Coach: Mark Hughes
#8: 5’6 ’23 Travelle Bryson (Langtree Charter Academy)
Starting things off, we look at a player that competed well against bigger/older opponents, Travelle Bryson. He’s a young, slightly undersized guard prospect that handles and passes the ball well. Bryson is a well-rounded floor general against his own age group, but stood out at camp with his ability to shoot the ball, especially as a spot-up threat. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier passer, as it’ll make him a more dynamic threat from the guard position. Coach Hughes on Bryson: “Travelle has good range and touch for his age. He makes the right plays by using and taking advantage of his skillset. He comes off screens well. Travelle has a willingness to learn the game from advanced players like Josh Hall. He has high upside and is very coachable. He’s a very tough kid that likes to defend and box out effectively.” Bryson showcased a pretty nice foundation during camp and should become a quality contributor at the high school level.
#26: 5’10 ’20 Kalib Baker (Mallard Creek)
Next, we look at a player that offered his team with a fairly well-rounded skillset during camp, Kalib Baker. He’s a long, two-way guard prospect that does a nice job of impacting the game on both ends of the floor without forcing the action. Baker is a capable shooter, but prefers to utilize his ball-handling ability to attack the basket and finish through contact. Next in his development process is working to get more involved as a rebounder, as he has the necessary tools to make a stronger impact on the glass. Coach Hughes on Baker: “Kalib is a shifty ball-handler with the skillset to finish at the rim over taller defenders. He changes speeds effectively and possesses a super-quick first step. Kalib can catch and shoot well with a well-rounded understanding of defensive principles. He gets to the bucket at will. Kalib is a high-volume shooter and excellent slasher with the ability to find teammates in transition. He has high upside and was a very coachable young man.” Baker did a little bit of everything and proved to be a useful piece throughout camp, which should translate to the upcoming high school season.
#45: 5’11 ’21 Glenwood Robinson (Mooresville)
Moving onto a player that arguably stood out as the top defensive threat on this team, Glenwood Robinson. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect with a quality motor and team-first approach on both sides of the ball. Robinson is fairly quick and enters the paint at a consistent rate, where he’s always looking to set up his teammates. He works very hard on defense and understands how to disrupt his opponent with regularity. Next in his development process is working to tighten up his shooting mechanics, as it would likely make him a more consistent perimeter shooter. Coach Hughes on Robinson: “Glenwood is a pass-first point guard that keeps his teammates involved, passes the ball to teammates in scoring positions, and is tremendous at attacking downhill. He’s a scrappy defender with high defensive IQ. He’s very coachable and possesses an extremely high motor on both sides of the ball. He looks to defend the best player on the opposing team. Glenwood has great elevation on his jumper and shoots the midrange well. He also effectively executes out of timeouts.” Robinson enjoyed an excellent showing at camp and should emerge as a strong contributor during the upcoming season.
#52: 6’0 ’21 Malachi Williams (Goose Creek)
Continuing onto a player that offered his team with an intriguing two-way presence during camp, Malachi Williams. He’s a quick, wiry guard prospect that plays with energy and has a pretty useful offensive identity. Williams worked well as a penetrator and spot-up threat, which allowed him to actively toggle between either backcourt position whenever necessary. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Hughes on Williams: “Malachi is a combo-guard that can play on and off the ball. He shoots it well and is a smart, crafty ball-handler. He’s a strong defender with quick hands and feet. Malachi has the ability to create for himself and others. He can take over a game by defending and getting out in transition. He utilizes his speed and strong shoulders to get to his spots. Malachi is a very scrappy individual that rebounds well for his position.” Williams definitely has some useful skills and could become a nice piece for Goose Creek, especially if he continues to work.
#74: 6’2 ’20 Jalen Robinson (Andrew Jackson)
Next, we look at a player that showcased one of the most reliable midrange games from camp, Jalen Robinson. He’s a long guard prospect excellent spot-up instincts and the ability to work well without the ball. Robinson plays within himself, doesn’t force the action on offense, and proved to be a solid all-around defender. He’s also able to put the ball on the floor and score off the dribble whenever necessary. Next in his development process is working to tighten his handle, as it’ll make him more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Hughes on Robinson: “Jalen is a great catch-and-shoot guy. He can take escape dribble to get open for midrange attempts. He has solid footwork and gives maximum effort on both sides of the ball. He has a high IQ. Jalen shoots the ball, maintains shot form, and can hit open or contested shots. He’s a great, unselfish teammate that keeps the overall team concept in mind.” Robinson offered a nice two-way presence during camp and should be among the more productive players for Andrew Jackson this season.
#102: 6’4 ’20 Kendrick Robinson (Trinity Episcopal)
Moving onto a player that made an incredibly lasting impression with his motor and athleticism, Kendrick Robinson. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect that has the ability to physically impose his will on every possession. Robinson attacks the basket well and is capable of finishing well above the rim, regardless of contact or defensive pressure. He moves pretty well without the ball to secure scoring opportunities as a cutter. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter jumper, as it would complement his penetration sense nicely. Coach Hughes on Robinson: “Kendrick is a strong guard that attacks the rim well. He needs to work on going left. He’s a solid defender that moves well on that end of the floor. He has a quick first step and the ability to finish through contact. Kendrick needs to work on his shot form, but is very unselfish and can pass the ball well. He finds teammates in transition and doesn’t hold onto the ball while in the half-court. He moves well without the ball and attacks the glass on the offensive side of the ball.” Robinson was one of the most impactful two-way players on his camp team and should have a strong upcoming season for Trinity Episcopal.
#114: 6’7 ’21 Elijah Ormiston (Cannon)
Continuing onto a player that quietly stood out as one of the breakout performers from camp, Elijah Ormiston. He’s a long-bodied big man that impacts the game in a variety of ways with his complementary, fairly well-rounded skillset. Ormiston typically operated and scored around the basket, but also showed the ability to step out and knock down perimeter jumpers at a quality rate. He’s a solid two-way rebounder that moves quite well for his size to find open space and position himself on defense. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it’ll allow him to take slower opponents off the dribble from the perimeter. Coach Hughes on Ormiston: “Elijah moves well without the ball to find open space on the court. He rebounds the ball and runs transition lanes well. He needs to work on lateral movement. He follows his misses well and has a great sense as to where his misses will go on the offensive side of the ball. He’s a good help defender but needs to work on his on-ball defense.” Ormiston had some really strong moments throughout camp and should be able to carve out a useful role this season at Cannon.
#115: 6’9 ’20 Josh Hall (Moravian Prep)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was easily the most talented prospect in the gym, Josh Hall. He’s a long, athletic, silky-smooth wing prospect that was simply dominant on both ends of the floor. Hall is known for his unstoppable three-point shooting, but really showcased his ability to attack the basket during camp. He looked to make plays for others whenever possible and caused a ton of havoc with his length on defense. Hall blocked a ton of shots and pushed the break in transition with regularity. Next in his development process is simply continuing to add strength in order to physically mature for the next level and beyond. Coach Hughes on Hall: “Josh is a superb basketball player in all facets of the game. I was even more impressed with his leadership ability. All camp long, he communicated instructions to teammates, led by example through competing, and assisted with players improving their game. Josh is unselfish, has high IQ, and is easily the best prospect in the gym.” Hall is a special type of talent that will only continue trending upward throughout the next calendar year, especially as he starts receiving draft considerations.