NC Jr. Phenom 150:
Team 13 Evaluations
Coach: Bruce Grauese
#37: 5’1 ’23 Cole Evans (Ayden, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that enjoyed a solid outing at camp through his hard work and grittiness, Cole Evans. Offensively, he makes the most out of his opportunities without the ball and often is in the perfect spot for catch-and-shoot chances. Evans displayed a team first approach along with his great attitude; he was willing to do anything necessary to win or put his team in a winning position. His on-ball defense was fairly pesky and he even forced a few turnovers on the day. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from three-point range, as it would allow him to play with or without the ball and thrive. Coach Grauese on Evans: “Cole is a hard-working kid that doubles as a nice shooter; he made great contributions on both ends of the floor but looked very comfortable on offense. Going forward, Cole needs to add strength to balance out his size.” Evans had a solid showing at camp and should continue working to become a complete player.
#53: 5’3 ’23 Elijah Green (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that already showcases the ability to affect the game in a variety of ways, Elijah Green. He’s a point guard with a very well rounded game and high basketball IQ. Green understands how to involve his teammates in the action on both sides of the ball and in transition, always looking to make the unselfish play. He shot the ball fairly well from all three levels and showed the ability to penetrate (and finish). Green played tough on-ball defense and went after the ball at any available opportunity. Next in his development process is becoming a more consistent scorer, as it would make him a very player difficult to contain. Coach Grauese on Green: “Elijah is a nice guard with great court sense; he knows how to create chances for teammates in the most optimal positions. Going forward, he will need to work on his off-ball defense and quickness, as they would both make him a better player.” Green made the most of his day at camp and played quite well on both sides of the ball.
#76: 5’5 ’23 Kory Davis (Cramerton, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to make an impact on both ends of the floor with his motor and intensity, Kory Davis. He’s a combo guard that works well without the ball and knows how to find space. Offensively, Davis drove strong to the bucket frequently and did a nice job of finishing through contact. On the other end, he gave solid effort and was able to force his assignment into multiple turnovers. Davis displayed a great attitude, motivating teammates and playing unselfishly throughout camp. Next in his development process is working on the consistency of his jumper, as it would allow him to really hurt opponents on the offensive end. Coach Grauese on Davis: “Kory was a pleasure to coach and worked hard all day. He is very good at getting to the basket, but he does need to work on his ball handling in order to maximize his skillset. Kory should develop into a nice player with some added work.” Davis played well while still showing untapped potential on both sides of the ball; he could certainly be one to watch.
#95: 5’6 ’23 Trelyn Joyner (Columbia, SC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to make quality contributions on both sides of the ball, Trelyn Joyner. He’s an off-guard with the ability to really hurt opponents in transition, where he will run the floor and finish the easy fast break. Joyner is also great on the defensive side of transition play, as he made a concerted effort to be the first man back to stop the opposing fast break. Next in his development process is working on his scoring consistency from all three levels, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Grauese on Joyner: “Trelyn brought a wide array of skills to the table during camp; he was able to disrupt opponents throughout the day and was great on the defensive end. Going forward, he needs to work on his jumper, as it will be necessary to become a more complete player.” Joyner still has work to do in order to reach his potential, but should certainly be able to do so with appropriate time.
#116: 5’7 ’23 Chrisean Oree (West Columbia, SC)
Next, we look at a player that will almost certainly develop into a strong two-way guard, Chrisean Oree. He’s a guard with quality ball handling ability, never overdribbling, always keeping his head up and looking for teammates at all times. Oree does a solid job creating for others and knows how to get them the ball at the most opportune time. Defensively, he does a nice job forcing turnovers and playing within the passing lanes. Next in his development process is improving his motor, as it would make him a more destructive player on both sides of the ball. Coach Grauese on Oree: “Chrisean is a great ball handler and shooter; he is a leader on the floor and does a nice job getting everyone involved. He’s a good kid and a hard worker, but only time and work ethic will decide how good he can be. Chrisean needs to get stronger going forward.” Oree displayed a nice set of intangibles and should have no problem developing into a quality prospect sooner than later.
