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 6 (Coach Jason Moxley- former college coach)
5’3 2017 Patrick Lloyd of St. Paul Catholic School in New Bern, NC
Patrick is a fundamentally sound player with a solid understanding of the game. He had a great attitude and work ethic and played well within the team structure. Currently, his strongest attribute is his ability to shoot the basketball. He has good shooting mechanics and his shot selection is solid. Coach Moxley stated, “ Patrick needs to be more aggressive pulling the trigger with his shooting ability. He played well but could use additional strength that would allow him to be more effective.” Patrick played hard and hustled throughout the day. As he grows and gets stronger, Patrick will be able to be more effective. He just needs to continue working on his game and be able to create his own shot off the dribble.
5’5 2018 Donta Hopkins of Bluefield MS in Bluefield, WV
Donta is a jet quick PG who graded out extremely high in all categories. He combined athleticism, skill and an attitude that was impressive to the coaches and scouts in attendance. Coach Moxley stated, “ Donta is an elite PG who can break down defenders at will. He possesses a good feel for the game and can really deliver in traffic. Donta can go well right or left handling the ball and does a tremendous job in transition. One area on improvement is to work on his defensive skills as sometimes he allowed his man get into the lane much too easy.” Overall, a tremendous day for Donta and will be an outstanding player at the HS level and has D1 potential. We were impressed with his decision-making and basketball IQ. He has the quickness and athleticism to be more dominating on both sides of the court.
5’5 2017 Torey Cash of Turrentine MS in Burlington, NC
Torey is a quick PG with excellent north to south speed with the ball. He was able to get into the lane with ease all day and his ball handling and athleticism are two impressive attributes. Coach Moxley stated, “ Torey has great speed at the PG position and is above average in finishing near the rim. He displayed good decision making for the most part and his shot selection was solid.” We were impressed with his perimeter shooting and extended range. Most speedy and athletic PG’s have a tendency to be just average shooters especially since they use their quickness in attacking the rim. We thought Torey had a nice balance of both. While Torey was one of the more athletic guards in the middle school division, he will need to get stronger and prevent dribble penetration from the opposing player. Torey received high marks on the majority of categories but should take more pride on defense on the ball.
5’8 2018 Morgan Young of Meadowlark MS in Pfafftown, NC
Morgan is a fundamentally sound young player that displayed an excellent attitude and work ethic during the day. He played within his means and exhibited unselfishness and team play. Coach Moxley stated, “ Morgan has a good touch around the basket. He finished very well in transition and runs the floor very well. Morgan needs to work on his off hand and increase his shooting range. He has a very crafty way of using his small frame and is not afraid of contact as he had a way of drawing fouls on his opponent.” Overall, a solid day for Morgan and like many other players in his age/grade, he just needs to develop more strength and athleticism. Currently, his skill set is more advanced than his physical abilities. He just needs to continue working and allow maturity to catch up with his game.
5’11 2017 CeDarius Williams of Woodlawn MS in Mebane, NC
CeDarius has a physically mature body for a middle school player, which is a great advantage over his peers. The one thing that stood out for CeDarius was his tremendous work ethic on the court. He plays with a high motor and competes hard on both ends of the court. Coach Moxley stated, “CeDarius is a very raw athlete that has good size, strength and work ethic. He finishes well around the rim and his shot is very solid. He does need to develop a mid range game and to use his strong body to rebound. Defensively, he uses his athleticism to bail him out with proper fundamentals are not used.” Currently, CeDarius physical attributes are more advanced than his overall skill set. He has the athleticism to become a very good player at the HS level and if he continues to work on his skill sets, could also be a solid D1 prospect down the road.
5’8 2015 Keyshaun Pitt of Farmville Central of Farmville, NC
Keyshaun is a quick PG that has the ability to fill it up from the perimeter. He has good ball handling skills, although he has a tendency to over dribble at times. He has no problem getting into the lane with his quickness and we liked his ability to create his own shot. Coach Moxley stated, “ Keyshaun has the ability to get hot from the 3 point line. One thing he must work on is his dribble first mentality. He has a knack of putting the ball on the floor even when open. Keyshaun does need a stronger off hand as well. Defensively, he was the team’s best defender and used his lateral quickness to disrupt the opposing guard.” Overall, Keyshaun has the physical attributes, ball handling and shooting skills to be an outstanding HS player. We feel once he develops a better feel for the game as team facilitator or floor general, he could develop into a collegiate player at some level.
5’9 2016 Elijah Evans of United Faith in Charlotte, NC
Elijah is a high energy sparkplug PG. He plays with a full throttle approach and pushes the pace at every opportunity. He has a good blend of speed and ball handling skills that could push him into an outstanding HS player. Coach Moxley stated, “Elijah plays with a very high motor. He has good ball handling skills and attacks the rim hard. He does need to learn when to pull the ball out and re-group and has a tendency to play out of control at times.” Overall, Elijah has the physical attributes to be an outstanding HS PG and be on the collegiate level radar. Like many speedy PG’s, he will need to develop a floor general mentality of running the team more efficiently. In addition, once he learns how to change speeds in the open and half court setting, he will be more difficult to guard.
6’1 2017 Terry Jones of Hawfield MS in Mebane, NC
Terry is a promising young PG that has excellent size, speed and athleticism. He combined this attributes with a strong work ethic that will make him an appealing prospect moving into HS. Coach Moxley stated, “Terry did a solid job at the PG position. He is very fast that can really run in the open court. He needs more time at PG as his feel for the game will improve. He makes good (not great) open court decisions and with his size and speed should be a fun player to watch and monitor.” In addition, Terry has the ability to create this own shot and more importantly can knock down the 3-point shot. He has all the physical intangibles to be a strong HS player and a collegiate level PG with continued work and improvement in his weaknesses.
6’3 2015 Landon Yarbrough of North Lincoln HS in Denver, NC
Landon is a sure fire blue-collar player. He displayed an excellent attitude and work ethic that was appealing from the opening tip. As a matter of fact, he could have easily been the camp’s Mr. Hustle. Coach Moxley stated, “ Landon plays with a super high motor. He loves to band the boards and do the dirty work. He is a good screener that rolls and finishes well. He does need to improve his ball handling skills and handle. He has good foot work and can score with his back to the basket against taller players.” Overall, Landon is a fundamentally sound player that has a great understanding of the game. He has probably been used primarily as a post player in HS, but should work on transitioning to the SF or WG position. He has solid shooting mechanic and with his outstanding work ethic and improvement, he could develop into a D2 or D3 prospect.
6’1 2014 Taylor Hatfield of Davie County HS in Mocksville, NC
Taylor is a true combo guard that plays the game extremely hard and will give you every ounce of effort into helping his team win. He has outstanding fundamentals but his ability to shoot the basketball is his greatest attribute. The young man can fill it up from deep. Coach Moxley stated, “ Taylor is a shooting guard who has the ability to be a consistent 3 point specialist. He is a strong guard with the ability to drive into the paint and finishes! He uses both hands very well but must learn to get separation from the defender and create his own shot more efficiently.” Overall, a good day for Taylor and once again he showcased an advanced offensive arsenal and fundamentals. He has a high basketball IQ and has good court vision. He is a true competitor and values winning. Most scouts have him a solid D2 prospect, but with increased foot quickness we personally believe D1 schools show continue to monitor his progress. We really like his game.