Coach: Antonio Threadgill
#14: 5’7 ’25 Noah Wonleh (Pine Lake Prep)
Starting things off, we look at a player who maximized his role on both ends of the floor, Noah Wonleh. He’s a tough, unselfish, team-first guard prospect with excellent quickness and overall defensive prowess. Wonleh is a capable ball-handler and passer who looks to make the best possible decision with the ball in his hands. He plays hard and battles for extra opportunities. Next in his development process is working on becoming a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Threadgill on Wonleh: “Noah is a good on-ball defender who plays hard every time he’s on the floor. He’s a great teammate who shares the ball with others. I love this kid’s attitude. He wants to learn. I would like to see him continue to develop his jumper. He’s already really good on the defensive end. Once his offense catches up, he will be a really good player.” Wonleh made a quality impact throughout camp, and should be able to carve out a useful role for Pine Lake Prep going forward.
#36: 5’9 ’27 Lavonte Jackson (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player who did a lot of things well despite being the youngest camper on this team, Lavonte Jackson. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with a sharp penetration sense and the ability to effectively create scoring chances for himself and others. Jackson defends well at the point of attack, jumps into passing lanes, and makes quality decisions with the ball in his hands. He moves well without the ball and doesn’t necessarily require a ton of touches to make an impact. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Threadgill on Jackson: “Lavonte is quick and crafty. He’s a blur in transition. His quick first step allows him to get to the basket anytime he wants. Once Lavonte develops a consistent jumper, he will be nearly unstoppable.” Jackson highlighted a lot of promise and enticing qualities, and could be poised for a big eighth-grade season.
#42: 5’10 ’24 Caleb Benson (Emerald)
Moving onto a player who showcased a fairly steady, adaptable two-way presence, Caleb Benson. He’s a tough, quick, pretty well-rounded guard prospect with a quality motor and nice feel on both ends of the floor. Benson is great at getting downhill, setting up others, or finishing around the basket. He looks to get others involved and make plays within the flow of the team structure. 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 Threadgill on Benson: “Caleb has a lot of tools that he is still learning how to use. He has great athleticism and a nice, strong body. He plays very hard without being asked to do so. He has a great handle and is really good shot-maker who can finish around the rim. I would like to see him continue to round out his offensive game in order to be a solid all-around player.” Benson did a variety of things well at camp, and should be able to carve out a useful role for Emerald over these next few seasons.
#84: 6’0 ’25 Logan Stafford (Freedom Christian)
Continuing onto a player who made a lasting impression with his sheer willingness to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge, Logan Stafford. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with a high motor and understanding of how to make hustle plays on a consistent basis. Stafford can knock down open jumpers, move without the ball, and effectively fill in the gaps on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing defender. Coach Threadgill on Stafford: “Logan gives you everything he has every time he touches the floor. He does all the little things that coaches love. He has a great handle and does a great job of getting the ball to his teammates. Loved his attitude and willingness to listen to detail. He’s going to be a good basketball player once he continues to develop his offensive skills.” Stafford enjoyed a quality showing at camp, and will be one to watch progress over the coming years at Freedom Christian.
#104: 6’1 ’24 Rylan Jones (Riverside)
Next, we look at a player who easily stood out among the top performers in attendance, Rylan Jones. He’s a tough, smart, crafty guard prospect with a high comfort level from either backcourt position. Jones typically runs the team as a point guard, and highlights an impressive blend of vision, playmaking instincts, and three-level scoring ability. His pace and change of direction really seem to disrupt opponents. Jones gets wherever he wants with the ball, makes the right play, and stands out as a pest defensively. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him an even better finisher through contact. Coach Threadgill on Jones: “Rylan has a great attitude and plays really hard. He’s a very good passer who does a great job of keeping his head up and finding open teammates for good shots. Rylan is very crafty with the ball. He’s also a good slasher and overall shot-maker.” Jones enjoyed an impressive showing at camp, and should be poised for a productive junior season at Riverside.
#138: 6’3 ’26 Armahn Gillespie (Cummings)
Moving onto a player who possesses an enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Armahn Gillespie. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with great size, athleticism, and flashes of a well-rounded skillset. Gillespie already makes a consistent impact with his presence as a defender and rebounder, able to play the passing lanes, anticipate lazy passes, and push transition play whenever possible. His blend of length, motor, and positioning allow him to outwork opponents for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Threadgill on Gillespie: “Armahn is a good defender with the ability to get in passing lanes and accumulate steals with his length. Rebounds well linside and outside of his area. I would like to see him work harder to help his teammates in help-side defense. Once he does that, he will be a very solid player.” Gillespie did a lot of things well during his time at camp, and will certainly be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#144: 6’4 ’24 Aidan Cauthen (Mount Tabor)
Continuing onto a player who made a lasting impression through his perimeter shooting and willingness to do the little things, Aidan Cauthen. He’s a wiry, unselfish wing/forward prospect with a high motor and ability to excel within a role on both ends of the floor. Cauthen is a lethal spot-up threat who moves well without the ball, finds open seams, and forces the opposition to be accountable for him at all times. He knocked down shots off the catch and bounce, both from midrange and beyond the arc, yet still operated within the flow of the offensive action. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Threadgill on Cauthen: “Aidan is a deadly shooter. If he’s on the floor, you have to know where he is. He plays hard and has a good basketball IQ. I’d like to see him improve his footwork to be a better defender in the next part of his progression.” Cauthen enjoyed a nice showing at camp, and should be a useful contributor for Mount Tabor during the upcoming season.
#172: 6’8 ’23 Derius Hodges (Grace Christian)
Finishing up, we look at a player who was arguably among the top interior prospects on display, Derius Hodges. He’s a long, sturdy, low-maintenance post prospect with touch, mobility, and nice footwork around the basket. Hodges can reliably score from the block, hit midrange jumpers, or battle for putback opportunities as an offensive rebounder. He does a phenomenal job of making the most of his touches and capitalizing on offensive chances. Hodges rebounds well, alters shots defensively, and runs the floor hard in transition. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a better defender in space. Coach Threadgill on Hodges: “Derius is super-strong with great footwork around the basket. He’s very unselfish and will pass the ball to other teammates whenever he gets doubled in the paint. I would like to see him keep developing his 15-foot jumper to keep defenses honest on pick-and-roll situations. Solid kid with a great attitude. He also has a great IQ.” Hodges proved to be a clear asset throughout camp, and should warrant attention from college coaches during his senior campaign at Grace Christian.