Coach: Rod Bridgers
#0: 6’2 ’22 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights)
Starting things off, we look at a player that has proven himself as easily one of the toughest, most prolific scorers in the state, Elijah Jamison. He’s a strong, rugged, downhill guard prospect with the ability to access and convert nearly any shot from inside the arc. Jamison is quick and crafty enough to get by opposing point guards, touch the paint, and finish or draw fouls at a nonstop rate. He’s a great rebounder for his size/position and does a quality job of immediately pushing the break in transition and capitalizing on fast-break opportunities. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Bridgers on Jamison: “Elijah is one of the best scorers in the state for his class. The next step is showing his ability as a full-time point guard.” Jamison was very effective at camp and should be poised for an uptick in his recruitment after transferring to Liberty Heights and reclassifying to the Class of 2022.
#1: 6’2 ’21 Kenny Noland (Apex Friendship)
Next, we look at a player that always seems to shine through his smooth, steady, low-maintenance game, Kenny Noland. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard prospect with the ability to thrive within a role or expand his production to take over a game as a leader. Noland is a knockdown three-point shooter with a nice change of pace and the understanding to effectively attack closeouts and finish or set up open/cutting teammates. He’s a quality all-around defender and off-ball cutter with the necessary instincts to adapt to various different roles. Next in his development process is working on more clearly defining his position as point guard or off-guard. Coach Bridgers on Noland: “Kenny is the ultimate team guy. He’s a great teammate that did every single thing he was asked and didn’t complain.” Noland highlighted a productive identity at camp and should only continue collecting Division I offers during the upcoming season as the primary leader for Apex Friendship.
#2: 6’3 ’22 Justin Taylor (Carmel Christian)
Moving onto a player that continues trending upward through his balanced, dynamic offensive skillset, Justin Taylor. He’s a smart, skilled, fairly athletic point guard prospect with the ability to reliably and consistently generate his own shot from all levels on the floor. Taylor is very quick and utilizes his sharp first step to breakdown his man, touch the paint, and finish strong or make the correct read as a playmaker. He possesses a lethal midrange pull-up and knocks down three-point jumpers at a nice percentage. Taylor handles the ball well, displays a balance between scoring and playmaking, and contains his assignment effectively as an on-ball defender. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find even more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Bridgers on Taylor: “Justin was our most consistent player on the day. His ability to score in bunches is amazing. He can score at all three levels. Justin has the potential to be a high-major prospect in the Class of 2022.” Taylor was excellent during his time at camp and will certainly be one to watch over his upcoming season at Carmel Christian and following one at Hargrave Military Academy.
#3: 6’3 ’22 Antonio Perkins (Hopewell)
Continuing onto a player that seems capable of adapting to a glue-guy role in every possible setting, Antonio Perkins. He’s an unselfish, well-rounded wing prospect that simply knows how to produce within the team concept on both ends of the floor. Perkins is a steady, consistent rebounder on both ends of the floor with the ability to play bigger than his size and push transition play quite easily. He defends multiple positions and understands how to capitalize on scoring opportunities within the flow of the offense. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Bridgers on Perkins: “Antonio got injured early in our first game and didn’t play for the rest of the day. However, he did stay on the bench and support his teammates.” Perkins performed well and continued to showcase impressive attributes as a teammate, which should seamlessly translate into the upcoming season at Hopewell.
#4: 6’4 ’24 Jaxon Prunty (Davidson Day)
Next, we look at a player that contributed quite well despite being one of the youngest campers in attendance, Jaxon Prunty. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with a nice motor and two-way feel for the game. Prunty shoots the ball at a high clip from the perimeter, especially from beyond the arc, and can pose a lethal spot-up threat with relative ease. He already understands how to create for himself or others but also operates very well without the ball in his hands. Prunty is a quality defender with great anticipation instincts for forcing turnovers. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing player on both ends of the floor. Coach Bridgers on Prunty: “Jaxon was the youngest player on our team. He made big shots and has big upside to his game.” Prunty did a lot of things well at camp, particularly for his age, and will definitely be a prospect to watch closely over the coming years at Davidson Day.
#5: 6’4 ’23 Isaiah Washington (Pine Forest)
Moving onto a player that has already asserted himself as one of the top, most productive prospects within his class, Isaiah Washington. He’s a long, wiry, athletic wing prospect with a polished skillset and the ability to control the offensive action in a variety of ways. Washington displays a quality feel for the game with the tools to reliably create for himself and others while mixing it up from all three levels. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to apply more pressure on opposing defenses as an off-ball cutter. Coach Bridgers on Washington: “Isaiah is as good of a prospect as there is in North Carolina’s Class of 2023. He possesses huge upside. He’s smooth and can score the ball in a variety of ways. His next step is learning how to play hard at all times.” Washington highlighted a ton of ability on both ends of the floor and looks poised for another high-level season at Pine Forest.
#6: 6’6 ’22 Treyvon Byrd (Bull City Prep)
Continuing onto a player that consistently stands out as the most explosive athlete in the gym, Treyvon Byrd. He’s a long, athletic wing/forward prospect with incredible fluidity for his size and the ability to consistently make plays around the basket. Byrd is great at getting downhill and finishing above or through contact, but also offers craftiness and finesse. He’s very quick, excels with either hand, and displays a reliable midrange jumper. Byrd is a constant threat for putbacks, alley-oops, and transition dunks. He possesses great defensive tools and naturally forces turnovers with his length and anticipation instincts. Next in his development process is working on become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him much tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Bridgers on Byrd: “Trey is a high-level prospect. He’s still raw in terms of skill but is a high-level competitor. Trey has to develop his jumper.” Byrd made his presence felt amongst impressive competition and should continue attracting Division I coaches during his upcoming season at Bull City Prep.
#7: 6’7 ’21 Benjamin Burnham (Carmel Christian)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a quality balance between skill and athleticism, Benjamin Burnham. He’s a long, wiry, explosive forward prospect with quickness and the ability to regularly get downhill, attack the basket, and finish above or through contact. Burnham rebounds the ball very well on both ends of the floor and is capable of easily pushing the break in transition. He also shoots the ball at a consistent rate from the perimeter and is capable of making the extra pass when necessary. Burnham is a useful all-around defender with the ability to move in space or block shots around the basket. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll only help prepare him for the increased physicality of the college game. Coach Bridgers on Burnham: “Ben was a joy to coach. He listens and accepts coaching well. He will be a star at Winthrop.” Burnham made his presence felt in a variety of different ways and should ultimately enjoy a productive senior season before his departure to Winthrop.
#9: 6’9 ’21 Joseph Ferrante (South Mecklenburg)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is arguably one of the most underrated prospects across North Carolina, Joseph Ferrante. He’s a smart, sturdy post prospect with a tremendous amount of skill and offensive versatility for his position. Ferrante is exceptional with his back to the basket and can reliably finish with either hand or going over either shoulder while also displaying a deep arsenal of counter moves. He’s patient out of the post and constantly surveys the floor to make quality passes to open/cutting teammates. Ferrante is also a smooth-shooting threat from the perimeter with the ability to attack within a few dribbles. He’s also a great two-way rebounder and does a phenomenal job of containing his assignment defensively. Next in his development process is working on getting quicker, as it would allow him to hedge ball screens and recover with less resistance. Coach Bridgers on Ferrante: “Joseph was the ultimate team guy. He can score with his back to the basket. He makes the right reads from the post. I loved coaching him.” Ferrante was noticeably impressive at camp and should see an uptick in his recruitment, especially during the upcoming season as the clear leader for South Mecklenburg.