Tennessee Phenom 150 Evaluations
Coach: Aaron Hogner
#24:5’8 ’22 Clint Lamb (Greeneville, TN)
Starting off, we look at a player that brought a feisty approach to the game throughout camp, Clint Lamb. He’s a guard prospect with solid quickness and a great attitude, constantly motivating his teammates and doing whatever possible to give his team an edge. Offensively, Lamb does a solid job of moving the ball and knocking down open shots. On the other end, he makes opponents uncomfortable with his quick feet and ability to stay in front of his man. Lamb displayed a high motor throughout camp and looked to make any hustle plays possible. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it will improve his ability to penetrate and absorb contact. Coach Hogner on Lamb: “Clint is an easy player to play with; he was a willing passer throughout camp and looked to make teammates better. He has a “next play” mentality and consistently looks to make the right play.” Lamb is entering his freshman season and should keep bringing his intensity on both sides of the ball.
#42: 6’0 ’22 Colby Raymer (Kingston, TN)
Next, we look at a player that was able to make contributions on both sides of the ball at camp, Colby Raymer. He’s a young guard prospect that can play on or off-ball and make plays. Raymer shows a solid understanding of the game and how to move without the ball, frequently scoring on cutting opportunities. He knocked down open shots in transition and attacked the basket hard whenever possible. Raymer was a quality defender that forced multiple turnovers on defense and pushed the break. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it will allow him to compete on the glass with more force. Coach Hogner on Raymer: “Colby is a great teammate that was willing to make the extra pass whenever possible. He was a great energy guy throughout the day and got multiple steals in transition. Colby did well running the offense.” Raymer is entering his freshman season and should be able to grow into an intriguing guard, especially if he continues playing with a strong motor and team-first approach.
#45: 6’0 ’20 Luke Carter (Saltville, VA)
Moving onto a player that highlighted his ability to make plays on offense throughout camp, Luke Carter. He’s a guard prospect with a solid frame and the ability to make plays off the bounce, both for himself and teammates. Offensively, Carter displays a nice understanding of how to generate shots and get by opponents whenever necessary. He can handle the ball, score efficiently from the floor, and get downhill and attack the rim. Carter rebounded well for his position and scored numerous times in transition following a secured board. Next in his development process is working on his quickness, as it’ll allow him to defend the point of attack with less resistance. Coach Hogner on Carter: “Luke is a solid player that showed his ability to create offensively. He needs to not force as many shots off the dribble-penetration, but he was able to effectively enter the paint and played with a good motor throughout camp.” Carter could be one to keep an eye on for his upcoming junior season, where he has the potential to be a strong two-way contributor.
#54:6’1 ’19 Judah Hilton (Johnson City, TN)
Continuing onto a player with an intriguing skillset and solid overall approach to the game, Judah Hilton. He’s a guard prospect that knows how to make an impact without ever forcing the issue on either end of the floor. Offensively, Hilton looks to knock down open shots and take advantage of easy looks around the rim. Otherwise, he’s a willing passer that can play his game while coexisting with any group of teammates. Hilton brought a great attitude to camp and displayed a solid defensive presence throughout camp. Next in his development process is working on his ball-handling ability, as it’ll allow him to become more assertive on the offensive end of the floor. Coach Hogner on Hilton: “Judah is a solid player with quick leaping ability. He played hard and was coachable throughout camp. He needs to work on being more of a threat offensively, but he did a great job of playing within the flow of the game.” Hilton should continue to build his overall game, but he enjoyed a nice showing at camp.
#57: 6’1 ’20 Zach Owens (St. Paul, VA)
Moving onto a player that brought great energy to his team on both ends of the floor, Zach Owens. He’s a scrappy guard prospect that looks to get after it however possible, frequently causing havoc on defense while making plays on offense. Owens brings a terrific team-first approach to the game and displayed great unselfishness on the offensive end of the floor. He knocked down shots in transition and made plays around the basket. Defensively, Owens was able to force multiple turnovers through his solid quickness and footwork on the ball. Next in his development process is continuing to sharpen his ability to finish at the rim, as it would make him a more consistent offensive threat. Coach Hogner on Owens: “Zach is a great teammate that plays hard at all times. He has nice shot mechanics and moves well without the ball. Zach can work on his midrange game while continuing to be a “next play” guy.” Owens will be one to keep an eye on, as his constant energy is certain to make him a contributor for his upcoming junior season.
