North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 3: Evaluation Team 5
#5: 5’7 ’22 Isaiah Smith (High Point, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to provide his team with nice energy on both sides of the ball, Isaiah Smith. He’s a young point guard prospect that showed a quality midrange stroke and the potential to shoot from beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would add a new dimension to his offensive approach. Coach Huntley on Smith: “Isaiah has all the fundamentals to be a great player, but can shy away from the ball on both ends of the floor. He’s a good catch-and-shoot player, but needs to continue working on his defense, especially as an on-ball presence. Isaiah has a great attitude and is very coachable.” Smith is young, plays hard, and does a solid job of making his presence felt on both sides of the floor, but should continue working to refine his two-way skillset going forward.
#15: 5’9 ’21 Bishop Radway (Zebulon, NC)
Next, we look at a player that really elevated his teammates with a consistently positive attitude, Bishop Radway. He’s a guard prospect that was able to knock down open jumpers, but made his strongest impression when getting to the basket and finishing strong. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would help maximize his scoring opportunities. Coach Huntley on Radway: “Bishop can shoot the lights out, especially if the opposition allows it. He plays downhill and can finish with both hands. He loves to play defense and knows how to get in the face of his assignment. I loved his attitude, as it allowed his teammates to play unselfishly. He’s willing to play without the ball and can get shoot or get to the basket.” Radway has a pretty intriguing skillset and should be a player to watch progress over the coming years.
#26: 5’10 ’21 Justin Holland (Wilson, NC)
Moving onto a player that highlighted his three-point shooting and excellent feel for the game, Justin Holland. He’s a guard prospect that shot the ball efficiently from all three levels and created well for others. Holland showed the ability to toggle between guard positions and play alongside another ball-handler with relative ease. He displayed quality positioning on defense and guarded the point of attack pretty well. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll make him a more impactful rebounder on both ends of the floor. Coach Huntley on Holland: “Justin has great vision with the ball and can shoot it pretty well. He is capable of catching fire quickly and moves his feet nicely on defense. He communicates well and displays a strong pull-up game. Justin is a high-IQ player with the ability to get it done on both sides of the ball.” Holland has some smooth tendencies to his game and showed the ability to contribute nicely throughout camp.
#35: 6’0 ’19 Williams Chavis (Durham, NC)
Continuing onto a player that possesses an intriguing skillset and understanding of how to properly utilize it, Williams Chavis. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect that offers a nice blend of ball-handling, passing, and scoring. He attacks the rim hard and finishes strong through contact, but also knows how to get others involved. Next in his development process is working to utilize his strong frame to exploit size mismatches against smaller guards around the post. Coach Huntley on Chavis: “Williams has a high IQ for the game and possesses the ability to finish on either side of the rim. He can jump out of the gym. He gives a nonchalant attitude, but brings a lot of energy to the game. He can shoot it with the best of them, but should continue working on his transition defense and pushing himself when he misses a shot or doesn’t have an officiating decision go his way.” Chavis plays with a lot of energy and simply knows how to make things happen on both sides of the ball, which should allow him to easily contribute during the upcoming season.
#40: 6’0 ’22 Jordan Kssongo (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to display numerous flashes of a quality prospect, Jordan Kssongo. He’s a young guard prospect with size that plays with great energy on both sides of the ball. Kssongo did a nice job of hustling and looking to provide his team with an edge however necessary. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot the three-pointer with consistency, as it’ll make him a more useful offensive threat. Coach Huntley on Kssongo: “Jordan hustles hard on both ends of the floor and showed the ability to finish on both sides of the rim. He has a one-dribble pull-up that is quite hard to defend. He has to be ready to score and then immediately retreat back to transition defense.” Kssongo showed the ability to impact the game during camp, but should continue working to refine his two-way skillset, as he still has ample time to develop.
