North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Session Two Evaluations
Coach: Darius Williams
#6:5’7 ’21 Patrick Cannon (Raleigh, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to make quite the impression as a spot-up threat during his time at camp, Patrick Cannon. He’s a point guard prospect with an expanding skillset and solid overall feel for his role. Cannon can initiate offense and create decently well for others, but scores most of his points when operating without the ball and knocking down open shots from the perimeter. Cannon is unselfish and willingly makes hustle plays whenever possible on defense. Next in his development process is working to become a more reliable ball-handler, as it would allow him to create offense more often. Coach Williams on Cannon: “Patrick is a knockdown shooter that can hit the open shot. He needs to work on his ball-handling and creating separation space when the defense is on him.” Cannon contributed pretty well on both sides of the ball and will be a prospect worth noting, especially if he continues to develop.
#24:5’10 ’19 Jahmois Barnhill (Greenville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showed an understanding of how to utilize his high motor throughout camp, Jahmois Barnhill. He’s a guard prospect with the ability to overwhelm his assignment on both ends of the floor, considering he’s always in attack mode. Barnhill showed flashes of becoming a quality perimeter shooter, but actually scored a strong majority of his points when getting downhill and finishing at the rim. He forced numerous turnovers on defense and showed a clear desire to make the hustle plays whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more reliable creator and craftier finisher. Coach Williams on Barnhill: “Jahmois can shoot the ball, but needs to learn to play under control while keeping his head up when pushing the ball up the floor. He’s a great on-ball defender with pesky tendencies.” Barnhill did a great job when operating within his role and should continue honing his team-first approach going forward.
#37:5’11 ’20 Parker Tate (Clayton, NC)
Moving onto a player that was among the most reliable backcourt performers for his team, Parker Tate. He’s a wiry, athletic guard prospect that displayed the ability to consistently make plays on both ends of the floor. Tate plays with a solid IQ and team-first approach, taking advantage of any available scoring opportunities while constantly looking to pass to the open man. He scored effectively on all levels and numerous times in transition. Tate is a pretty well-rounded defender with the ability to contain either guard position with his combination of size and quickness. Next in his development process is continuing to expand his ball-handling abilities, as he has the ability to continue growing as a shot-creator. Coach Williams on Tate: “Parker is a good athlete that can shoot the ball and finish at the rim. He has to work on not taking any plays off while improving as a ball-handler and overall decision-maker.” Tate displayed a lot of useful skills at camp and should continue improving over the next few seasons.
#61:6’0 ’19 Riley Adams (Cary, NC)
Continuing onto a player that understands how to provide his team with a high-energy presence on both ends of the floor, Riley Adams. He’s a guard prospect that does a little bit of everything on the court. Offensively, Adams offers a quality balance between perimeter shooting and attacking the rim. He’s a capable ball-handler, but also shows the ability to operate and make plays without the ball. Adams was a scrappy, pesky defender that displayed a solid understanding of positioning and angles. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it would help him become a more reliable finisher. Coach Williams on Adams: “Riley has a great midrange jumper and can shoot the deep three. He should continue working on using ball fakes and creating space to get his shot off cleaner. Riley is a very good defender but can become a more vocal as a point guard.” Adams contributed well and played unselfishly throughout camp, and should be able to have an exciting senior season.
#71:6’1 ’20 DaShaun Christopher (Shelby, NC)
Next, we look at a player that displayed a nice amount of production and long-term potential at camp, DaShaun Christopher. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect that does a little bit of everything on the court and operates extremely well as a glue-guy. Christopher shot the ball effectively at camp and finished numerous opportunities around the basket, both as a penetrator and finisher on second-chance attempts. He saw the floor well and willingly made plays for others whenever possible. That being said, Christopher made an even stronger impact on defense, where he was able to consistently contain his assignment and force turnovers throughout the day. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as he’ll be even more problematic for opponents upon filling out. Coach Williams on Christopher: “DaShaun is a good on ball-defender that communicates exceptionally well. He’s good at shooting the ball and displayed a strong defensive IQ throughout his time at camp.” Christopher is a reliable presence and has a chance to continue developing over these next few seasons.
#95:6’2 ’20 Matt Van Staalduinen (Pinetown, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to operate nicely in a complementary role throughout camp, Matt Van Staalduinen. He’s a wiry off-guard that does an excellent job of moving without the ball and picking his spots on offense. Staalduinen sets up as a spot-up threat along the perimeter and showed the ability to score reliably off the catch. He defers to teammates well and makes the right pass whenever possible. Staalduinen works extremely hard on defense and will do anything necessary to provide his team with an edge. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a more reliable finisher and overall defender. Coach Williams on Staalduinen: “Matt did a good job of communicating and finishing strong around the basket. He’s a good on-ball defender, but needs to recognize and improve his help-side defense.” Staalduinen contributed nicely at camp and should look to build off his quality showing as he enters his upcoming junior season.
#131:6’4 ’21 Bryce Alfino (Huntersville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to show flashes of high-level ability before being sidelined, Bryce Alfino. He’s a long, athletic wing prospect that is capable of knocking down shots from all levels with efficiency and regularity. Alfino utilizes his length nicely to extend and finish around the rim. He handles the ball well and shows a willingness to make the extra pass whenever possible. Alfino is a quality defender with the ability to defend multiple positions in a pinch. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his ball-handling ability, as it would make him a more impactful creator. Coach Williams on Alfino: “Bryce is very aggressive. He did a good job of defending the ball and recognizing help-side defense. He plays hard and does a good job of finishing near the rim. Bryce is a high-energy player with major upside. He was sidelined after our first contest.” Alfino possesses a strong blend of upside and productivity, so we’ll be watching for him to possibly breakout over the next few seasons.
#142:6’4 ’20 Tyler McKinney (Weaverville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that really understands how to consistently affect all facets of the game, Tyler McKinney. He’s a wing prospect with size and intelligence. McKinney plays with an excellent motor and approaches every possession with intensity. He’s somewhat quiet, but does a great job of leading by example, always looking to make the right pass, finishing through contact in transition, knocking down jumpers on pull-ups and spot-up attempts. McKinney is quite versatile at this level and can truly switch across three positions with relative ease. Next in his development process is working to be louder on the court, as he has all the tools to emerge as a leader. Coach Williams on McKinney: “Tyler has a nice pull-up jumper and looks to attack the rim often, where he finishes at a strong clip. He does a good job on defense, but can be better when playing off-ball. Tyler should continue working on his handles, as it could make him a D1 guard with nice size.” McKinney is a great glue-guy that college coaches need to start prioritizing over the next year.
#166:6’7 ’19 Nate Dunlop (Graniteville, SC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that has been nothing short of dominant over the last month, Nate Dunlop. He’s a combo-forward with size, skill, and athleticism, making him an incredibly difficult assignment for opponents. Offensively, Dunlop displays a strong IQ and the ability to consistently operate within the team concept. He’s an unstoppable shooter that can really light it up from distance or get downhill and attack the rim with force. Dunlop has terrific explosiveness and looks to finish through any possible contact. He’s a reliable defender that can guard the post or move his feet in space to contain smaller matchups. Next in his development process is continuing to assert himself as a leader on both ends of the floor. Coach Williams on Dunlop: “Nate did a great job of finishing at the basket. He attacked on every play. Nate shot the ball well from beyond the arc and played very good defense. He has great footwork and should continue working on keeping his hands up when defending the post.” Dunlop is a surefire Division I prospect and should be highly-coveted over the course of his upcoming season.