Coach: Joe Adams/David Broome
#55: 5’8 Malik McCotter (Chambers)
Starting things off, we look at a player who made a nice impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Malik McCotter. He’s a quick, scrappy guard prospect with a useful penetration sense and the ability to finish at a solid rate. McCotter is a capable on-ball defender who utilizes his quickness to keep opponents in front. He operates with an active motor on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more reliable ball-handler. Coach Broome on McCotter: “Malik is a quick guard. He played with more confidence as the day went on. Needs to work on ball-handling under pressure and developing his consistency from beyond the arc.” McCotter enjoyed a solid showing during his time at camp, and will be a prospect to watch progress over the coming years at Chambers.
#58: 5’10 Carson Schaen (Mooresville)
Next, we look at a player who found ways to make his presence felt through toughness and filling in the gaps, Carson Schaen. He’s a wiry, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with quality vision and a willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. Schaen is a solid penetrator, where he’s able to finish, pull-up from midrange, or make the proper pass to an open teammate. He defends the ball with purpose and forces turnovers fairly often. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him more physically overwhelming on both ends of the floor. Coach Broome on Schaen: “Carson is a hard-nosed player who knows how to make the right play. Displays good awareness/anticipation on defense. Selfless, team-first player. Caron needs to work on handling the ball against pressure.” Schaen did a variety of things well at camp, and should be able to carve out a role during the upcoming season at Mooresville.
#67: 5’11 Stephen Beatty (Eastern Alamance)
Moving onto a player who highlighted various flashes of intrigue and long-term potential, Stephen Beatty. He’s a wiry guard prospect with nice quickness, finishing ability, and passing instincts. Beatty operated with and without the ball in his hands, and consistently found ways to involve himself in the action. He displayed solid anticipation as an off-ball defender, able to jump into passing lanes to force turnovers. Beatty also made his presence felt in transition opportunities. Next in his development process is working to become a better three-point shooter, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Broome on Beatty: “Stephen has the potential to be a very good defender. He needs to work on gaining more confidence, working on his jumper, and playing with a better motor.” Beatty did various things well during his time at camp, and should be able to be a useful contributor sooner than later for Eastern Alamance.
#73: 6’0 Max Van Weerdhuizen (Oak Grove)
Continuing onto a player who showcased a quality understanding of how to effectively run a team, Max Van Weerdhuizen. He’s a poised, unselfish point guard prospect with a quality motor and the ability to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Weerdhuizen handles the ball well, sets up others at a high volume, and shoots the ball with consistency from the perimeter. He’s a solid defender who utilizes his motor to outwork opponents for extra opportunities. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him an even more lethal spot-up threat. Coach Broome on Weerdhuizen: “Max is a great team player. He plays under control and offers a high motor on both ends of the floor. Max shoots the ball well from midrange and beyond the arc.” Weerdhuizen did a lot of things well during his time at camp, and should be poised for a productive freshman season at Oak Grove.
#130: 6’2 Michael Phillips (Grace Christian)
Next, we look at a player who highlighted a lot of ability prior to being sidelined with an injury, Michael Phillips. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with great quickness and the ability to fill in the gaps as needed. Phillips is a capable penetrator and finisher with the necessary vision to make proper passes to open teammates. He displayed solid ability in the midrange and worked effectively within the flow of the action. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing player on both ends of the floor. Coach Broome on Phillips: “Michael got hurt during camp. He had a positive attitude. Michael showed some positive flashes but needs to work on getting tougher and developing his body.” Phillips made a solid impact prior to his injury, and will be a prospect to watch going forward at Grace Christian.
#133: 6’3 Darius McGlashen (Winston-Salem Christian)
Moving onto a player who showcased the full arsenal on both ends of the floor, Darius McGlashen. He’s a smart, skilled, well-rounded wing prospect with great size, length, athleticism, and understanding of how to produce within various roles. McGlashen scores the ball at an efficient rate from all three levels, creates effectively for himself and others off the dribble, and can make an impact as a spot-up threat. McGlashen can run the offense or apply scoring pressure, and adapts to the team needs. He’s a quality defender with the blend of quickness, instincts, and high motor to consistently cause problems for his assignment. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Broome on McGlashen: “Darius is an athletic two-way player. Gets to his spots and creates well for himself. Sees the floor well and is dangerous in transition.” McGlashen stood out among the top performers, securing the Mr. Offense award, and should be a strong contributor for Winston-Salem Christian over the foreseeable future.
#143: 6’4 Jaiquan Clay (High Point Christian)
Continuing onto a player who possesses an enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Jaiquan Clay. He’s a long, athletic forward prospect with a reliable midrange jumper, solid penetration ability, and quality defensive instincts. Clay moves well for his size, forces turnovers against opposing interior players, and runs the floor effectively in transition. He also rebounds the ball at a decent rate on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even better finisher around the basket. Coach Broome on Clay: “Jaiquan is an athletic big who knows how to make his presence felt inside the paint. He finishes well around the basket. Jaiquan has a lot of potential but needs to work on playing with a better motor.” Clay did a lot of things well during his time at camp, and should be able to immediately contribute as a freshman for High Point Christian.
#146: 6’4 Markus Kerr (West Charlotte)
Next, we look at a player who highlighted a pretty dynamic identity throughout camp, Markus Kerr. He’s a smart, skilled, athletic guard prospect with the ability to consistently touch the paint and make plays with the ball in his hands. Kerr possesses a crafty handle and displays a clear desire to create scoring opportunities for others as a playmaker. He’s a great midrange shooter and solid threat from three-point territory, but is arguably at his best when looking to get downhill and attack. Kerr utilizes his quickness well to make his presence felt defensively. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Broome on Kerr: “Markus is a great playmaker who knows how to create for himself and others. He needs to work on playing with a higher motor and embracing rebounding.” Kerr proved to be an asset at camp, and should be a strong contributor during the upcoming season at West Charlotte.
#180: 6’6 Josiah Sanders (St. Paul’s)
Moving onto a player who already possesses a lot of tools and quality attributes, Josiah Sanders. He’s a long, athletic forward prospect with a useful amount of skill and the ability to overpower opponents around the basket. Sanders is pretty quick, especially for his size, and shows a nice comfort level at attacking opponents off the dribble. He can hit midrange jumpers and space the floor as needed. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better ball-handler and overall creator. Coach Broome on Sanders: “Josiah is a great athlete. He needs to learn how to play more within the team structure and handling the ball under pressure, but knows how to make his presence felt around the basket on both ends of the floor.” Sanders offered a lot of enticing flashes during his time at camp, and will be a prospect to monitor over the foreseeable future at St. Paul’s.
#183: 6’8 Rivers Knight (Jordan)
Finishing up, we look at a player who possesses as much appeal and long-term upside as any camper on display, Rivers Knight. He’s a long, mobile, blossoming post prospect with touch, toughness, and floor-spacing ability. Knight is a capable finisher from the block or above the rim, but also forces the defense to respect his spot-up presence from beyond the arc. He utilizes his length very well as a rebounder and rim-protector, and understands how to run the floor properly in transition. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to become a better cog in post-up situations. Coach Broome on Knight: “Rivers shoots the ball well for his size. He rebounds the ball well but needs to work on his quickness. Needs to embrace playing on the block more.” Knight proved to be an asset during camp, and will definitely be a prospect to monitor over the coming years at Jordan.