Coach: Che Roth
#3:5’10 ’20 Camian Shell (Parkland)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a pretty well-defined skillset at camp, Camian Shell. He’s a strong, quick point guard prospect that knows how to effectively run a team on both sides of the ball. Shell has a formidable jumper, but is at his best when getting downhill and attacking the basket, especially on fast break opportunities. He has great end-to-end speed and is capable of beating a vast majority of players down the floor in transition. Shell works hard and displays a solid feel for the game, which is quite evident defensively, as he does a great job of mirroring his assignment and forcing on-ball turnovers. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from three-point territory, as it would make him more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Roth on Shell: “Camian has a great motor and uses it well to attack downhill and in transition. He can keep learning how to play angles, use ball screens, and work on shooting the ball. I love how he sits and defends. Camian should stay locked in with that bulldog mentality.” Shell is certainly a college-level prospect that should see a noteworthy uptick in his recruitment over the next few months with Team Winston.
#31:6’1 ’20 Lance Anthony (Word of God)
Next, we look at a player that caught many spectators by surprise with multiple high-level performances, Lance Anthony. He’s a smart guard prospect that generally draws attention with his ability to spot-up and reliably stretch the floor. That being said, Anthony highlighted so much more than his knockdown three-point stroke during camp. He proved to be an extremely crafty passer that utilizes the threat of shooting to manipulate defenders and regularly make plays for others. Anthony plays within himself and the team concept, but is capable of expanding his role based on circumstance and will step up to any challenge. He sets the tone with his transition defense and positions himself incredibly well away from the ball, on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it’ll make him a more reliable penetrator. Coach Roth on Anthony: “Lance is a stud! He possesses a great team-first attitude. Lance can really shoot it and has deep range on his jumper. He can keep working to add strength and quickness to your routine, as it will help your improvement.” Anthony can thrive with any group of teammates, which should make him even more appealing at the next level.
#38:6’2 ’20 Jackeem Herbin (Burlington Christian)
Moving onto a player that has a phenomenal blend of productivity and long-term upside, Jackeem Herbin. He’s a strong, well-rounded guard prospect that can actively toggle between either backcourt position due to his blend of IQ, scoring, and playmaking. Herbin is a pretty crafty ball-handler that can reliably create clean looks for himself and others with relative ease. He utilizes his body well on both ends of the floor, absorbing contact when attacking or navigating through traffic on offense while welcoming physical play as an on-ball defender. Herbin is a quality athlete that is capable of playing above the rim or operating along the perimeter and applying scoring pressure from all three levels. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would allow him to play full-time at either backcourt position, instead of being an off-guard with secondary ball-handling skills. Coach Roth on Herbin: “Jackeem is a great competitor! I love to watch him play when he’s aggressive. He can keep working on his ability to make plays, playing angles, and catching-and-shooting. Jackeem has a super high ceiling. Keep working hard!” Herbin is a scholarship-level player that not many people know about, so it’ll be exciting to see his inevitable blow-up within the next calendar year.
#54:6’5 ’20 Daniel Ransom (Vance)
Continuing onto a player that made an impression with his nonstop motor and balanced two-way skillset, Daniel Ransom. He’s a strong-bodied guard/wing prospect with a quality blend of IQ, playmaking, and defensive prowess. Ransom plays very hard at all times and refuses to take any possessions off, which is a massive part of what makes him a useful all-around defender. He moves very well for his size and is quick enough to mirror his on-ball assignment with relative ease. Ransom utilizes his strength well when penetrating to absorb contact and finish strong around the basket. He knocks down perimeter shots, rebounds nicely for his position, and makes an abundance of plays in transition. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even better finisher when attacking the basket. Coach Roth on Ransom: “Daniel has a big-time ability and makes a major impact in a lot of different areas. He can score it at all three levels. He can continue to add quickness. He does a great job of getting downhill and attacking the glass.” Ransom is already quite productive and should be able to see an uptick in his recruitment, as he has all the tools necessary to be a tough college-level prospect.
#61:6’4 ’20 Ambaka Le Graham (Concord First Assembly)
Next, we look at a player that currently sits at an excellent crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Ambaka Le Graham. He’s an incredibly intriguing wing/forward prospect with a terrific blend of size, skill, and athleticism. Le Graham is an effective perimeter shooter that causes problems for opponents with his relentlessness in transition. He’s a well-rounded athlete that can race down the floor in a hurry and meet opponents above the rim with regularity. Le Graham is a solid defender but possesses all the necessary tools to become much better and physically imposing. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up an abundance of easy scoring opportunities through off-ball cuts. Coach Roth on Graham: “Ambaka had a nice camp, but could be a really good player with some added strength and extra time in the gym. He appeared comfortable shooting the open three-pointer but can speed up his release timing. He can continue to work on his handle and expanding his game.” Le Graham showed some high-level flashes during camp, but looks likely to start tapping into his upside sooner than later.
