Coach: Kelvin Reid
#16: 5’6 ’23 Connor Howell (Northern Guilford)
Starting things off, we look at a player that impacted the game quite well despite being the youngest and smallest prospect on this team, Connor Howell. He’s a heady, scrappy point guard prospect with nice ball skills, able to consistently create and make passes to open teammates. Howell is a pretty useful shooter, especially as a spot-up threat, and knows how to find open space without the ball. Next in his development process is working on his penetration ability, as it would complement his perimeter shooting quite well. Coach Reid on Howell: “Connor is a solid player that made the extra pass whenever possible and would go backdoor whenever opponents overplayed. He worked hard in stations. Connor can work on playing with more energy, especially on defense, and improving his overall confidence. He was able to knock down jumpers at a nice rate.” Howell enjoyed a great showing at camp and will be one to watch grow over the coming years at Northern Guilford.
#43: 5’10 ’22 Jordan Arkansas (Cherokee)
Next, we look at a player that stood out with his nonstop energy and blue-collar approach, Jordan Arkansas. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with a fairly reliable perimeter stroke, especially from beyond the arc. Arkansas can disrupt the action with his motor, but also knows how to position himself properly on both ends of the floor. He moves well without the ball to find scoring opportunities as a cutter and spot-up threat. 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 Reid on Arkansas: “Jordan is a very good shooter with great court vision. He competes on every possession and proved to be a great teammate. He’s a young play that didn’t shy away from contact. Jordan talks on defense and knows how to knock down shots in transition.” Arkansas did a lot of things well at camp and should be among the main contributors during the upcoming season at Cherokee.
#48: 5’11 ’21 Joe Dilly (Southlake Christian)
Next, we look at a player that showcased versatility and exceptional off-ball movement throughout camp, Joe Dilly. He’s a fairly sturdy guard prospect with the ability to reliably operate from multiple positions on either end of the floor. Dilly does everything at a solid level on offense and is capable of creating havoc on the defensive 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 Reid on Dilly: “Joe is a lefty that can play one through three on either end of the floor. He’s a decent shooter and scrappy defender that moves well without the ball. He’s very good at getting past his man on his first step. Joe is always ready to shoot and has the ability to knock down jumpers at a pretty solid rate.” Dilly worked very hard throughout camp and should carve out a pretty useful role during the upcoming season at Southlake Christian.
#63: 6’0 ’21 Shane Peterson (Western Alamance)
Moving onto a player that has continually expanded his skillset over the last calendar year, Shane Peterson. He’s a smart, high-motor guard prospect that possesses an absolutely knockdown three-point stroke but has also made noticeable strides as a creator, defender, and all-around scorer. Peterson can reliably operate with or without the ball in his hands and make a strong impact. He moves extremely well without the ball and does a great job of pursuing and securing rebounds on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even tougher penetrating threat. Coach Reid on Peterson: “Shane has an extremely high motor! He rebounds the ball well on both ends of the floor. He’s well-coached and plays within himself at all times. He’s a great team player. Shane took over in our second game of the day. He’s a leader with toughness as his best skill. He’s a great closeout defender.” Peterson was excellent throughout camp and should have an incredibly productive upcoming season at Western Alamance.
#67: 6’1 ’22 Cameron Sampson (Cherokee)
Continuing onto a player that seemed to get better and better as the day carried onward, Cameron Sampson. He’s a big, strong-bodied guard prospect that is still working his way into basketball shape but knows how to play hard and within the team concept at all times. Sampson does a little bit of everything on the court and makes quality passes on a regular basis. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Reid on Sampson: “Cameron improved as the day went on. He’s a football player that hasn’t played basketball in months. He’s decent to solid at basically everything but isn’t really elite at any one skill. He needs to work on dribbling with purpose. Cameron was good in our second game. He’s a nice, coachable kid.” Sampson gave great two-way effort at camp and should carve out a useful role during the upcoming season at Cherokee.
