Coach: Patrick Paul
#103: 5’9 ’24 Damario Saxon (North Augusta)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made a steady impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Damario Saxon. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with an unselfish approach and the ability to make his presence felt on either side of the ball. Saxon is a capable shooter and penetrator with useful vision and defensive instincts. He didn’t force the action and made hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a better finisher around the basket. Coach Paul on Saxon: “Damario is a very crafty guard who shoots the ball well from distance. He displays a great change of pace and can also set the table for others. Damario defends the ball well and has great anticipation skills.” Saxon enjoyed a nice showing at camp, and has the necessary tools to emerge as a productive contributor sooner than later for North Augusta.
#114: 6’0 ’23 Jordan Frazer (Cardinal Newman)
Next, we look at a player that seems to offer a steady, reliable presence in every possible setting, Jordan Frazer. He’s a smart, unselfish, well-rounded guard prospect with a quality motor and the ability to make an impact from either backcourt position. Frazer is a nice ball-handler with excellent vision and a clear willingness to set up others whenever possible. He’s able to apply scoring pressure from all levels but doesn’t look to force the action offensively. Frazer also defends his position well and rebounds the ball nicely for his size. Next in his development process is working on his shooting consistency off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Paul on Frazer: “Jordan is a floor general who plays with great pace. He controls the flow of the game. He hits the open shot and still has the ability to create. Jordan’s upside is very high.” Frazer proved to be an asset at camp and should be a major contributor during his upcoming season at Cardinal Newman.
#121: 6’0 ’23 Kanye Nelson (Legion Collegiate)
Moving onto a player that simply knows how to overwhelm opponents with his crafty approach, Kanye Nelson. He’s a smart, skilled guard prospect with quality creation skills and the ability to consistently generate shots from all levels. Nelson offers a nice balance between scoring and playmaking, but also does a terrific job of containing his assignment defensively. Next in his development process is working on his ability to rebound the ball, as it would allow him to grab boards and push the break in transition. Coach Paul on Nelson: “Kanye is a high-energy guard who defends at a high rate. He has the ability to get downhill at will. He finishes well at the rim while still disrupting the opposing ball-handler. Excellent on-ball defender who gets his hands on everything. Jumper can continue to become more consistent.” Nelson did a lot of things well during his time at camp and should maintain his status as a productive piece for Legion Collegiate going forward.
#132: 6’1 ’22 Ca’Darrius Sowell (Andrew Jackson)
Continuing onto a player that arguably stood out among the top all-around performers on display, Ca’Darrius Sowell. He’s a smart, crafty, well-rounded guard prospect with leadership qualities and a balanced offensive attack. Sowell can reliably create for himself and others while applying constant scoring pressure from all levels. He’s a quality athlete, decision-maker, and strong defender with the ability to force turnovers at a nice rate. Sowell rebounds his position, produces from either backcourt spot, and operates well within the team concept. He does everything at an above-average level, and displays no glaring weaknesses on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working to become stronger, as it would only make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Paul on Sowell: “KD is a high-energy player who scores at will. He’s a three-level scorer that can still run a team very well. KD shows the ability to defend and knock down the three-pointer at a great rate. Great leader.” Sowell enjoyed a high-level showing at camp and should be an obvious target for scholarship-level programs over the coming months.
#139: 6’1 ’25 Amarii King (Keenan)
Next, we look at a player who showcased a nice array of skills, especially to be among the younger campers on this team, Amarii King. He’s a young, tough, competitive wing prospect with an active motor and clear understanding of how to make plays within his role on either side of the ball. King is unselfish and looks to make the extra pass whenever possible, but also shows nice scoring capabilities—especially as a spot-up threat. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a better finisher through contact. Coach Paul on King: “Amarii is a wing with good size and the ability to make plays around the basket. He plays well off of two feet and still looks to create for others. Amarii is already a solid defender, but should only continue to get better with time.” King did a variety of things well during his time at camp and should emerge as a useful contributor for Kennan over the coming months.
