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Coach: Drew Bombick
#0: 5’2 ’25 Tyler Daughtridge (Archdale)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impact despite being the youngest and smallest prospect on this team, Tyler Daughtridge. He’s a young, high-motor guard prospect with a reliable spot-up presence from beyond the arc. Daughtride moves well without the ball and proved to be a solid defender against opponents of his age group. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to become a better finisher around the basket. Coach Bombick on Daughtridge: “Tyler is a really solid shooter with quickness. He’s slightly undersized but displays a great attitude and unselfishness as a teammate. Tyler is very coachable with lots of heart, energy, and toughness for a kid of his size. He can continue to work on getting stronger and being able to handle the ball under pressure.” Daughtridge did a lot of things well during camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on throughout his continued progression.
#1: 5’11 ’24 Chase Daniel (Locust)
Next, we look at a player that was easily among the more consistent and reliable young performers on display, Chase Daniel. He’s a smart, tough, well-rounded guard prospect with vision, defensive prowess, and three-level scoring ability. Daniel did a little bit of everything and highlighted no real weaknesses within his skillset. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him an even better defender. Coach Bombick on Daniel: “Chase is a special player. He’s a blur in transition, pushes the ball, and consistently makes the right read/decision. He has awesome court vision and awareness. Chase is a great teammate with a positive attitude and proved to be extremely coachable. He was a pleasure to coach. Chase is lightning-quick guard that can lead your team and make plays with ease. He’s super-efficient with constant energy throughout the duration of a game.” Daniel was undeniably impressive at camp and will be a prospect to monitor closely going forward.
#2: 5’11 ’21 Matthew McKinney (Gainesville)
Moving onto a player that provided his team with a fairly reliable shooting threat and well-rounded skillset, Matthew McKinney. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with cutting instincts and craftiness as a ball-handler. McKinney can initiate the offense or work without the ball, which allows him to mesh well with any group of teammates. Next in his development process is working on becoming a better penetrator, as it would complement his perimeter shooting nicely. Coach Bombick on McKinney: “Matthew is a solid shooter from beyond the arc. He can get hot and understands how to consistently play hard. Matthew hustles and never gives up on a play, making him pretty easy to coach. He has a great attitude and coachability. Matthew is a great teammate and proved to be a very fundamentally sound player. He steps up versus tougher competition and playing up.” McKinney highlighted a lot of useful tools during camp and should have a fairly productive senior campaign during the upcoming season.
#3: 6’0 ’24 Connor Tolley (Marion)
Continuing onto a player that offered an unselfish, solid three-point shooting presence, Connor Tolley. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with a solid motor and the ability to make plays without the ball in his hands. Tolley moves well without the ball and displayed the necessary vision to make the extra pass whenever available. Next in his development process is working on improving his ball-handling abilities, as it would strengthen his creation skills and penetration ability. Coach Bombick on Tolley: “Connor is very coachable and displayed the ability to shoot a set shot with consistency. He’s a team-first guy with a great attitude. Connor is still just beginning to harness his tools on either side of the ball and genuinely wants to get better. He needs to continue working to develop his overall identity and emphasis his solid three-point shooting.” Tolley battled during his time at camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on with continued work.
#4: 6’0 ’21 Jack Carter (Denver)
Next, we look at a player that offers a phenomenal blend between playmaking and three-level scoring, Jack Carter. He’s a smart, strong-bodied floor general with vision and a willingness to create for others whenever possible. However, Carter is also a knockdown shooter from midrange or beyond the arc and can regularly breakdown the opposition with his jumper. He handles the ball well and knows how to run a team with poise. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even better penetrating threat. Coach Bonbick on Carter: “Jack is a lights-out three-point shooter! He was the best shooter on the team and was very efficient throughout the day. Jack probably shot 65-70% from distance and never forces it. He’s a team-first guy that was very coachable and maintained a great attitude. He offers great hustle, solid defense, and is simply a tough-nosed player.” Carter continues to showcase his ability to produce alongside any collection of teammates and should start attracting more coaches going into the upcoming season.
