Coach: Kelvin Mills
#5: 4’7 ’27 Rylan Leak (Huntersville)
Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Rylan Leak. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with a nice spot-up threat and reliable perimeter shooting ability. Leak displayed an unselfish mentality, hit shots off the bounce or catch, and offered a high motor 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 more complete player. Coach Mills on Leak: “Rylan is an extremely tough guard with a high basketball IQ and a nonstop motor. He has good speed, athleticism, and displays good communication skills. He shot the ball effectively. Rylan offered a great attitude and was easy to coach. He made his presence felt in a variety of different ways and should be a useful piece for any middle school team.” Leak enjoyed a quality showing at camp and has the tools to be a very impactful contributor over the coming years.
#11: 4’9 ’27 JJ Sati-Grier (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player that easily stood out among the most dominant all-around performers on display, JJ Sati-Grier. He’s an extremely smart, crafty, disciplined point guard prospect with an advanced feel as a playmaker and overall floor general. Sati-Grier sees the game far ahead of most players his age, able to anticipate defensive collapses and make timely reads with the ball in his hands. Despite being a noteworthy passer, he’s also more than capable of scoring at an efficient rate from all levels. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will only make him tougher for opponents to contain on either end of the floor. Coach Mills on Sati-Grier: “JJ is an all-around player. He’s good in transition and takes no plays off. This kid is a bucket; he is much faster than he looks and has the ability to finish. JJ possesses outstanding ball-handling skills, good speed, and nice footwork. He can make a play on both ends of the floor. He was the man for our team today. JJ made the plays we needed when it was the most vital. He’s one of the best passers in the camp, as his playmaking is excellent.” Sati-Grier was fairly unstoppable at camp, securing the MVP with relative ease, and will be worth monitoring over the foreseeable future.
#16: 5’2 ’27 Jamir Loftin (Community Christian)
Moving onto a player that made a lasting impression with his nonstop motor and blue-collar approach, Jamir Loftin. He’s a tough, unselfish wing prospect with great energy and a willingness to make hustle plays on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Mills on Loftin: “Jamir makes plays and truly plays hard on the court. He’s an athletic wing that proved to be very good off the bounce. He’s a willing passer, but must work on limiting turnovers when creating offensive opportunities for others. Jamir gets downhill and will finish or get fouled in traffic. He was a bucket all day. He plays with enthusiasm for the game, making him fun to coach and watch. His best basketball is in front of him. With consistent work and the right coaching, the sky is the limit.” Loftin did a lot of things well during his time at camp and will be one to watch throughout his continued progression.
#23: 5’3 ’28 Shane Goins (Sumter)
Continuing onto a player that continues to showcase a ton of appeal within his overall foundation, Shane Goins. He’s a smart, crafty guard prospect with a well-rounded skillset and an obvious amount of potential. Goins understands the game at a high level, particularly for his age, and regularly overwhelmed his assignment as a scorer and creator. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him an even tougher assignment for opponents. Coach Mills on Goins: “Shane is a big player in a small package. His penetration ability is outstanding. He uses good footwork to get open and displays good shooting mechanics, basketball IQ, and understanding of how to operate within a role. Today, Shane played with maximum effort. He brings it all to the floor on every play. His sharp footwork allows him to play excellent on-ball defense.” Goins highlighted clear ability and upside at camp, especially for his size/age, and will be a prospect worth monitoring going forward.
#28: 5’4 ’28 Mekhi Allen (Concord)
Next, we look at a player that performed very well despite being one of the youngest campers on display, Mekhi Allen. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with a nice penetration sense and the ability to make plays within the paint. Allen can attack the basket, cut without the ball, and rebounds effectively for his size/position. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Mills on Allen: “Mekhi is a very strong, skilled player. He has an exceptional arsenal around the basket and a blossoming array of perimeter skills. He displays a terrific feel for the game on both ends of the floor. He rebounds the ball with great tenacity and is able to defend any position on the court. The next progression in Mekhi’s development would be to improve his perimeter shooting. He needs to have consistent shooting range to become a more lethal threat.” Allen enjoyed a nice showing at camp and will be a player to keep an eye on over the coming years.
