By Marcus Shockley, Lance Everette and James Blackburn
The Adidas Jr. Phenom 150 in Winston-Salem, NC once again brought some the best up-and-coming talent from the region into one place to play against good competition and showcase their talents. Here are some of the top players of the day that we saw as well as several players to watch.
Top Players by Class
Class of 2015
Spencer Wilson, 5’11”, G (High Point Wesleyan, High Point, NC)
Good handle- takes care of the ball and doesn’t turn it over. Left handed. Looks up the floor in transition and has excellent court vision. Good shooter. Likes to crossover left to right. Poised and collected as a PG.
Darryl Myers, PG/SG, 5’8” (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA)
Solid skilled guards and with size will be getting big time college looks. A gifted passer and scorer, he has a super slick handle and throws passes that echo of Brandon Jennings. Pushes the ball hard and has a big time offensive game and hesitation dribble. Very high ceiling but much of that depends on if he gains much height. Pushes the ball with purpose and has a high basketball IQ.
Deishawn Anderson, SG/SF, 6’4” (Quality Education Academy, Winston-Salem, NC)
Physically strong wing who can play with contact. Still working on developing consistency in shot. Will need to continue to develop wing skill set but athletic. Wasn’t consistent from deep early but did hit some in later game scouted.
Class of 2014
David Sharpe, 6’6”, F (Englewood HS, Jacksonville, FL)
Strong player who can finish inside. Showed the ability to handle the ball on the perimeter and create his own shot, although he spent the majority of the game on the block. Somewhat undersized playing the 4- but makes up for it by throwing his weight around- wide body. Works hard on the boards. Surprisingly athletic. D1 schools should begin to monitor his progress.
Christian Terrell, 6’3”, G (Creekside HS, Jacksonville, FL)
Defensive minded player- contests shots. Long and athletic. Better slasher at this point then shooter- attacks the basket hard and finishes on the break. Left handed player with bounce. Jacksonville University has expressed interest.
Colton Bishop, 6’1”, G (Forsyth Country Day, Lewisville, NC)
Solid guard who can play either guard position effectively. Has great court vision and is unselfish as a PG. Good shooter who can shoot with feet set- great from 3pt range.
Cody Martin 6’7”, F (Davie County HS, Mocksville, NC)
Versatile player who can play the 3 to the 5. Athletic/high riser. Strong slasher. Has multiple D1 offers. Really played well today.
Larry Curry III 6’2”, G (East Forsyth HS, Kernersville, NC)
Finishes around the basket. Attacks the rim with purpose. Good size, athleticism, strength for PG position. Very fast with the ball baseline to baseline. D1 prospect.
Cory Hanes 6’4”, F (High Point Central, High Point, NC)
Plays extremely hard. Works the boards on both ends. Decent shooter from the perimeter. Tough, strong player.
Spencer Scott, PG, 6’2”, Charlotte Christian
Big solid guard who plays under control and had a nice stroke. Looks more comfortable in the half court but has excellent awareness and can stroke it from outside. Effective both on and off of the ball today but played mostly off of the ball in the games scouted.
Nate Motley, PG, 6’1”, undecided (Hampton, VA)
Another surprise of the camp. Super quick and agile guard, plays well at full speed and is in attack mode with shot or pass. Can play on or off of the ball but is always looking for a shot or open man. Really good in the open court and is the type of player that would fit in well on a running team. Quick hands; reclassing to 2014. D1 prospect.
Stavian Allen 6’8”, F (Word of God, Raleigh, NC)
Allan lives above the rim and has great agility. Is a high octane transition player with great hands and is explosive. Good slasher and strong finisher. Right now more of a tweener who is working to play more on the wing. Needs to continue to work on ballhandling and be a consistent threat from outside but a DI prospect for sure.
Caleb Martin 6’7”, F (Davie County HS, Mocksville, NC)
Good shooter from the perimeter. Capable of playing multiple positions including the PG- good enough ball handler and passer to play the 1. Several D1 schools have offers on the table.
Aaron Carver, SG/SF, 6’5” (Northeastern HS, Elizabeth City, NC)
Has really good length and agility. Shot was really falling early in the game but had a tendency to settle for jump shots instead of using his size and athleticism to get to the rim. Definitely a wing player with the size and ability to play that position at the college level.
