Coach: David Noel
#10: 5’11 ’22 Jacob Newman (Myers Park)
Starting things off, we look at a player that looks likely to continue trending upward over the next few years, Jacob Newman. He’s a quick, sturdy point guard prospect that plays with a high motor and lots of intensity. Newman is an absolute pest on defense and knows how to mirror his on-ball assignment quite well. He plays under control and within himself on offense, typically setting the floor for others and slashing whenever possible. Newman has a fairly high IQ and showcases it well on both sides of the ball. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would complement his drive-and-kick game nicely. Coach Noel on Newman: “Jacob plays with a lot of energy and maintained a strong attitude throughout camp. He showed a willingness to defend the entire length of the floor and caused problems with his on-ball defense. Jacob is a good teammate that brings it on both ends of the floor.” Newman is still very young and already knows how to contribute, especially on defense, so it’ll be interesting to see his progression going forward.
#18: 6’3 ’21 Jarvis Moss (Cannon)
Next, we look at a player that worked hard and appears to be tapping into his long-term upside, Jarvis Moss. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with excellent quickness, a strong motor, and the ability to operate nicely within the team concept. Moss has a pretty well-rounded skillset and actually stands out as a better defender than offensive player right now. He utilizes his length well to get into passing lanes, getting deflections and steals throughout the day, but also showed the ability to contain his on-ball assignment quite well. Moss scored the ball effectively from all levels but proved to be the most efficient from inside the arc. Next in his development process is working to become a more impactful rebounder, as he possesses the necessary size to make his presence felt on the glass. Coach Noel on Moss: “Jarvis is a good teammate with a strong motor. He maintained a positive attitude throughout the day. He made numerous plays on defense and knocked down open shots at a decent clip.” Moss possesses a lot of useful tools and should continue steadily progressing over these next few years.
#25: 6’1 ’21 Brock Williams (Burlington Christian)
Moving onto a player that has already built a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in the state, Brock Williams. He’s a sharp, quick guard prospect that is simply wired to score, but also shows unselfishness and the ability to make plays for others. Williams has a quality feel for the game and is able to get wherever he desires off the dribble. He typically looks to attack the midrange area, which is his best point of attack, but also applies a strong amount of scoring pressure at the basket and beyond the arc. Williams has a tight handle and shows no fear of any matchup. He’s an exceptional on-ball defender with great instincts and positioning, which allows him to force countless turnovers. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to coexist alongside another primary ball-handler with less resistance. Coach Noel on Williams: “Brock is a scoring guard that can apply pressure from all three levels. He’s a great on-ball defender that can force steals and make plays in transition. He offered a nice array of jumpers and finishes from inside the paint.” Williams has continually expanded all areas of his skillset and built a phenomenal reputation for himself in the process.
#35: 6’2 ’21 Elijah Jamison (Louisburg)
Continuing onto a player that has already established himself as one of the top scorers across the state, Elijah Jamison. He’s a strong, quick-twitch guard prospect that loves to attack opponents off the dribble. Jamison has a nice feel for the game and does an incredible job of absorbing contact on penetration attempts, which allows him to finish a strong majority of his attempts around the basket. He sees the floor decently well and is a capable playmaker, especially in transition. Jamison is a quality rebounder for his position and has all the necessary tools to become an excellent defender. Next in his development process is working on his ability to generate shots within fewer dribbles, as it would make him an even more lethal scorer. Coach Noel on Jamison: “Elijah is wired to score the ball. He can get downhill, score in the midrange, and finish at the basket—all at a strong rate. Elijah is very consistent as a shooter off the dribble and sees the floor well in transition.” Jamison is already regarded as one of the top lead guards in the state, but still has noticeable upside remaining, which should make for an exciting few years.
#71: 6’4 ’20 Matthew Patterson (Wesleyan Christian)
Next, we look at an intriguing player that possesses an incredible amount of upside, Matthew Patterson. He’s a wiry wing/forward prospect with unmatched length and exceptional athleticism, which allows him to show flashes of dominance from time to time. Patterson does an amazing job of playing with IQ, motor, and intensity, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He is one of the best perimeter shot-blockers in the entire state and utilizes his length to disrupt opponents on nearly every possession. Patterson is a huge threat in transition with his ability to finish at or above the rim, but also displays nice cutting instincts and a formidable midrange jumper. Next in his development process is working to establish a useful three-point shot, as it would make him a more polished offensive threat. Coach Noel on Patterson: “Matthew is a very explosive player with great length and upside. He scores nicely inside the paint and utilizes his long arms to secure rebounds. He is a good defender that maintained a positive attitude throughout the day.” Patterson has a long list of physical tools, but could also continue steadily improving, so it’ll be interesting to see how his recruitment unfolds throughout the next calendar year.
#76: 6’5 ’20 Kenneth Gwynn Jr. (Carmel Christian)
Moving onto a player that possesses an abundance of tools and could be poised for a breakout campaign during the next calendar year, Kenneth Gwynn Jr. He’s a strong-bodied wing/forward prospect with quality size and the ability to make his presence felt on both sides of the ball. Gwynn is athletic and pretty well-rounded, which allows him to rebound, operate without the ball, and make plays in transition all at a strong rate. He’s a solid team player that showed a tendency to pass to the open man whenever possible. Gwynn is an above-average scorer from within the arc, but can still become more consistent from distance. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even better penetrator. Coach Noel on Gwynn: “Kenneth is an athletic forward with size and the ability to score with his back to the basket. He’s a solid team player with a quality attitude. Kenneth has a pretty well-rounded skillset and knows how to play within the flow of the offense.” Gwynn should be a major contributor next season for Carmel Christian, especially if he continues to work and expand his skillset.
#102: 6’8 ’22 Deante Green (Christ School)
Continuing onto a player that currently sits at an excellent crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Deante Green. He’s a big, strong, intelligent post prospect that moves pretty well for his size. Green has a very sound offensive skillset and does a great job of operating out of the low post, given his strong feel and ability to reliably score with either hand. He’s a solid athlete that welcomes contact and looks to play above the rim whenever possible. Green passes nicely from the high post and showed flashes of a useful perimeter jumper throughout his time at camp. He has all the tools to become a high-level prospect sooner than later. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even tougher matchup for opposing post prospects. Coach Noel on Green: “Deante is a fundamentally-sound big man with size, touch, and the ability to overwhelm opponents in a variety of different ways. He plays hard on both ends of the floor and maintained a positive attitude throughout the day.” Green has a massive amount of upside and already looks comfortable with his skillset, so there’s no telling how high his ceiling could ultimately become.
#104: 6’8 ’21 Hunter Sloop (Mount Pleasant)
Finishing up, we look at a player that could continue trending upward throughout the remainder of his high school career, Hunter Sloop. He’s a strong-bodied forward/post prospect with an excellent amount of skill, especially for his position. Sloop has the ability to bring the ball up, initiate offense, or create for himself and others, but also has a very malleable role without the ball in his hands. Sloop is a three-level scorer that can create space for himself and knock down shots off the catch or dribble. He’s quite crafty for his size and is able to knife through the opposition for finishes around the basket. Sloop is somewhat between positions but has a fairly unique skillset and understands how to cause matchup problems with his passing and rebounding. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would allow him to actively toggle between either forward position. Coach Noel on Sloop: “Hunter suffered an injury early on in camp, but looked very polished in the drills and operated with energy and a positive attitude.” Sloop is already extremely talented, so it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses over the next few seasons.