The 10th Annual NC Phenom 150 Camp took place on Sunday, October 7th at the Gateway YWCA in Winston-Salem, NC. Today, we will take a look at some of the top performers from the event.
6’5 2016 DeShawn Corprew of Phoebus HS in Hampton, VA
Corprew came into the camp virtually as an unknown and may have left the camp the best player regardless of class. In our opinion, Corprew will make a strong case to become one of the top players nationally in his class and we see him easily as a top 40 prospect. Corprew reminded us of a younger Andrew White but with better athleticism and ball handling skills. While not the shooter of White, Corprew is smooth as silk and has the unique blend of skill and athleticism. He was explosive off the dribble and is extremely quick off his feet. Former Winthrop University coach Randy Peele stated the following: “ Corprew was the best prospect of the day. He is a HM player that can put the ball on the floor and has extended range. He can knock down the 3 pointer. He has really good size and athletic enough to play HM basketball.”
6’4 2014 Torin Dorn of Vance HS in Charlotte, NC
Dorn was another unknown coming into camp, but this look man is the model student athlete. He sports a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. He comes from excellent stock, as his father was an outstanding football player at UNC. In our opinion, Dorn may have been the most complete player at camp. We are talking about an athletic 6’4 combo guard that has the skill and basketball IQ that separates himself greatly from his peers. Simply put, he can do a little bit of everything. He was one of the top 3 point shooters in attendance, but he was impossible to guard in transition or stop in a half court situation. Personally, I see Dorn has a HM prospect and his high school coach Will Robinson agrees with me 100%. Without question, Dorn is the biggest sleeper in the state of North Carolina. Coach Randy Peele stated the following: “ ACC schools will evaluate him hard. He can shoot it and has the quickness/explosion to get by any defender. He has good size at 6’4 and more importantly he can defend. Wouldn’t be surprised if he signed with a lower tier ACC team, he is that good!”
6’7 2014 Gary Clark of Clayton HS in Clayton, NC
We have seen Gary Clark numerous times and his skill set for his size/position is appealing. Clark is simply one of the most mobile/versatile athletes in the state at 6’7 and should project easily into a top 75 player nationally. Simply put, he is excellent in transition and can alternate into the “point forward” position with his advanced ball handling and passing skills. He is a long armed combo forward that plays above the rim, but more importantly he is a true “team player.” He is unselfish and doesn’t dominate the ball and is a willing passer and doesn’t mind taking the backseat to teammates that has the hot hand. Clark should have an easy time making the transition into a HM program because he understands team play and doesn’t rely on the AAU mindset of the “do him” offense. Coach Randy Peele stated the following: “Gary Clark is a HM athlete. He has long arms and plays above the rim. He is very good at the rim in transition and should translate into an ACC player.”
6’7 2014 Zane Waterman of Fayetteville Academy in Fayetteville, NC
His high school coach Justin McClendon has been singing his praises and rightfully so! Waterman has a 6’11 wingspan and sports a 30-inch vertical. He is mobile and versatile and has the ability to play on both the interior and perimeter. He is sneaky athletic and in our opinions he should be a solid MM target. He is fundamentally sound and does an excellent job of boxing out which is a lost art in rebounding these days. Coach Randy Peele stated the following: “ Waterman plays extremely hard and has a nasty streak. He loves physically and seeks it out. He is not afraid of contact or rough play. He can step out and absolutely knock down the 3 point shot.”
Ricky Council has been a regular at the NC Phenom 150 Camp and his stock continues to rise and his game has improved each season. Council plays the game the correct way! He plays with 100% effort 100% of the time. He plays with an extremely high motor and absolutely punished the rims at the Gateway YWCA. He flourishes in transition and in a high tempo offense; Council can become an effective player at the right MM program. His length, athleticism, and explosiveness are strong attributes, but his ability to shoot the mid range and 3 ball makes him attractive. Coach Randy Peele stated the following: “ Council is a slasher and finishes extremely well in transition. He loves to use the reverse spin dribble near the rim.”
