The NCPreps Elite Guard Camp is an annual event which gives the top guards in the state of North Carolina the ability to participate in drills, healthy competition, and get exposure to college coaches in a guards only setting.
FIVE THAT STOOD OUT
Quest Aldridge – Mount Tabor (2019) – 6’4, 165lbs
Aldridge was perhaps the craftiest player with the basketball in his hands. Aldridge has a solid jumpshot and can get after it defensively, but his basketball IQ, facilitation mentality, and ability to be creative with the basketball and still play in the flow of the game makes him an intriguing college prospect – especially if he adds girth in the years to come.
Myles Pierre – Carmel Christian (2019) – 6’2 188lbs
Pierre wowed everyone with an almost uncanny ability to get to the basket at will. Almost all of his points came on strong layups and demonstrated he could hit the mid-range jumper when necessary. While many of the other players started slowing up in the final games of the day, Pierre demonstrated his Russell Westbrook-like motor and didn’t take any plays off. Pierre won MVP of the All-Star game with a notable 19 points.
Marten Maide – Carmel Christian (2019) – 6’3 181lbs
Maide was perhaps the most well-rounded player at the camp. He showcased the ability to defend and shoot the ball all the way out to the three point line. Where Maide really impressed was off of long rebounds and leading the fast break himself. He was relentless in attacking the basket and found a way weave throughout traffic to get to the rim. He, along with Pierre, and fellow sophomore Donovan Gregory will lead a loaded Carmel Christian team in the 2017-2018 campaign.
CJ Cappuccio - Bishop McGuinness (2018) – 6’1 155lbs
Cappuccio was one of the best shooters at the camp and went off for 24 points with six three pointers in one of the games. The junior exhibited a strong basketball IQ and the ability to get into the lane and finish after defenders started running him off the three point line.
Kristopher Robinson – Lincolnton (2020) – 6’0, 150lbs
Kristopher has a smooth game and played within himself throughout the day. He reminded many of a young Lavar Batts Jr. (top prospect in NC Class of 2017). Just a freshman – he’s one to keep an eye on the years to come.
WORDS OF THE DAY:
Composed – what comes to mind when you watch Raquan Brown play. Brown has good size for a point guard (6’4, 175 lbs) and has a well-rounded game. He is one of the better rebounding guards in the city and while he may not blow you away with over the top athleticism, his court vision allows him to make next level passes – especially on the fast break. Watch out for him and Rocky River with fellow star guards Mikey Maddox and Jaden Springer to make a deep playoff run next year.
Length – what Jaylen Sims has. Sims is a bigger guard (6’5, 180lbs) and was perhaps the longest player at the camp. He has good athleticism and demonstrated an ability to step back and hit jumpers all the way to three point line. He finished well attacking the basket in the half-court throughout the day and has a solid left hand which allows him to finish over smaller defenders. At this point he is more of a slasher than a shooter, but if he continues to add a consistent jumper, he’ll skyrocket in the rankings.
Precise – the handles of Kody Shubert (6’0, 160lbs), KJ Marshall (5’10, 165lbs), and Tiquan Whitmore (5’10, 155lbs). These three stood out above the rest in the ball handling station and had the ball on a string all afternoon.
Bounce – what Torraine Simpson (6’1, 170lbs) and Adrian Delph (6’2, 185lbs) have. Delph threw down a nice fastbreak windmill dunk in the closing minutes of the all-star game that had both benches on their feet. The hops of these two had many advocating for a potential dunk contest in the next Elite Guard camp.