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 15 (John Pride)
5’10 2015 Johnathan Pickler of Hoke County of Raeford, NC
Johnathan is an exciting and energetic PG that loves making the highlight pass. He has advanced ball handling and passing skills and is always looking for the open teammate. More importantly, the majority of his dribble drive moves are pre-calculated in order to create a shot for an open teammate. Coach John Pride stated, “ Johnathan is a PG with a big heart. He has the ability to control the game and get his teammates involved. He has a great attitude and absolutely loves the game.” Without question, Johnathan is a true pass first PG but will need to develop and establish a consistent perimeter jump shot to keep defenses honest.
6’0 2016 Zachary Boggs of Grace Christian in Sanford, NC
Zachary is really a solid all around player that has all the fundamentals and under stating of the game. He matched his effort with a great attitude and look for big things from Zachary down the road. Just a freshman, one has to be impressed with his upside and potential. Coach John Pride stated, “Zachary is a PG that plays with big heart and great attitude. He really showed the right attitude to improve and get better. He took instruction well and tried to implement coaching instructions.” Overall, Zachary has a clear understanding of how to play the game. He has the fundamentals and skill sets to be really good. As we move forward, he will need to gain added strength and increase in athleticism to maximize his potential.
6’1 2015 Khylil James of Meadowbrook in North Chesterfield, VA
We really believe Khylil is a natural born leader on the floor. He is an outstanding PG that understands the game and plays to win. We’re talking about an athletic PG that exhibited an excellent attitude, work ethic and played as a team. We were impressed with his unselfishness, but high character on and off the court. Coach John Pride stated, “ Khylil is a solid PG with size that can play multiple positions. He has great ball handling skills for a big guard. He has excellent court vision and plays good team basketball. He runs the floor and played solid defense, but more importantly involves his teammates and talks on the floor.” Overall, Khylil has the ability to play and contribute as a D1 prospect. With continued improvement, we really believe his stock will continue to rise and will garnish mid major interest and offers.
6’2 2016 Kaleb Hunter of Granville Central in Louisburg, NC
Kaleb is a young and talented player that does a little bit of everything well. He has the right attitude and work ethic combined with a skill set. Coach John Pride stated, “Kaleb is really quick off the dribble and especially his first step. He plays with passion and goes to the basket with authority. He has a big heart and loves the game.” Like a lot of young players, Kaleb will need to improve his defense, which he has the ability to do. He has the foot speed and quickness to be more dominating on the defensive end of the court. We liked his overall approach to the game and his decision-making is advanced for his age/grade. His basketball IQ and skill set will only be enhanced by added strength over the next few years.
6’2 2014 Trey Pride of Glen Allen HS in Glen Allen, VA
John Trey is a strong and athletic guard that possesses all the physical intangibles for his size. He attacks the rim with authority and has a quick first step. He has excellent body control and has the ability to take over a game. Trey has a solid mid range game and plays with passion. We were impressed with his basketball IQ and plays team basketball. He has the ability to score from the perimeter and can create his own shot off the dribble. He plays solid defense and talks on both ends of the court. Trey should be an attractive prospect with schools in the Big South, Southern Conference and CAA level.
6’4 2014 Dorian Johnson of Herndon HS in Herndon, VA
We really were impressed with the high motor and energy displayed by the physically mature Dorian Johnson. Dorian plays with a full throttle approach and will not allow anyone to outwork or outplay him. Coach John Pride stated, “ Dorian plays at a high level of intensity and is simply tremendous in transition. He plays big on the interior and has a great heart and love for the game. He has good footwork and is a tough hard nose defender.” Currently, Dorian is more of a combo forward and has the heart of a champion. He will compete on the low box for position and is an excellent rebounder for his size/position. The next step in his development is to develop a 3-point shot with consistency. He was efficient with the mid range but with his size, he will need to extend his range to maximize his potential.
6’4 2016 John McLawhorn of Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, NC
John has good size and a solid all around game for his age/grade. We like his long term potential, but will need to add strength and speed to his game. Coach John Pride stated, “ John has a big heart and you can tell he loves the game. This is his first time out to play in a camp setting and over time he will get better and better. He works hard and over time can really develop into a special player at the HS level. The next step in his development is footwork and defense. He has the ability and potential to become a collegiate level player, but the level has yet to be determined. That will materialize over the next few years.
6’2 2014 Austin Hatfield of Davie County in Mocksville, NC
We have written about Austin and Taylor extensively in the past and their effort level has always been appealing. Coach John Pride stated, “ Austin has a great outshot shot and really understands the game. He has great ball handling skills and see the court really well and is a floor general on the court.” We are always impressed with the high energy and high motor that is exhibited by the Hatfield twins. Austin is a true team player and will compete as hard as anyone on the court. He values winning and his leadership skills are advanced. The next step in his development is to enhance his foot speed and quickness.
6’4 2014 Alexander Ash of Grace Christian in Cary, NC
Alexander is a solid all around player. He does a lot of little things well and is displayed a tremendous attitude. Coach John Pride stated, “Alexander has good size and plays with the effort and mindset of a winner. He played with passion and with purpose.” The next step in his development is to get physically stronger and become better on defense and to improve his lateral quickness and foot speed. Overall, his decision-making was solid and exhibited a solid basketball IQ. Alexander played within his ability and didn’t try to do things he couldn’t do. We thought his shot selection was good and didn’t force the issue. He is a really good team player and will just continue to work hard and development his individual skill sets.
6’2 2015 Jerome Robinson of Raleigh Broughton HS in Raleigh, NC
One of Jerome’s biggest attributes is his leadership ability on and off the court. He displayed an excellent attitude and more importantly a blue collar no nonsense work ethic. We really liked his infectious smile and ability to get his teammates to play as a unit. Coach John Trey stated, “Jerome has a quick first step to the basket. He is a great young man with a positive attitude and is always encouraging teammates which is an excellent quality. He is outstanding defensive player and has all the intangibles to become a solid collegiate prospect.” In addition, we really like his shooting mechanics and shot selection. He could knock down shots off the pass or create his own shot off the dribble. Jerome was successful in using his off hand and could easily go left as right. Overall, we strongly feel Jerome can develop into a solid collegiate prospect.