#122: 5’8 ’24 Landon Foley (Fort Mill, SC)
Moving onto a player that put in a ton of work inside the arc and paint throughout camp, Landon Foley. He’s a wing with a great frame and understanding of how to make plays without the ball in his hands. Foley possesses a strong midrange pull-up and showed no fear when driving the ball to the basket, where he played through contact and finishes nearly everything he attempted. He made transition play a priority on both ends of the floor, looking to lead the break on one end and shut it down on the other. Next in his development process is working on becoming a better rebounder, as should be a great asset in his game given his size and ability to get inside position. Coach Grauese on Foley: “Landon is a great team player that was always looking to make the unselfish play whenever possible and will do anything to win. He is willing to do all the little things but needs to improve on his knowledge of the game going forward.” Foley had a strong showing at camp and should bring that same approach into the upcoming season.
#135: 5’9 ’22 Marcus Magness (Charlotte, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to find a way to score with or without the ball, Marcus Magness. He’s a guard that typically has the ball in his hands, where he displays the ability to blow past defenders and get into the paint with relative ease. He scored the ball exceptionally well inside the arc on pull-ups and finishes at the rim. Magness demanded plenty of attention on the offensive end and was able to still score efficiently. Next in his development process is working to become better on the defensive end, as that would make him a more complete player. Coach Grauese on Magness: “Marcus is a really good ball handler and he scores pretty well, but needs to improve his three-point shot. Going forward, Marcus needs to display a stronger motor and he needs to see the floor better, as that would allow him to create for others.” Magness has nice size and has all the tools necessary to become a tough two-way guard.
#150: 5’10 ’23 Xavier McQueen (Durham, NC)
Next, we look at a player that provided his team with a very well rounded game, Xavier McQueen. He’s a forward that is at his best when playing near the basket, where he was able to score efficiently and rebound the ball whenever possible. McQueen showed grit and determination on defense, always looking to make a play on the ball or secure a possession for his team. He displays a solid feel for the game on offense and looks for his teammates to make plays regularly. Next in his development process is working on his overall ability to defend, as it would make him a far more complete player. Coach Grauese on McQueen: “Xavier is an intriguing player that doubles as a great athlete. He plays hard and knows how to use both of his hands down low. Xavier needs to brush up on his overall knowledge of the game in order to maximize his on-court ability.” McQueen had no issue making his presence felt on the floor and should keep working in order to reach his potential.
#163: 6’0 ’22 Christian Ferguson (West Columbia, SC)
Moving onto a player that was able to really give his team a boost on both ends of the floor, Christian Ferguson. He’s a forward that goes out and plays as hard as possible, which led to him forcing numerous turnovers and making them easy fast break opportunities. Ferguson shot the ball quite well inside the arc and even displayed a nice looking three-point shot. The more vocal was on the floor, the better his team played. Ferguson possesses a strong ability to penetrate and finish around the basket; he is a solid ball handler for his size. Next in his development process is working to become laterally quicker, as it would make him a more complete player on both sides of the ball. Coach Grauese on Ferguson: “Christian is a hard worker that wants to do anything to improve his team and is willing to do the little things to win. He plays with a great motor and is always pursuing the ball. Christian needs to work on his jumper in order to become a better offensive player.” Ferguson played a prominent role in his teams’ success and should continue working to maximize his abilities.
#175: 6’2 ’22 Jerrod Meltzer (Chapel Hill, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was near dominant from the interior throughout camp, Jerrod Meltzer. He’s a big man that has total control down low, where he displayed strong footwork and the ability to get a shot for himself. Offensively, Meltzer is looking to post up and use his strength to get buckets inside; he has solid vision and knows when to pass out to the perimeter. On the other end of the floor, Meltzer was able to effectively use his size to defend opposing big men but needs to improve his lateral quickness to cover the lane on rotations. Next in his development process is improving his rebounding, as he should be a major plus in that category given his size advantage over most opponents. Coach Grauese on Meltzer: “Jerrod was among our top players on the team and competed from start to finish. He did a great job winning the big man matchup against his opponent and possesses great big man skills. Going forward, Jerrod needs to work on his shot form and overall consistency in order to become a better player.” Meltzer has the tools and intangibles necessary to become a force down low in time.