North Carolina Jr. Phenon Camp Evaluations

 

Team 6

Coach: Ryan Bernardi

 

#43: 5'5 '24 Caleb Jenkins (Sumter, SC)

Starting things off, we look at a player that made a really strong impression with his two-way presence during camp, Caleb Jenkins. He's a point guard prospect with great IQ, quickness, and the ability to make his teammates better. Jenkins is a willing passer with nice playmaking instincts and quality vision. He knocked down shots from all levels, both off the catch and dribble throughout the day. Jenkins worked hard on both sides of the ball and forced numerous turnovers on defense. Next in his development process is working on improving as an off-ball cutter, as it would make him really difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Bernardi on Jenkins: 'Caleb is a stud. He made our team go all day. He defended like crazy in the full court the entire game. He pressed from start to finish. Caleb sprinted back on every possession and ran the floor very hard. He has a killer spin move. If he continues to develop his shooting, Caleb will be a monster. I'm thankful to have been able to coach him.' Jenkins was among the youngest players on his team and still found a way to control action on both ends of the floor.

 

#50:5'5 '23 Zy'lee Bazemore (Windsor, NC)

Next, we look at a player that was able to consistently impact both sides of the ball through utilization of his motor and athleticism, Zy'lee Bazemore. He's a guard prospect that did a nice job of applying constant pressure as a spot-up threat while also getting into the paint whenever he desired. Bazemore displayed strong quickness with the ball in his hands and was able to make plays after getting by his defender. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as it will allow him to better position himself to force turnovers. Coach Bernardi on Bazemore: 'Zy'lee is a very good shooter. He is an elite athlete with incredible strength for his age. He soars for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Zy'lee is a great straight-line penetrator, especially when going right. He can improve his understanding of the game. Zy'lee has a great motor and will be a great player if he can continue to develop his skills.' Bazemore did a nice job of showcasing his abilities at camp and should continue working to maximize his potential.

 

#53:5'6 '24 Justin Ray (Greer, SC)

Moving onto a player that highlighted his quickness and abilities as an offensive creator, Justin Ray. He's a point guard prospect that knows how to navigate the floor and generate scoring chances for himself and others. Ray attacks defenders with a quick first step and typically leaves them in the dust. He's a solid all-around defender that plays hard and has a solid understanding of where to position himself. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal scoring threat. Coach Bernardi on Ray: 'Justin is a great ball-handler. He was not turnover prone because the ball is on a string in his hands. He's a good passer with great court vision. He is very quick and runs both ends of the floor really well. Justin has a great attitude and takes criticism very well. He was a pleasure to coach and knocked down multiple shots for our team.' Ray could be one to monitor going forward, especially if he continues to elevate his game on both sides of the ball.

 

#54:5'6 '23 Zack Dezern (Jonesville, NC)

Continuing onto a player that brought an excellent attitude and team-first approach during his time at camp, Zack Dezern. He's a high-motor guard that plays with terrific energy, able to make a constant impact on both ends of the floor. Dezern shot the ball well from midrange and three-point territory and highlighted his spot-up ability nicely throughout the day. He pursues rebounds extremely well for his position and secured numerous second-chance opportunities on the offensive glass. Next in his development process is working on becoming a stronger finisher around the basket, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Bernardi on Dezern: 'Zack has a great court sense. He runs hard and never complained once. Zack was a pleasure to coach and took criticism very well. He was all about the success of the team. Zack needs to improve his quickness and overall explosiveness. His IQ is very high and he will be a great player if he can continue to work on his skills.' Dezern was effective on both sides of the ball and showed the ability to coexist with any group of teammates.

 

#59:5'7 '23 Tyler Henderson (Fayetteville, NC)

Next, we look at a player that really dominated opposing teams with his consistency from beyond the arc, Tyler Henderson. He's an off-guard that moves really well without the ball and makes efficient use of his touches on offense. Henderson works hard for rebounds on both ends of the floor and did a solid job of outworking his assignment on the glass. He made a nice impact as an on-ball defender and contained his matchup well. Next in his development process is working on the utilization of his off-hand, as it would allow him to attack more angles on offense. Coach Bernardi on Henderson: 'Tyler is a knockdown shooter. Our team was begging him to shoot more, which is a credit to his unselfishness. He is very coachable and takes criticism very well. Even when his team was down, Tyler continued to encourage his teammates.' As he becomes more aggressive, Henderson could be a player to keep an eye on.

