Coach: David Kaplan
#2: 4’11 ’23 Jaden Dodd (Greensboro)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was quite impressive despite being the youngest and smallest prospect on this team, Jaden Dodd. He’s a young, smart, fairly skilled point guard prospect with a quality balance between scoring and playmaking. Dodd is a great penetrator with the ability to finish strong or set up others while containing his on-ball assignment well. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to play alongside another primary ball-handler with relative ease. Coach Kaplan on Dodd: “Jaden has great court vision and sense of the game. It will be interesting to see how grows and develops. He has a lot of time to grow his size and game as a 2023. The next steps in his development will be getting stronger, quicker release and a consistent jump shot. If he can learn to play without the ball, he will see a lot of playing time in years to come. Jaden was a joy to coach!” Dodd enjoyed a great showing at camp and could be one to keep an eye on going forward.
#10: 5’8 ’23 Denzel Foster (Dudley)
Next, we look at a player that showcased the most ball skills of anyone on this team, Denzel Foster. He’s a heady, unselfish point guard prospect with an excellent motor and the ability to consistently break down his assignment at the point of attack. Foster possesses a tight, crafty handle and sharp passing vision, which allows him to create for himself and others quite regularly. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would likely make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Kaplan on Foster: “Denzel improved each time he got on the floor. He’s a team player that turns the corner and knows how to get to the bucket and finish without getting blocked by much bigger players. He sets the table nicely for his teammates. Denzel needs to work on playing without the ball.” Foster did a lot of things well during camp and should be able to carve out a nice role as a contributor for Dudley over the coming years.
#31: 6’0 ’23 Sean O’Brien (Northwest Guilford)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most consistent three-point shooter on this team, Sean O’Brien. He’s a wiry, high-motor guard prospect that knows how to shoot the ball and set up others with his quality passing instincts. O’Brien works hard on defense and shows a willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. He gets back on defense and doesn’t force the action on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more reliable penetrator. Coach Kaplan on O’Brien: “Sean is a good three-point shooter who’s fundamentally sound and able to play multiple positions. He’s a nice kid and the kind of teammate you’d want on your team. He handles and passes the ball well from the point guard position. Sean was very coachable.” O’Brien embraced his identity quite well throughout camp, so it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses going forward for Northwest Guilford.
#36: 6’0 ’20 Jeremy Mull (Southwest Guilford)
Continuing onto a player that simply knows how to make an impact alongside any collection of teammates, Jeremy Mull. He’s a steady, scrappy guard prospect that does a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor. Mull can create for himself and others or work without the ball as a cutter and spot-up threat. He knows how to fill in the gaps on both ends of the floor and can expand his production as needed. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Kaplan on Mull: “Jeremy is a solid on ball defender that is tough as nails. He has a nice midrange jumper and is pretty good at many facets of the game, but not necessarily elite at any one skill. Jeremy is a very coachable young man!” Mull enjoyed a solid all-around showing at camp and should have a productive upcoming senior campaign at Southwest Guilford.
#57: 6’2 ’22 Ford Disbrow (South Brunswick)
Next, we look at a player that really stood out with his motor and two-way approach throughout camp, Ford Disbrow. He’s a wiry, team-first guard prospect that showed flashes of excellence on defense, given his willingness to fight on every single possession. Disbrow is a solid perimeter shooter that knows how to cut and properly move without the ball to find easy scoring opportunities. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more consistent finisher through contact. Coach Kaplan on Disbrow: “Ford defended a kid with 4 D1 offers and didn’t back down. He shares the ball and, although it doesn’t always look pretty, he makes the ball go in the basket. Ford had an excellent pass between the defender’s legs in first game. Sadly, he got hurt and missed the playoff games but was a definite positive for our team.” Disbrow worked extremely hard throughout camp and should carve out a productive role over the next few years at South Brunswick.
#58: 6’2 ’23 Chase Seawell (Thales Academy)
Moving onto a player that highlighted a pretty intriguing array of skills, especially for his age, Chase Seawell. He’s a young, steady, fairly-rounded wing prospect with tremendous defensive instincts and the ability to do a variety of things well on offense. Seawell is a solid three-point shooter but is at his best when attacking the basket or midrange area. He contains his assignment well and knows how to force turnovers at a quality rate, which allows him to push transition play quite often. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would take his offensive game to another level. Coach Kaplan on Seawell: “Chase was one of the more physically gifted players on the team, especially for his size. He played multiple positions and hit some shots that were big time to get us back in games.” Seawell did a nice job of maximizing his presence throughout camp and will be one to watch progress over the coming years at Thales Academy.
#60: 6’2 ’20 Jahleel Deberry (Atkins)
Continuing onto a player that simply knows how to affect various facets of the game on both ends of the floor, Jahleel Deberry. He’s a big, strong, fairly athletic wing prospect that knows how to utilize his body to his advantage. Deberry gets downhill at a terrific rate but also applies strong pressure as a midrange shooter. He can operate in a variety of different roles on offense but can also defend multiple positions defensively. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier passer, as it would take his playmaking ability to another level. Coach Kaplan on Deberry: “Jahleel is a good athlete at the combo guard position. He has lots of potential and will be worth keeping an eye on the next 2-3 years, as he could become a very nice player.” Deberry knows how to apply pressure quite well and should be another very useful contributor during the upcoming season at Atkins.
#84: 6’4 ’20 Kurtis Taylor III (Neuse Christian)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a nice crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Kurtis Taylor III. He’s a long, wiry, fairly skilled forward/post prospect that can cause mismatches with his blend of size and perimeter ability. Taylor penetrates well and can knock down open jumpers from midrange and beyond. He rebounds the ball effectively on both ends of the floor and is capable of pushing the break in transition. 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 Kaplan on Taylor: “Kurtis moves very well for a big/strong 6-foot-4 post player. If he puts as much time in doing cardio as lifting weights, he’d make a solid D3 stretch 4. Kurtis has nice court vision and strong basketball IQ.” Taylor did a lot of things well at camp and should emerge as a primary option during his senior campaign at Neuse Christian.
#88: 6’4 ’22 Cameron McDonald (Atkins)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most well-rounded performer on this team, Cameron McDonald. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect with excellent quickness, particularly for his size, and the ability to attack the basket quite regularly off the bounce. McDonald is a terrific rebounder and all-around defender that knows how to force turnovers by jumping into passing lanes. He moves well without the ball as a cutter, which allows him to find scoring opportunities in transition or the half-court sets. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent perimeter shooter, as it would take his offensive game to another level. Coach Kaplan on McDonald: “Cameron is thin but quite tough. He’s a lefty that plays both sides of the ball and had some great steals both on and off the ball. There is high upside for this 2022 wing.” McDonald worked hard throughout his time at camp and should be another useful piece at Atkins during the upcoming season.
#104: 6’6 ’20 Solomon Tucker (Northside Christian)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was arguably the most reliable two-way piece for this team, Solomon Tucker. He’s a long, smart, defensive-minded forward/post prospect that simply knows how to create havoc with his nonstop motor. Tucker utilizes his length very well around the basket as a finisher, rebounder, and rim-protector. He runs the floor effectively in transition and plays within the team concept at all times. Next in his development process is working to become a more useful ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Kaplan on Tucker: “Solomonis very coachable and well spoken. He ran with the Charlotte Aces this past summer and is attracting interest from high level D3s and D1 service academies. Solmon has nice post ups and finishes at the basket, able to effectively run the pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop. He’s a young Bill Russell on the defensive end! I wish I had 10 players like Solomon Tucker!!” Tucker was an excellent leader throughout camp and should play a vital role in the success of Northside Christian.