Coach: Kenny Orr
#0: 5’6 ’24 Emon Rhodes (Fort Mill)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made quite a solid impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Emon Rhodes. He’s a smart, wiry, team-first guard prospect with a very reliable perimeter jumper and quality penetration instincts. Rhodes displayed a tight handle and was able to create for others with frequency. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to play alongside another primary ball-handler with relative ease. Coach Orr on Rhodes: “Emon is a young guard with potential. He’s skilled for his age; only going to get better with time. Emon plays the game at one pace. He has a scorer’s mentality. He must improve his overall court awareness in terms of playing without the ball offensively, getting faster, and not just going through the motions.” Rhodes enjoyed a quality showing at camp and has the tools to become a nice prospect over the coming years.
#1: 5’10 ’24 Deon “DJ” Harvey Jr. (Greenville)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a fairly advanced two-way presence for his age, Deon “DJ” Harvey Jr. He’s a quick, smart, wiry guard prospect with a sharp change of pace and the abiltity to touch the paint at a constant rate. Harvey finishes well, highlights a strong midrange pull-up, and breaks down defenders effectively when looking to attack. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find more scoring opportunities as a cutter. Coach Orr on Harvey: “DJ is a very quick, downhill attack-mode guard. He can get to the basket with ease and sets up his teammates for easy shots. DJ can and will knock down open jumpers. He needs to improve on playing without the ball and focusing on controlling the game. DJ also rebounds the ball very well for a guard of his size.” Harvey showcased a lot of ability, especially for his age, and could be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#2: 5’11 ’21 Chad Wilson (Franklin)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to make a quality impact with any collection of teammates, Chad Wilson. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with excellent finishing ability and rebounding instincts—especially for his size/position. Wilson makes the right play with ease and displays great passing instincts with the ball in his hands. He’s also an efficient scorer from all levels and doesn’t require a ton of touches to make an impact. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Orr on Wilson: “Chad is a strong, crafty guard with the ability to get to the basket with ease. He can score points in bunches. Chad is always in attack mode. He’s a very smooth player but needs to continue improving his overall decision-making offensively and operating without the ball.” Wilson made a quality impact during his time at camp and could be poised for a productive senior campaign at Franklin.
#3: 6’0 ’23 Logan Gilliam (Banner Elk)
Continuing onto a player that made his presence felt through a willingness to provide his team with an edge however possible, Logan Gilliam. He’s a smart, scrappy team-first guard prospect with a clear desire to set up others and make the smartest possible play. Gilliam moves well without the ball and displays strong rebounding instincts for his size/position. Next in his development process is working on his ability to finish around the basket, as it would add an improved scoring wrinkle to his identity. Coach Orr on Gilliam: “Logan is a total team player. He’s smart, very unselfish, and always looking to make the right play. Logan will knock down open shots when presented the opportunity as a spot-up threat from along the perimeter. He needs to improve his on-ball defense and finishing around the basket. Improving his quickness should also directly translate to making him a better defender at the point of attack.” Gilliam worked hard on both ends of the floor during camp and should only continue to steadily progress over the coming years.
#4: 6’1 ’21 Eric Shadoan (Apex)
Next, we look at a player that made quite a lasting impression with his motor, unselfishness, and rugged approach, Eric Shadoan. He’s a smart, wiry, team-first guard prospect that simply understands how to produce and thrive within a complementary role on both ends of the floor. Shadoan is a reliable spot-up threat with the ability to effectively attack closeouts and make plays as a penetrator. He consistently looks to make the right decision and displays the necessary passing instincts to set up others with regularity. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him more physical when handling the ball against pressure. Coach Orr on Shadoan: “Eric is the total all-around player. He does everything to make his team successful. He can score when needed, creates for his teammates, and displays a fundamentally sound feel in all aspects of the game. He needs to improving on being more selfish. Eric has uncanny basketball IQ and proved to be a great passer.” Shadoan did a lot to stand out at camp and could be able to carve out a solid role for Word of God during the upcoming season.
