North Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp Evaluations
Coach: Kyle Caddell
#42: 5’5 ’23 Brooks Allred (Elon, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that brought an excellent attitude and team-first approach to camp, Brooks Allred. He’s a combo-guard with a solid handle and the ability to make plays for others. Allred can also slide off-ball and cause havoc as a spot-up shooter from beyond the arc. He fought hard on defense and showed a willingness to outwork his assignment. Next in his development process is improving his overall defensive abilities, which should continue to come with added size and physical maturity. Coach Caddell on Allred: “Brooks is a great team player and possesses good shooting mechanics. He was able to knock down open three-pointers and handled the ball well. Brooks has a very good attitude and accepts teaching and instruction well. He needs to improve his ability to penetrate, as well as his on and off-ball defense.” Allred is still just scratching the surface of his potential and should continue growing on both sides of the ball.
#51:5’5 ’23 Angelo Alexander (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to contribute on both sides of the ball during his time at camp, Angelo Alexander. He’s a point guard prospect with great vision and natural playmaking instincts. Alexander initiates offense, sees the floor well, and is capable of hitting teammates in stride for assists. He seizes any opportunity to fight for a loose ball and will push the ball ahead in transition. Alexander is also capable of playing without the ball and spotting-up along the perimeter. Next in his development process is improving his consistency as a finisher, as it would make him a more reliable scoring threat. Coach Caddell on Alexander: “Angelo has a great attitude and motor. He accepts challenges well and plays with a lot of heart. He has great court vision and has the ability to knock down open jumpers. Angelo needs to improve his footwork and transition defense.” Alexander had a quality showing at camp and his progression should be closely monitored going forward.
#52:5’8 ’23 Jacoby Jackson (Charlotte, NC)
Moving onto a player that displayed a strong understanding of how to properly utilize his motor to create havoc on both ends of the floor, Jacoby Jackson. He’s a wing prospect with nice size and the ability to consistently outrebound his assignment. Jackson scored most of his points through finishes around the basket, typically coming off of second-chance opportunities. He fights hard on defense and willingly makes any possible hustle play available. Jackson plays hard, but can still sharpen his knowledge of the game in order to enjoy more success. Next in his development process is working on becoming a reliable defender in transition, as it would allow him time to set up and account for his man. Coach Caddell on Jackson: “Jacoby gives great effort and plays with a lot of heart. He does a good job of crashing the boards for rebounds and had some nice finishes around the basket as well. He needs to work on his overall shooting mechanics, basketball IQ, and defense.” Jackson has ample time to develop his game and could be a prospect to keep an eye on.
#60:5’7 ’24 Dorian Melton (Sunbury, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to make his mark as a dominant rebounder with a high motor, Dorian Melton. He’s a big man that wreaks havoc, flying all over the floor and making plays on the ball. Melton does a nice job of scoring in the post displays solid touch around the basket. He’s a quality teammate and willing passer. His motor allows him to rebound extremely well on both ends of the floor; he pushed transition play and secured an abundance of second-chance opportunities on the day. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handling, as it would allow him to do more on offense. Coach Caddell on Melton: “Dorian gives great effort and does an outstanding job of crashing the boards for rebounds. He is a great team player and plays with a lot of heart. He needs to work on his overall shooting mechanics and knowledge of the game.” Melton showcased a strong foundation at camp and should continue refining his skillset on both ends of the floor.
#61:5’8 ’23 Andrew Knittel (Church Hill, TN)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a pretty well-rounded approach to both sides of the ball, Andrew Knittel. He’s a guard prospect that typically operates without the ball, applying solid pressure as a spot-up threat from midrange and beyond the arc. Knittel has a decent handle and willingly passes the ball to open teammates. He plays with a strong motor and looks to secure extra possessions however possible. Knittel rebounds pretty well for his position and works well in transition. Next in his development process is working on his overall defensive presence, as it would make him a more useful two-way player. Coach Caddell on Knittel: “Andrew gives great effort and does a good job pursuing rebounds, especially from the weak side. He has a great attitude and does a very good job catching and shooting. Andrew needs to work on using his off-hand and moving without the ball.” Knittel worked hard at camp and showed a lot of positive signs for his long-term growth.
