Coach: Melvin Abrams
#134: 5’9 ’23 Jayden Freeman (Caroline)
Starting things off, we look at a player that performed very well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Jayden Freeman. He’s a strong, tough guard prospect with an excellent midrange jumper and a quality penetration sense. Freeman is a useful passer and ball-handler with a willingness to create for others. 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 alongside another primary ball-handler. Coach Abrams on Freeman: “Jayden has a strong body with great energy and speed. He displays solid on-ball defense with the ability to pressure the ball at the point of attack. Offensively, he showed the ability to get to the basket and finish through contact. In order to become a better overall offensive player, Jayden needs to continue to work on his jumper. That being said, he’s a solid two-way player with good upside.” Freeman enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could be one to monitor over the coming seasons at Caroline.
#140: 5’10 ’23 Jared Haymore (Cuthbertson)
Next, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the most reliable shooting threat for this team, Jared Haymore. He’s a wiry, team-first guard prospect with a high motor and the ability to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Haymore is a lethal midrange shooter and quality spot-up threat from beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working to become a better off-ball cutter, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Abrams on Haymore: “Jared is extremely coachable and hard-working. He provides great energy and effort on the defensive end of the floor. Offensively, Jared moved the ball well and found the open man. He’s a solid fundamental guard with a good foundation. Jared needs to continue to work on his long-range shooting. Overall, he’s a very coachable player with a bright future.” Haymore did a variety of things well during his time at camp and should be a useful contributor for Cuthbertson over the next few years.
#159: 6’0 ’24 Isaiah Scott (Jefferson Forest)
Moving onto a player that performed quite well despite being the youngest camper on this team, Isaiah Scott. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with a high motor and strong ball-handling skills. Scott is a capable midrange shooter and displays a willingness to set up others whenever available. He offers a team-first mentality and should only continue to progress as his body physically develops. 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 Abrams on Scott: “Isaiah has great fundamentals. He possesses above-average footwork and solid court vision. Isaiah is very coachable and has solid shooting mechanics. He needs to continue to work on his ability to finish through contact. Overall, Isaiah has the ability to be a very good player.” Scott enjoyed a quality showing at camp, especially given his age, and will be a player to watch throughout his continued progression.
#164: 6’0 ’22 Josh Williams (Enka)
Continuing onto a player that made a lasting impression with his attitude and overall intangibles as a teammate, Josh Williams. He’s a wiry, fairly skilled guard prospect with a nice midrange jumper and useful penetration sense. Williams rebounds the ball well for his position and displays nice vision when setting up others. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Abrams on Williams: “Josh is a very coachable and hard-working player. He is very unselfish and provided great energy and effort on the defensive end of the floor. He displays solid court vision and is a willing passer. Josh needs to continue to develop his shooting and ability to score through contact. Josh has a decent feel and IQ for the game, which should allow him to continue improving.” Williams made a solid impact at camp and should have no issue returning as a useful contributor for Enka during his senior season.
#188: 6’1 ’21 Nathan Schoone (Grimsley)
Next, we look at a player that understands how to make his presence felt through his blue-collar approach, Nathan Schoone. He’s a strong, unselfish guard prospect with a high motor and the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Schoone is a strong finisher through contact and is capable of converting his opportunities at the free-throw line. He looks to fill in the gaps however possible. Next in his development process is working on improving his defensive anticipation, as it would make him a better all-around defender. Coach Abrams on Schoone: “Nathan is a very strong player who showed the ability to rebound the ball well, especially for his size/position, and finish effectively through contact. During the stations, he demonstrated great leadership and energy. Nathan needs to work on extending his range. Overall, he demonstrated the ability to play multiple positions.” Schoone found ways to produce at camp, even securing his first offer within the following days, and could be a useful addition for the right program.
#210: 6’2 ’23 Troy Scarbrough (Southwest Guilford)
Moving onto a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Troy Scarbrough. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect with great physical attributes and an intriguing array of tools to utilize. Scarbrough shows flashes as a finisher and midrange shooter while also highlighting some versatility defensively. Next in his development process is working on developing a go-to scoring avenue, as it would make him a more reliable offensive threat. Coach Abrams on Scarbrough: “Troy has great length and physical tools within his foundation. He displayed a positive attitude and willingness to accept criticism throughout the day. Troy found ways to make plays within the flow of the action. He can continue to work on sharpening his overall feel for the game, as he possesses nice tools to work with throughout his development.” Scarbrough showed some great flashes during camp and will be a prospect to keep an eye on throughout his continued development.
#215: 6’3 ’22 Dylan Wheatley (Uwharrie Charter)
Continuing onto a player that mainly stood out with his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter, Dylan Wheatley. He’s a wiry, long-bodied wing/forward prospect with an excellent midrange jumper and quality rebounding sense. Wheatley displays a solid motor and operates well within the team concept on both ends of the floor. 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 Abrams on Wheatley: “Dylan is a well-rounded player with the ability to adapt to various different roles and assignments on the court. He can knock down shots, create off the dribble, or find opportunities without the ball in his hands. He plays hard and looks to make unselfish decisions whenever possible. Overall, Dylan made a positive impact for our team.” Wheatley did a variety of things well during his time at camp and should be poised for a productive senior season at Uwharrie Charter.
#234: 6’4 ’23 Ryan MacKinnon (Chapel Hill)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a nice crossroads between production and long-term upside, Ryan MacKinnon. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward prospect with a useful motor, specifically as a rebounder on either end of the floor. MacKinnon shows some versatility and is capable of spacing the floor effectively for midrange jumpers—but can also knock down the occasional three-pointer. He utilizes both hands, runs the floor hard in transition, and looks to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender along the perimeter. Coach Abrams on MacKinnon: “Ryan showed some versatility throughout the day. Offensively, he has the ability to create his own shot. He needs to work on developing his defensive ability. Overall, Ryan has a nice frame and skillset to build on.” MacKinnon made his presence felt quite nicely at camp and should only continue to progress over the coming years for Chapel Hill.
#239: 6’5 ’22 Marvin Hires (Dreher)
Finishing up, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the most productive camper on this team, Marvin Hires. He’s a big, strong, mobile forward prospect with the necessary two-way versatility to naturally affect all facets of the game. Hires handles and passes the ball very well for his size, but also displays a willingness to battle inside and utilize his body around the basket. He can post-up, create off the bounce, or find opportunities as an off-ball threat. Hires is also a quality two-way rebounder and able to defend multiple positions. 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 without the ball in his hands. Coach Abrams on Hires: “Marvin is a big body with guard skills. He has a decent handle with good court vision. Marvin also has the ability to face-up or play with his back to the basket. Defensively, he has some areas to improve. Overall, Marvin’s upside is bright.” Hires continues to highlight a variety of appealing qualities at camp and will certainly be a player to monitor throughout his upcoming senior season at Dreher.