Coach: Taurean Murray
#3: 4’7 ’29 Terrell Thomas (Lynchburg)
Starting things off, we look at a player who made a nice impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Terrell Thomas. He’s a tough, scrappy guard prospect with a quality penetration sense and active two-way presence. Thomas handles the ball and makes unselfish passes, but can also knock down the open jumper in spot-up situations. He provides great effort as an on-ball defender and looks to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more dynamic player. Coach Murray on Thomas: “Terrell is a good kid with a positive attitude and passion for the game. He accepted coaching well. Terrell is able to get by defenders and make plays with the ball in his hands. He is willing to adapt to his teammates when on the court.” Thomas enjoyed a solid showing during his time at camp, and will be one to watch as he continues to progress.
#19: 4’11 ’27 Justin Golphin (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player who showcased a lot of ability on both ends of the floor, Justin Golphin. He’s a smart, tough, heady guard prospect with a sharp penetration sense and the ability to finish with craftiness or through contact. Golphin plays bigger than his size, specifically as a defender and rebounder, and understands how to consistently outwork his assignment in those areas. He’s an incredible rebounder who can reliably push the break in transition and make plays with the ball in his hands. Golphin is also a great playmaker with the necessary vision to set up teammates at a high volume. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will only make him more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Murray on Golphin: “Justin was a key component of our success today. He’s a gamer and competitor who simply knows how to battle on the court. Displayed IQ and a terrific skillset. Maintained a positive attitude. Has all the tools to be a great player.” Golphin made the most of his time at camp, and should have a strong eighth-grade season.
#25: 5’0 ’27 Syncere Caviness (Durham)
Moving onto a player who was arguably the most dynamic, electric camper on display, Syncere Caviness. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with polished three-level scoring ability and sharp playmaking instincts. Caviness was able to get downhill, touch the paint, and finish basically whenever he wanted. When the defense collapsed, he made the proper reads with consistency. Caviness can dictate the offensive action or find opportunities without requiring the ball in his hands. He’s a solid all-around defender and capable rebounder for his size. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will allow him to become a more physical defensive player. Coach Murray on Caviness: “Syncere is an excellent player. He led our team on several different occasions. Showed the ability to score the ball in a variety of ways. Willing passer with great playmaking instincts. Easily stood out as a top performer across the entire camp.” Caviness shined as a leader throughout camp, securing the MVP award with relative ease, and will definitely be one to monitor over the foreseeable future.
#43: 5’5 ’29 Rocky Wall (Harrisburg)
Continuing onto a player who arguably stood out as the main glue-guy on this team, Rocky Wall. He’s an unselfish, energetic, fairly well-rounded guard prospect who knows how to naturally do a little bit of everything within the flow of the action. Wall can make plays with or without the ball in his hands, and is able to adapt to the team needs whenever necessary. He’s a capable three-point shooter and penetrator, but is at his best when attacking the midrange. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will only make him a more difficult assignment for opponents to contain. Coach Murray on Wall: “Rocky is a good player who knows how to fill in the gaps. He provides great effort on both ends of the floor. Rocky maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Wall enjoyed a solid showing at camp, especially for his age, and will be one to watch progress going forward.
#65: 5’8 ’27 Ethan Davis (Indian Trail)
Next, we look at a player who possesses an enticing crossroads between production and long-term upside, Ethan Davis. He’s a tough, rugged, high-motor wing prospect with a strong frame and great feel on both ends of the floor. Davis is a phenomenal penetrator with the ability to finish seemingly everything he attempts around the basket. He plays extremely well through contact, moves well without the ball, and makes his presence felt as a rebounder on both ends of the floor. Davis is a solid passer, ball-handler, and midrange shooter who doesn’t look to force the action offensively. He contains his position well on defense. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him an even better on-ball defender. Coach Murray on Davis: “Ethan was a clear difference-maker for our team today. He’s a great teammate. Displayed a positive attitude and willingness to accept coaching. Strong finisher around the basket.” Davis did a lot of things well during his time at camp, and should be poised for a quality upcoming eighth-grade season.
#83: 5’9 ’27 Savannah Tobias (Cottonwood)
Finishing up, we look at a player who made a lasting impression with her production and high-level identity, Savannah Tobias. She’s smart, unselfish, and was the only lady camper in attendance. That being said, Tobias had no issue asserting herself on either side of the ball. She’s a knockdown shooting threat with an understanding of how to attack closeouts or pull-up from midrange within a few dribbles. Tobias moves very well without the ball, sets up others at a nice rate, and defends her position extremely well. Her blend of IQ, size, and instincts allow her to make a constant impact on both ends of the floor. She’s also a great rebounder who can push the break or pitch ahead to teammates in transition. Next in her development process is working to get quicker, as it would only make her more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Murray on Tobias: “Savannah did an excellent job as the lone girl competing with all boys. Her feel is quite evident on offense and defense. She hit shots, made great passes, and defended really well. Savannah has the tools to be a noteworthy player and prospect.” Tobias proved to be a top performer at camp, securing the Hustle award, and will be a name to remember going forward.