Coach: Mason Padgett
#6: 5’7 ’25 Joseph Wagner (Kill Devil Hills)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made a nice impact despite being the smallest and youngest prospect on this team, Joseph Wagner. He’s a quick, scrappy, team-first guard prospect with a nice two-way understanding of the game. Wagner scores effectively inside the arc and contained his assignment well on defense. 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 an off-ball cutter. Coach Padgett on Wagner: “Joseph was a great teammate today. He could truly accept criticism and has solid basketball IQ. He shot the midrange well but needs to improve his three-point shot with time in the gym. Joseph has a good release time, quickness, and court vision but can improve on his overall passing skills. Joseph has solid ball-handling skills and showed he will be a solid high school player.” Wagner enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could be one to keep an eye on, especially if he continues to work.
#17: 5’10 ’23 Tucker Mayo (Huntersville)
Next, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impact with his motor on both ends of the floor, Tucker Mayo. He’s a young, unselfish guard prospect with nice perimeter shooting and a pretty solid two-way feel for the game. Mayo typically plays without the ball, able to find scoring opportunities as a cutter and spot-up threat, but can also create off the bounce at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working to become a more impactful rebounder, as he has the necessary tools to outwork his assignment. Coach Padgett on Mayo: “Tucker showed that he loves the game of basketball. He also has an amazing attitude and gave great effort the entire way. Tucker shot the ball at a high level. He got better as a rebounder as the day went along and penetrated to the basket at times when he needed to. Tucker has great court vision and can dribble both ways on the court. He will be a solid high school player.” Mayo worked hard at camp and will be a useful contributor sooner than later at Huntersville.
#25: 5’11 ’21 Dorien Johnson (Porter Ridge)
Moving onto a player that offers a fairly consistent presence with any group of teammates, Dorien Johnson. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect that does a great job of getting out in transition and applying scoring pressure from inside the arc. Johnson is a solid ball-handler with great footwork and the ability to make the extra pass whenever available. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier passer, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Padgett on Johnson: “Dorien had a winning attitude the entire day during our games. He showed great effort on both ends of the floor. Dorien moved well without the ball and rebounded well but can improve on his court vision. He also shot the ball well from all three levels. Dorien needs to improve his on-ball defense but has amazing footwork and will continue to get better.” Johnson had another solid showing at camp and should be a useful contributor for Porter Ridge during the upcoming season.
#42: 6’1 ’21 Benton Wofford (Ardrey Kell)
Continuing onto a player that never wavers in his approach, regardless of setting or surrounding teammates, Benton Wofford. He’s a scrappy, energetic guard prospect that is always looking to assert himself as a perimeter shooter and spot-up threat. Wofford handles the ball at a solid level and knows how to contain his assignment effectively on the other end. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Padgett on Wofford: “Benton had a great day at showcasing his skill. He showed that he could use either hand when attacking the basket. He has some solid post moves and his jumper is solid with nice release time. Benton also has the ability to finish with both hands and has great passing skills. His footwork was amazing and he shows that he loves the game of basketball.” Wofford enjoyed a useful showing at camp and should carve out a nice role during the upcoming season at Ardrey Kell.
#52: 6’3 ’23 Peyton Scott (Butler)
Next, we look at a player that quietly possesses an exceptional crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Peyton Scott. He’s a long, wiry, fairly well-rounded wing/forward prospect that consistently plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor. Scott does a quality amount of everything while playing within the team, which allows him to make a constant impact without necessarily requiring offensive touches. 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 Padgett on Scott: “Peyton is going to be a beast at the game of basketball. He is a great shooter, can drive to the basket, and get his team a bucket at any time. Peyton is a willing passer and always trying to set his teammates up. He also has a strong, athletic body and sees the court very well. Peyton will be a solid high school and college player.” Scott has a ton of tools, especially at his age, and should emerge as a reliable contributor over the next few years at Butler.
