Coach: Kelvin Mills
#105: 5’10 ’24 Deon Harvey Jr. (Christ Church)
Starting things off, we look at a player that consistently outperformed opponents despite being the smallest camper on this team, Deon Harvey Jr. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor point guard prospect with quickness and the ability to score with efficiency from all levels. Harvey is a quality playmaker and looks to get others involved whenever possible, but still takes advantage of scoring opportunities within the flow of the action. He defends his position very well, secures rebounds at a nice rate for his position, and makes a consistent impact in transition. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would only make him more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Mills on Harvey: “If there was a blueprint for a point guard, Deon is it. Can control the tempo of the game. Great ball-handler who can get to the rim and finish with either hand with ease. Can hit the spot-up jumper from distance and score off the dribble. Was always in attack-mode on both ends of the floor.” Harvey enjoyed a strong showing at camp and should be a major contributor for Christ Church over the foreseeable future.
#112: 5’11 ’24 Jamarie Brown (South Florence)
Next, we look at a player that arguably made an impression as one of the top guard prospects in attendance, Jamarie Brown. He’s a wiry, skilled point guard prospect with a balanced approach, able to consistently set up others while applying terrific scoring pressure from all three levels. Brown utilizes his crafty handle to navigate through traffic and get wherever he wants on the floor. He makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands and proved to be an exceptional defender against opposing ball-handlers. Brown forced a ton of turnovers, pushed transition play, and showed the ability to make plays alongside another point guard. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a more physical rebounder. Coach Mills on Bronw: “Jamarie does a great job of creating for himself and others. Shows the ability to play with or without the ball in his hands. Great shooter and can hit from beyond the arc. Was able to get paint touches whenever he wanted. Plays with good pace to his game.” Brown proved to be a clear asset throughout camp, and will be a prospect to keep an eye on at South Florence.
#123: 6’0 ’23 David Elam (Mead Hall)
Moving onto a player that highlighted an ability to make a steady impact within the flow of the team concept, David Elam. He’s a tough, unselfish guard prospect with a high motor, strong defensive presence, and sharp penetration sense. Elam scores the ball effectively from all levels, but typically looks to get downhill and finish—or set up a teammate for easy scoring opportunities. He defends his position exceptionally well, knocks down perimeter shots off the catch and dribble, and consistently plays within himself on both ends of the floor. Elam possesses a nice feel in all facets of the game. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up more scoring opportunities as a cutter. Coach Mills on Elam: “David is a solid lefty guard who gets to the rim with ease. Rebounds the ball well for his size. Displayed a positive attitude and was coachable throughout the day.” Elam excelled within his role at camp and should be a primary contributor for Mead Hall during the upcoming season.
#130: 6’0 ’22 Ladarian McCree (York Prep)
Continuing onto a player that continues to simply outwork opponents, regardless of context or setting, Ladarian McCree. He’s a smart, tough, very well-rounded guard prospect who plays bigger than his size would imply—especially as a defender. McCree can effectively run a team or play alongside another point guard and apply pressure as an efficient scorer from all levels. He’s crafty, unselfish, and truly the type of gamer/competitor that every team can benefit from having on the roster. McCree defends extremely well at the point of attack, effortlessly forcing turnovers and making plays in transition. He created for others, shined defensively, and scored in a vast variety of ways while still doing the dirty work whenever available. Next in his development process is working on his shooting consistency off the bounce, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Mills on McCree: “Ladarian is an outstanding defender. Doesn’t mind taking on the other team’s best player. Gets to the rim anytime he wants. Made big plays for his teammates with his ability to penetrate. Ladarian is a point guard with a high IQ and will to win!” McCree enjoyed a terrific showing at camp and should be a target for various college coaches over the coming months.
#141: 6’2 ’24 Justin Ray (Eastside)
Next, we look at a player that possesses an enticing crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Justin Ray. He’s a smart, skilled guard prospect with phenomenal shooting prowess from the perimeter and the ability to consistently make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Ray creates well for himself and others, and displays an understanding of how to make quality decisions when attacking. He does a quality amount of everything offensively while also playing with a high motor and consistently overwhelming opponents with his defensive instincts. Ray caused a ton of problems for opponents and truly showcased no glaring weaknesses on either side of the ball. Next in his development process is continuing to get stronger, as it will only make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Mills on Ray: “Justin does everything it takes to win. Big-time shot-maker. Whenever a game got close or a bucket was needed, he delivered. Can create for himself and hit tough shots with regularity. Even though he can score with ease, he was even more talented on the defensive end. Seemed to always be in the right spot. Capable of leading a team.” Ray highlighted a lot of promising attributes throughout camp and has all the tools to become a priority for college coaches over the coming years.
