Coach: Aaron Hogner
#28: 5’8 ’23 Seth Foster (High Point Christian)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made a pretty nice two-way impact within the flow of the team, Seth Foster. He’s a wiry, high-motor point guard prospect that does a little bit of everything on the court. Foster is a quality shooter from midrange but even better from beyond arc. He gives great effort on both ends of the floor and looks to make plays for others whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to become a craftier finisher around the basket. Coach Hogner on Foster: “Seth is a quick guard that looks to push the team offensively and defensively. He needs to work on finishing and driving the ball too deep in the paint. He brings plenty of energy and has a great team mentality. Seth can also continue to work on his ball-handling.” Foster worked hard throughout camp and could be a player to watch progress over the coming years at High Point Christian.
#37: 5’9 ’22 Jesse Reaves III (Northern Durham)
Next, we look at a player that stood out quite regularly with his overall defensive presence, Jesse Reaves III. He’s a long, strong, fairly athletic guard prospect with a high motor and great two-way quickness. Reaves does a nice job of getting by his man, going downhill, and attacking the rim. He also knows how to contain his assignment and force turnovers without fouling, which allows him to push transition play at a solid rate. 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 Hogner on Reaves: “Jesse brought a ton of positive energy to the team and works extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He is a willing passer and solid team players. He can continue to improve his on-ball defense and perimeter shooting.” Reaves enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could carve out a useful role sooner than later for Northern Durham.
#54: 6’0 ’21 Drayton Watson (Spartanburg)
Moving onto a player that always seems to stand out with his motor, toughness, and no-nonsense approach, Drayton Watson. He’s a strong, athletic guard prospect that loves to get downhill, attack the rim, and finish through contact. Watson can also knock down perimeter jumpers at a solid clip but does a nice job of playing within himself on offense. He’s a reliable all-around defender with quickness and the ability to eliminate operating space quite effectively. Watson is a useful rebounder that can push 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 Hogner on Watson: “Drayton attacks hard and loves to make the right play. He can continue to work on his first step in order to be more explosive. Drayton can also work to improve his on-ball defense against opposing guards.” Watson enjoyed another great showing at camp and should be a leader during the upcoming season for Spartanburg.
#57: 6’0 ’20 Jordan Hunter (Mount Tabor)
Continuing onto a player that made a lasting impression with his two-way aggressiveness, Jordan Hunter. He’s a high-motor guard prospect that knows how to hound his assignment on defense, always looking to eliminate operating space and force on-ball turnovers with his quick hands. Hunter is a quality penetrator with the ability to finish through contact or set up teammates for easy scoring opportunities. He’s also a capable ball-handler and creator but typically finds success without requiring the ball in his hands. 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 Hogner on Hunter: “Jordan is a great on-ball defender but needs to understand when to be less physical and aggressive. He can also continue to work on his consistency as a shooter. Jordan provided our team with a positive attitude and team-first approach throughout the day.” Hunter worked extremely hard during his time at camp and could be a useful contributor during the upcoming season at Mount Tabor.
#58: 6’3 ’20 Camrone Cherry (CBC)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the main glue-guy of this team during his time at camp, Camrone Cherry. He’s a strong, physically-imposing wing/forward prospect with a great frame and the ability to assert himself on either end of the floor. Cherry utilizes his quickness on both ends, attacking the basket whenever possible and mirroring his on-ball assignment quite reliably. He rebounds the ball at a solid rate and knows how to make plays in transition. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Hogner on Cherry: “Camrone has a great motor and looks to make the right play at every available opportunity. He can continue to work on his ball-handling and IQ of the game but offered our team with a positive attitude and strong work ethic throughout the day.” Cherry proved to be a useful piece during camp and could have a productive upcoming senior campaign, especially if he continues to work.
