Coach: Kris Monroe
#40: 5’8 ’19 Jarick Yon (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that offered his team leadership and an intelligent two-way presence throughout camp, Jarick Yon. He’s a somewhat undersized point guard prospect that truly understands how to play the right way and approaches the game with an excellent attitude. Yon defends his position nicely and has really maximized his skillset for a player of his size. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll make up for his lack of height and allow him to become more physically imposing on both sides of the ball. Coach Monroe on Yon: “Jarick ran the floor general position well for our team and made great decisions with the ball in his hands. He shot the ball well while consistently getting all of his teammates involved. Jarick has a lot of great leadership qualities and proved to be a team-first player at all times.” Yon has a ton of great qualities and he was able to put the full arsenal on display during his time at camp.
#80:5’9 ’21 Markus Malleschitz (Mouth of Wilson, VA)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a solid blend of productivity and long-term potential, Markus Malleschitz. He’s a wiry point guard prospect with a nice feel for the game and a capable two-way skillset. Malleschitz has quality vision and utilized it well when attacking the basket, showing the ability to make strong kick-outs to the corner. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would allow him to finish even stronger through contact when attacking the basket. Coach Monroe on Malleschitz: “Makus runs the team well as a point guard and has definite potential at that position. He shot the ball well from the perimeter, but usually looked to penetrate into the paint and finish in traffic. Markus was efficient and effective with the ball in his hands, and looked for open teammates regularly. His defensive presence was also quite strong and he did a great job of fighting for rebounds and pushing in transition.” Malleschitz is still quite young, so it’ll be interesting to see how he develops going forward.
#95:5’11 ’22 Jackson Helms (Greensboro, NC)
Moving onto a player that provided his team with a steady, reliable presence on both sides of the ball, Jackson Helms. He’s a young, wiry point guard prospect with a well-rounded skillset and quality overall feel for the game. Helms doesn’t force the action and displays strong playmaking instincts with the ball in his hands. He’s a capable scorer from all levels, but typically likes to get everyone involved. Helms is a solid defender with great positioning, which allows him to jump passing lanes and utilize his anticipation skills to force turnovers. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more imposing penetrator and tougher defender. Coach Monroe on Helms: “Jackson is a smart player that plays within himself and the team concept. He has a good-looking jumper and can shoot the ball fairly well from midrange or three-point territory. Jackson is a willing passer and unselfish player, which was evident throughout camp. He plays hard and communicates well at the point guard position.” Helms looks likely to emerge as one of the top players at his high school
#108:6’0 ’22 Tyler Albright (Greensboro, NC)
Continuing onto a player that did a terrific job of embracing his role and operating within the team concept, Tyler Albright. He’s a strong-bodied wing/forward prospect with the ability to spot-up or create for himself. Albright scored the ball quite well, but also did a great job of showcasing his playmaking instincts when attacking the basket. He moves very well without the ball and forces opponents to account for him at all times. Next in his development process is working on his ability to penetrate, as it would make him a much more intriguing offensive threat. Coach Monroe on Albright: “Tyler is a well-rounded player with some quality skills for his age. He plays hard on both ends of the floor and maintained a strong work ethic throughout the day. Tyler is a great shooter but also showed his ability to attack the basket at times. He can continue to work on his athleticism in order to become a stronger defender and rebounder.” Albright enjoyed a pretty solid showing at camp and should continue working to maximize his long-term potential.
#123:6’2 ’21 Justin Bell (Clayton, NC)
Next, we look at a player that emerged as one of the most intriguing prospects on this team, Justin Bell. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect with nice size and a great two-way motor, which he utilizes to his advantage on both ends of the floor. Bell is an excellent teammate that plays with a lot of energy and looks to get others involved as much as possible. He showcased the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter and looked especially dangerous in catch-and-shoot situations. Next in his development process is continuing to work on tightening his handle, as it would make him a more reliable creator—both for himself and others. Coach Monroe on Bell: “Justin has the potential to become a great player. He shot the ball well today form all over the floor, but struggled at times when looking to create or attack the basket. Justin has great size and is still very young, which should be encouraging signs for his growth. He has an excellent attitude and plays hard on both sides of the ball.” Bell has a chance to develop into a really interesting type of prospect, so it’ll be exciting to see his continued growth.
#139:6’3 ’20 Bryce Causey (Jamestown, NC)
Moving onto a player that often doesn’t receive enough credit for his blue-collar work ethic and constant leadership by example, Bryce Causey. He’s a wiry wing prospect that possesses a terrific motor and useful two-way skillset. Causey is a very efficient scorer that can get going on all three levels and applies great penetration pressure in transition. He defends very well and is capable of containing either wing position, given his size and quality feel for the game. Next in his development process is working to become a more vocal leader, as he possesses the necessary skillset to control the action on both sides of the ball. Coach Monroe on Causey: “Bryce was possibly our most consistent player throughout the course of the day. He scored the ball relentlessly and had to be among the scoring leaders from camp. He works hard on both ends of the floor and willingly makes hustle plays at any given opportunity. Bryce played with a great attitude, demeanor, and was an excellent teammate throughout the day.” Causey was the third-leading scorer from camp at 21.7 PPG and thus furthering the notion that he’ll emerge as one of the main guys for Southwest next season.
#155: 6’4 ’21 Kamell Smith (Burlington, NC)
Continuing onto a player at a very exciting crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Kamell Smith. He’s a wing prospect with great size, athleticism, and a quality feel for the game. Smith has great fluidity as a perimeter player and showcased numerous flashes of a high-level prospect. He did everything well, from rebounding to defense to scoring effectively from all levels. Next in his development process is working to tighten his ball-handling ability, as it would make him a much more reliable creator—both for himself and others. Coach Monroe on Smith: “Kamell has the potential to be a great player with a little more work. He is a strong athlete that can overwhelm opponents with his size, especially when attacking the basket. His jumper was pretty solid and he sees the floor quite well at all times. Kamell can rebound and push the break in transition without needing to break a sweat.” Smith is already one of the most intriguing, high-upside prospects in the area, so it’s likely that his name will start generating buzz within the next calendar year or so.
#166:6’7 ’21 Oliver Farris (Charlotte, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that impacted the game well during camp, but also possesses clear long-term upside, Oliver Farris. He’s a long, wiry power forward prospect that can toggle between playing inside or along the perimeter. Farris was a matchup problem for most opponents, given his ability to stretch the floor and reliably knock down jumpers. He utilized his length well on defense and rebounded consistently throughout the day. Farris is young, but already has the makings of a really intriguing prospect. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would make him more imposing when fighting inside for points and rebounds. Coach Monroe on Farris: “Oliver is an interesting player. He proved to be a great finisher inside the paint and competed on every single possession. Oliver is pretty skilled for his size and offers a nice two-way balance. He can score from the perimeter, but typically operates around the basket, where he was able to secure rebounds and second-chance points on a regular basis.” Farris is truly just scratching the surface of his long-term abilities, so it’ll be exciting to see him likely gain most of his older brother’s minutes (as he graduates) next season.