#43: 6’0 ’21 Jake Kawalec (Kernersville, NC)
Moving onto a player that exerted great effort throughout his time at camp, Jake Kawalec. He’s a wiry guard prospect that showed the ability to effectively beat opponents off the dribble and enter the paint. Kawalec has upside as a scorer and playmaker, but should focus on seeing the entire floor when penetrating. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a more impactful defender and rebounder. Coach Huntley on Kawalec: “Jake has a great attitude, which made him a very coachable kid. He plays hard on both ends of the floor. He played his game and didn’t do much outside of his comfort zone. He could work on his passing skills and help-side defense. Jake has room to grow, but needs to work on letting the game slow down for him.” Kawalec can be timid at times, but showed the ability to make plays when properly focused and playing his game.
#58: 6’1 ’21 Elijah Cloud (Charlotte, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to consistently apply his motor to both sides of the ball, Elijah Cloud. He’s a wiry prospect that operated well within his role, cutting off-ball and looking to secure extra possessions however possible. Cloud showed the ability to knock down open midrange shots and finish around the basket, especially on offensive rebounds. He can become more focused on defense when slotted away from the ball, in order to better assert his presence on that end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his penetration ability, as it would make him a much more dynamic scoring threat. Coach Huntley on Cloud: “Elijah plays hard on defense and is willing to dive on the floor for any loose balls. He’s always cutting to the right place to receive the ball and crashes the glass hard on both ends of the floor.” Cloud has a decent foundation and should continue playing with great energy in order to maximize his productivity.
#67: 6’2 ’21 Collin O’Sullivan (Apex, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to showcase some versatility on both ends of the floor, Collin O’Sullivan. He’s a long-bodied wing prospect that offers a nice balance of scoring and looking to create for others. O’Sullivan showed the ability to knock down shots from all levels and apply pressure as a penetrator. He provided great energy on defense and guarded the point of attack fairly well. Next in his development process is working on his positioning for rebounds, as he possesses the necessary size and energy to impact that area of the game. Coach Huntley on O’Sullivan: “Collin can shoot the ball quite well when he’s hot. He can create his own shot and possesses a great willingness to defend three positions (PG, SG, SF) on the court. He’s not afraid to bang down low and fight for rebounds.” O’Sullivan bought in to the team concept nicely and should be able to steadily progress over the coming years.
#78: 6’3 ’20 Tyric Herbin (Greensboro, NC)
Moving onto a player that possesses a very intriguing skillset and knows how to affect the game in various different ways, Tyric Herbin. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect that scored the ball effectively from all levels and consistently rebounded the ball on both ends of the floor. Herbin sees the floor well and is capable of making plays for others when necessary. Next in his development process is working on his ability to handle the ball, as it would make him a much more reliable shot-creator and scoring threat. Coach Huntley on Herbin: “Tyric is a pleasant surprise with his ability to play strong in the post and out on the wing. He can shoot it nicely from the perimeter and has a lot of upside on both ends of the floor. He makes hustle plays and is willing to get on the floor for loose balls. Tyric worked hard on the glass throughout the day.” Herbin possesses a nice amount of upside and contributed fairly well during camp, so it’ll be interesting to see how he develops going forward.
#92: 6’5 ’20 Jalen King Joiner (Greensboro, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that showed signs of dominance during his time at camp, Jalen King Joiner. He’s an athletic wing prospect with excellent length and the ability to overwehlem opponents on both ends of the floor. Joiner does a great job of getting downhill and attacking the basket with true aggression, frequently finishing above the rim. He’s extremely difficult to stop when his jumper is falling and he hits the open man whenever possible. Joiner displayed a great feel for the game and was able to actively switch across three or four positions. Next in his development process is working on his ability to create for himself off the dribble, as it would make him a true nightmare assignment for most opponents. Coach Huntley on Joiner: “Jalen is a great penetrator with the ability to finish above the rim. He plays well without the ball and is a high-motor guy. Jalen has great leadership ability, but needs to be pushed at times.” Joiner is a very capable two-way player that understands his skillset and role within the team concept exceptionally well, which should certainly continue to attract college coaches throughout the upcoming season.