Coach: Dre Simmons
#4: 4’9 ’26 Amari Goggins (Fayetteville)
Starting things off, we look at a player that stood out with his phenomenal effort on both ends of the floor, Amari Goggins. He’s a young, strong-bodied guard prospect that knows how to work within the flow of the team. Goggins hustles at all times, looking to force turnovers, secure rebounds, and set up others whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the rim. Coach Dre on Goggins: “Amari is very scrappy and a great rebounder at his size. Being one of the younger kids at camp, he put forth great effort and wasn’t afraid to bang with bigger players. He had several hustle plays and was always involved in the action. I love his spirit and competitive nature as well. During games, he often got the “defense” chant going and encouraged a team-first approach all day.” Goggins competed well throughout camp, especially for his size and age, and will be one to watch grow over the coming years.
#11: 5’0 ’26 Jay Bennett III (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player that was among the more reliable floor generals for this team, especially for his age, Jay Bennett III. He’s a tough point guard prospect with a solid handle and the ability to create for himself and others quite nicely. Bennett contains his assignment well and can knock down the open perimeter jumper. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to seamlessly play alongside another primary ball-handler. Coach Dre on Bennett: “Jay showcased the ability to run the team very effectively. He plays the game at a great pace. He can get to the rack with his size and finish versus bigger defenders. He also has the three-pointer in his arsenal. He has tremendous upside. I also like his scrappiness and willingness to hit the ground for loose balls. He is a team player and, at this rate (if he continues to develop), I believe he has a great career ahead of him.” Bennett enjoyed a quality showing at camp and did a great job of making his presence felt on both ends of the floor.
#16: 5’2 ’27 Jasiye Simmons (Statesville)
Moving onto a player that stood out well despite being among the youngest performers on display, Jasiye Simmons. He’s a wiry, high-motor guard with a solid offensive feel for the game and the ability to work effectively within the flow of the team. Next in his development process is working on his defensive awareness, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Dre on Simmons: “Jasiye has pretty nice form on his shot and seems to very offensive minded. The negative to that is he is still learning on the defensive end. At times, he loses his man or just lays back on the offensive end for layups. I was able to coach him up through this because he was one of the youngest campers in attendance. I believe that he is learning the game and took constructive criticism very well. With continued hard work, I believe this young man has a bright future. He has a lot of confidence and isn’t scared to play.” Simmons continues to get better at each camp and has the tools to become a very useful player sooner than later.
#22: 5’4 ’25 DeKoaven Stanley (Fayetteville)
Continuing onto a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, DeKoaven Stanley. He’s a wiry guard prospect with a fairly well-rounded skillset and the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Stanley provides great energy on defense and looks to set up others whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a more consistent finisher around the basket. Coach Dre on Stanley: “DeKoaven has a nice midrange game and is very active on the offensive glass. He moved very well without the ball, set great screens, and created open opportunities for himself. He was very active and stayed motivated on every play. He also never let his man out of his sight and was a pest on defense. I enjoyed coaching him and he was a great teammate to his peers.” Stanley made his presence felt in a variety of ways during camp and should have a productive upcoming season, especially if he continues to work.
#27: 5’5 ’24 Derice “DJ” Pritchett (Greensboro)
Next, we look at a player that was clearly among the most reliable two-way performers for this team, Derice “DJ” Pritchett. He’s a long, athletic, well-rounded guard prospect with excellent defensive prowess and the ability to score quite efficiently from all three levels. Pritchett seems to naturally affect all facets of the game while hustling and placing clear emphasis on doing the little things. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would take his offensive ability to another level. Coach Dre on Pritchett: “DJ does a lot of things well on the basketball court. He is a complete player. He stepped out and showed range on his three-point shot. He has a nice handle and can get downhill and to the rack with ease. DJ is very crafty and creates fits for the defense. He makes the game look so easy and seems like he has the ball on the string. He also is a very intelligent player that just gets it does. What a pleasure it was to watch him perform.” Pritchett enjoyed a great showing at camp and will be a prospect worth monitoring over the coming years.
