Coach: Kenneth Hunter
#0: 5’8 ’22 Quentin Rice (Morganton)
Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to control the action on both ends of the floor, Quentin Rice. He’s a smart, quick, heady point guard prospect with a tight handle, sharp vision, and great defensive prowess. Rice breaks down opponents with ease and makes plays for himself and others with regularity. Next in his development 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 Hunter on Rice: “Quentin is a very quick point guard with shooting range. If he works on his shooting mechanics, his percentage will only get better. He’s very hard to stay in front of. Quentin is great at getting into the paint but can improve his IQ as a finisher; he’s young and should be a coaches’ dream to have run the team. He accepts criticism and is always positive. “On to the next play” type of guy. Quentin can keep working on running the team.” Rice continues to showcase his abilities as a floor general and should be poised for a productive upcoming season at Freedom.
#1: 5’9 ’24 Jonathan Jones (Fayetteville)
Next, we look at a player that contributed quite nicely despite being the youngest camper on this team, Jonathan Jones. He’s a young, energetic guard prospect with a reliable three-point jumper and the ability to attack the basket quite regularly. Jones displays great quickness and handles the ball with poise when looking to create. Next in his development process is working on his passing ability, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Hunter on Jones: “Jonathan is a young guard with good upside if he continues to work. He is somewhat raw in terms of IQ but possesses a nice frame with quickness and strength. Jonathan shot the ball well and shoot the ball from deep! He was a pleasure to coach because he was always asking for ways to improve his play.” Jones highlighted a lot of tools, especially for his age, and could be one to watch over the coming years.
#2: 6’0 ’21 De’Lanyc Shuler (Concord)
Moving onto a player that showcased a fairly dynamic, well-rounded offensive threat, De’Lanyc Shuler. He’s a smart, skilled guard prospect with a lethal scoring arsenal, quality defensive prowess, and the ability to make his presence felt in a variety of different roles. Shuler creates well for himself and others off the bounce, and makes quality decisions when attacking in the open floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Hunter on Shuler: “De’Lanyc has a high basketball IQ! This kid can go! He has the ability to score at all three levels. His three-point shot could get more consistent. He’s very coachable with a high motor and the ability to deliver a bucket when asked but has shown flashes to make teammates better. He would be a good fit for some college programs. De’Lanyc is a little light in stature but makes up for it with his craftiness and ability.” Shuler was quite impressive during his time at camp and looks likely to enjoy a productive senior campaign at Anson.
#3: 6’0 ’22 Jacob Stevens (Fort Mill)
Continuing onto a player that consistently found ways to contribute within the flow of the team, Jacob Stevens. He’s a smart, unselfish, well-rounded guard prospect with excellent perimeter shooting and scrappiness as an on-ball defender. Stevens operates well without the ball, makes quality passes, and showed the ability to attack or hit jumpers at an efficient rate. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Hunter on Stevens: “Jacob is a tough guard on both ends of the floor. He has the ability to score from all three levels at an efficient rate. He lacked volume, likely due to the stetting. Jacob is very coachable and team-oriented with his approach. He provides a useful presence from the combo guard position.” Stevens made a solid impact throughout camp and has the necessary tools to carve out a useful role over these next few seasons.
#4: 6’1 ’22 Jake Chisholm (Chapel Hill)
Next, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the main glue-guy of this team during camp, Jake Chisholm. He’s a tough, heady guard prospect with a well-rounded approach and ability to make plays for himself and others or find opportunities as an off-ball threat. Chisholm defends bigger than his size and utilizes his blend of quickness and positioning to contain opposing guards. Next in his development process is working to become a better ball-handler, as it would allow him to run a team more seamlessly. Coach Hunter on Chisholm: “Jake is a great team player with the ability to score in bunches. He has good shooting touch from the perimeter. Jake is equally willing to set up others and look for his own shot. He didn’t get beat off the dribble. Jake is a nice-sized guard that does whatever is asked of him. He was a pleasure to coach.” Chisholm continued to show his ability to easily mesh with all types of teammates, and should be able to enjoy a productive upcoming season at Chapel Hill.
