North Carolina Jr. Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations
Coach: Stan Carpenter
#1: 5’0 ’25 Landon Wilson (Florence, SC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that displayed a great motor and overall approach to the game, Landon Wilson. He’s a guard prospect that brings excellent energy to both sides of the floor. He attacked the basket hard and finished well through contact. Wilson knocked down open shots in transition and did a nice job of containing his assignment on defense. He forced numerous turnovers and willingly passed ahead to teammates. Next in his development process continuing to add strength, as it’ll allow him to better utilize his quality all-around skillset. Coach Carpenter on Wilson: “Landon plays hard and commits to defense. He passes well and sees everyone on the floor. His hustle on the court is infectious. Landon is going to be a great player with continued work.” Wilson worked hard during his time at camp and should continuing honing his two-way skillset, as he could become a nice player in time.
#3:4’8 ’26 Brent “BJ” Hopkins (Owings Mills, MD)
Next, we look at a player that made an extremely lasting impression with his motor and ability to defend, Brent “BJ” Hopkins. He’s a young guard that focused on wreaking havoc on opponents in any possible way. Hopkins scored the ball efficiently from the floor and finished a strong amount of penetration attempts, despite his lack of size. He was terrific on defense and moved his feet very well, allowing him to pick up multiple on-ball steals leading to transition play. Next in his development process is continuing to work on the use of his off-hand, as it’ll allow him to attack more angles on the court. Coach Carpenter on Hopkins: “BJ is a go-getter! His motor and defense is never-ending! He plays very tough and can really score the ball. He makes others around him better. BJ is going to be a great player.” Hopkins knows how to make an impact on both ends of the floor and will only continue to improve on both ends of the floor.
#7:4’10 ’23 Malcolm Edwards (Winston-Salem, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to affect all facets of the game at a pretty high level, Malcolm Edwards. He’s a guard prospect with IQ and the ability to apply constant pressure on both ends of the floor. Edwards shoots the ball quite well from all three levels and is able to consistently get by defenders. He was terrific on defense, both on and off-ball, and was able to overwhelm his assignment in each contest. Next in his development process is working on his pursuit of offensive rebounds, as he has the ability to secure and score many second-chance opportunities. Coach Carpenter on Edwards: “Malcolm plays at a very high level! He passes well and sees the entire court! His shooting is above average and he leads his team with his actions and leadership on the court. With continued work, Malcolm is going to be a force.” Edwards is already a productive player, but he’ll become even better as he matures physically.
#10:4’11 ’23 Jaden Dodd (Greensboro, NC)
Continuing onto a player that showcased a great court sense and ability to consistently generate offense for his team, Jaden Dodd. He’s a guard prospect with a reliable shooting stroke from midrange and three-point territory. Dodd does a nice job of getting by defenders and making the correct pass to open teammates whenever possible. He displayed craftiness, a strong IQ, and willingness to defend throughout the day. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his defensive presence, as it would make him a more dangerous two-way prospect. Coach Carpenter on Dodd: “Jaden is an outstanding player. His court vision and passing abilities are both well above average. He shoots the ball very well and hustles at all times. He rebounds the ball and gets others involved. Jaden will be a very good player with continued work.” It’ll be interesting to watch Dodd grow, especially after what he showcased on both sides of the ball during camp.
#14:5’0 ’25 Zy’miere Dempsey-Freeman (Colerain, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to consistently outwork his assignment on both ends of the court, Zy’miere Dempsey-Freeman. He’s a guard prospect that knows how to relentlessly score the ball, especially from beyond the arc. Dempsey-Freeman is able to create offense for himself or operate without the ball and knock down spot-up opportunities off the catch. He has an excellent motor and utilizes it well on both sides of the ball, willing to dive for loose balls and pursue every possible rebound throughout the day. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it would allow him to finish through more contact and expand his offensive approach. Coach Carpenter on Dempsey-Freeman: “Zy plays very hard and can really score the ball. He passes well and sees the court well. He rebounds and hustles hard. Zy leads others with his actions and leadership qualities. With continued hard work, he will become a great player.” Dempsey-Freeman was among the top players in his age group, especially when it came to scoring the ball, and he should be one to watch progress.
