South Carolina Phenom 150 Evaluations
Coach: Charles Blue
#63: 5’8 ’22 Miles Haight (Charleston, SC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that displayed a lot of translatable skills throughout camp, Miles Haight. He’s a young point guard prospect with a strong IQ and overall feel for the game on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Haight has the ability to score the ball efficiently from all three levels while consistently getting his teammates involved. He has the ability to slide off-ball and still apply pressure as a spot-up threat. Haight looks to make the smart play whenever possible and displayed quality vision throughout camp. Next in his development process is improving his penetration ability, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Blue on Haight: “Miles is a scrappy two-way guard that gives great effort on both sides of the floor. He has a high IQ and plays with a great pace to his game. He displays great court vision and is a very good catch and shoot player.” Haight had a nice showing at camp and should look to bring that same mentality into his freshman season.
#65: 5’8 ’22 James Davis (Columbia, SC)
Next, we look at a player that brought an excellent team approach to each showing at camp, James Davis. He’s a young guard prospect that can handle the ball, create scoring opportunities, and make plays on both ends of the floor. Davis shot the ball well in spot-up situations from beyond the arc and drove to the rim whenever possible. He’s somewhat slight in frame, but Davis navigates the floor well and understands how to get to his spots. He displayed nice vision throughout camp and tallied numerous assists in transition. Next in his development process is improving on his defensive ability, as it would make him a more complete two-way prospect. Coach Blue on Davis: “James is a good catch and shoot option with the ability to play either guard spot right now. He plays hard and gave a great effort throughout camp. James has good ball control; he’s very coachable and was a good teammate.” Davis was a quality contributor during his time at camp and should have a productive upcoming season.
#86: 5’11 ’20 DeVante Johnson (Elgin, SC)
Moving onto a player that showcased the ability to consistently make plays on both sides of the ball, DeVante Johnson. He’s an athletic guard prospect with a strong frame, which allows him to bully opponents and absorb contact around the basket. Johnson has a solid IQ, but his 3.9 GPA also makes him a standout in the classroom. Offensively, he knocked down three-pointers at an efficient clip throughout camp and got to the rim whenever he desired. Johnson rebounded the ball quite well for his position and frequently pushed the break in transition. He forced numerous turnovers on defense and showed a strong understanding of positioning on that end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to hit shots off the dribble, as it would make him a more effective scorer. Coach Blue on Johnson: “DeVante is a solid all-around guard that can make plays as a catch-and-shoot option; he shot the ball well throughout the day from all levels and penetrated with relative ease. DeVante is a good teammate and was very coachable at camp.” Johnson could be one to keep an eye on during the upcoming season, as he could have a breakout year.
#87: 5’11 ’22 Ethan Robb (Cornelius, NC)
Continuing onto a player that provided a ton of two-way effort during his time at camp, Ethan Robb. He’s a young wing prospect with a sturdy frame and the ability to coexist with any group of teammates. Offensively, Robb looks to fill in the gaps however possible, cutting without the ball and spotting up around the perimeter. He doesn’t look to force the action and does a nice job deferring to teammates. Robb brings a lot of energy on defense and looks to create havoc with his size and mobility. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen his shooting consistency and ability to create off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive player. Coach Blue on Robb: “Ethan is a really scrappy player that knows how to go hard on both ends of the floor. He was a very coachable kid throughout camp and was a good teammate.” Robb had a solid showing at camp and should continue to build his foundation on both sides of the ball.
