By Johnathan Kirkland
The first day of the North Carolina Phenom Camp kicked off on Saturday morning and there was no shortage of high school talent on the floor at Proehlific Park in Greensboro. There were five players that I watched during the day that stood out for various reasons.
Jeremiah Scales 6’3 2022 Glenn High School
Scales won MVP of the camp and there is no doubt why. He was the best player during the day and it wasn’t very close. He hustles for every loose ball and keeps plays alive. Scales is able to drive to the basket well and uses his size to be aggressive finishing plays. He is also a sharp passer and defends the ball well.
Eli Clark 6’3 2023 Metrolina Christian Academy
Clark was strong in several categories during his play on Saturday. He has a good transition game that is made stronger by his ability to handle the ball and make smart decisions. He is a great passer and can shoot the ball well from the perimeter. One of the plays that stood out the most was a cut he made to the basket and a tough lay up for the points early in his first game.
Eric Neal 6’1 2022 Reidsville High School
Neal is the type of player that just does things right on the basketball court. He is a strong player inside and finishes plays aggressively there. He is an active defender that had several steals throughout the day. He is fairly consistent hitting shots from the perimeter as well.
Patrick Tivnan 6’8 2023 Charlotte Catholic
Tinvan is a big, strong player that is always active on both ends of the floor. He blocks shots and is long and versatile with good ball handling skills. He creates contact and finishes through it to get to the line as well. He plays hard and grinds constantly. Tinvan is someone to watch. He has the potential to be a highly sought after player.
Zackery Goodman 6’2 2023 Walter Hines Page High School
Goodman was one of my favorite players to watch the entire day. He always seemed to be in the right place to make plays. He has a high basketball IQ, sees the floor well and takes high quality shots. He is very agile and can play multiple positions on the floor. He is a consistent rebounder on both ends and plays a high quality game at all times.
There were several more players that could have easily been added to this list as well, but these were my top 5 players from the Phenom 150 on Saturday. The talent was off the charts inside of Proehlific Park and it was fun to watch these high school players show off their skills. Several have already picked up offers in the days since camp ended, showing the platform that is the Phenom 150.