Coach: Jordan Parris
#54: 5’8 Darnarius Gibson (Winston-Salem Christian)
Starting things off, we look at a player who offers a pretty balanced approach as a floor general, Danarius Gibson. He’s a smart, wiry point guard prospect with quickness and the ability to create for himself and others. Gibson handles the ball well against pressure, touches the paint at a solid rate, and can score from all levels. He’s also a scrappy defender who knows how to make his presence in transition. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will allow him to become a more physically imposing player. Coach Parris on Gibson: “Danarius is a very good shooter, both off the catch and dribble. He loves the pull-up three and can knock it down. Needs to be more vocal and more of a leader at the point guard position.” Gibson enjoyed a nice showing at camp, and will be one to watch progress over the coming years at Winston-Salem Christian.
#59: 5’10 Q Williams (Forsyth Country Day)
Next, we look at a player who simply has a unique feel for running a team with the ball in his hands, Q Williams. He’s a smart, sturdy, unselfish point guard prospect with incredible playmaking instincts. Williams utilizes his IQ, crafty handle, and impressive vision to dictate the action and set up others at a high volume. He displays a clear understanding of how to probe the defense, force them to collapse, and make quality decisions. Williams is always looking to create for others and make unselfish plays, but can also finish or knock down open jumpers. He plays with phenomenal pace. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more lethal spot-up threat alongside other ball-handlers. Coach Parris on Williams: “Q is a very solid point guard with great court vision. He controls the game at a high level, sees the court, and creates for his team.” Williams did a lot of things well at camp, and should be poised for a productive upcoming season at Forsyth Country Day.
#66: 5’11 Lincoln Raper (Concord Academy)
Moving onto a player who stood out as the most lethal shooting threat on this team, Lincoln Raper. He’s a smart, wiry, unselfish guard prospect who simply knows how to complement others and thrive without needing the ball in his hands. Raper is a knockdown shooter, especially from beyond the arc, and forces opponents to stay attached in spot-up situations. He can handle the ball and attack closeouts as needed, where he’s able to highlight his strong midrange jumper or solid finishing ability around the basket. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Parris on Raper: “Lincoln is a great shooter. He’s very tough off the catch-and-shoot. Moves well without the ball and knows how to get to the open spots.” Raper proved to be an asset during his time at camp, and should be able to carve out a useful role sooner than later for Concord Academy.
#72: 6’0 CJ Jones (Dudley)
Continuing onto a player who already knows how to naturally affect all facets of the game, CJ Jones. He’s a smart, steady, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with an excellent spot-up presence and the understanding of how to consistently make plays within the flow of the action. Jones can handle the ball and assume playmaking duties as needed, but also knows how to do the dirty work and make an impact as a cutter. He plays hard, works within the team structure, and does a great job of capitalizing on his opportunities. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Parris on Jones: “CJ is a great catch-and-shoot threat. He moves well without the ball. Takes good shots and is consistent from beyond the arc.” Jones enjoyed a quality showing at camp, and should be able to emerge as a major contributor during the upcoming season for Dudley.
#129: 6’2 Yohance Connor (1 of 1 Academy)
Next, we look at a player who regularly showcased flashes of pure dominance throughout camp, Yohance Connor. He’s a smart, tough, high-motor guard prospect with the ability to affect all facets of the game and naturally produce in every possible setting. Connor is an excellent penetrator and finisher with the necessary quickness to touch the paint whenever he desires. He’s a terrific midrange shooter and capable playmaker who can set up others as needed. Connor is a pesky defender with a great combination of instincts, toughness, athleticism, and overall energy. Next in his development process is working to become a better three-point shooter, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Parris on Connor: “Yohance is a very explosive player. Gets to the rim with ease. Plays above the rim. Very good finisher who loves to get out and run.” Connor was undeniably impressive at camp, securing the MVP award, and should have a productive upcoming season for 1 of 1 Academy.