#74: 6’1 ’21 Jamarii Thomas (Piedmont Classical)
Moving onto a player that was easily among the most electric, exciting two-way performers in attendance, Jamarii Thomas. He’s a smart, quick, athletic point guard prospect with phenomenal poise and toughness. Thomas offers an exceptional balance between playmaking and three-level scoring, and has also proved over time to be one of the better finishers at the rim. He’s a great teammate, two-way leader, and tone-setter in every sense of the word. Thomas is a strong defender with sharp anticipation instincts, rebounding prowess, and the ability to force turnovers at a consistent rate. 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 Hogner on Thomas: “Jamarii is a great offensive threat and strong finisher. He needs to improve his energy on defense and be more consistent. He highlighted a ton of ability and will be a next-level player if he continues on his current trajectory.” Thomas was phenomenal throughout camp, securing the Mr. Playmaker award with relative ease, and should have a big-time upcoming season at Piedmont Classical.
#77: 6’1 ’20 William Toman (Franklinton)
Continuing onto a player that offered his team with a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor, William Toman. He’s a smart, wiry, unselfish guard prospect that can assert himself as a spot-up threat with any group of teammates. Toman is fairly well-rounded and doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses on either end of the floor. He’s also a clear team-first guy that shows a willingness to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge. Next in his development process is working to become a better penetrator, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach Hogner on Toman: “Will is a high-IQ player that understands the game. He can knock down the open jumper but can continue to improve his consistency and overall ball-handling. He provided a positive attitude and unselfish approach throughout the day.” Toman enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could emerge as a useful contributor during the upcoming season for Franklinton.
#91: 6’7 ’21 Ben Burham (Carmel Christian)
Next, we look at a player that continues to look like one of the more probable breakout prospects in the state, Ben Burnham. He’s a long, wiry, extremely athletic forward prospect that knows how to viciously attack the rim, efficiently knock down perimeter shots, and create for himself or others off the dribble. Burnham lacks true strength but still outworks and outmuscles bigger/stronger opponents on the interior, both as a rebounder and rim-protector. He’s effective with or without the ball in his hands and makes a ton of plays in transition. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him an even more physical presence on both ends of the floor. Coach Hogner on Burnham: “Ben attacks the basket hard but needs to improve on finishing through contact. He can continue to work on the defensive end of the floor. Ben is athletic and plays hard on both ends of the floor. He provided a positive attitude and team-first approach throughout the day.” Burnham continues to get better and better with each viewing and should have the attention of Division I coaches throughout the next calendar year at Carmel Christian.
#94: 6’3 ’23 Taft Johnson (High Point Christian)
Moving onto a player that showcased a lot of talent and intelligence, especially to be the youngest prospect on this team, Taft Johnson. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with quality size for his age and an unselfish approach to the game. Johnson is fairly well-rounded and knows how to succeed in a variety of different roles. He’s a quality perimeter shooter with nice vision and the ability to create for himself or others quite effectively. Next in his development process is working to become a better rebounder, as he possesses the necessary physical tools to contribute on the glass on both sides of the ball. Coach Hogner on Johnson: “Taft is a smart player with a great motor and the ability to outwork opponents on both sides of the ball. He can continue to work on his jumper off the bounce. Taft was a positive presence and team-first player throughout the day.” Johnson worked very hard at camp and will be a useful contributor sooner than later at High Point Christian.
#114: 6’9 ’21 Kuluel Mading (The Burlington School)
Finishing up, we look at a player that possesses an incredible crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Kuluel Mading. He’s a long, somewhat thin post prospect with impressive physical tools and a blossoming offensive skillset. Mading already shows regular flashes of being able to cause mismatches with his fluid athleticism and ability to score from inside or outside the arc. He possesses great timing around the rim, both as a rebounder and shot-blocker. Mading’s trajectory has been terrific and he should only continue trending upward over the remainder of his high school career. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physical presence on both ends of the floor. Coach Hogner on Mading: “Kuluel is long and athletic with a great motor on both ends of the floor. He can improve on his outside shooting and ball-handling but has huge upside. Kuluel is a fun player to coach and maintains a positive attitude at all times.” Mading has as much upside as anyone in attendance and should have attention from all types of Division I coaches