Coach: Andre Simmons
#4: 4’9 ’27 Jasiye Simmons (Statesville)
Starting things off, we look at a player that provided phenomenal effort throughout his time at camp, Jasiye Simmons. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect that is just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, but still plays hard, unselfish basketball on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Simmons on Simmons: “Jasiye was one of the younger kids at camp. At times, it showed that Jasiye has a lot of growth left in terms of knowing where to be on the court. He showcased a nice midrange jumper and the ability to get open. He moved pretty well without the ball and had success finding space. Jasiye has to get more knowledge, which I know he will develop over time. You can tell he has a bright future and will grow into a really good player.” Simmons has a great foundation and could be a terrific player with continued work and playing experience.
#7: 4’11 ’28 Shane Goines (Sumter)
Next, we look at a player that showcased an incredible amount of polish for his age, Shane Goines. He’s a very young, skilled guard prospect that made a nonstop impact despite being the youngest player at camp. Next in his development process is working on maintaining a positive attitude, as it’ll help his ability to stay focused. Coach Simmons on Goines: “Shane is very advanced beyond his years. To be only nine years old, you can tell that this young man has had some serious coaching. His handles are crazy! His shot is crazy! His vision is crazy! He is a phenomenal talent. At times, he seemed to be emotional but that is to be expected from a nine-year-old playing against kids up to the eighth grade. At this rate, Shane will be a household name one day because his game is well beyond his current age. Keep an eye an ear out for him.” Goines displayed flashes of greatness throughout camp and will certainly be one to watch going forward.
#10: 5’0 ’25 Kyri Wilson (Mooresville)
Moving onto a player that stood out from start to finish with his phenomenal skill and leadership, Kyri Wilson. He’s a smart, quick, unselfish point guard prospect with a tremendous playmaking sense and the ability to finish anything he attempts at the basket with craftiness. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll make him an even better defender and rebounder. Coach Simmons on Wilson: “Kyri is fast as lightning! He is very difficult to deal with in transition. He has an abundance of moves in the open court to blow by defenders, and can get to the cup and finishes in a variety of ways. He showcased great court vision and was able to hit his teammates with some well-timed passes. Although he is a bit undersized, he is fearless and can rebound and attack against bigger defenders. Kyri is a true competitor and has a bright future, for real. He is a name that we should be looking to make some noise over the next few years and have a successful high school career.” Wilson was undeniably impressive during camp and has the chance to be an excellent long-term player, especially if he continues to work.
#12: 5’2 ’27 Brayden Mack (Columbia)
Continuing onto a player that arguably stood out as the main glue-guy of this team, Brayden Mack. He’s an unselfish, high-motor guard prospect that looks to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge. Mack knocks down the open jumper and makes his presence felt on offense, but was even better on defense. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Simmons on Mack: “Brayden was an all-around team player that did a lot of things well. He was very into the game and you can see that he wants to get better. At times, he got lost in the action but it’s easy to see how this could happen with him being younger. He has a lot of potential going forward and years left to develop his talent. I’m looking forward to seeing his growth and development.” Mack enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could be a prospect to watch progress.
#24: 5’4 ’25 Patrick Belt (Elgin)
Next, we look at a player that did a terrific job of controlling the paint and displaying perimeter flashes, Patrick Belt. He’s a big, strong-bodied post prospect that already knows how to reliably score, rebound, and protect the rim. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as it would make him a more complete two-way threat. Coach Simmons on Belt: “The lefty big man showed a great knack for the ball and was great at offensive rebounds and second-chance points. Patrick is a solid low post presence and also displayed touch out to the foul line extended and could be a reliable high post option. To a very lesser degree, I looked at his style like a young Charles Barkley. He moved well without the ball and did his job down low. Patrick was a pleasure to coach. I was also impressed with his stroke from beyond the arc.” Belt did well as the main interior presence on this team and should continue working to maximize his potential.
#38: 5’7 ’25 Chrishaun Washington (Florence)
Finishing up, we look at a player that possesses a nice crossroads between production and long-term upside, Chrishaun Washington. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect that caused a strong amount of mismatches with his length and athleticism. Washington plays with great effort and was able to make plays for himself and others throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to apply more scoring pressure as an off-ball cutter. Coach Simmons on Washington: “Chrishaun gets to the rack at will and is very hard to step when going downhill. He is virtually unstoppable if he gets the first step on you. If he knew how cold he really was then he’d be basically unstoppable. He is a great rebounder and gets out well in transition. This young man has a lot of skills and could be a legit player going forward.” Washington enjoyed a pretty productive showing at camp and will be one to watch throughout his continued progression.