Coach: Kelvin Mills
#11: 4’8 ’29 Carson Gladieux (Holly Springs)
Starting things off, we look at a player who made a lasting impression despite his lack of size, Carson Gladieux. He’s a wiry, scrappy guard prospect with a solid motor and clear willingness to do whatever possible to involve himself in the action. Gladieux is a solid shooter, especially in spot-up situations, and contains his assignment well defensively. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Mills on Gladieux: “Carson was one of the smallest players on the floor, but had some of the biggest plays throughout the day. He’s a good team player with a solid attitude. As he grows, he needs to work on moving without the ball, rebounding, and using his off-hand.” Gladieux enjoyed a nice showing at camp, and will be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#17: 4’10 ’30 Ty Gladieux (Holly Springs)
Next, we look at a player who competed extremely well despite being among the youngest campers on display, Ty Gladieux. He’s a wiry, high-motor guard with an unselfish approach on both ends of the floor. Gladieux is able to do a little bit of everything on the court, but doesn’t force the action offensively. 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 as a cutter. Coach Mills on Gladieux: “Ty had a slow start today, but found his stride in our second game. He knocked down some key three-pointers. Ty handles the ball well. If he works on his ability to move without the ball, he will find more ways to score. Next, he must work on his on-ball and transition defense. Ty is young and will only get better as he grows and becomes stronger.” Gladieux made a nice impact during his time at camp, and will be one to watch as he continues to progress.
#27: 5’1 ’29 Josiah Goode (Lynchburg)
Moving onto a player who showcased a pretty balanced approach and overall identity, Josiah Goode. He’s a smart, sturdy guard prospect with a solid handle, useful vision, and the ability to score the ball at a nice rate from all levels. Goode operates well in spot-up situations, but also understands how to properly initiate the offense and get others involved. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will allow him to become a more physical player. Coach Mills on Goode: “Josiah does a quality job of pushing the ball up the floor. I would like to see him look for his shot more and penetrate more. He has good court vision and rebounds his position well. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard that needs work more on moving without the ball. Also, his transition defense must improve. The speed of the game today showed Josiah that conditioning is a must.” Goode did a lot of things well at camp, and has the tools to blossom into a quality prospect over the coming years.
#35: 5’3 ’30 Phoenix Jackson (Lynchburg)
Continuing onto a player who highlighted an enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Phoenix Jackson. He’s a smart, skilled, young guard prospect with an active motor, unselfish mentality, and excellent perimeter shooting. Jackson is a solid creator and penetrator with the ability to finish or set up others. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach Mills on Jackson: “Phoenix got off to a slow start at camp. By our second game, he’d adjusted to the overall speed of the game. He became a more consistent three-point shooter. The next steps for this young man are working on his foot speed, quickness, and court sense. He must get better at moving without the ball. Phoenix is a great teammate that gave 100% effort on every possession. As he grows and becomes stronger, he will become a reliable point guard.” Jackson showed a lot of promise, especially for his age, and should be able to steadily develop over the coming years.
#67: 5’8 ’27 Quinn Vaugh (Midland)
Next, we look at a player who arguably stood out as the top shooting threat on this team, Quinn Vaugh. He’s a smart, sturdy, fairly well-rounded wing/forward prospect with a knockdown jumper from midrange and beyond the arc. Vaugh moves pretty well without the ball, and understands how to capitalize on his opportunities within the flow of the action. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach Mills on Vaughn: “Quinn was one of the best wing players in camp today. He was a consistent rebounder on both ends of the floor and showed the ability to play bigger than his size. Quinn made big shots and displayed good shooting mechanics. He did a lot of things well at camp, particularly for his age. Next, he. Needs to work on developing his post moves, as this will give him the skill to post-up smaller players. He is one to watch.” Vaugh made a consistent impact at camp, and should be poised for a productive upcoming eighth-grade season.
#81: 5’9 ’27 Jack Baker (Burlington)
Finishing up, we look at a player who made a lasting impression through his leadership and production, Jack Baker. He’s a long, wiry, skilled wing/forward prospect with the ability to operate in various different roles. Baker displays craftiness and vision as a creator, and scores the ball at an efficient rate from all levels. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Mills on Baker: “Jack was one of the best players in camp, taking home the camp award for Mr. Offense. He has a good-looking jumper and shoots it with confidence. He has good range out to the three-point line. Jack is a competitor with toughness to his game. He was one of the hardest workers at camp. He has a solid handle, and can make the right pass to put his teammates in scoring positions. In every game we played, he created matchup problems. He is a prospect to watch closely.” Baker enjoyed a notable showing at camp, and has all the tools to develop into a quality prospect over the coming years.