#5: 6’2 ’23 Okadigwe Okadigwe (Wade Hampton)
Moving onto a player that showcased a nice crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Okadigwe Okadigwe. He’s a long, sturdy forward prospect with the ability to do the little things and play bigger than his size would imply. Okadigwe is a great two-way rebounder with strong on-ball defensive prowess. He finishes effectively around the basket and runs the floor hard in transition. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent perimeter shooter, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Hunter on Okadigwe: “Okadigwe is a very coachable kid. He plays hard and displays a positive attitude at all times. He rebounds very well on both ends of the floor. Okadigwe displays nice touch from 15 feet-in. He has a decent motor that will continue to grow. He has potential to make some noise on varsity in a year or two.” Okadigwe displayed a solid foundation during camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on, especially if he continues to work.
#6: 6’3 ’22 Christian Weatherall (Youngsville)
Continuing onto a player that arguably stood out as the most consistent perimeter shooter on this team, Christian Weatherall. He’s a long, skilled wing prospect with an absolutely lethal jumper from midrange and beyond the arc, especially off the catch. Weatherall is a useful cutter and quality finisher with great rebounding instincts, but really overwhelmed opponents with his shooting prowess. Next in his development process is working on improving his defensive prowess, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Hunter on Weatherall: “Christian is a very good shooter with range and consistency. He has sneaky leaping ability. Christian needs to get stronger and defend for longer stretches. He can play above the rim and space the floor with his shooting range and touch.” Weatherall proved to be a definite asset during his time at camp and should play a useful role for University Prep during the upcoming season.
#7: 6’3 ’23 Sam Walters (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a lot of intrigue and upside with his two-way approach, Sam Walters. He’s an unselfish, high-motor forward prospect with strong finishing ability and great interior instincts on both ends of the floor. Walters is a great cutter and finds a lot of opportunities through off-ball movement and second-chance points. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach Hunter on Walters: “Sam will be a high-level recruit if he continues to work on his game. Everything comes easy for him. He has good size and will only get bigger and better. Sam is easy to coach and fun to watch. If his jumper and handle improve, he may be a solid Division I prospect in a year or two. This kid can score on all three levels.” Walters certainly impressed with his play at camp and will be one to watch progress going forward.
#8: 6’3 ’23 Branden Thomas (Atlanta)
Moving onto a player that showcased an impressive arsenal of tools and ability on both ends of the floor, Branden Thomas. He’s a skilled, athletic, fairly well-rounded wing prospect with vision and a strong penetration sense. Thomas displays the makings of a quality jumper and is capable of setting up others whenever available. He has a terrific frame and highlights great fluidity for his size. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Hunter on Thomas: “Branden has a very high ceiling. He hasn’t yet mastered the little things to make him a complete player. He moves well and has the ability to lock up opponents while scoring at will. Once his motor becomes more consistent, he will be able to affect the game more consistently on both ends of the floor.” Thomas showcased a very promising foundation at camp and has the tools to become an excellent prospect over the coming years.
#9: 6’6 ’21 Smedes York (Raleigh)
Finishing up, we look at a player that operated quite well as the lone interior force for this team, Smedes York. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward/post prospect with an understanding of how to consistently alter shots, finish around the basket, and secure rebounds on both ends of the floor. York offers a low-maintenance identity and shows a willingness to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge. He plays hard, unselfishly, and runs the floor well in transition. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him even more physical as an interior defender. Coach Hunter on York: “Smedes is long and crafty around the basket. He has great touch from 17 feet-in. He needs to get stronger and become more aggressive. Smedes is a very good team player. He’s very coachable and plays hard on both ends of the floor.” York enjoyed a productive showing during camp and could be poised for a strong senior campaign at Broughton.