#68: 6’3 ’21 Brandon Wingo (Fort Mill)
Moving onto a player that offers his team with a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor, Brandon Wingo. He’s a smart, strong-bodied wing prospect with a quality motor and smooth shooting ability from midrange and beyond the arc. Wingo consistently plays within himself and the team, but knows how to take advantage of easy scoring opportunities whenever available. Next in his development process is working to become a more productive rebounder, as he has the necessary tools to do so. Coach Padgett on Wingo: “Brandon showed he has a lot of skills in the game of basketball. He showed an ability to move without the ball and could rebound decently well out of position. He also had the ability to shoot the ball at all three levels and could get a bucket whenever the team was in need. Brandon has great passing skills and is a solid on-ball defender. He will make a solid contributor to a great high school team.” Wingo knows how to maximize his role and should have a pretty productive upcoming season at Fort Mill.
#78: 6’3 ’20 Jackeem Herbin (The Burlington School)
Continuing onto a player that just seems to get better while already looking like a scholarship-worthy prospect, Jackeem Herbin. He’s a big, strong-bodied guard prospect with a phenomenal balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Herbin can reliably operate from either backcourt position and is deceptively quick, both as a penetrator and on-ball defender. He makes intelligent decisions with the ball and understands how to properly utilize his body on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his shooting consistency off the dribble, as it would make him even tougher to contain on offense. Coach Padgett on Herbin: “Jackeem is an absolute beast at the game of basketball. He is a great passer and can truly score at all three levels. Jackeem is a high-level shooter and has great shooting mechanics with a solid release time. He has nice on-ball defense, footwork, and great quickness. He can guard the bigs and the guards. Jackeem can also score on any kind of defender.” Herbin highlighted a ton of flashes at camp and will be a major contributor throughout the upcoming season at The Burlington School.
#92: 6’5 ’21 Akhiris Holden (Henderson Collegiate)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most reliable worker and blue-collar performer in attendance, Akhiris Holden. He’s a long, wiry, explosive forward prospect with a nonstop motor and the ability to truly create havoc without requiring the ball in his hands. Holden is a reliable defender that can guard multiple positions, force turnovers, and make plays in transition. He can handle the ball and knock down open shots as needed, but typically scores by finding open seams within the defense. Next in his development process is working on tightening his shooting mechanics, as it would likely make him a more consistent shooter. Coach Padgett on Holden: “Akhiris showed that he will be a great high school player. He displayed high energy for the entire day. He has a high basketball IQ and a ton of skills for the game of basketball. Akhiris was a willing passer and has high vision on the court. He can improve on his rebounding but has solid footwork and quickness. He also has great on-ball defense instincts.” Holden continues to be great at camp and should play a vital role throughout the upcoming season at Henderson Collegiate.
#99: 6’5 ’22 Cade Tyson (Piedmont)
Moving onto a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Cade Tyson. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with great size, shooting prowess, and a quality amount of craftiness. Tyson handles the ball, scores efficiently from all three levels, and defends his position quite well. He understands how to make his presence consistently felt without the ball, which is part of what already makes him so valuable. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him an even more lethal spot-up threat. Coach Padgett on Tyson: “Cade was really fun to coach during the entire day. He is an amazing ball-handler and passer. His on-ball defense is incredible and his quickness is sneaky-good. Cade can shoot the ball from the perimeter and is also a great penetrator with the ability to make the extra pass. Cade is a great kid.” Tyson certainly brought excitement with his showing at camp and will certainly be one to watch over these next few years, as he could become an exceptional prospect.
#113: 6’11 ’22 Patrick Wessler (Butler)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was arguably the most impressive prospect in attendance, Patrick Wessler. He’s a big, strong, polished post prospect with touch, shooting ability, and an incredibly fluid offensive skillset. Wessler passes, handles, and shoots the ball extremely well for his size, but also shows a willingness to protect the rim and secure any available rebounds or loose balls. He runs the floor properly in transition and simply knows how to score in a variety of different ways. Next in his development process is working to become more athletic, as it would simply take his recruitment to another level. Coach Padgett on Wessler: “Patrick is a high-level kid and loves to cheer on his teammates. He has a strong left hand and can post-up and dominate. Patrick can also shoot the three-pointer and it looks great. He can drive the basketball and has the ability to euro-step at any time. He is an ACC big all day long. I love this kids game.” Wessler was utterly dominant at camp, securing the camp MVP with relative ease, and will gradually emerge as a major priority for Division I coaches.