Coach: Dre Simmons
#38: 5’10 ’23 Caleb Senyo (Veritas Christian)
Starting things off, we look at a player that understands how to effectively run a team with poise and maturity, Caleb Senyo. He’s a smart, team-first guard with a strong motor, skillset, and balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even more prepared for the high school level. Coach Simmons on Senyo: “Caleb is a knockdown three-point assassin! If you give him space from deep, he is automatic. He ran the point very effectively and has great court vision. Caleb played against a lot of upperclassmen and had his way throughout the day. I was also quite impressed with his on-ball pressure. He downright irritated opposing ball-handlers. You can tell that this young man has had great coaching over the years. I believe he will gain a lot of attention from the Division I ranks over the next few years. He can be a reliable point guard or shooting guard, which ever is best for the team.” Senyo has continually expanded his game over the years and looks ready to emerge as a reliable contributor on the high school level as soon as this season.
#41: 6’2 ’21 Samuel Perez (Rabun Gap)
Next, we look at a player that offered his team with a useful, well-rounded presence on both ends of the floor, Samuel Perez. He’s a calm, steady guard prospect that can play either backcourt position or operate in a variety of different roles due to his blend of shooting and creation skills. Perez plays with a strong motor, especially defensively, and showed a willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Simmons on Perez: “Samuel is a very solid player. He adjusted well to the speed of camp throughout the day. He was very coachable and was a great teammate as well. He showcased great court vision at times but also could’ve held it back at times. He has a lot of potential going forward.” Perez enjoyed a solid two-way showing at camp and could emerge as a nice contributor, especially if he continues to work.
#49: 6’1 ’20 Mitchell Wike (Smokey Mountain)
Moving onto a player that showed a strong willingness to put the team ahead of himself, Mitchell Wike. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect with a high motor and the ability to impact both sides of the ball without necessarily requiring offensive touches. Wike did whatever was needed and did so with great unselfishness. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Simmons on Wike: “Defense, defense, defense! I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed a kid play defense like this at a camp. His ability to dive passing lanes and outwork opponents is impeccable. He hustles extremely hard and takes a great deal of pride in locking up his man. If this was all he brought to my team, I would still want him to start, but he is no slouch on the offensive end. He can get to the rack with an assortment of dribble moves and has a nice stroke from three-point range. I really loved his enthusiasm and team-first mentality. He is truly a coaches dream come true and I think he is next-level worthy because of all the assets he brings to the table.” Wike’s team-first mentality shined throughout camp and should allow him to become a strong two-way contributor during the upcoming season.
#53: 6’1 ’21 Collin Mills (Asheville Christian)
Continuing onto a player that showcased flashes of absolute two-way dominance throughout camp, Collin Mills. He’s a smart, physical guard prospect with craftiness, playmaking skills, and a smooth all-around scoring arsenal. Next in his development process is working on becoming a more consistent rebounder, as it would allow him to quickly push the break in transition. Coach Simmons on Mills: “Collin was a man out there. He has bounce coming from the guard spot and might posterize opponents if their caught napping. He is a game-changer and is subject to take a game over at any point. He could easily be a greedy player because of his uncanny skillset but he always made the best basketball play and will make the extra pass to an open teammate. As skilled as he is, and he is very skilled, he dives for loose ball, is very vocal, and a team-first guy. He gets to the rack with ease and just might slip by you with a euro-step or spin move. I was also impressed with his defense because his leaping ability sent some shots back in an emphatic way. This man is definitely a gamer and be on the lookout for him to blow up in the near future.” Mills was exceptional during camp, winning the Mr. Defense award with relative ease, and could be poised for a breakout upcoming season.