#38: 5’6 ’27 Christopher Coleman (Huntersville)
Moving onto a player that clearly stood out among the most reliable shooting threats on this team, Christopher Coleman. He’s a long, wiry, well-rounded guard prospect with a high motor and quality feel for the game on either end of the floor. Coleman consistently applies pressure as a knockdown spot-up threat or shooter off the bounce, but can also set up others while overwhelming his assignment defensively and on the glass. 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 as an off-ball threat. Coach Mills on Coleman: “Christopher is a smart, crafty guard prospect that is capable of thriving with the ball in his hands. He must develop his ability to move without the ball. He’s a good shooter from midrange out to well beyond the arc. Christopher can sometimes show flashes of being able to move without the ball, but can watch the ball at times. He already has high-school level quickness and footwork. At 5-foot-6, Christopher is one of the best rebounders on the floor.” Coleman highlighted clear ability throughout camp and has the tools to become an enticing prospect over the foreseeable future.
#44: 5’7 ’28 Chase Smith (Charlotte)
Continuing onto a player that possesses an excellent crossroads between production and long-term upside, Chase Smith. He’s a long, skilled wing/forward prospect with nice versatility and physical attributes, especially for his age. Smith can score from all three levels, create for himself or others, and make plays with or without the ball in his hands. He plays very hard, defends at a reliable level, and rebounds his position at a consistent rate. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Mills on Smith: “Chase is a freak of nature. He is an all-around player. He was able to affect the game in a variety of different ways. He has a high motor. This young man can score the ball quite effectively from various areas. Today, Chase constantly made plays in transition. He showed both footspeed and quickness through his on/off-ball defense. Chase comes to play on every possession. Game time is Chase time.” Smith proved to be an asset during his time at camp and clearly has the foundation to become a very useful player.
#53: 5’8 ’25 Hilton Dessausure (Blythewood)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a nice combination of versatility and passer-friendly identity, Hilton Dessausure. He’s a smart, unselfish, well-rounded guard prospect with great offensive balance and the understanding of how to affect all facets of the game. Dessausure defends nicely, makes hustle plays whenever possible, and creates for himself and others at a strong rate. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even better creator off the bounce. Coach Mills on Dessausure: “Hilton is a playmaker. He can operate from the point guard, off-guard, or as a wing/forward. He’s always in attack-mode and displays a good jumper, in addition to his strong set of basketball skills. He’s a good passer with good court vision. Hilton has good footwork and knows how to move without the ball. He makes things happen on the floor. Hilton offers a good attitude with a high basketball IQ.” Dessausure enjoyed a quality showing at camp and remains a player worth monitoring throughout his continued progression.
#58: 5’8 ’26 Max Van Weedhuizen (Winston-Salem)
Moving onto a player that made a lasting impression as one of the top all-around shooters in attendance, Max Van Weedhuizen. He’s a smart, high-motor guard prospect with the ability to find success with or without the ball in his hands. Van Weedhuizen is a knockdown shooter, unselfish passer, and reliable defender with the necessary all-around skillset to make a constant impact. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would allow him to become a more physically imposing player. Coach Mills on Weedhuizen: “Max was one of the best shooters in camp. He takes and makes big shots. He has a very high basketball IQ. Max also plays outstanding defense, cuts without the ball, and simply knows how to get open. He uses good footwork. He’s a big-time guard that can take the game over with his effort and attitude. I loved his passing skills and transition defense.” Van Weedhuizen did a lot of things to stand out at camp and will certainly be a name worth noting going forward.
#71: 5’10 ’25 Cam’ren Reyes (Garner)
Finishing up, we look at a player that showcased extended flashes of pure dominance on the interior, Cam’ren Reyes. He’s a tough, strong, high-motor forward prospect with a sturdy frame, unselfish mentality, and the ability to outwork opponents on either end of the floor. Reyes rebounds the ball very well and has the necessary skill to push the break in transition, attack the basket, or space the floor for open perimeter jumpers. 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 Mills on Reyes: “Cam’ren was the best low-post player in camp today. He has good hands, feet, and footwork. He’s a powerful rebounder that goes up with two hands to get the ball. Cam’ren finishes at the rim with authority. On the defensive side of the ball, he’s a nice rim-protector. He’s a solid defender with shooting range out to the three-point line. In high school, he will be a hard matchup.” Reyes made a terrific impact throughout camp and will be a prospect to keep an eye on over the coming years.