Coach: Daymond Lindell
#3: 4’9 ’26 George Daniels (Raleigh)
Starting things off, we look at a player that contributed quite nicely despite his lack of true size, George Daniels. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect that already displays a quality feel for the game on both ends of the floor. Daniels drove the ball, knocked down open shots, and showed the ability to find success from either guard position. He also defended well, especially for his size, and made smart decisions in the open floor. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would help his rebounding and overall physicality. Coach Lindell on Daniels: “George has a good understanding of the game of basketball. Moreover, he knows his strengths and weaknesses and plays well to his strengths. George has a nice midrange game and is a willing passer. He can see the floor well and leads by example. George is very coachable.” Daniels enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could be a prospect to monitor going forward, especially if he continues to work.
#9: 4’11 ’26 Nylan Rush (Wake Forest)
Next, we look at a player that currently possesses a strong crossroads between production and long-term upside, Nylan Rush. He’s a long, young guard prospect with a fairly well-rounded skillset and unselfish, team-first approach. Rush handles the ball, makes smart passes, and is capable of scoring in a variety of different ways. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll make him an even better defender. Coach Lindell on Rush: “Nylan has tremendous upside in that he totally understands the game of basketball and he can affect change through his ability to push the tempo. Nylan’s ability to penetrate is his strength. Knowing when to pull-up from midrange or beyond the arc is his challenge. He’s a team leader with the ball and very vocal on defense. Once his body catches up with his mindset, he’ll be complete.” Rush already does a lot of things well and could become a very nice player with continued progression.
#11: 4’11 ’25 Jalen Mills (Hope Mills)
Moving onto a player that was able to impact the game in a variety of different ways with his team-first approach, Jalen Mills. He’s a smart guard prospect that knows how to find success with or without the ball in his hands. Mills plays with infectious energy and does a nice job of communicating with his teammates. Next in his development process is working on his ball security when looking to create for others, as it would make him even better at running the offense. Coach Lindell on Mills: “Jalen is a good athlete with an exceptional knowledge of the game of basketball. He’s a good team player that is unselfish on both ends of the floor. He’s a very willing passer that sees the floor well, hustles for 94 feet, and is a good on and off-ball defender. Jalen is very coachable but can continue to work on his jumper and finishing strong on offense.” Mills has a great foundation and should be able to continue steadily developing over these next few years.
#21: 5’2 ’25 Drew Johnson (Durham)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably the craftiest, most polished performer in attendance, Drew Johnson. He’s an incredibly smart, skilled point guard prospect with high-level playmaking abilities and a strong three-level scoring sense. Johnson is deceptively quick, especially on defense, and has no issue forcing one turnover after another. He’s uncontainable off the bounce and understands how to lead by example. Next in his development process is working on his ability to finish with his off-hand, as it would make him an even tougher assignment for opposing guards. Coach Lindell on Johnson: “Drew has unlimited athletic ability and is a very smooth ball-handler that can penetrate well with either hand. His floater-game is a strength and midrange to three-point jumper is decent but will need developing. Leadership skills on high in that he knows how to get teammates involved on both ends of the floor by example. He has a good motor with the ball and can turn it up on defense.” Johnson was undeniably impressive during camp and secured the Mr. Playmaker award with relative ease, certainly making him one to keep an eye on going forward.
#25: 5’5 ’24 Christian Coles (Goldsboro)
Next, we look at a player with an extremely intriguing array of skills, especially for his size, Christian Coles. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect with pretty nice two-way versatility for his position. Coles can handle the ball, create off the bounce, and utilizes his body quite well to make an impact inside the paint on both ends of the floor—especially as a rebounder. Next in his development process is working to establish more post moves, as it would allow him to take advantage of smaller opponents around the basket. Coach Lindell on Coles: “Christian is a super-competitor and a fighter with a never-quit attitude, which makes him a coaches dream as a player and floor general. He can take you off the dribble and pull-up on his floater game. He has a nice midrange and three-point shot. He’s a good-form shooter that knows when and where to get his shot off. He’s an unselfish team-defender that rebounds his position well. Christian is seemingly always in the right place on both ends. He has great potential.” Coles enjoyed a quality showing at camp and has the necessary tools to have a very productive upcoming season.
