Coach: Greg Gary
#3: 5’0 ’24 Zehren Hilton (Charlotte, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that stepped up to the high school camp and enjoyed a pretty strong showing, Zehren Hilton. He’s a point guard prospect with quality feel for his age and the ability to apply constant pressure as a threat from beyond the arc. Hilton might be somewhat undersized, but he’s quite aware of his strengths and weaknesses as a player. Next in his development process is working to add strength in order to prepare for the high school level. Coach Gary on Hilton: “Zehren is an exciting player on both sides of the ball. He competed at an above-average level as a seventh-grader against high school players. Zehren is an explosive player with the basketball in his hands. He showed a high IQ and court vision as a guard. He was able to break through double-teams against much stronger and taller opponents. Zehren showed the ability to score both inside and out, with his three-point range dialing well beyond the arc. He’s a special talent.” Hilton was the only middle school prospect in attendance, but quickly found his comfort zone and make excellent contributions. His progression should be exciting to monitor over the next few years.
#86:5’10 ’20 Steven Riley Jr. (Raleigh, NC)
Next, we look at a player that understands how to work and properly control the action on both sides of the ball, Steven Riley Jr. He’s a wiry point guard prospect that offers a nice balance between scoring and playmaking. Riley has a pretty solid feel for the game, doesn’t force the action, and plays well within himself at all times. He’s a team player that looks to make the right play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll allow him to be more imposing, especially when attacking on offense. Coach Gary on Riley: “Steven is a nice hustle player that is capable of hitting the open shot. He worked hard on defense throughout camp while consistently being a team player and showing a willingness to take on tall assignments. He needs to work on creating space and getting to the basket. Steven has the ball-handling ability to be more dominant on offense.” Riley is going to be a major contributor for Ravenscroft next season, so it’ll be interesting to see how he prepares for his final high school season.
#87:5’10 ’22 TJ Smith (Greensboro, NC)
Moving onto a player that showcased great energy and a terrific motor on both sides of the ball, TJ Smith. He’s a young guard prospect that placed strong emphasis on doing the little things, from hustling to rebounding, and looked to secure extra possessions however possible. Smith is solid in the midrange and attacks the basket pretty well. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up an abundance of easy cutting opportunities. Coach Gary on Smith: “TJ showed solid effort on both sides of the ball. He was a vocal leader on the court and effort was his best attribute while on the floor. He displayed a high level of IQ when running the offense. TJ is a real high-energy athlete that can get up and down the floor. He possesses good athleticism when taking opponents off the dribble and getting to the rim.” Smith worked hard and did a quality job of involving himself in the action throughout the day, especially as a freshman.
#103:6’0 ’22 Jordan Maynor (Raeford, NC)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a fairly well-rounded skillset during his time at camp, Jordan Maynor. He’s an athletic guard prospect with quality upside for his current age. Maynor showed the ability to knock down the open midrange shot, but typically preferred to attack the basket and look to finish through contact. Maynor rebounded the ball quite well on both ends of the floor, especially for his size. Next in his development process is working on his ability to defend and contain his assignment at the point of attack, as it would give him a more reliable defensive presence. Coach Gary on Maynor: “Jordan is long and athletic. He showed the ability to bring the ball down the court safely, but needs to improve on his overall aggression when going to the basket. Jordan plays solid on-ball defense, but could continue to work on his footwork to stop opposing guards.” Maynor was able to make a solid impact throughout the day, but should continue working in order to maximize his skillset.
#114:6’1 ’22 Manny Elliott (Browns Summit, NC)
Next, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impression with his ability to defend, Manny Elliott. He’s a physically advanced guard prospect with a solid skillset and quality two-way approach to the game. Offensively, Elliott was able to apply quality pressure from the midrange area and finished fairly well from within the paint. He proved to be a pesky all-around defender and showed great determination throughout camp. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handling skills, as it would make him a much more reliable offensive option. Coach Gary on Elliott: “Manny is a solid point guard with a developed frame and skills. He showed good skill and speed off the dribble by taking opponents to the basket or on short-ranged jumpers. Manny has good court vision with the ball and easily found teammates throughout the day. He took hard defensive assignments while leading with effort and toughness.” Elliott is still young and has ample time to reach his ceiling, so it’ll be interesting to see how much he develops over the next few years.
#146: 6’3 ’21 Tim Robinson (Raleigh, NC)
Moving onto a player that possesses a great attitude and pretty intriguing skillset for his size, Tim Robinson. He’s an undersized forward with quality length and the ability to make his presence felt on both sides of the ball. Robinson rebounded the ball extremely well and was able to post-up on smaller guys at any given point. He caused matchup problems with his feel and poise around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his ability to handle the ball, as it would make him much more versatile on the offensive end of the floor. Coach Gary on Robinson: “Tim is an undersized forward that has the potential to become a guard. He worked exceptionally well against opposing guards with his back to the basket. Tim rebounded really well and protected the basket nicely for his position. He ran the court in transition and was able to take advantage of numerous opponents with his size advantage. Tim showed great ability to adjust his game to different defenders to capitalize whenever he had the opportunity.” Robinson has the chance to become a really tough two-way assignment, so we’ll definitely be watching his progression going forward.
#147:6’3 ’21 Trevor Kelly (Locust, NC)
Continuing onto a player that offered his team a pretty solid two-way presence throughout camp, Trevor Kelly. He’s a wing/forward prospect with size and the ability to reliably stretch the floor whenever he desires. Kelly did an excellent job of moving without the ball and setting himself up for success along the perimeter, which resulted in numerous catch-and-shoot opportunities. He exuded great energy and displayed a solid overall feel for the game. Kelly is a capable three-level scorer that finishes strong around the basket and looks to get others involved whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on being a more active rebounder for his size and position, as it would help round out his skillset. Coach Gary on Kelly: “Trevor is a pure shooter with enough range to reliably shoot from beyond the arc. He’s able to space the floor with his spot-up ability. Trevor played solid on and off-ball defense. He showed good footwork while being able to stay in front of other ball-handlers. He had a great attitude while taking criticism.” Kelly has a useful skillset and was able to impact the game quite well during camp, but still has the chance to get even better with added work.
#149:6’3 ’21 Gavin Bouldin (Charlotte, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was among the most productive two-way performers on this team, Gavin Bouldin. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect with a well-rounded skillset and quality overall feel for the game. Bouldin scores the ball efficiently from all three levels and is capable of creating for himself or sliding off-ball and spotting-up along the perimeter. He plays with a solid motor and understands how to properly involve himself in the action on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to penetrate, as it would make him a much more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Gary on Bouldin: “Gavin is a solid and athletic shooting guard. He showed excellent shooting skills off of catch-and-shoot scenarios. He played hard on defense and was aware of on and off-ball assignments. Gavin was a go-to player in critical situations and secured critical rebounds throughout the day. He was great with transition defense, but can continue to work on creating space off the dribble.” Bouldin has a lot of useful tools, so it’s likely that we’ll hear his name sooner than later.