Coach: Darius Williams
#6:5’4 ’23 Elijah Dates (Goose Creek, SC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that contributed well and showcased some solid skills during his time at camp, Elijah Dates. He’s a young point guard prospect with IQ, quickness, and the ability to penetrate pretty well. Dates has quality playmaking instincts and showed a willingness to make plays for others whenever possible. He displayed signs of a formidable perimeter jumper, but was at his best when getting downhill and attacking the basket. Dates operated efficiently without the ball and utilized his high motor quite well throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to add strength in order to prepare for the high school level. Coach Williams on Dates: “Elijah is a floor general that pushes the tempo on offense and shows the willingness to defend full-court on every possession. He plays hard and can compete at a high level.” Dates is preparing to enter high school, where he should be able to gradually emerge as an impactful two-way player.
#20:5’7 ’22 Devin Binyard (Columbia, SC)
Next, we look at a player that provided his team with an excellent attitude and fairly well-rounded skillset, Devin Binyard. He’s a young guard prospect that offers a nice balance between shooting from the perimeter and attacking the basket. Binyard plays unselfishly and showed a clear willingness to make plays for others, especially in transition. He’s able to create for himself or play without the ball and spot-up along the perimeter quite well. Binyard rebounds well for his size and does a great job of pushing the ball ahead, which led to numerous scoring opportunities. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier playmaker, as he has the necessary vision to reliably make plays for others. Coach Williams on Binyard: “Devin shot the ball very well during our last two games. He competes at all times and works hard. He can continue to work on not telegraphing passes.” Binyard has the ability to contribute on both ends of the floor and put that on full display during his time at camp.
#25:5’8 ’21 Jamauri Day (Columbia, SC)
Moving onto a player that was able to really stand out with his ability to shoot the ball, Jamauri Day. He’s a wiry guard prospect that was able to play either backcourt position and find success. Day is somewhat undersized for an off-guard, but can play alongside another ball-handler and make an impact with relative ease. He knows how to properly position himself for spot-up opportunities and easy dump-off passes near the basket. Day gets to his spots well in transition and is capable of knocking down shots from midrange and beyond. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Williams on Day: “Jamauri is a flat-out shooter with nice form. He can keep using his legs to get into his shot. He runs the floor well in transition. Jamauri can continue to work on his ball-handling and ability to move without the ball on offense.” Day had a solid showing at camp and should be able to emerge as a quality contributor for his high school team.
#39:5’10 ’20 Jordan Coleman (Chester, SC)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as one of the most electric and dynamic performers on display, Jordan Coleman. He’s a strong, athletic point guard prospect with intelligence and a true dog-like approach to the game. Coleman arguably showcased the most complete all-around skillset of anyone in attendance and was able to easily dictate the action on both ends of the floor. He handles the ball with care and understands how to might the right read on every single possession. Coleman scored the ball efficiently on all three levels and was a constant threat to rise above the rim for some really impressive dunks. He defended with purpose and forced turnovers nearly every time he guarded the ball. Next in his development process is working to become more vocal, as that will help establish him as a leader within any setting. Coach Williams on Coleman: “Jordan is a very athletic guard that looks to attack and finish at the basket with authority. He plays very good defense and is very energetic on both ends of the floor. Jordan had the highest motor on the team and competed on every single possession.” Coleman is easily a scholarship-worthy prospect, so it’ll be interesting to see how his recruitment pans out over the next calendar year.
#46:5’10 ’20 Malachi Baldwin (Albemarle, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to contribute well on both sides of the ball during camp, Malachi Baldwin. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect that offers a nice balance between shooting and penetrating. Baldwin was able to get by defenders and attack the basket pretty well, but also knocked down the open jumper whenever possible. He rebounds well for his position and does a nice job of pushing the ball in transition. Baldwin showed upside as a defender, given his overall strength and ability to move when guarding the ball. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it’ll allow him to become an even better finisher when attacking the rim. Coach Williams on Baldwin: “Malachi needs to work on ball-handling and finishing at the basket. He plays hard but can commit more to defense.” Baldwin is an intriguing prospect that could be worth revisiting throughout the next year, especially if he continues to work.
