Coach: Jared Grady
#26: 5’1 ’29 Andrew Crawther (Raleigh)
Starting things off, we look at a player who made a quality impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Andrew Crawther. He’s a young, unselfish point guard prospect with natural instincts for running the team and getting others involved. Crawther possesses a nice handle and sharp vision, which allows him to consistently create for himself and others off the bounce. He’s a capable shooting threat, but prefers to get downhill and touch the paint whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more useful off-ball threat. Coach Grady on Crawther: “Andrew was the youngest in the group. He has a great feel for the game from the point guard position. Shows the ability to make the right plays and see the court well for his age. He could improve his on-ball defense and finishing in the paint.” Crawther enjoyed a solid showing at camp and will definitely be a prospect to monitor throughout the years.
#31: 5’4 ’29 Jalen Webb (Youngsville)
Next, we look at a player who showcased various flashes of well-rounded ability, Jalen Webb. He’s a young, steady guard prospect with an understanding of how to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Webb is a useful shooter and penetrator, which allows him to mix it up offensively. He provides great energy defensively and looks to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his playmaking ability, as he has the necessary tools to become a reliable creator. Coach Grady on Webb: “Jalen was one of the better teammates in my group. He’s a willing passer and stood out as the most talkative communicator on defense. I would like to see him work to tighten his handle and become a better on-ball defender.” Webb found ways to make his presence felt at camp and will be a prospect to watch grow going forward.
#35: 5’6 ’28 Rashawn Quinzy Jr. (Fayetteville)
Moving onto a player who is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Rashawn Quinzy Jr. He’s a young, scrappy guard prospect who provides an active, coachable presence on both ends of the floor. Quinzy battled as a defender and rebounder, and looked to seize offensive opportunities whenever possible. He ran the floor well in transition and made hustle plays at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handling ability and sharpening his general feel for the game, as it would make allow him to make strides as a player. Coach Grady on Quinzy: “Kashawn had a great attitude and was willing to be coached. He needs to continue working on the fundamentals in order to reach his ceiling.” Quinzy highlighted some enticing flashes at camp and will be one to monitor over the coming years.
#54: 5’10 ’28 Paul Cauthen Jr. (Statesville)
Continuing onto a player who easily stood out as one of the most impressive performers in either age division, Paul Cauthen Jr. He’s a smart, dynamic, polished guard prospect with excellent quickness, scoring instincts, and defensive prowess. Cauthen effortlessly breaks down opponents, touches the paint, and makes crafty finishing moves with relative ease. Numerous times, Cauthen would make highly advanced reads, attack the seams, and locate the best available shot. He’s a quality shooting threat and great off-ball cutter, which simply forces opponents to be attached to his hip at all times. Cauthen is willing passer, lockdown defender, and quality rebounder—especially for his size/position. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Grady on Cauthen: “Paul is a very athlete, high-energy defender. He has a high IQ and does not need the ball in order to impact the game.” Cauthen was easily among the top players on display, earning the MVP award, and should be poised for a noteworthy eighth-grade season.
#58: 5’10 ’27 Manu Jacobs (RJ Reynolds)
Next, we look at a player who made a lasting impression with his perimeter shooting ability, Manu Jacobs. He’s a wiry, scrappy, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with a useful spot-up presence. Jacobs is a capable ball-handler and passer, but often finds most of his opportunities when applying pressure as an off-ball threat. He gets to his spots and converts from distance, but can also attack closeouts or hit midrange jumpers off the bounce. Jacobs provides nice activity as a defender and rebounder, and is willing to make hustle plays. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more reliable penetrating threat. Coach Grady on Jacobs: “Manu shot the ball well from beyond the arc in catch-and-shoot situations. I would like to see him work on becoming a better defender and making the right play.” Jacobs enjoyed a solid showing at camp and has the tools to become a contributor for RJ Reynolds over the coming years.
