Coach: Daymond Lindell
#55: 5’6 ’22 Joshua McNair (Cornerstone Charter)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a lot of skill and productivity, despite his lack of size, Joshua McNair. He’s a smart, team-first point guard prospect with a tight handle, quality vision, and the ability to score in a variety of different ways. McNair looks to set up others whenever possible but knows how to take advantage of easy scoring opportunities and force on-ball turnovers at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain off the bounce. Coach Lindell on McNair: “Joshua is a coach on the floor and a good floor general. He sees the floor well and passes very well with either hand! He has a nice floater and penetrates and passes well off the dribble. Joshua defends the perimeter well and help-side defense off the ball and runs the floor well. He’s very coachable and listens well.” McNair did a lot of things well during camp and should emerge as a leader sooner than later for Cornerstone Charter.
#73: 5’10 ’22 Dariahn Hammonds (Comenius)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the main glue-guy of this team during camp, Dariahn Hammonds. He’s a smart, very well-rounded guard prospect that can make a major impact in various different roles. Hammonds is a reliable scorer, creator, and defender with nice rebounding instincts and the ability to make quality decisions with the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to tighten his footwork, as it would make him an even better on-ball defender. Coach Lindell on Hammonds: “Dariahn has really good speed, pushes the ball, and sees the floor well! He knows how to utilize his speed in that he changes speeds to improve his penetration and shot position. He has a nice drive-and-kick mentality. Dariahn defends full court and rebounds well for his position. He has a nice midrange floater game and can hit the three-pointer. He has a high basketball IQ.” Hammonds enjoyed a nice showing at camp and should have a productive upcoming season at Comenius.
#76: 5’11 ’21 Carter Wilson (Reidsville)
Moving onto a player that made a strong impression through constant hustle and useful perimeter shooting, Carter Wilson. He’s a big, strong-bodied guard prospect with an excellent motor and team-first approach on both ends of the floor. Wilson keeps the ball moving, knocks down the open shot, and does a great job of consistently outworking his assignment on defense and the glass. Next in his development process is working on his craftiness as a ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Lindell on Wilson: “Carter is Mr. Hustle. He has one gear, one speed, and that’s full-throttle. He hustles hard, will take a charge, and defends all positions with everything he has. He’s a good midrange to three-point shooter with strong dribble-drive penetration ability. Carter is an astute passer that sees the floor and makes the right pass. He has a high basketball IQ and never-quit attitude.” Wilson simply knows how to impact the game and could carve out a nice role sooner than later for Reidsville.
#92: 6’0 ’21 Jayden Lawrence (Cox Mill)
Continuing onto a player that offered his team with an extremely steady, well-rounded skillset and approach, Jayden Lawrence. He’s a smart, strong-bodied guard prospect with a high motor, quality ball skills, and nice three-level scoring ability. Lawrence is a reliable defender with quick hands, proper positioning, and great rebounding instincts. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him even tougher to contain with the ball in his hands. Coach Lindell on Lawrence: “Jayden is a coach on the floor and a leader on the team that leads by example. He’s a willing passer and solid performer that willingly dives after loose balls. Jayden has a nice set shot from midrange to beyond the arc. He handles the ball well with either hand and rebounds hard at the guard position. Jayden has a great frame and outworks his opponents. He defends his position hard and is willing to guard all positions.” Lawrence made his presence felt extremely well at camp and should have a pretty productive upcoming season at Cox Mill.
#99: 6’1 ’20 Jalen Lynch (Roanoke Valley Early College)
Next, we look at a player that was able to continuously stand out on both ends of the floor, Jalen Lynch. He’s a long, smart, athletic wing/forward prospect with excellent defensive instincts and the ability to switch across multiple positions. Lynch makes quality decisions with the ball, both as a passer and scorer, and does a great job of making plays in transition. 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 Lynch: “Jalen is a tremendous athlete and changes speeds well on offense to gain an advantage. He rebounds his position well and can defend one through four positions with intensity. He has a good midrange game and nice floater game. Jalen is an adept passer and even-handed ball handler. He’s a floor leader that is willing to get on the floor or take a charge. He was very coachable and has tremendous upside.” Lynch proved to be a clear asset on both ends of the floor, which should allow him to emerge as a leader this season for Roanoke Valley Early College.
