North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 3: Evaluation Team 1
#1:5’0 ’24 Zehren Hilton (Charlotte, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a lot of upside while competing against high school opponents, Zehren Hilton. He’s a very young point guard prospect that possesses a nice feel for the game. Hilton showed the ability to initiate offense and operate extremely well without the ball, knocking down multiple three-pointers on spot-up chances. He’s a feisty competitor and showed a clear desire to fight on every possession. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would make him a more capable penetrator and finisher at the rim. Coach L.T. on Hilton: “Zehren plays with big emotion and displays great heart while on the court. He moves well without the ball and maintained a positive attitude throughout camp. Zehren is a good teammate that plays hard on both sides of the ball.” Hilton performed quite well, especially given his age and size, and should be a prospect to watch progress over the coming years.
#19:5’9 ’20 Nasir Stokes (Roxboro, NC)
Next, we look at a player that highlighted his ability to impact various facets of the game, Nasir Stokes. He’s a point guard prospect with nice quickness and the ability to enter the paint whenever he desires. Stokes shot the ball effectively from all levels and was a reliable playmaker throughout the day. He proved to be a pesky defender that forced numerous turnovers and pushed transition play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would allow him to operate seamlessly alongside another ball-handler. Coach L.T. on Stokes: “Nasir is a solid point guard and good facilitator. He touches the paint pretty often and showed nice shooting touch. Nasir is a solid defender that maintained a positive attitude and team-first approach throughout the day.” Stokes enjoyed a quality showing at camp and should be poised for a productive upcoming season, especially if he maintains his team-first mindset.
#20:5’10 ’21 Malcolm Knight (Thomasville, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to make great two-way contributions during his time at camp, Malcolm Knight. He’s a point guard prospect that takes genuine pride in overwhelming his assignment through utilization of his motor, especially on defense. Knight handles the ball well and gets to the rim at a nice rate. He is a nice teammate that frequently looks to create scoring opportunities for others whenever possible. Knight forces on-ball turnovers with relative ease and moves his feet quickly to mirror his matchup. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot the three-pointer with consistency, as it would make him a true two-way player. Coach L.T. on Knight: “Malcolm is a great hustle player. He’s a good defender that moves his feet well. Malcolm has a great attitude and is a solid overall player. He’s a good teammate and plays with excellent effort.” Knight continued to highlight his defensive prowess at camp and should be expected to have a huge upcoming season for Thomasville.
#39:6’0 ’20 Ezra Evans (Greensboro, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to display a fairly well-rounded skillset on both ends of the floor, Ezra Evans. He’s a guard prospect that operates nicely without the ball, constantly cutting and moving along the perimeter for spot-up chances. Evans plays with solid energy and did a quality job of pursuing loose balls and making hustle plays. He’s a solid all-around defender with an firm understanding of positioning and help-side principles. 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 L.T. on Evans: “Ezra is a nice hustle player and teammate. He’s a solid defender that maintained a quality attitude throughout camp. Ezra was able to score the ball in multiple different ways.” Evans showed the ability to make plays while performing within his role, which should allow him to contribute quite well during his upcoming season.
#44:6’0 ’19 Kevin Chawalk (Salisbury, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased a pretty intriguing skillset during his time at camp, Kevin Chawalk. He’s a wiry guard prospect that plays hard on both ends of the floor and highlights his quickness exceptionally well. Chawalk is a decent ball-handler and passer, but has the capability to score in a variety of different ways. He showed the ability to get downhill and attack the rim or spot-up and knock down shots off the catch. Chawalk is a useful all-around defender that displayed great anticipation skills for off-ball steals. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would make him a more dynamic ball-handling threat. Coach Coach L.T. on Chawalk: “Kevin is a terrific teammate that takes great pride in his defensive presence and provides a lot of effort on both sides of the ball. He’s a solid overall player with nice quickness.” Chawalk showed how to make his presence felt while operating within the team concept and should be able to enjoy a productive senior campaign.
#50:6’0 ’19 Cameron Gill (Salisbury, NC)
Moving onto a player that showed the ability to score the ball pretty regularly while operating within the flow of the game, Cameron Gill. He’s a point guard prospect with a strong frame and nice shot-creation instincts. Offensively, Gill looked to get by opponents and finish through contact around the basket, which proved to be quite effective. He also showed the ability to shoot from midrange and beyond, both off the catch or dribble. Next in his development process is working to increase the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to finish more consistently around the basket. Coach L.T. on Gill: “Cameron had a solid attitude and was a good teammate throughout camp. He played hard and showed nice prowess on defense. Cameron showed the ability to create his own shot and score.” Gill is a pretty intriguing offensive player and should be able to carve out a worthwhile role for his high school team during the upcoming season.