#67: 5’11 ’27 Noah Rigdon (Jay M. Robinson)
Moving onto a player who stood out through his motor and ability to produce within the flow of the action, Noah Rigdon. He’s a wiry, scrappy, team-oriented guard prospect with quality shooting instincts from midrange and beyond the arc. Rigdon plays with excellent energy on both ends of the floor, routinely wreaking havoc and doing the dirty work whenever possible. He’s a useful cutter and spot-up threat who consistently converts in catch-and-shoot situations. Rigdon does a great job of finding opportunities within his role. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Grady on Rigdon: “Noah played hard. He didn’t force the action and always took what the defense gave him. Noah had a great attitude and was willing to be coached. He needs to improve on his ball-handling and defensive ability.” Rigdon did a lot of things well at camp and will be one to watch develop going forward.
#74: 5’11 ’27 Myles Graves (Southwest Guilford)
Continuing onto a player who showcased a lot of appeal, both currently and as a long-term piece, Myles Graves. He’s a smart, tough, well-rounded guard prospect with great length and athleticism. Graves possesses quality creation skills and applies efficient scoring pressure from all three levels, but also understands how to mix it up offensively. He touches the paint seemingly whenever he wants, where he’s able to finish through contact or reliably set up others. Graves shoots the ball at a high percentage from midrange and beyond the arc, and is capable of causing problems as a spot-up threat. Graves also rebounds well, contains his assignment defensively, and forces turnovers at a healthy rate. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Grady on Graves: “Myles is a high-energy guy who makes the right plays and gets to his spots on offense. I would like to see him continue progressing as a ball-handler.” Graves proved to be an asset throughout camp and will be a prospect to watch as he begins his high school journey.
#84: 6’0 ’27 Caleb Lashley (Wake Forest)
Next, we look at a player who made a lasting impression through his reliable, productive two-way presence, Caleb Lashley. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with phenomenal ability as a shooter and defender. Lashley is a capable creator but found countless opportunities in catch-and-shoot situations. He finishes well around the basket and knocks down jumpers from midrange at a reliable rate, but is simply at his best when applying pressure from beyond the arc. Lashley also stood out as a quality all-around defender with the blend of quickness, positioning, and overall energy to consistently cause problems for opponents. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Grady on Lashley: “Caleb is a terrific shooter and long, athletic defender. His penetration ability is great and his spot-up presence is a definite strength. Caleb can improve as a cutter to maximize his ability.” Lashley stood out as a difference-maker at camp and should emerge as a contributor for Wake Forest sooner than later.
#92: 6’1 ’27 Ziyad Holt (Piedmont Classical)
Moving onto a player who highlighted a variety of enticing flashes throughout the camp, Ziyad Holt. He’s a wiry, scrappy guard prospect with excellent three-point shooting ability. Holt is a capable ball-handler and penetrating threat, but typically found most of his chances in spot-up situations. That being said, he’s able to attack the occasional closeout and finish around the basket. Holt also showed a willingness to battle for rebounds and push the break in transition whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his awareness defensively, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Grady on Holt: “Ziyad is a good shooter from beyond the arc. He has to work on his defense, off-ball cutting, and overall shot-selection in order to maximize his ability.” Holt enjoyed a solid showing at camp and will be a prospect to watch progress over the coming years.
#125: 6’4 ’27 Caiden Jenkins (North Raleigh Christian)
Finishing up, we look at a player who made a terrific impact as the biggest camper on this team, Caiden Jenkins. He’s a long, skilled wing prospect with great size, fluidity, and array of tools—especially for his age. Jenkins handled the ball well and displayed the ability to apply scoring pressure from all three levels. He’s a quality penetrator and finisher around the basket, but can also take what the defense is giving him and knock down jumpers at a nice percentage. Jenkins displays great defensive instincts and versatility, which allows him to defend multiple positions and cause problems with his rebounding presence. Next in his development process is working on his passing ability, as he has the necessary tools to be a useful playmaker. Coach Grady on Jenkins: “Caiden has a great frame and lots of ability. He can play on all levels. He finishes at the rim and plays with great pace. I would like to see him improve on making his teammates better and always making the right play.” Jenkins stood out as an asset during his time at camp and should carve out a quality role for North Raleigh Christian going forward.