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 18 (Kishon Bishop)
6’0 2014 Tim Smith of Greensboro Dudley in Greensboro, NC
Tim is a solid combo guard that has good muscle and strength for his position. He displayed an excellent attitude and we were impressed with his ability to get to the rim. He used his athleticism extremely well, which was really noticeable on the defensive side of the ball. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “Tim is very solid especially at the SG position. He is stout/strong and can get to the paint and finish above the average guard. He is more comfortable playing off the ball and showed little to no frustration in difficult situations.” Overall, Tim is a really good athlete that impressed up with his defensive intensity. He will flat get after it and will create turnovers for the opposing guard. Tim will need to enhance his perimeter skills to be more effective at the next level, but with his quickness and foot speed, he should fine a suitor at the collegiate level.
6’4 2016 Curtis “Cujo” Jones of Highland Springs in Richmond, VA
We have written about Curtis on previous occasions and he is one to put in your SIM card if you are a HM coach. He is advanced beyond his years and his skill set accompanied with impressive athleticism will make him a big time target. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “ Curtis has super potential. He can play the 1 and 2, but is a lot stronger at the SG position. He is a freak athlete but importantly he knows how to shoot from all areas on the floor, especially for the 3-point line. He can finish using both hands, but could improve his ball handling with his off hand.” Overall, Curtis has the potential to be a HM prospect. He has a great attitude and work ethic accompanied with the skill set and athleticism that was hard to match.
6’1 2014 Colton Bishop of FCDS in Lewisville, NC
It has been an absolute joy watching the growth and development of Colton Bishop since he was in the 7th grade. Colton has matured and developed into an outstanding young D1 prospect. He sees the court extremely well even in transition and is a willing and able passer. We were impressed with his ability to read the pick and roll situation both on offense and defense. He has advanced ball handling and passing skills and can be a knock down 3-point shooter as well. Colton has all the ingredients to be an effective and productive D1 PG. He is long and athletic and plays the game he right way. Sometimes our only complaint is he is often too unselfish at times and needs to be more aggressive. If Colton were to develop a mean streak his stock would rise nicely. He is a great young man and his best days are in front of him.
6’2 2015 Anthony Gaston of Highland Springs in Richmond, VA
Anthony is a solid all around player and one of those “glue guys” every team needs in order to win. He has an excellent attitude and tremendous work ethic, but will not allow any one to out work/hustle him anytime on the court. We were impressed with his defense on the ball and use of his footwork and quickness. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “ Anthony hustles as a swing man. He played out of position today, but when he was able to play his position he was great. He is a tremendous teammate and he totally understands his role.” Overall we also liked how he was willing to sacrifice for the good of the team, which is what it is all about. He has a good midrange game and can extend the defense with his ability to step out and knock down the open 3-point shot. Anthony has the ability to be an outstanding HS player and a collegiate level prospect.
6’3 2016 Dustin Day of David Crockett HS in Telford, TN
Dustin has a high basketball IQ and his understanding of the game is advanced for a freshman. He exhibited a truly wonderful work ethic and an attitude that was second to none. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “Dustin loves to hustle! He rebounds and does all the dirty work needed to be done. He has extended ranged and can knock down the 3 point shot with consistency. He simply understands the game and knows his limitations.” Overall, Dustin is a talented SG that can flat fill it up. His decision-making and court vision is tremendous. The next step in his development is to improve his ball handling and being more efficient in shooting off the dribble and creating his own shot. Dustin will continue to grow and develop and should be a collegiate prospect to watch over the next 3 years.
6’3 2016 Chris Freeman of RJ Reynolds HS in Winston-Salem, NC
Chris is yet another young freshman that is oozing with upside and potential, especially from the athletic spectrum. We liked his energy and hustle throughout the day and made plays on both sides of the ball. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “Chris is a very humble basketball player. He is eager, ready and willing to learn. He listened well and accepts positive criticism and tries to improve immediately. He can play multiple positions on the court, but is really effective as a SG knocking down perimeter shots. In addition, he was really good at getting into the lane and finishing with either hand.” Overall, Chris has a lot of positive things going in his direction and should be an outstanding HS player with college aspirations down the road.
6’3 2014 Aaron Williams of Greenfield School in Wilson, NC
Aaron is a solid all around player with good length and athleticism. He is a hard-nosed player that will bring energy and passion to the game. That being said, we were impressed with his defensive intensity and aggressive approach to the game. He was a willing rebounder and rebounded his position extremely well and plays better than his 6’3 frame. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “Aaron was strong especially on defense and used his long and athletic frame to block shots on taller players. He has good mechanics but must develop more consistency from a comfortable range. He is a very good defender on and off the ball.” With his current size, he has the skill set and athleticism to play at the collegiate level, but improved perimeter skills such as ball handling and creating his own shot off the dribble will elevate his level of college interest.
6’3 2014 Jaron Withers of Fayetteville Academy in Fayetteville, NC
Jaron is an elite level athlete with quick twitch muscle fibers that allow him his quick and explosive leaping ability. The southpaw has good strength and length and is at his best attacking the rim. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “Jaron is STRONG SG with the ability to use his strength in a positive manner. He has a decent jump shot, but relies a lot on his super athleticism! He plays good on the ball defense and understands team defensive concepts. He is very good in transition.” Overall, he has all the physical intangibles to be one of the better athletes in the 2014 for North Carolina. Once he tightens up his handles and develops a consistent perimeter jump shot, he will see his list of college suitors jump up a level.
6’5 2015 Avery Wood of FCDS in Lewisville, NC
Avery is a really skilled combo forward that has a lot of intangibles and should be a solid D2/D3 prospect. He is a hard working player with a tremendous attitude and work ethic, but also understands the game. He makes excellent decisions on the court and he has a high basketball IQ. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “Avery improved a lot over the past year. He understands his abilities and is a disciplined shot blocker. He will surprise you with his quickness and can guard multiple positions. He has played more at the high post in high school and has good interior moves.” The next step for Avery is to really work on his athleticism during the off-season and work on improving his shooting mechanics. They are good but not great, but more importantly with his size he will need to create his own shot off the dribble. The more he can transition to the perimeter, the better chances he will have at succeeding at the next level.
6’5 2013 James Chavis of Purenll Swett in Maxton, NC
James is an athletic SG that plays with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. We were impressed with his hustle and the intense defensive pressure he applied to the opposing player. Coach Kishon Bishop stated, “James is a smart defender and knows how to adjust to different types of players. He is a 6’5 shooting guard who is willing to hustle, rebound, and run the floor. He can take his man off the dribble and create his own shot or knock down the open shot. He listens well and tries to adapt to situations. Easily should be playing at the D2 level this fall.”