Coach: Antonio Threadgill
#14: 5’9 ’23 Caleb Senyo (Veritas Christian Academy)
Starting things off, we look at a player that already displays a strong understanding of how to properly run a team, Caleb Senyo. He’s a young, wiry point guard prospect that offers a nice balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Seyno is smart, unselfish, plays hard, and has the necessary ability to impact the game nicely on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him an even better spot-up threat. Coach Threadgill on Senyo: “Caleb is a lead guard with a nice handle. He’s very patient on offense and understands the importance of spacing on the floor. He’s a really good three-point shooter that keeps the defense honest by knocking down open looks. Caleb is still learning the game, but once he learns how to move without the basketball, he will be very tough to guard because of his shot-making ability.” Senyo has continually improved throughout the last year or so and should become a very useful high school contributor sooner than later.
#21: 5’10 ’21 AJ Thompson (Northwestern)
Next, we look at a player that simply thrives through utilization of his quickness and sharp ball-handling skills, AJ Thompson. He’s a smart, well-rounded floor general that does a great job of getting downhill, entering the paint, and making plays for himself and others. Thompson is excellent in the open floor but also has the ability to knock down jumpers at a reliable rate from midrange and beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll only continue to improve his consistency as a finisher. Coach Threadgill on Thompson: “I enjoyed coaching AJ. He’s a very coachable kid that plays hard on both sides of the ball. I love the way he attacks the basket. He shot the ball well for most of the day and did a nice job of communicating on both ends of the floor. AJ shared the basketball well with his teammates.” Thompson is a very useful two-way point guard that continues to look more and more likely to enjoy a breakout junior season at Northwestern.
#48: 6’0 ’21 Jaylen Lee (Northern Durham)
Moving onto a player that made a pretty strong impression as the glue-guy of this team, Jaylen Lee. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect that showcased his ability to attack the basket and finish through contact while operating within the flow of the offense. Lee makes the extra pass and showed a willingness to make the hustle plays whenever possible—especially on defense. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would allow him to be a better creator when looking to get his own shot. Coach Threadgill on Lee: “I loved the unselfish play of Jaylen. He’s such a good team player. I would love to coach this guy. He was the glue-guy for us, playing hard defense, filling in the gaps, and showing no fear of defending anyone on the opposing team. Jaylen was also really good in transition.” Lee was capable of doing a variety of things well during camp and should be an excellent complementary piece throughout the upcoming season.
#53: 6’0 ’23 Najir Chambers (North Mecklenburg)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a nice motor and fairly well-rounded skillset throughout camp, Najir Chambers. He’s a young, strong-bodied wing prospect with an unselfish, team-first mentality. Chambers knocked down some open shots from the perimeter, but typically scored in transition and through off-ball cutting. He played with great energy on defense and rebounded quite well for his size. Next in his development process is working to establish a go-to scoring avenue, as it would make him a more lethal offensive theat. Coach Threadgill on Chambers: “Najir is an old-school kind of player that plays very hard. He really stood out on the defensive end of the floor. He came up with some tough rebounds and was willing to bang down low against older/bigger opponents. What I love about Najir is that he just does not give away easy layups.” Chambers displayed a solid foundation during camp and should become a pretty useful player at the high school level, especially if he continues to work.
#77: 6’2 ’20 Ray Faison (Christ School)
Next, we look at a player that easily stood out as one of the top breakout performers from camp, Ray Faison. He’s a high-motor wing prospect with nice IQ and the all-around skillset necessary to impact the game on every single possession. Faison is a capable ball-handler with vision and three-level scoring chops, which allows him to operate as a primary offensive threat with any group of teammates. He’s an exceptional three-point shooter with excellent spot-up instincts and the ability to shut down multiple positions defensively. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it’ll only make him more physically imposing when finishing and fighting for rebounds. Coach Threadgill on Faison: “Ray is a 3-and-D kind of player. His athleticism will surprise you. On one fast-break, he had a 360 dunk that surprised a lot of scouts. I love the passion he brings to the defensive side of the floor. Ray was a very consistent three-point shooter throughout the weekend.” Faison showed flashes of dominance at camp and won the Mr. Hustle award with relative ease, which should definitely make him a prospect to watch during the upcoming season.
#85: 6’3 ’20 Meelad Doroodchi (Pine Lake Prep)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to maximize his presence on both ends of the floor, Meelad Doroodchi. He’s a smart, strong-bodied wing prospect with the ability to operate in a variety of different roles due to his blend of shooting, ball-handling, and nonstop motor. Doroodchi typically works without the ball as a cutter and spot-up threat, but is also capable of making plays for his teammates in transition or when attacking the basket. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it will make him an even more complete offensive threat. Coach Threadgill on Doroodchi: “Meelad is a good two-way player that competes on both ends of the floor. He’s really good at getting 50/50 balls and giving his team extra possessions. He can play with his back to the basket or on the perimeter. He is very strong on the block with great moves. He finishes well and has a great IQ. He’s a great defender that communicates on defense. He was my best all-around player on this team.” Doroodchi checks a ton of boxes and possesses plenty of tools to stand out as a major contributor during his upcoming senior season.
#105: 6’5 ’20 Kamryn Edwards (Liberty Heights)
Continuing onto a player that made an impression as one of the most productive performers at camp, Kamryn Edwards. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect with a fairly well-rounded skillset and the ability to do a variety of different things on offense. Edwards scores the ball frequently and effectively from all three levels while creating for others at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him an even better creator for others. Coach Threadgill on Edwards: “Kamryn is a very good athlete that is very skilled. He’s at his best when getting downhill and attacking the basket in transition. Kamryn does a really good job of utilizing his body to finish and was very good on the offensive glass. He shoots it pretty well from beyond the arc and plays hard on both sides of the floor. Kamryn is a really good on-ball defender because of his strength. He’s able to use his upper body strength to guide opponents away from the body. He should be able to help a team on the next level with his size and strength.” Edwards enjoyed a great showing at camp, finishing as one of the top scorers from the entire event, and should remain quite productive throughout the upcoming season.
#110: 6’7 ’20 Zach Shumate (Salem Baptist Academy)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was arguably the top blue-collar worker from the weekend, Zach Shumate. He’s a smart, high-motor post prospect that has done a phenomenal job of expanding his skillset throughout the last calendar year. Shumate is a gritty defender that fights extremely well for rebounds and extra possessions on both ends of the floor. He has a solid all-around post game but has also noticeably improved as a ball-handler and perimeter shooter. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it’ll make him even tougher for opposing big men to contain off the bounce. Coach Threadgill on Shumate: “Zach is a big that is very fundamentally-sound. He can play inside-out and is very tough to guard on the block because he utilizes his pivot very well and has a lot of moves in his bag. He can also stretch the floor with his range all the way out to the three-point line. Zach does a really good job in the screen and roll action and finishes well at the rim. He’s a very coachable player that understands the game.” Shumate was one of the most reliable two-way performers at camp and looks quite poised for a big-time senior campaign at Salem Baptist.