We will take look at the individual player evaluations from the 10th Annual NC Phenom 150 perspective camp coach. Today, we will look at the player evaluations from teams 11-12 at camp. The majority of the comments listed below are comments from the players’ respective camp coach.
Team 11 coached by James West III
#47 5’9 2016 Chandler Murray of Charlotte, NC: Murray is a promising young PG that combines the athleticism and skills needed for the next level. His skill set is advanced in ball handling, passing and shooting. His attitude and work ethic was an added bonus. He makes solid decisions on the court and has a present and command that is unique for his age/grade. Defensively, he is a pesky defender and his quickness is a strong attribute on both ends of the court. He has a chance to become a legit D1 prospect.
#131 6’3 2015 Landon Murray of Valdese, NC: Murray has a natural feel for the game and a strong basketball IQ should serve him well over the next few years. He is an excellent spot up shooter, but could improve his ability to shoot off the dribble. He has good size for the SG at the next level, but with important in perimeter skills such as ball handling and passing will only enhance his collegiate interest. Highly skilled shooters always translate at every level.
#6 6’1 2018 Cooper LaRue of Lewisville, NC: Cooper LaRue had an outstanding Junior Phenom Camp on Saturday and challenged himself to playing the older high school players on Sunday. LaRue didn’t disappoint as he showcased his great all around skill! We love his fundamentals, skill set and effort. LaRue competed and excelled. Simply put, he has a bright future. He good athleticism, but his effort and skill package will easily make him a solid D1 prospect. He was one of our favorite players at camp and thoroughly enjoyed his hustle and ability to dive on the floor for loose balls.
#24 5’5 2017 James West IV of Woodbridge, VA: West like LaRue was a standout on the Junior Phenom camp on Saturday and also competed and excelled on Sunday against the high school players. West has a high skill level for his age/grade and has advanced ball handling and passing skills. The jury may be out on how high will be based upon his height, but make no mistake West is one of the more talented players in the 2017 in Virginia.
#19 6’6 2014 Derek Barnes of Hickory, NC: Barnes is a solid all around player with an advanced skill set. We really liked his size and ability to shoot the ball. He has a velvet shooting touch. He has the right mindset on the court and understands what is needed to play team basketball. His unselfish play was refreshing and didn’t try to force shots. He took good shots within the framework of the game and his strong understanding and IQ are positive attributes. He is a willing rebounder and plays both ends of the court. Barnes will have an opportunity to play beyond high school, but what appropriate level is to be determined.
#177 6’7 2015 Marcellis Purvis of Chester, VA: Purvis is a strong and powerful combo forward that is excellent in using his body and girth. He is really aggressive in the low post area and has outstanding footwork. He dominated the post at times with him advanced post moves and strength/power. He has soft hands and is a willing rebounder on both ends of the court. Purvis is a highly competitor player and will give maximum effort. He is a strong D1 prospect.
#5 5’11 2014 Gerald Vaughn Jr. of Columbia, SC: Vaughn is a solid all around player. He has a strong work ethic and plays extremely hard. He is a hustle player that competes on both ends of the court, which is one of his strongest attributes as a young player. His gave a strong effort on defense utilizing his quickness to his advantage. He is a solid on the ball defender as well as understanding team defensive principles.
#20 5’11 2015 Tavarus Peterson of Raleigh, NC: Peterson played with purpose throughout the day and played well within the team structure, which is a strong attribute for a PG. He has a firm foundation in fundamentals and various skills sets that will pay dividends down the road. He does a lot of simple things on the court and his effort and attitude is outstanding.
#78 6’2 2014 Stefan Kostic of Weddington, NC: Kostic is a really good all around player, but has a knack of sharing the ball and getting others involved in the game. More importantly, Kostic is a lights out shooter especially 3 pointers. Kostic would improve in creating his own shot, but his fundamentals and unselfish play wouldn’t allow him to manufacture his own shot. He has a good upside with his shooting fundamentals/technique that will carry over to the next level.