#64: 6’4 ’22 Freddie Dillone (Trinity Christian)
Moving onto a player that already has a clear-cut identity and should only continue to improve, Freddie Dillone. He’s a true scoring wing prospect with a well-rounded skillset and the ability to contribute on both ends of the floor. Dillone is somewhat wiry but possesses great size/length and understands how to properly utilize it to finish in traffic or when jumping into passing lanes. His shooting form is slightly unorthodox, but he’s proven to be quite efficient from the perimeter and can easily create space for himself. Dillone is pretty quiet and goes about his business with an extremely calm demeanor. He’s a solid rebounder and defender that has the necessary feel and physical tools to become even better, especially with additional strength. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it’ll make him an even more relentless scorer. Coach Roth on Dillone: “Freddie had a solid day at camp. He does a lot of positive things and has the ability to make an impact in a number of different areas. He can continue to work on his ball-handling and getting stronger.” Dillone is very young and should gradually begin to tap into his upside within the next year or so.
#84: 6’6 ’22 Elijah Gray (Carmel Christian)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as one of the most unselfish and productive performers from this team, Elijah Gray. He’s a strong, fairly athletic forward/post prospect with an excellent blend of IQ and size, which allows him to cause matchup problems on both sides of the ball. Gray is an effective three-level scorer that continues to make strides as a perimeter shooter, but also looks quite comfortable when operating around the basket. He makes great decisions, both with or without the ball, and knows how to make the right play on offense with consistency. Next in his development process is working to become a more useful penetrator, as he would cause an abundance of matchup problems at his position. Coach Roth on Gray: “Elijah does a great job of making plays and impacting the game on both ends. He can really stretch the floor and has a soft touch around the rim. As a team-first guy, these camps are tough for guys like Elijah who looks to make the right play at all times. I would like to see his motor and toughness improve. He has the body to be a nasty with his back to the basket or when facing up.” Gray is already quite useful, but it’s likely that he’s only just beginning to harness his long-term upside.
#89: 6’6 ’22 MJ Rice (Durham Academy)
Next, we look at a player that has already established himself as an incredibly special two-way prospect, MJ Rice. He’s a strong, athletic and has no foreseeable ceiling, given how incredibly advanced he is at such a young age. Rice possesses the combination of size and skill to truly overwhelm any type of opponent with relative ease. He’s smart, unselfish, and able to reliably create for himself or others. Rice is a dominant penetrator and interior presence, but the emergence of his knockdown midrange shot and constantly improving three-point shot simply vaults him into an elite class of prospects. He has a lot of useful tools defensively and can legitimately shut down all five positions at the high school level. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him nothing short of a dominant all-around prospect. Coach Roth on Rice: “MJ is a dog! I love how hard he competes and engaged he is. MJ plays with a big-time motor and with a ton of passion. He can continue to work on his shooting and overall range. He can also continue training and being a strong leader. MJ has an unlimited ceiling and will be a fun prospect to watch progress.” Rice is already unstoppable, so it should be exciting to see how he progresses and where he ultimately falls in the national rankings over the next few years.
#91: 6’6 ’21 Omarion Bodrick (Independence)
Moving onto a player that is able to truly coexist and thrive with any group of teammates, Omarion Bodrick. He’s an extremely long, athletic, two-way wing/forward prospect with a strong motor and quality feel for the game. Bodrick is somewhat of a glue-guy given his ability to adapt to various different situations and operate in numerous different roles on either side of the ball. He’s an excellent cutter that positions himself nicely to secure rebounds, easy buckets, and loose balls with great regularity. Bodrick causes an abundance of problems for opponents with his defensive versatility, as he’s able to reliably contain three to four positions at the high school level. He doesn’t take possessions off and unselfishly looks to make the right play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll make him even more physically-imposing on both ends of the floor. Coach Roth on Bodrick: “Omarion has a fantastic attitude. His energy level is contagious. He should keep bringing those intangibles and his strong desire to compete. He can continue to work on his ball-handling and shooting.” It’s somewhat mind-boggling to think that Bodrick doesn’t have more action in his recruiting, but that’s guaranteed to change sooner than later, especially as college coaches begin to recognize his value.
#115:6’10 ’22 Christian Reeves (Providence Day)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is absolutely brimming with obvious long-term upside, Christian Reeves. He’s a long, wiry post prospect with excellent size and a blossoming two-way skillset. Offensively, Reeves displayed great touch around the basket and a firm understanding of how to play within himself and the team concept. He runs the floor and fills the lane with purpose, which allows him to score easy buckets on drop-off passes. Reeves is capable of playing above the rim and utilizes his length quite well to block/alter shots at the rim. He plays hard and brings intensity on both ends of the floor, but will become truly problematic upon physically maturing. Reeves has decent ball skills and sees the floor quite well, especially for his size. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll allow him to be more physical on both sides of the ball, especially when pursuing rebounds. Coach Roth on Reeves: “Christian is a young player with an excellent attitude and a lot of potential. He ran the floor hard and was a strong teammate throughout the day. Christian finished fairly well around the basket and embraced his role nicely.” Reeves is just beginning to truly scratch the surface of his abilities, so it’s likely that he’ll start progressing into a two-way monster over these next few years.