Coach: Rod Williams
#71: 6’0 ’26 Terence Guess (Charlotte Christian)
Starting things off, we look at a player who consistently found ways to make his presence felt, Terence Guess. He’s a long, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to operate with or without the ball in his hands. Guess is a capable three-point shooter, but is arguably at his best when getting downhill and attacking the basket or pulling up from midrange. He finishes well through contact and looks to set up his teammates at a solid. Guess provides quality effort as a defender and rebounder, and is willing to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Williams on Guess: “Terence is an athletic combo guard who plays with unselfishness and good energy on both sides of the ball. He had a good attitude and was coachable.” Guess enjoyed a solid showing at camp and should be a key piece for Charlotte Christian during the upcoming season.
#88: 6’2 ’26 Chaise Smith (Washington)
Next, we look at a player who continues to rapidly trend upward as one of the most exciting guys in his class, Chaise Smith. He’s a smart, crafty, athletic guard prospect with polished creation skills and effortless scoring prowess from all three levels. Smith utilizes his quick-twitch nature to consistently generate clean looks for himself and others off the bounce. He’s a sharp passer who sets up others at a quality rate with the ball in his hands. That being said, he understands how to seize scoring opportunities whenever available. Whether attacking the basket, pulling up from midrange, or hitting jumpers from beyond the arc, Smith is a lethal offensive weapon. He’s a useful defender with great instincts for forcing turnovers, both as an on-ball defender and through intercepting passing lanes. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would allow him to become a more physically imposing player. Coach Williams on Smith: “Chaise is one of the best guards in 2026. High-motor scoring guard who gets in the lane to finish above the rim or create for others. Chaise is a Division I player.” Smith proved to be a high-level performer at camp, securing the Playmaker Award, and should be poised for an incredible sophomore season with Washington.
#90: 6’2 ’26 Judah King (Cannon)
Moving onto a player whose versatility and well-rounded identity allow him to produce alongside any collection of teammates, Judah King. He’s a smart, steady, unselfish wing prospect who can operate in a variety of different roles. King can find success without the ball or initiate the offense and create shots for himself and others. He displayed a solid handle, nice vision, and the ability to score from all levels offensively. King regularly outworked opponents on the glass and actively toggled between multiple positions defensively. He did an excellent job of leading by example and affecting all facets of the game. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find even more scoring opportunities as a cutter. Coach Williams on King: “Judah is a scoring lefty guard that excels when getting downhill. He’s somewhat of a glue-guy with his ability to do a little bit of everything on the court. Plays well within the framework of the team.” King stood out as an asset at camp and will be a key piece for Cannon over these next few years.
#93: 6’2 ’26 Rassell Young (Mallard Creek)
Continuing onto a player who continues to solidify himself as one of the most dynamic guards in the state, Rassell Young. He’s a smooth, crafty point guard prospect with excellent polish and creation ability. Young possesses IQ, poise, and a tight handle, which allows him to consistently dissect defenses and make the correct decision with the ball in his hands. He effortlessly breaks down opponents and gets wherever he wants off the bounce. Young is a great passer, but also scores the ball with incredible ease from all levels. He plays with great pace. Additionally, Young displays nice defensive instincts and rebounds well for his size/position. Next in his development process is working to set the tone, as he has the tools to do so. Coach Williams on Young: “Rassell is a scoring machine. He’s a point guard that can score off the catch or dribble. Good playmaker. Makes plays in transition.” Young enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be poised for a noteworthy season as the undisputed leader for Mallard Creek.
#101: 6’3 ’26 Taurean McKinnon (Lake Norman)
Next, we look at a player whose mentality and array of physical tools always seem to stand out, Taurean McKinnon. He’s a tough, low-maintenance wing prospect with size, athleticism, and a high motor on both ends of the floor. McKinnon is a highly unselfish player who is willing to adapt to whatever his team needs. He’s a quality defender with the ability to guard multiple positions and frequently outwork opponents for extra opportunities. McKinnon rebounds very well for his size/position and is capable of pushing the break himself or advancing the ball in transition. Offensively, he does a great job of filling in the gaps and asserting his presence as needed. McKinnon’s combination of feel, adaptability, and team-first mentality allows him to mesh with any collection of teammates. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Williams on McKinnon: “Taurean is a scrappy guard that can defend his position well. Good teammate who plays hard.” McKinnon made a nice impact at camp and should be a key piece for Lake Norman going forward.
