Coach: Rashad Delenia
#65: 5’5 ’22 Reuben McEachern (Henrico)
Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to make his presence felt on both ends of the floor, despite his lack of size, Reuben McEachern. He’s a smart, high-motor point guard prospect with excellent penetrating skills and the ability to score with efficiency from all three levels. McEachern is a terrific defender with quick hands, quick feet, and sharp on-ball positioning. He’s a gamer and competitor that offers a strong balance between scoring, playmaking, and defense. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to play alongside another primary ball-handler with relative ease. Coach Delenia on McEachern: “Reuben plays hard on both ends of the floor. He competes at all times and knows how to run the floor in transition. Reuben maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout the day.” McEachern did a lot of things well during camp and could be poised for a productive upcoming season at Henrico.
#73: 5’8 ’22 Percy “PJ” Wyatt (Henrico)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a complementary skillet throughout camp, Percy “PJ” Wyatt. He’s a smart, high-motor guard prospect with the ability to make a quality impact with or without the ball in his hands. Wyatt is a useful cutter and spot-up threat with a very effective midrange jumper. He rebounds bigger than his size would imply and knows how to push the break in transition. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more lethal penetrating threat. Coach Delenia on Wyatt: “PJ is a great kid that plays hard. He knows how to play the right way. He makes open shots within the flow of the offense. PJ maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout the day.” Wyatt worked hard during his time at camp and has the necessary tools to carve out a nice role this season for Henrico.
#83: 5’9 ’21 Jason Nelson (John Marshall)
Moving onto a player that was easily the most exciting and electric performer on display, Jason Nelson. He’s a wiry, incredible smart point guard prospect with quickness, vision, and the ability to absolutely carve up the opposition with his penetration skills. Nelson is so deceptive with the ball in his hands, able to truly manipulate the defense in a variety of different ways while always looking to make the best possible play. He scores the ball efficiently from all three levels and possesses the shiftiness to get defenders on their heels. Nelson is also a very nice defender, especially for his size, and forces turnovers at an excellent rate. Next in his development process is simply working to add strength, as it’ll help prepare him for the next level. Coach Delenia on Nelson: “Jason does a great job of getting his team involved for easy shots. He’s a crafty playmaker that can score from all levels. He maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout the day.” Nelson was utterly dominant at camp, securing the Mr. Playmaker award with relative ease, and should be coveted by all types of Division I coaches as he enters his upcoming junior season at John Marshall.
#91: 6’0 ’20 William Lee (Blue Ridge)
Continuing onto a player that was arguably the most efficient three-level scorer in attendance, William Lee. He’s a big, strong-bodied guard prospect with a high IQ, unselfish approach, and ability to overwhelm his assignment in a variety of different ways. Lee is a knockdown perimeter shooter, especially from beyond the arc, but can also create for himself or others off the bounce. He’s a terrific defender with sharp instincts, able to frequently jump into passing lanes, force turnovers, and push the break in transition. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain off the dribble. Coach Delenia on Lee: “William is an absolute bucket-getter. He’s one of the best shooters I’ve ever seen when it comes to knocking down shots from beyond the arc. William can create from anywhere on the floor and knows how to get his teammates involved. He maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout the day.” Lee enjoyed an extremely productive showing at camp and should be a major contributor for Blue Ridge during the upcoming season.
#100: 6’1 ’22 Irving Olivis Jr. (Caroline)
Next, we look at a player that was arguably the most well-rounded performer on this team, Irving Olivis Jr. He’s a long, strong-bodied forward prospect that highlighted his ability to pass, handle, and shoot while playing much bigger than his size would imply on both ends of the floor. Despite usually being smaller than his assignment, Olivis consistently outworked the opposition for rebounds, loose balls, and extra possessions. He’s very quick and looked to take advantage of his penetration skills against slower opponents whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would lead to more easy scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Delenia on Olivis: “Irving has great size and runs the floor really well. He’s a great teammate that plays hard on both ends of the floor. Irving maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout the day.” Olivis showcased a pretty useful array of tools during camp and should be a prospect to watch going forward, especially if he continues to work.
#107: 6’4 ’20 Emmanuel McFadden (Fort Mill)
Moving onto a player that already makes a nice impact but could become even better over time, Emmanuel McFadden. He’s a unselfish, strong-bodied forward/post prospect that works extremely hard on both ends of the floor. McFadden displayed a blue-collar approach from inside the paint, constantly fighting for rebounds and to get defensive stops. He was able to knock down the occasional jumper but typically scored from around the basket. McFadden moves properly without the ball to find open space and score or make a pass to an open teammate. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a finisher, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Delenia on McFadden: “Emmanuel has a high motor and runs the floor well. He’s a great teammate that knows how to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. He moves well without the ball. Emmanuel maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout the day.” McFadden has a lot of appeal, especially in terms of potential, and could have a breakout upcoming senior campaign at Fort Mill.
#116: 6’6 ’21 Derrick Jones Jr. (Blue Ridge)
Finishing up, we look at a player that possesses a phenomenal crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Derrick Jones Jr. He’s a long, athletic forward prospect that can cause matchup problems on either end of the floor. Jones handles and distributes the ball very well for a player of his size and showed his ability to work inside the paint or along the perimeter. He’s a quality two-way rebounder that knows how to utilize his length, both to secure extra possessions and alter shots around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would take his game to an entirely new level. Coach Delenia on Jones: “Derrick is a high-flyer that plays above the rim with regularity. He has great length and knows how to use it on both ends of the floor to alter shots and finish above the rim. Derrick maintained a positive attitude and team-first approach throughout the day.” Jones was easily among the most enticing prospects in attendance, so it’ll be exciting to see how his recruitment unfolds over these next two years.