#69:5’9 ’23 Tucker Mayo (Charlotte, NC)
Moving onto a player that constantly highlighted his ability to enter the paint and finish any attempt, Tucker Mayo. He’s a guard prospect that can create offense for himself and others with relative ease. Mayo shot the ball well inside the arc and showed potential as a three-point shooter. That being said, penetrating and finishing around the rim was certainly his most reliable scoring path and he did so with regularity. Mayo rebounded decently well and utilized his strong motor to disrupt opponents in transition. Next in his development process is working on his defensive presence, as it would make him a more useful two-way player. Coach Caddell on Mayo: “Tucker has great basketball IQ and finishes well around the basket with both hands. He is able to use the dribble to get to the basket and has above average court vision. Tucker needs to work on his shooting mechanics and defense, both on and off the ball.” Mayo was able to make strong contributions at camp and should continue working to refine his two-way skillset, as he could be a great prospect.
#70:5’9 ’23 Aidan Filippini (Virginia Beach, VA)
Continuing onto a player that highlighted a lot of production and long-term potential during his time at camp, Aidan Filippini. He’s an off-guard that can create offense with relative ease, both for himself and others, while scoring at an efficient clip. Filippini has a strong IQ and knows how to get downhill and attack the rim with force, where he scores majority of his points. He utilized his quickness well on defense and forced turnovers when guarding the ball. Next in his development process is working on his ability to catch and shoot, as it would make him a much more lethal offensive threat. Coach Caddell on Filippini: “Aidan has a great ability to finish in the lane and uses both hands well. He has great basketball IQ and has a very smooth game. He handles the ball well and finds his teammates with on-point passes. He needs to improve his off-ball and transition defense.” Filippini displayed a nice foundation at camp and should be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
#74:5’10 ’23 Nathan Baldovino (Wake Forest, NC)
Next, we look at a player that is at a quality crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Nathan Baldovino. He’s a wing prospect with an intriguing skillset and the ability to attack the rim at will. Baldovino has a decent handle and does a nice job of creating scoring opportunities for his teammates while mixing in a constant flow of drive attempts. He brought a great attitude to camp and displayed the ability to play well without the ball. Next in his development process is working on his overall ability to defend, both off-ball and in transition. Coach Caddell on Baldovino: “Nathan has a great ability to finish in the paint. He has a very good attitude and accepts criticism well. He has above average court vision and does well finding driving lanes. He needs to work on his three-point shooting and getting better with catching and shooting.” Baldovino was able to make a solid impact at camp and could be a prospect worth monitoring in the future.
#80:5’11 ’23 Kimman Power (Charlotte, NC)
Moving onto a player that possesses a strong amount of offensive versatility and knows how to properly utilize his size, Kimman Power. He’s a wing prospect that can score in a wide variety of ways, through spotting-up beyond the arc, playing with his back to the basket, and taking defenders off the dribble. Power is an efficient scorer from all levels and finishes through contact around the basket. He was a willing passer and tallied numerous assists on the day. Power worked hard on defense and pushed the break whenever possible. Next in his development process is improving his movement without the ball, as it would make him a more useful off-ball threat. Coach Caddell on Power: “Kimman has a great ability to finish around the rim. He is very good at penetrating and finishing or kicking out to teammates for open shots. He has an awesome attitude and accepts criticism very well. Kimman shoots the ball well and has quality shooting mechanics. He needs to work on transition defense and rebounding for his position.” Power will be one to keep an eye on throughout the coming years.
#85:6’3 ’23 Landon Ottone (Statesville, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to realize his two-way potential, Landon Ottone. He’s a wiry big man with nice length and a great motor, which allows him to relentlessly pursue the ball when defending and rebounding. Ottone is still learning how to harness his potential on offense and scores most of his points on second-chance opportunities. He moves well without the ball and runs the floor with purpose in transition. Ottone has decent positioning on defense and will improve as a rim-protector with added strength. Next in his development process is working on building his knowledge of the game, as it would allow him to be more impactful on both ends of the floor. Coach Caddell on Ottone: “Landon has a great attitude and listens to teaching and instruction well. He has great size for his age. He needs to work on catching and finishing around the basket. Landon can also improve his strength, especially when rebounding the ball.” Ottone is still just learning the game and will be a prospect to monitor if he can continue elevating his skillset on both sides of the ball.