From the class of 2021, here are some standouts from the event.

This year's fall camp boosted a roster full of size and talent. There were numerous kids that showed a tremendous skill level and an advanced basketball IQ. At this level, kids develop physically at different rates, therefore making it very difficult to make any long term predictions. At Phenom Hoop Report, we do not make any rankings of players until a class is mid-way through the travel ball circuit during their 9th grade year. With that being said, here are some players that stood out…

Class of 2021 (8th grade)

Elijah Metcalf (Hickory Ridge MS) 5'5 guard- Elijah was a flat out burner. End to end, was the fastest player in camp. He showed the ability to lock up players on defense. Talking to many coaches, Metcalf was the best 2-way player at the camp. Areas of improvement would be playing with more pace, not just speed, and get a more consistent outside shoot.

Tony Waters (Morehead STEM) 5'9 guard- Tony showed an all around game during camp, a very mature player that attacked downhill and showed a nice outside shot. He also showed a nice feel for the game as he made excellent passes to cutters and others running the court in transition.

Christopher Brown (Concord First Assembly) 5'9 wing- In the game I watched, Christopher scored 22 points and made plays all game. He consistently scored on put backs, showed a nice handle getting to the basket, and a great mid-range game. This was the only performance I saw all camp, where a kid scored over 20 points and rarely forced anything and didn't look like a ball-hog. Brown has a football frame and knows how to use it on the basketball court.

Nick Farrar (Holly Gove MS) 6'4 forward- Nick completely dominated camp all day. He was too big, too strong, and too skilled down low. With continued growth, this is a player to keep an eye on.

Jordan McPhatter (Charlotte United Christian) 5'8 guard- Jordan played well all camp and has a tight handle. Always under control, Jordan was able to get to his spots and score. Another very mature player, McPhatter showed a high level basketball IQ, hitting teammates with passes when they were in scoring position.

Justin Taylor (Ridge Road) 5'10 guard- Taylor played under control and showed he can run a team from the point guard position. Justin can really shoot the ball and has textbook mechanics on his jump shot. At times, Justin forced some things and look to be a little selfish, which happens some in a camp settings. Other than that one negative, Taylor showed to be one of the better guards at camp.

Joshua Beadle (Cardinal Newman) 5'11 guard- Beadle showed out all camp. Joshua has the ball on a string and was able to get by defenders and into the paint at will. He did a wonderful job creating for himself and for his teammates. His outside shot seems to be a little inconsistent which could be fixed with work on his shot mechanics.

Justin Johnson (Carrington MS) 6'0 wing/forward- Justin was probably the most athletic player at camp. Using that athleticism he was able to get rebound put backs and slash to the basket for easy point. Johnson has wonderful post moves due to great footwork, which allowed him to score on bigger players. Justin had some highlight worthy blocks as well.

Josiah Dowd (Renaissance Classical) 6'7 forward- As of now, Josiah is a forward but he showed a nice handle and outside shot that may allow him to develop into a wing. Dowd runs well and was the only player at camp with multiple dunks. Josiah could use some work with his footwork as he had a tendency to get 'happy' feet down low a few times. As a 14 year old with size 17 shoe, that is understandable. Look out for the kid in the future, has a chance to be special.

Christopher Ford (Piedmont IB) 6'2 forward- When he put his mind to it, Ford was dominant at camp. He rebounded, blocked shots, and scored down low at a very high level. Ford is the type of player that can grab a rebound, take it coast to coast, and score through contact. Chris is a very strong and physical player at this level.

Jared Wellman (Lawrence County) 6'3 wing- Jared's long frame and basketball IQ helped him stand out. Not a flashy player, but was consistently in position to make plays on offense as well as defense. Jared moved well without the ball, showed a smooth shooting touch, and was very efficient on offense. Wellman was a team player and great teammate throughout camp.

Honorable Mention
Players that coaches and evaluators were talking about throughout the day.

Christian Rudisell (Northeast MS 2021)

Jaden Bradley (Max Abbott MS 2021)

Glenn Bynum (Concord First Assembly 2021)

Sam Hedrick (Charlotte Country Day 2021)

Trae Benham (First Assembly 2021)

Terence Harcum (Butner-Stem MS 2021)