Coach: Obe Gray
#54: 5’8 ’22 Quentin Rice (Morganton, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was easily among the top all-around playmakers on display, Quentin Rice. He’s a somewhat small, but muscular point guard prospect with an exceptional feel for the game and the ability to lead by example on both sides of the ball. Rice is very shifty and crafty with the ball in his hands, which allows him to regularly manipulate defenses and get wherever he desires. He plays the right way and provides an excellent defensive presence, both on and off-ball, despite his lack of true size. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him nearly unstoppable on the offensive side of the ball. Coach Gray on Rice: “Quentin was the best on-ball defender in the camp. He has very quick feet and excellent anticipation. He was equally as good off the ball. Quentin made really good decisions with the ball all day. He created for himself and his teammates with ease. Every coach needs a player like Quentin on their roster. As a freshman, his opportunity will come with time and physical maturity.” Rice was one of the most impressive players on display and should emerge as a big-time piece for Morganton Freedom going forward.
#78:5’9 ’20 Tyler Cox (Durham, NC)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a very well-rounded skillset and understanding of the game, Tyler Cox. He’s a guard prospect that is capable of toggling between either backcourt position due to his solid blend of scoring and ball-handling. Cox can shoot the ball decently well from the perimeter, but typically looks to attack the basket and make plays within the paint. He embraces the team concept pretty well and is willing to make the extra pass whenever available. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his consistency as a finisher, as it would make him even more reliable on that end of the floor. Coach Gray on Cox: “Tyler is really good off the bounce at getting to his spots on the floor where he’s most productive. He has good speed and always plays within himself. His opportunity lies in time and physical maturity. Tyler creates well for his teammates.” Cox enjoyed a solid two-way showing during camp and should be a strong contributor during his senior season.
#98:5’11 ’20 Jaxzen Laws (Weaverville, NC)
Moving onto a player that stood out with his fantastic motor and ability to outwork everyone else on the court, Jaxzen Laws. He’s a long guard prospect that truly embraces the little things on both sides of the ball. Laws consistently outrebounded bigger and stronger opponents, simply by playing with energy and positioning himself for success. He’s a terrific spot-up threat that actually showed the ability to take smaller players down low and work with his back to the basket. Laws proved to be an unselfish teammate with the ball in his hands and always looked for the best available shot. Next in his development process is working on his ability to score off the dribble, as it would make him a tougher assignment for most opposing guards. Coach Gray on Laws: “JT is a very cerebral player. He has a really good handle and creates effortlessly for himself and others. JT has a high motor and competes on every single possession.” Laws contributed well and was quite productive during camp, so it’ll be interesting to see how he performs throughout his upcoming senior season.
#101:6’0 ’20 David Harmon (Clayton, NC)
Continuing onto a player that made quite the noteworthy impression with his ability to shoot the ball, David Harmon. He’s a wiry guard prospect that knows how to embrace his role on both sides of the ball. Harmon is an extremely reliable spot-up threat that is capable of dismantling defenses with his perimeter stroke. He has great form, sets up quickly, and lets it fly with unbelievable confidence. Harmon has solid upside defensively and as an offensive creator. Next in his development process is working on his ability to handle the ball, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Gray on Harmon: “David can really shoot it. His catch-and-shoot release is as fast as I’ve seen at the high school level. He made open shots and tough shots, both with balance and off-balance. His upside is with ball-handling and creating for his teammates. Physical maturity would move his game to another level.” Harmon played a valuable role for this team and should be a quality contributor throughout his senior campaign.
#127:6’2 ’22 Riley McGuirk (Lewisville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that has the chance to develop into a really intriguing two-way prospect, Riley McGuirk. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with a well-rounded skillset and solid understanding of the game. McGuirk is somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades, in that he is very solid at basically everything, but doesn’t have a clear-cut identity on the court. However, he’s quite productive and proved to be a great teammate that was willing to make the hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on establishing a go-to scoring avenue, as it would make him a more intriguing prospect. Coach Gray on McGuirk: “Riley has a complete game. He competes on both ends of the floor and has an attitude that any coach would love. He has good size, good touch from midrange, and finishes well for a freshman. His opportunity is physical maturity and repetitions. Keep your eye on this kid.” McGuirk is very young and already possesses a nice foundation, so it’s likely that he’ll continue progressing over these next few years.
#135:6’2 ’19 Trevon Bell (Fayetteville, NC)
Moving onto a player that stood out with his strong two-way presence and flashes of dominance, Trevon Bell. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with great feel, athleticism, and a blossoming offensive skillset. Bell scored the ball very efficiently from all three levels and showcased an improving three-point stroke. He caused an abundance of problems with his defensive presence, as he reliably forced turnovers and pushed transition play whenever possible. Bell handled the ball well, made precise passes to open teammates, and played above the rim whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, which has continually improved, but will be important to sustain going forward. Coach Gray on Bell: “Trevon has a game that will translate at the next level. He’s a complete player that brings it on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he can create and get to any shot he wants. He can easily create for others at any point from any situation. Trevon has elite athleticism and finished above the rim and over defenders. College coaches should give this kid a hard look.” Bell averaged 17.3 PPG at camp, secured the Mr. Defense award, and proved that he is a definite college-level prospect.
#159: 6’5 ’22 Dane Coltrane (Harmony, NC)
Continuing onto a player that truly embraces the blue-collar work ethic on both sides of the ball, Dane Coltrane. He’s a forward prospect that acts as the glue-guy for any team and seems to always find great success. Coltrane is pretty young, but plays with great maturity and maintains an impressive level of activity at all times. He rebounds the ball at a high level and is capable of finishing through contact on the interior. Coltrane runs the floor with intensity, passes to the open man whenever possible, and simply outworks his assignment in every facet of the game. Next in his development process is working to get quicker and tighten his handle, as it would make him a true matchup problem for most opponents. Coach Gray on Coltrane: “Dane competes like no other and is a real problem on the glass. He has really good size for his age and understands how to properly utilize his body. He has a nice post game with a clever way of getting his shot off on athletic defenders. When Dane grows into his body and matures physically, he’ll be a player college coaches will covet.” Coltrane is so productive and works extremely well within the team concept, which is what makes him a player that every coach should want.
#164:6’6 ’22 Jackson Noble (Greensboro, NC)
Finishing up, we look at player that showcased a very intriguing skillset and two-way approach during his time at camp, Jackson Noble. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect with an impressive amount of skill. Noble displayed three-level scoring ability throughout the day and was a matchup problem for most opponents, as he was tall enough to post-up on smaller guys and nimble enough to take big men off the bounce. He rebounds well for his size and has a solid overall feel for the game. Noble will be even more problematic upon adding additional strength, but already looks equipped to be a major contributor at Greensboro Day. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as he’s skilled enough to cause matchup problems from the perimeter, especially when operating off the bounce. Coach Gray on Noble: “Jackson has elite size for a freshman. He has good touch from midrange and made a couple of three-pointers. His opportunities relates to finishing and defending around the basket, which will improve as he grows into his body and physically matures.” Noble is so young and truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential, which should make his continued growth worth monitoring.