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 10 (Justin McClendon)
5’5 2015 Gary Ford II of Voyager Academy in Durham, NC
Gary is a solid lead guard with good quickness and athleticism. He played really hard and made plays for his teammates. In addition, Gary has the ability to stretch the defense with his ability to knock down jumpers. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “Gary has the right ingredients for the PG position. He is always striving to make the right play and he makes others around him better.” Gary played with an unselfish attitude and had a team first attitude. While somewhat undersized at the PG position, Gary utilized is quickness and foot speed effectively on the defensive end of the court. He was a pest on defense and tried to disrupt the opposing team’s PG on offense. Overall, Gary is fundamentally sound and has good understanding of the game. We were impressed with his hustle and attitude for the camp. His growth and strength will be determining factors moving forward for his appropriate level of play.
5’7 2016 Carlin Williams of Rocky River HS in Charlotte, NC
Carlin is a young player that simply understands the game and plays within his abilities. He displayed an excellent attitude and work ethic. We were impressed with his hustle and ability to shoot the basketball. He has solid shooting mechanics and his shot selection was solid. More importantly, he was able to use his off hand effectively. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “ Carlin was a joy to coach. He is a great kid and accepted coaching very well. He listened and was willing to do the little things on the court.” Overall, a solid camp for Carlin and the next challenge for him is to continue to work on his skill set and athleticism. Like many players in his age/grade, they have not fully matured and will also need to work on gaining strength and lateral quickness, which will be important for a player of his size.
6’1 2015 David Quick Jr. of Orangeburg Wilkinson of Orangeburg, SC
David has good length and athleticism, but more importantly had the right mindset to be an effective HS player with the ability to play at the collegiate level with the right adjustments to his game. Currently, a combo guard that feels more comfortable in the scoring role position. He has really good shooting mechanics and has the ability to shoot off the dribble. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “ David did a great job for the team. He worked really hard and had a great attitude and was very unselfish.” The next step for David is to develop and transition into the PG position. He has good basketball IQ and his decision-making is above average, but we really like his size, length and athleticism. These physical intangibles could make him a strong HS player and beyond.
6’1 2016 Elijah Adams of O’Sullivan Academy of Cameron, NC
Elijah has excellent size and athleticism for his age/grade and he simply didn’t play like a freshman. We were impressed with his leadership abilities and overall hustle for the day. Currently, his length and physical intangibles are more advanced than is current skill set, which is the norm for young players. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “Elijah had one of the best attitudes on the team. He accepted criticism well and his work ethic was strong. He played within the team structure and didn’t try to play outside of his skill set.” Overall, Elijah is a solid player that has the physical intangibles on his side. He is a young freshman and as he develops more perimeter skills, will become an outstanding HS player.
5’9 2016 Michael Seals of HP Central in High Point, NC
Michael is a solid PG that has the skills and understanding to be an outstanding HS lead guard. We really like his poise and understanding of his role as PG and his ability to get his teammates involved in the game. Coach Justin McClendon stated, Michael is a great young man and is always looking to improve and get better. He did a fantastic job of running the team for his age/grade.” Overall, we really like the potential of Michal long term. He has excellent court vision and continues to make the right pass at the right time. We hustled on both ends of the court and he created havoc with his ability to dribble penetrate and set up teammates with the kick out pass. Like a lot of young players, his growth and strength development will be the key to his success, but he has the “it factor” to be an effective PG at the next level.
6’1 2014 Brandon Sapp of Hampton HS in Hampton, VA
Brandon has good length, athleticism and size for the PG position. He has all the physical attributes to play at the next level. He plays hard on both ends of the court and we like his ability to use either hand. Brandon has the ability to break down the defense with his size and quickness and tight ball handling skills. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “Brandon has good PG skills and his size should be a key component in gaining interest from college coaches. He did a good job of distributing the ball and making his teammates better, but he does have a tendency to play out of control at times.” Overall, Brandon ability to fine-tune his PG skills will help determine his appropriate collegiate level. We like his physical intangibles and ability to play both sides of the ball. We were also impressed with his ability to apply defensive pressure on the opposing player.
6’3 2015 Kentrell Barkley of Northern Durham in Durham, NC
Kentrell’s work ethic and blue-collar approach easily makes him a favorite of fans, coaches and scouts. He has good size and athleticism, but more importantly he makes all the hustle plays on the court. Currently, his athleticism is more advanced than the mental make up on his game, but with experience and maturity that will quickly change. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “Kentrell is a hard worker with a nose for the ball. He rebounded very well for his position and got out into transition repeatedly.” Overall, Kentrell has solid skill sets but with improvement in his perimeter skills he will become a special player. He used his length and size extremely well on the defensive end of the court. Kentrell has good basketball instincts and will be fun to watch his development over the next two years.
6’3 2013 Osandi Vaughn of Charis Prep but lives in Charlotte, NC
What is not to like about Osandi Vaughn! Osandi is truly a gifted athletic WG that should make lower D1 school takes immediate notice. He has the blend of athleticism and skills, but more importantly the work ethic that is appealing. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “Osandi has a chance to be a special player. He does all the right things on the court. He rebounds his position, defends and is active on both ends of the court.” Overall, Osandi will make some collegiate coach very happy. We are talking about a 6’3 athletic WG that can consistently knock down the open jumper or take his man off the dribble. While not a PG, Osandi has advanced ball handling and passing skills for his position.
6’4 2014 Jack Nanney of Carrboro HS in Carrboro, NC
Jack is a fundamentally sound player with his best days ahead. We were impressed with Jack’s basketball IQ and understanding of the game. He is a team first player and plays within his means. He displayed an outstanding work ethic hustled on both ends of the court in all three games. There was no let up in his intensity to player hard 100% of the time. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “Jack is a great kid and gave maximum effort. He has a solid skill set, but could be more confidence in his ability.” Overall, Jack is a late bloomer and is developing the right mind set to become a really good HS player. He has good size and fundamentals and does a little bit of everything well. The next step in his development is to keep working hard especially gaining strength and quickness. He has the mental approach that is needed along with a solid core of fundamentals and we look for a major jump in his improvement going into his senior year.
6’8 2014 Zane Waterman of Fayetteville Academy in Fayetteville, NC (pictured above)
We have written about Zane extensively in the past and rightfully so. Zane has made major improvements over the past few years and his work ethic and skill set are starting to pay huge dividends on the collegiate recruiting trail. Zane is known for his blue collar and full throttle approach to the game. His skill sets are advanced for his size/position. Coach Justin McClendon stated, “ Zane is very skilled and tough player. He plays with intensity with or without the ball.” Overall, Zane has the ability to stretch the defense with his soft shooting touch from the 3-point line and can take his man off the dribble and make posterized dunks as well. The next step for Zane is to show more leadership on the defensive end of the court and talk more and not float around on the perimeter. That being said, Zane is a no miss MM prospect.