By James Blackburn, Justin Byerly & Lance Everette
MVP: Charis Fitzgerald (PG, 6’1″, 2013)
Listed on every scout’s report as the top player of the 2012 Showcase, Fitzgerald put himself on the map with his athleticism and ability to play both in transition and in the half court.
Since winning the MVP, Charis has been contacted by Middle Tennessee State and East Carolina, with more to surely follow. Charis showed maturity, poise and athleticism; he’s that kind of athletic point guard who can dish or score, and has a deadly first step. He also competed deep into the dunk contest and performed well in the morning drill segment.
The combo guard’s skills, knowledge, and feel for the game were evident early on as he showed the ability to score the ball and defend. He has quick hands and stayed in front of his man. He is a solid ball handler and attacks the rim hard and with a purpose. Very good shooter with 3 point range- can shoot with feet set or off dribble. Surprising athlete who can get way over the rim to finish. Plays with a poise and confidence. Showed a variety of scoring moves including a nice step-back. Size is really only concern right now as he is mainly a scoring guard- needs to continue to improve play-making skills, but Mid-Major schools should definitely begin to watch him if they haven’t noticed already. He is a very close to being HM in our opinion.
Class of 2015
Daryl Myers (G, 5’10”, Oak Hill, Fredericksburg VA)
One of the quickest if not the quickest player at the Showcase. Excellent court vision and handle. Keeps the ball tight and close to body- doesn’t get it stolen much at all- has the ball on a string- even though he was youngest player in attendance. Gets to rim with ease and makes plays. Had multiple highlights with dribbling moves in full display. A good player to keep an eye on for the future as he is only a freshman.
Class of 2014
Larry Curry III (G, 6’2”, East Forsyth HS, Kernersville NC)
Attacks the basket relentlessly and finishes with contact. Strong and mature body- solid and impressive for a player who just finished his sophomore season. Quick and athletic- good leaper. Has a nice crossover dribble that he uses to get to the rim. Showed the ability to knock down the set 3 pointer as well when left open. A steady PG that just makes basketball plays. His shooting, overall play, and confidence seem to improve each time we scout him. He needs to continue to improve overall shooting consistency, but Curry has already caught the eye of several colleges, including Clemson University, with his solid play.
Colton Bishop (G, 6’1”, Forsyth Country Day, Lewisville NC)
Continued his solid play since the last time we saw him at the Rick Lewis Adidas Phenom Camp a few weeks ago. Very good handle and dribbling moves- has the ability to get into the painted area- where he can finish with creativity or kick to open shooters. Great shooter from the perimeter especially from 3. Showed some improved athleticism since the HS season and had a dunk in game 2. Colton seems to improve every time we have seen him- colleges should definitely begin to take notice of the PG who continues to make the case as one of the better guards in the class of 2014.
Cory Hanes (F, 6’5”, High Point Central, High Point NC)
Tough hard nosed player who does the dirty work and rebounds the ball on both ends. Good leaper- finished multiple dump down feeds from guards with drop step dunks. Needs to continue to improve ball handling. D2 and LM schools should begin to monitor his progress.
JaMeal Robinson (G, 6’3”, Greer HS, Greer SC)
Jameal was one of the more surprising players at the camp. Hails from the up-state of South Carolina, where he plays alongside one of SC’s top 2013 recruits LaBrian Shiflet. Robinson made a name for himself at the camp this weekend. A streaky shooter with range and has incredible leaping ability (runner-up in dunk contest). He can get to the rim, finish in traffic, and has a very good handle. He has steadily improved over the off-season and it is starting to really pay off. A low D1 or D2 prospect. Just needs to find the right fit.
Class of 2013
Ty’Quan Bitting (PF, 6’7”, Mt. Tabor HS, Winston-Salem NC)
Works hard on the offensive boards and did a good job of using length and athleticism to keep the ball alive or tip in his teammates misses when he couldn’t grab it with two hands. Didn’t give up on the play- had multiple plays where he would grab his own miss and put the ball back in. Defenders had a tough time handling him especially as he got it going at the end of the day- commanded double teams. Was able to get deep post position nearly every play and at will. Decent shot blocker but could easily become even better in this area because of length and athleticism. Has soft hands and runs the floor well. Needs to continue to improve his shooting consistency from the midrange area and add some weight to his frame (shouldn’t be a problem). Division 1 schools who need a mobile and athletic big should begin to monitor and watch his senior year with interest. Since his appearance in the Showcase, has been offered by Gardner-Webb.
