North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 2: Evaluation Team 16
Coach: Clift Huntley
#60:5’8 ’22 Kory Davis (Charlotte, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showed the ability to do a lot of different things on offense, Kory Davis. He’s a young point guard prospect that handles the ball extremely well and possesses the ability to create for himself whenever he desires. Davis shot the ball well, but typically looks to beat his man off the dribble and finish strong around the basket. He’s a pesky on-ball defender that forced numerous steals with his quick hands. Next in his development process is working on his focus when playing off-ball defense, as he possesses the tools to be an impact player in that area. Coach Huntley on Davis: “Kory is a ball-hawk in transition that is very smart with the ball and can finish with both hands. He struggled to pass the ball and create chances for others.” Davis is pretty young and should be able to steadily develop on both sides of the ball going forward.
#79:6’2 ’20 Alton Hickman III (Fayetteville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to make a lot of offensive contributions at camp, Alton Hickman III. He’s a wing prospect with nice size and quality two-way upside. Offensively, Hickman offers a nice balance of shooting and passing, as he’s always looking for teammates, but knows how to take advantage of open scoring opportunities. He passed the ball quite well and displayed a pretty solid feel for the game. Hickman rebounded the ball exceptionally well for his position and pushed transition play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his ability to defend, as it would make him a much more impactful two-way player. Coach Huntley on Hickman: “Alton rebounds well and is capable of starting the break. He runs well in transition. He can shoot it and is a nice option as a spot-up shooter. He is a willing passer that looks to make the extra pass whenever possible.” Hickman has a pretty intriguing skillset and could be a prospect worth watching progress.
#81:6’2 ’20 Anthony Testa (Charlotte, NC)
Moving onto a player that provided his team with a fairly steady, reliable two-way presence, Anthony Testa. He’s a wing prospect that understands and embraces his role within a team, willing and ready to contribute however possible to either side of the ball. Offensively, Testa operated nicely as an off-ball threat, constantly finding seams within the defense and spotting-up along the perimeter. He’s a decent defender, but really excelled with his off-ball positioning and was able to force turnovers by intercepting passing lanes. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Huntley on Testa: “Anthony is a willing off-ball cutter and shooter. He plays well in transition and knows how to rebound on both sides of the ball. Anthony is a good shooter.” Testa contributed pretty well during his time at camp and should continue working to maximize his two-way abilities.
#97:6’2 ’21 Reese Evans (Raleigh, NC)
Continuing onto a player that did a nice job of making an offensive impact during camp, Reese Evans. He’s a wiry wing prospect that did an excellent job of finishing around the basket and spotting-up along the perimeter. Evans showed the ability to handle the ball and generate offense for himself off the bounce. He was able to create multiple scoring opportunities for teammates in transition. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move without the ball, as it would open up an abundance of scoring chances from off-ball cuts and spot-up opportunities. Coach Huntley on Evans: “Reese attacks the rim well and can move the ball nicely with the pass. He shoots off the dribble well and finishes strong around the basket. Reese shot well from beyond the arc.” Evans showed some solid skills on both sides of the ball and could be a prospect worth noting.
#103:6’2 ’20 Tyree Barnes (Thomasville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to highlight his offensive skillset pretty well throughout camp, Tyree Barnes. He’s a wiry wing prospect that plays hard on both sides of the ball and operates nicely within the team concept. Offensively, Barnes typically looks to get downhill and attack the basket, but also showed the ability to knock down open jumpers from the perimeter. Barnes finishes well with both hands around the basket, but can improve on kicking-out to the open man when under duress. Next in his development process is working on his ability to defend the point of attack, as it would make him a more complete player. Coach Huntley on Barnes: “Tyree can shoot the ball pretty well. He’s good in transition and has the ability to use both hands. He’s long and capable of containing a post player if necessary.” Barnes showcased a pretty intriguing skillset during camp and should be among the main contributors for his high school during the upcoming season.
#108:6’3 ’19 Brian Brandwein (Greensboro, NC)
Moving onto a player that showcased an exceptional two-way motor throughout camp, Brian Brandwein. He’s a strong-bodied forward prospect that is extremely ready and willing to do whatever necessary to provide his team with an edge. Brandwein scores most of his points through transition play and dives to the rim. He’s quite overwhelming on defense and showed the ability to consistently switch across three positions with relative ease. Brandwein is a high-level teammate that sacrifices his body on every possession for the betterment of the team. Next in his development process is working on his ability to generate his own shot, as it would make him a much more lethal offensive threat. Coach Huntley on Brandwein: “Brian is a great rebounder that sets solid screens and moves well without the ball. He plays with an exceptional motor and gives all he can on both ends of the floor.” Brandwein had another impressive showing at camp, simply outworking everyone in his path, and should likely be a strong leadership presence for his high school team.
#143: 6’5 ’22 Christopher Harris (Asheville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that possesses an intriguing skillset and obvious amount of long-term upside, Christopher Harris. He’s a big, strong forward prospect that was able to do a strong amount of everything on the court. Offensively, Harris handles and passes the ball extremely well for his size, able to penetrate and kick or finish with strength inside the paint. He shot the ball very efficiently from midrange and was able to overwhelm his assignment when looking to score out of the post. Harris utilized his size well on defense to wreak havoc and force numerous on-ball turnovers. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Huntley on Harris: “Christopher is great when operating in the post. He moves his feet nicely for his size and possesses a solid nose for the ball. He has an excellent attitude and rebounds really well.” Harris had a nice showing at camp and could become a really special prospect, especially if he continues to work to maximize his two-way abilities.
#148:6’5 ’20 Jalen King Joiner (Greensboro, NC)
Next, we look at a player that possesses a blossoming two-way skillset and the ability to affect all facets of the game, Jalen King Joiner. He’s a long, athletic wing prospect that does a strong amount of everything while on the court. Offensively, Joiner is an excellent cutter and scores quite well on penetration chances. His jumper continues to improve and he always looks to make the correct pass whenever possible. Joiner is an intelligent player and it’s especially evident on defense, where he’s able to consistently disrupt multiple positions on the floor. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as he’ll be an extremely difficult matchup for opponents to contain. Coach Huntley on Joiner: “Jalen plays really hard and is willing to share the ball whenever possible. He understands the game and displays great instincts on defense. He jumps out of the gym.” Joiner is a proven player that understands how to affect all facets of the game and should be poised for a breakout upcoming junior season.
#153:6’5 ‘21 Yashiya Crespin (Chapel Hill, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that brought a strong amount of intrigue to camp, Yashiya Crespin. He’s a guard prospect with great size and a pretty unique approach to the game. Offensively, Crespin showed the ability to break down opponents off the dribble and finish aggressively at the rim with regularity. His jumper is pretty effective, but he should continue to fine-tune his shooting mechanics to improve his consistency. Crespin sees the floor pretty well and possesses upside as a playmaker. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a three-point shooter, as it would make him a more dangerous offensive threat. Coach Huntley Crespin: “Yashiya plays hard and gets downhill well. He’s willing to box out and communicates well on defense. He’s a natural scorer that can shoot it effectively off the dribble.” Crespin showcased a lot of intrigue during his time at camp and should be a prospect to watch grow.