North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 3: Evaluation Team 7
#8: 5’8 ’19 Jarick Yon (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to quickly emerge as a quality two-way leader, Jarick Yon. He’s a compact point guard prospect that plays the game the right way, making a priority out of setting the floor for his teammates while constantly looking to take advantage of open scoring opportunities from all three levels. Yon displays a great feel for the game and, despite his size, was able to contain his assignment quite well on defense throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would allow him to absorb more contact around the basket on penetration attempts. Coach Dawkins on Yon: “Jarick has real good leadership qualities and was the best shooter and playmaker on the team. I wanted him to shoot more, but he told me that he wanted everyone to eat.” Yon was a strong leader for his team during camp and looked increasingly likely to enjoy a productive upcoming senior season.
#13: 5’9 ’19 Stanley Silien (Durham, NC)
Next, we look at a player that did an excellent job of highlighting his ability to enter the paint and make plays at will, Stanley Silien. He’s a wiry point guard prospect with great quickness and exceptional ball-handling ability, able to consistently create scoring chances for himself and others. Silien is very unselfish and displays a great feel for the game on both sides of the ball. Silien isn’t much of a shooter, but he really excelled at breaking down opponents and finishing with craftiness around the basket. Next in his development process is working on becoming a consistent three-point shooter, as it would add a new dimension to his game. Coach Dawkins on Silien: “Stanley has that New York edge, in that he talks a lot, but backs everything up. He’s a dog on defense and will guard opponents of any size. He’s a pass-first player that needs to look to score more often.” Silien showed a lot of useful skills throughout the day and should be able to steadily progress during his upcoming season.
#28: 5’10 ’21 Ky Pietrowski (Wake Forest, NC)\
Moving onto a player that showed numerous flashes of being a quality two-way prospect, Ky Pietrowski. He’s a guard prospect that operates nicely without the ball, where he’s able to showcase his ability to spot-up and knock down three-pointers with consistency. Pietrowski provided his team with great energy on both sides of the ball and rebounded pretty well for his position. He fought hard on defense, but has to be more aggressive when guarding the point of attack. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Dawkins on Pietrowski: “Ky is a great kid that plays hard on both sides of the ball. He can really shoot the ball, just needs to continue building confidence in his abilities.” Pietrowski worked well within his role and should continue refining his skillset over the coming years.
#33: 5’11 ’20 Karel Vachutka (Greensboro, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to make nice contributions on both sides of the ball during his time at camp, Karel Vachutka. He’s a wiry guard prospect that handled the ball well, but thrived when slotted off-ball and able to hunt spot-up opportunities from midrange or three-point territory. Vachutka plays hard and understands how to make his presence felt on defense, though he can continue to improve his ability to guard the point of attack. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a craftier finisher and ball-handler. Coach Dawkins on Vachutka: “Karel moves well without the ball and posed a nice catch-and-shoot threat throughout the day. He’s a solid rhythm shooter but needs to work on being more aggressive.” Vachutka showed some nice offensive instincts and still has ample time to continue improving over the next few seasons.
#49: 6’0 ’21 Spencer Pope (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to make quite an impression with his shooting ability, Spencer Pope. He’s a guard prospect that is capable of handling the ball, but is at his best when able to torch defenses with his efficiency as a spot-up threat on the perimeter. Pope understands how to maximize his role on the court and maintains an excellent level of energy on both sides of the floor. Pope displayed a nice feel for the game and should be able to steadily progress. Next in his development process is working to refine his shot mechanics, as it would make his jumper even more consistent. Coach Dawkins on Pope: “Spencer shot the ball very well from the floor and hit multiple three-pointers in each of our games. I’d like to see him get to the basket more often.” Pope really bothered opponents with his shooting ability and will be quite scary for opponents if he’s able to continue improving.
#51: 6’1 ’19 Javeon Jones (Durham, NC)
Moving onto a player that exudes constant leadership on both ends of the floor, Javeon Jones. He’s an athletic combo-guard prospect that offers a nice blend of ball-handling and scoring inside the arc. Jones is very unselfish and displays a quality feel for the game, which allows him to create for his teammates with great regularity. He’s a strong defensive presence that is capable of forcing numerous turnovers and finishing in transition. Next in his development process is working on his ability to consistently shoot from beyond the arc, as it would make him a very well-rounded offensive threat. Coach Dawkins on Jones: “Javeon is the team leader that got everyone to buy in on defense and play as a team. You win with guys like him. He’s a true leader. I would love to see him work on his jumper, as I think it would open up an abundance of opportunities.” Jones is an excellent leader and should be able to carve out a worthwhile role during the upcoming season with Mt. Zion.
#56: 6’1 ’20 Darius Best (Mint Hill, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to make his presence felt pretty regularly during his time at camp, Dairus Best. He’s a guard prospect that showed a strong feel for playing and cutting without the ball. Best was able to knife between defenders and find easy scoring chances around the basket or spot-up and inflict constant damage as a three-point shooter. He has a quality feel for his role within a ream and knows when to defer to teammates. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen his ability to handle the ball, as it would allow him to create scoring chances more regularly. Coach Dawkins on Best: “Darius is a bigger guard that shot the ball well from distance and maintained a positive attitude throughout camp. I’d like to see him attack the basket more often.” Best caused problems as an off-ball threat and should be a prospect to watch grow over the next few seasons.
#71: 6’3 ’21 Cedric Whitted (Durham, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to consistently affect all facets of the game at camp, Cedric Whitted. He’s a strong-bodied wing/forward prospect that was the glue of this team, always looking to make the right pass, but also highlighting strong spot-up tendencies. Whitted is an efficient perimeter shooter, but should be able to finish around the basket better given his strength. He’s unselfish and plays with a pretty high motor at all times. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handling skills, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Dawkins on Whitted: “Cedric plays hard and was willing to do all the dirty work for our team. He rebounded on both ends of the floor and dived on the floor for loose balls.” Whitted showed his abilities as a teammate and should be able to steadily improve over the coming years, especially given his age and physically matured frame.
#76: 6’3 ’21 Nicholas Colson (Thomasville, NC)
Moving onto a player with a terrific crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Nicholas Colson. He’s a wiry wing prospect with excellent length the ability to overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. Colson has a pretty well-rounded skillset, able to pass, shoot, handle the ball, and create offense, all quite effectively. He does a great job of pursuing and securing rebounds on both sides of the ball. Colson displayed quality feel for the game and upside as a defender. Next in his development process is working to become a more impactful defender, as he possesses the necessary tools to do so. Coach Dawkins on Colson: “Nicholas has so much potential. I don’t even think he knows how good he could really be. I would like to see him to allow things to flow and the game come to him more.” Colson works hard and is absolutely brimming with upside, so it’ll be interesting to see how he develops over the coming years.
#95: 6’6 ’20 Landry Garris (Kernersville, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was able to lead his team as the lone interior presence, Landry Garris. He’s a wiry forward prospect that stretches the floor quite well and applies solid pressure as a three-level scorer. Garris knows how to compete and fight extremely hard for rebounds and secured numerous boards on both ends of the floor on the day. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would allow him to ball-fake and operate quite nicely off one to two dribbles. Coach Dawkins on Garris: “Landry plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor. I was very impressed with his shooting ability, especially for his position. I would like to see him be more aggressive in looking to score, but operated nicely within his role.” Garris has a smooth skillset and strong understanding of how to contribute, so it’ll be exciting to see how he performs in his role this upcoming season with Northwest Guilford.