 

#62:5'8 '24 Jaxon Prunty (Charlotte, NC)

Moving onto a player that provided his team with a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor, Jaxon Prunty. He's a wing prospect that displayed a quality feel for the game and made a consistent impact without requiring the ball in his hands. Prunty shot the ball really well from beyond the arc, both off the catch and dribble, and knocked down multiple shots in the midrange area. He defended the ball well and made a priority of getting back on defense in transition. Next in his development process is working on his off-ball defense, as it would make him a more complete presence on that end of the floor. Coach Bernardi on Prunty: 'Jaxon is a leader on the court. He understands the game and wants his team to be successful. He is crafty around the basket and in the midrange after beating his man. Jaxon has a great ability to beat his man on the glass as well. He should continue to take pride in his defense in order to take his game to the next level.' Prunty will continue improving and should be a prospect to watch grow over the coming years.

 

#67:5'11 '24 Kito Douglas (Florence, SC)

Continuing onto a player that possesses a strong amount of long-term upside on both ends of the floor, Kito Douglas. He's a strong-bodied prospect with a physically advanced frame, which allows him to bully opponents around the rim on finishes and rebounds. Douglas rebounds the ball exceptionally well on both ends of the floor and looks to push the break himself whenever possible. He has nice anticipation skills on defense and is able to jump the passing lanes quite well. Next in his development process is working to improve his quickness, as it would allow him to take opponents off the dribble with increased regularity. Coach Bernardi on Douglas: 'Kito is very physical and uses his big frame to his advantage. He's a good defender that tries to block a lot of shots. He needs to improve his jumper, but is a skilled driver and finishes well around the rim. Kito is a great rebounder and has terrific box-out ability. He needs to work on his attitude and playing more unselfishly.' Douglas possesses a lot of talent and will be a prospect worth monitoring upon improving his intangibles.

 

#71:5'9 '23 Kaden Ross (Charlotte, NC)

Next, we look at a player that quickly separated himself and emerged as a two-way leader, Kaden Ross. He's a sharp guard prospect with an impressive IQ and the ability to consistently generate offense for himself and others. Ross shot the ball decently well throughout the day, but made his strongest mark as a penetrator and finisher. He secured an abundance of defensive rebounds and pushed the pace extremely well in transition. Ross provided a strong presence on defense and an efficient, well-rounded approach on offense. Next in his development process is working on his consistency from beyond the arc, as he would be able to score in every possible way. Coach Bernardi on Ross: 'Kaden was a team leader that really wanted to win. He is able to get to the rim at will and is crafty with his finishes. Kaden wants to get better and will be a very successful player in the future. He can improve his motor and commit to sprinting back on defense in order to be more elite.' Ross was among the top players on his team and should continue working to maximize his strong potential.

 

#75:5'10 '23 Woodrow Jackson (High Point, NC)

Moving onto a player that understands how to properly affect all facets of the game, Woodrow Jackson. He's a forward prospect with nice size for his age and does a nice job of utilizing it on both ends of the floor. Jackson shoots the ball very efficiently from the floor and truly excels when spotting-up from beyond the arc. He can create his own shot, or opportunities for others, with relative ease. Jackson defends and rebounds extremely well, able to harass opponents with his length and motor at all times. Next in his development process is working on his quickness, as it would allow him to penetrate and get by opponents with less resistance. Coach Bernardi on Jackson: 'Woodrow is a knockdown three-point shooter. Every time he shot, we believed it was going in. He has a great attitude and wants his team to be successful. He knows where to be on the court and always seemed to be in the mix for loose balls and rebounds. He will be even better if he adds a pull-up or floater game. I'm excited to see Woodrow develop.' Jackson is a talented prospect and his progression should be closely monitored going forward.

 

#86:6'4 '23 Landon Johnson (Clemmons, NC)

Finishing up, we look at a player that displayed a true understanding of how to affect every facet of the game, Landon Johnson. He's a wiry, aggressive big man with nice length and an excellent approach to both sides of the ball. Johnson attacks the basket with force and relentlessly finishes around the rim, especially on second-chance opportunities as a rebounder. He's an incredible competitor and outworks every opponent in his path. Johnson fought harder than anyone when defending the post and altered an abundance of shots as a rim-protector. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up a lot of scoring opportunities as a cutter. Coach Bernardi on Johnson: 'Landon possesses an unbelievably high motor. He plays incredibly hard on both ends of the ball. He is a joy to coach and really is looking for ways to get better. He's great around the rim and finishes at a high clip. Landon needs to improve his timing as a shot-blocker, which will make him an absolute force since his motor is so high. He has good shooting mechanics and a promising shot, he just needs more repetitions.' Johnson was among the top two-way performers on display and could be a phenomenal prospect, especially if he continues to grow physically.