Coach: Rodney Trotman
#67: 5’10 ’19 Edward Garner (Butler High School)
Starting things off, we look at a player that exemplified toughness and intelligence extremely well, Edward Garner. He’s a wiry guard prospect that simply knows how to affect all facets of the game at an effective level. Garner scores the ball efficiently from all three levels and proved to be a very creative playmaker, especially when penetrating to the basket. Next in his development process is working to become a more reliable rebounder, as it would allow him to push the break in transition more often. Coach Trotman on Garner: “This kid can flat-out play. He put the ball in the basket, can pass, shoot, and handle the ball very well. He’s very coachable and is a great team player that isn’t afraid of contact and finishes well. He has a great future ahead…bright future ahead.” Garner enjoyed a fantastic showing during his time at camp and should continue working, as he could be a quality late addition for a variety of programs.
#86: 6’0 ’21 Liam Hutchins (Clemmons, NC)
Next, we look at a player that stood out as one of the most malleable teammates on this roster, Liam Hutchins. He’s a steady, well-rounded guard prospect with the ability to operate and thrive in a variety of different roles. Hutchins is a great spot-up threat from midrange and beyond the arc, where he was able to knock down multiple shots throughout the day. He worked best as an off-ball threat and also made a pretty noticeable impact as an all-around defender. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more reliable penetrator. Coach Trotman on Hutchins: “Liam plays with extreme passion. He plays great defense, communicates well with teammates and also shares the ball well. He can shoot and attack the basket well. He’s a great kid.” Hutchins displayed some useful skills during camp and should continue working, as he could become a quality high school contributor sooner than later.
#89: 6’0 ’22 Dwight Canady (Hendersonville High School)
Moving onto a player that showcased a phenomenal crossroads between production and long-term potential, Dwight Canady. He’s a smart, well-rounded point guard prospect that possesses a terrific blend of scoring and playmaking. Canady scores efficiently on all three levels and has the necessary athleticism to play above the rim when penetrating. He has no real weaknesses on either side of the ball and does a fantastic job of controlling the action on both ends of the floor. Canady is a great leader that will only get better over time. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it will make him an even better penetrator. Coach Trotman on Canady: “Dwight has great vision on the court. He plays defense extremely hard and communicates well with the team. He talks to teammates on the floor and enjoys the game. He takes good shots and rebounds well.” Canady was very productive at camp and should be closely monitored going forward, as he should emerge as a DI guard sooner than later.
#95: 6’2 ’19 Dayton Owens (Ben Lippen High School)
Continuing onto a player that made a pretty strong impression with his offensive abilities, Dayton Owens. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect that looks to apply scoring pressure at every possible opportunity. Owens is a solid passer with useful ball-handling skills, which allows him to create for himself or others with relative ease. He gets downhill at a consistent rate and is capable of thriving in transition, especially with the ball in his hands. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more dangerous offensive threat. Coach Trotman on Owens: “Dayton plays well with others. He communicates well, rebounds great, and also plays good on-ball defense. He’s very coachable and respects his peers. He needs to work on his ball-handling skills.” Owens has a lot of translatable skills and could be an excellent late addition for the right program.
#108: 6’2 ’23 Jordan Lowthorpe (Thales Academy)
Next, we look at a player that stood out quite consistently with his motor on both sides of the ball, Jordan Lowthorpe. He’s a young strong-bodied wing prospect that simply looks to create havoc for the opposition however possible. Lowthorpe outworked plenty of bigger/stronger opponents for rebounds and ran the floor hard in transition. He secured numerous second-chance opportunities and finished quite well around the basket throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on establishing a go-to scoring avenue, as it will make him a more complete player. Coach Trotman on Lowthorpe: “Jordan needs to work on ball-handling and court awareness. He defends really hard and is not afraid to rebound. He communicates well with the team and plays well with others. Jordan had a great attitude.” Lowthorpe worked hard during his time at camp and could become a solid contributor with continued work.
