Coach: Yusef English
#8: 5’0 ’24 Nicholas Worsley (Florence)
Starting things off, we look at a player that continues to make strides within his two-way growth, Nicholas Worsley. He’s a wiry, team-first lead guard prospect that plays with an excellent motor, which allows him to consistently stand out as a rebounder despite his lack of size. Worsley does a nice job of utilizing his handle to get downhill, penetrate, and finish strong around the basket. He displays a tight handle and understands how to work well with his teammates on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on adding strength, as it’ll allow him to be a more physical defender. Coach English on Worsley: “Nicholas does a great job with penetration. He finishes well in traffic but can also make the pass to open teammates. He plays extremely hard and rebounds well for his size.” Worsley enjoyed a very nice showing during camp and will be one to watch going forward, especially if he continues to work.
#26: 5’4 ’24 Christian Gentry (Spartanburg)
Next, we look at a player that displayed an extremely advanced skillset and approach to the game, Christian Gentry. He’s a long, wiry point guard prospect with incredible IQ, vision, and sharp playmaking tendencies. Gentry was able to reliably get downhill and touch the paint whenever he desired, which allowed him to set up others with regularity. He handles the ball with poise, security, and confidence, which complements his leadership qualities quite nicely. As unselfish as he is, Gentry is also a very efficient three-level scorer that can assert himself in a variety of different ways. Next in his development process is simply working to add strength, as it’ll help prepare him for the physicality of the high school game. Coach English on Gentry: “Christian was the best player at camp. He plays hard on both sides of the ball, sees the floor well, and can score on all three levels. He’s a phenomenal player.” Gentry was incredibly impressive throughout camp, securing the Mr. Playmaker award with relative ease, and should definitely be a prospect to watch closely over the coming years.
#31: 5’5 ’24 Tristen Shelton (Boiling Springs)
Moving onto a player that highlighted a pretty well-rounded skillset during his time at camp, Tristen Shelton. He’s a long-bodied guard prospect that plays with great energy and looks to affect the action however possible. Shelton defends, rebounds, and scores as needed within the flow of the team. He knocks down midrange jumpers at a nice rate but also showed his ability to attack the paint and finish at the basket. Next in his development process is working on his shooting off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach English on Shelton: “Tristen plays hard and is very coachable. He’s a good off-ball defender with nice anticipation skills. He’s a useful rebounder that can push the break in transition or pass ahead to open teammates. He maintained a positive attitude throughout the day.” Shelton did a lot of things well at camp and could be one to keep an eye on, especially if he continues to work.
#40: 5’7 ’24 Michael Mallory (Spartanburg)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a fantastic motor and ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor, Michael Mallory. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect that simply creates havoc with his nonstop energy, both as a scorer and overall defender. Mallory handles the ball, attacks the basket, and finishes strong through contact, but can also find success as an off-ball threat. He can knock down shots from beyond the arc but typically prefers to pull-up from midrange or make plays within the paint. Mallory displayed a nice two-way feel and an unselfish mentality on either side of the ball. Next in his development process is working on adding strength to his wiry frame, as it will make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach English on Mallory: “Michael plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He hustles and will knock down the open midrange shot. Michael can also attack the basket and finish in traffic.” Mallory was great at affecting various facets of the game and should be monitored closely going forward.
#45: 5’8 ’25 Jashad McLean (Spartanburg)
Next, we look at a player that possesses an excellent crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Jashad McLean. He’s a strong, big-bodied forward/post prospect that was arguably the main glue-guy of this team during camp. McLean welcomes physical play, able to attack the basket, finish through contact, and consistently outwork opponents for rebounds on both ends of the floor. He plays with a terrific motor and showed flashes of dominance, especially given the fact that he made a lasting impact while being the youngest player on this team. McLean moves extremely well without the ball to find open space as a cutter and displayed great defensive versatility throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach English on McLean: “Jashad is a high-energy player that does great in transition. He plays hard and can finish at the rim very well. Jashad made a ton of plays for us today.” McLean was undeniably productive during camp and should be an impact player for the foreseeable future.
#49: 5’9 ’24 Damario Saxon (Aiken)
Moving onto a player that continually stood out with his impressive physical attributes and three-level soring chops, Damario Saxon. He’s a long, skilled, athletic wing prospect with a high IQ and the ability to consistently affect all facets of the game. Saxon is capable of operating and thriving with or without the ball in his hands, given his intelligent cutting and poise as a spot-up threat. He creates well for himself and others, and knows how to make the correct play with regularity. Saxon utilizes his length quite effectively as a rebounder and overall defender, which allows him to alter shots, force turnovers, and push the break in transition. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain off the dribble. Coach English on Saxon: “Damario is a nice two-way player. He can score the ball well from all three levels. He’s a good on and off-ball defender that offers great help defense.” Saxon possesses a ton of appealing tools and has the necessary ability to emerge as a phenomenal prospect, especially with continued work.
#57: 6’1 ’24 Zavier Washington (Blythewood)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was among the most physically-imposing performers on display, Zavier Washington. He’s a big, strong-bodied post prospect that plays with a high motor and controls the glass exceptionally well on both ends of the floor. Washington clears out space nicely, both to box-out and secure quality position on the bock, and shows a willingness to utilize his body to make plays. He alters a ton of shots, runs the floor hard, and finishes decently well around the basket. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it’ll make him a better defender with an improved ability to recover. Coach English on Washington: “Zavier is a solid post player with good help-defense ability. He can finish in traffic and plays well with his back to the basket. Zavier plays hard and works within the team on both ends of the floor.” Washington already has a useful role on the court but clear upside remaining, which should make him a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.