This upcoming weekend, Phenom Hoops will host our annual June Team Camp at the Rise Indoor Facility in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. The event is slated to feature a talented mix of players and teams preparing for the month of July (in addition to the somewhat distant high school season), and this article will take a brief look at some of the prospects on display. We will first delve into some of the prospects to monitor in the Class of 2023. Let’s take a look…
6’6 Brock Rose (Ardrey Kell Purple)
Size and shooting will always be coveted, and Rose certainly provides both as the focal point of this new-look Ardrey Kell group. We’ve previously seen him enjoy great success within a role, but his responsibilities are almost guaranteed to expand this season. Rose shoots the ball at a high percentage from distance, but will also attack closeouts for pull-ups, floaters, and finishes around the basket. He doesn’t require the ball to make an impact offensively.
6’4 Zion McDuffie (Butler)
Although he is a strong, explosive wing/forward, McDuffie is more than just an athlete. He has a quality skillset and overall identity as a two-way player. McDuffie seems to highlight more polish and feel with each new viewing. He’s a constant threat for lobs, putbacks, and powerful finishes, but can also handle the ball, create fairly well off the bounce, and make plays with the ball in his hands. McDuffie rebounds much bigger than his size would imply and does a nice job of utilizing his body on defense.
5’11 Jaiden Thompson (Central Cabarrus)
Though we said it on Tuesday, Thompson is clearly a major part of the three-headed monster at Central Cabarrus. He’s a tough, gritty, team-oriented guard who understands how to play hard and outwork his assignment on both ends of the floor. Thompson is quick, heady, and knows how to make plays in the open floor or half-court. He’s a pesky defender who forces turnovers and makes proper decisions with the ball in his hands. Though slightly undersized, Thompson is definitely worthy of attention from scholarship-level coaches.
6’8 Pat Tivnan (Charlotte Catholic)
It really shouldn’t surprise folks to see Tivnan receiving an uptick in his recruitment, specifically after just recently netting his first offer (Navy). The appeal of a big man who plays hard, moves well for his size, and can score the ball in a variety of ways should be self-explanatory. Tivnan displays touch, rebounding instincts, and an understanding of how to alter shots defensively. He’s very active on the glass, runs the floor well in transition, and regularly outworks his assignment on either side of the ball.
6’10 Jordan Butler (Christ Church)
Given his status as a nationally regarded player, Butler brings obvious excitement to this event. He’s a long, wiry post prospect with touch, athleticism, and reliable floor-spacing ability. Butler possesses a nice frame with length, mobility, and a useful amount of strength. He finishes well around the basket, both through contact and above the rim, but can also finish out of the post or knock down perimeter jumpers at a quality percentage. Butler possesses rim-protection ability, yet also seems quite comfortable moving in spacing defensively.
6’6 Tre McNeil (Dudley)
Although the Panthers received a notable transfer, McNeil should still be a leader and focal point for this group. His game has made clear strides over the last calendar year. McNeil thrives as a very active interior piece who simply battles on every possession. He finishes above the rim, effectively out of the post, and can knock down midrange jumpers if necessary. McNeil carves out space and positions himself well for rebounds on both ends of the floor. He’s also a useful defender who should only continue to steadily progress.
6’1 Will Gray (East Forsyth)
Folks should already be well-informed about Gray and his poised two-way identity. For those who don’t, he’s quietly among the more underappreciated prospects within North Carolina. Between his unselfish nature, defensive emphasis, and understanding of how to set the tone on both ends of the floor, Gray’s value should be obvious. He looks to set up others whenever possible, but can also score the ball in a variety of different ways. Gray is excellent at getting to the basket and finishing, or pulling-up from midrange, but can also spot-up as needed from distance.
6’4 Nick Elliott (Grimsley)
While he’s probably more under-the-radar than most guys on this list, Elliott is still certainly a prospect worthy of attention from college coaches. His size and three-point shooting should immediately entice folks. Elliott has deep range and can heat up in a hurry, which forces opponents to respect him pretty much anywhere beyond the arc. He moves well without the ball, can attack within a few dribbles, and does a great job of excelling within his role in seemingly every setting.
6’5 Wyatt Harbaugh (Northwest Guilford)
After battling back from multiple injuries (and always returning to form) over the years, Harbaugh has more than earned his status as a college-level prospect. He’s an absolute workhorse who prioritizes playing hard, pursuing every rebound, and making hustle plays whenever possible. Harbaugh is bouncier than he might appear, and can finish through contact or above the rim. He blocks shots, runs the floor hard in transition, and looks to do anything to provide his team with an edge.
6’7 Kahlif Barnes (Piedmont Classical)
Easily one of the top three rebounders in the state, Barnes is someone who should definitely have more action within his recruitment. He’s a big, strong, physical post prospect with terrific explosiveness as a finisher. Barnes is a tremendous rebounder who carves out space, positions himself properly, and moves very well for his size. He’s able to get hands on seemingly anything, whether in or out of his area, and then finishes or runs the floor in transition. Barnes is also a great shot-blocker who can knock down the occasional midrange jumper.
6’6 Julius Harrison (Piedmont Classical)
Like his teammate mentioned above, Harrison is another guy from this Piedmont Classical roster who should receive buzz from college coaches. He’s a tough, versatile, fairly well-rounded wing/forward prospect with the size, skill, and athleticism to cause matchup problems for opponents. Harrison can initiate the offense, move without the ball, or create for himself and others off the bounce. He’s a quality rebounder who can defend multiple positions, push the break and make decisions with the ball in his hands. When he’s hitting perimeter jumpers, Harrison is extremely difficult to contain.