Coach: Yusuf English
#15: 5’9 ’24 Bryson Heath (Arborbrook Christian Academy)
Starting things off, we look at a player that did a great job of making an impact against older competition, Bryson Heath. He’s a young, smart point guard prospect with nice ball-handling skills and the ability to attack the basket and finish through contact. Heath scored well on all three levels but also made a clear point to get his teammates involved whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become a more active rebounder, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach English on Heath: “Bryson is a kid with a very high upside. He does a great job of pushing the ball in transition. He is good in space and can score on all three levels and is very quick off the bounce. He needs to work on aggression, as he can get lost at times within the flow of the game.” Heath enjoyed a quality two-way showing at camp and should be a prospect to monitor throughout his continued growth.
#17: 5’9 ’21 Easton Ostert (Pinecrest)
Next, we look at a player that really stood out with his high motor throughout camp, Easton Ostert. He’s a smart, well-rounded point guard prospect with excellent vision and the ability to score efficiently from anywhere inside the arc while actively operating as a primary playmaker. Ostert showed the ability to play effectively alongside another ball-handler through off-ball cutting and spot-up shooting. He’s also a pretty useful defender, especially for his size, and makes quality decisions in transition. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would make him a more physically imposing defender. Coach English on Ostert: “Easton is a player with a high motor and great feel for the game. He has great vision and is great in transition. He needs to work on shooting the three-pointer but does a great job of taking criticism and is very coachable.” Ostert proved to be a reliable two-way presence over the weekend and should be able to carve out a nice role during the upcoming season.
#43: 5’11 ’21 Thomas Jackson (Hopewell)
Moving onto a player that made an impression as one of the top all-around defenders from this team, Thomas Jackson. He’s a long, active two-way guard prospect that forced multiple turnovers and pushed the break in transition. Jackson has a solid three-point shot, but is at his best when getting downhill and attacking the basket or pulling-up from midrange. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point threat, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach English on Jackson: “Thomas is very quick with the ball and makes plays in transition. He has a great midrange game and can also get to the basket at will. He’s a good on-ball defender that can lock up for 94 feet. He needs to work on being a consistent threat from beyond the arc, but was a pleasure to coach.” Jackson enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be a useful contributor this season, especially given his defensive presence.
#50: 6’0 ’22 Cameron Stout (Salisbury)
Continuing onto a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term upside, Cameron Stout. He’s a young, unselfish wing/forward prospect that plays hard and does a nice job of fighting for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Stout scores the ball fairly well from the midrange area and showed signs of a formidable three-point stroke. He handles the ball and is capable of creating for others at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more reliable penetrating threat. Coach English on Stout: “Cameron does a good job of moving without the ball. Although he needs to improve in multiple areas, he does play hard, is very coachable, and processes what he’s told. Cameron is a very good passer that sees the floor well.” Stout is young and will be one to watch, as he can become a nice two-way prospect with continued work.
#78: 6’2 ’20 Charles Kiah (Henderson Collegiate)
Next, we look at a player that made quite the impression with his two-way motor and ability to overwhelm his assignment, Charles Kiah. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect that thrives in transition and when looking to score from inside the arc. Kiah can handle and pass the ball nicely, but also knows how to work without the ball as a cutter and two-way rebounder. He displays a quality feel and makes plays for others whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent perimeter shooter, as it would make him a more reliable offensive threat. Coach English on Kiah: “Charles plays extremely hard. He’s a good on-ball defender and does well in help defense. He’s a good ball-handler with good vision. He has a high IQ and hustles on every play. He does a great job of running the team and was very coachable. Charles needs to work on tightening his shooting mechanics.” Kiah maximized his skillset during camp and should be a useful contributor for the powerhouse at Henderson Collegiate.
#84: 6’3 ’20 David Pino (Charlotte Catholic)
Moving onto a player that showcased an extremely reliable all-around skillset at camp, David Pino. He’s a long, smart, athletic wing prospect that scored the ball with efficiency from all three levels while pursuing rebounds, defending with purpose, and creating for others. Pino is an excellent penetrator that can absorb contact and finish with craftiness. Next in his development process is working to become a more reliable spot-up threat, as it would maximize his ability to play without the ball. Coach English on Pino: “David is a high energy player with a great feel for the game. He’s a good ball-handler and has a nice skillset for his size. He has a good midrange game and can finish at the rim. He does a good job in help defense and is a pretty solid on-ball defender as well. He needs to work on his three-point shot but was a pleasure to coach and showed the ability to defend 1-4 over the weekend.” Pino possesses a ton of tools, checks numerous boxes, and could be poised for a breakout senior season at Charlotte Catholic.
#106: 6’5 ’20 Ricky Council IV (Northern)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably the most impressive two-way performers across the weekend, Ricky Council IV. He’s a long, smart, athletic wing prospect with leadership qualities and the ability to absolutely fill it up from all three levels. Council sets the tone on both ends of the floor through communication and an extremely competitive, team-first mentality. He’s truly capable of asserting himself in a variety of different ways and is capable of simply dominating all types of opponents on offense. Next in his development process is simply continuing to prepare his body for the next level, as he already has the necessary tools to be a dominant type of college player. Coach English on Council: “This kid is unreal. His ability to score on all three levels is amazing. He can hit the three-pointer with consistency as well as explode to the basket and finish with authority. He was very coachable and a pleasure to coach. He can defend 1-4 quite well.” Council still feels somewhat underrated in terms of recruitment, but should have plenty more Division I coaches getting involved throughout his upcoming senior season.
#109: 6’6 ’20 Jacob Marshall (Reidsville)
Finishing up, we look at a player that truly embraces his identity as a gritty, blue-collar worker, Jacob Marshall. He’s a long, athletic, high-motor post prospect that simply creates havoc with his presence on both ends of the floor. Marshall showed signs of a useful midrange stroke, but typically operated around the basket and fought relentlessly for rebounds/second-chance opportunities. He displays great two-way IQ and the understanding of how to operate within his role and the team concept. Next in his development process is working on become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat against slower big men. Coach English on Marshall: “Jacob is a great rebounder and all-around hustle player. He plays well with his back to the basket and facing up. He passes well out of the post and is capable of knocking down the open midrange shot. He plays with a lot of energy and runs the floor. Jacob is an amazing shot-blocker for his size, moves well without the ball, and is a very good screener. He needs to improve as a ball-handler.” Marshall maximized his role during camp and should be a major contributor throughout his senior campaign at Reidsville.