#123: 6’4 ’20 Tyric Herbin (Northeast Guilford High School)
Moving onto a player that was able to assert himself as a scorer quite frequently throughout the day, Tyric Herbin. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect that understands how to create for himself and score with relative ease. Herbin moves well without the ball and sets himself up nicely for easy buckets. He can score the ball from all three levels and does a great job of mixing up his approach on the offensive end of the floor. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it will allow him to be a more physical defender. Coach Trotman on Herbin: “Tyric is a great young man. He needs to work on ball-handling and passing the ball. He needs to move without the ball on the court and work on his overall court awareness.” Herbin scored the ball quite often during camp and should be one of the most productive players next season for Northeast Guilford.
#126: 6’4 ’20 Kalib Matthews (Henderson Collegiate)
Continuing onto a player that showcases nonstop flashes of dominance throughout camp, Kalib Matthews. He’s a long, smart, athletic wing/forward prospect with tremendous two-way versatility and a great overall feel for the game. Matthews is a fantastic leader that offers a strong blend between scoring and playmaking, which makes him an absolute matchup problem for all types of defenders. He plays well above the rim, but also possesses a vast array of smooth tendencies and understands how to properly apply them. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even tougher matchup for opponents. Coach Trotman on Matthews: “Kalib is a great kid. He knows how to play with others and has a great attitude. He shoots the leather off the ball and will dunk it on you. He’s very coachable and respects his peers. Kalib plays tenacious defense and can lock an opponent up. Bright future for this young man.” Matthews is really starting to come into his own and should certainly be regarded as a potential DI prospect going forward.
#136: 6’7 ’22 Jaydin Spillman-Martin (Davie County High School)
Next, we look at a player that arguably possesses as much upside as anyone from camp, Jaydin Spillman-Martin. He’s a long, thin post prospect with tremendous timing and defensive instincts, which allow him to protect the rim incredibly well—despite a lack of true strength. Spillman-Martin plays very hard, runs the floor with purpose, and displays solid touch with either hand. He also displayed the ability to knock down jumpers at a fairly consistent rate, especially from the midrange area. Spillman-Martin has a very nice feel for the game and has the chance to be a special type of prospect. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it will allow him to become a high-level rim-protector. Coach Trotman on Spillman-Martin: “Jaydin is a very well put together young man that knows the game, can defend well, and shoots well for his size. He passes the ball well and defends on the ball very well. Jaydin has a bright future ahead.” Spillman-Martin was easily among the most intriguing prospects in the building and could definitely emerge as one of the top long-term attendees.
#138: 6’0 ’19 Miles Jones (Nation Ford High School)
Moving onto a player that possesses a nice crossroads between production and long-term potential, Miles Jones. He’s a long, high-motor guard prospect that likely has his best basketball coming in the future. Jones is fairly quick and displayed the ability to get inside the paint and make plays at a solid rate. He worked very hard on defense to force turnovers and secure extra possessions, which often led to easy transition play. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a finisher, as it would make him a more reliable offensive threat. Coach Trotman on Jones: “Miles is a great competitor that plays with passion. He needs to work on his ball-handling and awareness of where to be on the court. He’s a great kid. He passes the ball and communicates well with his teammates.” Jones worked extremely hard during camp and should continue working to maximize his long-term abilities.
#141: 5’10 ’22 Mekhi Goree (Lake Norman High School)
Finishing up, we look at a player that showcased a fairly well-rounded skillset during his time at camp, Mekhi Goree. He’s a young, team-first guard prospect that is capable of working with or without the ball in his hands. Goree is a solid penetrator that can finish through contact or knock down shots along the perimeter. He gives nice effort on defense and made a priority of getting back in transition throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more reliable guard at the high school level. Coach Trotman on Goree: “Mekhi has a wonderful attitude and can shoot well. He has to work on ball-handling skills and passing. He rebounds well and communicates with his teammates.” Goree was quite productive at camp, but looks likely to continue improving, especially if he’s willing to put in the necessary work.