Coach: Jake Senyo
#3: 5’0 ’24 Zehren Hilton (Catawba Ridge)
Starting things off, we look at a player that continues to stand out and make an impact despite his lack of size, Zehren Hilton. He’s a young guard prospect that can work extremely well with or without the ball in his hands. Hilton shows flashes of a really nice three-point stroke and understands how to apply pressure off the bounce. Next in his development process is continuing to get stronger, as it will allow him to become a more reliable finisher around the basket. Coach Senyo on Hilton: “Zehren excels with the ball in his hands. He does a great job of scoring the ball. He has a great three-point shot and is a threat from everywhere on the court. He did a really good job of moving without the ball and spacing the defense out. Zehren continued to make the defense pay if they didn’t give attention to him. He made great cuts and passes all day. I was really impressed with his ability to break the press with great passes, even against larger defenders.” Hilton has been a regular at our camps and has continually gotten better upon each viewing, which should certainly have folks excited about his upside going forward.
#22: 5’10 ’23 Demarion Reynolds (East Meck)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most appealing long-term guy on the roster, Demarion Reynolds. He’s a young, well-rounded guard prospect that possesses a nice blend of IQ, size, and skill for his age. Reynolds can attack the basket, shoot from the perimeter, or work without the ball as a cutter and spot-up threat. Next in his development process is working on his ability to rebound the ball, as he has the necessary size and instincts to outwork his assignment on the glass. Coach Senyo on Reynolds: “Demarion was a great teammate all weekend and never tried to play outside of his skillset. He was super-effective on both ends of the court. He has the ability to score from all three levels. He also has a beautiful step-back jumper. I feel that Demarion could play in a lot of different systems. He takes direction very well and is very coachable. He has a great feel for the game and it looks like it just comes natural to him. He’s a very solid player for his age.” Reynolds showcased a ton of useful qualities during camp and should become a strong contributor at East Meck sooner than later.
#38: 5’11 ’21 Gavin Gillikin (West Carteret)
Moving onto a player that entered this event with a big reputation and delivered quite well, Gavin Gillikin. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect that can reliably operate from either backcourt position, given his blend of ball-handling and scoring ability. Gillikin always seemed to be in the right place at the right time, which allowed him to make a nonstop stream of plays on both ends of the floor. He boxes out with consistency and looks to make the most intelligent possible play at all times. Gillikin moves well without the ball and understands all facets of the game quite well. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it will make him a more reliable penetrator. Coach Senyo on Gillikin: “Gavin will definitely surprise everyone on the court. He is a knockdown shooter that always finds a way to put the ball in the basket. He has really good on-ball defense and is willing to put in the hustle plays to help his team. He has a knack for getting offensive rebounds and second-chance points. His shooting percentage was great and never forced his shot, but was always one of our top scorers.” Gillikin was undeniably productive during camp and will be one to monitor throughout his upcoming junior season.
#65: 6’1 ’20 Lee Langstaff (Carolina Day)
Continuing onto a player that was easily among the most impressive all-around performers in attendance, Lee Langstaff. He’s a sharp, intelligent guard prospect with the ability to reliably and effortlessly dictate the offensive action from anywhere on the floor. Langstaff is so poised with the ball in his hands and was able to overwhelm each opponent with his quickness, craftiness, and three-level scoring chops. He makes the right pass whenever possible, but also knows how to take advantage of easy scoring chances. Langstaff is smooth, but also rugged, and will dig deep on defense, force turnovers, and play above the rim at a consistent rate. Next in his development process is simply staying true to his game, as he has all the necessary ability to be a scholarship-level prospect right now. Coach Senyo on Langstaff: “Lee was the most consistent shooter I saw between both days. He can flat-out stroke the ball. He has great shooting mechanics and a quick release. Lee displayed a variety of dribble-drive moves that give him and his teammates easy scoring opportunities. He works well off the ball to create separation from his defender. He is a very confident shooter and ball-handler with plenty of moves in his arsenal. He is also very athletic and threw down multiple dunks.” Langstaff was dominant during camp and should be coveted by all types of scholarship-holding coaches within the coming months.
#68: 6’2 ’21 Camren Little (Independence)
Next, we look at a player that stood out extremely well through his all-around defensive ability, Camren Little. He’s a well-rounded guard prospect that proved to be a reliable cutter and penetrator throughout camp. Little played with a phenomenal motor, consistently utilized his size, and simply created havoc on both ends with his nonstop energy level. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his ability as a rebounder, as he has all the tools to make contributions on both ends. Coach Senyo on Little: “Camren was my defensive stopper. He flat-out got after it on both ends of the floor. He is really solid in all aspects of his game. He can get to the rim with ease and has a very nice jumper. He doesn’t force anything and takes quality shots. Camren is definitely a player-coach and does everything possible to help his team win. He has all the tools to have a breakout season this year.” Little proved to be a true team-first guy throughout his time at camp and should easily become a quality contributor at Independence during the upcoming season.
#94: 6’4 ’20 Jayden Beloti (Apex Friendship)
Moving onto a player that was a consistent two-way leader and matchup problem during camp, Jayden Beloti. He’s a strong-bodied wing/forward prospect that has the all-around ability to control a game on both ends of the floor. Beloti is smart, patient, and understands how to make plays for himself and others with relative ease. He’s great at getting downhill and applying pressure towards the rim, both as a scorer and playmaker. Next in his development process is working on the consistency of his three-point shot, as it would make him basically unstoppable on offense. Coach Senyo on Beloti: “Jayden is extremely talented on the offensive side of the court. He gets to the basket with ease and has an array of dribble-drive moves that leaves his defender in the dust. He had plenty of highlight-reel dunks. He also has a great first step and spin move. Jayden’s jumper is solid with good mechanics. He excels at fast-break opportunities with great quickness and speed. His use of changing speeds makes him special.” Beloti was easily one of the more impressive performers from camp, which should have college coaches buzzing for the next calendar year.
#97: 6’4 ’20 Nathan Chambers (Hough)
Finishing up, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the best teammate from this roster, Nathan Chambers. He’s a slightly undersized forward/post prospect that understands how to properly approach the game and apply his blue-collar tendencies on both ends of the floor. Chambers does a little bit of everything, from handling the ball to making plays for others, but continually stood out for his motor and two-way rebounding. He possesses great footwork down low and finishes a majority of his attempts around the basket. Next in his development process is working to become a better shooter off the bounce, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Senyo on Chambers: “Nathan affects the game in every aspect. I was really impressed with his penetration ability and his downhill approach to finish at the basket. He had a couple highlight dunks that made the crowd and teammates go crazy. He has the ability to get plenty of second-chance points and throws great outlet passes to get the fast-break started off of good defensive rebounds. Nathan sets good screens and moves well without the ball.” Chambers has all the tools and ability necessary to help out a program at the next level, so it’ll be interesting to see his recruitment going forward.