5’6 ’27 Corey Kinard (Strong Center)
Though he was among the youngest players on display, it was easy to be impressed with Kinard throughout this viewing. His production is predictably appealing, but the intangibles are arguably what make him such an enticing long-term prospect. Kinard is very smart and patient with the ability to consistently create for himself and others. He displays a well-rounded skillset and understands how to lead by example. Assuming he continues to physically develop, it’s difficult to see a scenario where Kinard isn’t a noteworthy name.
6’3 ’25 Bryce Baker (Team Bond)
Despite losing a few major pieces to other teams, Team Bond has seen no issues competing behind their new leader in Baker. He’s an all-around guard prospect with no glaring weaknesses on either end of the floor. Baker can control the offense as a floor general or apply scoring pressure alongside another primary ball-handler, both leading to success. He’s a great creator with a high IQ and strong decision-making ability with the ball in his hands. Baker has all the tools to be among the top players in the Triad going forward.
6’5 ’26 Cole Cloer (Team CP3)
While the entire Team CP3 roster is deserving of attention, Cloer was simply too impressive to ignore during their first showing of the day. He’s a well-rounded forward with incredible skill and athleticism—especially for his age. Cloer can post-up, spot-up, cut without the ball, and create off the bounce. He mixes it up with regularity, displaying an understanding of how to properly take what the opposition is giving him, and can score the ball effectively from all levels. Cloer already has a versatile game, but will also definitely be a name to remember for the future.
5’10 ’23 Micah Jones (Strong Center)
There’s a lot for college coaches to like with this Strong Center group, which certainly includes Jones and his heady, dynamic identity. He’s such a sharp, intelligent floor general with the necessary blend of quickness and craftiness to get wherever he wants on the floor. Jones is an excellent playmaker who seems to makes the correct read without fail. He’s patient and highlights great attention to detail, meticulously dissecting the opposing defense to locate the best available option. Jones is also a harassing defender and reliable scoring option.
6’2 ’24 Jasean Williams (Team DWill)
It’s becoming difficult to say anything new about Williams and his production as the focal point for this group. He’s clearly taken a step forward, specifically in terms of assertiveness, and is capable of dominating a game with relative ease. Williams is a great passer and three-level scorer who unselfishly sets the tone on both ends of the floor. He displays quality defensive instincts, forces turnovers at a high volume, and applies constant downhill pressure in transition. Williams rebounds his position, gets everyone involved, and highlights a balanced offensive approach.
6’5 ’22 Titus Cunningham (Team ICE)
The Team ICE squad proved to be pretty relentless, and Cunningham was a massive part of their identity as a group. He’s a long, athletic, and looks to get downhill and finish through contact whenever possible. Cunningham is great in the open floor, but more than capable of finding opportunities in the half-court. He shoots the ball at a useful percentage and consistently makes his presence felt as a defender. As an unsigned senior, Cunningham could be a useful addition for the right program.
6’7 ’24 Maurio Hanson (Team CP3)
One would be hard-pressed to find any player in the state who understands and/or embraces their individual identity better than Hanson. He’s a strong, straightforward big man with excellent hands, soft touch, and the physicality to overpower opponents around the basket. Hanson is a great two-way rebounder who positions himself for success, capitalizes on second-chance opportunities, and finishes seemingly everything he attempts inside the paint. He can knock down the occasional midrange jumper, but can truly play the entire game without ever needing to force the action.
6’3 ’23 Aiden Brantley (Ascend Ballers)
Aside from some struggles as a team, Brantley found ways to do a lot of positive things for Ascend Ballers in this contest. He highlighted strong versatility, operating as a guard offensively and the main big man on defense, and carried the offense burden whenever necessary. Brantley shot the ball well, attacked the basket, and finished through contact. He competed for every rebound and set the tone for this group until the final buzzer.
6’2 ’24 CJ Vaughn (NC Rise)
The NC Rise group seems to get better with each viewing, and so does Vaughn. He’s a long, wiry, explosive guard who excels in transition or when getting downhill. That being said, Vaughn has shown consistent improvement as a shot-creator and overall perimeter shooter. He possesses nice body control, and plays well through contact. Vaughn can initiate the offense as needed, but typically finds ways to score alongside another primary ball-handler. He’s a useful defender with the length and anticipation to regularly intercept passing lanes.
6’2 ’25 Will James (Strong Center)
Though young, James (along with his teammates) stood out as someone worth monitoring over the foreseeable future. He was purely dominant, scoring on all levels, controlling the glass, and defending multiple positions with ease. James pushed transition play at every chance, made smart (and unselfish) decisions with the ball, and overwhelmed opponents quite often on defense. His well-rounded game allowed him to do a strong amount of everything throughout this showing.
6’4 ’26 Ayron Jackson (Strong Center)
While there were numerous impressive young performers on display, Jackson was definitely among the best in attendance. He’s a strong, physical interior piece who moves very well for his size—especially at his current age. Jackson played up a level, and didn’t seem to miss a beat. He finished seemingly everything he attempted around the basket, altered a ton of shots defensively, and made a consistent impact on the glass. It’s difficult to say anything other than positives about his showing.
6’0 ’25 Dane Cassada (NC Rise)
There are a lot of important pieces within this NC Rise roster, and Cassada is truly as valuable as anyone. He’s a lethal three-point shooter and overall spot-up threat, but has shown the ability to effectively run this team as a primary creator. Cassada knows how to set up others, assert himself as a scorer, and play effectively without the ball in his hands. He works hard defensively and makes smart decisions as a playmaker.