North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations
Coach Aaron Hogner
#70: 5’7 ’21 Kadyn Dawkins (McLeansville, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that is just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities, Kadyn Dawkins. He’s a point guard prospect with an exceptional feel for the game, able to consistently create scoring opportunities for himself and others. Offensively, Dawkins is a polished ball-handler and efficient three-level scorer with incredible vision. He operates the two-man game very well and understands how to navigate with craftiness in traffic. Dawkins makes the correct play virtually every time and finishes well for his size. He displays quality positioning on defense and does strips opposing ball-handlers fairly often. Next in his development process is working on moving without the ball, as it would allow him to seamlessly play alongside another point guard. Coach Hogner on Dawkins: “Kadyn has a nice flow to the game. He has a solid knowledge of the game but needs to become more vocal on the court as a point guard. Kadyn is able to knock down open shots, which allows driving lanes to open. Kadyn is able to finish well against contact.” Dawkins enjoyed a great showing at camp and should be a prospect worth monitoring over the next few seasons.
#71:5’7 ’22 Keith Peten (Goldsboro, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to impact the game while highlighting a nice deal of potential, Keith Peten. He’s a young guard prospect with a quality playmaking sense, able to hit cutters and open teammates around the perimeter. Offensively, Peten initiated the offense and made the extra pass whenever possible. He showcased upside as a midrange and three-point shooter and brought a terrific attitude to camp. Next in his development process is working on his defensive presence, as it would maximize his time logged on the court. Coach Hogner on Peten: “Keith shows flashes of developing a decent basketball IQ. He needs to bring more energy on the defensive side of the court. As a small guard, Keith will need to develop better handles in order to deal with defensive pressure. Peten is just entering his first year in high school and should be able to steadily progress over the next four years.
#90:5’9 ’20 Jarrell Bradford (Fayetteville, NC)
Moving onto a player that showed various signs of being able to outperform opponents at camp, Jarrell Bradford. He’s a guard prospect with excellent quickness and the ability to get by his assignment. Offensively, Bradford is a capable shooter from midrange and beyond the arc, but is at his best when getting downhill and attacking the rim. Finishing opportunities will come easier once his playmaking skills improve. He utilizes his quickness quite well on defense to stay in front of his man at the point of attack. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as becoming a more polished passer and ball-handler would aid his growth tremendously. Coach Hogner on Bradford: “JC plays hard, but needs to have a better understanding of the game. He can be a playmaker from the wing with continued work. JC needs to continue to develop his handles. There are times that he stands around too much when not playing defense.” Bradford has some useful tools to work with and should be able to contribute to his high school team this season.
#118:6’0 ’21 Avery Borden (Charlotte, NC)
Continuing onto a player with a pretty well-rounded skillset and overall approach to the game, Avery Borden. He’s a guard prospect that understands how to operate without the ball and make plays on both ends of the floor. Borden is an efficient shooter from midrange and beyond the arc, but is also capable of finishing strong through contact. Borden has a nice feel for the game and it’s evident when he’s defending the point of attack, always positioning himself for success and closing out well against shooters. Next, in his development process is working on becoming quicker, as it would allow him to penetrate with less resistance from defenders. Coach Hogner on Borden: “Avery has a solid court sense and is able to knock down open shots consistently. He needs to become more aggressive on the dribble-penetration. Avery can also become more vocal on the court.” Borden showcased a lot of quality skills at camp and will be a prospect to keep an eye on throughout his sophomore season.
#137:6’0 ’19 Trajan Baker (Winston-Salem, NC)
Next, we look at a player that offers an intriguing presence on both sides of the ball, Trajan Baker. He’s a long-bodied guard prospect with quality strength and a nice two-way skillset. Offensively, Baker finishes strong around the basket and punishes the opposition from the midrange area. He’s able to knock down open shots from beyond the arc whenever necessary and willingly makes hustle plays to provide his team with an edge. Baker is a great on-ball defender with potential to grow off-ball and in transition. Next in his development process is tightening his handle, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Hogner on Baker: “Trey plays hard, but needs to develop a more consistent motor in order to maximize his presence. He is quick enough to apply solid ball pressure against opposing guards and strong enough to be a solid post defender.” Baker does an excellent job of contributing to the team and could be poised for a productive senior campaign, especially if he maintains his high work ethic.
