Coach: Terry Jones
#42: 5’2 ’25 Bereket Evans (Morristown)
Starting things off, we look at a player that displayed polished and a fairly advanced skillset during camp, Bereket Evans. He’s a young, smart, unselfish point guard prospect with a quality balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Evans handles and passes the ball well, but also proved to be a reliable penetrator and perimeter shooter. He’s a great defender, especially for his size, and forced numerous turnovers on the day. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to seamlessly play alongside another primary ball-handler. Coach Jones on Evans: “Bereket is an awesome kid. This evaluation is based on his grade level, as all his fundamentals are solid. Strength is really his only weakness. He has a great attitude. Bereket battles on both ends of the floor and has a very high knowledge of the game. He’s a great teammate that plays the right way.” Evans enjoyed a great showing at camp and should be one to keep an eye on going forward.
#49: 5’7 ’24 Will Hurd (Kingsport)
Next, we look at a player that made a very impressive impact despite being one of the youngest members of this team, Will Hurd. He’s a wiry, team-first guard prospect that applied phenomenal pressure as a spot-up threat from beyond the arc. Hurd typically looked to keep the ball moving on offense, but would actively take advantage of open opportunities. He gave great effort on defense and looked to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would allow him to become a more lethal penetrating threat. Coach Jones on Hurd: “Will is a great kid. His ability to spot-up and shoot is his strength, so he’ll need to get stronger and faster going forward. He has range on his shot but can work on getting a quicker release. Will knows the game and has the right fundamentals but will have to get faster over the next year.” Hurd offered a clear two-way identity during camp and could be one to watch grow, especially if he continues to work.
#58: 5’10 ’22 Kamryn White (TC Roberson)
Moving onto a player that was arguably the most capable three-point shooter on this team, Kamryn White. He’s a skilled guard prospect that can apply scoring pressure from all three levels but made most of his impact as a penetrator and spot-up threat. White proved to be a pretty steady defender with quality on and off-ball positioning. Next in his development process is working on his ability as a rebounder, as it would allow him to grab boards and immediately push the break in transition. Coach Jones on White: “Kamryn started off hot with his three-point shooting but then started to have some struggles. He had a couple of mistakes and started to get down on himself. He’s quick but can make better decisions with the ball. He has potential but has to put mistakes behind him.” White brings a quality amount of appeal as a prospect and should continue working to maximize his long-term upside.
#66: 6’0 ’20 Ty Barb (Sullivan Central)
Continuing onto a player that stood out as the main glue-guy of this team during camp, Ty Barb. He’s a smart, team-first guard prospect that plays with a high motor and is capable of forcing off-ball turnovers and turning them into easy points on the other end. Barb is a willing passer that enters the paint quite regularly and makes plays for himself or open teammates. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a better defender at the point of attack. Coach Jones on Barb: “Ty is a solid, smart player with strong fundamentals. He’s a great teammate that plays bigger than his size would imply. He has solid footwork and quickness, but needs to become a better ball-handler and shooter in order to be a guard at the next level otherwise he’ll be undersized for his position.” Barb is just a guy that every team can utilize to their advantage and could be poised for a productive upcoming season.
#76: 6’1 ’20 Trace Wandell (Clinton)
Next, we look at a player that was one of the most well-rounded performers from this team, Trace Wandell. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect that was an extremely reliable defender with the ability to contain multiple positions. Wandell rebounds the ball well on both ends of the floor, which allows him to secure second-chance opportunities or push the fast break with regularity. He’s an effective three-level scorer that typically works without the ball to find open space as an off-ball cutter. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent perimeter shooter, as it would take his offensive game to another level. Coach Jones on Wandell: “Trace is a great kid with a great attitude. He needs to improve his ball-handling and shooting to play as a guard at the next level otherwise he’ll be undersized for his position. Trace plays the right way and has good fundamentals. He was a good teammate throughout the day.” Wandell has strong two-way ability and should have a very productive upcoming season at Clinton.
#84: 6’2 ’22 Preston Sams (Sullivan Central)
Moving onto a player that displayed his ability to make his presence felt within the team concept on both ends of the floor, Preston Sams. He’s a steady, team-first wing prospect with a fairly useful array of skills. Sams is a solid all-around defender that plays with energy and looks to make hustle plays whenever possible. He scored effectively from the midrange area and was able to make a nice impact as a rebounder. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would likely make him a better penetrating threat. Coach Jones on Sams: “Preston is a great kid with a great attitude but he has to get quicker and stronger. He struggled at times when attacking the rim and couldn’t finish plays. He knows the game though and has very solid ball-handling and shooting.” Sams has a lot of useful tools and will be a prospect to watch progress going forward, especially if he continues to work.
#93: 6’3 ’21 Parker Grant (Moravian Prep)
Continuing onto a player that was one of the most lethal offensive performers in attendance, Parker Grant. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with great length, athleticism, and efficient three-level scoring ability. Grant was able to create quality offensive opportunities for himself and others while showing his ability to work without the ball. He made a ton of plays defensively and was able to lead the fast break as much as anyone on display. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain around the basket. Coach Jones on Grant: “Parker has high energy and plays the right way. He’s a great leader with all teammates. His shot is very solid and he utilizes his quickness very well. He finishes effectively with both hands and sees the floor very well in transition. Parker has a very nice change of direction and step back jumper.” Grant showed flashes of offensive dominance during camp and could be poised for a productive upcoming season at Moravian Prep.
#111: 6’7 ’21 Charlie Browder (Christ School)
Finishing up, we look at a player that stood out on both ends of the floor with his high motor, rugged nature, and quality skillset, Charlie Browder. He’s a strong-bodied power forward with IQ, size, athleticism, and a very useful amount of skill. Browder handles and passes the ball well, especially for his size, and is capable of securing rebounds and immediately pushing the break in transition. Browder is a nice defender with the ability to alter shots around the basket or step out and contain perimeter players. Next in his development process is working on his ability to see the floor, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Jones on Browder: “Charlie is a big, strong, and very fundamental. He’s very smart and doesn’t make mistakes; he’s just very solid. He’s always trying to help fellow teammates get open. He screens well and runs the pick-and-pop very well.” Browder enjoyed an excellent two-way showing at camp and should be able to emerge as a strong contributor throughout the upcoming season.