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 16 (Coach Jim McCallister)
5’11 2015 Will Pleasants of Central Academy of Matthews, NC
Will is a solid all around player with really good skill sets. He displayed an excellent attitude and work ethic. We were impressed with his team play and his biggest attribute is his ability to shoot the ball. He has outstanding shooting mechanics, extension and follow through, but more importantly he took good shots. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “Will was a pleasure to coach. He listened and showed good leadership skills. He has a good understanding of the game, but could be more assertive at times, especially on the offensive end of the court.” We were impressed with Will’s ability to play help side defense and was solid with his man-to-man defense. The next step for Will like so many young players is to simply get stronger and more athletic during the off-season. Will has a solid foundation to be an outstanding HS player.
5’11 2014 Lee Atkinson of Wayne Country Day School in Goldsboro, NC
Lee enjoyed a solid day with his all around play. While Lee is a solid PG, we were impressed with his scoring ability. He is a really good shooter and has extended range to the 3-point line. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “Lee is the ultimate team player. He has excellent court vision and made the pass of the day that led to a dunk. He had a great attitude and work ethic and enjoyed making the extra pass for assists.” Lee is an overall solid basketball player that does so many things well. He has the right understanding of the game and his decision-making is really good. Sometimes team players don’t always show out in camp settings, but Lee’s skill set and unselfishness did not go unnoticed.
6’0 2016 Colton Cashaw of Northside Christian, but lives in Fort Mill, SC
Colton is a young player that is just starting to learn the game. He has the right attitude and work ethic and plays hard on both ends of the court. He has good size and athleticism for his age/grade and looks like he has more growing to do. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “Colton is a good shooter and really shot the ball well in game 2. He does a nice job of utilizing the ball fakes that gets defenders off their feet.” The next step in Colton’s game is to play with more passion all the time. Like many athletic young players, his physical intangibles are more advanced than his skill set. He is a young player and continued improvement on his perimeter skills such as ball handling and passing will enhance his stock.
6’0 2014 Dwight Lancaster of Rolesville HS in Wake Forest, NC
Dwight is a very athletic guard that can really shoot the basketball. His shooting mechanics were outstanding and we were impressed with his shot selection. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “Dwight is an athletic shooting guard with nice form, although he could have a little more lift on his shot at times.” He hit many nice shots during the course of the day.” Dwight has good footwork and quickness and the next step is to develop more ball handling skills. With his size, he will need to transition into the PG position to enhance his stock. He has the ability to be a really good HS player especially with his shooting and athleticism.
6’1 2015 Ryan Pearson of Henrico HS in Richmond, VA
Ryan is a high-energy guy and has a full throttle approach to the game. His biggest attribute is his ability to shoot the basketball. He really hustled throughout the day and exhibited his athleticism in transition with excellent body control as he knifed his way through the defense. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “Ryan has good handles for a shooting PG, but could develop more patience on the offensive end of the court and have better shot selections. He is a volume shooter and will need to balance the fine line of being a true PG vs. a SG.” Ryan is really good at creating his own shot off the dribble and his shooting mechanics are really good. He has the physical attributes to become an outstanding PG at the next level. He just needs more time being more of a team distributor to make his teammates better. Overall, he has the physical gifts along with the proper skill set to be outstanding HS player and collegiate level prospect.
6’2 2014 Hakeen Coney of Quality Education in Winston-Salem, NC
Hakeem is a solid D1 PG that has a nice blend of athleticism and skills. He has a physically mature college ready frame and the toughness needed to complete and contribute at the next level. He can hurt you in so many ways on the basketball court. He has extended range and can consistently knock down 3-point shots or can use his physically strong frame and quickness to beat you off the dribble. He is really astute at drawing contact and finishes at a high rate in the lane. Defensively, he is one of the better on ball defenders at camp. He has good lateral quickness and foot speed.
6’3 2015 DeSean Murray of East Gaston in Stanley, NC
DeSean is one of those players that will give maximum effort 100% of the time. He plays with a high motor and his energy level is advanced. It is really refreshing to watch a young player that exerts so much effort into playing. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “ DeSean has a great motor and plays hard! He is a really good teammate and plays bigger than his size. He has very good basketball IQ and understanding of the game.” Without question, DeSean has the physical strength and athleticism to become an outstanding HS player and D1prospect. With improved ball handling and additional skill development, he will be able to pick the appropriate collegiate level. He has all the ingredients, athleticism and determination to take him a long way!
6’3 2014 C.J. Melvin of Hampton HS in Hampton, VA
We really liked the way C.J. played at camp. He was a relentless warrior on both ends of the court. He played with a high motor and gave maximum energy and effort the entire day. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “ C.J. has a good motor and plays hard! He is unselfish and shared the ball and loved his attitude. He exhibited a good mid range shot off the dribble and could become a great on he ball defender.” Overall C.J. has all the physical tools to play at the next level. He has the determination and desire to reach his full potential and with increased skill development, he will become a solid D1 prospect.
6’3 2013 Armando Kozomara of FCDS of Lewisville, NC
Armando is a solid all around player and has the ability to get some interest from D2/D3 schools. He does a lot of little things well, especially his ability to shoot the basketball. He impressed us with his range and consistently knocked down 3-point shots during the day. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “Armando plays hard and is strong with his right and will need to improve going left. He shot the ball really well and was able to stretch the defense with his 3 point shooting.” Overall, Armando has a solid skill set but can play at the collegiate level, but will need to continue to get stronger and quicker.
6’10 2014 Ibrahima Diallo of Quality Education in Winston-Salem, NC
We have written about Ibrahima in the past and the 6’10 junior should have a long list of suitors for his services. The best thing about Ibrahima is he knows his position and plays it well. Coach Jim McCallister stated, “Ibrahima is a high potential big man. He is a true post player and runs the floor well and moves without the ball. He is a two handed rebounder and secures rebounds above the rim.” Without question, Ibrahima has the size and length to become a major D1 prospect. The next step in his development is to gain strength and power. He lacks concentration at times as he did miss some dunks and his footwork in the post could improve. That being said, he has the upside and potential college coaches are looking for. You can teach a lot of things, but you can’t teach 6’10.