Coach: Marc Raye
#15: 5’6 ’24 Bryan Boston (Florence)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showed a willingness to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge, Bryan Boston. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect that made his presence felt nicely as a spot-up threat and off-ball cutter. Boston did a quality job of finding seams within the defense and capitalizing from the perimeter on open looks. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Raye on Boston: “Bryan is a young player that will grow to be a great player in this sport. His attitude is pretty good and his ability to believe in himself and his teammates is solid. His future is going to be bright if he continues to work on his game.” Boston enjoyed a pretty nice showing at camp, especially for his age, and should be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#41: 5’9 ’24 Jamari Hough (Buford)
Next, we look at a player that really stood out with his fairly advanced approach and skillset, Jamari Hough. He’s a young, tough, well-rounded guard prospect that knows how to run a team decently well or operate alongside another primary ball-handler. Hough does a great job of getting downhill and effectively attacking the basket but can also knock down perimeter jumpers at a reliable clip. He’s pretty quick and defends the point of attack well, especially for his size. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a craftier finisher around the basket. Coach Raye on Hough: “Jamari is a player that takes care of business on both ends of the floor. His shot selections are very impressive. He did not take a bad shot. He takes what the defense gives him. If he continues to work on his shot, he will become a deadly shooter.” Hough displayed flashes of greatness during camp and has the tools to be a high school contributor sooner than later.
#46: 5’10 ’22 Karon Crowder (Harding)
Moving onto a player that was able to make his presence felt on both ends of the floor while operating within his role, Karon Crowder. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing prospect with blossoming defensive versatility and useful rebounding instincts. Crowder can do a little bit of everything but operates well within the team and doesn’t force the action on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Raye on Crowder: “Karon is going to be a great defender. His ability to guard is one that a coach is going to love. Karon is going to be a good shooter if he gains more confidence and works on his shot. I’m looking forward to hearing great things from him in the future.” Crowder showed a lot of promise and long-term intrigue, so it’ll be interesting to see how he develops over the next few years.
#54: 5’11 ’22 Lucas Megson (Albemarle)
Continuing onto a player that really stood out with his vision and overall feel for the game, Lucas Megson. He’s a wiry, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with terrific ball-handling skills and the ability to consistently create for himself or others. Megson is great at getting downhill and attacking the basket, pull-up from midrange, or setting up teammates for scoring opportunities. He displays quality defensive prowess, understands how to force turnovers at a pretty strong rate, and makes his presence felt quite regularly in transition. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as it would complement his penetration game nicely. Coach Raye on Megson: “Lucas is a player that has a high IQ and can see things before they happen. His passing ability is one of a pure point guard. Lucas is going to do great things next year with his high school team.” Megson enjoyed a quality showing at camp and has all the tools to emerge as a strong contributor for Albemarle over the next calendar year.
#58: 6’0 ’22 SeQuan Brooks (Hannah Pamplico)
Next, we look at a player that offers an excellent complementary presence with any collection of teammates, SeQuan Brooks. He’s a long, wiry, team-first guard prospect that typically operates without the ball but highlighted his ability to effectively create for himself and others. Brooks contained his assignment well defensively and was able to force multiple turnovers on the day. He plays hard, runs the floor well in transition, and can find seams within the defense as an off-ball cutter. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Raye on Brooks: “SeQuan is a guard that can be very aggressive. He has the ability to do some damage on the defensive end. He is very coachable and his attitude reflects that he loves the game.” Brooks did a lot of things well at camp and should be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#71: 6’0 ’23 Malin Allard (Oceanside Collegiate)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the main glue-guy for this team throughout camp, Malin Allard. He’s a young, wiry, well-rounded guard prospect that does a strong amount of everything on the court. Allard can effectively pass, handle, and score the ball from all three levels while operating within his role or asserting himself as a focal point. He possesses a nice blend of IQ, motor, and quickness, which allows him to mirror his assignment and force turnovers defensively. Next in his development process is working on adding strength, as it’ll only help prepare him for an expanded role on his high school team. Coach Raye on Allard: “Malin is a solid player that plays BOTH ends of the court. Malin’s communication skills on the court are excellent. He is very aggressive on both ends of the floor and can knock down the jumper in crucial moments of the game. Defensively, he can and will guard the best player on the other team. I am glad he was on my team at the Phenom basketball camp.” Allard highlighted some impressive qualities, especially for his age, and has the tools to emerge as a strong contributor for Oceanside Collegiate sooner than later.
#83: 6’2 ’20 Dayton Owens (Ben Lippen)
Continuing onto a player that offered his team with a pretty well-rounded approach and skillset, Dayton Owens. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect that does a little bit of everything on the court. Owens penetrates well, where he’s able to finish strong, utilize his midrange pull-up, or set up teammates for easy buckets. He sees the floor nicely and understands how to make the right play with the ball in his hands. Owens secured rebounds, defended his position well, and pushed transition play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even better finisher around the basket. Coach Raye on Owens: “Dayton is very aggressive on the offensive end of the court. His ability to shoot the midrange is pretty good. He plays pretty good defense and blocks or boxes-out on a consistent basis. He has a bright future in the game of basketball.” Owens did a lot of things well during camp and could be a nice late addition for the right program.
#90: 6’4 ’23 Merel Burgess (South Florence)
Next, we look at a player that continues to showcase strong strides within in his overall development, Merel Burgess. He’s a strong, versatile, very intelligent forward/post prospect with a blossoming skillset and the ability to cause mismatches in a variety of different ways. Burgess possesses touch, craftiness, and a pretty impressive three-level scoring arsenal. His trajectory has been rapidly trending upward and it was clear throughout the day, given how well he affected all facets of the game. Next in his development process is working on getting quicker, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain when attacking off the bounce. Coach Raye on Burgess: “Merel is a solid all-around hooper. He reminds me a lot of Charles Barkley with his build. He can play and finish with his back to the basket or facing the basket. He loves the contact and just does ALL the dirty work for the team. He has a consistent jumper that is pretty solid. He has a bright future in the game of basketball.” Burgess enjoyed an excellent showing at camp and truly has all the tools to become a special player over the coming years, especially if he continues to work.
#98: 6’8 ’20 Isaac Farah (Fishers)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was utterly dominant on both sides of the ball throughout camp, Isaac Farah. He’s a long, athletic, versatile forward/post prospect with a quality amount of skill for his size/position. Farah controlled the interior on both ends exceptionally well, rebounding everything, consistently protecting the rim, and scoring nearly every possession. He runs the floor really well in transition and possesses nice fluidity for his size/position. Farah also highlighted quality vision and toughness out of the post, which allowed him to dictate the offensive action quite easily. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him even more prepared for the next level. Coach Raye on Farah: “Isaac is a Division I college player that is a very solid big man. Isaac can and does play both ends of the court. His shot blocking and rebounding is one that is going to help whatever college he attends. He can score at will and punch on you if you stand in his way. I am very impressed.” Farah was undeniably impressive in each performance and should continue to see an influx of college interest/offers as a result of his showing at camp.