#67 6’2 2015 Micah Smith of Goldsboro, NC: Smith has a physically mature body and his strength and athleticism is impressive for his size/position. What will surprise you with Smith is his velvet shooting touch. The super athletic guard has high elite level athleticism and with time on his side to garnish and fine tune his offensive skill sets, especially ball handling and more perimeter skills. Smith has the ability to become a solid D1 prospect.
#155 6’4 2014 Nick George of Charleston, WV: George has excellent size and skill for his SG position. He can simply shoot the cover off the ball and his fundamentals and basketball IQ is advanced. George understands the game and has the ability to put points on the board quickly and efficiently. He is an advanced ball handler and passer for his position. He plays the game the right way and his skill set, especially his shooting will make him a priority for many D1 schools.
Team 12 coached by Greg Crosby
#176 6’6 2014 Jarrett Williams of Swansea, SC: Williams is a physically imposing combo forward. He has a true inside/outside game and can score from various spots on the floor. While he is effective on the interior, he has surprisingly good handles and a delicate shooting touch. He has a good understanding of the game and runs the floor well in transition. He has the ability to dominate a game with his rebounding. More importantly, he will compete and give maximum effort all the time. Williams will be a strong D1 prospect.
#186 6’7 2015 Nate Williams of Richmond, VA: Williams is a long and lanky PF with good athleticism. He is somewhat raw offensively and is defensive ability is further along. He is an active defender in the post and willing shot blocker and rebounder. Williams will need to add strength in his core and some additional stamina, but Williams will be one to watch at the lower D1 schools.
#79 6’2 2013 Kyshawn Jones of Danville, VA: Jones has a physically mature college ready body and he uses his strength to his advantage. Jones has high elite level athleticism and punished the rim on many occasions throughout the day. He has outstanding penetration ability and finishes with aggressive dunks. He has tremendous leaping ability and was one of the best on the ball defenders at camp. He did display range on his perimeter jumper and was an adequate 3-point shooter, which will make him an attractive D1 prospect.
#72 6’2 2014 Freddie Rambert of Greenville, NC: Rambert is a long and athletic guard with good perimeter skills. He gives good effort and has a chance to be a solid player with continued work ethic and determination. He has good quickness and moves well without the ball. He competed hard and hustled in the earlier games of he day, although he missed his last game.
#115 6’3 2015 Jawan Wright of Fayetteville, NC: Wright has the physical intangibles for his size/position. He is a long, slender WG that has the ability to show consistently from the perimeter, plus has the ability to put the ball on the floor and finish at or above the rim. He has a knack for finishing in traffic and drawing fouls. He has the skills on both sides of the ball and with added strength could become a D1 prospect.
#94 5’11 2015 Juwan Chambers of Cedar Grove, NC: Chambers has a good attitude and work ethic. He tried hard and played to his potential. He needs to continue developing his fundamentals and skill sets.
#45 5’9 2016 Kory Pulley Jr. of Raleigh, NC: Pulley has the physical quickness and exhibits an outstanding attitude and work ethic. He has adequate ball handling skills, but has good court awareness and passing skills. As a young PG, he knows the nuasances of his position and could develop into a college prospect with hard work and dedication.
#42 5’9 2014 William White of Norfolk, VA: White is a solid lead PG and is excellent in pushing the ball in transition. He has good quickness and can really step out and knock down the 3 pointer with consistency. His attitude and work ethic will enable him to continue his improvement and we expect good things to happen to him. He was a good defender and competed on both ends of the court.
#121 6’0 2014 Jay Sealy of Garner, NC: Sealy displayed a willingness to work hard on both ends of the court. He competed hard and played to his potential. He did a lot of the little things on he court well and gives effort.
#62 6’2 2015 Adrian White of Chester, VA: White is often known as the little brother of 6’6 KU Andrew White. That being said, the younger White is making a name of himself. Adrian is a true PG with excellent size, skill and athleticism. He has all the components to become a legit D1 prospect. He did an excellent job of running the team with poise and was one of the better players at the Phenom camp in the 2015 camp. Like his older brother, Adrian is a late bloomer and schools should start on him early. He is a keeper and one to watch.