The Phenom NC 150 Camp continues to provide a springboard platform for young unknown prospects to break onto the scene, as well as a stage for unsigned seniors to draw some eyes late in the signing stages.
Greensboro, North Carolina- High school prospects from multiple states gathered this past Sunday to battle it out in front of an energized crowd appreciative of camp competition. A diverse group of prospects shined throughout the day, I compiled a list of guys that came to hoop and really did their thing at a high level.
#109 6’0 2020 Xavier Jones (Sanderson HS)
Jones is a nice two- way wing prospect early on Jones used his defense to create points on the offensive end.
Jones was relentless putting pressure on opposing ball handlers, he utilized length and quick hands to rack up steals and converted turnovers into easy transition lay ups. Jones showed three level scoring ability with the basketball, he’s got a nice first step and proved to be a creative finisher around the cup.
Jones knocked down the three ball with confidence and has an extremely high motor.
#83 5’10 2022 Evan Ashe (Heritage High School)
Ashe is hard nosed young point guard, he plays with intensity and physical play doesn’t shake him. Ashe was one of the top perimeter defenders on display I personally saw.
Ashe was relentless at times pressuring opposing ball handlers, Ashe is quick laterally and his defense stance is textbook, Ashe also picked his shots and took what defenses gave him on the offensive end. Ashe showed nice poise handling the ball, and at 5’10 Ashe attacks the cup hard with no regard.
#54 5’8 2022 Quentin Rice (Freedom HS)
Rice is cat quick with the basketball and has the rock on a string. Rice dribbles through traffic, he proved extremely hard for defenders to stay in front of.
Rice is a true floor general in the making, he controlled the tempo and found teammates in space. Rice can develop into a player that makes life easy for the guys around him, if you can keep up with Rice he will find you in space. Rice impressed with some timely passing, his assists were accurate and Rice limited turnovers. Rice has a nice feel, he has all the characteristics of a winner at the high school level. Rice is also a capable scorer, Rice will punish defenses that sleep on him as a offensive threat.
#92 5’11 2021 DJ Cuttino (Cox Mill)
Cuttino was one of the top scoring guards on display, his coach repeatedly referred to sophomore as “Westbrook!” Cuttino fly’s up and down the floor. Cuttino pushed the pace and kept defenders on their heels, Cuttino got to the cup and got creative on finishes at the rim.
Cuttino also flashed the mid range pull up, he caught defenders off guard with the stop and pop, he changes speeds and directions almost effortlessly. Cuttino also operated the pick N roll efficiently in a limited setting, Cuttino is still learning how to manage the scoring and playmaking loads, but he was a sound decision maker on Sunday.
#120 6’2 2020 Davis Grooms (Lincolnton HS)
Grooms showed a nice all around game on Sunday, early on he found rhythm from three point land to get things started. Grooms wasn’t afraid to put the ball on the floor when defenders ran him off the three point line, he’s crafty.
Grooms can finish with either hand and at 6’2 he can extend over smaller guards. Grooms is also a committed defender he will make his man work. Grooms won’t shy from the dirty work , Grooms was active on the boards he does the little things a program needs to succeed, very nice glue guy.