North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations
Coach Josh Thompson
#68: 5’7 ’21 Jarius Northam (Durham, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that possesses a lot of natural playmaking and leadership ability, Jairus Northam. He’s a point guard prospect with sharp quickness and a solid overall feel for the game. Offensively, Northam easily gets by opponents and showcases his ability to make plays inside the arc. He’s an effective three-level scorer that is capable of finishing strong through contact on penetration attempts. Northam is an excellent defender that contains his assignment extremely well, both on and off-ball. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move and operate without the ball, as it would make him a more lethal cutter and spot-up threat. Coach Thompson on Northam: “Jairus is a very good passer that is very quick with the ball. He creates well for others and gets by opposing guards with relative ease. Jairus plays with a great competitive spirit.” Northam is still just beginning to realize his abilities, which should certainly make him a prospect worth keeping an eye on.
#92:6’3 ’20 Brandon Thomas (Greensboro, NC)
Next, we look at a player that excelled through utilization of his team-first approach during camp, Brandon Thomas. He’s a long-bodied wing prospect with nice athleticism and intriguing upside on both ends of the floor. Thomas is capable of knocking down open shots, but thrived when consistently making plays for others. He got downhill well and made the extra pass whenever possible, especially in transition. He’s a pretty reliable on-ball defender with quick feet. Next in his development process is working on playing with a consistent motor, as it was his only true knock throughout the day. Coach Thompson on Thomas: “Brandon is an unselfish player with good floor vision and the ability to pass to the open teammate. His vision was excellent throughout the day and led to numerous assists. Brandon’s motor needs to improve.” Thomas possesses a lot of useful tools and should continue working to maximize his two-way ability, as he could become a college-level prospect.
#94:5’9 ’19 Troy Elbert (Kernersville, NC)
Moving onto a player that has a pretty firm understanding of the team concept and how to coexist with any group of teammates, Troy Elbert. He’s a point guard prospect with a nice all-around game, especially given his size. Offensively, Elbert is a reliable three-level scorer and showed the ability to finish strong, with either hand, at the basket. He consistently makes plays for others and rebounds exceptionally well for the point guard position. Elbert is a quality defender with the ability to force turnovers quite well. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to toggle between guard positions easier. Coach Thompson on Elbert: “Tyler is a strong two-way player that is capable of making things happen on both ends of the court. He is a great on-ball defender with very quick hands and the ability to force turnovers.” Elbert highlighted his ability to be a high-IQ leader during camp and should maintain that mentality throughout his senior season.
#114:5’11 ’21 Justin Brown (Huntersville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that highlighted his phenomenal spot-up ability throughout the day, Justin Brown. He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with unselfish tendencies and the ability to consistently contribute on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Brown typically operated off-ball and moved around the perimeter, hunting any possible three-pointers off the catch. He found great success when spotting-up, but also showed his ability to finish strong around the basket. Brown is a decent overall defender, but he possesses potential to grow, given his length and nice quickness. Next in his development process is working on moving purposefully without the ball, as it would allow him to really torch opponents while embracing the strengths of his game. Coach Thompson on Brown: “Justin is a good catch-and-shoot option that was able to hit several corner/wing threes throughout the day. He’s a good finisher in traffic and utilizes his vision well.” Brown worked hard at camp and should continue growing into an intriguing prospect over the next few years.
#135:6’0 ’19 Payton Horne (Hurdle Mills, NC)
Next, we look at a player that knows how to embrace his balanced role on both ends of the floor, Payton Horne. He’s a guard prospect that provides a team with a steadily, reliable presence. Horne never forces the action, but knows how to take advantage of his spot-up ability and knocked down an abundance of catch-and-shoot threes on the day. He puts the ball on the floor well and touches the paint with nice regularity. Horne displayed a nice feel for his teammates and looked to make the extra pass whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the utilization of his off-hand, as it would make him a more dyanimc threat off the bounce. Coach Thompson on Horne: “Peyton is a good shooter with a pure stroke. He’s good at getting to the paint and finishing through contact. He even highlighted a nice-looking euro-step move. Peyton had a great attitude throughout the day.” Horne showcased a pretty solid feel at camp and should be able to enjoy a productive senior season.