#105: 6’1 ’21 Javien Lowery-Isaac (Sumter, SC)
Next, we look at a player that brought an excellent attitude and team-first approach to camp, Javein Lowery-Isaac. He’s a strong-bodied forward that truly understands how to utilize his size on both ends of the floor. Lowery-Isaac is fairly nimble for his size, but can still become quicker. He absorbs contact very well around the basket and finished numerous second-chance opportunities throughout the day. Defensively, he’s able to toggle between multiple positions given his size and rebounds exceptionally well for his size. Next in his development process is continuing to add range and consistency to his jumper, as it would make him a more difficult player for opponents to contain. Coach Blue on Lowery-Isaac: “Javien is a big-bodied workhorse that can move and penetrate pretty well. He fights hard on the glass and knows how to makes his presence felt. Javien has solid post-up moves.” Lowery-Isaac displayed a nice foundation at camp and should look to build off it going forward.
#106: 6’1 ’20 Joshua Stradford (Rock Hill, SC)
Moving onto a player that provided a high motor and nonstop effort on both sides of the ball, Joshua Stradford. He’s a smart all-around guard prospect that knows how to play within his role, scoring whenever possible and making the right pass whenever necessary. Offensively, Stradford did a solid job of knocking down shots from all three levels and was an excellent spot-up option. He’s very quick and was able to get by opponents with solid frequency throughout camp. Stradford was a nice on and off-ball defender and he showed the ability to make plays in transition. Next in his development process is working on his movement without the ball, as it would make him an even better offensive threat. Coach Blue on Stradford: “Joshua is a solid guard that can shoot and finish on offense while giving a great effort on defense and in transition. He brings a nice basketball IQ to the table and knows how to fill various roles on the court.” Stradford outworked opponents on both sides of the ball and should build off his showing going forward.
#124: 6’3 ’21 Xavier Thornton (Anderson, SC)
Continuing onto a player that made an incredible impact with his defensive presence throughout camp, Xavier Thornton. He’s a long-armed wing prospect that showed flashes of dominance on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Thornton was extremely effective at creating scoring opportunities, for himself and others, and driving to the basket and finishing strong through contact. He also made his presence felt as a spot-up threat from midrange and beyond the arc. On the other end, Thornton utilized his length to disrupt opposing ball-handlers and force turnovers through anticipation into passing lanes. Next in his development process is improving as a shooter off the dribble, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Blue on Thornton: “Xavier is a really scrappy player that can penetrate and finish quite well around the rim. He’s really active on defense and understands how to play angles. Xavier was coachable and a team leader throughout camp.” Thornton was among the most valuable two-way contributors on this team and could be one to watch going forward.
#125: 6’4 ’22 Marvin Hires (Columbia, SC)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a very strong blend of upside and productivity, Marvin Hires. He’s a strong-bodied big man with a terrific motor and heady approach to the game. Offensively, Hines operates well out of the post and can also knock down shots from midrange and three-point range quite often. He rebounds the ball at a strong rate and secured an abundance of second-chance opportunities at camp. Hires utilizes his body well to absorb contact and displayed excellent feel on defense. Next in his development process is improving as a ball-handler, as it would make him a more complete offensive player. Coach Blue on Hires: “Marvin is a young all-around center that can rebound and score inside. He has nice size and agility for his position. He can put the ball on the floor and has a nice set shot. Marvin is very good at protecting the rim on defense.” Hires is definitely an intriguing prospect and will be one to watch grow over the next few years.
#143: 6’6 ’21 Luke Krawczky (Fort Mill, SC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that displayed an incredibly strong motor throughout camp, Luke Krawczky. He’s a strong-bodied big man with an excellent attitude and overall approach to the game. Krawczky has solid touch around the basket and runs the floor with purpose; he pursues rebounds aggressively and fights on every possession for extra opportunities. He showcased a formidable midrange shot during the day and could potentially develop a three-point shot in the future. Next in his development process is continuing to improve as a ball-handler and overall creator, as it would make him a more useful offensive player. Coach Blue on Krawczky: “Luke played hard at all times and brought a great energy to the team. He has real nice size for a big and can alter shots quite well on the defensive side of the ball. Luke was very coachable.” It’ll be interesting to see how Krawczky builds off of his camp performance over the next few years, considering he’s quite young and showcased a nice foundation on both sides of the ball.