Coach: T. Deshazior
#60: 5’8 ’23 Seth Foster (High Point Christian)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a true blue-collar approach throughout camp, Seth Foster. He’s a young, high-motor guard prospect with great defensive instincts and a team-first mentality. Foster is a solid midrange shooter but typically looks to set up teammates whenever the ball is in his hands. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it’ll improve his ability to finish through contact at the basket. Coach Deshazior on Foster: “Seth had arguably the best attitude on the team. He was always the first one back after a turnover or long rebound. His IQ was off the charts, being able to make plays for himself as well as others. Seth is a scrappy defender that isn’t afraid to dive for 50/50 balls. He can work to improve his jumper in order to keep defenses honest. Becoming stronger with the ball is another area for improvement, as he got sped up with the ball too many times.” Foster enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward, especially if he’s willing to work.
#68: 5’10 ’20 Alijah Miles (Cape Fear Christian)
Next, we look at a player that continually stood out for his lightning-quick first step, Alijah Miles. He’s a wiry, unselfish lead guard prospect with effortless penetration ability, able to truly leave opponents in the dust. Miles plays with great energy, especially on defense, and forces turnovers at a reliable rate—which led to a ton of transition baskets. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more consistent finisher around the basket. Coach Deshazior on Miles: “Alijah has incredible footwork and quickness. His ability to guard the ball is top-tier. He is a blur in the open court, almost impossible for opponents to keep him out of the lane. He shows great leadership qualities and he is a player that any coach would want on their team. Alijah must improve his jumper in order to become complete. Working on his off-hand is another area that he can improve. Adding floaters and pull-ups will take his game to another level.” Miles made a great impact during camp and should emerge as a nice contributor during the upcoming season for Cape Fear Christian.
#77: 5’11 ’22 John Gebhard (Ben Lippen)
Moving onto a player that highlighted some quality flashes of craftiness as a floor general, John Gebhard. He’s a young, wiry point guard prospect with a quality amount of skill, possessing a tight handle, sharp vision, scoring prowess, and the ability to run a team quite effectively. Gehbard knows how to break down his defender, enter the paint, and make plays for himself and others at a terrific rate. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Deshazior on Gebhard: “John was one of my sleeper kids. He played out of position, but you can tell that he has point guard skills when he gets the ball. He has good change of pace with the ball and has an ability to get to his spots. If he’s going to improve, the weight room is going to be his best friend. Also, quickness is an area for improvement. His shot wasn’t falling but his mechanics were almost picture-perfect.” Gebhard continues to display terrific flashes at camp and has the chance to emerge as a primary leader sooner than later for Ben Lippen.
#80: 5’11 ’21 Efe Guvenc (Research Triangle)
Continuing onto a player that showed his ability to make an impact without requiring the ball in his hands, Efe Guvenc. He’s a wiry off-guard that knows how to move without the ball and find open space as a cutter. Guvenc was able to attack the basket decently well or stop and pull-up from midrange. He gave great defensive effort and consistently fought on the glass on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on tightening up his ball-handling, as it would allow him to operate more reliably from the point guard position. Coach Deshazior on Guvenc: “Efe was a good teammate while making all of the effort plays throughout the day. He never gave up on a play. His shot mechanics are ball-handling are areas for improvement. Efe kept a positive attitude and accepted coaching well.” Guvenc worked hard during camp, so it’ll be interesting to see his continued progression going forward.
#88: 6’0 ’20 Johnny “Trey” Rhodes III (East Forsyth)
Next, we look at a player that made a really strong impression with his nonstop motor and team-first approach, Johnny “Trey” Rhodes III. He’s a high-motor guard prospect with a nice two-way feel and the ability to play bigger than his size on both ends of the floor. Rhodes is a strong finisher, smart passer, and excellent rebounder that made a consistent impact throughout camp. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would take his offensive game to another level. Coach Deshazior on Rhodes: “Johnny was hands-down the hardest worker on this team. He had to get every rebound in his area and every 50/50 ball that came his way. He was one of the strongest players at the camp. He did not care who got the credit, as long as the job got done. Johnny did a great job of kicking it out from the block. He must improve his offensive skills. His jumper needs improvement in order to stretch the defense out.” Rhodes certainly made his presence felt at camp and should be able to carve out a useful role during his upcoming senior campaign at East Forsyth.
