I conclude my coverage of the TCU Elite Camp by taking a deep dive on the 2025 prospects that performed well. The 2025 class nationally is loaded and it’s also loaded in Texas. Let’s take a look.
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Parker Jefferson, Jason Scott Look Healthy Again
It’s really a process in recovering from serious injuries. For the body to be 100% physically, the conditioning needing to be on point and also the confidence to do things on the court the player was accustomed to doing prior to the injury.
Junior (2025) big man Parker Jefferson is back healthy and has shedded some weight. He showed off his passing skills, post-play and handle in the open court. He’s never going to be a big-time vertical athlete but he’s smart, knows how to use his body to carve out space and his touch from around the rim and outside the arc was exhibited at camp.
Jason Scott, who was the Co-MVP of the Pangos FR/SOPH Camp in Dallas last year, has recovered from his leg injury. The spring & summer was a bumpy road but I can tell he’s back to his normal self. Slashing to the rim, a strong off-ball cutter that plays off two feet well to convert and capable of making shots from deep. Motor mixed with good-enough shooting & a high volume of rim pressure is what Scott brought to the table.
Cam Smith Is A Strong Addition to Duncanville
You can say it’s a reloading year for Duncanville High School, who finished No. 3 in the Ballislife FAB 50 Rankings for the 2022-2023 season, but pieces have been added and knowing David Peavy, he’ll have a team that’ll compete for a state title every year. Cam Smith is a welcoming addition to the squad. At 6’5 and sporting a 6’8 wingspan, Smith is a lefty wing-guard that plays with length. He thrives in transition as a finisher, attacks closeouts and is an adequate driver to the rim. Also, Smith is a capable shooter with clean looking mechanics. Defensively, he intercepted passing lanes and used length to bother shots when defending on-ball. Like the upside with this one, as Smith can be a defensive playmaker and also a versatile offensive threat down the road.
His teammate at Duncanville and the go-to-guy, Kayden Edwards, had a strong showing at the as well. Lefty with one of the fastest releases in the state and can make shots from all over the court. As his ball-skills and strength have improved, it’s allowed him to open his game and get to his shots. Prior, he was more of a spot up guy, but because he’s more comfortable creating and putting the ball on the floor, Edwards can keep the defense guessing on when he will release.
Versatility of Kash Polk
Someone that may not have popped out to some but really impressed me was Kash Polk. He’s about 6’7 with plus arm length and he just gets a lot done on the court. Rebounds his butt off, is a grab and go candidate, looks to get to the rim, assertive pursuit to the rim and can make shots from the perimeter. An automatic double-double guy that competes on the defensive end, too. Seeing him commit to guarding the primary ball handler and also tussle with the bigs on the block was a good thing. Polk makes winning basketball plays and I think will end up in the 10-15 range in the 2025 class when it’s all said and done.
South Grand Prairie Will Be One To Keep Tabs Of
South Grand Prairie has three 2025 prospects that catch my eye consistently and will play big roles this season. Cam Carroll is a 6’2 combo that’s a D1 guard. Physical, has a strong frame and is shifty with the ball. He showed more of his passing this last weekend and that’s been the swing skill for him…. How well or willing is he as a passer? I definitely believe he’s growing in that department as he’s someone that is a regular visitor to the paint and seen him make kick-out passes to the shooter in the corner or dump it off to the post. Cam Paul is a big wing at about 6’7 with guard skills. He can make tough shots and is strong as a pull-up shooter. Coupled with his motor and strength he’s added to his wiry build, Paul has emerged as a high major prospect in a loaded 2025 class. Markece Young is the last one and he’s a yunk-yard dog. Rebounder, defender, driver to the rim. Like his competitive nature and pursuit to get to the paint and finish.
LD Jones, 6’3 2/1 CG - North Forney: Was a good performance day for LD. He can be inconsistent but he holds immense talent. An athletic guard that can score it in bunches. More comfortable playing off the ball but showed some nice playmaking abilities in the open court.
Caleb Steger, 6’4 SG - Dallas Jesuit: Caleb showed his shooting prowess. A reliable shooter with a stockier frame. Regardless if that was on movement, spot up or mid-range pull-up, Steger was knocking it down.
JaCobe Coleman, 6’2 CG - Pace Academy: A natural scorer that’s athletic. Gets downhill and finishes utilizing strength and touch. Holds a quick first step and fearless in regards to pulling the trigger from deep.
Jaylon Dean-Vines, 6’5 Wing - Kimball: An athletic wing-scorer. Explosive finisher and an adequate pull-up shooter. Has improved as a shot creator in the last year and I expect a breakout year at Kimball.
Roman Miller, 6’3 PG - Mustang (OK): I like this kid’s game a lot. A pg with good positional size and feel. A stable live-dribble passer that showed efficient mid-range game. I like how he balanced playmaking and scoring. He comes from a family of strong basketball bloodlines as his dad is the all-time leading scorer at East Central in Oklahoma.
Jamison Thrower, 6’3 CG - WT White: A great addition to WT White, a team that carries an immense amount of size in the front-court. Jamison has a good canvas and can score and facilitate well. Got to the rim and when given space, he kept the defense honest by connecting on a couple jumpers.
Leroy Kelly IV, 6’2 2/1 CG - Dynamic Prep: A natural scorer with good feel for the game. Leroy attacks closeouts well and has a clean pull-up jumper from mid-range and is a dependable shooter from deep off the catch. He’s been consistent and productive on offense everytime I see him and the TCU Elite Camp wasn’t anything different.
David Iweze, 6’8 PF - Ischool: A forward prospect with more skill to his game than given credit. Handles well for position and size, outside of Parker Jefferson, was the second best big man passer at the camp and defensively covered ground due to his long arms and long strides.
Amari Reed, 6’6 PF/C - Lancaster: Can tell Amari has been working on expanding his game. Attempted threes, although I didn’t see one go in I did see his willingness to drive to the rim and attempt jumpers when open. Still has ways to go but I can appreciate the fact that he will try to do the things he’s been working on in this setting. A hard-playing post with big-time length at over 7-foot. He tries to dunk everything, block everything and rebound every miss.
Aidan Duran, 6’6 PF - PSAT: Was a solid contributor at the camp. Really a tweener that can score inside and out. A mismatch forward when his shot from the perimeter is on, he’s hard to guard.
Jayden Leverett, 6’9 C - Chapin: He was good at the camp. Still raw but played well. One thing that really stood out to me was how quick he processes things. He applied the post-moves and positioning that was taught at the camp and transferred it immediately to the game. That’s not normal in most camp settings, especially for bigs, but for Jayden it was no problem and it equated to success.
Hudson Goellner, 6’8 PF/C - Rockwall: A hard playing, strong forward that is active on the glass. Like his motor, ability to play through contact and get positioning inside. A glue guy that provides more than what’s seen on the stat sheet.