Craig Hinton (F, 6’6”, East Forsyth HS, Kernersville NC)
Craig Hinton’s athleticism was on display from the beginning to the end of the event today. He had multiple dunks throughout the day and won the dunk contest for the second straight year with a between the legs dunk. His elite level leaping ability is off the charts and he is capable of dunking in traffic and over defenders. He did have several blocks today as well and even showed the ability to attack the basket with a couple of dribbles- needs to tighten his ball handling- has shown improvement since the HS season. Multiple Division 1 schools have shown interest.
Lepreece Lynch (G, 6’4”, Mt. Tabor HS, Winston-Salem NC)
Athletic and active guard who has a high motor. He has the ability to break his man down off the dribble and get to the rim. Prolific scorer who can slash to the hoop and shoot from the perimeter. Has good court vision. Gets off the floor quickly and gets high above the rim. Needs to continue to improve ball handling ability when pressured and be more careful as he got caught for some reaching fouls, but should have multiple options to play at the next level.
Tyler Rose (F, 6’6”, Calvary Baptist Day School, Pfafftown NC)
Athletic wing with length and good size. Has a pure shooting stroke from the outside and has range out to the 3 point range- can shoot off the catch and can also create his own shot. Can get to rim and did a good job of drawing contact and getting to the line today. Also showed the ability to handle the ball in the open floor. Needs to continue to improve pressure on ball defense. Schools on all levels have expressed interest.
Trey Mitchell (G, 6’4”, Olympic HS, Charlotte NC)
Versatile player who can shoot and slash/attack the basket. Has a high motor and provided energy for his team throughout the day. Mitchell makes plays, whether it is rebounding, blocking shots, or making the assist (had a nice running-off the glass pass to JaMeal Robinson, for a easy slam in the All-Star game) he does-it-all. Hard working D1 prospect that should get plenty of looks playing for powerhouse Olympic.
Nehemiah Stafford (G, 5’11”, Ashe County Hs, Fleetwood NC)
Strong guard who attacks the basket hard. Has good court vision and passing ability. Looks for his shot and for opportunities to score. Scoring guard who has the ability to play at the collegiate level.
Parker Smith (G, 6’1”, Reynolds HS, Winston-Salem NC)
Smart guard who makes the right plays at the right times. High IQ. Good handle and passing ability- unselfish and is willing to get others involved- not seen much at showcase events. Good court awareness and vision. Uses his body well to shield the ball. runs the floor with his head up at all times. Just another one of those kids’ that just knows how to play basketball and does it a very high level. Coaches Award winner this year (Voted on by the coaches working the event- given to player who does all little things needed by a team to win- an extension of the coach on the floor)
Oshon West (G, 6’3”, North Rowan HS, Spencer NC)
Physically imposing guard who does a great job of using his strength and size to score and rebound- plays bigger then 6’3”. Works hard and competes every play. Leader on the floor. Finishes around the basket with contact. Has a good handle and possesses a solid pull-up jumper. Streaky shooter who can get hot in a hurry- knocked down multiple 3 point shots today- is not gun shy. Gets a lot of rebounds, can finish on the break and is already getting some pretty good looks from colleges. He will be part of a talented North Rowan team that will be going for it’s second state title in three years.
Dylan Wood (F, 6’4”, East Forsyth HS, Kernersville NC)
Came in and played in the games after taking the SAT test in the morning. Contributed when on the floor. Worked hard on both ends. Committed to rebounding and playing defense. Finished around the basket 8 feet and in. Nice left hand mini hook shot. Day was cut short with a foot injury- but played well and had scouts notice his energy when he in the game.
Class of 2012
Chris Harris (C, 6’9”, East Forsyth HS, Kernersville NC)
Big bodied center. Grabs rebounds in his area. Needs to improve quickness. Soft hands- can catch anything thrown to him. Has the ability to shoot the ball consistently from perimeter. Has signed with Peace College.
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