WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – What were the trending items at the JR Phenom camp on Saturday? We dive into the notepad and breakdown the five things that jumped off the pages from day one of the #Phenom150 camp.
1. Perhaps no one generated more buzz on Saturday than that of 2018 wing Will Dillard. The Greensboro, N.C. native scored from all levels on the floor, attacked with the dribble, slashed with the best of them and rebounded like a power forward. Overall, he was one of the most skilled players in the camp and stepped up to the challenge when faced up players blessed with similar skill. Dillard was the buzz maker on Saturday and it was fun to watch him in action.
2. The class of 2018 played very well. Talking to the recruiting pundits in the building, many believed the seventh grade class was the class that stood out the most on Saturday. Taji Moore (Kinston, N.C.) and Trevon Simmons (Mt. Airy, N.C.) along with Dillard really stood out. The trio were very athletic for their age, had good size for their position and played all three games with a distinct purpose.
3. The point guard play was very good and very deep. Khalil Brantley (2018/Charlotte, N.C.), Camden Hughes (2017/New Bern, N.C.), Rasir Bolton (2018/Chesterfield, VA), AJ Collins (2017/Harrisville, WV), Rafael Jenkins (2018/Huntersville, N.C.), and on and on and on. Jenkins and Brantley were three of the top point guards in the camp and set the tone with their quickness, decision-making and overall skill set.
4. There were a quartet of two guards that played really well in the spotlight. James West IV (2017/Woodbridge, VA), Devon Dotson (2018/Charlotte Christian), Marque Maultsby (2018/Raleigh, N.C.) and Jimmie Sanders III (2017/Clayton, N.C.) were all over the court, scoring with the dribble and knocking down long balls. All four were very impressive.
5. The buzz about the bigs was high. Starting the camp, David Caraher (2017/Chapel Hill, N.C.) was great on the boards and the perfect post player on offense and on the glass. As the camp drew older, the play of Greg Jones (2017/Richmond, VA) got better. He was the best natural big man in the camp. Andrew Tuazama (2018/Raleigh, N.C.) was a great post-defender and his best days are ahead of him.
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