#6: 5’7 ’24 Izaiah Littlejohn (Hickory, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that did a terrific job of making an impact on both sides of the ball, Izaiah Littlejohn. He’s a young guard prospect with a nice feel for the game and a quality understanding of how to operate within the team concept. Littlejohn stood out with his smooth jumper from midrange and beyond the arc while also outworking bigger opponents for rebounds. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a more useful penetrator and finisher. Coach Jones on Littlejohn: “Izaiah did well against bigger and stronger players, especially being a middle school player. That being said, he must get stronger with the ball. Izaiah must be able to absorb the contact and play through it. He shows that he has talent and he will improve with strength training. He can also improve his ball-handling, shooting, and develop his off-hand.” Littlejohn was among the most impressive young players in attendance and should become a very useful prospect sooner than later.
#12: 5’9 ’20 Isaiah Rodriguez (Hubert, NC)
Next, we look at a player that really stood out with his ability to score from within the arc, Isaiah Rodriguez. He’s a tough, high-motor guard that gets to the basket and finishes quite nicely through contact, especially for his size. Rodriguez did a great job of containing his assignment defensively and forced turnovers at a solid rate during camp. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him an even more useful spot-up threat. Coach Jones on Rodriguez: “Isaiah plays hard on both ends of the floor. He shoots a high percentage from beyond the arc. Isaiah uses the three-point threat to draw in the defense and has the quickness to get to the rim and finish through contact. Isaiah has good court vision and delivers the pass on time. He needs to continue to develop his off-hand and ball-handling.” Rodriguez certainly represents the notion “heart over height” and was a terrific contributor throughout his time at camp.
#25: 5’11 ’21 Tyreik Leach (Winston-Salem, NC)
Moving onto a player that made a pretty strong impression with his tough all-around skillset, Tyreik Leach. He’s a smart, strong-bodied point guard prospect with a tight handle and the ability to navigate wherever he desires on the court. Leach scores the ball efficiently from all three levels, but is especially tough when getting downhill and pulling-up or attacking the basket. He’s an excellent finisher for his size and has the necessary quickness to overwhelm his assignment on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to utilize the entire floor on offense. Coach Jones on Leach: “Tyreik was one of the best players at camp. He is extremely quick with the ball in his hands. His strength allows him to get to any spot he wants. Tyreik has excellent shooting range. He has the ability to be a shutdown defender. He needs to continue developing his off-hand.” Leach is going to become a hot commodity over the next few years, especially if he continues to improve.
#30: 6’0 ’19 Demitrios Dixon (Charlotte, NC)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a useful skillset and team-first approach during his time at camp, Demitrios Dixon. He’s a smart, well-rounded point guard prospect that can effectively create for himself and others with relative ease. Dixon utilizes his quickness to enter the paint and make passes to open teammates at a solid rate. He’s a quality scorer from all levels, but is at his most efficient in the midrange area. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up his off-ball cutting and allow him to secure easy buckets around the basket. Coach Jones on Dixon: “Demitrios is a solid player. He plays hard on both ends of the floor. Demitrios has very good range and can be a very deadly shooter. He sees the floor very well and delivers the ball on time to open teammates. He needs to continue developing his strength and off-hand.” Dixon enjoyed a great showing at camp and could be a solid late addition for the right college program.
#48: 6’3 ’21 Caden Davis (Belews Creek, NC)
Next, we look at a player that emphasizes toughness and rugged physicality on both ends of the floor, Caden Davis. He’s a strong, fairly athletic wing prospect that can do a little bit of everything on offense while shutting down his assignment defensively. Davis scores the ball efficiently and does a terrific job of setting up his teammates for easy scores. He forced an abundance of turnovers and pushed transition play at a strong rate. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would allow him to create for himself and others with relative ease. Coach Jones on Davis: “Caden is an excellent scorer. He shot the three-pointer with consistency. He attacks the rim with the necessary strength to finish through contact. At his size, Caden can see over the top of defenders from the point and delivers crisp passes to his cutting teammates. Caden is great with help-defense but can continue to work on his off-hand.” Davis is a true competitor that already looks equipped to succeed at the college level, so it’ll be exciting to see how he progresses over the next few years.
#54: 6’3 ’21 Michael Linton (Cary, NC)
Moving onto a player that showcased a pretty polished skillset and quality two-way presence during his time at camp, Michael Linton. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect that is capable of stretching the floor or operating around the basket. Linton can put the ball on the floor and attack closeouts or step out and knock down perimeter jumpers. He utilizes his length nicely on the defensive end to alter shots and fight on the glass. Next in his development process is working on utilizing his size to become a better rebounder, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Jones on Linton: “Michael is very long and athletic. He can play multiple positions, shoots the ball with range, and finishes at the rim through contact. Michael could be a shutdown defender. Michael has a high ceiling. He needs to improve his off-hand and ball-handling.” Linton has a lot of useful skills and could be a prospect to keep an eye on, especially if he continues to develop going forward.
#67: 6’5 ’20 Jack Graham (Waxhaw, NC)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as one of the main workhorses and glue-guys of this team, Jack Graham. He’s a long forward/post prospect with nice size and the ability to utilize it on both ends of the floor. Graham has a blue-collar approach and looks to make hustle plays whenever possible. He does an excellent job of being tough when working for rebounds and extra possessions. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would help him become a better on-ball defender. Coach Jones on Graham: “Jack is a good rebounder and rim-protector. He shoots the ball with range and consistency. He must work on his post moves and footwork. He needs to be stronger with the ball in his hands. Jack has the ability to be a good scorer with some work on finishing with his off-hand. Jack is a hard worker and excellent teammate.” Graham does an excellent job of operating within his role and the team concept, so it’ll be interesting to see his productivity over the next calendar year.
#74: 6’7 ’21 Boderick Ellis (Cary, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that brought a lot of intrigue with his blend of size and skill, Boderick Ellis. He’s a long, mobile post prospect with fantastic versatility and a clear amount of long-term upside. Ellis scores the ball well from all levels and is capable of making plays for others at a quality rate. He understands how to operate within the flow of the offense and moves well without the ball. Next in his development process is continuing to work on becoming a knockdown three-point shooter, as it would make him an absolute matchup problem for opposing big men. Coach Jones on Ellis: “Boderick is a skilled big man that can play all five positions at this level. He shoots the ball very well and can put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. He defends very well and is a good shot blocker and rebounder. Boderick needs to develop stronger post moves and better footwork. He must get stronger on the ball and around the basket.” Ellis is a very intriguing prospect with an abundance of tools, so it’ll be exciting to see his continued progression.