Class of 2013
Jackson Kent SG/SF, 6’7”, High Point Christian Academy (High Point, NC)
Jackson Kent continues to impress and this Phenom event was no different. Kent possesses D1 height and skills at the wing position. He can handle the ball as a shooting guard, runs the floor on the break and can slash and shoot. Needs to continue to add strength and is a combo SG/SF. High motor, plays well in transition. High ceiling. Can dominate the ball and is an impact player.
Jordan Robinson 6’9”, F (Quality Education Academy, Winston-Salem, NC)
Strong and physical player. Runs the floor and moves very well for a player his size and build- fluid movement, moves like a 6’6” SF, not a 6’9” power player. Solid back to basket game with a good drop step move he used repeatedly to score today. Establishes solid post position- posts up hard. Blocks and alters shots. Demanded double teams because he was dominating offensively. Several D1 schools have offered scholarships including UNC- Charlotte and Hofstra.
Patrick Rooks, SG, 6’3″ (Charlotte Christian)
Continued to show his soft touch and solid fade away. Lefty with quick pull up off of the dribble and great first step. Has committed to Clemson.
Brian White 6’7”, F (Sports Academy, Chesterfield, VA)
A great team player- versatile- does whatever it takes to help his team win. Above average shooter, ball handler, passer, and defender. Long and active. Good form and arc on jump shot. Smart defender- did a great job of fronting bigger defenders and played solid help side defense. Boxes out on the defensive end- rebounds well on both ends. High motor. Effective midrange game especially from high post- fits the SF position perfectly. He told me that schools such as VCU, Wake Forest, and Nebraska have expressed interest. Underrated style-MM talent. Needs to improve ball handling, especially when under pressure.
Gejuan Long 6’5”, F (Mt. Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, NC)
Big time leaper- had several highlight dunks today including a 1 hand throw down on a 6’10” defender that excited those in attendance. Attacks basket relentlessly and with out any hesitation. Above average outside shooter with the ability to hit the open 3. Can create own offense and handle the ball well for size- good L to R crossover that he used to get to the rim. Capable of finishing with contact- good body control- can change shot in air and finish. Runs outside the passing lanes and finishes on the break above the rim. College level ability and talent that D2+ schools should look at.
James Daniel III 6’0”, G (Phoebus HS, Hampton, VA)
Heady PG with excellent ball control and court vision. Good on ball defender- pressured ball handler and has quick hands. Hard worker at both ends of the floor. Can get to the paint at will where he can finish over bigger defenders or kick to open teammates. Floor general- did a great job of getting team in sets and getting players spaced. Vocal leader on floor. Shifty and quick. Great ball handler- can use either hand and go either direction. Showed off a nice step back jump shot- does a great job of creating space to get off shot. He said he has offers from Howard and Holy Cross. 2 inches from being a HM- one of the top PG’s seen today.
Youssoupha Kane 6’11”, C (Word of God, Raleigh, NC)
Skilled for size and position. Played good help defense and was active. Good rebounder, especially on the defensive end. Shot blocker. Showed the ability to rebound the ball and advance the ball with the dribble. Above average passer. Solid drop step moves around rim- either scores or draws foul. MM+ player.
Chuck Ogbodo 6’11”, C (High Point Christian, High Point, NC)
Communicates on the court. Moves well defensively and is active. Establishes good position on the block- really fights for deep position. Good rebounder. Does a great job of staying straight up on the defensive end- long arms- contests shots with out fouling-making players finish over his long 6’11” frame. Showed a sold hook shot as well. D1 player who will only get better with time.
Craig Hinton 6’6”, F (East Forsyth HS, Kernersville, NC)
Incredibly athletic- plays the game above the rim. Had a huge alley-oop dunk today where his head was at the rim. Showed the ability to hit open shots on a consistent basis as well. D1 talent and ability.
