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Coach: Mason Padgett
#0: 5’7 ’22 Isaiah Jackson (Charlotte)
Starting things off, we look at a player that performed well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Isaiah Jackson. He’s a smart, unselfish guard prospect with a high motor and the ability to make plays within the flow of the team. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Padgett on Jackson: “Isaiah had a wonderful attitude during camp. His IQ for the game of basketball is super high. Isaiah needs to continue to improve his jump shooting. He has a solid release time on his jumper, just needs to work on refining his overall mechanics. Isaiah’s on-ball defense was really good and helped our team win. He has tons of quickness on amazing footwork. He needs to improve his rebounding and moving without the ball.” Jackson enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be able to carve out a useful role during the upcoming season.
#1: 5’7 ’21 Lavonte Hughes (Cherryville)
Next, we look at a player that offered a strong motor and energetic two-way approach, Lavonte Hughes. He’s a smart, unselfish, team-first guard prospect with the ability to play bigger than his size on both ends of the floor. Hughes passes well, moves effectively without the ball, and defends his assignment with purpose. Next in his development process is working to improve the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Padgett on Hughes: “Lavonte had tons of energy throughout the entire weekend. His team play was amazing and he really cares about his teammates. Lavonte shows that he consistently works on his jumper inside the arc. He can also knock down the occasional three-point jumper. He needs to improve his ball-handling with his off-hand. He has great on-ball defense. Lavonte also has great passing skills and is very unselfish.” Hughes did a lot of things well during his time at camp and should have a productive upcoming senior season at Cherryville.
#2: 5’9 ’24 Jordan Watlington (Newport News)
Moving onto a player that provided his team with a pretty consistent two-way presence, Jordan Watlington. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with a reliable spot-up presence and the ability to work very well within the team structure. Next in his development process is working on his ability to rebound the ball, as it would allow him to push the break in transition with relative ease. Coach Padgett on Watlington: “Jordan accepted all of the coaching this weekend. He really wanted to get better at the game of basketball. He is working hard on his ability to catch and shoot and shows that he has the ability to shoot the midrange jumper and extend his range to beyond the arc. He also has great shooting mechanics. Jordan can also really move without the ball and displayed lots of quickness as well.” Watlington enjoyed a solid showing at camp and could be one to keep an eye on throughout his progression.
#3: 5’10 ’23 Jalen Massey (Rock Hill)
Continuing onto a player that really made a lasting impression with his defensive prowess, Jalen Massey. He’s a tough, smart, rugged guard prospect with great quickness, anticipation, and a desire to provide his team with an edge however possible on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him more difficult to contain for opponents. Coach Padgett on Massey: “Jalen has great on-ball defense. He can guard the best player on any team. His effort was 100% the entire weekend. Jalen also enjoyed and helped his teammates get better every game. Jalen has a smooth jumper and can score at all three levels. He has the ability to be a really great high school player. Jalen shows he has tons of upside for the game of basketball.” Massey proved to be a clear asset during his time at camp and should be able to carve out a quality role for his high school going forward.
#4: 5’11 ’25 Jacques Dalton (Greensboro)
Next, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the youngest camper on this team, Jacques Dalton. He’s a smart, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with great vision and perimeter shooting abilities. Next in his development process is working on his rebounding presence, as it would allow him to push the break in transition with relative ease. Coach Padgett on Dalton: “Jacques had a great attitude all camp. He showed he had great effort and has lots of basketball IQ. Jacques’ release is very strong and has tons of confidence in his shot. He was great when penetrating to the basket. He can use both hands when dribbling. Passing is also a strong skill for Jacques. With the improvement of his footwork and quickness, Jacques will be a great high school player.” Dalton made his presence felt throughout camp and has the tools to emerge as a high school contributor within the next few years.