#68: 6’3 ’22 Eli Carter (Saltville, VA)
Next, we look at a player that has an intriguing amount of upside on both sides of the ball, Eli Carter. He’s a long-bodied forward that plays with a nice motor and looks to make plays however possible. Right now, he’s somewhat thin, but very young and should be able to easily add weight to his interesting frame. Offensively, Carter fills in the gaps, collecting loose balls and scoring around the rim whenever possible. On the other end, he was solid as keeping his opponent honest and forced multiple turnovers on the day. Next in his development process is simply adding strength and continuing to refine his overall game, as he has the tools to become a quality two-way prospect. Coach Hogner on Carter: “Eli was a team-first guy with a calm demeanor. He plays within himself on both ends of the floor and doesn’t try to force the issue. Eli played with good energy throughout camp.” Carter is entering his freshman season, but he’ll be one to watch grow, as he could certainly blossom over the next few years.
#71: 6’3 ’20 Micah Banks (Mosheim, TN)
Continuing onto a player that made an excellent two-way impact throughout camp, Micah Banks. He’s a wing prospect with size and the ability to shoot the ball from beyond the arc. Offensively, Banks forces opposing defenses to remain honest with his shooting as a spot-up threat and ability to make plays off the bounce. He provided terrific energy and played with a team-first approach throughout camp, valuing each possession and making plays for others whenever possible. Banks defended well, forced turnovers, and finished strong in transition throughout camp. Next in his development process is working on his lateral quickness, as it’ll allow him to penetrate with less resistance. Coach Hogner on Banks: “Micah is a great shooter, but he needs to improve his midrange jumper off the dribble in order to complement his three-point shot. Micah consistently looked to make the simple play and was a quality teammate all day.” Banks should definitely be a strong contributor during his upcoming junior season, especially if he continues to shoot the ball with supreme confidence.
#81: 6’5 ’20 Lucas Jenkins (Bakersville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that has an exceptional blend of potential and productivity, Lucas Jenkins. He’s a wing prospect with a strong, athletic frame and blossoming two-way ability. Offensively, Jenkins can consistently create for himself and others while highlighting his ability to attack the basket. He drew a lot of fouls on penetration opportunities and will finish through contact whenever possible. Jenkins is a really sound all-around scorer, but he has the tools to be even better from beyond the arc. Defensively, he was a menace throughout camp, forcing an abundance of turnovers and leading the break. Jenkins made numerous plays in transition, both as a scorer and passer, and showcased his high motor on both sides of the ball. Next in his development process is working on his quickness, as it’ll allow him to easily attack opponents off the bounce. Coach Hogner on Jenkins: “Lucas provided endless energy and will outwork any player at his position. He should continue to work on his catch-and-shoot game to complement his ability to attack the rim.” Jenkins displays a solid feel for the game and is going to return as a prominent piece for Mountain Heritage this upcoming season.
#84: 6’5 ’20 Tyler Strong (Saltville, VA)
Moving onto a player that enjoyed a phenomenal two-way showing during his time at camp, Tyler Strong. He’s a long-bodied wing prospect that excels in the open floor, yet also has the ability to impose his will in half-court sets. Offensively, Strong scored the ball efficiently from all three levels while consistently highlighting his ability to finish above the rim. He displayed a high IQ when looking to create on offense and had great success with attacking opponents off the bounce. Strong was a quality overall defender that forced turnovers and made numerous plays in transition, especially as a finisher. He received votes for numerous awards, but ultimately took home the Mr. Station trophy, due to his impeccable work ethic throughout the drills session. Next in his development process is tightening up his ball-handing ability, as it would allow him to get to the rim whenever he wants. Coach Hogner on Strong: “Tyler is long and athletic. He can get up quick and has a nice outside game to complement it. Tyler is a playmaker that thrived on both sides of the ball. He should continue to add strength.” Strong will be one to keep an eye on during his upcoming junior season, as he could be a breakout candidate.
#90: 6’4 ’21 Caleb Lomanic (Smoky Mountain, TN)
Finishing up, we look at a player that possesses incredible relentlessness on both sides of the floor, Caleb Lomanic. He’s a strong, athletic forward prospect with the ability to make plays without necessarily needing to score. Offensively, he willingly goes down low and attacks the glass with purpose; no player was able to match his intensity on the offensive glass throughout camp. Lomanic has an incredible motor and is able to finish strong around the basket, regardless of opponent. His blue-collar approach is extremely refreshing to see and he was frequently rewarded on defense, accumulating an abundance of blocks and steals. Next in his development process is continuing to refine his overall shooting abilities, as it would make him virtually unstoppable. Coach Hogner on Lomanic: “Caleb is a tireless worker and likes to bang in the lost post. He can continue to work on his post moves and midrange jumper. Caleb gives you everything he has on every possession.” Lomanic’s mentality is unique at his age, but he’s bound to have a successful upcoming season if he continues to play with such impeccable passion.