#156:6’2 ’20 Alton Hickman III (Fayetteville, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to truly affect all facets of the game while showing poise and intelligence on both ends of the floor, Alton Hickman III. He’s a long-bodied guard prospect that can thrive with or without the ball, due to his strong motor and excellent feel for the game. Offensively, Hickman scores the ball efficiently from all levels and touches the paint whenever he desires. He is pretty crafty around the basket and finished quite well through contact. Hickman made plays for others and consistently outworked opponents on defense. He forced multiple turnovers at camp and pushed transition play whenever possible. Coach Thompson on Hickman: “Alton is very vocal on defense and showed a positive attitude on the court and bench. He encouraged teammates well and exemplified numerous leadership qualities. Alton is a three-level scorer that doubles as a long, lanky, polished defender. He was our most reliable player and was a pleasure to coach.” Hickman’s two-way showing at camp was quite promising and he could be in store for a breakout junior season.
#173:6’2 ’19 Trevon Bell (Fayetteville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to highlight his strong two-way presence throughout camp, Trevon Bell. He’s a long, athletic guard prospect with a wiry frame and the ability to overwhelm opponents with his physicality. Offensively, Bell does a nice job of generating offense off the dribble and got to the rim at with great frequency. He’s an exceptional rebounder for his position, securing, and converting, numerous second-chance opportunities on the day. Bell is a pretty solid overall defender and moves his feet laterally quite well when guarding the ball. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his shooting consistency, as it would make him an extremely dangerous offensive threat. Coach Thompson on Bell: “Trevon has great length and utilizes it quite well to gain separation from his opponent. He displayed good floor vision and a great attitude throughout the day. Trevon is a tremendous athlete with terrific leaping ability.” Bell is a well-rounded guard and possesses a lot of noteworthy tools, which should be very intriguing to many college coaches.
#198:6’4 ‘20 Elan Muniz (King, NC)
Next, we look at a player that knows how to impact the game without needing to operate outside of his role, Elan Muniz. He’s a wiry forward prospect with a great team-first approach on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Muniz moves extremely well without the ball and showed the ability to consistently knock down shots from midrange and beyond the arc, especially on catch-and-shoot situations. He has an excellent feel for the game and understands how to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. Muniz works hard on the glass and defensively, containing his assignment well and securing an abundance of boards throughout the day. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his quickness, as it would make him a more useful penetrator. Coach Thompson on Muniz: “Elan is a high-IQ player with a team-first attitude. He uses both hands to finish well through traffic and is also a very good perimeter shooter. Elan is a three-level scorer that operates exceptionally well without the ball.” Muniz highlighted his intelligence and unselfishness quite well at camp and could be a prospect worth keeping an eye on.
#225:6’7 ’19 Ryan Norman (Lancaster, SC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was able to effectively outwork opponents on both sides of the floor, Ryan Norman. He’s a big man with great strength and a firm understanding of his role as a center. Offensively, Norman scores well from the low-post and finishes nicely with both hands around the basket. He utilizes his size to clear out position for rebounds and easy putback buckets. Norman displayed quality touch out to the midrange area and could potentially add a three-point shot to his arsenal. He competed hard on defense and rebounded pretty well on the day. Next in his development process is working to expand his ball-handling ability, as it would make him a more versatile prospect. Coach Thompson on Norman: “Ryan has good hands and rolls well to the basket off screens. He had a nice rip-through from the corner to a two-handed dunk in traffic. Ryan utilizes both hands well inside the paint.” Norman made a great impact throughout the day and should bring that same intensity to his upcoming senior season.