Coach: Bronal Gary
#137: 5’10 ’23 Brooks Allred (Western Alamance)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made his presence felt through adaptability and perimeter shooting, Brooks Allred. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with solid creation skills and an understanding of how to effectively move without the ball. Allred plays with great effort, looks to set up others whenever possible, and embraces his role on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Gary on Allred: “Brooks is good at playing within a team concept. He is a good shooter off the dribble. He moves well without the ball and can shoot off the catch, but will need to improve in that area in order to push his game forward. Brooks will need to get better handling the basketball, improving his jumper off the catch, and getting better with his on-ball defense.” Allred enjoyed a solid showing at camp and should be able to carve out a useful role for Western Alamance over these next few years.
#138: 5’10 ’24 Bryce McCoy (Thomasville)
Next, we look at a player that should only continue to trend upward over the foreseeable future, Bryce McCoy. He’s a tough, heady guard prospect with an athletic frame and pretty well-rounded skillset. McCoy plays with an excellent motor and team-first approach, offering a strong combination of defensive prowess and offensive ability. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Gary on McCoy: “Bryce does a great job of moving without the ball, in addition, putting himself in the right place to score. He’s a good rhythm shooter off the dribble and good leader in fast break situations, making the right plays with or without the ball in his hands. Bryce is the Class of 2024 with good long-term potential. He needs to get stronger, improve his shooting off the catch, become stronger with his off-hand, and improve his on-ball defense.” McCoy displayed a lot of promising flashes, especially for his age, and will be a prospect to keep an eye on over the coming years for Thomasville.
#161: 6’0 ’24 Jacob McClure (Hayesville)
Moving onto a player that possesses a nice crossroads between production and long-term upside, Jacob McClure. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with reliable perimeter shooting and quality passing vision. McClure displays great footwork and rebounds the ball very well for his size/position. He handles the ball fairly well and offers constant energy on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on improving as a penetrator, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach Gary on McClure: “Jacob knows how to space the court and get to his spots. He doesn’t overdo it and allows the game to come to him. He is also a good distributor of the ball. Jacob is a better shooter off the catch than off the bounce. He can continue getting stronger, developing his off-hand, and improving his ability off the dribble. Jacob should also work on being more aggressive on offense.” McClure did a variety of things well during his time at camp and should be able to carve out a useful role sooner than later for Hayesville.
#162: 6’0 ’22 Jashaun Torrence (Mount Tabor)
Continuing onto a player that really stood out through his motor and nonstop energy on both ends of the floor, Jashaun Torrence. He’s a tough, strong-bodied guard prospect with a well-rounded skillset and the ability to affect all facets of the game. Torrence can score the ball in a variety of ways, set up others, and make his presence felt as a rebounder and all-around defender. Next in his development process is working on his ability as a rebounder, as it would allow him to grab boards and push the break more regularly. Coach Gary on Torrence: “Jashaun gives maximum effort and leaves it all on the floor. There were several times we were down during games, and he took over to get us a basket. He can dribble-drive, get to the paint and finish. He has range on his jumper, and is at his best when accessing his pull-up off the dribble. Jashaun is a relentless defender in transition and disruptive on the ball. To take his game to the next level, he can get better without the and improving in catch-and-shoot situations.” Torrence stood out as a clear leader during camp and should be poised for a productive senior season at Mount Tabor.
#185: 6’1 ’24 Jordan Alston (Granville Central)
Next, we look at a player that did an excellent job of filling in the gaps on both ends, especially for his age, Jordan Alston. He’s a scrappy, unselfish guard prospect with a team-first mentality and the necessary skillset to make plays for himself and others. Alston is a strong passer and consistent rebounder, which allows him to make a pretty steady impact in transition. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more lethal spot-up threat. Coach Gary on Alston: “Jordan is great at getting his other teammates involved in the game. He’s a good passer, and is willing to go down in the paint and rebound from the guard position. Jordan can get in the paint and get to this midrange spots for the pull-up. At 6-foot-1, he will need to get better at handling the ball with either hand, shooting off the dribble and catch, and getting stronger to improve defensively. In the Class of 2024, he has plenty of time to turn himself into a fine player.” Alston did a lot of things well during his time at camp and should emerge as a contributor sooner than later for Granville Central.
