This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Sportsplex in Greensboro, North Carolina for the annual CP3 Rising Stars Camp. Typically, this event is exclusively for rising freshmen but the unforeseen circumstances over the last year prevented the Class of 2024 from the occasion. Instead of excising the class completely, they opted to combine the two classes into one enormous event. The amount of sheer talent was almost overwhelming. We watched 2024s extensively on Saturday, which gave us a pretty strong viewing of most prospects within North Carolina. Let’s take a closer look…
6’4 Hampton Evans (Greenfield)
Although it should be widely known by now, Hampton Evans is already amongst the more polished and productive players in his class. His IQ and well-rounded skillset allow him to effectively mesh with any collection of players. Evans is a capable scorer from all levels, useful ball-handler, and does a great job of rebounding for his position. Already well-established at Greenfield, he should only continue to put up big numbers going forward.
6’9 Bobby Cannon (Quality Education)
It’s definitely easy to get excited about a guy like Bobby Cannon, as the physical tools and long-term upside are impossible to ignore. Sure, he’s somewhat skinny, but it doesn’t seem to prevent him from standing out as a shot-blocker or inside-out scoring option. Cannon moves well for his size, both in space and from rim to rim, and should only get better with additional strength. Ultimately, Cannon will be the determiner of his own fate.
6’2 DJ Benbow (Living Water Christian)
There are a lot of promising players within North Carolina’s Class of 2024, and DJ Benbow just continues to soar below the radar. He’s a smart, tough, well-rounded guard prospect with a fairly calm demeanor on the court. Benbow naturally seems to do a little bit of everything, from creating to scoring to defending, and can produce with or without the ball in his hands. He should be expected to put up massive numbers for Living Water Christian during his upcoming sophomore campaign.
6’7 Draven Pilson (Forsyth Country Day)
Like various others on this list, Draven Pilson continues to showcase steady progression on both ends of the floor. Although it still truly feels like he’s just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term abilities, he’s already extremely useful. Pilson possesses excellent defensive instincts, quality athleticism, and a blossoming offensive skillset. Only time will tell the bounds of his upside, but Pilson certainly has the tools to be an incredible prospect.
6’6 Dylan Deluca (Metrolina Christian)
After seeing him countless times over the recent years, Phenom Hoops is as familiar with Dylan Deluca as any prospect in the state. He’s a skilled forward with a nice inside-out offensive identity, able to finish around the basket, take opponents off the bounce, or knock down shots along the perimeter. Deluca is a useful rebounder and overall defender for his size and position. Folks should expect to see his role continually expand with Metrolina Christian over the coming years.