Coach: Robert McCullough
#0: 5’6 ’23 Myles Taylor (Waxhaw)
Starting things off, we look at a player that contributed nicely despite being the smallest camper on this team, Myles Taylor. He’s a young, team-first guard prospect that provided a quality defensive presence at the point of attack. Taylor looked to attack and set up others whenever possible, but also showed a willingness to finish around the basket at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working on his ability to penetrate, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach McCullough on Taylor: “This kid has a great attitude and clear passion towards the game. He loves to shoot the three-pointer. Myles needs to continue furthering his overall basketball IQ as a young player, and learn how to cut off the pass and finish strong around the basket.” Taylor enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could carve out a useful role for Marvin Ridge over these next few years.
#1: 5’10 ’22 Marc Raye (Albemarle)
Next, we look at a player that already understands how to effectively run a team and efficient offensive attack, Marc Raye. He’s a smart, crafty, skilled point guard prospect with a great balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Raye sets up the offensive with poise, patience, and unselfishness, but also seizes scoring opportunities whenever available. He’s a great decision-maker, both in the half-court and open floor, and finishes very well for his size. Raye also forces plenty of turnovers and creates havoc as an on-ball defender. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would only make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach McCullough on Raye: “Marc is a born basketball player. He can score on all levels. He controls the tempo and has a high basketball IQ. He can really fill out the score sheet when locked-in. I enjoy coaching this guy.” Raye continues to impress in every possible setting and should have an extremely productive season as the focal point for Albemarle.
#2: 5’11 ’23 Brandon Betances (Waxhaw)
Moving onto a player that provided his team with a fairly steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor, Brandon Betances. He’s a wiry, pretty well-rounded guard prospect with a useful spot-up presence and capabilities as a ball-handler. Betances moves well without the ball, finishes effectively with either hand, and provides great effort as a rebounder and transition defender. 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 McCullough on Betances: “Brandon is a very coachable kid. He has a great attitude toward the game. Brandon really plays hard and consistently leaves it all on the floor. He likes the three-pointer and understands how to compete on both ends of the floor.” Betances worked hard during his time at camp and could carve out a useful role over the coming years at Cuthbertson.
#3: 6’1 ’25 Kadyn Turner-Scott (Greensboro)
Continuing onto a player that continues to make clear strides within his progression on both ends of the floor, Kadyn Turner-Scott. He’s a long, wiry, fairly skilled wing/forward prospect with great physical tools and a ton of upside remaining. Turner-Scott understands how to affect all facets of the game and make his presence felt on either end of the floor. He can pass, handle, shoot, and defend at an effective rate. Next in his development process is working to become more consistent with the ball in his hands, as it’ll help prepare him for the high school game. Coach McCullough on Turner-Scott: “Kadyn has a nice approach to the game. He was the only eighth-grader on our team and played very well. He is a very unselfish player. He can really shoot the ball and plays defense well at the point of attack. I really enjoyed coaching this guy.” Turner-Scott contributed at a strong rate, especially to be the only middle-school camper on his team, and has all the tools to become a quality prospect sooner than later.
#4: 6’2 ’21 Jay Mitchell (Clemmons)
Next, we look at a player that regularly highlighted flashes of pure dominance during his time at camp, Jay Mitchell. He’s a smart, extremely athletic guard/wing prospect that can burden the scoring load as the focal point for an efficient offensive attack. Mitchell effortlessly creates for himself and others off the bounce, offering a quality mix of finishes, pull-up jumpers, three-pointers, and decisive setup passes for teammates. He’s very difficult to contain in the open floor and shows no fear of any opponent at the rim, as he’s proven capable of finishing above or through any amount of contact. 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 opportunities as a cutter. Coach McCullough on Mitchell: “Jay was the best player on our team. The kid can jump out of the gym. He can score on all three levels and plays hard-nosed defense. Jay needs to work on playing hard all the time, as it makes him a menace to opponents. I enjoyed coaching this kid.” Mitchell continues to solidify himself as a scholarship-level talent and should have numerous suitors emerge over the next few months.
#7: 6’4 ’22 Trey Penland (Franklin)
Moving onto a player that seems to naturally find ways to make his glue-guy presence felt, Trey Penland. He’s a long, wiry, well-rounded wing prospect with a reliable perimeter jumper, solid defensive presence, and the ability to consistently fill in the gaps on both ends of the floor. Penland is a steady rebounder and understands how to secure second-chance opportunities. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach McCullough on Penland: “Trey has a nice feel for the game. He shoots the ball very well from the perimeter, especially as a spot-up option. Sometimes, Trey got lost in the game at times but is overall a great kid with a positive attitude. He was very coachable.” Penland enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be able to carve out a productive role during the upcoming season at Franklin.
#8: 6’4 ’21 Micah Haynes (Newton)
Continuing onto a player that arguably operated as the main glue-guy for this team during camp, Micah Haynes. He’s a strong, unselfish, blue-collar forward prospect with a great rebounding sense and overall nose for the ball. Haynes displays a high motor and willingness to make hustle plays on either end of the floor. He is a reliable perimeter shooter and spot-up threat, especially from midrange, and understands how to attack closeouts and make the extra pass whenever available. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would make him an even better on-ball defender along the perimeter. Coach McCullough on Haynes: “Micah has a great feel for the game. He can really shoot the ball but also attacks the basket and finishes. He can score from all three levels. Micah works hard and plays hard at all times.” Haynes proved to be an asset during camp and should be able to enjoy a productive senior campaign Maiden.
#9: 6’8 ’23 Kaleb Siler (Fayetteville)
Next, we look at a player with a very intriguing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Kaleb Siler. He’s a big, strong-bodied post prospect with great hands, positioning, and the ability to overwhelm opponents on either side of the ball. Siler utilizes his body extremely well to finish, secure rebounds, and wall-up defensively, but will be even more imposing with continued conditioning. He runs the floor hard in transition and understands how to maximize his strengths around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his overall frame, as it will directly improve his endurance and make him more available. Coach McCullough on Siler: “Kaleb is a big man that is very active on both ends around the basket. He can finish with either hand quite effectively. Kaleb can continue to work on strength and conditioning. Overall, he played really well.” Siler brought a lot to his team during camp and should be able to assert himself as a productive contributor for Carolina Basketball Academy throughout the upcoming season.
#10: 6’0 ’23 Elijah Wade (Burlington)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Elijah Wade. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing prospect that has the ability to operate within various different roles. Wade is a solid shooter with a useful penetration sense and the necessary instincts to make the correct pass to open/cutting teammates when attacking. He moves fairly well without the ball and offered consistent effort on the glass. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach McCullough on Wade: “Elijah plays the game with heart. He’s a very coachable kid. I enjoyed working with him. He needs to work on his work ethic towards wanting to get better. He likes to shoot the three-pointer whenever available.” Wade highlighted some quality flashes during his time at camp and could be a prospect to monitor going forward, especially if he continues to work.