#21:5’6 ’24 Damari Cooper (Gates, NC)
Moving onto a player that brought a great attitude and unbelievable two-way presence on the glass, Damari Cooper. He’s an active wing prospect with a great motor, which allows him to consistently garner extra possession for his team. Cooper scores most of his points through offensive rebounds and putbacks around the basket. He runs the floor well in transition and utilizes both hands quite well as a finisher. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his ball-handling ability, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Carpenter on Cooper: “Damari plays at a very high level! He runs the floor and rebounds very well. His post moves are very solid and he finishes well around the basket. With continued work, Damari will be a very good player.” Cooper does an excellent job of outworking opponents while focusing on the little things and should maintain that mentality going forward.
#25:5’2 ’25 Brock Jackson (Winston-Salem, NC)
Continuing onto a player that consistently utilized his impressive motor to create havoc on both sides of the ball, Brock Jackson. He’s a young guard prospect that moves well without the ball and has the ability to apply pressure as a spot-up shooter or off-ball cutter. Jackson is efficient with his touches and plays unselfishly on both ends of the floor. He worked hard on defense and forced numerous turnovers as a result. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to attack more angles on offense. Coach Carpenter on Jackson: “Brock played very hard and can see the entire court. He shoots the ball well and leads by his actions. He plays great on-ball defense and hustles hard at all times. With continued work, Brock is going to be a great player.” Jackson showed his ability to impact the game and should keep focusing on outworking opponents on both ends of the floor.
#34:5’4 ’23 Evaan Ezhilan (Mooresville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that highlighted a steady, reliable two-way presence throughout camp, Evaan Ezhilan. He’s a guard prospect that can create his own shot against most opponents or spot-up without the ball and consistently knock down shots from midrange and three-point territory. He’s a clever passer with strong playmaking instincts and a very unselfish approach to the game. Ezhilan has a strong IQ on both ends of the court, allowing him to force turnovers and push the break with ease. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it will allow him to absorb contact and finish stronger on drive attempts. Coach Carpenter on Ezhilan: “Evaan has great court vision and passing ability. He also shoots the three-pointer very well. Evaan plays on-ball defense and rebounds at a high level. As he continues to work hard, he will become a very good basketball player.” Ezhilan was among the smarter players in attendance and should keep working to round out his nice skillset.
#37:5’4 ’23 Joshua Moore (Winston-Salem, NC)
Moving onto a player that provided his team with an unselfish, team-first approach throughout camp, Joshua Moore. He’s a strong-bodied prospect that outrebounded every opponent in his path and did a nice job of finishing second-chance opportunities. Moore plays with a great motor and is a pretty willing passer, especially with the ball in transition. He showcased a strong post presence and scored efficiently around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handling ability, as it would allow him to create more offensive chances for himself. Coach Carpenter on Moore: “Joshua is a tenacious rebounder! He runs the floor very well for his position. Joshua passes very well out of the post and can finish strong at the rim. His defensive footwork is very solid. If Joshua continues to work hard, he will develop into a very good player.” Moore could be one to watch grow, especially if he’s able to keep making a strong impression on both ends of the court.
#38:5’4 ’25 Michael Phillips II (Rolesville, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that has a nice blend of youth, size, and two-way ability, Michael Phillips II. He’s a big man that exerts a lot of energy on both sides of the ball, hitting the glass with purpose, pushing the break in transition, and making plays on offense whenever possible. Phillips has a strong arsenal of moves in the low-post and scored very often around the basket. He secured an abundance of second-chance opportunities and typically finished them himself. Phillips did a great job of overwhelming his assignment on defense and forcing opponents into bad shots. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handling ability, as an improved handle would allow him to attack opponents off the dribble or in transition with less resistance. Coach Carpenter on Phillips: “Michael really runs the floor well and rebounds the ball relentlessly. He passes well and can really score the ball. Michael plays above his age group and played well. He will become a great player with continued work.” Phillips showed a lot of promise at camp and should maintain his team-first mentality as he heads into the season.