#28: 5’8 ’24 Kai Davis (Charlotte)
Moving onto a player that stood out as one of the most destructive all-around defensive performers, Kai Davis. He’s a long, athletic, high-motor wing/forward prospect that has a game-changing defensive presence. Davis rebounds well and forces turnovers at a ridiculously high rate, both on and off-ball, which leads to easy buckets in transition. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more reliable creator for himself and others. Coach Lindell on Davis: “Kai is a great teammate that is unselfish on both ends of the floor. He’s willing to guard all five positions on defense and defends his position very well. Offensively, he needs work on post moves but his faceup game is really nice with midrange shot consistency. His ability to pass from the post or perimeter is nice. Kai is a true athlete with great attitude and coachability.” Davis did a ton of things well during camp and should emerge as a very useful two-way player sooner than later.
#29: 5’8 ’24 Braylon King (Wake Forest)
Continuing onto a player that arguably stood out as the most well-rounded performer from this team, Braylon King. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect that showed his ability to thrive without the ball in his hands as a cutter and spot-up threat along the perimeter. King is smart, unselfish, and understands how to make his presence felt without necessarily needing to score. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it will make him an even better finisher through traffic. Coach Lindell on King: “Braylon is a fundamentally-sound player with a nice motor. When he turns up his motor is when he becomes a consistent 94-foot player on both ends of the floor. He has nice court vision and proved to be a willing passer that will hit the open man. Once he masters post-moves and footwork, he will be a major post presence. He rebounds his position well and has a good midrange shot. Braylon should continue developing his mind and body and will have a very bright future.” King was quite effective in various different roles at camp and looked poised for a productive upcoming season.
#36: 6’2 ’24 Vincent Bertolini-Felice (Cary)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most steady, reliable two-way presence on this team, Vincent Bertolini-Felice. He’s a smart, strong-bodied power forward with a pretty useful array of inside-out skills and the ability to cause matchup problems with his strength and versatility. Bertolini-Felice showed flashes of dominance on the interior, scoring whenever he desired while gobbling up rebounds at an extremely consistent rate. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen his perimeter skills, as it’ll continue to make him a mismatch against bigger/slower opponents. Coach Lindell on Bertolini-Felice: “Vincent is a very vocal leader on the court and is willing to lead his team through his own example, like hustling on defense, pursuing rebounds, and running the floor hard from end-to-end. He has good post moves with good footwork that translates into a “can-do” player! He can step out and knock down perimeter shots. He’s an excellent post/pick-and-roll passer like Pau Gasol. He has a great attitude and is very coachable.” It’s easy to see that Bertolini-Felice was among the more dominant players in attendance, which should have folks attention throughout the upcoming season.
#40: 5’0 ’24 Jasiye Simmons (Statesville)
Finishing up, we look at a player that showcased the ability and willingness to make the hustle plays throughout camp, Jasiye Simmons. He’s a smart, high-motor guard that knows how to communicate and involve himself in the action through hustling. Simmons is able to apply pressure as a scorer and playmaker, but also does a nice job as an off-ball cutter. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it’ll allow him to play with more physicality on defense. Coach Lindell on Simmons: “Jasiye is a true team player that is willing to do whatever it takes for his team to be successful! When his body develops where his basketball IQ is now, he’s going to be a formidable basketball player. He has a nice midrange game with three-point potential. Jasiye is a nice penetrator but needs to finisher stronger at the basket. He has good court vision and is a capable passer that is very coachable and willing to do whatever it takes to be good.” It’s easy to see how Simmons comes from a basketball background, so it’ll be exciting to see his continued progression over the next few years.