Coach: Kyree Bethel
#3: 5’4 ’25 Jalen Mills (Hope Mills)
Starting things off, we look at a player that understands how to consistently make an impact through his toughness and nonstop motor, Jalen Mills. He’s a young, unselfish, team-first guard prospect who doesn’t necessarily require the ball in order to make his presence felt. Mills is a capable ball-handler and scorer, but typically finds opportunities as a defender and hustle player with a willingness to do the dirty work. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Bethel on Mills: “Jalen is a small guard who plays with a lot of heart and doesn’t back down from anybody. He is quick and can knock down the midrange jumper. Jalen sits on defense and slides his feet very well.” Mills enjoyed another quality showing at camp and will be a prospect to keep an eye on as he enters his freshman season.
#10: 5’8 ’26 Garrett Midkiff (Cary)
Next, we look at a player that made a lasting impression with his excellent perimeter shooting ability, especially for his age, Garret Midkiff. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect who already showcases a clear understanding of how to operate as a spot-up threat within an efficient offensive attack. Midkiff doesn’t look to force the action on offense, but understands how to make extra passes and take advantage of easy scoring opportunities. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make an even better finisher through contact. Coach Bethel on Midkiff: “Garrett is a young guard who can really shoot it and understand the game. He has a lot of upside. Garrett worked very well within the team concept and consistently thrived within his role throughout the day.” Midkiff did a variety of things well, especially to be one of the younger players on display, and should be poised for a productive eighth-grade season.
#17: 5’9 ’24 Bryce Little (Ashe County)
Moving onto a player that consistently stood out with his willingness to work hard and operate within the team concept, Bryce Little. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect who can knock down the open and doesn’t look to do too much with the ball in his hands. Little is a capable passer and looks to set up his teammates whenever possible. He provides great defensive effort and does a nice job of battling for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is developing a go-to scoring avenue, as it would make him a more difficult assignment for opponents. Coach Bethel on Little: “Bryce plays hard and competes well on both ends of the floor. He is very unselfish and looks to make the right play at every possible opportunity.” Little enjoyed a nice showing at camp and should be able to carve out a solid role during the upcoming season for Ashe County.
#20: 5’9 ’26 Ethan Cohen (Columbia)
Continuing onto a player that already showcases a pretty nice array of skills, particularly for his age, Ethan Cohen. He’s a young, smart, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with a quick first step and the ability to score the ball from multiple levels. Cohen is a steady offensive presence who doesn’t look to do too much outside of his comfort zone or the team concept. He defends his position well, battles for rebounds, and makes quality decisions within his role. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would only make him more problematic for opponents. Coach Bethel on Cohen: “Ethan plays bigger than his size would imply. He can shoot the ball at a respectable percentage and has the necessary shiftiness to beat his man off the dribble and get to the basket. This kid will be special.” Cohen did a lot of things well at camp and will be a player to keep an eye on throughout his continued progression.
#63: 6’0 ’23 Brandon Betances (Cuthbertson)
Next, we look at a player with an understanding of how to properly run a team as the floor general, Brandon Betances. He’s an unselfish, strong-bodied point guard prospect with a quality balance between scoring and playmaking. Bentances is a reliable shooting threat with the ability to attack the paint and finish or set up his teammates. He provides nice effort defensively and when battling on the glass. Next in his development process is working on his ability to operate without the ball, as it would make him an even more lethal offensive threat. Coach Bethel on Bentances: “Brandon is a solid point guard who can really shoot the basketball from the perimeter. He has the makings of a nice player but just needs to develop some more confidence within himself. Brandon knows how to work well with his teammates.” Bentances highlighted some enticing flashes at camp and should have a productive upcoming season for Cuthbertson.
#67: 6’0 ’22 Jaylen Roscoe (Rock Hill)
Moving onto a player that continually stood out with his motor and willingness to play hard on either end of the floor, Jaylen Roscoe. He’s a tough, wiry guard prospect with the ability to effectively operate with or without the ball in his hands. Roscoe can attack the basket and understands how to find opportunities in transition. He works within himself and looks to overwhelm his assignment defensively with his terrific energy. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Bethel on Roscoe: “Jaylen plays hard and works to find opportunities whenever available. He runs in transition, fights on the glass, and brought energy throughout the day. He can continue to work on his overall feel for the game.” Roscoe enjoyed a solid showing at camp and should be able to carve out a useful role for Rock Hill during his upcoming senior season.
#128: 6’3 ’23 Dallas Gardner (Charlotte Country Day)
Continuing onto a player who led the entire camp in scoring with relative ease, Dallas Gardner. He’s a wiry, athletic guard prospect with an exceptional downhill sense and the ability to apply constant pressure in transition. Gardner secured rebounds and forced turnovers, and then immediately turned the opportunities into points on the other end. He also displayed vision, ball-handling skills, and the tools to outwork his assignment defensively. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would take his game to another level. Coach Bethel on Gardner: “Dallas is a strong guard who can finish in traffic and play above the rim. He was able to get wherever he wanted with the ball in his hands. Dallas blocked shots, forced turnovers, and consistently applied pressure as an offensive force.” Gardner was terrific throughout camp, securing the Mr. Hustle award without much resistance, and should have a breakout upcoming season at Charlotte Country Day.
#130: 6’4 ’24 Amare Bethel (Charlotte Country Day)
Next, we look at a player that easily stood out as one of the most talented long-term prospects in attendance, Amare Bethel. He’s long, wiry, and possesses a nice balance between skill and athleticism. Bethel is an excellent shooting threat who can score the ball from all levels or operate as a creator for others. He defends effectively against opposing guards, utilizes his length to force turnovers, and pushes transition play with regularity. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength to his frame, as it would make him more physically imposing on either end of the floor. Coach Bethel on Bethel: “Amare is a long, athletic guard who can score the ball from all three levels on the floor. He has the ability to change shots with his defense. He makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands.” Bethel enjoyed a very impressive showing at camp and should be poised for a productive upcoming season at Charlotte Country Day.
#137: 6’5 ’25 Evan Dean (Cardinal Gibbons)
Finishing up, we look at a player with a solid crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Evan Dean. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward prospect with an active motor and understanding of how to effectively operate within the team concept on both ends of the floor. Dean works hard for rebounds and extra possessions, showing a willingness to do the dirty work for the betterment of the team. He can finish or knock down the open jumper, but also moves well without the ball. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his frame, as it would improve his interior presence on either end of the floor. Coach Bethel on Dean: “Evan is a talented young post player who plays with a lot of passion and leaves it on the floor. He has the ability to stretch the floor as well with his shooting ability.” Dean enjoyed a solid showing at camp and will be one to watch throughout his continued development.