Coach: Colby Lewis
#3: 4'6 '28 Emory Chaney (Concord, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that performed very well, especially for his age, Emory Chaney. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will help prepare him for the middle-school game. Coach Lewis on Chaney: 'Quite possibly the youngest player at the camp at ten years old, Emory was very skilled for his age on both ends of the floor. On the offensive end, he could handle the ball well and did a nice job of keeping his composure when bigger players would try to pressure him. He took really good care of the ball. He has a smooth shooting stroke and showcased his ability to knock down the perimeter shot. On the defensive end, what he lacked in size going up against older, bigger players, he made up for with effort and a great understanding of how to play really good defense without gambling or fouling. He was scrappy and did an outstanding job of sliding his feet and staying in front of his man. Most importantly, Emory was extremely coachable and an outstanding teammate. He is an attentive and willing learner. He is always looking the coach in the eyes and you can tell he goes out on the court and applies what you tell him. This will take him very far not only as a basketball player, but in life as well.' Chaney enjoyed a nice showing at camp and will be one to watch going forward.
#12: 5'1 '27 Connor Carlton (Huntersville, NC)
Next, we look at a player who showcased his ability to make an impact from either backcourt position, Connor Carlton. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Lewis on Carlton: 'Connor played with a lot of confidence on the offensive end throughout the day. He has nice touch on his shot. He was able to knock down the midrange pull-up jumper and also get into the paint where he also made the floater. Also, he wasn't afraid to get in there for rebounds on the defensive end. Once he grabbed the rebound, he looked to push the ball up the court and put pressure on the defense.' Carlton offered a quality two-way presence throughout his time at camp and has the tools to become a nice prospect with continued work.
#26: 5'4 '25 Dean Ruthstrom (Davidson, NC)
Moving onto a player that made a lasting impression with his blue-collar approach, Dean Ruthstrom. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would help prepare him for the high school game. Coach Lewis on Ruthstrom: 'Dean stuck out most for his competitiveness and work ethic. From the moment stations started, he was locked in and went hard on every single repetition. He also was very vocal throughout the day. On the court, he played extremely hard and left everything he had out there. Offensively, Dean plays with a ton of confidence and isn't afraid to shoot it when open. I was really impressed with his ability to get over the last missed shot and be ready for the next one. For example, earlier in the day, he had missed a few three-point jumpers, but in the playoffs at the end of the day, he came up with a big-time three-pointer that helped his team in a crucial moment.' Ruthstrom worked extremely hard at camp and showcased the foundation to become a quality prospect in time.
#27: 5'4 '25 Jalen Mills (Hope Mills, NC)
Continuing onto a player that simply knows the game and how to embrace his two-way presence, Jalen Mills. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him more reliable as a primary creator. Coach Lewis on Mills: 'Jalen stood out with athleticism and versatility. He has the ability to be a really good defender. When I challenged him to really lock in on the defensive end, especially when pressuring the ball and staying in front of his man, he answered the challenge. On the offensive end, he attacked the basket strong. He used his speed to get out in front of the defense and finish in transition. The next phase in his development will be to continue to improve his perimeter shooting. This will open up the rest of his game and make it easier for him to get to the paint.' Mills continues to highlight steady growth within his game and will be a prospect to monitor over the foreseeable future.
#39: 5'6 '28 Isaac Smith (Danville, VA)
Next, we look at a young prospect who stood out for his unselfishness and team-first approach, Isaac Smith. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Lewis on Smith: 'There were several plays throughout the day in which Isaac gave up a good shot for a better shot. He was willing to make the extra pass to the open teammate. I remember him having an open shot from the perimeter, but as his defender was running out at him, he made the extra pass to his teammate for the three. Another time in transition, he caught the pass and had a layup that would've been contested, and dropped it off to his teammate for the wide-open layup.' Smith proved to be an asset at camp and has the necessary foundation to become a quality prospect in time.
#43: 5'7 '27 Sean Nix (Harrisburg, NC)
Moving onto a player that highlighted steady growth throughout his time at camp, Sean Nix. Next in his development process is working becoming quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender along the perimeter. Coach Lewis on Nix: 'Younger brother of DJ Nix, Sean came into camp on Sunday and made his own mark. Immediately, he made his presence felt with his shooting ability from the perimeter. He knocked down multiple three-pointers on the day. When he was open, it was going in. Sean's defense improved tremendously over the course of the day. I was really impressed with how he responded to coaching when being challenged. During the tournament segment, I remember challenging him to really focus on staying in front of his man and giving maximum effort on the defensive end. And he did just that. He kept the ball handler in front and came up with hustle plays. He did that and was rewarded on the other end.' Nix enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could become a prospect worth noting, especially if he continues to work.
#54: 5'8 '27 Jabari Johnson (Greensboro, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to physically overwhelm opponents on either side of the ball, Jabari Johnson. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Lewis on Johnson: 'Jabari was a tough, physical wing who competed on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end, he was asked to guard both post players and guards, and he showed that he was capable of doing both. What impressed me more than anything about Jabari was his toughness. During the camp's tournament play, he had a foot injury. During the championship game, he didn't want to miss out. He fought through the injury and went out on the court and provided a burst of energy and was all over the court. He came up with big rebounds and hustle plays. The next step in Jabari's development is continuing to improve his shooting from the perimeter.' Johnson did a lot of things well during camp and will be one to watch progress over the coming years.
#57: 5'8 '25 Lybrant 'LJ' Rush Jr. (Wendell, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a pure dominance during his time at camp, Lybrant 'LJ' Rush Jr. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would help prepare him for the high school game. Coach Lewis on Rush: 'LJ walked away with the Junior Phenom 150 Camp MVP Award. As a member of the 2025 class, he was really athletic and skilled for his age. There were times when the team needed him to score a lot of points, and he was able to deliver in a variety of way. He was able to knock down the perimeter shot when he got going. But he excelled when he was able to get out in transition and attack the basket. Although the team counted on him to score, I was impressed with his willingness to make the right play. When a teammate was open up the court, he made the ball-ahead pass for the layup. On the defensive end, he was able to utilize his athleticism coming up with several chase down blocks. He was another one who was very coachable and kept a positive and growth mindset. LJ was very receptive to learning and had a great attitude to go along with his stellar play over the course of the camp.' Rush was phenomenal at camp, securing the MVP with relative ease, and has all the tools to become a high-level player with continued work.
#83: 5'11 '26 Chancellor Gill (Charlotte, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that highlighted an intriguing array of tools and overall upside, Chancellor Gill. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Lewis on Gill: 'Chance is a long forward prospect who protected the basket. He has the ability to use his length well to force opponents to shoot contested shots over him. When locked in, he can really grab a lot of rebounds. Going into the championship game, I challenged him to grab five rebounds in his last five minutes of play. He responded. He went after every rebound. He also ran after a long rebound to secure possession late in the game. On the offensive end, he created second chance opportunities for himself and his team. The next step in his development will be adding perimeter guard skills that will help him once he transitions to high school basketball.' Gill showcased a lot of ability throughout camp and has the necessary tools to develop into a quality prospect over time.