The 11th Annual NC Phenom 150 Spring Evaluation Camp took place Sunday, March 24th and the talent level was strong from top to bottom. As a matter of fact, this may have been one of the strongest fields in quite some time. Today, we will take a look at some of the players from each individual team. Each camp coach was to fill out a detailed individual player evaluation. While we try to focus on upside and potential, we also look carefully at intangibles such as attitude, cooperation, work ethic and team play. We hope to capture a thorough detailed resume for each player in attendance.
Team 7 (Coach Che Roth-former college coach)
5’8 2016 Joseph Sykes of Cary HS in Cary, NC
Joseph is a fundamentally sound player that plays the game the right way. He has good basketball IQ and plays team basketball. He has a solid skill set equally matched by his ability to play hard and hustle at all times. Coach Che Roth stated, “ Joseph is a very solid young man with a bright future. He has a great frame for a freshman. He has a step back jumper going left that is impressive. He has a strong ability to penetrate going right. Once he learns to use his frame/body to get into defenders, he will see much more success. He has a good attitude and is very committed to becoming a better player. Joseph needs to improve his jump shot. His release is a little low at times and could improve his release time.” Overall, Joseph has the skill set to become a really good player at the HS level and with adjustments to his game, could be a potential collegiate prospect.
5’8 2015 Jack Bridgeford of Cannon School in Davidson, NC
Jack is one of those players you simply enjoy watching play. He has good fundamentals, but his work ethic and hustle on the court is appealing. You can tell he enjoys playing the game and doesn’t mind doing all the little things that are necessary to win. Coach Che Roth stated, “ Jack is an exceptional young man. He has a good frame and is very strong. He has to become more aggressive and attack the defense at time. He can score off the bounce well and can knock down he open shot. He has a great attitude, work ethic and determination. If he improves his ball handling and confidence in his jump shot, the sky is the limit for him. Jack’s best basketball is front of him.” Overall, Jack enjoyed a solid performance at camp and has the right mindset to improve and get better.
5’11 2015 Nigel Ribeiro of Western Branch HS in Chesapeake, VA
Nigel displayed toughness like no other. We enjoyed watching his full throttle approach to the game, especially on both sides of the court. He played with a high level of confidence and simply got after it on defense, which is uncommon in camp settings. Coach Che Roth stated, “ Nigel is a young man who has a very good motor. He has exceptional end-to-end speed with the ball. He is strong in the pick and roll situation. If he improves attacking left and use of his off hand, he will become even more affective as a player. Nigel’s jump shot and shooting off the dribble will need to continue to improve, as he gets stronger. He is a very tough kid and has all the tools to be a lock down defender.” Overall, Nigel has the “it” factor and once he improves his offensive skill set to match his athleticism, determination and desire, watch out for his young man. We strongly believe he has the ability to become a collegiate level prospect.
6’0 2016 Jalen McGee of Durham Hillside in Durham, NC
Jalen displayed an uncanny ability to knock down shots during the day especially perimeter and 3 point shots. We were impressed with his ability to spot up and knock down jumpers but equally impressed with his ability to create his own shot off the dribble and bounce. Coach Che Roth stated, “ Jalen is a good player with a bright future. He can post and knock down the open J. He has thick frame with good strong hands. He does need to improve his conditioning, footwork, and hustle on both ends of the court. With his size, he could be a guy when he commits, can be a very good rebounder for his position. Currently, his strengths are knocking down 3’s! He has the capacity to be a very good shooter.” Overall, Jalen strongest attributes are on the offensive side of the ball, especially his ability to put points on the board quickly. As he develops, he could enhance his stock by transitioning into the PG position. In addition, he will need to commit to the defensive end of the court as well. He has all the components and will just need to determine the right mind set to be the best player he can be!
6’1 2017 Nicholas Grubb of West Lee MS in Sanford, NC
Nicholas played strictly in the HS division and his play was impressive for his age/grade. He didn’t back down from the challenge and more than held his own against the older players. Coach Che Roth stated, Nicholas is a super young man. He held his own (for an 8th grader). Once he gets stronger, he will see great improvements in his game. He is very aggressive and player hard and works! Nicholas can improve his lateral quickness and ball handling especially attacking the basket with his off hand. He will be fun to watch, as he gets older. His decision to compete against older players will only help in his development.” Without question, Nicholas is a young man that isn’t afraid of hard work and hustle. We really liked his attitude and mindset. With his size, he just needs to continue to work on his perimeter skill sets, which will be important as he enters into HS next year.
