NC Phenom 150 Session 1

During this weekend's event, it was evident that there were three groups (teams) of young men who really drew my attention. They were from various communities and varied in years of experience, yet they were a joy to watch playing the game. The teams captured the essence of playing a team sport in what is called an 'individualistic' event.

Any event where players are being evaluated can lead to the 'get mine' mentality. It is understandable because they come in separate vehicles, from different locations, different schools and grade levels, placed on teams with coaches unfamiliar with their talent offerings. The stage is set for selfish play and lack of cohesiveness. We inserted rules to help insure that selfishness would be regulated and encourage team play. Yet, when the players bring that to the floor without any need to enforce any of those rules, you watch great ball movement, high basketball IQ and players you can see at the next level.

The teams I am discussing were Team 1, Team 11 and Team 13. Yes there were some individuals that stood out on each team but they stood out in the team concept manner to showcase their talents in a variety of ways. Also, there were signs of leadership exhibited by several players on these teams that really made an evaluator want to stop play on other courts and bring players to the court and say see this is how you play the game.

You have to write about the players, so this how I am going to do it. At the end of this write-up I am going to list the entire team but for right now here we go.

Team 1

Jalen Hayes (73) a combo guard that can defend everywhere and score when he wanted in a variety of ways. Blan Hodges (74) showed leadership and deep range. DeShawn Mason (37) was one of the fastest players with the ball in the event. Emmanuel Izunabor (181) was dominant post player that exhibited to cover aggressive play by teammates with shot blocking. Finally, Christian Martin (110) one of the most well rounded players in the event, exhibited multiple skills to play at a big time level.

Team 11

Kojak Thompson (26) point guard with great bounce and skill level to finish at the rim. Davier Dixon (84) skills at both guard positions and leadership. Asa White (171) young wing player playing inside due to size but outplayed some established post players with his desire and his speed to go end to end.

Team 13

Williams Onyeodi (169) very mature playing individual. Finished at the rim with regularity, rebounding with a determination that limited other team number of shots per trip down the floor and showed a nice range for the jump shot. Alexander Wesig (133), 'Mr. Complete', rebounding, defending, passing and scoring.

 

OUTSTANDING PLAYERS/TEAMS

 

Nathan Hutchins Advance NC FCDS 2021 1
Kendyl Lloyd Huntersville NC Hopewell 2019 36
DaShawn Mason Concord NC Concord 2019 37
Jalen Hayes Lawrenceville GA Mountain View 2018 73
Blan Hodges Hiddenite NC Alexander Central 2018 74
Cameron Holbrook Kernersville NC NW Guilford 2019 109
Christian Martin High Point NC SW Guilford 2019 110
Kendall Latney Dacula GA Mill Creek 2020 145
Jaden Bradley Fayetteville NC Terry Sanford 2021 146
Emmanuel Izunabor Fayetteville NC Fayetteville Academy 2019 181

TEAM 1

Jim Fagan Winston-Salem NC Reagan 2021 11
Kojack Thompson Mauldin SC Christ School 2019 26
Drayton Watson Spartanburg SC Spartanburg 2021 47
Andrew Smith Warrenton NC Warrenton County 2020 62
Davier Dixon Winston-Salem NC Liberty Heights 2019 84
Darion Green Franklinville NC St. Davids 2018 99
Joey McMullin Rougement NC Orange 2020 120
Caleb Cudak Wake Forest NC Falls Lake Academy 2019 135
Jalen O’Neal Concord NC Concord 2019 156
Asa White Garner NC East Garner MS 2022 171

TEAM 11

Jatorri McKenzie Durham NC Faith Assembly Christian 2021 13
Sidney McKnight Charlotte NC North Meck 2019 24
Robert Guyton Myrtle Beach SC Myrtle Beach Christian 2018 49
Kris Robinson Lincolnton NC krobinson_22 2020 60
Jake Smith Asheville NC Enka 2019 86
CJ Cappuccio Greensboro NC Bishop McGuiness 2018 97
Jacari Outlaw Goldsboro NC Greenfield 2020 122
Alexander Wesig Lawrenceville GA Mountain View 2018 133
Kurtis Taylor Raleigh NC Neuse Christian 2020 158
Williams Onyeobi Fayetteville NC Fayetteville Academy 2019 169

TEAM 13