Coach: Julian Duncan
#24: 5’8 ’23 Dominick Jones (Florence)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a pretty advanced approach and skillset for his age, Dominick Jones. He’s a young, tough, intelligent point guard prospect with a pretty smooth, dynamic offensive arsenal. Jones shoots the ball well from the perimeter, can make plays off the bounce for himself and others, and utilizes his quickness to create havoc defensively. He consistently found a way to involve himself in the action on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Duncan on Jones: “Dominick was smooth today. He has good size and great decision-making. He scored from all three levels and made winning plays. He is young and has a bright future ahead of him.” Jones enjoyed a very impressive showing at camp and will be a prospect to watch closely over the coming years.
#25: 5’4 ’25 Julian Duncan (Trinity Byrnes)
Next, we look at a player that is just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Julian Duncan. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with the ability to play bigger than his size, particularly on defense, and knows how to make his presence consistently felt. Duncan is a useful perimeter shooter with nice spot-up instincts and quality off-ball movement. He’s a solid all-around defender that utilizes his anticipation to force turnovers and push transition play. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would help prepare him for the high school game. Coach Duncan on Duncan: “Julian was my youngest kid on the team today but he defended at a high level and displayed toughness throughout the camp. I truly enjoyed coaching him and his energy was great on both ends of the floor.” Duncan did a lot of things well, especially to be the smallest and youngest prospect on this team, which should make him a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#26: 5’8 ’22 Jermaine Nelson (Lugoff Elgin)
Moving onto a player that highlighted a fairly well-rounded approach and skillset during camp, Jermaine Nelson. He’s a smart, wiry, team-first guard prospect with a strong two-way motor and the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Nelson displayed useful creation skills and was able to score the ball well from all three levels but also looked to make the extra pass whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to become a craftier finisher around the basket. Coach Duncan on Nelson: “Jermaine was great during camp. He is very skilled on the offensive end of the floor and can score effectively from all three levels. Next, he has to work on being more vocal on defense and more aggressive when guarding opposing players.” Nelson made his presence felt nicely, especially with his offensive arsenal, and has the tools to emerge as a strong contributor for Lugoff Elgin over the next calendar year.
#32: 6’0 ’22 Marcus Whitling (T.L. Hanna)
Continuing onto a player that offered his team with an unselfish, high-motor presence throughout camp, Marcus Whitling. He’s a well-rounded guard prospect that displayed a pretty strong feel for the game on both ends of the floor. Whitling typically operates without the ball, where he was able to find open seams as a cutter and made multiple effort plays. He proved to be a solid all-around defender with the ability to contain his assignment quite effectively. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to find more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Duncan on Whitling: “Marcus is a tough young guard and plays very hard on both ends of the floor. He needs to work on improving his feel for the game and handling more offensively. He was a joy to coach and has a bright future ahead.” Whitling enjoyed a quality showing at camp and has the tools to emerge as a strong contributor for T.L. Hanna sooner than later.
#35: 6’0 ’23 Joseph McMillan (Wilson)
Next, we look at a player that stood out as a quality glue-guy for this team, especially given his age, Joseph McMillan. He’s a young, smart, fairly balanced guard prospect that can assert himself offensively as a creator, penetrator, or off-ball cutter. McMillan plays with a high motor and understands how to properly involve himself in the action defensively and on the glass. He displayed unselfishness and made numerous heady passes to teammates that led to buckets. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Duncan on McMillan: “Joseph had a good day today. He defended at a high level and played smart basketball on both ends of the floor throughout camp. I would love to see him be more aggressive offensively and work on ball-handling and shooting. Joseph was a joy to coach.” McMillan did a lot of things well during camp and will be a prospect to watch progress throughout the coming years.
#76: 6’1 ’20 Cameron Readus (Irmo)
Moving onto a player that was quietly among the most impressive unsigned seniors on display, Cameron Readus. He’s a long, wiry, tough two-way guard prospect that quickly emerged as a leader by example on the court. Readus was comfortable running the offense while picking and choosing his spots, which allowed him to score the ball in a variety of different ways. He rebounded, forced turnovers, and consistently made his presence felt in transition. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to become an even craftier finisher around the basket. Coach Duncan on Readus: “Cameron is a tough young player. He is really solid and I loved the way he attacked the basket off the dribble, which allowed him to score it very well. He also defended on a high level for our team. I feel like he has a chance to play at the next level.” Readus enjoyed a very productive showing at camp and has the tools to be an excellent late addition for the right program.
#77: 6’1 ’20 Cameron Gore-Gause (North Myrtle Beach)
Continuing onto a player that really stood out with his motor and willingness to do whatever necessary to provide his team with an edge, Cameron Gore-Gause. He’s a big, strong-bodied forward prospect with the ability to play bigger than his size on both ends of the floor. Gore-Gause is slightly undersized for his position but still found a way to be extremely productive from inside the paint. He’s a terrific rebounder that utilizes his strength very well to clear out space, secure rebounds, and run the floor effectively in transition. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would take his offensive game to another level. Coach Duncan on Gore-Gause: “Cameron plays really tough and was a leader on the defensive end of the floor. I would love to see the young man be more aggressive offensively. I cannot wait to see how he turns out, as he has a good future ahead of him.” Gore-Gause did a lot of things well and was able to make his presence consistently felt during camp.
#96: 6’5 ’23 Jayden “Cowboy” Boyd (Northwestern)
Finishing up, we look at a player that possesses an incredible crossroads between production and long-term upside, Jayden “Cowboy” Boyd. He’s a long, versatile wing/forward prospect with a phenomenal blend of size, skill, and athleticism, which makes him an immediate matchup problem. Boyd defended multiple positions defensively while operating as the leading rebounder and rim-protector for this team. He secured rebounds, forced turnovers, and blocked an abundance of shots around the rim, which often led to fast-break opportunities. Boyd has continued to expand his offensive arsenal, mainly as a creator and perimeter shooter, while maintaining his rugged interior presence. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll only make him more dominant on both ends of the floor. Coach Duncan on Boyd: “Jayden is a very long and good young prospect. I appreciated his energy and effort. I was impressed with his ability to rebound and defend at a high level. Next, he needs to work on his shooting consistency from beyond the arc.” Boyd has all the makings of a potential star prospect and should have the attention of college coaches for the foreseeable future.