#73: 6’1 ’22 Jacob Williams (Northwest Guilford)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a strong identity as a perimeter shooting threat, Jacob Williams. He’s a wiry, somewhat unassuming guard prospect that knows how to move without the ball and assert himself as a strong spot-up option. Williams defends with a ton of energy and seemed to rise to the occasion whenever his team needed a bucket. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more reliable creator for himself and others. Coach Reid on Williams: “Jacob has a very good basketball IQ. He’s a Swiss army knife on the court. He’s a good overall player that works on both sides of the ball. Jacob is a very good teammate. He hits big shots and is very clutch. He is a pleasure to coach and will lead by example. Jacob already has D3 size and talent.” Williams enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should carve out a useful role over the coming years for Northwest Guilford.
#83: 6’2 ’22 LeBron Thomas (Lee Central)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most enticing long-term prospect in attendance, LeBron Thomas. He’s a smart, scrappy, extremely poised point guard prospect with elite vision, defensive instincts, and the ability to touch the paint at will. Thomas has the ball on a string, able to reliably breakdown his assignment and make plays for others. He scores the ball quite efficiently from all three levels and now sports an improved three-point stroke. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it’ll only make him more physically-dominant on both ends of the floor. Coach Reid on Thomas: “LeBron is a great offensive rebounder! He needs to be better at moving without the ball. He has the tools to help impact his team and get wins. LeBron has nice lateral quickness but can take plays off at times. He can also work on staying in the game and not talking to the refs as much.” Thomas continued to show flashes of dominance at camp and will be one to Division I coaches to monitor closely over the coming years.
#86: 6’3 ’20 Daniel Kefene (Mount Mission)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably the most intriguing all-around prospect on this team, Daniel Kefene. He’s a long, wiry, high-motor wing prospect with quickness and the ability to get downhill and finish strong. Kefene possesses great footwork and knows how to force on-ball turnovers at a solid rate. He moves well without the ball and does a great job of finding space as a off-ball cutter. Next in his development process working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Reid on Kefene: “Daniel is very long! He moved well without the ball and improved in that area as the day carried along. He’s an average shooter that shares the ball nicely and willingly. Daniel is a nice kid that hustles on both ends of the floor. He’s athletic as can be!” Kefene enjoyed a great showing at camp and could have a breakout upcoming season at Mount Mission.
#101: 6’4 ’20 Trent McIntyre (Piedmont Classical)
Next, we look at a player that simply knows how to consistently affect all facets of the game, regardless of surrounding teammates, Trent McIntyre. He’s a smart, rugged all-around guard/wing prospect with a strong body and excellent two-way versatility. McIntyre naturally does everything and fills up the stat sheet as a result. He sets the tone defensively and knows how to properly run a team on offense. Next in his development process is working to become a knockdown three-point shooter, as it would make him virtually unstoppable on offense. Coach Reid on McIntyre: “Trent is a man amongst boys! He is a natural leader. He’s athletic and proved to be a very good decision-maker. Trent is a D1 prospect with legit size and wingspan. He’s likely a high D2 guy that will see the floor very early in his college career. He was a great teammate.” McIntyre did a phenomenal amount of everything during camp and will be one for college coaches to monitor, as he’s going to have another extremely productive season at Piedmont Classical.
#105: 6’5 ’21 Harper Strickland (Wakefield)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was easily among the top standout prospects, Harper Strickland. He’s a smart, long forward prospect with a smooth shooting stroke and the ability to attack the basket quite effortlessly. Strickland plays extremely hard, which allows him to consistently outwork bigger/stronger opponents on the glass. He finishes well with either hand and plays above the rim at a quality rate. He causes matchup problems for opponents, given his nice amount of skill and two-way versatility. Next in his development process is working to become a better ball-handler, as it would allow him to cause mismatches against opposing forwards/posts. Coach Reid on Strickland: “Harper got better each game. He has great help-side defense and runs the floor well. He defended better players very well. Harper finishes nicely at the rim. D3 coaches should be giving him plenty of attention. He maintained a positive attitude and team-first approach throughout the day.” Strickland worked hard at camp and should have a productive upcoming season at Wakefield.