#5: 6’0 ’22 Jacob Stevens (Fort Mill)
Moving onto a player that made a pretty lasting impression as a glue-guy for this squad, Jacob Stevens. He’s a smart, team-first wing/forward prospect with the necessary adaptability and versatility to make an impact in various types of situations. Stevens is a useful spot-up threat and plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become a better penetrator, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach Padgett on Stevens: “Jacob can play any position on the floor. He makes everyone better when he is out on the court. Jacob was a vocal leader and was like a coach on the floor. Jacob is a great defender and can guard all positions. His passing is great for a high school player and he really shares the ball. Once he works on his footwork, he has the chance to be a top player in his area.” Stevens did a lot of things well during camp and should be a useful contributor during the upcoming high school season.
#6: 6’2 ’22 Kyle Frazier (Weddington)
Continuing onto a player that finds a way to thrive within a glue-guy role, regardless of surrounding teammates, Kyle Frazier. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor wing/forward prospect with the necessary ability to play bigger than his size and defend multiple positions. Frazier shoots the ball at a high clip from the perimeter but can also finish effectively around the basket amongst bigger opponents. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Padgett on Frazier: “Kyle plays hard every single possession. He is a great rebounder and blocks a ton of shots around the basket. Kyle has a ton of basketball IQ and is a great teammate to play with. Kyle can catch and shoot really well and also shoots the basketball off the bounce. His shooting mechanics are spot-on. Kyle has tons of court vision and is also an amazing passer.” Frazier affected all facets throughout his time at camp and should have a productive upcoming season at Weddington.
#7: 6’3 ’22 Tyson Bombick (Fort Mill)
Next, we look at a player that really understands how to excel within a 3-and-D role, Tyson Bombick. He’s a wiry, high-motor guard prospect with the ability to contribute alongside any collection of teammates. Bombick defends with purpose, makes the unselfish decision at all times, and simply knows how to make hustle plays. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his craftiness as a ball-handler, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Padgett on Bombick: “Tyson is a knockdown shooter. He can create his own shot or catch and shoot as well as anyone. His release time is great and he can attack off the dribble with either hand. Along with his shot, he has great on-ball defense and proved to be a great help-side defender. Along with a positive attitude, Tyson can help any team win high school basketball games.” Bombick offered his team with a quality two-way presence and should be a productive contributor for Catawba Ridge during the upcoming season.
#8: 6’3 ’21 Alexander Dawson (Alexandria)
Moving onto a player that consistently stood out with his defensive presence and willingness to make the hustle plays, Alexander Dawson. He’s a wiry, team-first forward prospect with great instincts for the ball and a quality feel on both ends of the floor. 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 Padgett on Dawson: “Alexander shows he has really been working on his ball-handling skills. He works really hard around the basket. Alexander shows that he has great quickness. He also has great footwork when playing defense. Alexander really likes to shoot from beyond the arc, but needs to improve his consistency from various areas. He showed he really loves the game of basketball and cares about his teammates. Alex is a true winner on the court.” Dawson enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be poised for a productive senior campaign.
#9: 6’4 ’21 Trevor Kelly (Locust)
Finishing up, we look at a player with the ability to pose a very useful inside-out threat, Trevor Kelly. He’s a smart, smooth-shooting wing/forward prospect that consistently utilizes his three-point shooting to exploit opposing defenses. Kelly finishes well around the basket and is capable of operating off the bounce, but seemingly always finds a way to get off quality shots from distance. He defends and rebounds well while also showing the instincts to defend bigger opponents. Next in his development process is working on getting quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender along the perimeter. Coach Padgett on Kelly: “Trevor shoots the three-pointer at a high percentage. He has awesome shooting footwork. Trevor plays hard on both ends of the floor. He does a great job of moving without the ball. His rebounding is very strong and he’s able to use both hands around the basket. Trevor has a winning attitude and his ball-handling skills are very good as well.” Kelly enjoyed a productive showing at camp, averaging 10 PPG, and should be a strong contributor during the upcoming season.