#110: 6’2 ’21 Adonijah Whitley (Northern Guilford)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to affect all facets of the game with any group of teammates, Adonijah Whitley. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with a quality motor and two-way feel for the game. Whitely has the versatility to play four positions comfortably on either end of the floor, able to actively create, score on three levels, and defend multiple positions. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would likely make him an even better finisher through contact. Coach Lindell on Whitley: “Adonijah is a strong player with great potential. He has a high motor, runs the floor well, and is a willing passer with nice handles. He can work on his right hand but has a nice midrange jumper and can hit the three-pointer effectively. He pushes the ball well and is a good passer. Adonijah is a good defender, both on and off-ball, and rebounds his position hard. He’s very coachable and will develop into a good high school player.” Whitley has a ton of tools and will be a major contributor during the upcoming season for Northern Guilford.
#114: 6’3 ’20 Jackson Dobson (Western Alamance)
Continuing onto a player that really stood out with his blue-collar, no-nonsense approach throughout camp, Jackson Dobson. He’s a wiry, high-motor guard with a pretty well-rounded skillset and the ability to make a strong impact in a variety of different roles. Dobson can pass, handle, and shoot while causing havoc on defense and pursuing every rebound/loose ball available. His energy allowed him to force multiple turnovers and immediately push transition play. Next in his development process is working becoming quicker, as it would make him a better penetrating threat. Coach Lindell on Dobson: “Jackson is a “take no plays off/hard hat/grind it out” type of player. I would take him on my team any day. He’s a super hustler with basketball skills. He rebounds his position well and defends one through four with vigor. Jackson has a nice midrange shot and finishes strong at the basket. He’s a strong passer with decent handles. Jackson is very coachable with a high basketball IQ.” Dobson enjoyed a great showing at camp and should be among the main leaders this season for Western Alamance.
#130: 6’4 ’22 Nolan Hodge (Northern Guilford)
Next, we look at a player that possesses an incredible crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Nolan Hodge. He’s a long, wiry, extremely smooth guard prospect with sharp ball skills and the ability to truly score with efficiency from anywhere on the floor. Hodge can run a team, work without the ball, or fill in the gaps—whatever is needed. He has a very high IQ and already has a great foundation, which should have folks excited for the future. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would allow him to become a more physical defensive presence. Coach Lindell on Hodge: “Nolan is a tremendous offensive talent but needs to work harder on defense. When his maturity catches up to his athletic body, he’s going to be a tremendous player! He’s an even-handed ball handler that finishes nicely at the rim. He shoots it very well from midrange to beyond the arc. Nolan is a team leader and looks to get others involved. He will be great with continued hard work.” Hodge has all the tools to become a special player and will be a prospect for college coaches to monitor closely going forward.
#137: 6’6 ’21 Milos Prodanovic (Cape Fear Christian)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was arguably among the most intriguing prospects in attendance, Milos Prodanovic. He’s a long, wiry post prospect that possesses touch, vision, shooting ability, and a nice two-way feel for the game. Prodanovic does a quality job of manning the middle, altering shots, running the floor in transition, and finishing effectively around the basket. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would allow him to become a more physical interior presence on both ends of the floor. Coach Lindell on Prodanovic: “Milos is a fundamentally-sound player with good penetration ability. He’s a decent perimeter shooter and good passer. His ball-handling skills are decent but will need to become stronger at finishing through contact around the rim. Milos can work on having better rebounding position. He’s a willing off-ball defender and solid on-ball defender. Milos has tremendous upside and a bright future.” Prodanovic worked extremely hard throughout camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on, especially if he’s willing to work.