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 2 (Coach James Myrick)
5’2 2019 Charlie Mensh of Wiley MS in Winston-Salem, NC
Charlie was one of the younger players at the NC Junior Phenom Camp and more than held his own against the older players. He has tremendous basketball IQ for his age/grade and is fundamentals are advanced. Coach James Myrick stated, “Charlie did a great job hanging in with the older players today. He worked hard at improving and did a good job of listening to criticism. He had a nice sense of floor spacing and solid shooting fundamentals. As he gets bigger, he’ll be more competitive with older players.” Currently, Charlie’s biggest attribute is his ability to shoot the ball especially from the perimeter. The next step in his development is to focus more on ball handling with his head up and continue to make his teammates better. Overall, a talented young player with plenty of upside!
5’5 2017 Tre’Von Williams of Western MS in Burlington, NC
Tre’Von is another talented young middle school player that you will be hearing about once he gets to high school. He displayed an excellent attitude and had a great work ethic. Coach Myrick stated, “Tre’Von has a chance to be a very good player. He’s got a really solid group of fundamental skills and can tell he works on them consistently. He did an excellent job of listening and adjusting to coaching request. When he grows a few more inches and puts on some weight and strength, his ability to finish around the rim will increase tremendously.” Tre’Von has a nice shooting stroke with proper technique, extension and follow through. Like many young players, he needs to use his quickness to his advantage more by applying more ball pressure. In addition, he has a tendency to over penetrate on his drives at times. Overall, a solid young player that will be making a splash at the high school level in years to come!
5’8 2018 Drew Cottrell of Gainesville MS in Flowery Branch, GA
Drew displayed an excellent attitude and work ethic throughout the day. He is a fundamentally sound player that simply does a little bit of everything. He has an advanced knowledge of his age/grade and will pay dividends as he develops and matures. Coach Myrick stated, “ Drew showed improvement throughout the day. He really shot it well, especially in game 3 of the day. He bought into team concept and pulled for his teammates while he was not playing. Drew even requested feedback from his coach and showed that he really likes to work on his game. (This is a rarity at camps at any level) He did a nice job playing within his strengths and displayed a nice use of ball fakes.” Overall, a great learning experience for Drew and the next step in his development is to continue to work on ball handling against strong man-to-man defensive pressure.
5’10 2018 Austin Wooten of East Alexander MS in Taylorsville, NC
Austin is another young player that does things the right way. He displayed an excellent attitude and strong work ethic and always played within the team structure. Coach Myrick stated, “ Austin worked hard to improve during the day. He listened to coaching requests and did a great job of playing within his strengths, rebounding, screening, and running the floor.” Austin has good size for his age/grade and a proper skill set. He is an adequate shooter and understands court position. The next step in his development is to increase foot speed and lateral quickness. He just needs to continue to work on fundamentals such as ball handling. He will also benefit from practices finishes in transition because he runs the floor so well. Austin should translate into a solid high school player. He has the right mindset and work ethic.
6’0 2017 Douglas Elks of St. Timothy’s School in Raleigh, NC (pictured above)
Douglas received one of the highest individual player evaluation and rightfully so. He combined an advanced skill set and attitude that was second to none for the day. Coach Myrick stated, “ Douglas was a pleasure to coach! He has a strong fundamental skill set and plays with great energy and focus. He is a very strong ball handler with a great sense of court vision and more importantly, he sought feedback throughout the day on his performance. He asked repeatedly what he was doing right and wrong and used this opportunity to absorb and get better. The areas of improvement is to improve this perimeter shot and could benefit from fundamental mechanic work which he will do since he wants to be great!” Overall an outstanding performance for Douglas and could project as one of the top players in his class for NC. He is definitely a young prospect to put in your SIM card. He has the size and skill set to be really good.
5’10 2015 Collin Cooper of Ardrey Kell of Charlotte, NC
Collin only played one game for the day and it is difficult to get a full read on his performance. He does have good quickness and athleticism for a PG and has excellent north/south speed. Coach Myrick stated, “Collin has nice strength and athleticism and showcased an ability to shoot” Collin has the physical intangibles and we hope to watch him more in the future.
5’10 2015 Isaiah Felder of Wilkinson HS in Orangeburg, SC
Isaiah has the physical attributes to become a really good PG. He has the blend of speed and athleticism that is needed for his size, especially on the defensive end of the court. Coach Myrick stated Isaiah is a high potential player who can handle, score and pass! At times, he was excellent on the ball defensively. The next step in his development is consistent effort, which was lacking at times during the day. Once he finds the motivation necessary to become a great contributor on his future teams.” Without question, Isaiah has the ability to become a really good player. At times, he showed flashes, but needs to implement 100% effort 100% of the time. For example, Isaiah played unbelievable on the ball defense and even took a charge, which is unheard of in a camp setting.
5’11 2016 Tristen Reese of Cresset Christian Academy in Durham, NC
Tristen is another young player to put in your SIM card. He has excellent speed and lateral quickness. Coach Myrick stated, “ Tristen is a talented young man who has a chance to play college basketball. He can be a very good ball handler but tends to over dribble at times. As he learns to use the dribble more efficiently, he will see tremendous improvements. He has a scorer’s mentality, but had a blend of scoring and passing.” The next step in his development is mental maturity with improved attitude when facing adversity. If he continues to work hard and become more efficient, he has a chance to be a really strong player.
6’3 2017 Tahj Small of Mt. Zion of Durham, NC
Tahj is long and athletic young player. While many players for his size/grade, his physical attributes exceed his overall skill set. That being said, it is hard to teach length and athleticism, which are two components necessary at playing at the next level. Coach Myrick stated, “Tahj is a high potential player that will benefit from playing in a competitive and skill oriented environment. He is so athletic, but is a capable shooter and ball handler.” He has a good upside and the potential is definitely there. The next step in his development is to focus more and become more mentally aware of the game, plus needs to improve his off ball awareness. Once he gets into high school, he will be able to get into a strength and conditioning program that will allow him to become stronger which will allow him to finish better around the basket. That being said, Tahj has all the tools to become a special player at the high school level.
6’4 2015 Akim Mitchell of United Faith in Matthews, NC
Akim is the younger brother of UVA standout Akeem Mitchell and if his improvement is anyway near big brothers, watch out! Akim has a physically mature body and uses his size and frame extremely well. We were also impressed with his ability to shoot the ball. He has a beautiful shooting touch with proper fundamentals, extension and follow through. Coach Myrick stated, “ Akim has a chance to be a very good player. He has advanced ball handling and passing skills for his size/position, plus he owns a nice shooting stroke. He seemed to understand principals of spacing and angles especially in the post area. He definitely prefers to play on the perimeter, however he can be effective on he inside. The next step in his development is improving his core strength and conditioning which will reveal an additional level of athleticism.