#123: 6’5 ’26 Tarris Bouie (Chambers)
Moving onto a player who is visibly trending upward as one of the top prospects in North Carolina, Tarris Bouie. He’s a smart, skilled, athletic wing prospect with a long, wiry frame and obvious long-term appeal. Bouie is already a highly polished three-level scorer who understands how to effectively create for himself and others or find success without the ball. He’s a lethal shooting threat who opponents must stay attached to along the perimeter. However, Bouie can reliably attack closeouts, pull up off the bounce, finish at the basket, or set up others. He utilizes his length very well defensively to contain his assignment and force turnovers at a healthy rate. Bouie also isn’t afraid to involve himself in the rebounding battle and push the break in transition. Next in his development process is simply working to add strength, as he has all the tools to be a special player. Coach Williams on Bouie: “Tarris is a three-level scoring wing who should appeal to Division I coaches. Scores the ball in several ways, both in transition and the half court.” Bouie continues to impress with each new viewing and should only continue to blossom as a focal point for Chambers.
#127: 6’6 ’26 Lee Podger (Cary)
Continuing onto a player who showcased a variety of intriguing flashes as an inside-out piece, Lee Podger. He’s a sturdy, fairly skilled post prospect with a quality motor and unselfish approach to the game. Offensively, Podger displays a solid blend of touch, post moves, and perimeter shooting. He moves well without the ball to find open space and finish or knock down jumpers. Podger understands how to operate within the flow of the offensive action and seize scoring opportunities whenever available. He works hard defensively and pursues rebounds at a consistent rate. Next in his development process is working on getting quicker, as it would make him a better defender when hedging or switching onto smaller guards. Coach Williams on Podger: “Lee plays hard and is willing to do the dirty work. He had a good attitude and was coachable throughout the day. Finished around the basket and hit a few jumpers.” Podger enjoyed a nice showing at camp and should be an x-factor for Cary over the foreseeable future.
#136: 6’8 ’26 Mason Robinson (Orange)
Next, we look at a player who seems to steadily progress with each new viewing, Mason Robinson. He’s a long, fluid post prospect with a low-maintenance identity on both ends of the floor. Robinson is an excellent two-way rebounder who battles hard on the glass and runs the floor properly in transition. He finishes well around the basket and is capable of scoring with his back to the basket. Robinson is a reliable defensive anchor who utilizes his length, mobility, and instincts to alter shots on a consistent basis. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a better defender when hedging or switching onto smaller guards. Coach Williams: “Mason is a rim-protecting big man with a good frame and unselfish approach to the game. He makes hustle plays and moves well without the ball. Mason had a good attitude and was coachable throughout the day.” Robinson made a solid impact during his time at camp and should be a difference-maker for Orange over the coming years.
#140: 6’10 ’26 Heimir Helgason (Asheville School)
Finishing up, we look at a player who is emerging as one of the top newcomers in North Carolina, Heimir Helgason. He’s a long, wiry big man with a phenomenal combination of IQ, skill, and athleticism. Helgason possesses great fluidity and timing, which allows him to consistently protect the rim as an interior defender. He rebounds well, blocks shots at a high volume, and runs the floor hard in transition. Helgason displayed touch around the basket, but also looked quite comfortable spacing the floor and attacking off the bounce. He moves really well without the ball and causes problems for opponents with his array of perimeter skills. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Williams on Helgason: “Heimir is a big man that can play inside the paint or outside the arc. He stretches the floor really well as a shooter. Runs well, shoots the ball at a high clip, and is a bouncy athlete.” Helgason turned a lot of heads during his time at camp and will be a prospect to monitor closely going forward for the Asheville School.