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Coach: Marcus Dilligard
#0: 5’8 ’25 Joshua Bowen (Raleigh)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made a strong impact despite being the youngest camper on this team, Joshua Bowen. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor point guard prospect with nice ball-handling skills and three-point shooting ability. Bowen defended the point of attack well and offered a physical presence on that end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to play alongside other point guards with relative ease. Coach Dilligard on Bowen: “Joshua has a lot of potential. He possesses good shooting mechanics and a nice touch on his shot. He has a good handle and took on the assignment of running the team. As Joshua continues to grow, he will need to keep working on his handles and keep shooting his outside shot. He can also show confidence in his midrange game.” Bowen performed well on both sides of the ball and will be a prospect to monitor over the foreseeable future.
#1: 5’8 ’21 Sean Iadonisi (Fort Mill)
Next, we look at a player that continually stood out with his motor despite his lack of size, Sean Iadonisi. He’s a rugged, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to impact the game without necessarily requiring offensive touches. He shoots the ball well from midrange and displayed solid penetration instincts. Iadonisi made smart passes and worked well within the team concept 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 Dilligard on Iadonisi: “Sean is a tough, hard-nosed player that put all effort into every possession. He worked hard every minute he was on the court. He needs to keep working on his shot and ball-handling for his size.” Iadonisi made a lot of plays during his time at camp and should be a useful contributor during the upcoming high school season.
#2: 5’9 ’24 Zion Brown (Rock Hill)
Moving onto a player with a nice crossroads between production and long-term upside, Zion Brown. He’s a smart, young guard prospect with a nice spot-up presence from beyond the arc. Brown defends the point of attack well, able to force turnovers and make plays within transition. He displayed an unselfish mentality and provided great effort on either side of the ball. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Dilligard on Brown: “Zion did an excellent job of shooting and playing defense for our team. He has good quickness and shoots the ball well from beyond the arc. He will need to continue getting stronger as he gets older. Zion can also continue to work on his ball-handling.” Brown enjoyed a solid showing at camp and will be one to watch as he begins his high school journey.
#3: 5’10 ’23 Keith Sutton (Charlotte)
Continuing onto a player that is just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities, Keith Sutton. He’s an unselfish, team-first guard prospect with a useful motor and the instincts to knock down open shots within the flow of the offense. Sutton also moves without the ball and looks to find scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutting threat. Next in his development process is working on his overall defensive presence, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Dilligard on Sutton: “Keith was a joy to have on the team. He was willing to help his teammates however possible. Keith needs to continue to further develop his game in various facets. He seems to study the game and wants to get better.” Sutton worked hard during his time at camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on, especially if he continues to work.
#4: 6’0 ’21 Brock Bowen (Weddington)
Next, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the most impressive shooter in attendance, Brock Bowen. He’s a smart, steady, team-first guard prospect with incredible spot-up presence and the ability to thrive without the ball in his hands. Bowen moves very well as a cutter and truly only requires a glimmer of daylight to get off, and convert, clean looks from anywhere beyond the arc. He utilizes his deep range well but can also attack closeouts and make timely passes off the dribble. Next in his development process is working on his use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Dilligard on Bowen: “Brock has an excellent basketball IQ and is a total team player. He can stretch the floor with his ability to shoot the deep three-pointer. He’s very unselfish and willing to do what it takes to win. Brock is a great asset for any team.” Bowen continues to succeed with any group of teammates, averaging 12 PPG at camp, and should be a major contributor during the upcoming season for Weddington.
#5: 6’2 ’24 Lucas Strickfaden (Huntersville)
Moving onto a player with a nice crossroads between production and long-term upside, Lucas Stickfaden. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor wing prospect with quality size for his age. Strickfaden moves well without the ball and understands how to effectively rebound the ball on both ends of the floor. He finishes well with either hand and can knock down jumpers at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Dilligard on Strickfaden: “Lucas shows a lot of promise. He possesses good shooting technique and a good overall sense of the game. As he continues to grow, Lucas can work on his ball-handler and getting stronger. He will make a name for himself if he continues to develop his game.” Strickfaden enjoyed a solid showing at camp and displayed nice long-term upside, so it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses going forward.
#6: 6’2 ’21 Jay Mitchell (Clemmons)
Continuing onto a player that easily stood out as one of the most impressive all-around campers, Jay Mitchell. He’s a smart, athletic, well-rounded guard prospect with the abilities to operate as the focal point of an efficient offensive attack. Mitchell is able to effortlessly attack the basket while creating for himself and others at a consistent rate. He shoots the ball at a high clip from midrange and beyond the arc, but is especially tough to contain from finishing over or through contact. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him even tougher to contain. Coach Dilligard on Mitchell: “Jay was probably the most explosive/athletic person in the building. He jumps out of the gym and will try and finish every drive with a dunk. Jay played inside and out. He also defended the inside while using his athletic ability to block shots. I would like to see him handle the ball more so that we could define his true position.” Mitchell enjoyed a great showing at camp, averaging 13 PPG, and should have a breakout senior season at Forsyth Country Day.
#7: 6’3 ’22 Trevor Button (Chapel Hill)
Next, we look at a player that offered a steady, blue-collar presence on both ends of the floor, Trevor Button. He’s a sturdy, high-motor wing prospect with an unselfish mentality and quality ball skills. Button passes the ball well and looks to make the smartest possible decision on every possible. He battles on the glass and make his presence consistently felt on the defensive end of the floor. Next in his development process is working to improve his rebounding presence, as he has the necessary tools to make an impact on the glass. Coach Dilligard on Button: “Trevor is a tough kid. He handled pressure well all weekend. He was willing to sacrifice his abilities to help the team. Trevor has a solid IQ of the game and works hard on both ends of the floor.” Button worked hard throughout his time at camp and should be able to carve out a useful role during the upcoming season.
#8: 6’7 ’21 Kenechi Nwosu (Cary)
Moving onto a player that continues to dominate various facets of the game without requiring offensive touches, Kenechi Nwosu. He’s a long, strong, athletic forward prospect with an incredible high motor and exceptional defensive versatility. Nwosu can block shots at a high rate or defend along the perimeter with nice resistance. He moves well without the ball and finishes extremely well around the basket, which certainly includes putbacks and alley-oops. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot from beyond the arc, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Dilligard on Nwosu: “Kenechi has a world of potential. He’s very explosive with great athleticism. He did anything asked of him with a great attitude. Kenechi stepped up and was a vocal leader on the team. He worked hard and put the team first. He will need to get stronger as he gets to the next level.” Nwosu led extremely well throughout camp and should be a target for a variety of next-level programs.
#9: 6’6 ’23 Steven Lassiter (Lillington)
Finishing up, we look at a player with nice upside and two-way versatility, Steven Lassiter. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with a solid handle and great penetration ability. Lassiter also proved to be a quality finisher and shot the ball well from beyond the arc. He moves well for his size and can make plays above the rim on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on improving his transition defense, as he has the necessary tools to get more stops on fast-break opportunities. Coach Dilligard on Lassiter: “Steven has the ability to do many things on the court. He can drive, shoot, kick, and finish. He showed all of those attributes throughout the weekend. Steven is more athletic and explosive than he realized. He also has a good frame and handled contact well from defenders.” Lassiter enjoyed a solid showing at camp and should be a prospect to monitor over these next few years.