Eight Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational HS Team Camp

July 3rd, 2018   •   Comments Off on Eight Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational HS Team Camp   

Eight Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational HS Team Camp

I have featured Eight Top Prospects from the East Coast Invitational Team Camp, below. I’ll have much more on this fine event in the next few days.

North Mecklenburg High School, of Huntersville, North Carolina, defeated South Central High School, of Winterville, North Carolina in the championship game of this fine team camp.

Coach Wells Gulledge, started the East Coast Invitational, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, when he was the basketball coach at Jacksonville High School. Despite leaving Jacksonville to coach, first Kinston, NC, High School and now Laney High School in Wilmington, he has continued to hold this high school “Team Camp” in Jacksonville. This was the 15th year of the event and it keeps getting better and better.

Eight Top Prospects from the ECI Team Camp

Jae’lyn Withers, 6-9 210, F, 2019, North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, NC
This combo forward is one of the most improved players in the nation. Always a talented scorer, Jae’lyn has added much to his game in the past year. He was a pretty good shooter, when I first saw him three years ago, but now he is a good shooter – to the arc and beyond.
Jae’lyn also has become more accomplished at driving the rock and finishing with strength. Strength is another thing that he has added to his game. A year ago, he was lacking in strength, but now he doesn’t get bumped around and finishes through contact.
Still another improvement in Jae’lyn’s game is his post up game. He can post up and get buckets inside.

Jalen Benjamin








Jalen Benjamin, 5-11 160, 1G, 2019, Leesville Road HS, Raleigh, NC
This quick guard has excellent ball handling skills, good vision and very good passing skills. Jalen is also one of the best shooters in the state. He shoots it well off the dribble and he also shoots it well from well beyond the arc.
I’ve watched Jalen play, since his father Ishua started him out playing 14U AAU basketball when he was only 11 years old.


Shykeim Phillips



Shykeim Phillips, 6-1 170 1G, 2019, South Central HS, Winterville, NC
This young man is a very good floor leader for Coach Chris Cherry’s team. He handles well, creates well for his teammates and he also finds time to put some points on the board.
He is one of the most unselfish point guards you will see.
Shykeim has also become a good shooter, through hard work and he has one of the best runners, this side of New York City.
Shykeim is at his best, when the game is on the line. I have yet to see him miss a free throw in the fourth quarter of a game in my three years of watching him.

Luke Davis, 6-7 215, F, 2019, South Central HS, Winterville, NC
This young man is one of the most improved players in North Carolina, in the class of 2019. Always an extraordinary leaper, Luke has been putting in a lot of hard work on his overall game this spring. He was knocking down jump shot, after jump shot in Friday’s games. He’s also attacking the basket, off the dribble and finishing well at the rim.
Luke can finish at the basket, using finesse, or if given half a chance, he can throw down a powerful slam causes the crowd to erupt.

Nas Tyson, 6-1 180, 1G, 2019, Forest Hills HS, Marshville, NC
This young man has emerged as one of the top point guards in the state of North Carolina. Nas has, steadily, become very strong in all phases of guard play. He is one of the strongest point guards you will see on the high school level and his handle is tight. He penetrates well, making plays for his teammates. He also has become a good shooter from the perimeter and he’s a very good on-ball defender.
Oh, he was also one of the key leaders in Forest Hill’s run to the 2A State Championship this past March.

Two Talents from the Class of 2020

Day’Ron Sharpe, 6-10 225, C, 2020, South Central HS, Winterville, NC-North Carolina
This young man has had a busy summer and July just arrives on Sunday.
Day-Ron had a good showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-June. In the Camp, he competed against 15-20 of the other top big men in the USA and he more than held his own. On top of that, Day’Ron was one of the few underclassmen among those big men.
The big man is playing with the Garner Road 16U AAU team this spring and summer. He’s one of the leaders of the team, which is one of the top 16U teams in the USA.
Day’Ron also found time to verbally commit to playing his college basketball at the University of North Carolina.

Tristan Maxwell, 6-3 180, G, 2020, North Mecklenburg HS, Huntersville, NC
This young guard is a gifted scorer, with an excellent feel for the game. He’s a sweet shooter, both from mid-range and from the arc. He’s adept at moving without the ball and utilizing his quick release for buckets, but he’s equally adept at creating his own shot, or driving it.
Tristan’s also a gifted passer with good vision and unerring accuracy whether hitting to a cutter, or dishing off the dribble.
He’s a consistent scorer, but he’s also capable of scoring points in bunches, as when he scored 16 points in a row in the third quarter of a close game between his CP3 16U team in a win over rival, Team Loaded 704, in a spring game in Greensboro.

And from the Class of 2021

Dontrez Styles, 6-7 200, SF, 2021, Kinston HS, Kinston, NC
He’s not only one of the top rising sophomores in the state of North Carolina, but he is also proving to be one of the top players in the country in the class of 2021.
Dontrez plays with the poise of a senior, even though he has three more years of high school basketball ahead of him. This talented young man has good all around skills and he’s a good teammate.


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