#154:6’1 ’21 Dawson McAlhany (Greensboro, NC)
Moving onto a player with an excellent blend of athleticism, intelligence, and two-way upside, Dawson McAlhany. He’s a well-rounded guard prospect that displays a great feel for the game and does a nice job of playing within the team concept. Offensively, McAlhany scores efficiently from all levels and offers a terrific balance of driving and shooting. He is capable of finishing through contact, but also displays a willingness to make the pass to the open man whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on playing with a consistent motor on both sides of the ball, as it would make him more problematic for opponents. Coach Hogner on McAlhany: “Dawson has huge long-term potential. He needs to not allow frustration to take away from his game. He does a great job of seeing things develop and is capable of knocking down open shots consistently.” McAlhany will be a prospect to keep an eye on throughout these next few years.
#179:6’3 ’21 Adam Vincent (Eden, NC)
Continuing onto a player that did a phenomenal job of operating within his role and making an impact on both ends of the floor, Adam Vincent. He’s a wiry wing/forward prospect with a quality motor and overall feel for the game. Offensively, Vincent offers an excellent balance of shooting and penetration, able to efficiently hit spot-up opportunities from all levels while finishing strong around the basket. Vincent is a pretty solid defender, but should be able to continue improving with added work. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would allow him to maintain a stronger defensive presence. Coach Hogner on Vincent: “Adam has a nice game. He’s long and can create space to finish off of the dribble-penetration. He is a very consistent shooter from beyond the arc. Adding strength training will make Adam a very solid basketball player. He knows how to contribute on both ends of the floor.” Vincent is just entering his sophomore season and will be a prospect to watch progress over these next few years.
#196:6’4 ‘21 Bryce Alfino (Huntersville, SC)
Next, we look at a player that highlighted his two-way presence exceptionally well during his time at camp, Bryce Alfino. He’s a well-rounded forward prospect that embraces making the hustle plays and utilizing his high motor whenever possible. Offensively, Alfino is a solid three-level scorer with the ability to thrive without the ball in his hands. He possesses great size and versatility for his age, making him especially intriguing as an inside-out scorer and defender. Alfino shined quite nicely on defense and was among this team’s top performers on that end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his low-post moves, as it would allow him to take advantage of smaller opponents with his strength and athleticism. Coach Hogner on Alfino: “If Bryce continues to work, he will become a really solid player. He still needs to add strength in order to become a solid post defender. He can toggle between either forward position and possesses huge upside.” Alfino is a nice prospect and should be worth keeping an eye on throughout these next few seasons.
#201:6’4 ’19 Javon Outlaw (Goldsboro, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that continues to produce regardless of his supporting cast, Javon Outlaw. He’s a long-bodied wing/forward prospect with a calm, steady demeanor and approach to both sides of the ball. Offensively, Outlaw consistently gets by opponents and attacks the rim, utilizing his length to score over the outstretched arms of bigger defenders. He’s also capable of cutting off-ball and finding open spaces within the defense. Outlaw can shoot, but plays to his strengths as a slasher. Outlaw forces turnovers and contains his assignment quite well on defense. Next in his development process is working to become a more vocal leader, as it’ll allow his presence to be felt at all times. Coach Hogner on Outlaw: “Javon has nice length and can get to the rim quickly off the dribble-penetration. He needs to develop a more aggressive mindset on both ends of the floor. That being said, he has the potential to be a really solid player.” Outlaw is a college-level prospect and should see an uptick in his recruitment during his upcoming senior season.