North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations
Coach James Blackburn
#69: 5’7 ’20 John Bonney (Brooklyn, NY)
Starting things off, we look at a player that highlighted his blindingly quick first step throughout the day, John Bonney. He’s a point guard prospect that effortlessly gets by opponents and touches the paint. Offensively, Bonney is at his best when making plays for others, but also possesses the ability to hit midrange pull-ups while mixing in the occasional finish at the rim. Bonney displays a quality feel for the game and it’s quite evident on defense, as he’s able to consistently mirror his assignment—both on and off-ball. Next in his development process is working to tighten his handle, as it would make him even tougher for opponents to stay in front of. Coach Blackburn on Bonney: “John is an unselfish point guard with quick hands defensively. He’s a vocal team leader that consistently looks to get the ball ahead with the pass. John was the best passer on our team and might’ve been the quickest player in the gym.” Bonney showcased a pretty intriguing skillset at camp and should be worth keeping an eye on going forward.
#93:5’9 ’19 Roderick Landrum (Taylors, SC)
Next, we look at a player that provides a team with maximum effort on every single possession, Roderick Landrum. He’s a combo-guard prospect that possesses an excellent motor and upside as a two-way leader. Landrum is capable of knocking down open midrange shots and finishes pretty effectively around the basket. He’s extremely quick and utilizes his lateral abilities exceptionally well on defense, especially when guarding off-ball. Next in his development process is working on his sharpening his overall feel for the game, as it’ll allow him to properly use his tools on both ends of the floor. Coach Blackburn on Landrum: “Roderick has potential to be a really solid guard. He often plays too out of control and takes bad shots or turns the ball over as a result. He’s vocal, encourages teammates and brings great hustle/energy to a team. His play improved as the day carried on. He needs to work on being consistent and making the simple play instead of the highlight-worthy one.” Landrum should continue developing over the next year and could become a college-level prospect with added work.
#116:5’11 ’21 Shane Peterson (Burlington, NC)
Moving onto a player that provides a team with a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor, Shane Peterson. He’s a guard prospect that understands how to score and operate within the flow of the team concept. Offensively, Peterson consistently got downhill and attacked the rim, but also showed the ability to knock down open shots from midrange and three-point territory whenever necessary. He’s a solid overall defender and rebounds pretty well for his position. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to utilize more angles on the court and apply more pressure as a scorer. Coach Blackburn on Peterson: “Shane is somewhat of an underrated player within the flow of a game. His play continually picked up as the day carried on and he showed great toughness on both sides of the ball.” Peterson did a little bit of everything at camp and should continue gradually improve on both sides of the ball.
#136:6’0 ’20 Rashawn Pleasant (Greensboro, NC)
Continuing onto a player that worked hard and exerted incredible effort throughout his time at camp, Rashawn Pleasant. He’s a guard prospect that simply outworks his opponent on both sides of the ball. Pleasant hunts to make hustle plays whenever possible and was willing to do whatever necessary to give his team an edge. Pleasant rebounded exceptionally well and will be very problematic for opponents upon improving his finishing ability. He worked hard on defense and knows how to contain his assignment especially well away from the ball. Pleasant was able to knock down the open shot and effectively fill the lane in transition. Next in his development process is working on his quickness, as it would make him a more useful threat off the dribble. Coach Blackburn on Pleasant: “Rashawn plays with great energy, though he can play out of control at times. He gambles on defense, but showed a lot of prowess as a rebounder.” Pleasant had a solid showing at camp and should be a prospect worth monitoring over the coming months.
#155:6’2 ’20 Adam Norman (Lumberton, NC)
Next, we look at a player that really understands how to be a quality teammate in all areas of the game, Adam Norman. He’s a wiry wing prospect with the ability to operate within various different roles on a team. Norman isn’t a big-time creator, but he can generate offense off the dribble and finish strong around the basket or get by opponents and make plays for others. He pushes transition play on defensive rebounds and showed a clear willingness to outhustle his assignment whenever possible. Norman has an excellent attitude and possesses an abundance of nice leadership qualities. Next in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would allow him to get by opposing wings with less resistance. Coach Blackburn on Norman: “Adam is a versatile, two-way player. I loved how he encouraged and communicated throughout the day. He has good timing on his shot, but it can be somewhat flat.” Norman’s selflessness and team-first approach played to his strengths throughout camp and he could enjoy a productive upcoming junior season.
