Coach: Teddy Shickel
#66: 5’7 ’22 Mekhi Gibson (Scotland)
Starting things off, we look at a player that proved to be lightning-quick with or without the ball in his hands, Mekhi Gibson. He’s a smart, quick, slightly undersized point guard prospect with sharp penetration skills and the ability to attack the basket, set up others, or knock down perimeter jumpers. Gibson plays bigger than his size, particularly on defense, and can force turnovers with relative ease. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Shickel on Gibson: “Mekhi is a young player that has great speed/quickness. He runs the team very well, has a solid floater, and displayed a nice shot that just needs repetition. He displayed a nice left hand, has a great attitude, and just needs to keep improving and getting stronger. Mekhi showed flashes of excellent play and needs to build his confidence by simply playing more. He was an honor to coach.” Gibson enjoyed a quality showing at camp, especially to be the smallest player on his team, and should be a useful contributor for Scotland sooner than later.
#86: 5’10 ’20 Jarius Dickerson (Piedmont)
Next, we look at a player that offered a strong, physical presence on both ends of the floor, Jarius Dickerson. He’s a big, strong-bodied guard prospect that plays smart and very well within the team concept. Dickerson handled the ball well and displayed the ability to score the ball with efficiency from all three levels. He’s a quality finisher with either hand and has no problem attacking through contact. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach Shickel on Dickerson: “Jarius is a physical guard that knows how to use his physicality on the court. He was labored by a knee injury but showed a solid midrange to three-pointer. He is a penetrating guard that makes good decisions in the paint, either shooting his floater or kicking out to a teammate. He needs to increase his quickness and improve his conditioning. Jarius plays well with his teammates.” Dickerson did a lot of things well at camp and could one to watch throughout the final summer of his high school career.
#90: 5’11 ’23 Adriel Miller (Central Cabarrus)
Moving onto a player that already knows how to make his presence felt as an all-around defender, Adriel Miller. He’s a tough, heady, hard-nosed guard prospect with a pretty strong feel for the game, especially given his young age. Miller utilizes his quickness very well as an on-ball defender at the point of attack, able to mirror his assignment and force turnovers at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would take his offensive game to another level. Coach Shickel on Miller: “Adriel was a pleasure to coach and is a great teammate. He plays the game the right way and has a promising future. With his speed and quickness, he uses a crafty dribble to get to the cup. He has great court vision and is a leader for his young age. His streaky shooting and range should improve with repetition. Adriel needs to continue to work on his left hand and finishing around the basket. He needs to improve his overall strength, aggression, and consistency.” Miller enjoyed a nice showing, especially as the youngest player on this team, and should be one to watch throughout his continued progression.
#106: 6’1 ’20 Terry White Jr. (Grafton)
Continuing onto a player that showcased the highest motor and intensity throughout camp, Terry White Jr. He’s a quick, wiry, extremely active guard prospect with an incredible work ethic and sheer nose for the ball. White scored the ball efficiently but really made his impression through creating, defending, rebounding, and making hustle plays. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find even more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Shickel on White: “Terry showed high IQ and heady point guard play throughout the whole camp. He was a top performer who should get college looks from this camp. He scored timely buckets throughout the day and showed an overall great feel and court vision. He’s a solid shooter from beyond the arc, both as off the dribble and as a spot-up threat. Terry penetrated and finished well at the rim with the off-hand/floaters/runners. He’s a very good passer that just makes the right play. He has great body control on finishes but can continue to work on deep threes and make sure to have consistent arch on his shot. Terry is a fierce competitor that is very tough. He was a pleasure to coach.” White was undeniably impressive throughout camp, securing the Mr. Hustle award with relative ease, and should see an uptick in his recruitment sooner than later.
#111: 6’1 ’22 Caden Fitzgibbons (Mount Airy)
Next, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Caden Fitzgibbons. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with a phenomenal blend of IQ, skill, and unexpected explosiveness. Fitzgibbons continuously stood out as a leader and versatile two-way player with his ability to consistently affect all facets of the game. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll only make him tougher to contain on both ends of the floor. Coach Shickel on Fitzgibbons: “Caden was a standout performer that shined through with his hustle and aggression on both ends of the floor. He has a great IQ and was the winner and competitor that our team leaned on to set the tone and tempo. He always plays with great pace, craft, handle, and proved to be a creative finisher—including his euro-step. Caden is a solid shooter from midrange and three-point territory but needs to improve the deep threes for the next level. He’s a winner, fierce competitor, and one to keep on the radar. He has a promising future and was a pleasure to coach.” Fitzgibbons was easily among the most enticing prospects at camp and will be one to watch closely over the next few years.
