Still here on Court 3! The day is starting to wrap up. Here’s who impressed on my court during the second portion of camp.
No. 84, 6’2” 2020 Darien Long – Rolesville HS (Raleigh, NC)
With his strength and aggressive play, the junior competed at three different positions for his team. Long stands out as a two-player who plays hard around the rim. One can expect him to finish plays, crash the glass, initiate fast breaks, and make opposing players highly uncomfortable. He’s not a big-time scorer, per say, but definitely has a nose for the ball and can score efficiently. Any coach would appreciate the toughness he brings to a team. Moving forward, Long will need to keep building on his ball-handling and shooting.
No. 90, 6’2” 2020 Jackeem Herbin – Burlington Christian Academy (Burlington, NC)
A talented scoring guard, Herbin does exceptionally well in sizing up defenders to create space and make straight-line drives to the rim. He can finish through contact well with both hands. I consider him a “microwave” player; when he gets hot, he’s dangerous. His outside shooting isn’t great right now but he showed the ability to hit some pull-up jumpers. If Herbin continues to develop his three-level scoring to go along with his handle and hesitation moves, watch out.
No. 116, 6’2” 2021 Jacob Hukins, Jr. – Grace Christian School Raleigh (Raleigh, NC)
The young Hukins plays as an athletic shooting guard who can produce on both ends of the floor. He’s a fast athlete who pushes the ball at a great pace to find others for quick points. His speed allows him to freely get open in the half-court and he shows comfort in rising up to knock down midrange shots off the bounce. He’ll need to work on his ball security, which will come if he trains his body to play lower when handling the rock.
No. 164, 6’7” 2021 Jonathan Kurtas – Southlake Christian Academy (Mooresville, NC)
Kurtas has a chance to become a next-level forward soon considering all of the things he does well. He stands tall, posts inside aggressively, can find others on the perimeter out of the block, and has excellent patience with the ball. The maturity in his game sets him apart from most of the younger forwards I’ve come across so far. He should continue to focus on improving his quickness and basketball body for the incoming years. Keep an eye on him.
No. 169, 6’7” 2021 Tre’lin Harper – Asheville Christian Academy (Candler, NC)
Another young big fella in the group, Harper has a unique style to his game as more of a back-to-basket post player. He has great body size and can become a relentless finisher if he develops more of an assertive mindset. However, at his height, he will need to transition into more of a forward versus a traditional big to play at a higher college level. Harper possesses various intangibles and a good attitude so I expect to see him easily grow throughout his high school journey.