#50:6’1 ’21 Nolen Locklear (Lumberton, NC)
Moving onto a player that brought a great attitude and team-first mentality to camp, Nolen Locklear. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect that made a noteworthy impact as a spot-up threat from midrange and beyond the arc. Locklear is unselfish and does a nice job of not forcing the action on offense, but knows when to take advantage in transition. He plays hard and was able to force a few turnovers throughout the day. Locklear pursues rebounds well on both ends of the floor and understands how to get others involved. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a much better penetrator and on-ball defender. Coach Williams on Locklear: “Nolen needs to work on ball-handling and finishing at the basket. He plays hard but can commit more to defense.” Locklear proved to be a quality teammate and capable two-way player, so it’ll be interesting to see his progression over the next few years.
#62: 6’1 ’20 Darryl Gardner (Georgetown, SC)
Continuing onto a player that has an interesting crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Darryl Gardner. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect that can handle the ball fairly well for his size and make plays at a solid rate. Gardner is a quality rebounder that finishes well inside and secured multiple second-chance opportunities throughout the day. He ran the floor well and was able to score a few times in transition. Next in his development process is working on playing with a more consistent motor, as it would allow him to be more impactful defender and rebounder. Coach Williams on Gardner: “Darryl is very good at attacking the basket and finishes pretty well, but can continue to sharpen his shooting form. He has to work on his overall energy on the court and needs to listen to his coaches more in drills.” Gardner has numerous useful skills and the potential to properly utilize them, so we’ll be monitoring him throughout his senior campaign.
#65: 6’0 ’23 Joshua Daniels (Florence, SC)
Next, we look at a player that stood out with his ability to play the right way while impacting the game on both ends of the floor, Joshua Daniels. He’s a young, strong-bodied post prospect that works extremely hard at all times and looks to create havoc however possible. Daniels doesn’t force the action on offense, but does a great job of taking advantage of open opportunities near the basket. He utilizes his strength well to rebound the ball and runs the floor with great purpose. Daniels defends with great activity and has maintained his blue-collar approach throughout the last year, as he’s willing to do whatever necessary to provide his team with an edge. Next in his development process is working on the consistency of his jumper, as it would complement his interior game nicely. Coach Williams on Daniels: “Joshua did a great job of finishing at the rim and moves very well for his size. He can continue working on getting strong, but has very strong upside.” Daniels is still quite young and should be able to grow into an excellent two-way player within the foreseeable future.
#84: 6’3 ’21 Judson Holmes (Columbia, SC)
Moving onto a player that was among this team’s most productive all-around performers, Judson Holmes. He’s a well-rounded forward prospect that plays exceptionally well within himself and the team concept, never forcing the action or trying to do too much. Holmes is a capable scorer on all three levels and offered a strong balance between perimeter shooting and attacking the basket. He placed great emphasis on getting his teammates involved and made plays for others whenever possible. Holmes is a quality rebounder that can push the break in transition or run the floor and get easy fast-break points. He utilized his motor and instincts nicely on defense, where he contained his assignment pretty well throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even better penetrator. Coach Williams on Holmes: “Judson can shoot the ball and slash to the basket at a strong rate. He has a great attitude and plays hard on defense.” Holmes made a great impact at camp and should be able to develop into a polished two-way threat sooner than later.
#85: 6’3 ’22 Keyon Adams (Bennettsville, SC)
Finishing up, we look at a player with a clear amount of long-term upside on both ends of the floor, Keyon Adams. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect with solid athleticism and the ability to affect various facets of the game with his motor. Adams is still building his offensive skillset, but did a solid job of positioning himself inside and scoring around the basket. He’s a capable defender that looks to secure any extra possession or rebounds available. Adams operated well within his role and caused havoc for his assignment throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Williams on Adams: “Keyon is still learning the game and runs the floor well. He plays good defense inside the paint and alters numerous shots. He played much better in the last two games of the day and attacked the basket very well.” Adams is still just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential, so it’ll be exciting to see how he progresses going forward.