Coach: Khalil Shakir
#168: 6’0 ’23 O’Shae Fernanders (Mount Tabor)
Starting things off, we look at a player that possesses an extremely intriguing crossroads between production and long-term upside, O’Shae Fernanders. He’s a skilled, wiry guard prospect with the ability to find scoring opportunities from all over the floor. Fernanders can create for himself and others off the bounce, or effectively operate as a cutter/spot-up threat without the ball in his hands. He displays great vision, transition ability, and quality rebounding instincts for his size/position. Next in his development process is working on being more aggressive on the court, as he has the necessary tools to be a phenomenal player. Coach Shakir on Fernanders: “O’Shae is a smooth guard who plays at a certain pace that makes him unpredictable. He’s a shooter with range and plays well both off the catch or bounce. He penetrates gaps and creates very well for his teammates. He has a high IQ, which is immediately evident upon watching him play.” Fernanders showed numerous high-level flashes during his time at camp and should emerge as a name worth noting sooner than later for Mount Tabor.
#179: 6’1 ’22 Eric Neal (Reidsville)
Next, we look at a player that consistently found ways to make his presence felt within the team structure, Eric Neal. He’s a big, sturdy guard prospect with a high motor and useful feel for the game on either side of the ball. Neal displays an understanding of how to penetrate and finish through contact on a regular basis. Next in his development process is working on improving his transition defense, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Shakir on Neal: “Eric is a small, strong guard who knows how to utilize his body. His ability to get into the lane and get to the free-throw line was my favorite part of his game. He also shot the ball from distance off the catch. Defensively, while he is not necessarily quick, he does have quick hands and remains active when containing opposing ball-handlers.” Neal enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could be poised for a nice senior season as a contributor for Reidsville.
#195: 6’2 ’23 Cameron Alston (Conway)
Moving onto a player that really stood out for his rebounding presence, especially for his size/position, Cameron Alston. He’s a long, team-first guard prospect with nice size, energy, and an exceptional two-way rebounding sense. Alston is a quality midrange shooter and capable threat from beyond the arc, which allows him to pose a solid spot-up threat. Next in his development process is working on becoming a better penetrator, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Shakir on Alston: “Cameron is a long player who does a great job of rebounding. He rebounded the ball well on both ends of the floor and created a lot of extra possessions for our team. He did a great job of using his length to finish around the rim.” Alston proved to be a useful contributor throughout his time at camp and could be one to watch over the coming years at Conway.
#206: 6’2 ’22 Mazi Jackson (Bull City Prep)
Continuing onto a player that made quite a lasting impression with his downhill sense and ability to apply constant scoring pressure, Mazi Jackson. He’s a tough, heady guard prospect with quickness, athleticism, and a wiry frame. Jackson displays useful creation skills and understands how to effectively break down his assignment, enter the paint, and make plays for himself or others. He’s a reliable finisher and passer with solid shooting capabilities from midrange or beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a more physically imposing player. Coach Shakir on Jackson: “Mazi is a crafty guard who can really penetrate gaps. He does a great job of pushing the ball in transition and finding open teammates. He also shoots the ball well off the bounce in the midrange area. Mazi is also a capable spot-up threat from beyond the arc. Defensively, he utilizes his length to rack up deflections and easy steals.” Jackson proved to be among the top performers in attendance at camp and should continue to be a productive piece over the next year for Bull City Prep.
#219: 6’3 ’22 Jeremiah Scales (Glenn)
Next, we look at a player that easily stood out among the most dominant performers on display, Jeremiah Scales. He’s a tough, strong, fluid wing prospect with a well-rounded skillset and incredibly long list of positive intangibles. Scales typically operates from the midrange-in, but has no issue running an offense or asserting himself as an efficient option from beyond the arc. He’s a natural leader by example, but also communicates, and understands how to reliably set the tone in all facets of the game. Scales scored in numerous ways, defended multiple positions, and more than carried his weight as a rebounder. 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. Coach Shakir on Scales: “Jeremiah was by-far the bright spot of this camp. He was an offensive beast, as he scored from all three levels with relative ease. His ability to utilize a combination of athleticism, strength, and quickness make it almost impossible for opponents to guard him. Jeremiah was very unselfish and really cheered on his teammates. This kid has a chance to be a great player at the next level.” Scales was undeniably impressive, securing the MVP award with effortlessness, and should be one of the top players in the Triad for Glenn next season.
#230: 6’4 ’23 Khalil Campbell (Conway)
Moving onto a player that found ways to make his presence felt without needing to force the action, Khalil Campbell. He’s a big, strong-bodied forward prospect with a high motor and clear willingness to do anything possible to provide his team with an edge. Campbell does a great job of operating within his role and filling in the gaps on both ends of the floor. He’s a great finisher, rebounder, and showed some solid moves out of the post. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a better penetrating threat. Coach Shakir on Campbell: “Khalil is a great high-energy guy who possesses a great motor—until he gets tired. He’s active and communicates on both sides of the ball. He has a knack for securing easy offensive rebounds and easy second-chance points from within the paint. Khalil also displayed the ability to hit open midrange jumpers.” Campbell worked extremely hard during his time at camp and will be a player to keep an eye on throughout this continued progression.
#243: 6’6 ’22 Saylor Schott (Forsyth Country Day)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Saylor Schott. He’s a long, wiry post prospect with a high motor and understanding of how to make an impact within the flow of the action. Schott displayed quality touch around the basket, but arguably stood out even more with his ability to space the floor and knock down shots from midrange or beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a more physically imposing player on either end of the floor. Coach Shakir on Schott: “Saylor is a super-solid, fundamental big man. He played well with his back to the basket and rebounded extremely well. He had a great attitude and really looked to improve. Defensively, he plays straight up and stays vertical. Saylor is a great teammate with great energy!” Schott did a lot of things well during his time at camp and could emerge as an impact player during his upcoming senior season at Forsyth Country Day.