#124: 6’2 ’21 Mujahid Moore (Vance)
Moving onto a player that showcased a pretty strong amount of two-way versatility during camp, Mujahid Moore. He’s a long, strong-bodied wing/forward prospect with a high motor, quality feel, and the ability to operate in various different roles on both ends of the floor. Moore utilizes his body well to secure position, rebound the ball, and score effectively from around the basket. He shot the ball well from the perimeter, forced numerous turnovers defensively, and made plays in all areas of the game. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Shickel on Moore: “Mujahid (“Mu”) was a pleasure to coach, always playing hard and was a standout performer on this team. He used his physical build and athleticism to get many steals and deflections for breakout dunks. He’s a relentless worker that plays a complete game. Mu shot the ball very well at this camp but needs to improve his form and deep three-point consistency to play at a higher level. He has a solid handle but needs to improve in the open court and protect the ball better. Mu is an exceptional defender with a bright future. He’s a great competitor and a player that any coach would love to have on their team. He’s one to keep an eye on.” Moore enjoyed a pretty productive showing at camp and could emerge as a strong contributor for Vance over the next calendar year.
#132: 6’4 ’22 Amaris Quenum-Stewart (Farmville Central)
Continuing onto a player that highlighted a fairly intriguing array of skills, especially for his age, Amaris Quenum-Stewart. He’s a long, wiry, team-first forward prospect with excellent rebounding instincts and finishing ability. Quenum-Stewart was able to penetrate effectively, knock down multiple midrange jumpers, and defended at a solid level. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would add another dimension to his offensive arsenal. Coach Shickel on Quenum-Stewart: “Amaris uses his length very well and has a good knack for rebounding the ball and being a sneaky shot-blocker. He can turn and face from the mid-post and uses his size and long strides to glide to the basket, where he displayed nice touch and a soft lefty finish. He dives to the basket well for nice slips and finishes. Amaris has good rotation on his shot but needs to smooth out his outside stroke for the next level. He needs to consistently hustle, get stronger, and increase quickness and core strength. Amaris was a pleasure to coach.” Quenum-Stewart made his presence felt throughout camp and has the tools to emerge as a strong contributor for Farmville Central sooner than later.
#143: 6’6 ’22 Noah Ross (Trinity Academy of Raleigh)
Next, we look at a player that was easily among the top perimeter shooters in attendance, Noah Ross. He’s a long, wiry, smart wing/forward prospect with incredible skill for his size and young age. Ross displays craftiness and an advanced overall feel for the game on both ends of the floor, comfortable with being a leader or operating in a role. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach Shickel on Ross: “Noah was one of the purest shooters at the camp from deep three, midrange, and on step-back threes. He has great size with a high and quick release. Noah displays a great feel and IQ for the game. He’s a very good passer that plays well with teammates. He can take it coast-to-coast and finish well down low. He works hard on the defensive end but needs to improve his speed, quickness, strength, and core to take his game to an even higher level. Noah is one to watch because of his size and shooting ability. He was very coachable and has a very promising future.” Ross was easily among the most impressive young prospects and should start generating a ton of buzz over the next calendar year.
#146: 6’8 ’22 Jaydin Spillman-Martin (Davie County)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was arguably the most enticing long-term prospect on display, Jaydin Spillman-Martin. He’s a long, wiry, intelligent big man prospect that continues to look more comfortable at controlling the interior as a rebounder and rim-protector. Spillman-Martin displayed exceptional timing on defense and scored the ball in a variety of different ways on the other end. He utilizes his length well, runs the floor effectively, and should only continue to get more impressive with time. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it’ll only improve his interior presence on both ends of the floor. Coach Shickel on Spillman-Martin: “Jaydin was a standout performer at this camp. He showed great energy and enthusiasm throughout the camp on both ends of the floor. He is a great shot-blocker that knows how to utilize his length with nice, soft touch around the basket. He can take it coast-to-coast with ease and has great feel and intuition. Jaydin can hit the three-pointer but needs to improve form and consistency. He controls the glass well but needs to improve strength. He’s a great competitor that any coach would love to have. Jaydin is definitely one to keep on the radar!” Spillman-Martin was undeniably impressive at camp, securing the Mr. Defense award with relative ease, and should be a name worth noting for the foreseeable future.