Coach: Tyrone Smith
#2:4’11 ’25 Dionte Neal (Reidsville, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that stood out with his ability to run a team, especially at his age, Dionte Neal. He’s a young, intelligent point guard prospect with exceptional quickness and a tight handle, which allows him to enter the paint and make plays with ease. Neal displayed great footwork to go with his deadly midrange pull-up. Next in his development process is working on his attention when defending away from the ball, as it would allow him to get more steals. Coach Smith on Neal: “Dionte is a great point guard. His ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and others is second to none. Dionte generally makes the right call between attacking the basket or setting up others with his ability to read the defense in pick-and-roll situations, despite his lack of size. He can continue to work on dribble pull-ups.” Neal enjoyed a terrific showing at camp and was particularly solid for his age group, so it’ll be exciting to watch his growth going forward.
#9:5’4 ’23 Caleb Bruni (Jonesborough, TN)
Next, we look at a player that made a noticeable impact with his ability to defend the point of attack, Caleb Bruni. He’s a slightly undersized point guard prospect with the ability to handle, pass, and shoot the ball fairly well. Bruni operates nicely within the team concept and makes plays for others at a solid rate. He works with a very high motor and utilizes it to disrupt opponents and get stops throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it will likely improve his spot-up ability. Coach Smith on Bruni: “Caleb is a very quick guard that plays great on-ball defense. He’s always running the floor and finishes well at the rim. He’s always getting on the floor for loose balls and doing the extra things to provide his team with an edge. He can work to improve his shooting off the dribble and on spot-up opportunities.” Bruni is a pretty useful two-way guard that should only continue to get better over the coming years.
#12:5’5 ’26 Isaac Ellis (Granite Falls, NC)
Moving onto a player that made a strong impression as one of the most intriguing and tantalizing performers on display, Isaac Ellis. He’s a young guard prospect that already stands out with his unbelievable shooting ability and feel for the game. Ellis is a threat to score upon crossing half-court and legitimately has thirty-foot shooting range at an efficient clip. His looks are somewhat deceiving, because he’s an incredibly chippy competitor that causes turnovers at a high rate and truly wants to destroy his opponent. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it will make him an even better finisher through contact when attacking the basket. Coach Smith on Ellis: “Mr. Ellis can ball!! He’s always doing anything and everything possible to get his team the win. He can shoot off the dribble, has a lot of range on his jumper, and can make plays for his teammates—despite being a small guard. He can continue to improve on his ability to get into the paint and finish.” Ellis was arguably the most impressive shooter on display, regardless of age level, and showed flashes of utter dominance during his time at camp.
#17:5’5 ’24 Marko Pandiloski (Mississauga, ON)
Continuing onto a player that worked extremely hard and continues to improve over time, Marko Pandiloski. He’s a strong-bodied guard/wing prospect that can shoot the ball pretty effectively, both off the catch and within two or three dribbles. Pandiloski is always ready to shoot and knows how to make the extra pass whenever available. He pursues extra possessions and rebounds the ball well. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it will make him a better penetration threat. Coach Smith on Pandiloski: “Marko has great upside. He can shoot off the dribble and spot-up very well. He rebounds the ball very well. Marko runs the floor nicely to get himself open for shots. He needs to improve on putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket.” Pandiloski has a pretty solid, blossoming skillset that continues to get better with time, so we’ll be watching his continued progression closely going forward.
#19:5’6 ’24 Bryson Smelser (Rural Retreat, VA)
Next, we look at a player that did an incredible job of operating and asserting himself within the team concept, Bryson Smelser. He’s an unselfish, well-rounded guard/prospect that knows how to properly move without the ball for catch-and-shoot opportunities from midrange or beyond the arc. Smelser proved to be a quality defender, especially when slotted off-ball, where he accumulated numerous steals. Next in his development process is working on his ability to penetrate and make plays within the paint, as it would make him an even tougher offensive threat. Coach Smith on Smelser: “Bryson is a very good teammate that is always doing the extra things for the win. He can spot-up and shoot it from anywhere on the floor. He’s always in the right spot when a shot goes up or a play needs to be made. He needs to improve on his decision-making with the ball in his hands.” Smelser enjoyed a quality showing at camp and displayed his ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor, which should be encouraging for his continued growth.