#97: 6’0 ’23 Josiah Watkins (The Burlington School)
Moving onto a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Josiah Watkins. He’s a young, skilled guard prospect with a tight handle, sharp penetration sense, and quality defensive instincts. Watkins provides great effort and positions himself quite well on defense, which allows him to force numerous turnovers and push transition play. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would complement his penetration game nicely. Coach Deshazior on Watkins: “Josiah had a great skillset, especially in transition. When the ball was in his left hand, he was almost unstoppable. He made a lot of plays while putting the ball on the floor. He had the ability to make plays for others as a combo guard. I would like to see him be able to play point guard a little more. His shot-making ability needs some improvement. The ability to catch and shoot will take his game up a notch.” Watkins displayed a lot of tools and will be one to monitor, as he should emerge as a quality contributor over the next few years for The Burlington School.
#106: 6’2 ’23 Bryce Cash (Charlotte Christian)
Continuing onto a player that was easily among the most enticing long-term prospects in attendance, Bryce Cash. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing prospect with IQ, excellent penetration skills and the ability to defend multiple positions. Cash can work as a primary creator or find buckets as an off-ball cutter while defending with purpose and being among the best rebounders on the floor. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him nearly unstoppable on offense. Coach Deshazior on Cash: “Bryce has a chance to be a special player. His body and frame is already well put together for a freshman. In transition, he was a truck coming at you. Being able to handle and pass is what makes him special. He rebounded out of his area and played physical. He is a player to keep track of in the near future. His shot and combo guard skills need some improvement.” Cash has an abundance of tools and has the chance to be an incredible prospect, which certainly makes him one to monitor going forward.
#117: 6’3 ’20 Austin Locklear (Cape Fear Christian)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most noteworthy two-way leader on display, Austin Locklear. He’s a long, smart, athletic wing prospect with a very well-rounded skillset and approach on both ends of the floor. Locklear shoots the ball with phenomenal efficiency from three-point territory but also mixes it up regularly with midrange pull-ups and attacking the basket. He communicates well and seemed to rise to the occasion whenever his team needed. Next in his development process is working on his craftiness as a passer, as it will make him even tougher to contain on offense. Coach Deshazior on Locklear: “Austin was the camp MVP. He made a lot of big buckets. It didn’t matter if it was off the dribble, catch, or in transition. His ability to rise up and shoot over defenders was his best quality. He’s a strong off-guard and athletic in the open court. Austin must improve on his ball-handling if he wants to take his game to the next level. Also being able to make plays for others can be an area for improvement.” Locklear was undeniably impressive during camp and will be a prospect for college coaches to watch closely over the next calendar year.
#127: 6’4 ’21 Isaiah Moore (Ben L. Smith)
Moving onto a player that possesses a quality crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Isaiah Moore. He’s a long, fairly athletic wing/forward prospect with strong finishing ability and a well-rounded skillset. Moore was able to do a little bit of everything, pass, handle, shoot, and made multiple plays defensively. He made smart decisions with the ball in his hands and found scoring opportunities in transition. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher to contain along the perimeter. Coach Deshazior on Moore: “Isaiah had games where he had multiple dunks. He’s a long wing player with the ability to knock down shots. In the open court, he was a nightmare. On the defensive end, he jumped the passing lanes and forced turnovers. His body could get stronger if he wants to reach his potential. Also, being able to make plays for others would take his game to another level.” Moore did a lot of things well throughout camp and has the tools to become a very nice contributor for Ben L. Smith during the upcoming season.
#139: 6’7 ’21 Paul Tako (Cape Fear Christian)
Finishing up, we look at a player that stood out as a matchup problem for opponents throughout camp, Paul Tako. He’s a big, strong-bodied post prospect with touch, unselfishness, and the ability to overwhelm opponents with his rebounding prowess. Tako displays a nice two-way feel for the game, never forcing the action, playing within himself, and capitalizing on his touches while constantly making hustle plays. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would allow him to defend more reliably along the perimeter. Coach Deshazior on Tako: “Paul had a very good skillset for a big man. He made numerous plays with the ball. He also was very patient on the block, being able to score with either hand. He was the best rebounder when he was on the court. He made a couple of outlet passes that ended up being layups. He can work on his foot quickness and being able to guard the ball. Working on his three-pointer will also make him a better player.” Tako was excellent throughout camp and should garner attention from college coaches while being a primary contributor for Cape Fear Christian during the upcoming season.