What a great event. Of course the Phenom 150 Exposure Camps have been around since 2003 (16 years), but this year is the first we are taking the camp to different regions, bringing the camps to everyone. We didn’t know how that would be received, who all would show up. Well, Eastern North Carolina showed up and showed out. The camp SOLD OUT, which was an awesome response. With the platform built on player exposure, we have crafted for 16 years, student-athletes, more than ever, are seeing the value. This has become the must-attend exposure camp around the region, and it is great to see these breakouts and these performances be seen on a larger scale.
Here were the standouts and award winners from the inaugural ENC Phenom 150 Exposure Camp.
6’10” 2020 Myles Evans (Ravenscroft)
Evans has legit size, standing at 6’10”. He has a high basketball IQ and is very skilled. Coming off a knee injury that forced him to miss the majority of last year, he had a great July and has carried that over to the pre-season camps. The high academic Evans is a lefty, who has touch, range and the ability to score the ball in pick/pop situations, as a trail big, or on the block. He uses his length around the basket, which also allows him to be a good area rebounder. As he continues to further himself from his injury he will only get better. Another great showing, one that should bring D1 coaches out to watch come September 9.
6’1” 2021 Mike Best (Wayne Country Day)
Best is someone we have seen a good bit over the last couple years with viewings during the high school season and for travel ball. He has always impressed, but his game has gone to a new level. Best is a strong lead guard, who is equally comfortable scoring the ball as he is distributing the ball. He carries a compact build, with explosion and touch. He touches the paint often, where he makes good reads. Excited to watch best as he teams up with Jaden Cooper in the backcourt at Wayne Country Day this season. Best is one who should start to see his recruitment pop as college coaches are ready to take notice.
5’9” 2022 Gunner Walters (Mt Tabor HS)
Walters recently moved down from Michigan as his dad took on the job as an assistant coach at Wake Forest. Walters’ vision was uncanny, especially in the open floor. He showcased a nice handle, but his head was always up. He showcased flash, but also a nice IQ. There are some similarities between Walters’ game and that of Hunter McClintock of North Carolina prep hoops past. Gunners dad Rex played in the NBA for seven years, and you can tell the basketball gene runs in Gunner’s game. Welcome to the Hoop State Gunner!
6’ 2020 Aaron Ross (Northwood HS)
It is hard not to watch Ross, for even five minutes, and not notice the tenacity and athleticism with which he plays. From the first play of the game, Ross is on his man for 94 feet. He is both quick and fast, with great anticipation. He had numerous picks, chase downs, interceptions and any other way you can steal the ball or block a shot during the game. Ross has a nice offensive game, where he handles, initiates and makes plays, but he is an absolute game-changer on the defensive end of the floor.
6’5” 2021 AK Holden (Henderson Collegiate)
Holden is an explosive player, and we knew this coming in. He just hangs out above the rim, playing in the dunk spots and rim running throughout the game. However, he plays with just another gear from most. Whether it be chasing rebounds or diving on the floor, Holden is going all out. He is a winning player, whose heart plays bigger than his height. Of course, he will bring the crowd to its feet every game with a monster dunk or block, but his all-out hustle is something that championship teams are built on.
5’10” 2023 Will Otto (Broughton HS)
Watch out North Carolina, Daniels Middle School is spitting out another high-level prospect. Otto has all the tools to go with confidence and swag. Sure he looks like a rising 9th grader, but his play, throughout the camp did not depict that. Otto has a nice handle, with a good wiggle in the paint. He shot the ball well and delivered pinpoint passes to set up his teammates. He’s been coming to camp for two or three years now, and we continue to speak highly of him, in excitement to continue watching him grow …