Coach: Twuan Wilson
#21: 5’11 ’22 N’Fari Benjamin (Rabun Gap)
Starting things off, we look at a player that really impressed with his phenomenal two-way presence, N’Fari Benjamin. He’s a very smart, quick lead guard prospect with a strong motor and muscular frame. Benjamin is a useful ball-handler and passer that simply thrives when getting downhill, attacking the basket, and finishing through contact. He was a standout on defense with his consistency, unwavering energy, and leadership by example . Next in his development process is working to become a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher for the opposition to contain. Coach Wilson on Benjamin: “N’Fari is a very athletic guard that plays the game on both ends of the floor. He’s a lockup defender that can force turnovers and push transition play quite well. N’Fari had a great attitude and team-first mentality throughout camp.” Benjamin enjoyed an excellent showing at camp and should be a prospect to keep an eye on over the next few years.
#40: 5’11 ’20 Bradley Williams (Millbrook)
Next, we look at a player that offered his camp team with a balanced, reliable two-way presence, Bradley Williams. He’s a quick, strong-bodied guard with a high motor and quality feel for the game on both sides of the ball. Williams is a pretty useful perimeter shooter, but also showcased his excellent penetrating skills and the ability to find scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. He rebounds extremely well for his size/position and quickly looks to push the ball ahead in transition. Williams proved to be a strong all-around defender with the ability to mirror his assignment through positioning and anticipation. 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 Wilson on Williams: “Bradley is a strong kid who can lock up opponents for 94 feet. He shoots the three-pointer well when set but can continue to work on his midrange game. Bradley maintained a positive attitude an team-first mentality throughout camp.” Williams enjoyed a nice two-way showing at camp and should emerge as a nice contributor this season for Millbrook.
#55: 6’1 ’20 Avery Rivera (Rabun Gap)
Moving onto a player that was easily among the most balanced offensive performers on display, Avery Rivera. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard prospect with vision, a tight handle and the ability to typically operate as the primary creator. Rivera displayed poise and craftiness with the ball in his hands, which allowed him to dictate the offensive action and get wherever he desired on the floor. He did a fantastic job of setting up others and making the extra pass whenever possible, but Rivera also has the ability to pile on points from all three levels. He’s a solid rebounder and defender that knows how to effectively contain his assignment. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to seize more scoring opportunities as an off-ball cutter. Coach Wilson on Rivera: “Avery is a tough combo guard that can defend 94 feet. He can finish with either hand and above the rim. He passes the ball extremely well. Avery maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout camp.” Rivera was excellent during camp and looked poised for a very productive upcoming season at Rabun Gap.
#57: 6’1 ’21 Kavan Horton (Asheville Christian)
Continuing onto a player that was easily one of the most impressive two-way performers from camp, Kavan Horton. He’s an incredibly intelligent, high-motor guard prospect that simply exudes energy, unselfishness, and leadership on both ends of the floor. Horton is a very efficient three-level scorer with craftiness, vision, and the ability to reliably operate as the primary creator for himself and others. He’s nearly unstoppable in the open floor, especially given his poise as a decision-maker, and seems to make the smart play every single time. Horton is a strong rebounder that defends with great purpose, which leads to a lot of forced turnovers and easy transition play. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll only make him tougher to contain when attacking the basket. Coach Wilson on Horton: “I love this kid. Kavan is a pure point guard that can score it and lock up on defense. He maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout camp.” Horton had a phenomenal showing at camp and will be one for college coaches to start watching closely, as he should have a big-time upcoming season at Asheville Christian.
#65: 6’2 ’20 Ray Faison (Christ School)
Next, we look at a player that made a strong impression as one of the best teammates and all-around performers from camp, Ray Faison. He’s a smart, unselfish, high-motor guard that does a strong amount of everything while being a leader on both ends of the floor. Faison scores the ball efficiently from all three levels and has the necessary athleticism to play well above the rim. He possesses great quickness, which allows him to relentlessly enter the paint and attack the basket or make plays for open teammates. Faison is a great defender that rebounds his position extremely well and pushes the break ahead at every available opportunity. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him an even more lethal offensive threat. Coach Wilson on Faison: “Ray is a strong combo guard who can play either backcourt position very well. He’s a really good defender that rebounds well. Ray had a great attitude and team-first mentality throughout camp.” Faison continues to quietly be one of the most underrated players in the area and looks poised for a very productive upcoming season.
#74: 6’4 ’20 Chris Johnson (Cherokee)
Moving onto a player that offered his team with an unselfish, high-motor presence on both ends of the floor, Chris Johnson. He’s a sturdy, strong-bodied post prospect that understands how to maximize his role and not force the action on either side of the ball. Johnson runs the floor quite well and positions himself properly for rebounds and easy bucket from off-ball cutting. He was among the best two-way rebounders from this team, given his timing and sheer consistency on the glass. Johnson made a ton of hustle plays and secured extra possessions whenever available, making him a valuable asset to any team. Next in his development process is working on his ability to handle the ball, as it would make him tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Wilson on Johnson: “Chris is a very physical kid that plays with energy and grit. He’s an undersized big, so he should continue to work on his ball-handling and jumper. Chris maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout camp.” Johnson has a lot of useful tools and could emerge as one of the primary options during the upcoming season for Cherokee.
#75: 6’5 ’22 Griffin Green (Franklin)
Continuing onto a player that showed flashes of offensive dominance during his time at camp, Griffin Green. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect with a smooth three-level scoring arsenal and the ability to cause mismatches with his strong perimeter game. Green is smart, athletic, and capable of thriving with or without the ball in his hands. He plays with a strong motor and proved to be an excellent rebounder as a result, frequently grabbing the board and pushing the break in transition. Green is a quality defender that positions himself properly and utilizes his length extremely well to overwhelm the opposition. Next in his development process is working on becoming a craftier ball-handler, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to contain. Coach Wilson on Green: “Griffin is a very athletic kid that can finish extremely well at the rim. Once he gets his ball-handling down, he’s going to take off. Griffin maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout camp.” Green had a very productive day at camp and will a prospect to monitor going forward, especially if he’s willing to work.
#79: 6’6 ’21 Earl Burgess (Dorman)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was easily among the most impressive long-term prospects in attendance, Earl Burgess. He’s a long, smart, polished forward/post prospect with exceptional touch and feel around the basket. Burgess typically set up on the low block and showcased the most reliable post arsenal of anyone from camp. He possesses impressive footwork and moves very well for his size. Burgess is a very poised all-around defender with the ability to protect the rim and control the glass against bigger/stronger opponents. He leads by example and through communication, always playing the right way, never forcing the action, and doing anything possible to provide his team with an edge. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it’ll only make him harder to stop inside the paint. Coach Wilson on Burgess: “Earl is a very physical, hard-nosed kid. He plays great defense and with intensity. He needs to work on his ball-handling and ability to stretch the floor. Earl maintained a positive attitude and team-first mentality throughout camp.” Burgess was undeniably productive at camp and could be poised for a breakout upcoming season at Dorman.