#36: 5’7 ’24 Delani Hammonds (Charlotte)
Moving onto a player that really stood out with his craftiness and ability to pull buckets out of thin air, Delani Hammonds. He’s a smart, scrappy guard prospect with a tight handle and the ability to create effectively for himself and others. Hammonds makes plays with or without the ball and contains his assignment well on the defensive end. Next in his development process is working to establish a go-to scoring avenue, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Dre on Hammonds: “I really liked the way that Delani used his head-fake. He really has a knack for getting to the ball and just seems to be in the right spot on the court. He really improved through the course of the games and, once he did, was a complete problem. His handle is highlight-worthy and his spin move would make D-Wade jealous. I put him in isolation situations several times and they all resulted in a layup. He is lightning-quick and can get it done with the ball in his hands. He’s a coaches dream at the point guard position and should have a phenomenal career.” Hammonds made a strong impact throughout camp and has all the tools to be an excellent contributor during the upcoming season.
#41: 5’8 ’24 Jaxon Prunty (Charlotte)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably one of the most intriguing long-term prospects in attendance, Jaxon Prunty. He’s a long, wiry, high-motor guard/wing prospect with a strong variety of skills and the ability to operate in various different roles. Prunty is already versatile and displays a nice feel for the game on both ends of the floor, but will only get better as he gets stronger. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a spot-up threat, as it would make him an even more lethal scoring threat from the perimeter. Coach Dre on Prunty: “Jaxon has great passing ability. He has a great basketball body and a frame that creates problems for the defense. At his length, his handle is deceptive and he can get to the rack pretty much whenever he feels like it. He has a very effective midrange game and can stop and pop at the drop of a dime. His playmaking ability is really unique for a guard at his size. He can kill opponents with an array of moves going to the rack and he also has a nice floater over bigger defenders. I believe I saw a player today that we will hear about in the future.” Prunty was quite productive during camp and has the chance to become a very nice prospect at the high school level.
#47: 5’9 ’26 Cody Peck (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impression with his motor and extremely unselfish approach, Cody Peck. He’s a young, long, wiry guard prospect with a well-rounded skillset. Peck plays within himself, never forces the action, and looks to make hustle plays as often as possible. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll likely make him a more consistent finisher around the basket. Coach Dre on Peck: “This kid really attacks the glass and gets every rebound in his area. Once Cody realized that he belonged at this camp, he really came alive. He really has the potential to be a bully down low when he develops a few more post moves. When he starting feeling his self, he even stepped out and hit a three-pointer or two. He moved well, set good screens, and had great feel. I enjoyed Cody as well because he was coachable and just wants to get better, and I believe that he will.” Peck showed some high-level flashes, especially for his age, and is going to be a player to monitor going forward.
#52: 6’1 ’24 Zion Walker (Graham)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was undoubtedly the most dominant two-way force on display, Zion Walker. He’s a big, strong, athletic, all-around wing/forward prospect with a high motor, team-first approach, and the ability to truly control the game on both ends on the floor. Walker handles and passes the ball extremely well for his size while scoring efficiently from all three levels. He’s nearly impossible to stop from entering the paint and has the poise and craftiness to finish nearly anything he attempts. Next in his development process is working on his vision, as it would make him even more uncontainable on the offensive end. Coach Dre on Walker: “Zion was just a man amongst boys. He does what he wants, when he wants. He gets above the rim already and can finish with power or finesse. He also can get it done with either hand. Rebounds are all his if he’s anywhere near the ball. At that point, he’s a threat to go coast-to-coast. His ball-handling skills are good to the point that he can evade the defense and put one down in transition. Defensively, not in his house! He had too many blocks to count, the most memorable being a two-handed air snatch. We are years ahead of the curb but college coaches should take notice immediately.” Walker is a special talent, securing the camp MVP with relative ease, and should have a big-time upcoming season.