North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Session Two Evaluations
Coach: Kyle Caddell
#7:5’8 ’21 Bernardo Moel (Greensboro, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that operated nicely within the team concept and made quality contributions on both sides of the ball, Bernardo Moel. He’s a point guard prospect that showed the ability to handle the ball and enter the paint fairly often. Moel has solid playmaking instincts and willingly passed to the open man whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to operate and move without the ball, as it would allow him to play either guard position in a pinch. Coach Caddell on Moel: “Bernardo is very coachable and gives incredible effort. He’s a very good on-ball defender and has nice penetration ability. Bernardo has a very good attitude and has the desire to improve his game. He needs to improve his transition defense.” Moel played really hard at camp and should continue outworking his assignment on both ends of the floor to maximize his production.
#23:5’10 ’22 Jacob Williams (Greensboro, NC)
Next, we look at a player with an intriguing skillset and overall approach to the game, Jacob Williams. He’s a wiry guard prospect that knows how to handle the ball and take advantage of scoring opportunities on offense and in transition. Williams is an efficient shooter from midrange and beyond the arc, which allows him to easily spot-up and apply constant pressure as a scorer. He passed the ball well and looked to make the unselfish play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it’ll allow him to absorb more contact and become a more reliable finisher. Coach Caddell on Williams: “Jacob is very coachable and a great team player. He has good shooting mechanics and above average range on his jumper. He needs to improve his transition defense and ability to finish in the lane.” Williams displayed some nice tools at camp and should be able to steadily develop over the next few years.
#39:5’11 ’23 Xavier Deberry (Durham, NC)
Moving onto a player that showcased his ability to play up and contribute with the high school guys, Xavier Deberry. He’s a young forward prospect with quality strength and a pretty intriguing approach to the game. Offensively, Deberry looks to operate inside the arc and handles the ball nicely for his size. He scored effectively from the midrange area and showed upside as a three-point shooter. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a much more polished offensive player. Coach Caddell on Deberry: “Xavier is coachable and has good shooting mechanics. He’s above average when shooting off the dribble and has good range on his midrange jumper. Xavier is very young, but has a lot of potential. He needs to improve his ability to finish in the paint.” Deberry is still just beginning to scratch the surface of his two-way skillset and should continue working to expand on both sides of the ball.
#53:6’0 ’19 Jermaine Best Jr. (Clayton, NC)
Continuing onto a player that really excelled with the ball in his hands throughout camp, Jermaine Best Jr. He’s a wiry point guard prospect that handles the ball effectively and knows how to properly create scoring opportunities for himself and others. Best can shoot, but values his touches and typically looks to attack the rim whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a craftier ball-handler and finisher. Coach Caddell on Best: “Jermaine is a quick guard that has good penetrating ability. He’s able to get into the lane and find the open man. He gives great effort, is a very good team player, and is coachable. He is a good on-ball defender. Jermaine should continue working on his overall IQ and shooting ability to maximize his game.” Best should continuing honing his high energy and team-first approach as he heads into his senior season.
#72:6’1 ’22 Jackson Hawkins (Olin, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a lot of maturity and two-way poise during his time at camp, Jackson Hawkins. He’s a wing prospect with nice size and the ability to consistently contribute to both sides of the ball. Hawkins moves pretty well without the ball and displayed an understanding of how to pick his spots and knock down shots off the catch. He’s also willing to mix it up and attack the rim at a frequent rate. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a much more lethal threat to create and make plays off the bounce. Coach Caddell on Hawkins: “Jackson has good shooting mechanics and does well in catch-and-shoot situations. He has a good release time and plays with a lot of effort. He’s very coachable and has solid basketball IQ. Jackson needs to work on his overall quickness and transition defense.” Hawkins possesses a quality foundation and should focus on developing while maintaining his energy and unselfishness on the court.
#93:6’2 ’21 Logan Wheeler (Holly Springs, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to highlight his abilities as a shooter during his time at camp, Logan Wheeler. He’s a wing prospect that knows how to keep the ball moving and take advantage of open scoring opportunities. Wheeler is a strong catch-and-shoot option, from midrange and beyond the arc, with great patience and setup on his jumper. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more reliable creator and finisher. Coach Caddell on Wheeler: “Logan is a good shooter that is able to score off the dribble and has above average shooting mechanics. He has very good vision and court sense when on the floor. Logan is very coachable and a great team player. He needs to improve his overall defense and moving without the ball.” Wheeler provided his team with an excellent two-way presence and could be poised to enjoy a productive upcoming season.
#107:6’3 ’19 Brevin Goodlett (Spencer, NC)
Continuing onto a player that truly understands how to utilize his size to make a consistent two-way impact, Brevin Goodlett. He’s a strong, athletic forward prospect with the ability to bully smaller opponents around the basket, on finishes, rebounds, and when protecting the rim. Goodlett attacks the rim hard and finished a strong majority of his attempts inside the paint, regardless of matchup. He operates very efficiently from the low post and displayed impeccable footwork. Next in his development process is taking more pride in his transition defense, as he possesses all the tools to single-handedly stop fast-break chances. Coach Caddell on Goodlett: “Brevin is a great athlete that rebounds very well, especially on the offensive end. He’s a strong penetrator that finishes well at the rim. Brevin has solid quickness and back-to-basket moves. He needs to work on his off-ball and transition defense, while maintaining consistent effort on that end of the floor.” Goodlett showed a lot of promise at camp, but should continue working to maximize his two-way presence as he enters his final high school season.
#127:6’3 ’19 Jeff McInnis Jr. (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that has looked increasingly likely to enjoy a big-time senior season, Jeff McInnis Jr. He’s a wing prospect that can do a pretty strong amount of everything on the court. Offensively, McInnis typically looks to attack the rim with relentlessness and finish through contact, but also showed the ability to knock down jumpers at camp. He handles the ball and sees the floor well, able to create scoring opportunities for others whenever necessary. McInnis has great tools defensively and forced numerous turnovers on that end of the floor by intercepting passing lanes. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as he could pile on points as an off-ball cutter given his strength and feel around the basket. Coach Caddell on McInnis: “Jeff plays with a lot of effort and has great ability to penetrate into the lane and finish at the rim. He has above average vision and court sense and is a good rebounder for his position. Jeff can continue to work on his overall defensive presence.” McInnis should be a primary option for Marvin’s Ridge during the upcoming season and should emerge as a college-level prospect if he hasn’t already done so.
#164:6’7 ’21 Jonathan Kurtas (Mooresville, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that worked extremely hard to control the paint during his time at camp, Jonathan Kurtas. He’s a big man prospect with a blossoming two-way skillset and the ability to contribute quite regularly to both ends of the floor. Offensively, Kurtas typically wants to operate out of the low post, where he showed the ability to finish pretty well with either hand. He displays an excellent feel for his teammates and made numerous clever passes to off-ball cutters. Kurtas is somewhat thin, but utilizes his length nicely to bother opponents around the basket and alter shots. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would allow him to take more opponents off the dribble. Coach Caddell on Kurtas: “Jonathan has great size and rebounds well. He has above average moves with his back to the basket. Jonathan is very coachable and has a great attitude. He’s a good on-ball defender and provides a lot of effort. He needs to work on his transition defense.” Kurtas possesses a lot of useful tools and should be able to steadily improve over the next few years, especially if he’s willing to work.