North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 2: Evaluation Team 10
Coach: Larry Davis
#44:6’0 ’21 Callahan Reed (Huntersville, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that really understands and embraces his role on the court, Callahan Reed. He’s a scoring guard that can apply pressure from all three levels, as a cutter, spot-up shooter, or creator for himself. Reed offers a pretty strong mix of passing and scoring, while working extremely hard on defense. He plays with a high motor and approaches the game with a hardnosed mentality. Next in his development process is working to become a better ball-handler, as it would allow him to seamlessly toggle between guard positions on offense. Coach Davis on Reed: “Callahan is a good teammate that plays the game the right way. He’s a very willing passer that sees the play develop. He’s a tough on-ball defender that is always around the ball. Callahan is an excellent rebounder for his size and is very competitive. He needs to improve his decision-making and become more consistent as a shooter.” Reed is already a productive two-way prospect and has the potential to continue developing over the next few years.
#56:6’0 ’19 Michael Wade (Burlington, NC)
Next, we look at a player that has appeared increasingly likely to have a breakout senior season, Michael Wade. He’s a quick point guard prospect with incredible vision and playmaking instincts. Offensively, Wade scores effectively from all levels, but is the most efficient when getting downhill and attacking the basket, where he has an array of crafty finishes. He is extremely intelligent and understands how to manipulate defenses to clear up open passing lanes. Though somewhat wiry, Wade is an excellent defender that forces an abundance of on-ball steals. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him an even more difficult assignment for opposing guards. Coach Davis on Wade: “Michael is a high-motor guard that plays with great pace and a high IQ. He has really good court vision and knows how to utilize his motor. Michael is a great on-ball defender, but should work to become a more consistent shooter.” Wade is severely under-recruited in the scheme of things and certainly has all the necessary tools to be a scholarship-worthy prospect.
#77:6’1 ’19 Viontre Woody (Orangeburg, NC)
Moving onto a player that understands how to make his presence felt on both ends of the floor, Viontre Woody. He’s a wiry guard prospect with great energy and a quality overall feel for the game. Woody can handle the ball and create scoring opportunities, but typically does most of his work as a cutter and spot-up shooter. He’s a solid teammate that will make hustle plays on either end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on consistently finishing around the basket, as it would allow him to work on becoming a three-level scorer. Coach Davis on Woody: “Viontre is a coachable player with a good attitude. He’s a very solid perimeter shooter and on-ball defender. Viontre is very good at moving without the basketball, but should look to improve his passing and overall shot-selection. He can also work on his decision-making.” Woody had a solid showing at camp and could emerge as a leader during his final high school season.
#88:6’2 ’21 Jaren Poole (Charlotte, NC)
Continuing onto a player that provided his team with a positive, reliable presence on both sides of the ball, Jaren Poole. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect that can really shoot the ball from midrange and beyond the arc, especially when spotting-up. Poole displays nice patience with the ball in his hands and actively looks to pass to the open man. He displayed great quickness and showed upside as a penetrator throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to become a better all-around defender, as he possesses all the necessary tools to get stops and force turnovers. Coach Davis on Poole: “Jaren plays hard and has a great attitude. He is a good on-ball defender and strong rebounder for his size. Jaren needs to improve his passing and become a more consistent shooter. He’s a good catch-and-shoot option.” Poole is just entering his sophomore season and has ample time to continue building his skillset on both sides of the ball.
#124:6’3 ’20 Miles Merriweather (Chapel Hill, NC)
Next, we look at a player that truly understands how to consistently affect all facets of the game, Miles Merriweather. He’s a strong, athletic wing prospect that can overwhelm opponents in a variety of ways. Merriweather welcomes physicality and finishes aggressively at the rim whenever possible. He’s pretty versatile on defense and causes problems with his uncommon blend of quickness and sheer strength. Next in his development process is working on moving without the ball, as he has the potential to exploit opponents as an off-ball cutter, given his ability to find seams and finish around the basket. Coach Davis on Merriweather: “Miles is an unselfish player with a great attitude. He has a good motor and plays the game with high intensity. He’s a good catch-and-shoot player that attacks the basket tough with an array of crafty finishes. Miles has a really good feel for the game and plays at a nice pace. He needs to work to speed up his shot release and improve as a scorer off the dribble.” Merriweather produced extremely well at camp and should be worth monitoring over the next few seasons, as he’s certainly a college-level prospect.
