Coach: J.D. Johnson
#2:5’8 ’21 Kadyn Dawkins (Eastern Guilford)
Starting things off, we look at a player that displayed a lot of poise and two-way polish during his time at camp, Kadyn Dawkins. He’s a young, slightly undersized point guard prospect that offers an excellent balance between scoring and playmaking. Dawkins plays with a high IQ and unselfish mentality, which allows him to regularly highlight his craftiness when creating off the bounce. He possesses great quickness and decisiveness, able to reliably enter the paint and make plays in traffic. Dawkins shoots the ball efficiently from all levels on offense and does an excellent job of containing his assignment on the other end—especially for his size. Next in his development process is working on his communication skills, as he has all the necessary qualities to become an excellent two-way leader. Coach Johnson on Dawkins: “Kadyn is a quick guard that plays well in the open floor. He can get to his spots and displayed excellent range off the dribble. He finishes well for his size and proved to be a good kid with a great attitude.” Dawkins has all the qualities of an intelligent, well-rounded floor general, so it’s likely that he’ll become one of the most intriguing players in Guilford County throughout these next few years.
#26:6’1 ’20 Chandler Speight (Comenius)
Next, we look at a player that showed the ability to make nonstop contributions on offense, Chandler Speight. He’s a smart, strong-bodied guard prospect that can actively toggle between either backcourt position, given his blend of passing and shooting. Speight is a three-level scorer that typically plays with the ball in his hands and looks to make plays for others. He’s extremely crafty and sees the floor very well, unselfishly surveying and always looking to make the right read. Speight attacks the basket with regularity and utilizes his body nicely to finish strong through contact. He has a pretty quick first step and knows how to get by his man with solid regularity. Next in his development process is working on his ability to defend, as he has all the tools to become an excellent two-way player. Coach Johnson on Speight: “Chandler shoots the ball very well from beyond the arc. He has excellent floor vision and passing skills. He makes plays and works hard on both sides of the ball.” Speight already looks like a college-level guard, so it’ll be interesting to see his continued progression over the next calendar year, as he should have a dominant senior campaign.
#30:6’1 ’20 Kris Robinson (Lincolnton)
Moving onto a player that has built a strong reputation with his excellent three-point shooting, Kris Robinson. He’s a guard prospect that can operate from either guard position given his ability to move without the ball and set himself up for success. Robinson is a terrific spot-up threat with phenomenal shooting mechanics and a fairly quick release. He is slightly undersized for the off-guard position, but knows how to make opposing defenses respect his range even without the ball. Robinson handles the ball decently well and is capable of creating for himself and others at a solid rate. He heats up quickly and can really get going if the opposition will allow it. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a finisher, as it would make him a more complete three-level scorer. Coach Johnson on Robinson: “Kris is an elite three-point shooter, but needs to get stronger in order to properly get by his man and defend bigger guards.” Robinson is from the combo-guard mold and already understands how to utilize his three-point shot to create matchup problems, which is a big part of what brings him success with Lincolnton and Team Charlotte.
#55:6’3 ’21 Ricky Taylor (Mallard Creek)
Continuing onto a player that made a pretty strong impression with his nonstop scoring mentality, Ricky Taylor. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with three-level scoring chops and the ability to create for himself and others with relative ease. Taylor can be featured with or without the ball and find success, given his ability to move and relocate along the perimeter. He’s a quality spot-up threat that knocked down numerous shots off the catch and bounce, which forces opponents to guard him conservatively and account for his change-of-pace game. Taylor sees the floor well and proved to be a willing passer that looks to get his teammates involved at a solid rate and make the right play whenever possible. He has the quickness and positioning to become an excellent all-around defender, especially as he adds physical strength. Next in his development process is working on his ability to defend the point of attack, as it would make him a more complete two-way player. Coach Johnson on Taylor: “Ricky is a strong ball-handler with great playmaking instincts. He finishes well in traffic.” Taylor contributed nicely during his time at camp, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares throughout the upcoming summer season.
#56:6’5 ’20 Jheison Saunds (Vance)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a fairly well-rounded skillset during his time at camp, Jheison Saunds. He’s a strong-bodied forward prospect with great physical tools and the ability to attack the basket at a quality rate. Saunds doesn’t have many glaring holes within his skillset, which allows him to easily coexist with various different types of players and make an impact. He displayed a nice back-to-basket arsenal and scored numerous times when slotted near the low-post. Saunds has decent quickness for his size and was able to draw out bigger defenders and beat them off the dribble. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would likely improve his consistency as a spot-up threat along the perimeter. Coach Johnson on Saunds: “Jheison is a strong kid that can penetrate and finish, but can improve on his shot-selection and take better care of the ball.” Saunds enjoyed a solid showing at camp and could be poised for a very productive senior campaign at Vance.
