Coach: Jordan Washington
#51: 5’7 ’22 Jackson Jeffreys (Wakefield High School)
Starting things off, we look at a player that offered his team with a steady, mature two-way presence, Jackson Jeffreys. He’s a smart, decisive point guard prospect that knows how to play within the offense and actively looks to make plays for himself and others. Jeffreys handles the ball with care and is capable of making some crafty passes to set up his teammates. He was able to consistently penetrate and finish or dish it to an open cutter. Jeffreys shot the ball well from midrange but typically looked to utilize his quickness to enter the paint. Next in his development process is working on his defensive positioning, as it would make him a much more polished on-ball defender. Coach Washington on Jeffreys: “Jackson was a spark for us today. He played hard and made some tough baskets. I am excited to see him keep progressing in the future.” Jeffreys caught our eye multiple times, seemed to get better as the day carried on, and could be a solid contributor at Wakefield next season.
#72: 5’10 ’22 Mari Adams (Crest High School)
Next, we look at a player that was able to do a little bit of everything on the offensive end, Mri Adams. He’s a smart, strong-bodied guard prospect with a lot of polish and skill, especially for his age. Adams can handle and pass the ball, create for himself or others, and already looks quite comfortable at making intelligent plays with the ball in his hands. He scored the ball efficiently from all three levels and was able to frequently mix up his approach on offense. Next in his development process is working to get his defensive prowess on the same level as his offensive polish, as it would make him a true two-way prospect. Coach Washington on Adams: “Mari led the pack in scoring and handling the ball today. He was very aggressive all day with driving and finishing. This young man has a bright future.” Adams enjoyed an excellent showing at camp and could be a major contributor next season, especially if he continues to work.
#74: 5’10 ’21 Cam McMullen (Lake Norman High School)
Moving onto a player that showcased some very intriguing two-way flashes throughout his time at camp, Cam McMullen. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with a quality combination of skill, athleticism, and upside. McMullen is a capable perimeter shooter, but typically looks to create off the bounce and attack the basket. He’s fairly crafty with the ball in his hands, but also moves well enough to spot-up and cut without the ball. McMullen rebounded well for his size and pushed transition play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to finish with his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Washington on McMullen: “Cam was tough all day and he attacked great and finished well. I would love to see him lead more on defense. I am eager to see how he progresses at the next level and beyond.” McMullen has all the tools to become a very useful two-way player and could become a college-level prospect if he continues to work.
#92: 6’1 ’21 JaQuaveon Venable (Henderson Collegiate)
Continuing onto a player that is able to make a two-way impact with any group of teammates, JaQuaveon Venable. He’s a wiry, fairly well-rounded guard prospect that can create space for himself and score effectively from within the arc. Venable plays with a quality motor and looks to make hustle plays whenever possible. He looks to make plays for open teammates whenever possible and works hard for available rebounds. Venable was useful without the ball but is more effective with the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would allow him to become a more complete offensive threat. Coach Washington on Venable: “This young man drives great and has a nice pull-up jumper. He has to work on playing hard on every possession. JaQuaveon has a lot of promise.” Venable is already a nice contributor at the high school level, but should be even more productive for Henderson Collegiate this season, especially if he maintains his team-first approach.
#103: 6’2 ’20 Noah Hooper (Charlotte Catholic)
Next, we look at a player that truly stood out as the main hustle guy on his camp team, Noah Hooper. He’s a strong-bodied, high-motor wing/forward prospect that looks to do anything to provide his team with an edge. Hooper is smart and possesses solid ball-skills, which allow him to create for himself or others with relative ease. He moves well without the ball, opening up numerous cutting opportunities that lead to strong finishes at the rim. Hooper consistently outworked bigger/stronger opponents for rebounds. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would make him a very difficult matchup for opposing wings. Coach Washington on Hooper: “Noah is very tough and plays the game physical and fearless. He deserves to be on someone’s roster right now. I love his game.” Hooper simply gets it done and was very effective throughout camp, which should make him one to keep an eye on this season at Charlotte Catholic.
#113: 6’3 ’20 Meelad Doroodchi (Pine Lake Prep)
Moving onto a player that has the ability to make his presence felt with any group of teammates, Meelad Doroodchi. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect that typically looks to operate without the ball in his hands. Doroodchi is a solid all-around scorer with excellent spot-up abilities from beyond the arc. He rebounds, creates havoc with his energy level on defense, and looks to make the smart play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to become craftier when penetrating and finishing at the rim, as it would complement his perimeter game nicely. Coach Washington on Doroodchi: “Meelad played tough, talked, and led on defense. I was excited about that. He has to work on finishing and improving his motor. That being said, I am excited to see what the future holds.” Doroodchi is such a terrific teammate and does a great job of impacting the game each time out, so it’ll be interesting to watch his progression over the next calendar year.
#118: 6’3 ’23 Giovanni Nannucci (Aycock Middle School)
Continuing onto a player that already possesses a very advanced feel and skillset for his age, Giovanni Nannucci. He’s a young, intelligent forward prospect that causes matchup problems simply by being on the floor. Nannucci is smooth and unselfish, but truly knows how to score in a variety of ways while burdening the load on offense. He genuinely looks to exploit mismatches, whether in the post or on the perimeter, and has the necessary craftiness to do so. Nannucci was very productive throughout the day, even playing up against older/bigger opponents. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even tougher offensive matchup. Coach Washington on Nannucci: “Giovanni has great size and skill at his position. He has to improve on getting stronger and playing all-out on the defensive end of the floor.” Nannucci has an extremely bright future, especially if he continues on this current trajectory, and should certainly be a name to remember going forward.
#127: 6’5 ’19 Denaez Hargett (Charlotte Engineering Early College)
Next, we look at a player that truly encompasses the glue-guy identity on both sides of the ball, Denaez Hargett. He’s a long, smart, well-rounded forward prospect that can operate and thrive in numerous different roles. Hargett does a consistently great job of handling the ball, setting up others, and taking advantage of easy scoring opportunities. His all-around impact cannot be overstated, as he truly places a clear emphasis in all facets of the game. Next in his development process is working to become a knockdown three-point shooter, as it would make him nearly unstoppable for opponents to contain. Coach Washington on Hargett: “Denaez was definitely the leader of the crew throughout these three games. He talked on defense and defended all five positions and was efficient on the offensive end. He has great length and will be a force at the next level.” Hargett is very productive and knows how to win, which is a massive part of what should make him successful at the next level.
#132: 6’6 ’19 Wonderful Ngwenah (Harding University High School)
Finishing up, we look at a player that has a lot of appealing attributes, but is arguably just beginning to harness his long-term abilities, Wonderful Ngwenah. He’s a big, strong, fairly athletic post prospect that plays hard and aggressive on both ends of the floor. Ngwenah is an excellent two-way rebounder and has the ability to grab and push decently well in transition. He showed some skills, but few opponents will be able to contain hiim once his skillset catches up to his physicality. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him an absolute matchup problem on offense. Coach Washington on Ngwenah: “Wonderful has all the tools and ability. He’s very long and athletic. I would like to see him work more on defense but has the potential to be a key piece at the next level.” Ngwenah absolutely possesses all the physical tools necessary to be an impact player at the next level, so it’ll be interesting to see what programs get involved.