#150: 6’2 ’24 Nicholas Sweet (Powdersville)
Moving onto a player that arguably stood out as the main glue-guy of this team during camp, Nicholas Sweet. He’s a wiry, unselfish wing/forward prospect with an excellent spot-up presence and the ability to consistently hit shots from midrange or beyond the arc. Sweet looks to make hustle plays and locate the extra pass whenever available. He provides great effort on both ends of the floor and consistently works for rebounds/extra possessions. Next in his development process is working to get quicker, as it would make him a more reliable penetrator off the bounce. Coach Paul on Sweet: “Nicholas is a great shooter who can space the floor at a nice rate. Shoots the ball incredibly well and can defend multiple positions. He has a high IQ and plays with high energy. Pleasure to coach.” Sweet made his presence felt throughout camp and should be a strong contributor for Powdersville over the foreseeable future.
#157: 6’3 ’23 Bishop Ukata (Ridge View)
Continuing onto a player that possesses a nice crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Bishop Ukata. He’s a strong, athletic, well-rounded wing/forward prospect who plays bigger than his size would imply on both ends of the floor. Ukata is smart and rugged, which tends to lead to matchup problems for various types of opponents. He finishes well, both through contact and above the rim, and shoots the ball at an above-average rate from beyond the arc. Ukata also defends multiple positions, rebounds the ball exceptionally well, and should only continue to get better over the coming months. Next in his development process is working to become a better penetrator, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Paul on Ukata: “Bishop is a high-energy kid who can guard multiple positions. He shoots the ball well from distance and is extremely athletic. Bishop is a great shot-blocker who understands his assignment on the court.” Ukata highlighted a lot of ability at camp and will definitely be a prospect for college coaches to monitor over these next two seasons at Ridge View.
#168: 6’4 ’22 Jalen Burnett (Northwestern)
Next, we look at a player that always seems to make a lasting impression with his nonstop motor and harassing defensive qualities, Jalen Burnett. He’s a strong, fluid, high-motor guard prospect with great size and overall understanding of how to impact the game without requiring the ball in his hands. Burnett is a capable, fairly well-rounded offensive player with the ability to pass, handle, and score in a variety of ways. However, his value as a defender, rebounder, and overall hustle player simply cannot be overstated. Burnett’s unselfish, hard-nosed mentality directly correlates to winning in seemingly every setting. He’s skilled and adaptable enough to operate from various positions on either side of the ball. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Paul on Burnett: “Jalen is an extremely talented player with great upside. Defends multiple positions and has a knack of getting his hands on the ball. Shoots the corner three well but is also a good penetrator.” Burnett did a lot of things well and should be a target for various programs over the course of his upcoming senior season.
#175: 6’5 ’27 Josh Leonard (Florence)
Moving onto a player that easily stood out as the most enticing long-term prospect in attendance, Josh Leonard. He’s an extremely young wing/forward prospect with truly incredible physical attributes and a blossoming skillset. Leonard possesses the size of a forward with the fluidity of a wing which, as a seventh-grader, gives him unbelievable long-term upside. He already looks quite comfortable as a finisher and shows the understanding of how to operate within a few dribbles to create his own shot. Leonard displays solid activity without the ball, makes unselfish passes, and has the ability to score from all levels. Next in his development process is simply continuing to refine his overall skillset, as he has the tools to be special with continued work. Coach Paul on Leonard: “Josh is a great young wing with incredible size. He displays good vision and a willingness to create for others. Hits jumpers well. Finishes at the rim effectively for his age. Tremendous prospect for the future.” Leonard turned a ton of heads during his time at camp and will inevitably be a prospect for folks to monitor over the coming years, as he could become a nationally recognized name.
#184: 6’7 ’22 Jimeion Brown (York Prep)
Finishing up, we look at a player that simply knows how to produce alongside any collection of teammates, Jimeion Brown. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward/post prospect with a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor. Brown possesses touch and solid athleticism, which allows him to finish around the basket or above the rim, but can also step out and apply pressure as a floor-spacer. He displays nice instincts as a rebounder and rim-protector, and runs the floor well in transition. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would only maximize his aforementioned defensive instincts. Coach Paul on Brown: “Jimeion is a stretch-forward with great long-term upside. He shoots the ball really well off the catch. He possesses great length, which helps him deflect shots and also intercept passing lanes. Jimeion is a great leader.” Brown continues to highlight a lot of ability, and should have the attention of college coaches as he enters his senior season at York Prep.