North Carolina Junior Phenom Player Evaluations
In today’s issue, we will take a look at players from Team 5 coached by Trent McCallister in the North Carolina Junior Phenom Camp that took place on Saturday, October 5. While it is too young to rank players in middle school, we hope to capture their strengths as young players.
Team 5: Coach Trent McCallister
#9 4’9 2021 Joshua Mosley of Raleigh, NC:
Joshua was one of the “young pups” in attendance and the youngster didn’t allow that to affect his play one bit. We were really surprised by his shooting ability for his size and grade. Joshua plays with great effort and made every effort to be a good on ball defender. He has the passion and heart to keep improving and getting better. Joshua’s work ethic and tremendous attitude is what make’s him a fun player to watch. Time, growth and development are all Joshua needs moving forward.
#20 5’0 2018 Ajzahn Kea of Fayetteville, NC:
Ajzahn is a very talented player that has the potential to be a high level shooter. Mechanically, he has a great shooting form and his technique is simply textbook. Ajzahn just needs to continue working on his ball handling and passing skills and improve his point guard skills. His range will improve, as he gets older and stronger. Size may be an issue as he continues to develop, but his skill set and effort will always be in place.
#22 5’0 2020 Jamonte Smith of Roanoke, VA:
Jamonte had a very productive day at the Phenom 150. He is a very good shooter for his age/grade and demonstrated high quality on his form and technique. Jamonte plays with a “full throttle” approach that is matched by a tremendous work ethic and wonderful attitude. For such a young player, Jamonte really “gets it” and with continued improvement and development will be one to watch over the next few years at the middle school level. He makes excellent decision with the ball and more importantly plays with a lot of poise for such a young gifted player.
#46 5’4 2018 Kyle Polanco of Huntersville, NC:
Kyle is a very talented young player that has the potential to be an outstanding lead guard. He has good handles and the ultimate playmaker. Kyle has the ability to make players around him better, which is the number one responsibility of a PG. We were impressed with his effort and attitude and team first approach to the game. Kyle just needs to continue working on his game and get into a weight-training program that will further enhance his development.
#60 5’6 2019 B.J. Peake of Moore, SC:
B.J. is a tough as nails competitor and flat plays hard on both ends of the court. He does a really good job of guarding the ball and uses his lateral quickness effectively. B.J. will surprise you with his ability to finish against bigger and taller players. What he lacks in size is more than made up with his hustle and determination. As he continues to grow and develop, we would like to see him be more vocal and exhibit more leadership abilities. That being said, B.J. has a great attitude and a work ethic that will serve him well and are two outstanding qualities to have.
#69 5’8 2018 Blan Hodges of Taylorsville, NC:
Blan is the ultimate gym rat that has worked extremely hard. Without question, his work ethic and improvement over the past few years is impressive. He has a high basketball IQ and the proper understanding of how to run a team effectively. Blan is a good teammate and gets them involved. He has advanced ball handling and passing skills and has really developed as an efficient 3-point shooter. Blan has a great foundation and skill set that will only improve, as he gets older and stronger. Blan’s strongest attribute is “he’s a winner.”
#85 5’10 2018 David Kasanganay of Charlotte, NC:
David is really a nice player that excels at getting to the basket. He has a good motor and plays extremely hard on both ends of the court, which is an important quality in a basketball player. David has good length and athleticism and has the potential to be an outstanding defensive player. He combines a skill set with his physical intangibles that will make him an impressive player for his age/grade. David has good ball handling skills but that is one area of improvement for his long-term development.
#117 6’0 2018 Keith Watson of Winston-Salem, NC:
Keith had a tremendous camp that was only matched by his attitude and tremendous work ethic. He is a long and athletic guard that has the potential to be an outstanding defensive player. He has good instincts and understands team defensive principles, which is important. Keith’s athleticism and ability to make plays are strong attributes and once he improves his ball handling and passing skills, his stock will rise
#127 6’3 2018 Qon Murphy of Charlotte, NC:
Without question, Qon was one of the top players in attendance at camp. He has tremendous length and advanced skill set that is really impressive for his age/grade and has the opportunity to become an elite level player once he gets into high school. Qon his blessed with athleticism and a skill set that few players have at his age level. He is a skilled ball handler and surprising willing passer and probably doesn’t get enough credit for his unselfishness and ability to get others involved. Qon just needs to develop better habits on the court such as body language and giving maximum effort 100% of the time. Qon can be special and he holds the key to his success.