#62:6’1 ’19 Sean McCabe (Fort Mill, SC)
Continuing onto a player that showed flashes of offensive dominance during his time at camp, Sean McCabe. He’s a combo-guard prospect that can really overwhelm opponents with his three-level scoring prowess. McCabe had established his foundation as a perimeter shooter over the years, but attacked the rim with aggression throughout camp and finished basically everything he attempted. He has a terrific feel for the game, both when hunting his shot and generating scoring chances for others, and offers a strong balance between passing and scoring. McCabe is quite an effective defender with deceptive speed and the ability to force on-ball turnovers with relative ease. Next in his development process is adding strength to his wiry frame, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach L.T. on McCabe: “Sean is a nice shooting guard that creates his own shot quite well. He works hard on the court and is a good teammate. Sean can make plays on both ends of the floor.” McCabe possesses a lot of skill and should be looked at closely by college coaches throughout the upcoming season.
#63:6’1 ’20 Tyrese McNeal (Gastonia, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to provide his team with an intelligent, poised, leadership presence on both sides of the ball, Tyrese McNeal. He’s a long, wiry wing prospect that was able to overwhelm his assignment in a variety of different ways. McNeal possesses a great feel for the game and displayed excellent penetration skills, able to finish at the rim or make strong reads for cutting teammates. He operates extremely well within the flow of the game, but took advantage of easy scoring opportunities whenever possible. McNeal was a great all-around defender that consistently outrebounded his matchup and pushed transition play. Next in his development process is working on better utilizing his length to post-up and finish against smaller guards. Coach L.T. on McNeal: “Tyrese is a complete player at his position. He has a great attitude and plays hard at all times. He’s a vocal leader and showed the ability to finish extremely well with either hand.” McNeal was arguably one of the most reliable two-way performers on his team during camp and should have a chance to emerge as a leader for his high school during the upcoming season.
#84:6’4 ’20 Jason Sellars (Greensboro, NC)
Moving onto a player that showed numerous flashes of strong versatility during his time at camp, Jason Sellars. He’s a combo-forward with nice strength and the ability to operate inside or outside the arc. Sellars handles the ball very well for his size and was able to beat his opponent off the dribble quite regularly. He penetrated and consistently finished through any contact at the basket. Sellars was an exceptional rebounder and constant threat to secure the rebound and finish the fast-break chance himself. He defended multiple positions and moved his feet well in space, able to force on-ball steals and alter numerous shots on the day. Next in his development process is working to become a more consistent three-point shooter, as it would make him extremely difficult for most opponents to contain. Coach L.T. on Sellars: “Jason plays bigger than his size would imply and works hard on both sides of the ball. He is a good rebounder and nice finisher. Jason is a good all-around teammate.” Sellars possesses a pretty intriguing blend of size, skill, effort, and long-term upside, which should certainly make him a prospect worth keeping an eye on going forward.
#86:6’4 ’20 Jesse Blu Walters (Chapel Hill, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to consistently showcase his mature skillset on both sides of the ball, Jesse Blu Walters. He’s a wing prospect with a great frame and nice athleticism. Walters displayed an excellent feel for the game, both with and without the ball in his hands, and was able to apply efficient scoring pressure from all three levels throughout the day. Walters understands how to effectively exploit mismatches while constantly getting his teammates involved. He’s a solid defender, but has upside to keep improving on that end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach L.T. on Walters: “Jesse is a vocal leader that plays very hard on both ends of the floor. He can finish and showed the ability to create his own shot. Jesse has nice size for his position.” Walters was one of the most intriguing players at camp and should be a worthy prospect for college coaches to look at.
#99:6’7 ’20 Zach Shumate (North Wilkesboro, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that works tirelessly to make his presence consistently felt on both ends of the floor, Zach Shumate. He’s a big man prospect with the ability to single-handedly alter any given contest with his productivity as a two-way rebounder. His offensive skillset continues to blossom, as he’s shown more consistency as a finisher and three-point shooter over the recent months. Shumate is a true blue-collar type of player and possesses a nice blend between motor and overall feel for the game. He alters an abundance of shots around the basket and understands how to push the ball ahead in transition. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his ball-handling, as it would allow him to penetrate more frequently. Coach L.T. on Shumate: “Zach is a hard worker that maintained a great attitude throughout camp. He’s a terrific rebounder and strong finisher. Zach is a very solid all-around player and teammate.” Shumate is an excellent team-first player that impacted the game exceptionally well during his time at camp and should continue to see steady rise in his recruitment.