Coach: Dre Simmons/Rod Williams
#56: 5’9 Judah King (Cannon)
Starting things off, we look at a player who simply knows how to run a team and set the tone on both ends of the floor, Judah King. He’s a smart, unselfish point guard prospect with vision, scoring ability, and toughness on defense. King plays with great pace and makes the right plays with consistency. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Dre on King: “Judah has a great feel for the game. He is a confident floor general with a good sense for the right play. He has shown good touch on his midrange shot as well as the three-pointer, and rebounds well for his size/position. Judah has great court vision and sees plays develop before they happen. He ran the show at camp, and was comfortable all day long. Judah can be my point guard any day of the week.” King enjoyed a nice showing at camp, and should be able to carve out a useful role for Cannon during the upcoming season.
#57: 5’9 Roy Quick (Northside Christian)
Next, we look at a player who showcased a firm understanding of how to produce from either backcourt spot, Roy Quick. He’s a smart, skilled guard with an unselfish mentality, useful scoring arsenal, and the ability to dust opponents off the bounce with his sharp quickness. Quick plays hard, contains his assignment, and offers a well-rounded offensive presence. Next in his development process is working on getting stronger, as it would make him a more physically imposing defender. Coach Dre on Quick: “Roy ‘Quick’ has a name that really suits him. This kid is a blur with the ball in his hands. He’s a difficult cover for a defender to keep in front. He has blow-by ability and makes good feeds when the defense breaks down. He can also move to the off-guard spot and be a reliable three-point shooting threat. Roy can spot-up or shoot off the dribble. I really like the way Roy plays in pick-and-roll situations. He gets downhill effectively and consistently. Roy has a bright future, and I believe he has next-level talent.” Quick did a lot of things well at camp, and will be one to monitor going forward at Northside Christian.
#68: 6’0 Darius Whitner (Garner)
Moving onto a player who made a lasting impression through doing whatever possible to provide his team with an edge, Darius Whitner. He’s a smart, tough, high-motor guard prospect with the ability to find success with or without the ball in his hands. Whitner willingly makes hustle plays and does the dirty, but can also expand his production if needed. 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 Dre on Whitner: “Darius has a smooth midrange game. He is the ultimate teammate and has a high IQ on both ends of the floor. He can hit shots at a consistent rate and will make the defense pay whenever left open. He has great court vision and plays well in transition. Darius has great instincts and understands how to get it done.” Whitner proved to be an asset at camp, and should be a strong contributor during the upcoming season at Garner.
#70: 6’0 Kobe Edwards (Greenfield)
Continuing onto a player who made a lasting impression with his poise and overall adaptability, Kobe Edwards. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard who shows a clear understanding of how to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Edwards plays with pace, makes great passes, and can consistently capitalize in spot-up situations. He’s also able to attack the basket and finish. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physical player on both ends of the floor. Coach Dre on Edwards: “Kobe plays with great poise and control. I really like the fact that you can’t speed him up. Kobe has good range on his shot and can burn you from three-point range if you leave him open. Throughout the day, he became more comfortable. He gets to the rack at will and can play on or off the ball. The more confident Kobe gets, I believe he has a chance to be a really good prospect.” Edwards made a nice impact during his time at camp, and will be one to watch emerge for Greenfield going forward.
#131: 6’2 Owen Augunas (Greensboro Day)
Next, we look at a player who arguably stood out as the top shooting threat on this team, Owen Augunas. He’s a smart, steady guard prospect with an active motor and the ability to thrive in spot-up situations. Augunas moves well without the ball to find open seams within the defense, but can also set up others and make an impact defensively. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Dre on Augunas: “Owen is a sniper. He’s a marksman that can open up the floor for his teammates. If you help off of Owen, then you likely gave up an open three-pointer. He has a good head fake and can manipulate the defense with his craftiness. Owen also showcased his handle some and, at times, looked to be very comfortable running the point. He has a high basketball IQ and just seems to have a real passion for the game. I was also pleased with Owen’s defensive intensity; he gets after it on every possession.” Augunas made his presence felt throughout camp, and should be able to carve out a nice role sooner than later at Greensboro Day School.