#59: 6’4 ’20 Ahmil Flowers (Grimsley)
Moving onto a player that is already quite productive, but also has an impressive amount of long-term potential, Ahmil Flowers. He’s a long, athletic forward prospect that is young for his grade, yet showcases an excellent level of two-way maturity. Flowers is somewhat between positions, but has a really useful array of skills, which allows him to actively toggle between playing inside and along the perimeter. He handles the ball with care and creates quite well for his position while utilizing his body to absorb contact and make plays inside the arc. Flowers is a terrific penetrator and rebounder that can finish effectively through contact or play above the rim. He has a formidable three-point stroke, but typically limits his attempts from distance and looks to score efficiently from the elbows-in. Flowers played with a strong motor throughout camp and made an abundance of plays in transition. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him an even more appealing prospect. Coach Johnson on Flowers: “Ahmil moves very well without the ball and finishes very well around the basket. He plays hard and utilizes his size to finish through contact.” Flowers has the makings of a scholarship-level player and will be the undisputed leader of Grimsley next season, which should certainly boost his recruitment.
#86: 6’6 ’22 Jeremy Gregory (Carmel Christian)
Continuing onto a player that has a clear amount of upside and is just beginning to harness his long-term abilities, Jeremy Gregory. He’s a strong-bodied post prospect with a blossoming offensive skillset, but already looks quite comfortable operating and scoring around the basket. Gregory utilizes his body exceptionally well as a finisher and knows how to absorb contact when pursuing second-chance opportunities. He moves well for his size and is capable of stretching the floor on occasion. Gregory has great upside as a two-way rebounder and should become increasingly polished with additional game repetitions. Next in his development process is working to get in better physical condition, as he possesses the necessary tools to become an even tougher matchup problem for opponents. Coach Johnson on Gregory: “Jeremy has good post moves and finishes well around the rim. He needs to get better at running the floor and getting back on defense.” Gregory has a lot of useful tools, so it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses going forward.
#94: 6’7 ’20 Brady O’Connell (Ravenscroft)
Next, we look at a player that turned a considerable amount of heads with his phenomenal showing at camp, Brady O’Connell. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with excellent size and a surprising level of athleticism. O’Connell is a solid shooter that can operate as the primary ball-handler in a pinch, where he displays great craftiness and consistently takes care of the ball. He has some unique positional flexibility given his physical gifts and fairly well-rounded skillset, which typically causes an abundance of matchup problems for the opposition. O’Connell is at his best in transition when attacking the basket and looking to play above the rim. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would make him extremely difficult to contain when attacking the basket. Coach Johnson on O’Connell: “Brady is a strong driver that can finish in a variety of ways. He’s a solid three-point shooter with great size, length, and athleticism. Brady is also very bouncy! He’s a good and willing passer. Brady is a high IQ player.” O’Connell is a very intriguing player that should see a major uptick in his recruitment throughout the upcoming travel season.
#106: 6’8 ’20 Josh Hall (Moravian Prep)
Moving onto a player that was among the most dominant all-around performers at camp, Josh Hall. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect that can create for himself and apply nonstop scoring pressure from anywhere within thirty feet. Hall shoots the ball at an incredibly efficient clip from the perimeter and is able to completely regard defensive pressure, especially on spot-up opportunities. He is smart and utilizes his length exceptionally well on both sides of the ball, finishing around the basket on offense and forcing turnovers with regularity on defense. Hall is a special type of offensive player that causes matchup problems for almost any kind of opponent. Next in his development process is working on attacking the basket with more regularity, as he possesses the necessary length and athleticism to become a dominant penetrator. Coach Johnson on Hall: “Josh has elite size, length, and athleticism for his position. He’s excellent in the open floor, as he can handle the ball and lead the break. Josh has good court vision and is a strong three-point shooter. He can be nonchalant with the basketball at times, which can lead to turnovers.” Hall secured the Mr. Top 80 award in convincing fashion, scoring from all levels, making plays on defense, and being a phenomenal two-way leader, which should be a strong indicator of what we can expect over the next calendar year.
#117:6’10 ’20 Jonas Aidoo (Voyager Academy)
Finishing up, we look at a player that has the chance to become one of the top rim-protectors from camp, Jonas Aidoo. He’s a strong, mobile big man with excellent touch and a blossoming two-way skillset. Aidoo already possesses elite size and is just beginning to understand how to properly utilize it on both ends of the floor. He’s a solid rebounder and rim-protector, but has the ability to become even better with continued work. Aidoo is able to finish strong around the basket, score over either shoulder, or stretch the floor and knock down the occasional jumper from beyond the arc. He sees the floor well for a big man and looks to make intelligent passes whenever available. Next in his development process is working on utilizing his strength more when establishing low-block or rebounding positioning. Coach Johnson on Aidoo: “Jonas showed nice post moves and has good range for his size, but needs to be a much more imposing presence around the rim defensively.” Aidoo could be a player worth keeping an eye on, as college coaches should become enamored with him over the next few months.