One of the most prestigious junior high camps in the South went down over the weekend as young prospects from all over the Hoop State and parts of Virginia gathered to put their talent on display for the big stage.
Greensboro, North Carolina- The Jr Phenom Camp didn’t disappoint, the next generation of high school stars are in training, several prospects caught my eye throughout the day for multiple reasons. These guys are in the early stages and most are still learning the game this is an introductory into their hoops resume.
#11 5’3 2024 Grant Hamilton (Weddington)
Hamilton is already a knockdown shooter in the early stages, he’s got nice form and a quick release. We saw Hamilton’s confidence continue to increase throughout the day the more he played, Hamilton made shots from mid range, and Hamilton attacked his match ups off the dribble. Hamilton utilized the pump fake and other ball fakes to get defenders off balance for clean looks. He’s got nice range in the early stages pulling up well beyond the three point line.
Defensively Hamilton was usually one of the first back to help break up transition opportunities. Hamilton is a scrappy kid who embraces competition, he guards multiple positions as well. Hamilton should continue to develop into a nice high intangibles guard at the next level.
#44 5’9 2023 Devin Crumble (Welcome Middle)
Another knockdown shooter, Crumble started the day off connecting on a pair of three pointers in rhythm off the catch and shoot. The jumper is smooth and Crumble made tough shots consistently, Crumble continuously carved out space in the mid range and picked his spots precisely.
Crumble has a stocky frame and was effective keeping defenders on his hip on drives. Crumble is more creative than quick but he’s a natural slasher in space, and Crumble absorbs contact at the cup. Defensively Crumble was physical, he competed for the 50/50 balls and crashed hard on the glass.
#64 6’1 2023 Demarion Workman (Aycock Middle)
Natural bucket getter with an advanced feel for the game, Workman has put some serious work in on the step back, he’s a tough cover in the open floor and good at creating space off the bounce. Workman used all 6’1 of his height to extend over defenders at the cup, Workman finished with either hand.
Workman really impressed with his dribble package, he’s already got a bevy of iso moves in the bag. Workman plays unselfish and with a high motor, he found points within the flow of the offense, Workman didn’t force the issue he played the right way and didn’t shy from making the extra pass.
Defensively Workman is long, he played all over the floor and utilized that length to cause havoc in the passing lanes. Workman could come into the high school ranks and contribute right away in an ideal situation.
#60 6’0 2023 Sam Walters (Alexander Middle)
Walters is a skilled stretch forward at this early stage, Waters showed confidence and poise on the block. Walters has some nice footwork and Walters flashed a post game getting defenders off balance down low for easy buckets.
After Walters got cooking in the paint, he stretched the floor open with the three ball. In his second game Walters knocked down three field goals behind the arc. Walters has a mature feel, he plays the right way, Walters has a busy motor he competes on the glass and commits on both ends. Walters is already a potential threat in the pick N roll dominated game we see today.
#8 2025 5’0 Joshua Dorsette II (Durham School of the Arts)
Dorsette is a lighting quick guard with a tight handle, he’s got nice vision and Dorsette is hard to knock off balance he’s low and centered on the ball. Dorsette did well getting into the lane, a blow by first step and a quick running floater gave defenses problems.
Dorsette limited turnovers and really pushed the tempo throughout camp, as one of the younger campers he stood out for competitiveness on both ends. Dorsette has that dog mentality smaller guards must have to survive. Dorsette challenged his match ups and put pressure on opposing ball handlers.
#14 5’4 Aidan Cook (Weddington Middle)
Cook knocked down shots from all over the floor, if his feet get set watch out. Cook understands floor spacing he’s constantly in motion looking to get open. He plays with nice energy and isn’t afraid to get a little physical.
Cook is another high I.Q. guard in the Weddington system who plays the game the right way and within his strengths. Cook has a quick trigger and a short memory two mandatory traits for true shooters, Cook showed potential from mid range as well, he can create looks for himself, and he does the little things to win ball games. Cook could be a potential glue guy down the road.
#1 4’9 2025 Tristan Nunez (North Davidson Middle)– Nunez was another sixth grader that came in confident and didn’t back down from older campers, Nunez flashed a nice handle and possess the running floater needed for smaller guards to score points in the lane amongst the trees.
Nunez handled the rock clean and never held it too long, Nunez looked to move the ball and found the open man. Nunez ran the break surprisingly well in the early stages of his development, Nunez read defenders and set teammates up to succeed.