6’2 2014 Malik Crudup of Wake Forest Rolesville in Wake Forest, NC
Malik also made his mark with his ability to knock down jumpers and being an efficient scorer at camp. He has good size for a SG and could continue to make improvement in his ball handling and creating his own shot. He played hard and was Mr. Hustle for his team. Coach Che Roth stated, “ Malik is a great young man who is a joy to coach. He has a good motor and plays very hard. He can get to the rim going right very well, but could improve going to his left. If he has confidence using it, he will be a tough player to stop. He is a knockdown shooter with solid mechanics. He does need to improve his quickness on his release and get his base on balance. Malik will compete with the best of them and expect good things from him in the future.” Overall, Malik just needs to give getting better and improving his game as he has the ability to get to the next level!
6’2 2016 Avery Metcalf of Hickory Ridge HS in Harrisburg, NC
Avery is a young prospect to put in your SIM card. He has the length and athleticism along with the right skill set to become a solid D1 prospect. Avery combines the skill and athleticism but also displayed a work ethic that was second to none. We loved his full throttle approach and Mr. Hustle attitude the entire day! Coach Roth stated, “Avery is a super young man. He is super athletic and can get to the rim as well as anyone. He has a fantastic attitude and works very hard. The best thing about Avery is he is a team first player! He can do and will do whatever is necessary his team needs him to do. He can improve his off hand and consistently work on his form. Defensively, Avery has the length and lateral quickness to become lock down defender.” As you can easily see, his young man has all the right components in being a special player. It all starts with attitude and the right work ethic and his young man is advanced in these areas. With continued improvement in his overall skill set, he should be one to watch over the next 3 years.
6’2 2014 Andrew Grant of Raleigh Charter HS in Raleigh, NC
Andrew has a solid skill set and good fundamentals, but more importantly displayed the right kind of attitude and work ethic. He did a lot of little things well and displayed the hustle needed to become a successful high school player. Coach Roth stated, “Andrew is a super young man and was a joy to coach. He has a great attitude and plays very hard. He just needs to keep working on his skills- ball handling, shooting, strength and quickness.” Overall, Andrew just needs to play with more confidence and that will come once he enhances his overall skill set and athleticism. Defensively, Andrew played solid defense and stayed in front of his man and understood team defensive principals. In addition, he rebounded his position well.
6’5 2014 Ashley Williams of Greenfield School in Wilson, NC (pictured above)
We have written extensively in the past and the NC Phenom 150 alum just keeps getting better and better. Ashley already has received many D1 offers and look for that list to grow this summer. We are talking about a talented young player, but even better person. Coach Roth stated, “Ashley is a super youngster. He is a long, athletic, very smooth, but most of all can really play! He is a match up problem since he can shoot the pull up J or simply beat you off the dribble/bounce. He can post up smaller defenders or take taller players to the perimeter. Ashley just needs to keep working on his ball handling and continue working in the weight room for added strength. The sky is the limit for you and with your length and athleticism, you can make a big impact at the next level.” Overall, another outstanding camp for Ashley!
6’6 2015 Marcellis Purvis of L.C. Bird HS in Chester, VA
Marcellis is another NC Phenom 150 alum that has made huge improvements in his game and these improvements will garnish him a D1 scholarship offers. He has a physically mature body and has the ability to use his strength and girth to his advantage. He is nifty and crafty around the basketball and has excellent footwork for his size/position. Coach Roth stated, “Marcellis is a big, strong, and active big. He can post up deep and can score with either hand in the box. Marcellis can also step out and shoot the 12-15 foot jump shot. He has a great touch and good hands, plus good footwork. He can improve his conditioning and ball handling skills. He uses his body well and rebounds the ball very well. With added speed and quickness, he can play at a high level in college.” Overall, Marcellis is a versatile combo forward. He has the power and strength on the interior and has several go to moves that are effective. He has soft hands which are essential for his position, but more importantly he is a two handed rebounder. He has good form on his jumper and a soft shooting touch. The biggest challenge for Marcellis is to enhance his athleticism by becoming quicker and more explosive. These improvements will help determine the appropriate college level.