There was a handful of 2024’s who attended our New Arrivals Top 100 Camp. They may have been the young in age but their games matched the talent of the 2023’s.
Mateen Rafiq, 5-9, PG, 2024-Rafiq is always under control and looking to free himself from the defense. He has great mechanics and a quick release allowing him to get off a lethal outside shot with even the slightest bit of space. He understands how to get open and does a good job of moving without the ball. In transition he sprints to the 3 point line putting himself in position to get open shots. A solid ball handler, Rafiq is able to shoot it both off the dribble and by spotting up. He was solid during the skills session and through his first camp game. However, he had to sit out the latter part of the camp due to growing pains.
Dante Wells, 6-2, F, 2024- Physical athlete that competes and plays extremely hard. A good athlete that uses his speed and physicality to impact the game. Wells showers the ability to hit shots from the outside. He’s also did a good job of finishing around the rim. Defensively he did a good job of staying in front of his man and contesting shots. Wells was selected to the Top 60 game.
Jamari Phillips, 6-0, G, 2024-Big Guard that’s pushes the ball up the floor in transition looking for easy baskets. Phillips is always attacking. When he gets by his defender he has a nice floater that he likes to shoot. Good outside shooter. Phillips is the younger brother of Modesto Christian standout Jaden Phillips. The younger Phillips should follow in the footsteps of his older brother as one of the top prospects in NorCal.
Brandon Gibson, 5–10, G, 2024- Is a skilled scoring guard. He uses great lateral footwork to find creases in the defense and penetrate the gaps. Gibson finishes a lot of his drivers with a nice eurostep to avoid the defense for easy layups. He did a very good job of getting to the basket for some tough finishes. Showed good shooting form and hit several outside shots. Gibson is a year away from high school but looks like he’ll be ready to make an immediate impact once he gets there. For his strong showing at the camp, Gibson was selected to the Top 40 game.
Ty Virgil, 5-10, 2024- Long, wiry southpaw that can score it. Virgil is very skilled and plays under control. He doesn’t force anything. Instead he makes the most of his touches making good decisions and high IQ basketball plays. He’s a natural scorer but does a great job with his shot selection. His possessions are never forced or rushed. He showed the ability to score at all 3 levels. He was selected to the Top 60 game and his offensive arsenal was on full display. Virgil hit runners, bank shots and deep threes to take home eventual MVP honors. Virgil is another young player who looks like he’ll make an immediate impact once he gets to high school a year from now.
KJ Ramey, 5-10, 2024-KJ Ramey played well off the ball. He has good size for a young guard prospect. Ramey has good feel for the game and has a propensity for making the right play. Like Virgil, Ramey never forces the issue rather lets the game to him. He showed nice touch and great form on his shot with good range. He’s a vary capable ball handler and did good job of handling pressure from defenders. Overall Ramey had a solid showing at the camp showed and was also selected to compete in the Top 60 game.
Daron White, G, 2025-White was terrific in both of his camp games. Has a great handle and very good body control. The young lead guard was a blur in the open court and did a good job of getting the ball to his older teammates. He had a couple of impressive drives where he converted and-1 layups. The pressure applied by older players never seemed to bother him as he was able to get to his spots on the court unbothered. Did a very good job of facilitating and setting the table for his older teammates. The lone 2025 prospect at the camp was very impressive and is definitely a young prospect to keep an eye on in future years.