Coach: Stephon McQueen
#43: 5’7 ’27 Rudd Sutton (Fayetteville Academy)
Starting things off, we look at a player who arguably stood out as the top shooting threat on this team, Rudd Sutton. He’s a scrappy, unselfish guard prospect with a nice feel and steady presence on both ends of the floor. Sutton is a capable creator who possesses solid vision, ball skills, and penetration ability. However, he finds most of his success through being a 3-and-D piece. Sutton is a knockdown shooter, both from midrange and beyond the arc, and forces opponents to stay attached at all times. He contains his assignment well and forces turnovers at a quality rate defensively. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach McQueen on Sutton: “Rudd was such a pleasure to coach. Don’t leave him open or he will knock down the three. Young man showed he cared about the game. His passion after our first game will make him a winner in life.” Sutton enjoyed a strong showing at camp and should be able to carve out a productive role for Fayetteville Academy sooner than later.
#45: 6’0 ’27 Matthew Sancho-Joseph (Cannon)
Next, we look at a player who simply knows how to produce, Matthew Sancho-Joseph. He’s a smart, strong-bodied guard prospect with a terrific skillset and overall level of offensive versatility. Sancho-Joseph is built like a tank, yet can create with the ball in his hands, set up others with relative ease, and apply scoring pressure from all levels. He rebounds at a consistent rate on both ends of the floor. Sancho-Joseph does a great job of defending multiple positions (including bigger opponents), forcing turnovers, and pushing the break in transition. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it will make him an even more dynamic player. Coach McQueen on Sancho-Joseph: “Matthew is a strong guard with a football body. Finishes through contact for and-one baskets. Loves contact and uses his physical frame to lead offensive players into turnovers. I love the passion this kid plays with. I see a bright future for this physical young man.” Sancho-Joseph continues to turn heads with his play and will be a prospect to watch emerge at Cannon over the coming years.
#56: 5’10 ’27 Hunter McGrath (Hoggard)
Moving onto a player who possesses the ability to mesh with any collection of teammates, Hunter McGrath. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard prospect with a high motor and unselfish approach to the game. McGrath is a lethal shooter, both off the catch and bounce, and forces opponents to stay attached to him along the perimeter. He handles the ball, sets up others, and operates effectively within the flow of the offense. McGrath is a reliable defender with great instincts and a strong rebounding sense, especially for his size/position. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more dynamic penetrator. Coach McQueen on McGrath: “Hunter is a great young man with a strong game. Will play whatever role to support the team. Can knock down the open jumper when confident. Most importantly, the young man listens and loves the game.” McGrath did a variety of things well during his time at camp and will be a prospect to monitor for Hoggard over the coming years.
#59: 5’10 ’27 Quentel Young Jr. (Chambers)
Evaluation N/A due to injury.
#75: 6’0 ’27 Hayden Hillman (St. Stephens)
Continuing onto a player who consistently found ways to involve himself in the action, Hayden Hillman. He’s a smart, skilled guard prospect with a high motor and well-rounded identity. Hillman is an excellent shooter, both from midrange and beyond the arc, but also knows how to attack closeouts and make plays for himself and others off the bounce. He’s a quality defender with great quickness, toughness, and overall instincts for forcing turnovers. Hillman doesn’t shy away from physical play on either end of the floor. He does the dirty work whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach McQueen on Hillman: “Hayden is a great kid. Loved coaching this young man. He’s definitely the type of kid every coach would want on their team. Great catch-and-shoot threat. Keep up the good work.” Hillman enjoyed a quality showing during his time at camp and should be a meaningful piece for St. Stephens going forward.
#85: 6’1 ’27 Lincoln Vinson (Cannon)
Next, we look at a player who showcased a lot of enticing qualities on both ends of the floor, Lincoln Vinson. He’s a smart, tough, high-motor guard prospect with a quality skillset and ability to make an impact in a variety of different roles. Vinson is comfortable dictating the action with the ball in his hands, both as a playmaker and three-level scorer, but also finds opportunities as an off-ball threat. He utilizes his motor and physicality to constantly outwork opponents on the glass and defensively. Vinson can do a healthy amount of everything on the court, but still looks to make hustle plays and operate within team structure. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach McQueen on Vinson: “Lincoln is a great player with a very high motor. Very competitive with a strong love and passion for the game. Shooter’s shoot, and he did that very well. I see a bright future for this young man.” Vinson proved to be an asset at camp and should be an immediate contributor for Cannon during the upcoming season.
