Coach: Jacob Senyo
#0: 5’7 ’23 Justin Cornwell (Rock Hill)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made a quality impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Justin Cornwell. He’s a fairly well-rounded guard prospect that understands how to overwhelm his assignment as an all-around defender. Cornwell utilizes his quickness very well to stay in front of his man, which often leads to forced turnovers and baskets in transition. 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 an off-ball cutter. Coach Senyo on Cornwell: “Justin played tough defense all day long. He played unselfishly and made his teammates better. He gets to the basket and displays a quick first step when attacking or defending the point of attack.” Cornwell enjoyed a nice showing at camp and should be able to carve out a useful role for Rock Hill over these next few years.
#1: 5’10 ’21 Colby Burleson (Pittsboro)
Next, we look at a player that made quite a lasting impression with his motor and perimeter shooting, Colby Burleson. He’s a smart, high-motor guard prospect that doesn’t necessarily require a ton of offensive touches to make an impact. Burleson is a capable creator for himself and others, but also finds a ton of opportunities as a spot-up threat. He also defends quite well for his size and makes the extra pass at a solid rate. 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 Senyo on Burleson: “Colby can score at a high volume. He has the ability to score effectively from all three levels but also facilitates well as creator and playmaker.” Burleson did a lot of things well during his time at camp and should be able to emerge as an impact player during his upcoming senior campaign for Northwood High School.
#2: 5’10 ’22 Jadarius Bryant (Williamston)
Moving onto a player that offered a pretty steady, reliable two-way presence throughout camp, Jadarius Bryant. He’s a tough, scrappy guard prospect with nice passing instincts and the ability to control the pace/tempo with relative ease. Bryant displayed a quality feel and was able to assert himself as an efficient perimeter shooter on numerous occasions. He’s very quick, defends with purpose, and simply knows how to produce on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become a better passer, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain off the bounce. Coach Senyo on Bryant: “Jadarius is an explosive scorer with the ability to put up high scoring totals in every contest. He has limitless range and a smooth shooting stroke from midrange or beyond the arc.” Bryant stood out as a definite difference-maker for this group and should be able to have a productive upcoming season at Riverside.
#3: 6’0 ’23 Alonzo Pickett (Rock Hill)
Continuing onto a player that really stood out through his vision and overall passing instincts, Alonzo Pickett. He’s a smart, unselfish, team-first guard prospect with a phenomenal balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Pickett understands how to actively mix up his scoring approach, which tends to keep the opposing defense on their toes. He’s also a reliable defender and off-ball threat with the ability to adapt to various different roles. Next in his development process is working on improving his presence as a rebounder, as it would allow him to battle on the glass then immediately push the break in transition. Coach Senyo on Pickett: “Alonzo is a terrific playmaker with a knack for scoring the ball. He is definitely a player to watch moving forward. Alonzo played hard, unselfishly, and consistently looked to make his presence felt on either end of the floor.” Pickett enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could be one to watch progress over these next few seasons.
#4: 6’0 ’23 Clinton Young (Rock Hill)
Next, we look at a player that stood out through his defensive prowess and discipline on that end of the floor, Clinton Young. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with nice anticipation, positioning, and the ability to force turnovers at the point of attack. Young is a capable perimeter shooter and knocked down multiple shots off the catch. He also showed a willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become a better penetrator, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach Senyo on Young: “Clinton did a great job of playing defense and holding his man to limited scoring opportunities. He also added a nice scoring burst whenever we needed it. Clinton maintained a positive attitude and unselfish approach throughout the day.” Young proved to be an asset, especially on defense, and should be able to emerge as an impact player sooner than later for Legion Academy.
#5: 6’2 ’22 Jalante Edwards (Winston-Salem)
Moving onto a player that arguably operated as the main glue-guy for this team, Jalante Edwards. He’s a big, strong, physical forward prospect that knows how to play bigger than his size as a defender and rebounder. Edwards consistently battles on the glass and understands how to overwhelm opponents with his constant activity level and sheer nose for the ball. He attacks the basket well, finishes strong through contact, and is capable of knocking down shots off the bounce. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent perimeter shooter, as it would take his game to another level. Coach Senyo on Edwards: “Jalante is a high-flyer! He rebounds great for his position and can contain multiple positions on defense. He plays hard and makes hustle plays at a quality rate. Jalante does the little things but can also assume extra responsibility as needed.” Edwards brought a lot to this team throughout camp and should be able to carve out a productive role for Atkins during the upcoming season.
#6: 6’2 ’22 Joshua Durham (Kernersville)
Continuing onto a player that consistently showcased a willingness to do the little things on both ends of the floor, Joshua Durham. He’s a sturdy, high-motor guard prospect with great defensive prowess and a terrific rebounding sense, especially for his position. Durham offers a low-maintenance role on offense, capable of hitting open jumpers and effectively filling the lane in transition. He also battled for loose balls and secured numerous extra possessions. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Senyo on Durham: “Joshua played excellent defense all day and rebounded the ball well on either end of the floor. He moved well without the ball and found various scoring chances. Joshua plays hard and maintained a positive attitude throughout the day.” Durham made a quality impact, especially on defense, and has the tools to carve out a useful role over these next few seasons.
#7: 6’4 ’22 Cameron McDonald (Winston-Salem)
Next, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the most consistent force on this team, Cameron McDonald. He’s a long, wiry, high-motor forward prospect with a quality feel for the game and understanding to effectively defend multiple positions. McDonald is a great rebounder and possesses the necessary skill to push the break in transition and make decisions with the ball in his hands. He’s quick and able to exploit mismatches against various types of opposing wing/forwards. 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 an off-ball cutter. Coach Senyo on McDonald: “Cameron runs the court very well in transition and knows how to get to the basket with the ball in his hands or as a cutter. He has a nice jumper and displays great athleticism. He also brought a positive attitude and unselfish approach to the team.” McDonald was quite productive at camp and should be poised for a productive upcoming junior season at Atkins.
#8: 6’4 ’22 Patrick Schwaba (Mooresville)
Finishing up, we look at a player that offered a pretty intriguing inside-out skillset and approach, Patrick Schwaba. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward/post prospect with a very reliable shooting stroke from midrange and beyond the arc. Schwaba displays a high IQ and consistently looks to make the extra pass or right play. He moves well without the ball and is capable of defending multiple positions. Next in his development process is working on his penetration ability, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach Senyo on Schwaba: “Patrick has good length and can defend multiple positions. He displays nice shooting mechanics and hits shots at a very high percentage throughout the day. Patrick worked hard on defense and when battling against opponents on the glass. He maintained a positive attitude and unselfish mentality.” Schwaba enjoyed a pretty nice showing at camp and should be able to emerge as an impact player during these next few seasons.