Coach: Rodney Trotman
#5: 5’4 ’23 Jordan Mike (Carmel Christian)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a pretty useful array of skills during camp, Jordan Mike. He’s a young, wiry point guard prospect that does everything at a pretty solid rate. Mike can handle the ball, create for himself or others, or operate as an off-ball threat through cutting and spot-up shooting. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Trotman on Mike: “Jordan can get to the basket when he wants; he penetrates and dishes the ball well. His on-ball defense is intense and he rebounds well for his size. He is a go-getter that isn’t afraid of contact. He’s a coach on the floor and always puts his teammates in position to score. When this kid’s game grows and he’s on the floor, you won’t have to worry about any mistakes. He handles the ball well and has a bright future!!” Mike is just a rising freshman, but has the foundation to be a very successful player, especially if he continues to work.
#29: 5’10 ’23 Avery Allred (Cornerstone Charter)
Next, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term upside, Avery Allred. He’s a young guard prospect with nice size, shooting ability, and a quality penetration sense. Allred moves well without the ball for spot-up opportunities and knows how to get to his spots in transition. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even better defender at the point of attack. Coach Trotman on Allred: “This young man is on the rise. His willingness to do all the little things and not let his size matter was huge. He gets after it on defense and gets on the floor for those 50/50 balls. He’s a coach’s dream. You can’t leave him open, because he is capable of knocking down the shot. This young man is very gritty and gives 100% each time out on the floor. Whoever gets this young man will get a gem.” Allred checks a lot of boxes, especially for his age, and could be one to keep an eye on going forward.
#40: 5’11 ’20 KJ Allen (Reidsville)
Moving onto a player that showcased a well-rounded skillset and identity on both ends of the floor, KJ Allen. He’s a guard prospect with ball-handling and shooting capabilities from the perimeter. Allen made smart decisions as a playmaker and moved well without the ball as a cutter. He operated well within the team concept but forced the opposition to respect him from beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more reliable finisher at the basket. Coach Trotman on Allen: “KJ is a guard that knows how to play and get to his spots. He moves well without the ball and it’s over once he gets past his defender. KJ has a quick release and can shoot from anywhere. He talks on defense and gets his teammates involved. He doesn’t have a flashy game but he knows how to get buckets. KJ is very coachable and will make a team better. The kid can play.” Allen should emerge as a nice contributor for Reidsville this season, given the way he performed at camp.
#62: 6’1 ’20 Axel Holm (Lincoln Charter)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as one of the main two-way leaders of his camp team, Axel Holm. He’s a well-rounded guard prospect that did a strong amount of everything over the weekend. Holm has still maintained his excellent shooting ability, but showcased an expanded skillset with the ability to run a team and get everyone involved while containing his defensive assignment. He’s smart and understands how to make his presence consistently felt with or without the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him an even better playmaker. Coach Trotman on Holm: “This kid can flat-out shoot the peel off the ball. He is the epitome of a team-player and will do whatever it takes to win games. He has unlimited range and moves without the ball at all times. He plays great full-court defense and has the vision to get steals and create for his teammates. Axel’s game is smooth and he listens to detail well. Be on the lookout for this kid.” Holm has only trended upward during the last few years, and that looks likely to continue based on his showing at camp.
#71: 6’2 ’20 Chaundre Bratcher (New Garden Friends)
Next, we look at a player that didn’t require offensive touches to make a lasting impact at camp, Chaundre Bratcher. He’s a long, athletic wing prospect that continually stood out in transition, where he could always be found making a play or finishing at the basket. Bratcher moves extremely well without the ball and forces the opposition to respect him as a cutter at all times. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Trotman on Bratcher: “Chaundre is very explosive and very quick. He communicates well with the team and always talks on the court. His on-ball defense is solid and he can defend multiple positions. He shoots the ball with confidence and can get to the basket. You can expect six to seven rebounds per game, as he knows how to box out his opponents. He moves without the ball well. This kid can play.” Bratcher was a reliable teammate during camp and should be a focal point for New Garden Friends during the upcoming season.
#92: 6’4 ’21 Alex Massey (Cedar Ridge)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to be productive on both ends of the floor, Alex Massey. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect that plays with energy and utilizes his length nicely on defense. Massey is capable of posting-up, spotting-up, attacking from the wing, or finding scoring opportunities through off-ball cutting. He’s a pretty disruptive defender, especially given his lack of true strength, and rebounds well on both sides of the ball. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would allow him to be a more physical two-way player. Coach Trotman on Massey: “Alex is a very lanky player that slashes and cuts effectively. He can knock down the midrange shot and get to the basket at will. He rebounds the ball well and can bring the ball up the court. His defense is solid and he rebounds well. His future is a great one.” Massey still has clear upside remaining, but already understands how to impact the game within the team concept, which is certainly a positive sign for his continued growth.
#95: 6’4 ’19 Jeremiah Rawles (Cedar Ridge)
Continuing onto a player that showed a strong willingness to do the dirty work throughout camp, Jeremiah Rawles. He’s a physical, athletic forward/post prospect that stood out consistently from his poise and ferocity on defense. Rawles was able to outwork his assignment in a variety of different ways, including as a rebounder and transition player. Next in his development process is working on his ability to handle the ball, as it would make him a more useful offensive threat. Coach Trotman on Rawles: “This kid can fly and is very explosive. Put in the right coaches hands, they will have a great kid. His on-ball defense is crazy and he will lock his assignment down. He moves very well on the court and is not afraid of contact. You can depend on him to get you eight rebounds and two steals each time out, as he has a knack for that. Keep your eyes open for his rise, I guarantee you will see him in the future.” Rawles enjoyed a pretty solid showing at camp and could be an excellent late addition for the right program.
#99: 6’4 ’21 Yaturi Bolton (Goose Creek)
Finishing up, we look at a player that college coaches should start buying stock in immediately, Yaturi Bolton. He’s a smart, strong, athletic wing prospect with a ton of appealing qualities. Bolton handles the ball, attacks the basket, finishes through contact, and proved to be a pretty reliable perimeter shooter. That being said, his abilities in transition and on defense is what sets him apart from similar prospects, as he shows regular flashes of utter dominance. Next in his development process is working to tighten up his shot mechanics, as it would improve his already useful shot consistency. Coach Trotman on Bolton: “This kid is a dog on the court. He’s every coach’s dream. He plays hard on both ends of the floor and gets after his man. He is explosive at getting to the basket and will dunk on you. He can play all five positions and takes pride in it. He is the one player that can get the team to buy-in on defense, and is capable of leading the break. He is the ultimate teammate that gets everyone involved. This kid is the goods, point blank.” Bolton was among the most impressive performers from his camp team and should be a focal point this season for Goose Creek.