Coach: Daymond Lindell
#3: 5’4 ’25 Mason Dobie (Southern Shores)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made an excellent impact despite being the youngest prospect on this team, Mason Dobie. He’s a young, smart, high-motor guard that plays bigger than his size, defends with purpose, and knocks down jumpers at a pretty consistent rate. Dobie made unselfish decisions and displayed the ability to play either backcourt position quite effectively, given his ability to move without the ball. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more consistent finisher through contact. Coach Lindell on Dobie: “Mason is a coach on the floor and understands his strengths and weaknesses. He uses change of speed well to his advantage with good ball-handling skills. He’s a willing passer that sees the floor well and hits the open cutter. Mason is a bit undersized but plays the point guard position well. He’s unselfish on both ends of the floor.” Dobie enjoyed a quality showing at camp, especially for his age/size, and should have a very impactful seventh-grade season.
#20: 5’11 ’23 Nathan Baldovino (Heritage)
Next, we look at a player that continues to stand out with his phenomenal motor and team-first approach, Nathan Baldovino. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard prospect with scrappiness and a quality balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Baldovino can make plays with or without the ball, given his nonstop energy, strong defensive instincts, and strong understanding on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to tighten up his footwork, as it would make him an even better defender. Coach Lindell on Baldovino: “Nathan is a ballhawk on defense. He’s a very heady and unselfish player that knows how to position himself in the right spot at the right time. He’s a decent ball-handler and strong passer. Nathan defends for 94 feet and around the perimeter well. His shooting skills are good with range but he needs to release his shot a little quicker. Nathan is very coachable and an unselfish player.” Baldovino continues to get better with each new viewing and could find early minutes as a freshman at Heritage.
#22: 5’11 ’22 Isaiah Tate (Kings Mountain)
Moving onto a player that was easily among the most impressive perimeter shooters on display, Isaiah Tate. He’s a smart, crafty combo guard with a tight handle, great vision, and the ability to pile on points from anywhere on the floor. Tate creates extremely well for himself and others, but can also spot-up at a high level and defend the point of attack pretty effectively for his size. Next in his development process is working on his awareness as an off-ball defender, as it would allow him to force more turnovers by jumping into passing lanes. Coach Lindell on Tate: “Isaiah has tremendous potential as a combo guard. He has exceptional athletic skills but needs to stay on “go” all the time during the game. He’s a good shooter that needs to differentiate between good and bad shots. He has good handles and is a strong defender along the perimeter. Isaiah is a willing passer that sees the floor well and has a good attitude.” Tate enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be poised for an extremely productive season as a primary leader for Kings Mountain.
#45: 6’1 ’23 Jahmir Brown (Northside Christian)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a very nice complementary skillset, especially for his age, Jahmir Brown. He’s a young, long-bodied wing prospect with a fairly advanced approach and array of skills. Brown can reliably pass, handle, shoot, and defend his position while showing the ability to switch between multiple positions on both ends of the floor. Next in his development is working on his craftiness as a ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Lindell on Brown: “Jamir plays on and off-ball defense very well and can rebound his position well. He’s a willing passer on the dribble-drive and has nice penetration skills. He’s a decent ball-handler with either hand. He has a good basketball IQ and understands his position well. Jahmir is really coachable with a nice midrange to long range shot and the ability to finish strong with either hand around the hoop.” Brown did a lot of things well at camp and has the necessary tools to be a strong contributor sooner than later for Northside Christian.
#46: 6’1 ’22 Cos Pagano (Northwest Guilford)
Next, we look at a player that offers a strong balance between scoring and doing the little things, Cos Pagano. He’s an unselfish, high-motor guard prospect that moves well without the ball and scores efficiently from anywhere inside the arc. Pagano proved to be a useful teammate that showed a willingness to keep the ball moving and make the extra pass whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Lindell on Pagano: “Cos is a coach’s dream in that he goes hard all the time. He only knows one gear and that’s the fifth gear, going all in! He rebounds his position well and defends like a soldier for 94 feet. He’s a nice midrange shooter that finishes well at the rim. Cos is a good passer with either hand. He’s a floor leader by example and is an exceptional hustler on both ends. Cos is very coachable with a great, winning attitude.” Pagano highlighted some excellent flashes throughout camp and could carve out a useful role during the upcoming season at Northwest Guilford.
