Coach: Mason Padgett
#67: 5’6 ’22 O’Montae Daniels (Richland Northeast)
Starting things off, we look at a player that really stood out with his perimeter shooting and team-first approach, O’Montae Daniels. He’s a smart, high-motor guard prospect that knows how to operate and make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Daniels is a phenomenal spot-up threat from beyond the arc but also shows solid ball-handling and can attack closeouts whenever necessary. He also forced multiple off-ball turnovers and rebounded quite well given his lack of size. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a better on-ball defender. Coach Padgett on Daniels: “O’Montae worked really hard on both ends of the floor today. He moved without the ball very well and had great court vision on the court all day. O’Montae needs to continue to increase his ability to finish around the basket.” Daniels enjoyed a quality showing at camp and has the necessary tools to emerge as an impact player sooner than later for Richland Northeast.
#75: 5’8 ’23 Keishaun Johnson (AC Flora)
Next, we look at a player that was able to operate and make an impact within a variety of different roles, Keishaun Johnson. He’s a young, slightly undersized guard prospect that stands out quite regularly with his perimeter shooting and ability to spot-up from three-point territory. He displayed nice vision and a clear willingness to make the smartest available pass whenever possible. Next in his development process is working the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more polished ball-handler. Coach Padgett on Johnson: “Keishun is a great shooter. He also had an excellent attitude throughout the day. He needs to improve on his footwork and overall quickness. Keishun has a wonderful ability to score the basketball. If he continues to develop dribbling with both hands, he will be a top player in his class.” Johnson did a lot of things well during camp, especially for his age, and will be one to watch progress going forward.
#85: 5’11 ’21 Antonio Swedenburg (Wagener-Salley)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most well-rounded and complementary piece on this team, Antonio Swedenburg. He’s a smart, wiry, team-first guard prospect with no real weaknesses on either end of the floor. Swedenburg can reliably pass, handle, shoot, and defend while working within the flow of the team. He knows how to fill in the gaps and can expand his production based on the needs of his team. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find even more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Padgett on Swedenburg: “Antonio is such a great kid. He moved the ball well today and helped our team in big-time situations. He also attacked the basket well. Antonio needs to work on improving his jumper and ball-handling. He played great defense and was able to get key stops for our team.” Swedenburg worked hard and proved to be a useful two-way asset throughout the day, which should make him a reliable piece for Wagener-Salley.
#92: 5’11 ’24 Morgan Washington (West Columbia)
Continuing onto a player that highlighted an abundance of skill and obvious long-term upside, Morgan Washington. He’s a young, wiry, high-motor guard prospect with craftiness, vision, and the ability to apply efficient scoring pressure from all three levels. Washington displayed a quality two-way feel for the game and knows how to make a strong impact without needing the ball, particularly as a rebounder. He creates for himself, others, and does a nice job of containing his assignment on defense. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as he has the necessary tools to get stops on the fast break. Coach Padgett on Washington: “Morgan has a great jumper. He sets the floor and has great passing ability. Morgan was also a great teammate and truly cared about winning. Morgan needs to continue working and grow his basketball IQ, but could be a great high school player if he works.” Washington performed extremely well, especially to be one of the youngest players in attendance, and should be monitored closely over the coming years.
#102: 6’0 ’23 Malin Allard (Mount Pleasant)
Next, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term upside, Malin Allard. He’s a young, wiry wing prospect with a fairly active motor and unselfish two-way approach to the game. Allard has a nice shooting stroke from the perimeter and was able to move quite effectively as an off-ball cutter. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Padgett on Allard: “Malin is a great kid with a ton of upside. He is a solid defender and is growing into a great shooter. At times, he was also aggressive when going to the basket and made big plays for the team around the rim. Malin has the ability to be a solid high school player for his team.” Allard did some things well during camp and could be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward, especially if he continues to work.
#109: 6’1 ’22 Dalon Edwards (Trinity Byrnes)
Moving onto a player that showcased a pretty intriguing array of skills during his time at camp, Dalon Edwards. He’s a long, wiry, high-IQ guard prospect with a strong motor and unselfish approach on both ends of the floor. Edwards can handle the ball but typically operates as a spot-up threat from midrange and beyond the arc, where he was able to knock down a ton of jumpers. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would likely make him a better penetrating threat. Coach Padgett on Edwards: “Dalon really shot the ball well today. He played well with his teammates and was a huge key to the success of our team. Dalon needs to continue working on his footwork on defense and will be a great player.” Edwards proved to be a clear asset to this team on both sides of the ball throughout camp and will be a prospect to monitor, as he has the tools to become a very useful prospect.
#123: 6’2 ’23 Tony Webb (Spartanburg)
Continuing onto a player that was able to assert himself quite effectively on either end of the floor, Tony Webb. He’s a young, strong-bodied wing/forward prospect with a quality motor and the ability to outwork opponents as a two-way rebounder. Webb displays nice footwork and is able to get downhill and make plays within the paint quite regularly. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Padgett on Webb: “Tony gave solid effort today. He had an excellent attitude with huge upside to his game. Tony needs to improve as a ball-handler but has shown that he can be a knockdown shooter. He has the ability to be a great high school player if he continues to work as hard as he did today.” Webb performed well but also has a clear amount of upside, so it’ll be exciting to see how he progresses over the coming years.
#130: 6’3 ’21 Nicholas Thiele (Byrnes)
Next, we look at a player that made a strong impression with his polish and offensive leadership, Nicholas Thiele. He’s a smart, strong-bodied wing/forward prospect with two-way versatility and excellent shooting abilities. Thiele can reliably create for himself or others and displays a clear willingness to make the best available play whenever possible. He knows how to make a strong impact with or without the ball in his hands and forced an abundance of turnovers on defense. Next in his development process is working to improve his footwork, as it will make him a more complete player. Coach Padgett on Thiele: “Nick will be a great college basketball player. He scored when his team needed him to but also has the ability to drive and score whenever he wants. Nick was the leading scorer in camp because he truly knows how to play the game of basketball.” Thiele was undeniably impressive throughout camp and could certainly be a prospect for college coaches to monitor over these next few years.
#139: 6’4 ’23 Justice Johnson (Richland Northeast)
Finishing up, we look at a player that stood out as one of the most impressive performers on display, especially for his age, Justice Johnson. He’s a long, athletic, team-first forward prospect with a strong motor and two-way feel for the game. Johnson does basically everything well, particularly for his size, and knows how to make his presence felt in a variety of different ways. He’s a capable ball-hander with shooting capabilities and nice instincts as a defender and rebounder. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Padgett on Johnson: “Justice is super long and athletic for his age. He has great moves with his back to the basket. You can tell that he truly loves the game of basketball. Justice is also a high-character kid and will be a great post player in high school. He’s a great shot blocker as well.” Johnson enjoyed a phenomenal showing at camp and should continue working, as he has the tools to end up as one of the top long-term prospects in attendance.