Coach: Greg Harmon
#10: 5’5 ’26 Branden Warren (Reagan)
Starting things off, we look at a player who arguably stood out as the top spot-up threat on this team, Branden Warren. He’s a young, slightly undersized guard prospect with excellent feel and understanding as an off-ball threat. Warren knows how to find open seams and consistently hit perimeter jumpers, but also makes smart passes and provides great effort defensively. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will help prepare him for the physicality of the high school game. Coach Harmon on Warren: “Branden plays with heart and will not back down from challenges. He has good shot mechanics but can continue to develop his strength and quickness. Branden can also work on his on-ball defense and ability to shoot off the dribble. He has a great attitude and plays with effort on both ends of the floor. Handles the ball well and is capable of hitting the open man. He can also continue to develop his off-hand.” Warren made a lot of plays within his role at camp, and will be a prospect to watch emerge over the coming years at Reagan.
#44: 5’10 ’25 Dean Ruthstrom (Lake Norman Charter)
Next, we look at a player who has shown steady progression over the recent years, Dean Ruthstrom. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with a high motor and clear willingness to make hustle plays on both ends of the floor. Ruthstrom is a reliable spot-up threat who can knock down jumpers, make the extra pass, and move properly without the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would naturally make him a better all-around defensive player. Coach Harmon on Ruthstrom: “Dean is very coachable and accepts criticism well. He must improve his overall strength and quickness. He can look for his shot more offensively. Needs to improve defensively, but that’ll come with the aforementioned strength and quickness. Dean is a very unselfish player who looks to pass first. He can improve the use of his off-hand.” Ruthstrom enjoyed a nice showing at camp, and should be able to emerge as a useful contributor for Lake Norman Charter over these next few years.
#54: 5’10 ’27 CP Perry (Salisbury)
Moving onto a player with a pretty dynamic, advanced identity, especially for his current age, CP Perry. He’s a young, intelligent, crafty point guard prospect with vision, unselfishness, and the ability to score from all three levels. Perry looks to get others involved as often as possible, but understands how to properly seize available scoring chances. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find more scoring opportunities alongside another primary ball-handler. Coach Harmon on Perry: “CP handles the ball well with both hands and possesses nice shot mechanics. Attacks the basket well and knocks down open shots, but can improve his consistency off the dribble. He can work on improving his finishing in traffic and shot-selection at times. Gets knocked off his path at times when attacking the basket. That will improve will additional strength. CP stops the ball well in transition. He can keep working on his defense as an on-ball and help-side defender.” Perry highlighted a lot of favorable qualities at camp, and will definitely be a prospect to monitor over the coming years.
#72: 6’0 ’23 Quincy Miller (Homeschool)
Continuing onto a player who showcased a clear willingness to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge, Quincy Miller. He’s an unselfish, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with a sharp penetration sense and the ability to set up others. Miller plays bigger than his size would imply, especially as a rebounder, and can regularly outwork taller opponents for extra opportunities. He also utilizes his quickness well as an on-ball defender. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a more reliable finisher through contact. Coach Harmon on Miller: “Quincy plays hard on both ends of the floor. Boxes out and rebounds well for his size/position. He’s capable of penetrating but needs to improve on finishing in traffic. Recovers really well on defense. Can improve on his shot mechanics and stopping the ball in transition. He handles the ball well with both hands.” Miller enjoyed a quality showing at camp, and could be poised for a productive upcoming senior season.
#88: 6’0 ’26 Caden Ryker (Leadership Academy)
Next, we look at a player who stood out through his motor and team-oriented approach, Caden Ryker. He’s a young, tough, active guard prospect with useful perimeter shooting and a willingness to make hustle plays at a strong rate. Ryker battles defensively and on the glass, and regularly outworks opponents in both areas. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Harmon on Ryker: “Caden rebounds well for his position. He’s able to attack the basket, but can improve on finishing in traffic. He’s very coachable with a great attitude. Can make the open shot, but should continue to improve mechanics and shooting consistency off the dribble. He can also work on stopping the ball in transition. Caden plays hard on both ends of the floor.” Ryker made a quality impact throughout camp, and will be a prospect to watch progress over the coming years.