#5: 6’1 ’23 Alex Gruber (Mooresville)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to make his presence felt while consistently affect all facets game, Alex Gruber. He’s a smart, all-around guard prospect with a high motor and adaptable skillset. Gruber can reliably pass, shoot, defend, and rebound, which allows him to naturally find ways to make an impact without necessarily needing the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him an even better finisher through contact. Coach Bombick on Gruber: “Alex is very well-rounded and stands out as solid in most areas of his game. He’s really coachable with a great attitude. Alex is a good teammate that just does everything well. He displays a high IQ and is simply a kid you want on your team! Alex provides lots of hustle, heart, and plays the right way. He’s a game-changing presence.” Gruber continues to improve with each viewing and should be a major contributor for Lake Norman during the upcoming season.
#6: 6’1 ’22 Neeko Taylor (Greenville)
Continuing onto a player with a smooth, well-rounded skillset and approach to the game, Neeko Taylor. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with quality creation instincts and the ability to score efficiently from all three levels. Taylor can run a team or operate as an off-guard, proving to be equally effective in both situations. Next in his development process is working to improve his rebounding presence, as it would allow him to immediately push the break in transition more regularly. Coach Bombick on Taylor: “Neeko is such a fun player to coach. He’s a great shooter from all over the court with accuracy. Neeko possesses an awesome IQ with court vision and the ability to hound opponents on defense. He was a gamer and team leader all weekend but also has so much upside remaining. Neeko provides the heart and coachability that you want leading your team. I love his game!” Taylor continues to quietly make his case as a noteworthy prospect and someone that college coaches should be monitoring prior to his breakout at Farmville Central.
#7: 6’3 ’24 Zion Collins (Durham)
Next, we look at a player that was certainly among the top young prospects on display, Zion Collins. He’s a smart, tough, well-rounded guard prospect with an advanced frame and a variety of favorable physical tools. Collins offers a terrific blend of size, skill, and athleticism—especially for his age and position. He defends well, creates with ease, and his overall skillset has no real weaknesses. Next in his development process is continuing to work on consistently asserting himself within the offensive action, as he has the tools to truly dominate a game. Coach Bombick on Collins: “Zion is a polished kid with a boatload of confidence and swagger! He plays very hard on both ends of the floor. He’s super-talented and physically gifted. Zion wants to compete and prove himself with the older guys. He’s already a team leader with huge upside remaining.” Collins highlighted a strong foundation throughout camp and should continue to solidify himself as one of the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2024 for the foreseeable future.
#8: 6’3 ’23 Alex Bates (Matthews)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most consistent, reliable performer on this team, Alex Bates. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with sneaky athleticism and a well-rounded skillset. Bates is an excellent perimeter shooter with toughness and the ability to operate effectively off the bounce. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll only make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Bombick on Bates: “I absolutely love this kid’s game! I wish I had five Alex Bates any time I coached. He’s a younger player who never showed it. Alex was the glue-guy for our team with plenty of basketball IQ, great energy, and heart. He is a team leader on defense and proved to be a great shot-blocker for his size. Alex displays incredible court vision when leading the break and makes the right play at the right time with unwavering consistency. Huge upside for Alex.” Bates certainly stood out with his play during camp and should have a very productive upcoming season for Weddington.
#9: 6’8 ’21 Saiquone Harris (Raleigh)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was easily among the most talented prospects in attendance, Saiquone Harris. He’s a long, skilled, athletic wing/forward prospect with IQ and incredible offensive versatility. Harris regularly showcases his abilities as a creator and three-level scorer. He’s excellent at getting downhill and finishing above the rim, but can also set up others or find scoring opportunities without requiring the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to establish the defensive tone as a leader, as it would make him even more appealing to next-level programs. Coach Bombick on Harris: “Saiquone has immense talent and ability. He regularly dominates games but is incredibly special when hustling and communicating on defense, as it leaves nothing to be desired. I hope to see him embrace the leadership role on his teams moving ahead, as he has the ability and high upside to carry a team. Saiquone is physically dominant with a mature body and scores at the rim whenever he chooses. He settled for three-pointers at times, but can make them in bunches when he gets hot.” Harris showcased a ton of ability during camp and could be poised for a breakout upcoming season with Word of God.