Coach: Robert McCullough
#0: 6’1 ’22 Jamison Graves (Elon)
Starting things off, we look at a player that consistently found ways to make an impact within the flow of the team, Jamison Graves. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with a great understanding of how to operate with or without the ball in his hands. Graves is an excellent three-point shooter with the ability to seamlessly spot-up and force opponents to give him attention at all times. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach McCullough on Graves: “Jamison is a hard worker. He plays the game hard on both ends of the floor. He has a high IQ and can get to the basket against anyone. He always makes the correct play.” Graves did a lot of things well during his time at camp and should emerge as a useful contributor during the upcoming season for Western Alamance.
#1: 5’8 ’24 Mason Mitchell (Rock Hill)
Next, we look at a player that found ways to contribute despite being the youngest camper on this team, Mason Mitchell. He’s a smart, skilled guard prospect with a tight handle and the ability to attack the basket with regularity. Mitchell is unselfish and looks to make the right play whenever attacking. He also defends well and is capable of knocking down the open jumper. 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 as an off-ball cutter. Coach McCullough on Mitchell: “Mason plays the game with a lot of heart. He plays the game hard on both ends of the floor. He really impacts the game with his basketball IQ. He is a very coachable kid.” Mitchell showed some great flashes throughout his time at camp and will be one to watch progress over the coming years at Rock Hill.
#2: 5’9 ’23 Jaden Dodd (Greensboro)
Moving onto a player that continues to make steady strides within his progression as a floor general, Jaden Dodd. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with a quality handle and the ability to assert himself as a scorer from all three levels. Dodd is an excellent penetrator with great finishing instincts for his size, but also shows a willingness to make the unselfish read. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to play alongside another primary ball-handler with relative ease. Coach McCullough on Dodd: “Jaden has a great handle with the ball and displays the ability to create off the dribble. He knocks down the three-pointer occasionally and can finish around the rim effectively. As a rising sophomore, I would like for him to work on his vision with the ball in his hands. He’s a great player to watch for the future.” Dodd proved to be an asset at camp and has the tools to emerge as a useful contributor sooner than later for Eastern Guilford.
#3: 5’8 ’24 Tristen Shelton (Boiling Springs)
Continuing onto a player that made quite a lasting impression with his adaptability and shooting prowess, Tristen Shelton. He’s a young, skilled guard prospect with an excellent perimeter jumper, both off the dribble and in spot-up situations. Shelton moves well without the ball, defends with purpose, and already understands how to make an impact in various different roles. He’s a quality passer and creator with nice finishing ability around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his awareness in transition defense, as he has the ability to contain his assignment on fast-break opportunities. Coach McCullough on Shelton: “Tristen is a great catch-and-shoot guard that can get into the teeth of the defense and finish or make the correct pass. He hustles and is a great student of the game. As a true freshman, he has a bright future ahead of himself.” Shelton offered a quality presence during camp and will be one to keep an eye on going forward.
#4: 6’1 ’21 Nathan Schoone (Greensboro)
Next, we look at a player that stood out with his willingness to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge, Nathan Schoone. He’s a smart team-first guard prospect with the ability to initiate offense or operate without the ball in his hands. Schoone is a capable ball-handler and passer with a useful penetration sense and understanding of how to finish or apply his perimeter jumper. 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 McCullough on Schoone: “Nate is a very coachable kid. His attitude towards the game is great. Nate can score off the dribble and in catch-and-shoot situations. He has a very high basketball IQ. The kid knows the game.” Schoone worked extremely hard during his time at camp and should be able to carve out a useful role for Grimsley during the upcoming season.
#5: 6’1 ’21 Luke Williams (Advance)
Moving onto a player that made quite a lasting impression with his nonstop motor on both ends of the floor, Luke Williams. He’s a tough, team-first guard prospect with the adaptability to operate within various different roles. Williams is an excellent shooting threat, especially off the catch, but also moves well without the ball and finishes strong around the basket. He’s a quality ball-handler and steady defender with the ability to force turnovers, secure rebounds, and make hustle plays. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing player. Coach McCullough on Williams: “Luke is a hard-nosed defender that plays with great energy on both sides of the ball with the ability to finish over bigger defenders. I would like to see him facilitate a little more but, overall, he’s a great student of the game.” Williams was a definite asset throughout camp and should have a productive upcoming season for Davie County.
#6: 6’2 ’20 Jahleel Deberry (Winston-Salem)
Continuing onto a player that consistently finds ways to make plays within the flow of the team, Jahleel Deberry. He’s a tough, high-motor wing prospect with the ability to fill in the gaps or assume more responsibility, simply based on team need. Deberry is an efficient all-around scorer that can create for himself or find opportunities as a cutter. He defends well and rebounds effectively for his position. 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 as an off-ball cutter. Coach McCullough on Deberry: “Jahleel is a hard worker and can score on all three levels. He has a nice all-around game. He ran the floor well and plays great defense. Jahleel found ways to fill in the gaps but could also be called upon to create for himself or others when necessary.” Deberry enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could be a useful late addition for the right program.
#7: 6’3 ’21 Jackson Kirkman (Washington)
Next, we look at a player that seemed to fulfill the 3-and-D role quite nicely throughout the day, Jackson Kirkman. He’s a sturdy, well-rounded wing prospect with a quality motor and unselfish approach on both ends of the floor. Kirkman is a knockdown perimeter shooter with an understanding of how to move without the ball while forcing turnovers at a consistent rate defensively. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more reliable penetrating threat. Coach McCullough on Kirkman: “Jackson has the ability to play aggressive defense. He can catch-and-shoot the basketball from anywhere on the court and displays good passing instincts. He has a great attitude with the ability and desire to get better at every aspect of the game. He’s a great student of the game.” Kirkman made his presence felt in a variety of different ways during camp and looks poised to enjoy a productive senior season at Washington.
#8: 6’4 ’21 Jordan Strong-Byrd (Kannapolis)
Moving onto a player that stood out with his athleticism and quality interior presence, Jordan Strong-Byrd. He’s a strong, tough, physical forward/post prospect with the necessary versatility to make plays with the ball in his hands, especially in transition. Strong-Byrd is a great athlete and welcomes contact as a finisher, as he’ll simply finish through majority of defensive pressure. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach McCullough on Strong-Byrd: “Jordan is a great big man with strength and athleticism. He works on the block and the high post like no other; he has the ability to run the pick-and-roll and finish high above the rim. As a rising senior, I would like to see Jordan develop a midrange jumper and be able to knock it down at a consistent rate. He’s a great student of the game with a lot of upside remaining.” Strong-Byrd made an excellent impact at camp and should be a strong contributor for Cabarrus Charter during the upcoming season.
#9: 6’6 ’23 Traejon Davis (Oxford)
Finishing up, we look at a player that simply embraced doing all the little things on both ends of the floor, Traejon Davis. He’s a long, athletic, high-motor forward/post prospect with overwhelming defensive prowess and a tough interior presence. Davis is a great penetrator and finisher with the ability to knock down midrange jumpers at an efficient clip. He also consistently outrebounds his assignment 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 McCullough on Davis: “Traejon is a workhorse for a big man down low. His motor never stops; he plays at a high level on defense and sets screens very well on offense. He crashes the boards at an excellent rate. Traejon finishes around the rim with his strong hand and can get to the rim from the perimeter and finish also. He has a bright future ahead of him.” Davis proved to be an asset throughout camp and should be poised to enjoy a very productive upcoming season.