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Coach: Dre Simmons
#0: 5’5 ’25 Aiden Martin (Greensboro)
Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, Aiden Martin. He’s a smart guard prospect that displays toughness, unselfishness, and a well-rounded skillset. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher through traffic. Coach Dre on Martin: “Aiden was the youngest guy on my team and really impressed me coming in as a 2025 kid. This young man has tremendous upside. To be playing on a team full of high school kids, he had great poise and was very comfortable out there. He can play the point or off the ball and has a nice stroke out to three-point range. I was also very pleased with his ability to be a playmaker and set up his teammates for open opportunities. He was very coachable and gelled very well with his teammates. Being undersized at this camp, I really like the effort he put forth on defense, as had quite a few steals for open layups and applied solid on-ball pressure throughout camp. Bottom line is Mr. Aiden Martin has a bright future, and it will not surprise me when his name is ringing bells in the next few years.” Martin enjoyed a strong showing at camp and will be one to watch going forward.
#1: 5’10 ’24 Dylan Evans (North Augusta)
Next, we look at a player that offered toughness and a no-nonsense mentality on the court, Dylan Evans. He’s an unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with great downhill ability and defensive prowess. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Dre on Evans: “I really like what Dylan brought to the table. Gritty yet smooth, this young man has great balance to his game. When you need a lockdown, clamp-type defender, he is up for the challenge. Offensively, he can mix it up with some shifty moves to the rack and displays a formidable midrange game. At times, he even let the three-pointer fly with success. I also like the fact that he rebounds the ball very well at his size and knows how to use his body to box out opponents. He is naturally tough and will give you everything he has. He seemed a bit hobbled one game, but played through it with no excuses! Iced up and was a straight-up man. He has a very good feel for the game and can be used in multiple facets on a basketball court.” Evans did a lot of things well during camp and should be poised for a quality freshman season.
#2: 5’10 ’21 Kyjuan Thomas (Knightdale)
Moving onto a player that provided his team with a steady, balanced two-way approach, Kyjuan Thomas. He’s a big, strong-bodied guard prospect with toughness and great downhill abilities. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more consistent finisher around the basket. Coach Dre on Thomas: “Kyjuan is solid! Literally solid! This young man is built like a full-back, which makes defenders bounce off of him like he is providing a stiff-arm whenever attacking the basket. This kid can hoop. He is surprisingly quick for his size and has a quick first step from the triple threat. He is a work horse on offense and defense. He harasses the ball and is great in being aware in help defense situations. I was truly impressed with his performance. He has nice touch on his shot and moves pretty well without the ball. I put my money on him going to the rack 9 out of 10 times. He also has a nice stroke from three-point range and is a great teammate.” Thomas made his presence felt throughout the day and could be poised for a productive upcoming senior campaign.
#3: 6’0 ’21 Darrayl Carrington (Fort Mill)
Continuing onto a player with a pretty reliable, unselfish presence throughout his time at camp, Darrayl Carrington. He’s a wiry guard prospect with a high motor and the ability to score with efficiency from inside the arc. Carrington also proved capable of operating with or without the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to improve his footwork, as it would make him a more reliable shot-creator. Coach Dre on Carrington: “Darrayl was very active throughout camp. I noticed very early that he moved well without the ball and was able to get to open areas on the court. He finished very well at the cup and could beat you off the bounce if you pressed up. He maintained a positive attitude and showed a willingness to work with others on both sides of the ball.” Carrington made numerous plays during camp and could carve out a nice role during the upcoming season for Fort Mill.
#4: 6’0 ’23 Mychael Mitchell (Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player that was simply oozing with IQ, poise, and confidence, Mychael Mitchell. He’s a wiry, well-rounded guard prospect that understands how to naturally affect all facets of the game. Next in his development process is simply working to get stronger, as it’ll only make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Dre on Mitchell: “This young man is a stud! I trust my eye test and I believe that he is without a doubt a next-level talent. Flat-out, without a doubt baller. Mychael is a playmaker and game-changing floor general. The space I am provided to evaluate will do no justice. Where shall I begin? When the light switch clicked with a little coaching, he realized no one could stay in front of him. He put whoever stepped up on skates. He is so crafty with the ball and can finish in so many ways. His ability to score from the point guard position is such a luxury because he’s also such a willing passer and very unselfish. He just makes the right play, whether for himself or others. I imagine he was flirting with double-doubles in points and assists in multiple games. As a point guard, I was very pleased with his ability to receiving coaching without having the luxury of timeouts. I could shoot instructions at him and he put it to action on the fly. He also shoots the three-pointer very great confidence and I believe he can play either guard position. As a quarterback for our team, he helped us have much success.” Mitchell was easily one of the most impressive guards on display and will be one to watch closely going forward.