6’10 2015 Tyler Creammer of Parkston HS in South View, NC
Camp settings are usually “big men” friendly, but that didn’t stop Creammer making a strong impression on us and other scouts in attendance. Creammer moves well without the ball, but does all the intangibles for a big man. He will post up in the paint and knows how to reverse pivot to get open. He plays with hands up and has soft hands. Unlike many young big men today, he doesn’t mind playing in the paint and knows his strengths. He is not afraid to battle and use his body to gain position. His ability to mix it up is refreshing. Once he gains possession of the rebound, he is excellent in keeping the ball above his head and rarely brings the ball down and is an above average outlet passer. His ability to run the floor is appealing and with additional time in the weight room over the next few years, you could have a highly coveted big man in the NC class of 2015.
6’7 2013 Jimmy Marshal of Douglas Freeman HS in Richmond, VA
If you are a D1 school and are in need of a versatile and mobile “point forward”, look no further than 6’7 Jimmy Marshall of Richmond, VA. He is simply a high IQ player with outstanding fundamentals who can flat out play! He has advanced ball handling and passing skills for his size/position and has the ability to consistently knock down perimeter shots including 3 pointers. He is vastly under the radar and can play at the MM level. Coach Randy Peele stated the following: “Jimmy Marshall is a good player! The 6’7 point/forward is at his best at the top of the key with a live dribble. He is so good with the ball and gets by defenders with his crossover move. He can also see players in the open court and deliver the ball on time accurately. Marshall has a nifty pull up dribble and has the ability to knock down 3’w. He would be excellent in a 4 out system and has ability to play at MM level.”
6’4 2013 Keenma Jones of GW Danville HS in Danville, VA
Keenma Jones comes from an excellent high school program in Danville, VA and the explosive 6’4 combo guard. The athletic WG is versatile and simply has a scoring mentality. He loves attacking the rim, but is lethal with the dribble drive pull up jumper. While Jones has good ball handling skills, he uses them primarily to create his own shot off the dribble. He was effective throughout the day knocking down shots and elevated his status to a solid D1 prospect.
6’8 2014 Thaxter Spruill of Clinton HS in Clinton, NC
Spruill is a long and slender 6’8 junior post player. While he did most of his damage from the interior with advanced offensive post moves, Spruill surprised many in attendance with his outside shooting stroke. He could present a match up problem with his inside/outside offensive arsenal plus the ability to put the ball on the floor. Coach Randy Peele sees Spruill as a solid player in the LM-MM range. He stated Spruill “ has good size, length and upside and schools in the Big South, Southern Conference and CAA should continue to watch and monitor.”
6’1 2016 Justice Kithcart of Durham Riverside in Durham, NC
Go ahead and put this young man in your SIM card. He is going to be one of the premier PG in the NC class of 2016. He has the complete package! He has advanced ball handling and passing skills for his position/grade and also possesses the basketball IQ and understanding that makes him unique. In addition, Kithcart is more than an adequate scorer/shooter. He has excellent poise and his ability to control the tempo is beyond his years.
6’3 2014 Cameron Gottfried of Raleigh Broughton in Raleigh, NC
One of the biggest compliments from observers and scouts in attendance was “coaches son can really play.” The southpaw has a silky smooth jumper and already spots an offer from Loyola and that offer list will only continue to grow. Gottfried attended the Phenom 150 Camp last year and his improvement on the court is tremendous. His ability to knock down perimeter jump shots was impressive throughout the day and sported one of the nicest jumpers at the event. This jump shot is textbook and his extension, follow though and rotation is picture perfect. That being said, Gottfried surprised everyone in attendance was his athleticism has he punished the rim on several occasions. Being a coach’s son, he has the fundamentals, basketball IQ and understanding to make him a solid MM college prospect along with a blend of athleticism and skill set.
6’4 2016 Zach Cottrell of Hayesville HS in Hayesville, NC
Cottrell is another freshman to put in your SIM card. The 6’4 frosh is without question one of the best shooters not only in the state of North Carolina, but also in the country! His father played at Western Carolina and is one of the most successful high school coaches in North Carolina. He is a coach’s son and his basketball IQ, fundamentals, and overall knowledge of the game is second to none. He has sneaky athleticism and has advanced ball handling and passing skills for his size/position/grade. That being said, Cottrell has the ability to become a young JJ Redick. He has excellent shooting fundamentals with a quick release. He already has NBA 3 point range and he is still just a frosh. He has the work ethic and desire and don’t be surprised to watch him in the ACC one day. He is that good, especially at shooting the ball.
We will have Part 2 out tomorrow so stay tuned!