Coach: Steven Mims
#1: 5’10 ’25 Derek Ross Jr. (Jordan)
Starting things off, we look at a player who is clearly trending as one of the top floor generals in his class, Derek Ross Jr. He’s a smart, crafty, unselfish point guard prospect with sharp quickness, playmaking instincts, and three-level scoring ability. Ross understands how to properly run a team or burden a heavy scoring load, and adapts well to whichever approach his team requires. In this setting, Ross showed a clear emphasis on breaking down opposing guards, touching the paint, and consistently making correct reads with the ball in his hands. He’s somewhat small in stature, but actually utilizes his lack of size to his advantage when knifing through tight seams amidst traffic. Ross also forces turnovers at a great rate defensively, which leads to a ton of transition play. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will make him an even better finisher through contact. Coach Mims on Ross: “Derek is a pure point guard. He can work on getting stronger, defending for the length of the floor, and being more vocal.” Ross stood out as one of the top playmakers on display, and should be poised for a notable sophomore season at Jordan.
#9: 6’0 ’23 Jamerl Brockington (Lumberton)
Next, we look at a player who made a lasting impression among the top overall performers on display, Jamerl Brockington. He’s a smart, steady, well-rounded point guard prospect with leadership qualities and the ability to set the tone on both ends of the floor. Brockington comfortably controlled the action, set up others, and applied efficient scoring pressure within the flow of the team structure. He made intelligent decisions, handled the ball with care, and overwhelmed his assignment defensively. Brockington affects all facets of the game, and can effectively produce from either guard position—though he’s typically better as a primary ball-handler. Brockington understands how to read the defense, force opponents to collapse, and locate the best available shot with relative ease. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it’ll only help prepare him for the next level. Coach Mims on Brockington: “I felt like Jamerl was one of the best playmakers at camp. He can work on improving his pace and midrange pull-up. Tough ball player!” Brockington proved to be an asset during his time at camp, securing the Mr. Playmaker award, and should be poised for a highly productive senior campaign at Lumberton.
#17: 6’1 ’23 Evan Montanari (Gaston Day)
Moving onto a player who offers a really balanced, adaptable presence in seemingly every setting, Evan Montanari. He’s a skilled, balanced guard prospect who consistently offers a dependable presence on both ends of the floor. Montanari is a knockdown shooting threat who can reliably spot-up or attack off the bounce, where he’s able to finish, hit pull-ups, or make passes to open teammates. He moves very well as a cutter, exploits open seams within the opposing defense, and makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands. Montanari makes a steady impact as a rebounder and all-around defender, always positioning himself to be involved in the action. Next in his development process is working on getting quicker, as it would make him a more lethal penetrating threat. Coach Mims on Montanari: “Evan is a gifted shooter. He can work on improving his athleticism and point guard skills in ball-screens and handoffs.” Montanari enjoyed a nice showing at camp, and should be a target for various types of college programs across his upcoming senior season at Gaston Day.
#32: 6’3 ’23 Isaac Dobie (First Flight)
Continuing onto a player who really excelled within his role on both ends of the floor, Isaac Dobie. He’s a wiry, long-bodied wing prospect with phenomenal perimeter shooting and the ability to fill it up from beyond the arc. Dobie is a lethal spot-up threat who moves well without the ball and operates within the team structure at all times. He can initiate, make the extra pass, and attack off the bounce as needed, but doesn’t force anything. Dobie is a solid overall defender who positions himself well to contain his assignment and force turnovers whenever possible. He gets to his spots in transition, and capitalizes as needed. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more dynamic threat off the bounce. Coach Mims on Dobie: “Isaac is an excellent shooter. He just needs to get quicker and stronger. Other than that, he was quite impressive throughout the day.” Dobie made a quality impact during his time at camp, and should be poised for another productive season as he concludes his notable high school career at First Flight.
#33: 6’4 ’25 Jonah Lawrence (East Mecklenburg)
Next, we look at a player who possesses an enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Jonah Lawrence. He’s a smart, polished wing prospect who can fill it up offensively in a variety of different ways. Lawrence is a quality creator and three-level scorer with the ability to alter his approach based on surrounding teammates. He’s a reliable cutter, spot-up option, and finisher who gets to his spots and converts within the flow of the action. Lawrence is a useful ball-handler and passer who can initiate the offense as needed. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Mims on Lawrence: “Jonah has good ball skills. He can score the ball from multiple levels. He needs to work on his motor and overall defensive ability. Jonah can also work on getting stronger and rebounding with better consistency.” Lawrence did a lot of things well at camp, and should be poised for a strong sophomore campaign as the leader of East Mecklenburg.