#73: 6’3 ’23 Sheldon Ulmer (Northwest Guilford)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the main glue-guy of this team throughout camp, Sheldon Ulmer. He’s a young, smart, team-first forward prospect with a strong motor and the ability to make a ton of plays without requiring the ball in his hands. Ulmer is a great rebounder with a strong nose for the ball. He also does a great job of not forcing the action and scoring as needed. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Lindell on Ulmer: “Sheldon knows one way to play basketball, and that’s with tremendous hustle and a very high basketball IQ. He understands that he can continue his attitude, his hustle, and make the necessary plays for his team to win. He defends hard and will take charges. He’s a team player that finishes strong, runs the floor well in transition, and is very coachable!” Ulmer displayed a nice array of tools during camp and will be one to watch progress over the coming years at Northwest Guilford.
#74: 6’3 ’22 Kris Mickens (West Forsyth)
Continuing onto a player that possesses a strong crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Kris Mickens. He’s a wiry, long-bodied wing prospect with a quality blend between skill and athleticism, which allows him to cause matchup problems against a variety of opponents. Mickens displays vision and scores the ball effectively from all levels while also containing his assignment on the other end. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to become a craftier finisher around the basket. Coach Lindell on Mickens: “Kris has the potential to be a dominant player with his athleticism. He has flashes of greatness on both ends of the floor but needs to stay stuck on “go,” as he can take some plays off. Once he changes gears, he’s a lot to deal with. He’s a nice dribble-drive penetrator and good passer. Kris has solid handles with good a midrange to three-point shot. He’s a hard worker on defense.” Mickens enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could become a productive contributor for West Forsyth over the coming years.
#94: 6’4 ’22 Jarrod Small (Henderson Collegiate)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most intriguing two-way prospect on this team, Jarrod Small. He’s a big, physical forward prospect that knows how to score reliably from midrange-in, but can also knock down the open three-pointer. Small was able to defend multiple positions while rebounding his position nicely on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would make him even tougher for opposing forwards/big men to contain off the dribble. Coach Lindell on Small: “Jarrod has a strong, physical body and is a formidable player when he puts his mind and basketball IQ to it. His dribble-drive is useful for his position. His shot selection is questionable at times but he showed his ability to knock down the three-pointer and possesses a very consistent midrange jumper. Jarrod defends well in the paint and perimeter while rebounding well for his position.” Small worked hard throughout his time at camp and could carve out a nice role sooner than later for Henderson Collegiate.
#96: 6’5 ’22 Nathan Spence (Middle Creek)
Moving onto a player that showcased a strong amount of skill for his size and position, Nathan Spence. He’s a smart, wiry, team-first forward/post prospect with touch and the ability to stretch the floor from midrange or beyond the arc. Spence plays hard, pursues rebounds, and understands how to properly move without the ball. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physical interior presence on both sides of the ball. Coach Lindell on Spence: “Nathan runs the floor exceptionally well for a big man. He’s a southpaw shooter that hits corner three-pointers with nice consistency. He rebounds his position well and can lead the fast break with decent handles. His defensive rebounding is good, but he could be stronger at holding his position in the paint. Nathan is very coachable and proved to be a good passer and willing defender. If he builds strength on his frame with weight lifting, he could be a Division I player.” Spence enjoyed a great showing at camp and should emerge sooner than later as a useful two-way option for Middle Creek.
#108: 6’7 ’21 Broderick Ellis (Green Hope)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was easily the most reliable two-way interior presence for this team, Broderick Ellis. He’s a long, smart, fairly athletic forward/post prospect with excellent finishing touch and the ability to move really well without the ball. Ellis knows how to properly utilize his body and length to secure rebounds, loose balls, and extra possessions. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will make him even tougher for opponents to contain in the paint. Coach Lindell on Ellis: “Broderick has a high basketball IQ and a great body frame to fill out, which would make him a major recruit. He shoots the ball very well from midrange to beyond the arc. He finishes strong at the basket with either hand. Broderick rebounds his position well and can push the ball with nice handles, super court vision, and adept passing skills. He’s a good teammate and floor leader. He’s a student of the game with a great attitude. Broderick will be a big-time prospect if he develops his body and game as he grows.” Ellis was quite impressive throughout camp and should have a productive season as one of the primary leaders at Green Hope.