Coach: Stacey Palmore
#6: 6’6 ’24 Antoine Hurns (Word of God)
Starting things off, we look at a player who possesses a lot of intrigue and enticing tools, Antoine Hurns. He’s a long, explosive forward prospect who can overwhelm opponents with his physical presence on both ends of the floor. Hurns is a great finisher who can play well above the rim, attack off the bounce, and knock down shots from the perimeter. He possesses sharp quickness and nice footwork. Next in his development process is working on his playmaking ability, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Palmore on Hurns: “Antoine is gifted with size and athleticism. Can get his shot off with ease. He must understand the difference between okay shots, good shots, and great ones. Likes to leak out, but his size could be better utilized as a rebounder. Could be a really good defender on the ball and at the rim.” Hurns did a lot of things well at camp, and should be a useful contributor for Word of God going forward.
#11: 6’1 ’23 Isaiah Tate (Concord Academy)
Next, we look at a player who highlighted the ability to make an impact from either backcourt spot, Isaiah Tate. He’s a skilled, crafty guard prospect with a tight handle, useful vision, and scoring prowess from all levels. Tate utilizes his quick first step to break down opponents, touch the paint, and make plays with the ball in his hands. He’s comfortable at creating for himself and others, or finding opportunities as a cutter and spot-up option. 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 Palmore on Tate: “Isaiah has very good quickness as a combo guard. Must work on when to score versus when to get others involved. I would like to see him be more vocal and lead with his voice. Has the chance to be a really good player. Getting better at time/score situation is key.” Tate enjoyed a quality showing during his time at camp, and will be a target for various coaches as he enters his senior season at Concord Academy.
#22: 6’3 ’23 Dallas Gardner (Charlotte Country Day)
Moving onto a player who made a lasting impression with his ability to do a little bit of everything on the court, Dallas Gardner. He’s a smart, tough, athletic guard prospect with the understanding of how to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Gardner is a useful ball-handler and playmaker who looks to get downhill whenever possible. He’s a great penetrator and finisher, but also shows a willingness to set up open teammates on a consistent basis. Gardner displays quickness, energy, and a knack for doing the dirty work on either side of the ball. He’s a nice defender, rebounder, and overall transition player. Next in his development process is working to become a knockdown shooter, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Palmore on Gardner: “Dallas is a good-sized guard who plays the game the right way. Good vision. Should try to play the pass more. Physical and sticks his nose in to make tough plays. Works to be a good teammate on both ends.” Gardner did a lot of things well at camp, and should be poised for a highly productive senior season at Charlotte Country Day.
#27: 6’3 ’25 Jaylen Claggett (Cannon)
Continuing onto a player who arguably stood out as the top spot-up threat on this team, Jaylen Claggett. He’s a wiry, skilled guard prospect who thrives within his role on both ends of the floor. Claggett is a quality shooter, both off the catch and bounce, who forces opponents to stay attached along the perimeter. He can attack closeouts as needed, where he’s able to finish or locate open teammates, but doesn’t force the action as a penetrator. 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 chances within the flow of the action. Coach Palmore on Claggett: “Jaylen is a quick guard. Transition defense must be his first priority, getting back and stopping the break. Great shooter. Understanding time and score is key going forward. Should be able to get more people involved. Quick first step.” Claggett made a quality impact at camp, and should remain a strong contributor for Cannon during the upcoming season.
#38: 6’4 ’25 Kobe George (Winston-Salem Christian)
Next, we look at a player who naturally seems to overwhelm opponents with his tough, physical nature, Kobe George. He’s a long, rugged, athletic wing prospect who excels at doing the little things and outworking his assignment as a defender and rebounder. George knocked down an array of perimeter jumpers, but still consistently got downhill and finished through contact. He can assume initiation and playmaking duties if necessary. George is terrific in transition and displays feel on both ends of the floor. He also offers quickness, footwork, and the ability to play bigger than his size would imply. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the bounce, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Palmore on George: “Kobe is a very good athlete. Attacks, strong with the ball. Must work on shot selection and time/score situations. Has the ability to let his defense create more offense for the team.” George proved to be an asset at camp, and should be a definite difference-maker for Winston-Salem Christian over the foreseeable future.
