Year after year some of the top prospects come to compete in the NC Junior Phenom Middle School Exposure Camp. For 15 years this camp has become the longest running middle school camp, of its kind, throughout the region.
This camp was no different, as standouts from 4 different states and Canada showed up and showed out. Here are some 7th Grade (2023) Standouts…
6’ Brandon King
King did a great job in camp showcasing a diverse skill set. In his second game he did a lot of damage on the block, with good hands and strength. In the third game he was bringing the ball up the floor and creating. King will be interesting to watch moving forward, no question he has a talented skill set and should be one to monitor closely.
5’6” Elijah Green
Green plays with a different swag than everyone else on the floor. He is a very confident guard who showed the ability to score from deep as well as get into the lane and distribute to teammates. Green showed a nice jump shot and a great change of pace on the ball. As he continues to develop he has the look of someone to go ahead and get on your radar now.
5’6” Matthew Joines
Joines is the one that had the entire gym buzzing after his first and second games. He has a sturdy build for his age, Joines was able to get into the paint often. Once in the teeth of the defense, he did a great job distributing or finishing. They say Joines is also a standout football prospect, which makes sense with his natural movements and ability to see the play. With that being said, Joines is a true point guard who can create for himself or others. Very interesting prospect moving ahead.
6’5” Prashant Hill
Hill is very long, with great size and good athleticism. Still somewhat raw from a skill stand point, Hill did a good job of playing within himself and still effecting the game. With long arms and good athletic coordination, Hill is one to watch closely moving forward. Cannot deny his size/athleticism combination.
5’9” Jaylen Curry
Curry has all the tools and the stuff you want from a guard. The lefty plays downhill and has a quick and aggressive style to his game. He has good length and quick twitch athleticism. The best part of his game is probably the confidence with which he plays. Good size, skill, athleticism and confident, keep a close eye on him moving forward.
5’7” William Otto
Otto walked on the court and immediately you could tell he belonged. Otto had the ball in his hands from the start, and demanded the respect of his guys, even though he was one of the younger players on the team. He touched the paint often and was able to distribute to his teammates of finish for himself. Fearless and skilled, it will be fun watching him progress as he certainly opened eyes throughout this event.