#148: 6’2 ’22 Omari Bryson (Northwestern)
Moving onto a player that easily stood out amongst the top shooting threats on this team, Omari Bryson. He’s a strong, tough, athletic guard prospect with a quality feel for the game on either side of the ball. Bryson displays a team-first mentality and understands how to apply pressure from either backcourt position. He’s a lethal spot-up threat, but also regularly attacks closeouts and makes plays for himself and others off the bounce. Bryson is a rugged defender, nice rebounder for his size, and capable of filling in the gaps on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him an even better creator against defensive pressure. Coach Mills on Bryson: “Omari is very coachable and does everything it takes to win. He played well on both ends of the floor today. Displayed a positive attitude and willingness to operate in various roles. Omari has high upside and should only continue to get better.” Bryson enjoyed a productive showing at camp and should be a target for various college coaches over the course of his senior season at Northwestern.
#159: 6’3 ’22 Valerian Bruce (West Florence)
Continuing onto a player that arguably stood out as the main glue-guy of this team during camp, Valerian Bruce. He’s a smart, skilled, well-rounded guard prospect with the ability and understanding to consistently affect all facets of the game. Bruce possesses a sturdy frame and can find scoring opportunities with or without requiring the ball in his hands. He’s a nice creator, both for himself and others, and actively toggled between multiple positions defensively. Bruce rebounds the ball well for his position and can effectively fill in the gaps as needed. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Mills on Bruce: “Valerian can flat-out do it all. He’s a good ball-handler who can create for himself and others. There’s nothing he won’t do to contribute to the team. Rebounds the ball great for a guard. Plays well with his back to the basket and can score from anywhere.” Bruce did a lot of things well at camp and should be poised for a productive senior season at West Florence.
#166: 6’4 ’24 Clarence Williams (Legion Collegiate)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a fairly intriguing arsenal of tools and long-term potential, Clarence Williams. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect with an active motor, unselfish approach, and a developing offensive skillset. Williams is a capable midrange shooter off the catch, and utilizes his length well around the basket to compete for rebounds and extra opportunities. He displayed solid defensive instincts and ran the floor effectively in transition. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would make him a better defender when operating in space. Coach Mills on Williams: “Clarence proved that he’s able to hit the midrange jumper on a consistent basis. He is a nice outlet passer with a great attitude. He worked hard throughout the day and looked to fill in the gaps wherever possible.” Williams displayed some flashes during his time at camp, and could be a prospect to monitor over the coming years at Legion Collegiate.
#177: 6’0 ’24 Rodney Lesane (South Florence)
Moving onto a player that made a pretty lasting impression with his unselfish, high-motor approach, Rodney Lesane. He’s a big, strong, team-first forward prospect with a sturdy frame and the ability to play bigger than his size would imply on either side of the ball. Lesane is a phenomenal rebounder and extremely committed defender with the instincts to wreak havoc unto opponents. He’s a reliable finisher, useful off-ball cutter, and efficient shooter from the perimeter. Lesane plays hard at all times and truly embraces his low-maintenance role on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his post arsenal, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Mills on Lesane: “Rodney plays hard on every possession. Knows what he’s capable of and plays his role well. Had a few good no-look passes during our first game. Right now, he’s an undersized big, but his IQ and decision-making could allow him to transition into a guard. Very coachable.” Lesane enjoyed a nice showing at camp and should be a useful contributor for South Florence going forward.
#185: 6’7 ’23 Jayden Boyd (Northwestern)
Finishing up, we look at a player that naturally seems to produce in every setting through his blue-collar approach, Jayden Boyd. He’s a strong, tough, mobile forward/post prospect with a high motor and clear nose for the ball on both ends of the floor. Boyd is a reliable finisher and capable midrange shooter, but typically finds most of his scoring opportunities through putbacks and making general hustle plays. He’s quick for his size, displays nice versatility defensively, and rebounds the ball at a very consistent rate on either end of the floor. Boyd also runs the floor hard in transition and doesn’t necessarily require a ton of touches to make a lasting impact. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Mills on Boyd: “Jayden is a solid player who knows his capabilities. Rebounded the ball well from start to finish. Made a couple of good plays when attacking off the dribble. With a little work on his jumper, he should be able to transition to the wing if needed.” Boyd proved to be an asset at camp, and will be a prospect for college coaches to monitor closely over the next calendar year.