Coach: Chris Callaway
#65: 5’7 ’23 Jason Hancock (Greensboro Day)
Starting things off, we look at a player that continues to showcase an advanced skillset and overall feel for the game, Jason Hancock. He’s a smart, crafty guard prospect with quality creation skills and the ability to reliably operate from either guard position. Hancock utilizes his quickness and change of direction to get by opponents and make plays within the paint but looks even more comfortable at finding his shot along the perimeter. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physical defender. Coach Callaway on Hancock: “Jason had a great camp. His team spirit and effort was great to see throughout the day. He is athletic and can shoot well from the perimeter. As he gets stronger, his game will go to the next level.” Hancock enjoyed a nice showing at camp and has all the makings to become a very useful guard at the high school level sooner than later.
#70: 5’8 ’21 Isaiah Holman (East Wake)
Next, we look at a player that highlighted a pretty well-rounded skillset and approach during camp, Isaiah Holman. He’s a smart, strong, fairly athletic point guard prospect that stood out as a leader, both through communication and by example. Holman is a great passer with the ability to consistently create and setup his teammates for easy scoring opportunities. He scores the ball efficiently from all three levels while displaying constant poise and unselfishness. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find scoring opportunities as a spot-up threat or off-ball cutter. Coach Callaway on Holman: “Isaiah is a great leader on the court. His energy and effort is top notch. He can shoot and get to the basket while being a great defender on the other end. He brought a lot of positives to our team.” Holman made his presence felt nicely throughout camp and could be poised for a breakout senior campaign.
#85: 5’10 ’22 Alex Reece (Ledford)
Moving onto a player that highlighted the ability to make his presence felt alongside any collection of teammates, Alex Reece. He’s an unselfish, team-first guard prospect that can do a little bit of everything on the court. Reece displayed a solid scoring arsenal and consistently mixed it up from all levels, able to operate without the ball, make plays in transition, or create within one to two dribble. He plays with a useful motor and looks to make hustle plays at an effective rate. Next in his development process is working on his overall defensive prowess, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Callaway on Reece: “Alex is a player who will be excited to follow. He has a great IQ for the game and is one that will only continue to get better. He has a bright future with continued work.” Reece worked well within the team throughout camp and could emerge as a strong contributor for Ledford sooner than later.
#91: 5’11 ’22 Christian Smith (East Burke)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a clear willingness to do whatever possible to involve himself in the action, Christian Smith. He’s a wiry, fairly balanced guard prospect that typically operates without the ball as a spot-up threat and off-ball cutter. Smith offers great energy on the glass and as an overall defender, rarely gambling and positioning himself for success. He can make the extra pass whenever available and knows how to run the floor in transition. Next in his development process is working on establishing a go-to scoring avenue, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Callaway on Smith: “Christian has a great eye for the game. He moves well without the ball and can knock down shots when he needs to. He had a strong camp and I look forward to seeing the continued growth within his game.” Smith enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#105: 6’1 ’23 Alik Lewis (Eastern Alamance)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most impressive young prospect in attendance, Alik Lewis. He’s a smart, crafty guard prospect that can effortlessly toggle between running a team and piling on points from all three levels. Lewis knows how to consistently break down opponents off the dribble, able to generate phenomenal separation and score or setup others. He moves well without the ball and poses a lethal threat as a spot-up option. Lewis is a solid defender with natural anticipation instincts and the ability to intercept passing lanes quite regularly. He simply understands the game and how to effectively make his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more productive rebounder. Coach Callaway on Lewis: “Alik is a floor general. He plays with a great pace and can score whenever he needs to score. This kid’s future is very bright.” Lewis made a very lasting impression at camp and will be a prospect to watch closely, as he possesses all the tools to emerge as the clear leader of Eastern Alamance over the next few years.
#112: 6’1 ’22 Drew Walker (North Mecklenburg)
Moving onto a player that really stood out with his emphasis on all the little things, Drew Walker. He’s a long, smart guard prospect with excellent quickness and a terrific two-way identity. Walker offers a nice blend of skill and athleticism, especially at his age, and can cause matchup problems for opponents with regularity. He scored the ball efficiently from all three levels while displaying creation ability, defensive prowess, and a strong nose for the ball as a rebounder and hustle player. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him an even more lethal offensive threat. Coach Callaway on Walker: “Buy stock in this kid. Drew had a great camp. He is well-skilled and athletic. As he develops a more consistent outside shot, he will be exciting to watch throughout the future.” Walker was quietly among the most productive guards on this team and should emerge as a useful piece for North Mecklenburg over these next few years.
#116: 6’2 ’23 Luke Brown (East Surry)
Continuing onto a player that was easily among the most useful perimeter shooters on this team, Luke Brown. He’s a young, smart, wiry guard prospect that plays hard and understands how to properly make his presence felt as a spot-up threat and overall off-ball cutter. Brown displayed a reliable shooting stroke from midrange and beyond the arc, both off the catch and dribble, and made multiple plays off the bounce for others. He’s fairly quick and utilizes it well to contain his assignment defensively, which led to turnovers and easy transition play. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Callaway on Brown: “Luke is a player with a huge upside. His high IQ and great attitude will help him on his journey. He is smart on the court and sees the game well. As he develops over the next few years, the sky is the limit for Luke.” Brown enjoyed a quality showing at camp and has the tools to become a leader over the next few years for East Surry.
#133: 6’4 ’23 Daevin Hobbs (Jay M. Robinson)
Next, we look at a player that possesses an excellent crossroads between production and long-term upside, Daevin Hobbs. He’s a long, skilled, athletic wing prospect with a great frame and strong two-way feel for the game, especially for his age. Hobbs can operate in various different roles, given his size, versatility, and ability to affect all facets of the game. He utilizes his body well to secure rebounds, generate space, and score from all three levels. Hobbs also displayed great craftiness with the ball in his hands and can effectively create for others off the dribble. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him even more of a matchup problem for opponents. Coach Callaway on Hobbs: “Daevin has a great IQ for the game. His ability to shoot the ball and score on all levels is going to give him a great opportunity to impact his varsity team over the next few years. Keep an eye on Daevin, as his future is bright.” Hobbs was terrific throughout camp and legitimately possesses the tools to become a leader for Jay M. Robinson sooner than later.
#145: 6’7 ’23 Samuel Martin (Apex)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term upside, Samuel Martin. He’s a long, wiry, fluid post prospect with great touch and overall instincts around the basket on both ends of the floor. Martin plays hard and utilizes his length well to create havoc defensively, which allows him to secure rebounds, block shots, and force turnovers, and then run the floor properly in transition. He finishes well with either hand and displayed the ability to finish effectively over either should out of the post. Martin is also capable of stepping out and knocking down midrange jumpers with nice consistency. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would allow him to become a more physical interior presence. Coach Callaway on Martin: “Sam has good length and size and can run the floor. He has a great knack for the ball around the rim and, as he gets stronger, is going to be someone to keep your eye on.” Martin highlighted a ton of tools during camp and should be a prospect to watch throughout his continued progression.