#54: 6’1 ’23 Cole Callaway (Pine Lake Prep)
Next, we look at a player that was undeniably the best three-point shooter in attendance, Cole Callaway. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect that can single-handedly alter a game with his spot-up ability. Callaway moves well without the ball, understands how to make correct passes, and defends pretty well for his age/size. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him an even more physical presence on defense and as a rebounder. Coach Simmons on Callaway: “Cole can put on a three-point shooting clinic at any point in the game. He is green-light material for sure. Every time he shot the ball, I thought it was going in and he never forces his shot but gets his within the flow of the offense. When you add his irresistible head fake, it leaves defenders clueless. But please don’t just don’t confuse him for a shooter, otherwise he will blow by you and get to the cup. I really like his first step and ability to finish at the rim. Cole is a baller! On the other side of the ball, I loved his on-ball pressure. He was a great asset to the team’s defense. It is very clear that Cole has a bright future with this game. I’m excited to see where he ends up playing at the next level.” Callaway has what it takes to be an immediate impact player as a freshman and should be one to keep an eye on, as he could be a big-time prospect.
#63: 6’2 ’21 John Tastinger II (Franklin)
Moving onto a player that stood out as one of the most well-rounded prospects from this team, John Tastinger II. He’s a smart, skilled guard prospect that can operate from either backcourt position and place strong emphasis on setting up others or applying scoring pressure from all three levels. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Simmons on Tastinger: “John has a lot of tools in his bag. He is an all-around fundamental player that can lead a team or be a reliable two-way way. He has good range on his three-point shot and nice moves going to the basket. I was very impressed with the way he drove to the basket. He also crashes the offensive glass extremely hard and had a lot of offensive rebounds throughout the day. He has game, point blank! He is very capable of taking over a game and putting a team on his shoulders. I really enjoyed coaching this young man and I believe his future is truly bright in this game.” Tastinger had a great two-way showing at camp and should start garnering the attention of college coaches, as he has what it takes to succeed at the next level.
#73: 6’4 ’22 Christopher Harris (Asheville Christian)
Continuing onto a player that impacted the game extremely well with his incredible two-way motor, Christopher Harris. He’s a long, strong forward prospect that simply possesses a nose for the ball, especially as a rebounder, and will do anything to provide his team with an edge. Harris attacks the glass, secures second-chance opportunities, and finishes well around the basket with either hand. He defended multiple positions and gave maximum two-way effort throughout the day. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Simmons on Harris: “Chris really attacks the offensive glass and gives maximum effort. He gets to the paint with ease and plays the game with great passion. High motor comes to mind when watching him play. He is tenacious on defense and can lock up his man. He also has a nice array of moves when going to the hoop. I believe this young man is headed in the right direction for sure and is a college-level type player.” Harris was a game-changing presence during camp and should be one to keep an eye on, as he could become a very valuable piece sooner than later.
#78: 6’6 ’23 Addison Archer (Chase)
Next, we look at a player that possesses an incredible crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Addison Archer. He’s a long, wiry, athletic post prospect with phenomenal timing as a rebounder and rim-protector. Archer’s offensive skillset has continually grown over the last calendar year, both on the interior and perimeter, and should continue expanding going forward. Next in his development process is working on adding strength to his wiry frame, as it will make him an even more dominant rebounder and rim-protector. Coach Simmons on Archer: “Addison will be a household name! He runs the floor like a guard and showcased good ball-handling as well. He gets above the rim with ease and disrupts everything in the paint. He showcased range on his jumper as well and some good moves to the hoop. Addison is on his way and only being a ninth grader is pretty scary. I really loved coaching him and look forward to seeing his development over the years. High motor is my guess?” Archer arguably has as much long-term upside as anyone from camp and will be worth tracking over the coming years, as he could be special.
#82: 6’9 ’21 Tyriq Underwood (Cherokee)
Finishing up, we look at a player that possesses some of the most impressive physical tools from camp, Tyriq Underwood. He’s a big, strong-bodied post prospect that is almost impossible for opponents to match, as he’s so physically-imposing. Underwood is a team-first guy that understands his role and how to affect the game without forcing the action on both ends of the floor. He rebounded well and scored effectively from around the basket when given time and space. Next in his development process is working on getting in better shape, as it’ll only make him a more dominant interior presence. Coach Simmons on Underwood: “Tyriq is a big man that disrupts a lot of shots down low. He also showcased the ability to finish when fed in the right areas. I loved his enthusiasm and work ethic throughout the day. He has tremendous upside. If partnered with a good big man coach, he could have a very good future in basketball.” Underwood has a ton of long-term upside and could be one to keep an eye on going forward, especially if he’s willing to work.