#5: 6’0 ’21 Jaylen Lee (Durham)
Moving onto a player that really stood out as the main glue-guy for this team during camp, Jaylen Lee. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing prospect with toughness, creation skills, and the ability to cause matchup problems with his blend of size and skill. Next in his development process is adding some moves with his back to the basket, as it would allow him to exploit more mismatches against smaller guards. Coach Dre on Lee: “Jaylen was the type of glue-guy you need on a team. He is that Swiss-Army knife type of player. He doesn’t have to score the ball to have a great impact on the game but can drop 15-20 on you any given night. What I loved most about his game was his lockdown defense. He had several fast-break points off of turnovers and set the tone on defense a lot for our team. He is one of those guys who, at his size, can guard a lot of different positions on the court and is great at pick-and-roll defense. Offensively, this young man has a lot to offer. He can knock down the three-pointer pretty regularly and has a good-looking form. He can finish at the rack with either hand and makes great decisions when the defense collapses. He was very coachable, received instruction, and was a “yes sir” type of guy. Please don’t sleep on this guy.” Lee continues to showcase a fairly complete arsenal at camp and should be able to attract college opportunities over the next calendar year.
#6: 6’1 ’22 Jake Chisholm (Chapel Hill)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a fairly consistent, well-rounded skillset and approach, Jake Chisholm. He’s a quick, heady guard prospect with a quality jumper and the ability to effectively run a team. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would give him a more productive rebounding presence. Coach Dre on Chisholm: “Jake is a very intriguing player. I think that he is going to have a light-bulb moment and realize that he has the potential to dominate games on both ends of the floor. My guy can play the 1 or 2 and he makes great decisions with the ball in his hands. He is a guy that takes a tremendous amount of pride in his defense and created several turnovers for our squad and always brought the intensity. On the ball or off the ball, he has great footwork and quickness to chase down his assignment and create havoc. On the other end, the kid can fill it up. He has such a smooth stroke and can score on all three levels. I really like his ability to adjust attacking the rack and finish in all types of ways. He has some sneaky handles and might catch you slipping if you are lacking on defense. If you move him to the point guard position, he can might the right reads and run an offense. I believe Jack could be a leader of a team or a great role player. I know for 100% fact that he will do whatever his coach needs. Team player and very coachable.” Chisholm added a very useful presence throughout camp and should have ample opportunity to produce during the upcoming season.
#7: 6’3 ’23 Drew Wilcox (Boone)
Next, we look at a player that was able to make an abundance of plays within the flow of the team, Drew Wilcox. He’s an unselfish, high-motor wing/forward prospect that excels at finding opportunities as a cutter and off-ball threat. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a craftier finisher around the basket. Coach Dre on Wilcox: “I really like Drew a lot! He is just a team-first guy. He has a high motor and gives 110% on every possession. Throughout camp, he showed a willingness and capability to shoot the three-pointer at times and moved very well without the ball. I was also pleased with the fact that he always crashed the glass and gave our team several second-chance opportunities. I also liked the fact that, no matter what, he plays hard and will leave it on the floor every game. Drew also might surprise you and punch one on the defense. He has some hops for real. I also think Drew at the 4 is a great option for pick-and-pop. He was receptive to instruction and was very coachable.” Wilcox consistently found a way to make an impact and should have a productive sophomore season at Watauga.
#8: 6’6 ’23 Julius Harrison (High Point)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to affect all facets of the game in every possible setting, Julius Harrison. He’s a strong, versatile, very well-rounded wing/forward with an extremely adaptable two-way presence. Next in his development process is working on maximizing his three-point shooting rather than settling for it, as he’s improved but still nearly unstoppable at getting downhill. Coach Dre on Harrison: “Julius has the potential to dominate a game. He has great size and his handles are solid enough to rebound and go coast-to-coast. I witnessed him do this several times. He puts the opposing big man in bad spots and gives them a hard time staying in front of him. He has a body like a grown man and I believe that he has room to grow. I also like the fact that he gets above the rim and attacks the hoop with fierce aggression. Defensively, he can guard multiple positions and creates havoc in the passing lanes. He also showed great touch on his midrange and three-point stroke, and was just dominant at times. I encourage him to have his way because, to me, I didn’t see many kids that could stop him from getting to his spots. Great teammate and very coachable with a bright future.” Harrison continues to take noticeable steps within his progression and could be due for a breakout upcoming season.
#9: 6’7 ’21 Kanayo Nwosu (Raleigh)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was easily one of the most overwhelming and physically imposing performers on display, Kanayo Nwosu. He’s a big, strong, explosive forward prospect with incredible length, motor, and the ability to make a lasting impression without requiring offensive touches. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his ball-handling ability, as it would make him an absolute matchup problem. Coach Dre on Nwosu: “Kanayo is an absolute problem. This young man is super-athletic and will put it on your head at any given moment. He can score from all three levels and has such a good touch on his shot. He has a good handle that can blow by most big men of his size, which often turns into a highlight in the making. He is a great teammate and he passes very well for his size. He was our clear vocal leader throughout camp and I admire his leadership above all else. Right after our second game, he took my clipboard and started drawing up plays and showing his teammates a defense that I wanted them to know. Throughout camp, this young man lived above the rim and had at least 20-30 highlight-caliber dunks. In fact, several on-your-head offensive putbacks. Coaches, please don’t miss this guy. He is an amazing player that can dominate games and just a great overall person and leader. He can help any program and be a reflection of his coach. Very high ceiling.” Nwosu continues to solidify himself as an obvious next-level prospect and should have a variety of coaches vying for his services going forward.