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Coach: Damorio Jackson
#0: 5’2 ’25 Lucas Kimrey (Charlotte)
Starting things off, we look at a player that consistently found ways to impact the game despite being the smallest prospect on the team, Lucas Kimrey. He’s a young, high-motor guard prospect with an unselfish mentality. Kimrey proved to be a solid perimeter shooter with nice defensive intensity, especially against opponents of his age level. He operated well within the team concept and showed a willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will only further his abilities as a rebounder and penetrator. Coach Jackson on Kimrey: “Lucas is quite undersized but knows how to play. He has the heart of a lion! Lucas wasn’t afraid of competing with older kids and gave our team great effort throughout the day.” Kimrey enjoyed a quality showing at camp, especially for his age/size, and could be one to keep an eye on during his upcoming eighth-grade season.
#1: 5’11 ’24 Erza Jamison (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player that stood out regularly with his abilities as a perimeter shooter, Erza Jamison. He’s a young, strong-bodied wing prospect with vision and a well-rounded scoring arsenal. Jamison can handle the ball but often found most of his scoring opportunities as a spot-up threat. He also showed a desire to compete 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 cutter. Coach Jackson on Jamison: “Erza is good at putting himself and converting in catch-and-shoot situations. His game reminds me of Paul Pierce. Erza displayed a great attitude and worked well with his teammates throughout the day.” Jamison did a lot of things well during camp and should be able to carve out a nice role sooner than later for his high school.
#2: 6’0 ’24 Bryce Watlington (Newport News)
Moving onto a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Bryce Watlington. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with a quality frame and great penetration abilities. Watlington was able to effectively operate without the ball or get downhill and attack the basket, where he proved to be a solid finisher. He moved well without the ball and displayed quickness as an on-ball defender. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would complement his slashing game quite nicely. Coach Jackson on Watlington: “Bryce is a solid player, especially for his age. He does various things well but needs to continue working on his ball-handling in order to take the next step in his progression. Bryce displayed a positive attitude and provided great energy.” Watlington highlighted a useful array of tools and could be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#3: 6’0 ’21 Benton Wofford (Charlotte)
Continuing onto a player that simply knows how to make his presence felt as a scorer, Benton Wofford. He’s a fairly well-rounded wing prospect with the ability to operate within various different roles. Wofford can create his own shot or attack the basket and set up others, displaying vision and useful ball-handling skills. He’s a solid on-ball defender with the necessary quickness and positioning to force turnovers on a regular basis. Next in his development process is working on improving his transition defense, as he has the tools to shut down fast-break opportunities more often. Coach Jackson on Wofford: “Benton is a solid off-guard that can knock down shots from midrange or beyond the arc. He plays hard and works well with his teammates. Benton also moves well without the ball.” Wofford enjoyed another quality showing at camp and should emerge as a contributor for Ardrey Kell during the upcoming season.
#4: 6’0 ’21 Cole Seagle (Denver)
Next, we look at a player that stood out with his fundamental, straightforward approach on both ends of the floor, Cole Seagle. He’s a steady, unselfish point guard prospect with the ability to run a team or effectively play alongside another primary ball-handler. Seagle displayed IQ, craftiness, and the ability to set up others or score from all levels. He played with a high motor and consistently looked to make the best possible play for the team. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even better finisher through contact. Coach Jackson on Seagle: “Cole gave our team great effort throughout the day. He can attack and finish at the rim very well. He’s a willing passer and understands how to make plays with or without the ball in his hands.” Seagle made a lasting impact during camp, averaging 11 PPG, and should be a strong contributor during the upcoming season at North Lincoln.
#5: 6’1 ’23 Arrington Kee (Fayetteville)
Moving onto a player that showcased a pretty reliable penetration sense and overall defensive presence, Arrington Kee. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with toughness as a finisher and the ability to force turnovers as an on-ball defender. Kee played hard on either side of the ball and was able to score numerous times in transition. Next in his development process is working on his overall rebounding presence, as he possesses the necessary tools to make a larger impact in that area. Coach Jackson on Kee: “Arrington showcased some abilities throughout the day. He needs to continue working on ball-handling and shooting. He made various plays but needs to work on playing better within the team structure. Arrington displayed a positive attitude at camp.” Kee displayed a variety of tools and has clear upside remaining, so it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses going forward.
#6: 6’1 ’22 Xavier Evans (Manning)
Continuing onto a player with a fairly unselfish, well-rounded approach to the game, Xavier Evans. He’s a wiry guard prospect with quickness, solid defensive prowess, and an active motor on both ends of the floor. Evans is a decent perimeter shooter but found most of his scoring chances as a penetrator and finisher. 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 Jackson on Evans: “Xavier brought a positive attitude and active motor to our team. He needs to improve as a ball-handler and rebounder but still found ways to contribute within the flow of the action. Xavier worked well with his teammates and looked to make the extra pass whenever available.” Evans offered a useful presence during his time at camp and should be able to carve out a solid role for Manning during the upcoming season.
#7: 6’2 ’23 Derrick Daniels (Florence)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a nice crossroads between production and long-term upside, Derrick Daniels. He’s a wiry, extremely quick, high-motor wing prospect with excellent defensive abilities. Daniels utilizes his blend of length, energy, and positioning to consistently overwhelm his assignment and force turnovers. He typically works better without the ball in transition and the half court, but can also make smart passes or finish through contact around the basket. Daniels also made his presence felt quite regularly as a rebounder, especially for his position. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even craftier finisher as a penetrator. Coach Jackson on Daniels: “Derrick provided energy and toughness throughout the day. He plays hard and got numerous defensive stops. Derrick needs to continue working on his ball-handling.” Daniels enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could emerge as a useful contributor for Wilson during the upcoming season.
#8: 6’2 ’22 Jackson Howard (Aberdeen)
Moving onto a player that arguably stood out as one of the main glue-guys for this team, Jackson Howard. He’s a sturdy, high-motor wing/forward prospect with a well-rounded skillset and unselfish approach to the game. Howard is a sharp, willing passer that consistently hunts for the best available play. He shoots the ball at an efficient rate from the perimeter and displayed the ability to attack closeouts whenever necessary. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him more difficult to contain. Coach Jackson on Howard: “Jackson is a good teammate that knows how to play hard and make an impact. He is a nice passer but needs to continue working on his ball-handling to take the next step. Jackson shot the ball well as a spot-up threat.” Howard simply found ways to make plays during camp and could be one to keep an eye on going forward.
#9: 6’8 ’21 Peyton Gerald (Charlotte)
Finishing up, we look at a player that made a lasting impression as a two-way leader for this team, Peyton Gerald. He’s a long, wiry forward/post prospect with touch, fluidity, and a steady offensive identity. Gerald is a reliable scorer from the low-block but can also knock down perimeter jumpers with nice consistency. He utilizes his length very well to secure rebounds, alter shots, and finish over opposing defenders. Gerald runs the floor properly in transition and displays great passing instincts for his size. 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 Jackson on Gerald: “Peyton is a solid all-around player that knows his game and how to make an impact on both ends of the floor. He needs to improve on moving without the ball.” Gerald was easily one of the most productive campers on display, averaging 12 PPG, and should have another quality season as a primary option for Ardrey Kell.