What a collection of players showing up to the 15th Annual Fall North Carolina Junior Phenom Exposure Camp. Six states were represented along with Canada, and every player came in to compete. The tone was set with an hour and half of skills and drills work, with live action of functional game training. The prospects went all out in these stations which had the temperature raised for game play.

What really stood out about today’s camp was the ball movement and the dispersion of scoring. With the three dribble rule in full effect, all players got plenty of touches and game action.

Here is the listing of players who stood out.

#68 – 5’10” 2023 Matthew Rogers
Bates Middle School (Sumter, SC)

For our money, Rogers was the most versatile player in the camp. The lengthy and strong player was able to score from each level. He was able to score the ball at each level, showing range on his jump shot and the ability to get down hill. He was great in stations with his footwork and ball skills and his motor ran hot from the opening tip to the closing whistle.

#72 – 5’11” 2023 Crisean Oree
WG Sanders Middle School (West Columbia, SC)

Oree was the smoothest wing in camp with the ball in his hands. He played multiple roles for his team, both setting up the offense as well as creating from the wing. Oree lived in the paint, with is long arms and quick first step, once there, he was able to finish at the rim or create for his team. He defended multiple positions and rebounded the ball well. Overall a very good day.

#29 – 5’3″ 2024 Malique Johnson
Sandtown Middle School (North Atlanta, GA)

Johnson was the best play maker in camp, as he was awarded Mr. Playmaker. The guard really saw the floor well both in transition and in the half court. He played under control and was able to cover a ton of space with on three dribbles. Only a 7th grader, Johnson played with great poise and showcased an IQ beyond his years.

#79 – 6′ 2023 Malik Brunson
Luther Nick Jeralds Middle School (Fayetteville, NC)

Few are tougher than Brunson. His motor runs hot for the entire game, on both ends of the floor. Throughout the day, he defended at the point of attack, on the wing and on the block. He is a high quality rebounder and showed the ability to handle the ball, under control in traffic. Brunson was the Mr. Defense award winner for the camp, he was probably nominated for numerous categories.

#15 – 5′ 2026 LJ Smith
Battleground Elementary (Lincolnton, NC)

Smith played with flair, it was a controlled flair that created plays. Be it a swift inside out dribble or an across his body left handed pass in transition, he was able to get his teammates (and himself) open, often. Only in 5th grade, Smith’s game acumen was well beyond his age, he made the game easy and did so with minimal movements.