Coach: Russell Biven
#30: 5’5 ’22 Kellen Stiles (Franklin, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that worked with tremendous passion and energy during his time at camp, Kellen Stiles. He’s a team-first point guard prospect that handles the ball well and is capable of applying scoring pressure as a perimeter shooter. Stiles also does a nice job of working without the ball and positioning himself for spot-up opportunities. Next in his development process is working on his ability to penetrate and finish through contact, as it would make him a more complete scoring threat. Coach Biven on Stiles: “I like the way that Kellen plays. He’s aggressive but under control and knows how to take care of the basket. Kellen displayed good vision, maintained a positive attitude, and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Stiles has a lot of useful tools and the mentality to become a quality floor general at the high school level, especially if he continues to work.
#45: 5’11 ’20 Jaxzen Laws (Weaverville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a pretty useful two-way presence throughout camp, Jaxzen Laws. He’s a fairly well-rounded guard prospect with the ability to create for himself and others or work without the ball. Laws is a nice spot-up option from midrange and beyond the arc, but also has the ability to attack closeouts and take opponents off the dribble at a solid rate. He proved to be a useful all-around defender with quality positioning and solid anticipation instincts. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a bigger threat to take opponents off the dribble. Coach Biven on Laws: “JT is a great team player. He finds the open man whenever possible and has a nice jumper with quality range. JT goes to the basket hard! He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Laws enjoyed a solid showing at camp and should be able to assert himself as a main contributor throughout his upcoming senior campaign.
#56: 6’0’ 22 Colby Raymer (Kingsport, TN)
Moving onto a player that did a phenomenal job of getting involved and impacting various facets of the game, Colby Raymer. He’s a wiry guard prospect that can create for himself or others, score efficiently from all three levels, and make plays without requiring offensive touches. Raymer displayed quality vision and made sharp passes to open teammates whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him an even better spot-up threat. Coach Biven on Raymer: “Colby plays at full-throttle. He works the pick and roll extremely well. He’s very tough going to the rim and has long range on his perimeter jumper. Colby sees the floor very well and finds the open man whenever possible. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Raymer did a lot of things well during his time at camp and should be a useful contributor at the high school level going forward.
#64: 6’1 ’21 Brandon Brown (Bristol, TN)
Continuing onto a player that made a pretty lasting impression with his two-way presence, Brandon Brown. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect with surprising athleticism and the ability to do it all on both ends of the floor. Brown can be a focal point for an efficient offense with his strong three-level scoring chops and his ability to create for others. He did an excellent job of shutting down his assignment and forcing turnovers throughout camp. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would highlight his knockdown shooting stroke more often. Coach Biven on Brown: “Brandon is an excellent player that sees the floor extremely well! He finishes at the rim with strength and has a good jumper. He has tremendous jumping ability and was one of the best passers at this year’s event. Brandon maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day. His ceiling is up to him.” Brown was among the most impressive performers from his camp team and should emerge as a prospect worth keeping an eye on sooner than later.
#69: 6’5 ’20 Nico Ashley (Elizabethton, TN)
Next, we look at a player that effortlessly created for himself and scored the ball during his time at camp, Nico Ashley. He’s a wiry guard prospect with nice size and length, which allows him to cause matchup problems for opponents. Ashley has a strong feel for the game and understands how to break down defenders with relative ease. He showed no glaring weaknesses on either end of the floor and made countless plays in transition. Next in his development process is working to add strength to his wiry frame, as it would make him an even better finisher in traffic and through contact. Coach Biven on Ashley: “Nico is a player! He’s a great all-around player with a nice jumper, quality court vision, and an extremely smooth game. He penetrates hard to the basket and plays great defense. He has an incredible attitude and any coach would be fortunate to have him.” Ashley applied nonstop scoring pressure during his time at camp and could emerge as a college-level prospect during his upcoming senior campaign.
#77: 6’3 ’23 Ezra Burgess (Waynesville, NC)
Moving onto a player that stepped up and competed extremely hard against older opponents, Ezra Burgess. He’s a young wing/forward prospect with nice size and a quality two-way feel for the game. Burgess does a particularly impressive job of playing with a high motor and outworking opponents for rebounds on both ends of the floor. He knows how to move without the ball and position himself for success, especially in transition. Next in his development process is working to become a better spot-up threat, as it would likely improve his consistency as a perimeter shooter. Coach Biven on Burgess: “Ezra has a lot of potential. He does a nice job in the paint and finishes well with either hand. He rebounded very well despite being an eighth-grader playing mostly against high-school guys. He has a great attitude and a very bright future in this game.” Burgess showed some quality skills during camp, especially for his age, and could be a prospect to watch grow going forward.
#82: 6’3 ’23 Bradley Owens (Gate City, VA)
Continuing onto a player that currently sits at an excellent crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Bradley Owens. He’s a smart, very well-rounded wing/forward prospect with quality size and a pretty advanced skillset for his age. Owens can really shoot the ball and poses an incredible spot-up threat from midrange or beyond the arc. He displayed solid feel and positioning on defense while doing anything possible to disrupt his assignment. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it will make him an even better penetrator at the point of attack. Coach Biven on Owens: “Bradley played in the high school division as an eighth-grader and did not show any indication of his age. He played very confident on both ends of the floor. He knocked down three-pointers and played strong defense against great players. Bradley is one to watch going forward.” Owens was pretty productive on both sides of the ball and could be a quality high school contributor from the moment he enters campus.
#83: 6’4 ’22 Christopher Harris (Asheville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impression with his blue-collar work ethic, Christopher Harris. He’s a young, strong-bodied forward/post prospect that knows how to make plays and impact the game without requiring offensive touches. Harris typically operates around the basket and looks to outwork opponents for rebounds and second-chance opportunities. He defended extremely well throughout camp and was able to protect the rim at a quality level. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Biven on Harris: “Christopher is an incredibly hard worker! He’s as tough as they come. The sky is the limit for him. He has a good midrange jumper and goes to the rim hard. He maintained a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day. Christopher is one to watch for!” Harris continues to take gradual steps in his progression, so it’ll be exciting to monitor his growth going forward.
#95: 6’9 ’20 Obinna Anochili (Chapmanville, WV)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was simply dominant in every facet of the game during his time at camp, Obinna Anochili. He’s a long, athletic forward/post prospect with a quality feel for the game and the ability to control the action on both ends of the floor. Anochili scored the ball efficiently on all three levels while playing above the rim and setting up his teammates with regularity. He was a defensive dynamo that shut down every assignment in his path. Next in his development process is continuing to fine-tune his shot mechanics in order to have a more fluid/accurate release. Coach Biven on Anochili: “Obinna is one of the better players that I’ve seen in a long time. His ball-handling and long-range ability is incredible, especially for his size. He can absolutely score at will, but is extremely unselfish. He’s not only big, but controls his body. Obinna blocks everything without getting in foul trouble. He has legitimate NBA potential.” Anochili was simply dominant in every facet of the game during camp and easily secured the Camp MVP award. It’s almost a travesty to think that he’s not already regarded as a surefire high major with an appropriate national ranking.