#48: 6’5 ’23 Bryce Cash (Carmel Christian)
Moving onto a player who remains one of the more under-recruited prospects in the state, Bryce Cash. He’s a smart, strong, physically imposing wing prospect with phenomenal adaptability and the understanding of how to produce within several different roles. Cash is a lockdown defender who can actively toggle between three to four positions, and shut down opponents of various sizes. He displays an unselfish nature and the willingness to locate the best available shot whenever looking to create. Cash is a nice perimeter shooter, but still looks to apply downhill pressure and finish through contact at a high volume. He’s also an excellent rebounder with the necessary skill to push and make plays in transition. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open him up to even more scoring chances. Coach Mims on Cash: “Bryce is a solid kid. He can work on getting quicker and some of his point guard ability, but did a lot of positive things overall.” Cash highlighted a ton of ability at camp, securing the Mr. Defense award, and should be a definite target for Division I programs during his upcoming senior season at Carmel Christian.
#49: 6’5 ’24 Jordan Durham (The Burlington School)
Continuing onto a player who seems to showcase steady growth with each new viewing, Jordan Durham. He’s a smart, wiry, athletic wing prospect who excels at getting downhill, attacking the basket, and asserting his ability from midrange. Durham is a useful passer and active two-way player who is willing to make hustle plays and fight for extra opportunities. He’s great in the open floor, both with and without the ball, and makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands. Durham is also a quality defender with nice instincts. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physical defender. Coach Mims on Durham: “Jordan can score the ball well from multiple levels, but needs to work on being more efficient. He needs to get stronger, but knows how to compete and play hard.” Durham did a variety of things well during his time at camp, and should be poised for a strong upcoming season at The Burlington School.
#64: 6’7 ’23 Avion Pinner (Concord Academy)
Next, we look at a player who made a lasting impression with his ability to affect all facets of the game, Avion Pinner. He’s a long, wiry, athletic forward prospect who can reliably produce within a variety of different roles. Pinner’s blend of size, skill, and athleticism cause matchup problems for all types of opponents. He’s a versatile defender and quality rebounder with the necessary ball skills to push the break in transition. Pinner finishes well around the basket, consistently sets up others, and can knock down the occasional perimeter jumper. He’s also a fluid athlete with great feel on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become a better three-point shooter, as it would make him more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Mims on Pinner: “Avion is an amazing athlete with amazing energy. He’s a stat-stuffer and good passer. Extremely tough in transition. He needs to work on shooting and being more aggressive at shooting the ball off the catch.” Pinner showcased a lot of ability at camp, and should be poised for a notable senior campaign as a clear leader for Concord Academy.
#65: 6’8 ’23 Max Frazier (Northwood)
Moving onto a player who should see an uptick in his recruitment sooner than later, Max Frazier. He’s a long, bouncy forward prospect with the ability to thrive as a complementary piece on both ends of the floor. Frazier doesn’t need a ton of touches or plays designed for him, as he’s able to naturally produce within the flow of the action. He’s excellent at positioning himself for finishes, both above and below the rim, and lurks well for lobs and putbacks. Frazier rebounds, blocks shots, runs the floor properly in transition, and capitalizes on opportunities at a nice percentage. He also possesses the necessary touch to post-up and finish with either hand. Frazier displays great feel on either side of the ball. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it’ll only prepare him for the increased physicality of the next level. Coach Mims on Frazier: “Max is an amazing athlete. Needs to work on motor. His motor will change his life. Max has immense potential. He can work on ball-handling. His shot looks unorthodox but goes in. He just has to play hard.” Frazier highlighted a variety of flashes at camp, and looks likely to enjoy a productive senior season at Northwood.
#80: 7’1 ’24 Harold Lee (Northwood Temple)
Finishing up, we look at a player who possesses an incredible amount of long-term appeal, Harold Lee. He’s a long, wiry, mobile post prospect with a blossoming skillset and clear instincts as a defender and rebounder. Lee is a capable finisher, both above and below the rim, and positions himself well for lobs and drop-offs. He’s able to block shots, run the floor, and finish within the flow of the action. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it’ll make him an even better rim-protector. Coach Mims on Lee: “Harold is a very promising prospect with an amazing attitude. Truly a joy to coach. He has to continue working on adjusting to the overall speed of the game. He needs to improve his hands and being more vocal, especially as an interior defender. Harold displayed soft touch around the rim, but needs to develop counters after his initial move is stopped. He can also work on his passing ability out of the post.” Lee showed a lot of enticing flashes during his time at camp, and will certainly be a prospect to monitor over the foreseeable future.