#108: 6’3 ’27 Seth Harris (Caldwell Academy)
Moving onto a player who seems to show steady progression with each new viewing, Seth Harris. He’s a long, athletic wing prospect with a quality skillset and tools to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Harris scored the ball from all levels, highlighting confidence and polish as a creator, but also consistently generated clean looks for others. He’s a reliable perimeter shooter with a strong penetration sense and the ability to finish through contact or above the rim. Harris is a great on-ball defender who utilizes his length and energy to constantly disrupt opponents. He also led by example, made hustle plays, and got back on defense in transition. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will make him a more physically imposing player. Coach McQueen on Harris: “Seth is a great young man with a nice jumper. Loves the game and plays with a lot of passion. Needs to be more aggressive with the ball in his hands.” Harris stood out as one of the top performers, securing the Hustle Award, and will be a key piece for Caldwell Academy going forward.
#114: 6’4 ’27 Caiden Jenkins (North Raleigh Christian)
Continuing onto a player who made a lasting impression with his perimeter shooting, Caiden Jenkins. He’s a smooth, well-rounded wing prospect with an excellent combination of IQ, size, and skill. Jenkins is capable of doing everything offensively, whether applying scoring pressure, creating for himself and others, or finding opportunities without the ball. He plays hard and produces extremely well within the flow of the action. Jenkins is a lethal shooter from midrange and beyond the arc, but also attacks closeouts and finishes with consistency. His toughness and high-motor approach allows him to consistently overwhelm his assignment, force turnovers, and push transition play. He also moves very well without the ball to find spot-up chances. Next in his development process is working on getting quicker, as it would make him an even better penetrator. Coach McQueen on Jenkins: “Caiden shined as a shooter. Good player with a positive attitude and willingness to be coached. He plays with great energy and highlights a clear passion for the game.” Jenkins enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should emerge as a focal point for North Raleigh Christian Academy sooner than later.
#115: 6’4 ’27 Josiah Johnson-Freeman (Northside Christian)
Next, we look at a player who consistently found ways to stand out as a leader for this group, Josiah Johnson-Freeman. He’s a smart, athletic, well-rounded wing prospect with all the necessary tools to impact a game on both ends of the floor. Johnson-Freeman is capable of controlling the action with the ball in his hands, displaying the ability to reliably generate offense for himself and others. He scores the ball from all levels, but is capable of deferring to others and still finding ways to produce. Johnson-Freeman is great in transition, where he thrives at attacking the basket and finishing. He forces turnovers at a strong rate defensively and displays a great nose for the ball as a rebounder. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing player. Coach McQueen on Johnson-Freeman: “Josiah was the MVP of our team. Great player with a lot of skill and physical tools. Always found himself getting involved in the action.” Johnson-Freeman proved to be an asset at camp and should maintain his status as an x-factor for Northside Christian.
#131: 6’6 ’27 Joshua Conti (Millbrook)
Finishing up, we look at a player who possesses an obvious amount of long-term upside, Joshua Conti. He’s a long, fluid post prospect with a high IQ, nonstop motor, and ability to make a consistent impact on both ends of the floor. Conti is a great finisher with touch, perimeter shooting, and great vision for his size/position. He anchors the paint well defensively and frequently outworks his assignment on the glass. Conti blocks shots at a healthy rate and runs the floor hard in transition. Next in his development process is working on his quickness, as it would make him a better defender when hedging or recovering. Coach McQueen on Conti: “Joshua is a great young man. Big fella has such soft hands, but needs to learn how to take over in the paint. He has a great shooting stroke with soft touch and nice range. Definitely has the tools to develop into a college player.” Conti highlighted a lot of appealing qualities at camp and will be a prospect to watch emerge for Millbrook over the coming years.