Coach: Jermien Williams
#0: 5’7 ’24 Nehemiah Quarles (Rock Hill)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made a solid impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Nehemiah Quarles. He’s a young, team-first guard prospect with a useful penetration sense and capable instincts as a finisher or playmaker. Quarles moved well without the ball and looked to find open seams within the opposition whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Williams on Quarles: “It was a pleasure to coach Nehemiah. He was very coachable. He has decent handles but has to learn how to use both hands and develop proper footwork. He played hard on both ends but needs to continue working on his ability to see the floor.” Quarles enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could be one to watch throughout the remainder of his progression.
#1: 5’10 ’24 Daniel Coleman (Mooresville)
Next, we look at a player that showcased his ability to effectively operate within the 3-and-D role, Daniel Coleman. He’s a young, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with a terrific perimeter jumper and overall spot-up prowess from beyond the arc. Coleman moved well without the ball, provided great defensive effort, and was willing to do the dirty work whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become a better penetrator, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach Williams on Coleman: “Daniel was a joy to coach and watch play. He has a great shot from the perimeter. His mechanics are spot-on. His willingness to sacrifice his body on defense to take the charge shows toughness. He has good footwork. His basketball IQ and movement without the ball was a joy to watch.” Coleman made his presence felt quite regularly during camp and should carve out a useful role sooner than later for Pine Lake Prep.
#2: 5’11 ’22 Rashee Simms (Winston-Salem)
Moving onto a player that arguably stood out as the most reliable and impressive defender on this team, Rashee Simms. He’s a smart, rugged, tough two-way guard prospect with a sturdy frame, active motor, and the ability to consistently overwhelm his assignment as an all-around defender. Simms is quick and positions himself well, which allows him to force numerous turnovers while also dominating the glass—especially for his size/position. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Williams on Simms: “Rashee was a joy to coach. He is a solid all-around basketball player with good understanding of the game. He is gritty and plays tough on both ends of the floor. His vision and speed are impressive. Rashee is great in the open floor and consistently looks to make the unselfish play.” Simms proved to be a clear asset for his team at camp and has the necessary tools to emerge as a contributor for Atkins during the upcoming season.
#3: 6’0 ’22 Rashon Leach (Durham)
Continuing onto a player that simply knows how to produce, regardless of setting or surrounding teammates, Rashon Leach. He’s a smart, athletic, well-rounded guard prospect with quickness, penetration instincts, and a reliable perimeter jumper. Leach is crafty enough to reliably create his own shot or setup others at a solid rate. He’s a quality defender that understands how to force turnovers and make his presence consistently felt 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 opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Williams on Leach: “Rashon could get to the rack at any time! His three-pointer is consistent and solid. He has good speed and physical ability. I really enjoying coaching him and, when I needed a bucket, he was my go-to guy!” Leach did a lot of things well on both sides of the ball and will be a prospect for college coaches to monitor over these next few years.
#5: 6’2 ’23 Jaeden Allen (Winston-Salem)
Next, we look at a player that made quite a lasting impression with his blue-collar approach and overall willingness to compete, Jaeden Allen. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing/forward prospect with an unselfish mentality and the ability to operate effectively without the ball in his hands. Allen plays hard and looks to pursue rebounding opportunities whenever possible on both ends of the floor. He displayed a useful midrange jumper and understands how to move as an off-ball cutter. Coach Williams on Allen: “Jaeden is a competitor. He is a solid player around the rim. He can step out and hit the midrange jumper but has to continue working on his foot speed. He battled for rebounds and showed the ability to make hustle plays on either side of the ball. Overall, Jaeden is a solid player.” Allen worked hard throughout his time at camp and could be one to keep an eye on, especially if he continues to work.
#6: 6’2 ’21 Avery Armstrong (Rock Hill)
Moving onto a player that arguably stood out as the main glue-guy on this team throughout camp, Avery Armstrong. He’s a smart, wiry, high-motor guard prospect with a pretty well-rounded skillset and the ability to make plays in various different roles. Armstrong is a capable scorer from all levels, displaying quickness, vision, creation skills, and toughness when attacking the basket. He’s at his best in transition but more than able to assert himself as a viable option within the half-court setting. Next in his development process is working on his awareness as an off-ball defender, as it would allow him to force more turnovers. Coach Williams on Armstrong: “Avery was lights-out! He can shoot the long distance then gives you a flash of his quickness when driving to the basket. He’s a good defender but has to improve his off-ball defense.” Armstrong proved to be one of the more reliable, consistent forces for this team and will be one to college coaches to monitor throughout the next calendar year.
#7: 6’4 ’25 Jackson Robinson (Florence)
Continuing onto a player that showcased an impressive crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Jackson Robinson. He’s a long, athletic, young, fairly well-rounded wing/forward prospect with a terrific understanding of the game—particularly for his age. Robinson has great physical tools and already understands how to play hard and utilize his length to overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. He’s a strong finisher with a reliable jumper from midrange and beyond the arc. Robinson takes defenders off the bounce with regularity and finishes with poise around the basket. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would only make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Williams on Robinson: “The young one in the bunch has serious upside, which will certainly not disappoint his high school coach. His long length and athleticism are something special. He has a midrange and long-ball shot. He can get to the rack. Jackson is still learning the game but displays knowledge of how to play.” Robinson highlighted a ton of ability during camp and will definitely be one to watch closely over the coming years.
#8: 6’5 ’21 Quint Mouer (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player that was able to make his presence felt primarily as a floor-spacer, Quint Mouer. He’s a long, wiry forward/post prospect with solid skill as a ball-handler and passer, but makes the biggest impact as a spot-up threat from beyond the arc. Mouer is a useful athlete with an understanding of how to remain active and battle on both ends of the floor. He is capable of making hustle plays and operating effectively without the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to become a better defender, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Williams on Mouer: “Quint was intriguing because he possesses natural ability. He is long and athletic. He has a beautiful jumper. He has to see and learn when to drive versus just taking a shot. He moved well without the ball.” Mouer worked hard during his time at camp and has the tools to emerge as a useful contributor for Bradford Prep over the next few months.
#9: 6’7 ’21 Kenechi Nwosu (Raleigh)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is simply capable of dominating games in various different ways, Kenechi Nwosu. He’s a long, athletic, physical forward prospect with strong and a nonstop motor on either end of the floor. Nwosu is a phenomenal rebounder and constant threat for putbacks and posterizing dunks, regardless of opponents stationed near the basket. He’s great at running the floor and filling the lane but also showed the necessary ability to penetrate off the bounce and knock down perimeter jumpers. Nwosu is a very versatile defender and forces a ton of turnovers against varying types of opponents. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Williams on Nwosu: “It was a joy to have coached this young man! Kenechi is strong, athletic, sees the floor, runs hard in transition, and good footwork. He has a great motor. He has all of the necessary ability to succeed at the next level.” Nwosu was phenomenal at camp, securing the Mr. Defense award with relative ease, and should be poised for a very productive senior campaign at Word of God.