North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Session Two Evaluations
Coach: James Blackburn
#4:5’7 ’22 Jaylen Jones (Charlotte, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to make quality contributions throughout camp, Jaylen Jones. He’s a point guard prospect with great quickness and solid penetration ability. Jones is capable of knocking down shots from midrange, but also showed signs of a formidable three-point stroke. He worked hard on defense and looked to create havoc however possible. Jones was a willing passer in transition and ran the floor with purpose. Next in his development process is working to become a more reliable playmaker, as it would allow him to thrive with any group of teammates. Coach Blackburn on Jones: “Jaylen is a nice shooter that should work on defending full court and being an impact defender. He needs to improve his ball-handling and overall playmaking abilities.” Jones is quite young and should continue building on his foundation over these next few years.
#27:5’11 ’21 Micah Braswell (Youngsville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a pretty reliable offensive skillset during his time at camp, Micah Braswell. He’s a guard prospect that scored consistently as a spot-up shooter, knocking down shots from midrange and three-point territory. Braswell didn’t force the issue on either end of the floor and looked to move the ball to open teammates whenever possible. He knows how to pick his spots in transition and move decently well without the ball. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more impactful penetration and on-ball defender. Coach Blackburn on Braswell: “Micah is a good rhythm shooter with great follow-through. He can find more ways to stand out while improving as a ball-handler and defender.” Braswell enjoyed a great showing at camp and should continue working to expand his two-way presence going forward.
#33:5’11 ’21 Joe Dilly (Mooresville, NC)
Moving onto a player that brought a quality motor and team-first approach to both sides of the ball, Joe Dilly. He’s a guard prospect that offers a nice balance between slashing and knocking down shots off the catch. Dilly scored decently well in the midrange area and displayed a fairly reliable pull-up jumper. He looked to make passes to open teammates whenever possible and showed the willingness to create for others off the bounce. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it’ll make him even more difficult creator for opponents to contain. Coach Blackburn on Dilly: “Joe is a smooth lefty with a nice fundamentally-sound game. He plays under control, but needs to work on applying more arc to his shot.” Dilly is a scrappy guard that understands how to make his presence felt on both sides of the ball, but has a chance to keep improving if he’s willing to work.
#63:6’0 ’20 Wayne Isaacs (High Point, NC)
Continuing onto a player that brought a lot of two-way intrigue during his time at camp, Wayne Isaacs. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with an impressive motor and the ability to consistently affect various facets of the game. Isaacs was able to utilize his quickness to get downhill and attack the rim with regularity. He showed signs of becoming a quality shooter, but should refining his overall mechanics. Next in his development process is working to become a better finisher, in order to maximize his skillset. Coach Blackburn on Isaacs: “Wayne moves without the ball pretty well and shoots the ball straight, despite his low release point. He’s a lefty guard that attacks the rim hard. He needs to work on playing under control and valuing each dribble. Wayne needs to improve his passing/playmaking skills, but he improved every time I watched him.” Isaacs worked hard at camp and should continue utilizing his motor to impact the game.
#68:6’1 ’21 Collin Mills (Arden, NC)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a strong crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Collin Mills. He’s an athletic guard prospect that can consistently utilize his quickness to generate efficient offense off the dribble. Mills can typically be found with the ball in his hands, where he attacks opponents with quickness and aggression. He’s able to get into the paint and make plays, finishing strong through contact or making the pass to the open man. Mills is a useful all-around defender with the ability to guard either backcourt position with relative ease. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Blackburn on Mills: “Collin is a talented athlete that is capable of generating his own shot. He can continue to work on his shot selection, but possesses noticeable upside.” Mills is going to be another prospect worth watching in the loaded Class of 2021, especially if he continues to steadily develop on both sides of the ball.
#98:6’2 ’21 Rohahn Petiote (Matthews, NC)
Moving onto a player that highlighted his ability to get by opponents and wreak havoc inside the paint, Rohahn Petiote. He’s a wiry wing prospect with quality length and the ability to utilize it on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Petiote did a nice job of attacking the rim and finishing around the basket. His quickness allowed him to defend the point of attack decently well and force a few turnovers. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as it would make him a more dangerous scoring threat. Coach Blackburn on Petiote: “Rohahn provides excellent energy on both sides of the ball, but tends to overdribble and play out of control. His shot selection and ability to take care of the ball must improve.” Petiote showed signs of becoming an intriguing two-way prospect during his time at camp, but should continue working to improve his defensive presence.
#104:6’2 ’20 Joseph Morgan (Charlotte, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was extremely productive during his time at camp, Joseph Morgan. He’s a long, athletic wing prospect that showcased a terrific motor and overall feel for the game. Offensively, Morgan knocked down open shots, but mainly focused on getting downhill and attacking the rim with force, which was his most reliable avenue for points. Morgan made a strong impact on defense, forcing turnovers and showing the ability to switch across multiple positions. Next in his development process is working on seeing the floor and utilizing his passing abilities, as it would make him a better all-around teammate. Coach Blackburn on Morgan: “Joseph is very strong and moves without the ball very well. He plays bigger than his size would imply and is a good athlete. Joseph can be out of control on some drives and needs to slow down, but certainly contributed.” Morgan was among the top two-way performers on his team and should be a prospect worth monitoring over the next few years.
#133:6’4 ’21 Elijah Davis (Chapel Hill, NC)
Next, we look at a player that emerged as a two-way leader for his team during camp, Elijah Davis. He’s a forward prospect that understands how to operate within the team concept, frequently looking to make hustle plays and contribute however necessary. Davis has a nice well-rounded skillset and was able to affect various facets of the game during camp. He plays with a great motor and defended the point of attack extremely well. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Blackburn on Davis: “Elijah brought a great attitude and was a team leader at camp. He has a nice-looking shot and understands moving/spacing without the ball. He can play in the post, mid-post, and off the ball, where he’s able to hit catch-and-shoot threes. Elijah needs to continue to improve his first-step quickness. He makes up for his lack of athleticism with skills and IQ. Elijah was really a joy to coach.” Davis had an awesome showing at camp and could become a noteworthy prospect going forward, especially if he continues to highlight his leadership ability.
#138:6’4 ’20 Kendrick Robinson (Fredericksburg, VA)
Finishing up, we look at a player that knows how to affect various facets of the game while operating within his role, Kendrick Robinson. He’s an athletic wing prospect that understands how to score in transition and find seams within the defense. Robinson scores well around the basket and handles contact nicely when looking to finish above the rim. He’s unselfish and does an excellent job of deferring to teammates and hitting the open man whenever necessary. Robinson is a strong rebounder for his position and frequently pushes transition play. He is capable of guarding multiple positions on defense and forced multiple turnovers at camp. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot the three-pointer consistently, as it’ll make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Blackburn on Robinson: “Kendrick is a really good athlete that needs to figure out how to properly impact the game with his athleticism. He should be able to make more plays on defense and as a rebounder.” Robinson is a college-level player and should be an intriguing prospect to monitor over the next few years.