Coach: Kelvin Mills
#19: 5’3 ’25 Noah Angus (Florence)
Starting things off, we look at a player that impacted the game nicely, especially as the youngest performer on this team, Noah Angus. He’s a smart, unselfish guard prospect with nice vision and the ability to apply scoring pressure with or without the ball in his hands. Angus operates well within the team concept on both ends of the floor and proved to be an effective defender throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Mills on Angus: “Noah is a young playmaker with good shooting ability and solid passing skills. He should put in a lot of work into his ball-handling. Noah plays good defense and is a good overall team player. He must get in the gym and get stronger. Noah can work on his off-hand.” Angus enjoyed a quality showing at camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on, especially if he continues to work.
#28: 5’5 ’24 Brailun Thomas (Boiling Springs)
Next, we look at a player that was able to affect the game in a variety of different ways while operating within himself on both ends of the floor, Brailun Thomas. He’s a high-motor guard that scored the ball quite effectively from all three levels while highlighting his ability to constantly make plays in transition. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more reliable playmaker. Coach Mills on Thomas: “Brailun can make plays. He’s a slow-starter that has to find his spots, but is lights-out once he gets going. He works the floor with good vision and court sense. Brailun is a gifted passer. He showed quickness on and off the ball on defense. On offense, he plays well without the ball and knows the game. He can continue to work on his off-hand.” Thomas made a lot of plays during camp and should emerge as a strong contributor during the upcoming season.
#30: 5’5 ’24 Lucas Bradley (Columbia)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most reliable all-around performer from this team, Lucas Bradley. He’s a smart, crafty guard prospect that is capable of thriving with the ball in his hands, given his ability to operate as the primary creator for himself and others. Bradley asserts himself as a scorer from all three levels and rebounds pretty effectively for his size. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to play alongside another primary ball-handler with relative ease. Coach Mills on Bradley: “Lucas is a playmaker. He can take over a game and plays with attitude and effort. He’s an outstanding shooter that takes and makes the big shot. At a young age, he has a very high basketball IQ. Lucas also played outstanding defense, cuts without the ball, and gets open using good footwork and quickness. He was one of the best shooters in camp but can continue to work on his off-hand.” Bradley led extremely well on both sides of the ball throughout camp and was quietly one of the most productive guards on display.
#43: 5’8 ’24 Amari Archie (Augusta)
Continuing onto a player that was easily the fastest end-to-end performer in attendance, Amari Archie. He’s a wiry guard prospect that simply thrives in transition, given his phenomenal ability to push the pace and reach top speed with ease. Archie handles the ball well and looks to make smart passes whenever possible. He plays with a great motor, especially on defense, and forces turnovers at a pretty solid rate. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more lethal off-ball cutter. Coach Mills on Archie: “Amari is a playmaker with a high motor. Make no mistake, this kid gets buckets. He runs the floor and has good court vision. Amari is an all-around ball player. He can work on playing without the ball and the overall use of his off-hand.” Archie was very productive on both sides of the ball and could be a prospect to keep a close eye on, especially if he maintains his mentality from camp.
#52: 5’9 ’24 Felder Gibson (Florence)
Next, we look at a player that stood out and made an impression as the main glue-guy of this team, Felder Gibson. He’s a big, strong-bodied forward with great rebounding instincts and the ability to physically-impose himself against the opposition on both ends of the floor. Gibson doesn’t force the action and understands how to play within his role. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Mills on Gibson: “Felder is a man-child. He is a strong, gentle giant with strong hands and good footwork. He needs to spend time in the gym and work on his jumper and continuing to develop his footwork. Felder must improve his foot speed to play at the high school and college levels. He needs to continue working on his off-hand.” Gibson displayed a ton of tools during camp and will be worth monitoring over the coming years.
#58: 6’3 ’24 Grant Beaton (Florence)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Grant Beaton. He’s a long, wiry forward/post prospect that plays with a high motor and looks to create havoc however possible from inside paint. Beaton has solid touch around the basket and runs the floor very well in transition. Next in his development process is working on adding strength, as it’ll make him a more physical interior presence on both ends of the floor. Coach Mills on Beaton: “Grant is a 6-foot-3 work in progress. He’s a big, gentle giant that needs to work on most of his basketball skills. Passing, cutting, footwork and rebounding his position would make him a very nice two-way threat. Grant needs to make time to play as much basketball as he can and attend every camp that he can find. Grant has a lot of potential and room to grow.” Beaton gave phenomenal effort during camp and possesses clear upside, certainly making him one to keep an eye on going forward.