Last week, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville, North Carolina for the NC Spartans’ media day. The practice featured their five 17U squads, which allowed us to see the differences in style and roster construction between each team. We’ve seen this program put kids in college on a yearly basis, yet this might honestly be their most talented group from top to bottom. It’s a surefire guarantee that college coaches will be pursuing players across these five teams (Liles, Pittman, Patton, Lindell, and Bell), so let’s take a closer look at their makeup—starting with Herb Liles’ group.
6’6 Camden Edmonds (West Stokes)
After consistently being one of their top players last summer, Camden Edmonds looks prepared to continue leading this group. He’s visibly grown and added strength, which should only make him more of a nightmare for opponents to contain. At 6-foot-6, Edmonds is a long, athletic, polished three-level scorer with the ability to reliably create his own shot and apply aggressive scoring pressure from all three levels. He’s great at getting downhill, attacking the basket, and playing through contact, but also converts jumpers at a high percentage from midrange and beyond the arc. Edmonds is a willing passer, defender, and rebounder with the ability to affect the action on both ends of the floor. Expect him to have a breakout summer.
6’5 John Campbell (Bishop McGuinness)
Similar to the entry above, John Campbell returns to this group in a clear leadership role. He’s also gotten bigger and stronger while maintaining his foundation as a smart, athletic, dynamic point guard prospect. Campbell displays a crafty handle and sharp vision, which allows him to create for himself and others at a high frequency. His quickness allows him to touch the paint at will, where he’s able to make proper reads as a playmaker or score in a variety of ways. Campbell is a terrific finisher, both above and below the rim, with a useful array of runners, floaters, and pull-ups. He’s a capable three-point shooter but prefers to attack whenever possible. Add in his defensive prowess and team-oriented mentality, and Campbell is another guy who should see an uptick in recruitment.
6’6 Cooper Jackson (Reagan)
After playing last summer with Team Bond, Cooper Jackson joins the Spartans and should immediately play a pivotal role. He’s a strong, bouncy, high-motor post prospect with touch and rebounding instincts. Jackson utilizes his body really well around the basket, both when securing post position and finishing through contact. His blend of size, mobility, and overall activity allows him to consistently cause problems for opponents. Jackson is a quality screener, capable roller or popper, and natural blue-collar guy who outworks his assignment on both ends of the floor. He should be a seamless addition to this group.
6’9 Cal Barrett (Bishop McGuinness)
Although the majority of these guys have improved over the last year, it’s easy to appreciate the strides that Cal Barrett continues to make. He’s always been a smooth shooting threat from midrange and beyond the arc, but showcased clear progression as a finisher and overall interior threat. Barrett still spaces the floor extremely well, yet is willing to mix it up and battle around the basket. He’s a capable finisher with solid touch, length, and mobility. Barrett highlighted increased toughness around the basket, both as a defender and finisher. He’s also a useful rebounder. Expect Barrett to be a major piece for this squad.
6’7 Ben Miller (East Forsyth)
Given their overall roster construct, Ben Miller should serve as another reliable interior piece for this group. He’s a big, sturdy post prospect with a steady presence on both ends of the floor. Miller is a capable finisher, but doesn’t necessarily require the ball in order to make an impact. He competes for rebounds, battles defensively, and runs the floor effectively in transition. Miller understands how to produce within his role.
6’2 Scottie Yaudes (Ledford)
Although this group has numerous notable shooting threats, Scottie Yaudes might be the most lethal three-point shooter on the team. He’s a smart, wiry, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to play either backcourt position due to his blend of shooting and playmaking instincts. Yaudes is a sharp passer, active defender, and excellent spot-up threat with an understanding of how to attack closeouts as needed. His balanced game should be quite useful for this group.
5’11 David Gray (East Forsyth)
After playing a major role during his high school season, Gray has been clearly battle-tested over the last calendar year. He’s a tough, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to knock down jumpers, set up others, and defend at the point of attack. Gray is able to make hustle plays while actively filling in the gaps on either end of the floor.
6’0 Grayson Cathey (High Point Christian)
Although countless guys on this roster have improved, Grayson Cathey highlighted a lot of growth during the practice. He’s a wiry, steady guard prospect who understands how to play within the team structure on both ends of the floor. Cathey can make plays off the bounce or operate as a cutter or spot-up threat. He also provides effort as a defender and rebounder.