#43: 6’6 ’25 Jackson Keith (Southern Durham)
Moving onto a player who continues to build his reputation as nationally recognized name, Jackson Keith. He’s a smart, polished, all-around wing prospect with a phenomenal blend of size, skill, and athleticism. Keith is a legitimate offensive weapon who can comfortably dictate the action with the ball in his hands or apply aggressive scoring pressure alongside a primary ball-handler. He scores the ball with frequency and efficiency from all three levels, and mixes it up enough to keep defenses constantly guessing. Keith is crafty, decisive, and outworks his assignment on both ends of the floor with relative ease. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Palmore on Keith: “Jackson is a great kid with huge upside. Good size and strength. Understanding the difference between a bad shot, okay shot, and good shot will be key. He can play multiple positions, which will benefit him in the future.” Keith highlighted a lot of ability at camp, and should only keep trending as a high-major prospect over the coming years at Southern Durham.
#54: 6’6 ’24 Tyler Showalter (Butler)
Continuing onto a player who showcased a fairly versatile and adaptable two-way identity, Tyler Showalter. He’s a long, wiry, skilled wing/forward prospect with an unselfish approach and the ability to naturally affects all facets of the game. Showalter is a reliable perimeter shooter, especially in spot-up situations, and knows how to thrive in complementary roles. He plays hard, pursues rebounds, and is willing to defend a variety of different opponents. Showalter can handle the ball and make plays as needed off the bounce, but doesn’t look to force the action. He can expand his production as needed. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a more physical player on both ends of the floor. Coach Palmore on Tyler: “Tyler is a skilled player. Shoots the ball with confidence from the perimeter. Can get quicker and work on understanding time/score situations. Plays well with his teammates and looks to get involved in the action however possible.” Showalter enjoyed a quality showing at camp, and should be a leader for Butler over the next two seasons.
#59: 6’7 ’25 Tayeshaun Smith (1 of 1 Academy)
Next, we look at a player who possesses a highly enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Tayeshaun Smith. He’s a big, strong, mobile post prospect with an excellent combination of feel, motor, and athleticism. Smith is a low-maintenance player who truly doesn’t require a ton of touches in order to make an impact. He’s a great finisher and reliable floor-spacing option, but also finds scoring chances in transition and as an offensive rebounder. Smith can control the glass, block shots around the basket, and run the floor properly on fast-breaks. He excels at making hustle plays and filling in the gaps as needed. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would allow him to attack slower big men off the dribble. Coach Palmore on Smith: “Tayeshaun is long and athletic with a good attitude. Needs to be more vocal on the court. Huge upside. An even higher motor will lead him to make more plays on both ends of the floor. Best basketball is ahead of him. Joy to coach.” Smith did a lot of things well at camp, and should be a major contributor for 1 of 1 Academy.
#70: 6’9 ’24 Zion Gardner (Word of God)
Moving onto a player with the ability to make a lasting impact within the flow of the action, Zion Gardner. He’s a big, strong-bodied post prospect with athleticism and a physical approach on both ends of the floor. Gardner is built like a tank, and doesn’t shy away from utilizing his body to overwhelm all types of opponents. He’s a great rebounder with a sturdy interior presence and the ability to alter shots at a nice rate. Gardner moves well for his size, finishes with either hand, and displays numerous useful moves from the block. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a better defender along the perimeter. Coach Palmore on Gardner: “Zion’s body is good. Motor has to improve. His transition presence from free-throw line to free-throw line can improve. Has the size and ability to get twelve rebounds a game. Good hands, better offensive board guy. Good feel. Plays and doesn’t complain.” Gardner highlighted a variety of enticing qualities at camp, and should be a notable piece during the upcoming season at Word of God.
#75: 6’10 ’24 Dirk Wyatt DeGraaf (Cary Academy)
Finishing up, we look at a player who continues to showcase steady growth with each new viewing, Dirk Wyatt DeGraaf. He’s a long, mobile, athletic post prospect with touch, post moves, and the ability to anchor the paint on both ends of the floor. DeGraff is a useful offensive threat, but arguably earns most of his value through defense, rebounding, and capitalizing in transition or the two-man game. He outworks opponents on the glass, alters shots at a nice volume, and makes hustle plays on a regular basis. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find more scoring chances as a cutter. Coach Palmore on DeGraaf: “Wyatt has great size, and should aim to be dominant. Must become an elite finisher with either hand. Must keep the ball high. His best basketball is ahead of him. He’s like a sponge and really soaks up teaching.” DeGraaf proved to be an asset at camp, and could be poised for a potential breakout season at Cary Academy.