeing Campbell very early in his playing career. He was largely unseen last season due to playing with the local team of homeschooled kids. That being said, Campbell joins Bishop McGuinness and will be an immediate difference-maker. Even as a sophomore, he should easily be among their top two or three players. Campbell brings a heady, intelligent presence from the point guard position. He’s crafty and balanced, offering quality scoring prowess and playmaking instincts with the ball in his hands. Campbell displays natural all-around instincts and understands how to consistently affect all facets of the game. Add in the basketball background from his father, and Campbell should steadily emerge as one of the better prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2024.