#176:6’2 ’20 Jahleel Deberry (Winston-Salem, NC)
Moving onto a player that showcased an incredible two-way motor throughout his time at camp, Jahleel Deberry. He’s a strong-bodied forward with nice length on his quality frame. Offensively, Deberry is pretty well-rounded and can apply pressure in a variety of different ways, able to penetrate hard to the rim and knock down the open shot. He pursues rebounds really well on both ends of the floor and does a great job securing boards against bigger opponents. Deberry is decent at defending the point of attack, but could improve his off-ball and transition defense. Next in his development process is working on his ability to score off the dribble, as it would make him a much more dynamic scoring threat. Coach Blackburn on Deberry: “Jahleel is a solid overall player, but needs to work on being more consistent and doing more to stand out. He plays with great effort and pursued rebounds quite well.” Deberry worked extremely hard during camp and saw nice team success as a result.
#197:6’4 ’19 Colin Radcliffe (Richlands, NC)
Continuing onto a player with a lot of intangibles to pair with his fairly well-rounded skillset, Colin Radcliffe. He’s a versatile wing prospect with excellent size for his position and the ability to make his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Radcliffe is an efficient shooter from midrange and three-point territory, but also showed great instincts and craftiness when finishing around the basket. He’s not overly aggressive on offense, but could benefit his team by hunting his shot more regularly. Radcliffe is a conservative defender that plays positioning and angles quite well. Next in his development process is working on being more vocal and assertive on the court, as it would likely open up an abundance of scoring chances. Coach Blackburn on Radcliffe: “Colin is a well-rounded, versatile, three-level scorer and underrated athlete. He needs to compete more on defense. Colin looked great in drills, but didn’t look quite as sharp in games, but it’s easy to see his talent level.” Radcliffe is very intriguing and should be regarded as a college-level prospect, especially after his showing at camp.
#226:6’7 ‘20 Saiyd Burnside (Greenville, SC)
Next, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his two-way abilities, Saiyd Burnside. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect with upside as a three-level scorer and useful post player. Offensively, Burnside knocked down a few shots from midrange and showed the makings of a formidable three-point stroke throughout the day. He utilized his length to score around the basket on one end and alter shots on the other. Burnside pursues rebounds well and defends the ball with intensity. Next in his development process is working on taking advantage of his versatility and operating off the dribble. Coach Blackburn on Burnside: “Saiyd is still a little raw offensively but has good upside overall. He has to embrace playing inside the paint in order to maximize his abilities. He doesn’t run the floor very well and can improve his body language on the court.” Burnside is entering his junior season, but could be a likely bet to continuing developing throughout these next two years.
#227:6’7 ’21 Sam Ibeh (Fayetteville, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player at pretty strong crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Sam Ibeh. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect that showcased nice versatility on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Ibeh is an effective three-level scorer that makes efficient use of his touches and willingly passes to open teammates. He possesses a nice amount of perimeter skills for his size, age, and position, and consistently overwhelmed opponents with length. Ibeh is a relatively unique prospect, given his two-way versatility and motor, but can become even better over the next three years. He displays a terrific feel for the game and his personal skillset. Ibeh is an unselfish player that operates quite well within the team concept. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it’ll make him even more destructive against opposing forwards. Coach Blackburn on Ibeh: “Sam is a fluid athlete that plays with a good attitude. He can handle the ball well for his size and position. He finishes well inside and displayed nice touch on his jumper. Sam was one of the top players on this team.” Ibeh brought a lot of intrigue to camp and should certainly be a prospect to keep an eye on going forward.