#2:5’0 ’23 Jaydyn Sowell (Pageland, SC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that brought a great attitude and operated nicely within the team concept, Jaydyn Sowell. He’s a young guard prospect that handles the ball well and plays unselfishly at all times. Sowell plays quite hard on both ends of the floor and defended with great purpose throughout the day. He moved well without the ball and showed the ability to coexist alongside another ball-handler whenever necessary. Next in his development process is working on tightening the mechanics of his perimeter jumper, as it would likely improve his consistency. Coach Harris on Sowell: “Jaydyn is a small guard that plays with heart. He keeps his teammates involved and plays tight defense. He should continue to work on his consistency as a perimeter shooter, as it will make up for his lack of penetration ability.” Sowell had a pretty solid showing at camp and should be able to steadily progress as he physically develops.
#21:5’8 ’23 Amari Johnson (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased an intriguing skillset during his time at camp, Amari Johnson. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect that is capable of scoring from anywhere inside the arc. That being said, Johnson proved to be an excellent all-around defender with quick hands and the ability to force turnovers at a solid rate. Next in his development process is working on his passing ability, as he possesses the necessary vision to become a quality playmaker. Coach Harris on Johnson: “Amari listens and accepted some of my criticisms. He showed me that he wanted to work hard, but needs to work on his team play. Amari needs to see the court and give the ball up on 3-on-2 fast breaks. His midrange shot is nice, but he can continue working on his consistency from beyond the arc. Amari takes care of the ball with his handle, can get into his man on defense, and is not scared to step up. Just continue working on team play and three-point consistency.” Johnson has a lot of useful skills and he’ll be a problem for opponents in the future, especially as he learns how to operate within the team concept.
#24:5’8 ’23 Dominick Jones (Florence, SC)
Moving onto a player that showcased a fairly well-rounded skillset during his time at camp, Dominick Jones. He’s a young guard prospect that plays within himself and never forces the action on either end of the floor. Jones was able to defend the point of attack and contain his assignment pretty well throughout the day. He is a capable scorer from all levels and can create for himself or others decently well. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen his overall feel for the game, as he already possesses a pretty useful skillset. Coach Harris on Jones: “Dominick has a great attitude and was willing to listen and play as a team. Overall, he needs to work on getting himself in the game and making a true impact. He played solid defense, but was just quiet on offense. Dominick can work on his confidence level.” Jones has a lot of useful tools and could be a prospect worth monitoring going forward.
#40:6’3 ’21 Jaylen Killens (Lumberton, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably the most intriguing long-term prospect on this team, Jaylen Killens. He’s a long, athletic wing/forward prospect that can get to the rim at will and finish through any amount of contact. Killens operates extremely well within the team concept and looks to make the right play whenever possible. He moves quite well without the ball and pursues rebounds at an exceptional rate on both ends of the floor. Killens displayed a nice feel for the game and proved to be a terrific all-around defender. Next in his development process working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as it would make him a much more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Harris on Killens: “Jaylen hustles on defense and attacks the basket strong. His shooting needs some work, as he didn’t claim to be very confident with his jumper, but got better with each game and improved on things that he asked about.” Killens was quite productive at camp, but has the potential to become even better, which is part of what makes him so tantalizing.
#45:5’10 ’21 Landon Stills (Lexington, SC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to fill the glue-guy role quite well throughout his time at camp, Landon Stills. He’s a guard prospect with a solid frame and the ability to contribute on both sides of the ball. Stills scored the ball well from inside the arc and showed a willingness to make plays for others on a regular basis. He plays with a strong motor and does a great job of getting after loose balls and secure extra possessions. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would open up an abundance of offensive opportunities. Coach Harris on Stills: “Landon plays aggressive, pushes the ball, and gets the team involved. He knows the game. His midrange shot is his go-to once opponents cut off driving lanes, so expanding beyond the three-point line should be a focal point for him. Landon handled the ball under pressure well and hustles hard on both ends of the floor.” Stills is an intriguing prospect that should be able to find success with any group of teammates.
#61:6’1 ’24 Cameron Scott (Lexington, SC)
Moving onto a player that sits at an incredible crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Cameron Scott. He’s a long, athletic forward prospect with a great frame for his age and an impressive amount of defensive versatility for his size. Scott has a strong feel for the game and causes problems for opponents when operating inside the arc. He already possesses a useful array of skills, but could become dominant with continued work. Scott defends and rebounds at a high level, which leads to easy transition play on a frequent basis. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him truly unstoppable on offense. Coach Harris on Scott: “Cameron is very coachable and plays team ball. He knows how to take what the defense gives him and attacks with different moves. He needs to work on his jumper a little bit more. Cameron plays quality defense but needs to be a little quicker on his feet. He has a strong amount of upside.” Scott has a chance to be one of the long-term prospects from this camp, especially considering that he’s still only a seventh-grader.
#64: 6’1 ’20 Raquawn Bailey (Chester, SC)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as the most impressive all-around defenders from this team, Raquawn Bailey. He’s a long, athletic wing/forward prospect with an intriguing frame and excellent defensive versatility. Bailey fills in the gaps well on offense, as he typically only looks to score on penetration attempts or dump-off passes near the basket, but also showed the ability and willingness to make plays for others. He utilizes his length extremely well on defense and caused an abundance of turnovers with his quality instincts on that end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on tightening his shooting mechanics, as it would likely make his perimeter stroke more consistent. Coach Harris on Bailey: “Raquawn is very coachable, has a great attitude, and took coaching well. He hustles on both ends of the court. Raquawn doesn’t shoot from midrange very often, but can knock down three-pointers—although he should continue to work on his form. He attacks the basket hard and can finish with both hands. Raquawn gets into his assignment and constantly communicates on defense. He displayed strong quickness, both with and without the ball.” Bailey does the little things and was among the most valuable performers on his team, which should make him a prospect worth monitoring going forward.
#81: 6’2 ’23 William Brooks (Rock Hill, SC)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a lot of intriguing tools within his skillset, William Brooks. He’s an extremely long, wiry forward prospect with a pretty impressive list of intangibles and physical gifts. Brooks showed the ability to penetrate and scored most of his points from around the basket, but was also able to step out and hit the occasional midrange jumper. His defensive presence was quite useful, as he showed the ability to accumulate blocks and steals at a strong rate. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would allow him to defend more reliably along the perimeter. Coach Harris on Brooks: “William has a good team attitude and was able to take in coaching while working hard on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he utilized the midrange pretty well and took advantage of open outside shots, but can continue to work on his consistency. William attacks the rim decently well, but can work on going left more often. He plays aggressive defense at all times and has a bright future if he stays in the gym.” Brooks is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities, so it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses over the next few years.
#88: 6’3 ’21 Michael Herrin (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was able to contribute quite well during camp, especially on defense, Michael Herrin. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect that plays with great energy and operates well within the team concept. Herrin did a nice job of not forcing the action and knowing when to defer to teammates and when to take advantage of scoring chances. He stood out defensively with his ability to defend the point of attack and jump into passing lanes when slotted off-ball. Next in his development process is working on his shooting consistency from the perimeter, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Harris on Herrin: “Michael is very coachable, played with the team, and attacks the basket with confidence. He just needs to work on his shooting form from all levels. He’s a solid defender and offers weak-side help whenever necessary. He runs the floor on the break. Michael can take his game to the next level by continuing to work on the basics of his skillset.” Herrin could be a prospect worth watching develop, especially if he continues to work.