Alec Wintering 5’9”, G (United Faith, Concord, NC)
Super quick ball handler who played behind Florida-bound Braxton Ogbueze at United Faith this year. Sends the defense scrambling when he has the ball because he has elite quickness and speed with the ball in his hands and a super tight handle in traffic.Good shooter, court vision, has the ability to get to the basket and finish, solid on ball defender. Very good awareness and should really come into his own running the point this season. Undersized but smart, talented enough to play at the next level without question and looks like he still has room to grow once he runs a team full time. Definitely a D1 prospect and has several offers: Iona, Manhattan, Duquesne, plus interest from several more.
Troy Caupain 6’3”, G (Cosby HS, Cosby, VA)
Confident guard who likes to have the ball in his hands. Solid shooter who can also put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. Sees the floor and is an above average passer. Has several offers from D1 programs.
Class of 2012
Brice Robertson 6’1”, G (Gospel Light Christian School, Thomasville, NC)
One of the surprise players at camp. Smart player who helps his team win. Good handle with the ball. Attacks basket and is a good shooter- takes good shots and doesn’t force the issue. Fluid, slender player with good passing vision, can run the point and was able to play with the best players on the court. Will need to add strength but at 6’ and a true, agile point he impressed all day and gained confidence as the day went on. Definitely a player who should be getting serious looks from some D2 and NAIA schools.
Robert Story, G, 5’11”, Durham School of the Arts
Athletic guard with hops- had several dunks in transition. Active, strong bodied combo guard who works hard and runs the court hard at all times. Isn’t a true point but can run the PG well enough. More effective off of the ball but is an active rebounding guard and gets a lot of loose balls. Moves well without the ball as well.
Hansen French, PG, 6’1”, Trinity School of Durham (Durham, NC)
True PG who plays eyes up and goes hard to the hole. Tough and hard nosed. Runs the team effectively even in these loose games of pickup.
Players to Watch by Class2>
Tyler Creammer, C, 6’8” (South View HS,Parkton, NC)
Creammer is a big bodied post player who looks like he could add quite a bit of strength and is still an overall raw prospect. However, with his size and frame he could become a solid banger in the paint.
Dalen Dotson, G, 5’9″ (Charlotte Christian)
Deft, low handle and good vision. Looks to put pressure on the D and can create his own shot.
De’Andre Kellam, SG, 6’2” (Martinsville HS, Martinsville, VA)
Has really good passing vision from the off guard spot – really good at finding players in traffic or for the look ahead. Has good strength but will need to continue to develop pure PG skills. More of a combo guard at the moment with SG/SF game but vision is extremely good and has deft passing touch.
Daniel Kanakanui, SF/PF, 6’5”, Ragsdale HS (Greensboro, NC)
Versatile player who is most effective in the half court and will need to work on becoming more of a wing. Looks most comfortable and effective at the PF spot right now but does have the ability to hit the pull up jumper and stays engaged at all times. Will need to improve handle and first step to be able to play more at the 3.
Malik Pulley, PG, 5’11”, Nash Central HS (Rocky Mount, NC)
A true PG with a good skill set and good physical tools. This type of event is tougher on pass-first point guards and Malik fell into this category today, but he is one to keep an eye on.
Kendrick Stukes, PG, 5’10”, Thomasville Prep (Thomasville, NC)
Was tentative in the early going but started scoring heavily in later games. Quick and has a good mid range and is improving as an outside shooter. Needs to continue to improve PG skills and always commit defensively. Good on the break.
Aaron Williams, SG, Croatan HS (Morehead City, NC)
Agile guard who gets up and down and looks like a solid prospect. Athletic, versatile and long.
Omar Chiselom, G, 6’0”, Hibriten HS (Lenoir, NC)
A lot of strength and a really good passing off guard. Looks more like a combo guard and would have to develop much more as a point but adds defense and toughness. Was matched up against much taller players in the post and had trouble but never backed down. Pit bull type player.
Torey Baskin, SG, 6’1”, Mt. Tabor HS (Winston-Salem, NC)
Baskin has good athleticism and was able to show it today running some high octane players. Looked good with his shot in the game scouted.
Seth White, PG, 6’0” Thomasville Prep (Thomasville, NC)
Good outside shooter and poised true PG. Doesn’t turn the ball over and has good physical strength. Has to make sure he takes good angles when defending on perimeter.
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