#5: 6’2 ’22 Brady Duke (Mt. Pleasant)
Moving onto a player that consistently found ways to assert himself as a spot-up threat and unselfish playmaker, Brady Duke. He’s a smart, wiry, unselfish guard prospect with a nice handle and the ability to create off the bounce or operate without the ball. Duke understands how to set himself up for success and regularly hits shots off the catch, both from midrange and beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working to improve his abilities as a penetrator and finisher, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach Orr on Duke: “Brady is a solid player that understands how to operate within the team concept. He makes the right play at the right time and doesn’t look to do too much or force the action. Brady needs to improve on being more confident in his offensive abilities. He must learn how to move better without the ball.” Duke brought a lot to his team during camp and could be one to watch progress over the coming years.
#6: 6’2 ’23 Joao Santos (Fayetteville)
Continuing onto a player that stood out with his blue-collar approach and ability to compete bigger than his size would imply, Joao Santos. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with a great motor and the ability to consistently overwhelm his assignment on the glass. Santos is quite skilled, both as a scorer and playmaker, and proved to be a reliable creator when called upon. He hit shots, moved without the ball, and made phenomenal passes to his teammates. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Orr on Santos: “Joao plays bigger than his size. He’s very heady and can score from midrange or around the basket quite effectively. If left open from beyond the arc, Joao is going to knock it down. He rebounds at a high clip and always passes ahead in transition. Joao needs to improve on getting quicker and stronger.” Santos enjoyed a strong showing throughout camp and has the necessary tools to carve out a solid role for Freedom Christian over the foreseeable future.
#7: 6’3 ’25 Evan Dean (Chapel Hill)
Next, we look at a player that showcased an intriguing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Evan Dean. He’s a long, wiry, young forward prospect with a high motor and team-first mentality on either end of the floor. Dean already understands how to utilize his size around the basket to alter shots and secure rebounds. He has the makings of a solid perimeter shooter and should only become more consistent with repetitions. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a more physical interior presence on both ends of the floor. Coach Orr on Dean: “Evan is a smart team player that is always looking out for others. He’s a tall, lanky player. He was forced to play out of position and compete against bigger kids. Evan is young but talented and has a skillset that should grow with maturity. He needs to improve on-ball defense, getting quicker, and playing with confidence.” Dean highlighted a lot of promise, especially for the youngest camper on this team, and could be one to watch going forward.
#8: 6’5 ’22 Nathaniel Stout (Indian Trail)
Moving onto a player that really made a lasting impression with his all-around skillset and approach, Nathaniel Stout. He’s a smart, sturdy, high-motor forward prospect with an obvious amount of offensive skill. Stout is a crafty passer and reliable shooter with the ability to overwhelm his assignment on the glass. Next in his development process is working on improving his awareness as an off-ball defender, as it would allow him to force more turnovers by intercepting passing lanes. Coach Orr on Stout: “Nathaniel is the total package as a player; size and skill level fits his game. He can score in a variety of ways and is capable of defending all positions on the court. Nathaniel is an excellent all-around player and a true team-first guy. He picks and chooses his spots offensively. He needs improvement in help defense and footwork. His game will only get better.” Stout proved to be a clear asset throughout camp and has all the tools to emerge as an impact player during the upcoming season for Porter Ridge.
#9: 6’7 ’21 Kanayo Nwosu (Raleigh)
Finishing up, we look at a player that seems to consistently dominate in various facets of the game, Kanayo Nwosu. He’s a big, strong, physical, extremely athletic forward prospect with a nonstop motor and terrific defensive versatility. Nwosu overwhelms opponents with his energy, intesntiy, and sheer toughness, but also highlighted an improved offensive skillset in terms of polish. He knocked down jumpers, attacked the basket with ferocity, and finished above or through any amount of contact. Nwosu forces turnovers, rebounds consistently, and make his presence felt in transition on a regular basis. Next in his development process is working to become a better passer, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Orr on Nwosu: “Kanayo can jump out of the gym. He has extremely high upside. Kanayo has a scorer’s mentality and is very athletic. He’s a highlight waiting to happen. He runs the floor extremely well for his size but needs to improve his court awareness and learning how to play without the ball. Kanayo was one of the top players in the camp.” Nwosu was exceptional at camp, securing the MVP award with relative ease, and should have a very productive upcoming season for Word of God.