#90: 6’0 ’26 CJ Jones (Dudley)
Moving onto a player who can already do everything at a reliable rate on the court, CJ Jones. He’s a smart, steady, well-rounded guard with an adaptable, unselfish approach and the ability to naturally affect all facets of the game. Jones is a quality creator who can run a team or play alongside another primary ball-handler and find opportunities as a scorer. He understands how to break down defenses and take what the opposition is giving him offensively. Jones already does a great job of making hustle plays while scoring at an efficient rate from all levels. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Harmon on Jones: “CJ knocks down the open shot and is capable of attacking the basket and finishing in traffic. Plays hard on both ends, runs the floor, and is willing/capable of defending bigger players in the post. He can continue to improve on his positioning as a help-side defender. Moves well without the ball on offense. Great attitude and very coachable. Handles the ball well with both hands and is willing to make the extra pass.” Jones proved to be a difference-maker during camp, and should be an immediate contributor for Dudley during his upcoming freshman season.
#130: 6’2 ’26 Ian Bailey (Asheville Christian)
Continuing onto a player who possesses an enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Ian Bailey. He’s a young, skilled, high-motor wing prospect with great perimeter shooting and penetration ability. Bailey moves well without the ball, displays nice creation instincts, and utilizes his quickness well as an on-ball defender. Next in his development process is working on his awareness as an off-ball defender, as it would allow him to force more turnovers through intercepting passing lanes. Coach Harmon on Bailey: “Ian moves well without the ball on offense. He attacks the basket and can finish with either hand. Must improve transition defense and ability to stop the ball in transition. Ian is a very unselfish player with the ability to shoot the ball well off the bounce or in spot-up situations. He handles the ball well with both hands. Can improve on being in good help-side defense position. Great attitude and willing to make the extra pass. Ian can also work on becoming a better rebounder for his position.” Bailey did a lot of things well throughout camp, and should be able to steadily progress over the coming years.
#166: 6’7 ’23 Jordan Pyke (Shining Light Academy)
Next, we look at a player who possesses an impressive array of physical tools and plenty of upside, Jordan Pyke. He’s a long, explosive forward prospect with excellent fluidity and flashes of versatility. Pyke handled the ball, created off the bounce, and scored the ball from all levels throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to improve his transition defense, as he’s capable of shutting down fast-breaks with increased effort. Coach Harmon on Pyke: “Jordan handles the ball well for his size, displays good court vision, and is willing to make the extra pass. He’s very unselfish and capable of knocking down the open shot. Attacks the basket and can finish in traffic. Plays well above the rim. Jordan can continue to improve on help defense. He looks to block shots instead of stopping the ball in transition, but still plays with great effort on both ends. Jordan has a great attitude with leadership ability. At his best when pushing the ball in transition. He can improve and develop moves with his back to the basket.” Pyke highlighted a lot of ability during his time at camp, and should be poised for an extremely productive senior season at Shining Light Academy.
#174: 6’8 ’24 Edgar Escobedo (Charlotte Catholic)
Finishing up, we look at a player with a very steady, low-maintenance identity on both ends of the floor, Edgar Escobedo. He’s a long, sturdy, mobile post prospect with touch, perimeter shooting, and an active two-way motor. Escobedo is a solid finisher and floor-spacing option who works for rebounds, makes smart passes, and runs the floor properly in transition. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would allow him to play through contact rather than trying to avoid it—particularly around the basket. Coach Harmon on Escobedo: “Edgar is capable of making the open shot, and possesses good mechanics as a shooter. Can work on utilizing his length to his advantage more. He has a great attitude and is very coachable. Edgar can look to be more aggressive on both ends of the floor. Handles the ball well for his size and does a great job of going straight up when contesting shots defensively. He can continue to work on his post moves, help defense, and overall footwork.” Escobedo did a lot of things well at camp, and will be one for college coaches to watch progress over the next calendar year.