Coach: Kelvin Mills
#6: 5’1 ’24 Jason Howard (Raleigh)
Starting things off, we look at a player that found a way to impact the game despite being the smallest camper on this team, Jason Howard. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard prospect that showed the ability to create for himself and others while scoring effectively from anywhere inside the arc. Howard shoots the ball well for his size and moves well without the ball. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more consistent finisher through traffic. Coach Mills on Howard: “Jason goes with the saying “good things come in small packages.” He is one of them. He’s a complete player with a good attitude, high basketball IQ with good shooting range and the ability to go by opponents with either hand. He is always in attack mode with quickness, good footwork, and good ball-handling skills.” Howard definitely fit the “heart over height” notion during camp and will be a player to watch physically develop going forward.
#9: 5’2 ’24 Zicareian McNeil (Clinton)
Next, we look at a player that was quietly one of the craftier, productive performers on display, Zicareian McNeil. He’s a wiry, smart, fairly polished guard prospect that does a quality job of running a team while involving himself as a scorer and playmaker. McNeil shoots the ball very well from the perimeter and displays solid defensive instincts as a defender at the point of attack. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Mills on McNeil: “Zicareian moves well without the ball. He has good shooting mechanics and is a skilled playmaker with high basketball IQ. Zicareian is a bucket and gives you a three-point basket when you need one. He plays good on-ball defense; his foot speed and quickness are above-average. He displays an ability to make things look easy. He just gets buckets! Zicareian needs to work on his off-hand.” McNeil was among the most impressive guards on display, especially for his size, and has the tools to eventually emerge as a quality prospect.
#19: 5’7 ’25 Jonah Drye (Mount Pleasant)
Moving onto a player that was quietly one of the most productive all-around performers on display, Jonah Drye. He’s a smart, strong-bodied guard prospect with a well-rounded skillset and unselfish approach to the game. Drye plays with a high motor, knocks down open shots, fights on the glass, and makes his presence felt defensively. He found a way to make his presence felt without necessarily requiring the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a craftier finisher around the basket. Coach Mills on Drye: “Jonah has a good attitude with high basketball IQ. He’s a good shooter with range out to the three-point line. He works hard on defense and proved to be a good on and off-ball defender. Jonah plays with high energy and simply gets buckets. This is a player with all the tools to make it to the next level. He needs to work on his off-hand.” Drye enjoyed a pretty impactful showing at camp and could be poised for an exceptional eighth-grade season.
#21: 5’7 ’25 Jaidyn McKinon (Charlotte)
Continuing onto a player that made a pretty strong impression with his unselfishness and passer-friendly approach, Jaidyn McKinon. He’s a smart, balanced, high-motor guard prospect that offers a quality blend of scoring and playmaking. McKinon knows how to affect various facets of the game while operating within himself and the team structure. He’s a quality defender that knows how to force turnovers and then capitalize them into points on the other end. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better ball-handler and overall creator. Coach Mills on McKinon: “Playmakers come in all shapes and sizes but Jaidyn is a show-stopper. He has it all: ball-handling, passing, quickness, foot speed and basketball IQ. This makes him an outstanding team player and his phenomenal court vision allows everyone to eat. He’s a good team player but continue to work on his off-hand.” McKinon did a lot of things well during camp and could be a player worth noting for the future.
#30: 5’10 ’24 David McMillon (Durham)
Next, we look at a player that stood out with his polish and advanced feel for the game, David McMillon. He’s a long, fairly versatile wing/forward prospect with a well-rounded skillset and the ability to operate in various different roles on both ends of the floor. McMillon scores efficiently from all levels, creates for others, and defends his position at an above-average level. Next in his development process is working on moving without the ball, as it would allow him to find more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Mills on McMillon: “David is a good shooter with the skillset of a much older player. He has good footwork and good foot speed. He can get to the basket anytime and displays above-average quickness for his age. David plays with maximum effort and is a solid team player all day. He is a phenom young gun. David can continue to work on moving without the ball.” McMillon enjoyed a quality two-way showing at camp and will be a prospect to watch throughout his continued progression.
#43: 6’0 ’25 Ashawd Wynn (Godwin)
Moving onto a player that possesses an incredible crossroads between production and long-term upside, Ashawd Wynn. He’s a long, athletic, aggressive wing/forward prospect that already does a strong amount of everything. Wynn is a quality rebounder, versatile defender, and rugged finisher with terrific two-way toughness. He forces turnovers at a quality rate and makes plays at a consistent rate in transition. Next in his development process is working on becoming a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Mills on Wynn: “Ashawd is a freak of nature. He’s a good all-around player that makes plays in transition and doesn’t take plays off. He’s a good defender and passer with vision and court sense. Ashawd is extremely strong, like a man playing with boys. He needs some work on his slow starts but gets better as the game goes on. Ashawd shows you his true performance. He can continue to work on his off-hand.” Wynn had a very impressive showing at camp, especially for his age, and has all the tools to be an exceptional prospect.
#50: 6’2 ’24 Vincent Bertolini-Felice (Cary)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a very polished skillset, especially for his age and size, Vincent Bertolini-Felice. He’s a big, strong-bodied forward/post prospect with touch and the ability to score from inside or outside the paint. Bertolini-Felice is a great post defender that displays exceptional IQ and positions himself for success defensively. Next in his development process is working on his craftiness as a ball-handler, as it would allow him to exploit even more matchups against slower big men. Coach Mills on Bertolini-Felice: “Vincent is the smartest basketball player in the camp today. He has a good attitude with the basketball IQ of a coach. He’s good in transition with skills that allow him to make plays. Vincent is a strong rebounder at his position. He’s outstanding with moving without the ball and displays a consistent ability to finish. He can continue to work on his off-hand.” Bertolini-Felice continues to showcase an abundance of skills at camp and should emerge as a productive high school player sooner than later.
#54: 6’3 ’25 Zymicah Wilkins (Spindale)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was arguably the most dominant defensive presence at camp, Zymicah Wilkins. He’s a big, strong-bodied forward/post prospect with incredible IQ and overall instincts around the basket. Wilkins possesses extremely impressive timing, especially for his age, and knows how to consistently alter shots and secure rebounds in the paint. He plays hard, displays touch with either hand, and has great fluidity for his size. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open him up to more scoring opportunities. Coach Mills on Wilkins: “Zymicah is a big kid with good footwork but it can still get better. He has good hands, picking up all the balls around the basket. He may be the best big man at camp with the hands of an NFL tight end. Zymicah puts in work and plays a smart game. He can keep working on his footwork, as a big man must have good footwork, and moving without the ball.” Wilkins was undeniably impressive during camp, especially to be younger than most, and is absolutely a prospect worth noting for the foreseeable future.