#147:6’5 ’19 Jacob McDaniel (Gastonia, NC)
Moving onto a player that showed the ability to make his presence felt on both sides of the ball during camp, Jacob McDaniel. He’s a wiry forward prospect that knows how to stretch the floor and make plays for others. Offensively, McDaniel could typically be found spotting-up along the perimeter and seizing any opportunity to knock down shots off the catch. He works hard on defense and does a nice job of altering shots and pursuing rebounds. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up a lot of easy cutting opportunities around the basket. Coach Davis on McDaniel: “Jake is a coachable player with a great attitude. He’s a good midrange shooter and catch-and-shoot option. He needs to improve his passing and playing with an intense motor. He’s a strong rebounder with a quick second jump. Jake can continue to work on his ball-handling on the perimeter.” McDaniel possesses a lot of useful tools and should look to continue expanding his skillset as he enters his senior season.
#159:6’6 ’20 Reggie Raynor (Fayetteville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that is truly beginning to hit his stride and unlock his potential on both sides of the ball, Reggie Raynor. He’s a strong, athletic wing/forward prospect that simply creates havoc on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Raynor gets downhill and attacks the basket whenever he wants, frequently finishing above the rim and through an abundance of contact. He’s continually improved as a shooter and knows how to keep defenses honest with his perimeter shot. Raynor is a pretty versatile defender with capabilities of defending three positions with relative ease. He’s a monster rebounder and terrorizing threat in transition. Next in his development process is working on his ability to operate as a secondary ball-handler, as it would make him an even more dangerous offensive player. Coach Davis on Raynor: “Reggie is a very coachable player with a great attitude. He’s a great teammate and young man. He plays with a high motor and attacks the basket with aggression. He’s a good perimeter shooter and really solid off-ball defender. Reggie is an exceptional rebounder for his position. He should look to improve his court vision and decision-making.” Raynor possesses all the necessary tools to become a dominant two-way prospect sooner than later.
#168:6’8 ‘19 Tommy Kamarad (Buford, GA)
Next, we look at a player that understands how to affect the game exceptionally well on both ends of the floor, Tommy Kamarad. He’s a fundamentally-sound big man that operates nicely within his role. Kamarad runs the floor purposefully and does an excellent job of altering and blocking shots around the basket. He’s somewhat wiry, but has no issue getting favorable position and outrebounding stronger opponents. Kamarad displays great touch around the basket and scored consistently from the low post. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it would make him a more impactful rim-protector. Coach Davis on Kamarad: “Tommy is a high IQ player that finishes well using both hands around the basket. He’s a strong rebounder with good court vision. He can work to improve as a ball-handler and on-ball defender. Tommy should work on his ability to move without the ball.” Kamarad is a college-level prospect and has the chance to keep improving as he enters his final high school season.
#171:6’8 ’22 Deante Green (Arden, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that arguably possessed more long-term potential than any prospect in attendance, Deante Green. He’s a big, strong, versatile forward prospect that already has the ability to dominate opponents on both ends of the floor. Green is an excellent ball-handler for his size and showed the ability to score in every possible way at camp. He was an unstoppable force in transition and showed great unselfishness when drawing double-teams, quickly making the correct pass to open teammates. Green plays through contact and moved his feet exceptionally well on defense. Next in his development process is continuing to take the next steps towards becoming a leader. Coach Davis on Green: “Deante is a great teammate with a positive attitude. He has great post moves and finishes well with either hand. He rebounds the ball well out of his area and displays good touch away from the basket. Deante is a good passer out of the post that plays the game the right way. He’s a nice shot-blocker with good timing. He should improve as an off-ball defender and work on his ability to move without the ball.” Green has a lot of natural talent and could realistically emerge into a star over the next three to four years.