#186: 6’1 ’23 Joshua Stukes (Mount Tabor)
Moving onto a player that found ways to make contributions through hustle and sheer effort, Joshua Stukes. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing prospect with quality passing vision and the ability to outwork/overwhelm his assignment on the glass as a two-way rebounder. Stukes shows flashes of nice defense and perimeter shooting, but should only continue to improve in those areas. 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 Gary on Stukes: “Joshua is a great rebounder at his position. He’s good at keeping his pivot, using his body to seal the defender, and passing to his teammates when they are open. Joshua will need to improve his ball-handling, perimeter shooting, and on-ball defense in order to maximize his abilities.” Stukes enjoyed a nice showing at camp and has the tools to carve out a useful role over the coming years for Mount Tabor.
#212: 6’3 ’23 Aiden Brantley (Conway)
Continuing onto a player that easily stood out as one of the most productive all-around performers on this team, Aiden Brantley. He’s a long, skilled, fairly well-rounded wing prospect with the necessary versatility to operate from various different positions. Brantley handles the ball very well, creates for himself and others, and makes his presence consistently felt as a downhill penetrator—where he’s proven capable of finishing or setting up others. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him an even more lethal offensive threat. Coach Gary on Brantley: “Aiden can score in the post or along the perimeter. He can bring the ball up the court from the “point” position, or play off the ball. Aiden is a really good finisher around the basket, and can take the ball off a rebound, start the break, finish, or find the open man for a pass. He’s a really good shooter in rhythm, passer, and on and off-ball defender. Aiden can take his game to the next level if he gets stronger, become even better with his jumper, and strengthen his off-hand.” Brantley stood out as among the more productive players on his team during camp and should be emerge as a strong contributor sooner than later for Conway.
#213: 6’3 ’24 Camden Edmonds (West Stokes)
Next, we look at a player that already possesses a lot of clear appeal, especially given his age and size, Camden Edmonds. He’s a wiry, long-bodied wing/forward prospect with excellent off-ball instincts and the ability to space the floor at a reliable rate. Edmonds displays quality footwork and rebounds the ball consistently on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Gary on Edmonds: “Camden has good range on his jumper and can knock them down off the catch or dribble. He can make them but will need to tighten up the mechanics to get it off regularly. He has pretty good footwork, in addition, moves well without the ball to get open for his shot. Camden will need to hit the weight room to get stronger, and work on his ball-handling in order to take his game to the next level.” Edmonds did a lot of things well during his time at camp and should be able to carve out a quality role sooner than later for West Stokes.
#236: 6’5 ’22 Elias Ayres (Neuse Charter)
Moving onto a player that arguably stood out as the main all-around leader of this team, Elias Ayres. He’s a smart, tough, really well-rounded forward prospect with the ability to thrive with or without the ball in his hands. Ayres scores the ball efficiently from all three levels, gets others involved, and shows a clear willingness to do the dirty work whenever necessary. He’s a strong rebounder, off-ball cutter, and versatile player on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach Gary on Ayres: “Elias has a lot in his bag. He can shoot it off the pull-up. He moves well without the ball, gets his feet set and in a great position to get his jumper off the catch. He has really good footwork in the paint and on the perimeter. Elias is a good ball-handler and passer with a high basketball IQ. He’s a good defender as well. Moving forward, he has to be more aggressive on offense.” Ayres highlighted a lot of ability at camp, and will be one to watch throughout his upcoming senior season at Neuse Charter.
#237: 6’5 ’23 Gatlin Lundy (Cuthbertson)
Finishing up, we look at a player that showcased an enticing amount of long-term appeal, Gatlin Lundy. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward prospect with the makings of a nice floor-spacer with vision and perimeter shooting. Lundy understands how to embrace his role within the team structure and does a great job of not forcing the action. He defends and rebounds well while finding ways to capitalize offensively. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a better penetrator against opposing forwards. Coach Gary on Lundy: “Gatlin has good basketball IQ and gives great effort on the floor. He can shoot it pretty well off the pass. It does take him a while to get of his jumper, and will need to work on getting it off quicker. Gatlin has good footwork in the paint, but will need to get better with his off-hand. He’s a good passer. He will need to improve his ball-handling, pull-up off the dribble, dribble-drive game.” Lundy showcased some intriguing flashes throughout camp and will be one to keep an eye on going forward at Cuthbertson.