#134: 6’3 Ashton Pierce (North Mecklenburg)
Moving onto a player who possesses as much raw talent and long-term upside as any camper in attendance, Ashton Pierce. He’s a skilled, polished, well-rounded guard prospect with notable creation instincts and the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. Pierce possesses a solid handle and sharp vision, but typically makes his presence felt through generating clean looks and knocking down jumpers. He can attack the basket, finish through contact, and make an impact in transition. Pierce utilizes his length well to defend and force turnovers. Next in his development process is working to improve his transition defense, as he possesses the ability to shut down fast-breaks. Coach Parris on Pierce: “Ashton is a good shooter who takes smart shots. He knows how to get to open spots. He’s a very good teammate who shares the ball with others.” Pierce did a lot of things well during his time at camp, and should continue trending as one of the top players in his class throughout the upcoming season at North Meck.
#141: 6’3 King Gibson (Positive Attitude Youth Center)
Continuing onto a player who made a lasting impression through his intangibles and team-oriented approach, King Gibson. He’s a long, wiry, athletic wing prospect with phenomenal quickness and penetration ability. Gibson is able to touch the paint at will and finish with consistency, or kick out to an open teammate. He’s a great midrange shooter and capable threat from beyond the arc, but looks to attack whenever possible. Gibson moves without the ball, rebounds well for his position, and makes his presence felt as an all-around defender. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would allow him to overwhelm opponents even more on both sides of the ball. Coach Parris on Gibson: “King is very athletic. Plays with a lot of passion. He’s very coachable with a great attitude. Loves to share the ball. Very good finisher around the basket.” Gibson proved to be an asset during camp, and should be poised for a productive freshman campaign.
#147: 6’4 Tarris Bouie (Chambers)
Next, we look at a player who possesses an enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Tarris Bouie. He’s a long, wiry, blossoming wing prospect with a very nice blend of size, skill, and athleticism. Bouie scored the ball with efficiency from all levels, contained his assignment well defensively, and showed an understanding of how to fill in the gaps whenever necessary. He utilizes his length well to finish around the basket, secure rebounds, and intercept passing lanes to force turnovers. Bouie is a solid creator with useful vision and ball-handling ability. He plays hard and displays an unselfish mentality on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Parris on Bouie: “Tarris is a great team player. He gets to the rim and finishes well around the basket. Very active on the defensive end. Runs the floor well in transition.” Bouie enjoyed a quality showing at camp, and will definitely be a contributor for Chambers during the upcoming season.
#179: 6’6 Elton James (Legion Collegiate)
Moving onto a player who only seems to get better and better with each new viewing, Elton James. He’s a long, smart, well-rounded forward prospect with an excellent frame for his current age/grade. James plays hard, offers a team-first approach, and does a great job of capitalizing on his chances within the flow of the action. He finishes well around the basket and knows how to properly move without the ball to find open seams within the defense. James is a nice midrange shooter and developing three-point shooter with useful passing instincts. He rebounds the ball effectively on both ends of the floor, and runs hard in transition going either way. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would only make him better at defending screening actions and along the perimeter. Coach Parris on James: “Elton has good size and moves well. He gets to the basket and finishes. Smart player who knows how to play off the ball. Great attitude and very coachable.” James made his presence felt throughout camp, and should be a strong contributor for Legion Collegiate going forward.
#184: 6’8 Cody Peck (Providence)
Finishing up, we look at a player who possesses an obvious amount of long-term upside, Cody Peck. He’s a long, mobile, fairly athletic post prospect with a blossoming identity on both ends of the floor. Peck is a reliable finisher and capable midrange shooter with nice touch, footwork, and ability on the block. He protects the rim well and rebounds at a quality rate, especially for his lack of overall strength, and runs the floor hard in transition. Peck understands how to embrace his identity and consistently operate as a big man. He works as a screener, and is capable of rolling or popping off the action. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it will only make him more overwhelming on both ends of the floor. Coach Parris on Peck: “Cody is an athletic player who loves to run. Has the ability to finish above the rim with good footwork. Knows how to use counter moves well. Very coachable.” Peck did a lot of things well at camp, and will certainly be a prospect to watch closely going forward.