#132: 6’2 Donyeh Baird (Quality Education)
Moving onto a player who continues to get better and better with each new viewing, Donyeh Baird. He’s a smart, well-rounded wing prospect with the ability to naturally affect all facets of the game. Baird is a great defender, unselfish playmaker, and reliable scorer who knows how to consistently make the right play. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it will make him even more physically imposing on both ends of the floor. Coach Dre on Baird: “Donyeh is a problem. He is a long, athletic point guard who makes high-level decisions quite often. He has blow-by speed and can get to the cup with ease. I also liked his layup package and finishing ability. Donyeh can be an asset to a team in a lot of different ways. He can run the point or be a primary scoring option. He also showed flashes of knocking the three-pointer down at. Consistent rate. Another thing I saw that I liked is Donyeh’s defensive intensity. He guards his position at a high level and doesn’t back down from a challenge. I believe this young man has a bright future and hasn’t even scratched the surface of his greatness.” Baird showcased a lot of ability at camp, and will definitely be a prospect to monitor closely throughout his continued progression.
#144: 6’4 Bradley Floyd (Kings Mountain)
Continuing onto a player who made a lasting impression as one of the top performers on display, Bradley Floyd. He’s a long, skilled, athletic wing prospect with the ability to do a healthy amount of everything on the court. Floyd can create for himself and others, score from all levels, and shut down his assignment defensively. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain off the bounce. Coach Dre on Floyd: “Bradley is a two-way player if I ever saw one. This guy takes just as much pride in his defense as his offense. He is a bouncy athlete that can put defenders on a poster or be a reliable shooting threat. He has great length and really creates matchup problems for the opposition. Bradley also has the potential to run the point and can really be a mismatch the way he blows by defenders. He plays above the rim and is bouncy from the guard spot.” Floyd consistently stood out during his time at camp, securing the Mr. Defense award, and looks likely to be the next notable prospect to emerge from Kings Mountain.
#145: 6’4 Jaire Richburg (Winston-Salem Christian)
Next, we look at a player who possesses all the necessary tools and ability to be a noteworthy name, Jaire Richburg. He’s a long, skilled, athletic wing prospect with a well-rounded skillset and no glaring weaknesses on either end of the floor. Richburg can reliably create, score from all levels, set up others, and defend his position. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open him up to more scoring opportunities. Coach Dre on Richburg: “Jaire is a phenomenal athlete. He has a high motor and never takes a possession off. He has great rebounding instincts and he times offensive rebounds very well. Jaire finishes everything at the rack. His layup package is legit and can finish with either hand. He is a lockdown defender and takes pride in guarding the other team’s best player. I am very excited to see what the future has in store for him.” Richburg proved to be an asset at camp, and will certainly be one to watch emerge over the coming months at Winston-Salem Christian.
#177: 6’5 Jossiah Johnson (Fayetteville Academy)
Moving onto a player who utilized his tough, physical nature to make a lasting impression, Jossiah Johnson. He’s a long, strong, fairly well-rounded forward/post prospect who causes matchup problems on either side of the ball. Johnson defends and rebounds bigger than his size, but also highlights flashes of skill. He finishes seemingly everything he attempts around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his craftiness as a ball-handler, as it would make him more of a mismatch for opponents. Coach Dre on Johnson: “Jossiah is an absolute bully on the block. His strong body frame is able to carve out space easily. He has great touch around the basket and offers a great blend of grace and pure power. He also has a steady midrange game and can stretch the defense beyond the arc as well. Defensively, he is a pest and has great timing. Jossiah is a name to remember, because this young man is going to be special. As a big, he runs the floor and finishes everything at the hoop. Look forward to great things from this young man.” Johnson had an impressive showing at camp, securing the Mr. Hustle award, and looks poised for an immediate leadership role at Fayetteville Academy.
#181: 6’7 Kendre’ Harrison (Reidsville)
Finishing up, we look at a player who is already a highly coveted athlete in multiple sports, Kendre’ Harrison. He’s a long, strong, athletic post prospect with the ability to physically overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. Harrison finishes, rebounds, blocks shots, and can even space the floor at a respectable percentage. He’s a high-level athlete who can outproduce his assignment without needing a ton of touches. Next in his development process is getting quicker, as it’ll only make him better when defending along the perimeter. Coach Dre on Harrison: “Kendre’ is an absolute monster. A true big is a lost art, and this man maximizes his strength down low. He has great instincts on the block and can finish with finesse or force. Throughout the day, he had several poster dunks and finished in transition with emphasis. He is a walking double-double. Through three games at camp, he was absolutely unstoppable. The ceiling is very high for Kendre’ and, with continued work and coaching, there is no doubt we are looking at a next-level talent.” Harrison showed flashes of dominance at camp, and should be as productive as any freshman during the upcoming season at Reidsville.