#26:5’9 ’24 Sydney Maines (Johnson City, TN)
Moving onto a player that caught a lot of opponents and spectators by surprise with her advanced feel and skillset, Sydney Maines. She’s a young wing/forward prospect with IQ, size, and the ability to make her presence felt against any type of competition. Maines was the only girl in attendance and was very productive on both ends of the floor. Next in her development process is working to become quicker, as it will allow her to defend the point of attack with less resistance. Coach Smith on Maines: “Sydney can play so many positions on the floor. She can shoot off the dribble, make plays with the ball in her hands, and can also spot-up and knock down shots from the perimeter. She’s very vocal on the floor and on the bench. Sydney is a great leader on and off the floor. She needs to improve her ability to score with her back to the basket.” Maines was phenomenal throughout camp and secured the Ms. Station award with her terrific effort. She has all the tools to become a high-level prospect in the next few years.
#29:5’9 ’23 Bradin Minton (Church Hill, TN)
Continuing onto a player that stood out with his ability to make his surrounding teammates better, Bradin Minton. He’s a wiry point guard prospect with an unselfish approach and quality overall feel for the game. Minton is a true floor general with great passing instincts but he also did a terrific job of getting into the paint and finishing strong through contact. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball and position himself for spot-up opportunities, as it would make him an even tougher offensive threat. Coach Smith on Minton: “Bradin is a playmaker. He gets his team involved from the opening tip! He’s always looking to make plays for others and is your ideal pass-first point guard. His style reminds me of Kendall Marshall. He can continue to work on his one-dribble pull-up game and spot-up shooting.” Minton did an excellent job of running the team while getting others involved, which should allow him to thrive alongside any group of teammates.
#41:5’11 ’24 Charlie McHugh (Kingsport, TN)
Next, we look at a player that is just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, Charlie McHugh. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect that knows how to move without the ball and position himself for spot-up opportunities. McHugh rebounds the ball extremely well for his position and pushes transition play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him an even more dangerous offensive threat. Coach Smith on McHugh: “Charlie can play numerous positions on the floor, from off-guard to power forward. His ability to move and shoot off the ball makes him a big threat on offense. His ability to rebound and push the ball up the floor puts his team at a full advantage. He can continue to work on his shooting off the dribble and getting to his spots.” McHugh enjoyed a pretty productive day at camp and was able to highlight his versatility at a terrific rate, especially on offense.
#46:6’1 ’23 Ethan Turner (Mosheim, TN)
Moving onto a player that really stood out for his ability to penetrate and finish strong through contact, Ethan Turner. He’s a fairly well-rounded forward/post prospect that does an excellent job of drawing out bigger/slower opponents and then getting by them with relative ease. Turner played hard and proved to be a phenomenal two-way rebounder as a result. Next in his development process is working to exploit mismatches and utilize his size against smaller opponents. Coach Smith on Turner: “Ethan is an excellent rebounder that is always in the right position when a shot attempt goes up. He’s able to hit open shots, run the floor, finishing at the rim, and also plays defense with intensity. He’s a great teammate that always talks. He needs to improve on dribbling to his spots and knocking down shots off the catch.” Turner has a lot of useful tools and clear upside, so it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses going forward.
#55:6’0 ’23 Cade Corbett (Asheville, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that anchored the interior and utilized his size nicely, Cade Corbett. He’s a forward/post prospect with an impressive motor and the ability to affect various facets of the game with his energy level. Corbett scored the ball efficiently inside the arc and made the most of his offensive touches at camp. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from three-point territory, as it would him a much more useful offensive threat. Coach Smith on Corbett: “Cade is a hard-nosed rebounder that is always in the right position to get a rebound. He runs the floor very hard to get in an ideal position to post up and finish. He protects the rim with the best of them. Cade does a great job of playing above the rim, especially being an undersized big. He needs to improve his ball-handling and shooting off the dribble.” Corbett showed his ability to operate within the team concept and make his presence felt throughout camp, so we’ll be monitoring his progression going forward.