Coach: Michael Laney
#131: 5’8 ’23 Zyere Edwards (St. Andrews)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made a lasting impression with his toughness and defensive prowess, Zyere Edwards. He’s an extremely quick, heady guard prospect with a nice penetration sense and an unselfish mentality. Edwards handled the ball well, finished effectively for his size, and proved to be a pest defensively. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Laney on Edwards: “Zyere is a special athlete who has the ability to be the best defender on the floor at all times. He needs to improve playing the game with understanding of pace when the tempo changes from slow to fast. Zyere is a streaky shooter but has the ability to create for himself. I would like to see him penetrate the paint and create for others more often.” Edwards enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be a useful contributor for St. Andrews over the coming years.
#156: 5’11 ’24 Zachary Clarke (East Hill Christian)
Moving onto a player that made quite a strong impact, especially to be the youngest camper on this team, Zachary Clarke. He’s a wiry guard prospect with the ability to find opportunities as a cutter and spot-up threat within the flow of the team. Clarke displayed a solid motor and worked hard 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 Laney on Clarke: “Zachary has tremendous potential. His basketball awareness is solid and he never puts himself in trouble with his decision-making on the floor. His shooting ability is his strongest strength and asset to his game. Zachary does need to improve his ball-handling and potential to beat his initial defender and attack the paint in order to create for himself and others.” Clarke showcased a lot of intriguing flashes at camp and will certainly be a player worth monitoring over his continued progression.
#167: 6’0 ’23 Mychael Mitchell (Northside Christian)
Continuing onto a player that showcased the makings of a dynamic two-way prospect, Mychael Mitchell. He’s a quick, heady, smart guard prospect with the sharp first step to breakdown opponents and make plays within the paint. Mitchell shoots the ball very well from midrange and has the ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc. He’s also a great penetrator and possesses the tools to be a strong defender. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Laney on Mitchell: “Mychael is a tremendous athlete with an elite scoring ability. Once he improves his decision-making and develops a better understanding of seeing a play ahead, he will become a tremendous offensive player. Defensively, he needs to use his athleticism to generate more havoc. Mychael can keep working on finishing at the rim and overall shooting in order to maximize his ability.” Mitchell continues to highlight a ton of intriguing flashes and has the tools to become a major contributor sooner than later for Northside Christian.
#180: 6’1 ’23 Jacob Adair (Enka)
Next, we look at a player that truly knows how to adapt and find opportunities as a reliable two-way piece, Jacob Adair. He’s a steady, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with an unselfish mentality and the ability to make an impact through his perimeter shooting. Adair offers great effort defensively and understands how to capitalize in transition. Next in his development process is working on becoming a better penetrator, as it would properly round out his offensive arsenal. Coach Laney on Adair: “Jacob is a solid shooter, and his ability to shoot the ball allows him to always be a threat on the floor. With his shooting ability, he needs to balance his attack by having the capability of attacking the rim and finishing in the paint. Improving his ball-handling will improve his playmaking skills. Defensively, Jacob can work on improving his footspeed, strength, and developing a stronger base.” Adair found ways to make his presence felt throughout camp and should remain a focal point for Enka next season.
#191: 6’1 ’23 Shane Anthony (Word of God)
Moving onto a player with the necessary tools and understanding to operate within the flow of a team structure, Shane Anthony. He’s an unselfish, skilled guard prospect with reliable perimeter shooting from midrange and beyond the arc. Anthony moves well without the ball and finds ways to pose a spot-up threat. Next in his development process is working on becoming a better defender, as he possesses the necessary tools and understanding to contain his assignment on that end of the floor. Coach Laney on Anthony: “Shane is a smart basketball player who understands how to use his talent and skillset. Shane’s strength is his shooting ability and in order to balance his offensive attack, he needs to improve his ball-handling. Defensively, he needs to improve his strength and footspeed in order to improve as an on-ball defender. Shane understands his role and getting better within that role will allow him to be an asset to any team.” Anthony did an excellent job of making an impact within his role at camp and will be a player to keep an eye on going forward.
#207: 6’2 ’23 Necorian Clark (Cedar Ridge)
Continuing onto a player that possesses all the necessary tools to become an intriguing two-way prospect, Necorian Clark. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with nice physical attributes and clear upside on either end of the floor. Clark has no issue finding offensive opportunities as a perimeter shooter, spot-up threat, or off-ball cutter. Next in his development process is working on playing with a more consistent motor, as it would make him a more impactful two-way player. Coach Laney on Clark: “Necorian has all the physical abilities to become a great player. Once he learns how to compete, play hard, and use his length to his advantage, he will develop into a legitimate prospect. He needs to consistently play hard on both ends of the floor. He has a good three-point shot but I believe he needs to continue working on becoming a second-level scorer and finishing at the rim.” Clark enjoyed a solid showing at camp and will be a prospect to monitor throughout his continued progression.
#231: 6’4 ’23 Michael Wilson (Metrolina Christian)
Next, we look at a player that made a lasting impression as one of the top shooters on this team, Michael Wilson. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward prospect with great size, cutting instincts, and rebounding prowess. Wilson does an excellent job of embracing his role and finding ways to produce on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would allow him to become a more physically imposing player on both ends of the floor. Coach Laney on Wilson: “Michael is a smart basketball player with a great frame. His shooting ability is a strength and his ability to use his body to get to his spots is elite. He needs to be more careful about not getting in trouble with his decision-making. Michael also has the ability to puncture the paint, but needs to utilize this skill to create for others.” Wilson showcased a lot of intriguing flashes during his time at camp and should be able to maintain his status as a useful contributor for Metrolina Christian next season.
#242: 6’6 ’23 Lamonte Cousar (Scotland)
Finishing up, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the most consistently productive camper on this team, Lamonte Cousar. He’s a big, strong, mobile forward prospect with an intriguing skillset and nice offensive versatility. Cousar showed the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands or overwhelm opponents with his motor around the basket. He’s a great rebounder with the tools to push transition play and finish strong or set up others. Next in his development process is working on becoming a better defender, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Laney on Cousar: “Lamonte’s strength are his hands and ability to always be ready to catch the ball and finish. This is an elite skill. He needs to improve his defensive effort and attention to detail on that end of the floor. For his size and position, Lamonte has the makeup to develop into a solid, well-rounded prospect. He should continue to work on footspeed and developing post moves in order to maximize his ability.” Cousar made an excellent impact during his time at camp and should return as the clear leader of Scotland next season.