Coach: Ed Moore
#22: 5’8 ’26 Jalen Mills (South View)
Starting things off, we look at a player who knows how to make a consistent impact through his motor, toughness, and unselfish mentality, Jalen Mills. He’s a rugged, team-oriented guard prospect who thrives at making hustle plays and doing the dirty work. Mills pursues rebounds, defends with purpose, and is always the first player on the floor for loose balls. He displays solid feel and playmaking instincts when handling the ball. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Moore on Mills: “Jalen is a scrappy hustler. He sprints back to get stops in transition. Capable finisher around the basket. Offered a positive attitude. Accepted coaching well. Jalen can continue to work on his strength, shooting, and off-hand.” Mills enjoyed another quality showing at camp, and will be one to monitor throughout his high school journey at South View.
#60: 5’11 ’24 Zehren Hilton (Highland)
Next, we look at a player who has clearly maintained his overall foundation while still making strides within his progression, Zehren Hilton. He’s a wiry, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with nice perimeter shooting and the ability to make plays from either backcourt position. Hilton handles the ball and sets up others as needed, but also poses a quality spot-up threat along the perimeter. He provides great effort as a defender and rebounder, and gets to his preferred spots in transition. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing player on both ends of the floor. Coach Moore on Hilton: “Zehren is a quick, pass-first point guard. He’s a confident, crafty finisher and capable shooting threat. He can continue to work on adding strength and improving his overall IQ.” Hilton did a lot of things well at camp, and should be poised for a productive junior season at Highland.
#80: 6’0 ’25 Bryson Mickey (Calvary Day)
Moving onto a player who made a lasting impression through his ability to fill in the gaps, Bryson Mickey. He’s a steady, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with a sturdy frame and active motor on both ends of the floor. Mickey can handle the ball, set up others, and score at a solid rate from all levels, but still operates within the flow of the action. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Moore on Mickey: “Bryson is an excellent team player. He makes the correct reads, shoots a solid jumper, and finishes with craftiness around the basket. He played team basketball, didn’t force anything, and made great passes to open teammates. Bryson can continue to work on his conditioning and off-hand.” Mickey found ways to make his presence felt throughout camp, and should be able to carve out a useful role for Calvary Day over these next few years.
#86: 5’7 ’27 Justin Baham-Ortiz (Winston-Salem)
Continuing onto a player who competed very well despite being the youngest camper on this team, Justin Baham-Ortiz. He’s a scrappy, developing guard prospect with a solid motor and unselfish approach to the game. Baham-Ortiz utilizes his quickness very well to defend the ball and breakdown opponents for penetrating chances. He’s a willing passer and capable hustle player who can do the dirty work as needed. 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 Moore on Baham-Ortiz: “Justin is a young, quick guard. He’s fearless and drives hard to the basket. Displayed a great attitude throughout the day. Needs to work on IQ, jumper, strength, and off-hand going forward.” Baham-Ortiz enjoyed a solid showing at camp, especially for his age, and will be a prospect to keep an eye on over the coming years.
#108: 6’1 ’25 Jude Rutherford (Metrolina Christian)
Next, we look at a player who showcased an understanding of how to properly produce within his role on both ends of the floor, Jude Rutherford. He’s a steady, unselfish guard prospect with a solid motor and instincts as an off-ball cutter. Rutherford found ways to make his presence felt as a spot-up threat from beyond the arc, but typically played within the flow of the action. He plays with energy, looks to make the extra pass, and is willing to pursue extra opportunities whenever available. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Moore on Rutherford: “Jude is a decent shooting threat with a great attitude and work ethic. Displays a tough-minded mentality on the court. Needs to improve finishing, ball-handling, and getting stronger and quicker.” Rutherford highlighted positive flashes during his time at camp, and will be one to watch progress going forward.
#128: 6’2 ’26 Brady Bennett (North Surry)
Moving onto a player who really excelled within his role in all facets of the game, Brady Bennett. He’s a young, wiry wing prospect with quality vision, toughness, and the ability to make his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Bennett moves well without the ball and finds opportunities as a spot-up threat, but is willing to make the extra pass and locate the best available shot whenever possible. He utilizes his active motor to contain his assignment decently well. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Moore on Bennett: “Brady is a great role player who knows how to impact the game without forcing anything. He’s a solid shooter with a good work ethic and great attitude. He puts the team first. Needs to work on finishing, quickness, strength, and ball-handling.” Bennett did a variety of things well at camp, and will be one to watch progress at North Surry. over the foreseeable future.
#150: 6’4 ’25 Gabe Erbeck (Asheville Christian)
Continuing onto a player who already knows how to naturally do a little bit of everything on the court, Gabe Erbeck. He’s a wiry, well-rounded wing/forward prospect with nice spot-up ability as a three-point shooter. Erbeck can pass, shoot, and handle the ball well for his size, but also does a solid job of battling for rebounds and moving without the ball. He plays hard and very well within the team structure. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender in space. Coach Moore on Erbeck: “Gabe is an all-around player who provides a ton of effort. He possesses above-average shooting ability, and can hit the three-pointer with consistency. His footwork and court sense are strengths within his game. He moves well without the ball, finding spots along the wing for his shot. Gabe needs to improve his strength and conditioning.” Erbeck proved to be an asset during his time at camp, and should be able to emerge as a contributor sooner than later for Asheville Christian.
#158: 6’5 ’24 Devin Sims (Hillside)
Finishing up, we look at a player who genuinely overwhelmed opponents with his rugged, physical nature, Devin Sims. He’s a strong, powerful, athletic wing prospect with the ability to get downhill and finish whenever he wants. Sims is a capable shooting threat, but primarily looks to attack the basket and play through contact. He’s a quality defender with the blend of strength, quickness, and instincts to force turnovers at a high volume. Sims is great in transition and virtually unstoppable with a full head of steam. He also sets the tone by example on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become a knockdown three-point shooter, as it would make him extremely difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Moore on Sims: “Devin is an outstanding athlete! Speed and quickness are next-level. He plays both ends of the floor, and utilizes his length to pressure the ball and get into passing lanes. Shoots a solid jumper, but his top strength is getting to the basket. I would like to see him post-up more to take advantage of smaller opponents.” Sims was clearly a top performer at camp, securing the Mr. Hustle award, and will be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.