I dropped Part 1 of Guard Play The Chris Paul Way. Here is part 2 highlighting guard play at the CP3 camp, and this one consist of all 2028 players… Carter King (5’2/PG) School: Hopewell MS Instagram: Kingcarter2028 Twitter: @Kingcarter2028 Carter…
I dropped Part 1 of Guard Play The Chris Paul Way. Here is part 2 highlighting guard play at the CP3 camp, and this one consist of all 2028 players…
Carter King (5’2/PG)
School: Hopewell MS
Carter had a nice showing at camp as he is a very skilled PG that sets the tone for his squad. He is a creative ball-handler that is difficult to keep out of the paint, and once he gets two feet in the paint, he does an excellent job in converting. He is a player who did not settle but was constantly putting pressure on his defender as he looked to get to the rim, where he did an exceptional job finishing at the cup. Carter was very efficient with his offensive opportunities, as he played a very smart game when I watched him play. He rarely forced the action while ensuring he got all his teammates involved. He is a multi-dimensional lead guard that is a steady presence at the PG spot, plays under control, changes speeds well, and kept defenders off-balance all day. He is a productive young player and full of potential.
He rarely forced the action while ensuring he got all his teammates involved.Terry J. Drake
James Oliver Jackson (5’1/CG)
School: Floyd Middle Magnet
James is a hard-nosed guard that got in my notes because of the intensity and passion that he played with. He may be small, but he showed that he is a gamer. His energy and effort on both ends of the floor separated him from the pack. I often say that winning plays are not always scoring plays, and James made a lot of winning plays that did not show up in the scoring column. He doesn’t depend on scoring to be seen, even though he did show he can score if needed. He shot the trey ball well, orchestrated the offense, and brought energy that was utterly infectious to everyone on his squad. He is a diamond in the rough that took advantage of the stage, and as long as he continues to stay in the lab and improve his game, he will continue to emerge as a player worthy of having eyes on. Like many of the guards standing closer to 5’0, the question surrounding their game will be how much they will grow, which is the same question hanging over James. I encourage James to keep playing with the toughness and grit that he showed at camp, and let everything else take care of itself, especially the question regarding his height.
James is a hard-nosed guard that got in my notes because of the intensity and passion that he played with.Terry J. Drake
Skyler Bostic (5’3/PG)
School: Langston Chapel Elementary
With an explosive talent like Skyler, you have to take the ups and the downs as he travels the maturation journey associated with his game. He is a skilled guard that brings everything you need at the PG spot, and in one thought, you think that the offense is in some very reliable hands. Then there were moments when Skyler seemed to get out of character and began forcing the action and turning the ball over, which left me questioning his intentions at the moment. Then when it is all said and done, you have to take a moment to look at Skyler’s game and see that he pushes the envelope, which is something that all great athletes have within them. He is not afraid to take risks or back down from any challenges. While at times he plays with great poise while creating for himself and his teammates and is a very good decision maker with the ball in his hands, there are times that he is in attack mode, and he is determined to make something happen, and you have to ride with the results. Traits that I would never want to take away from him, but teach him how to harness them and find the balance. Players like Skyler end up being those players that are not afraid to take the shot late in the game, which will determine if their team wins or loses. Players like Skyler grow into players that go into hostile environments, drop double digits, and silence the crowd. So, you may see a little chaos in his game at times. However, he is still developing and learning, and trust me, it is easy to ride with a player that is not stuck in his comfort zone than to try and ride with a player you are constantly trying to get out of his comfort zone. When it comes to Skyler, he is definitely out of the box.
Players like Skyler grow into players that go into hostile environments, drop double digits, and silence the crowd.Terry J. Drake
Dominion Elijah Whitaker (5’10/SG)
School: Ron Clark Academy
The first time I saw Dominion at camp was during the Top 20 All-Star game. I was thoroughly impressed with his style of play, but he left me sitting there desiring more from him. He is a smooth off-guard that plays at his own pace and never allows the defense to speed him up. He can score off the bounce and had the perimeter J working. You can tell that he is a team player that likes to get everyone involved, but there were times that he did it at the expense of passing up very good shots. He’s agile, quick, and has the ability to penetrate off the bounce, and he has a nice in-between game and nice touch in the lane with his float game. He is a luxury to have on a team as he can get a bucket at any moment, and if he ever gets determined to unleash his offensive repertoire, he can be a primary option for any squad he is on. He is a young player that we will be keeping our eyes on.
I was thoroughly impressed with his style of play, but he left me sitting there desiring more from him.Terry J. Drake
Karl Mullins, Jr. (5’1/PG)
School: Atlantic Christian Academy
There were a lot of guards in the 2028 class that stood close to 5’0 tall. None more exciting to watch than Karl. He had the crowd in awe with some of the things he showed out of his toolkit. He is a true facilitator with good vision, court awareness, and passing ability for his age and size. He is a high-end decision maker in tight quarters and in the open floor. He makes plays for others, and as his teammate, you have to always be ready for a crafty and even last-minute pass when you think he is about to shoot it himself. Undoubtedly, he will continue to elevate his game, but the question surrounding his game is how much he will grow. I am sure it is something that is brought to his attention a lot, but I encourage him to continue to focus on the things he can control, which is his game, and let everything else fall into place. He made the Top 20 All-Star game and was among the best PGs on the floor, so he is on the right trajectory. Stay in the lab young man, and shock the world! Let your work drown out the external noise.
He is a true facilitator with good vision, court awareness, and passing ability for his age and size.Terry J. Drake
Ayden Leith (5’10/PG)
School: Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach
I have to admit that when I watched Ayden, I saw nothing but what could be if he became more adamant about being a determined scorer. He has so many physical tools that he is gifted with that as he develops the understanding of how to put it all together, his stock can rise exponentially. He is a downhill attacking guard that, once he gets going, is like a locomotive coming at full speed. He is strong on his drive and goes thru contact that he often draws once he is in the paint. He is an explosive guard off the bounce and I cannot recall seeing any defender able to stay in front of him. The only person that slowed Ayden down when I saw him play was Ayden. He deferred a little too much for my liking, while he has the tools to be the guy. He is a player whom a coach can put the ball in his hands and trust that he can get a bucket. My high school coach once told me that the object of the game is to get the ball in the bucket; by that statement, you can guess that he was offensive-minded, and even though Ayden may have tabled some of his offensive prowess, he is a player that has the ability to put the ball in the bucket.
He is strong on his drive and goes thru contact that he often draws once he is in the paint.Terry J. Drake