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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 2

04/20/2017, 10:30am EDT
By Phenom Hoop Report/ Jeff Bendel

Check out the team evaluations for the Junior Phenom camp

Team 2

Coach: Gerroid Daughty

#5: 4’11 ’24 Josiah Peeples of Killian (Columbia)

Starting things off, we look at a player that has the innate ability to create and distribute to others, Josiah Peeples. He’s a guard that brings intangibles to his team on both sides of the floor, including vocal leadership on the defensive end. Offensively, he shoots the ball quite well and has a slithery ability to get in the lane and make plays, whether for himself or a teammate. On the other end, Peeples brings intensity and passion to the game; he’s quick and doesn’t back down from any opponent. Next in his development process is to work on his ability to play off-ball and shoot off the dribble, as they would both open his game to new heights on the offensive end. Coach Daughty on Peeples: “Josiah is a natural leader; he has great ball handling skills and is truly a fearless competitor. He has the heart and desire within him to be great along with quality passing and ball handling skills. Josiah has a fantastic jump shot and floater in the lane; I can’t wait to see him in the years to come.” Peeples certainly plays bigger than his size would imply and doesn’t look flustered when matched up against bigger/stronger guards.

#13: 5’0 ’23 Khaleb Whitfield of Kernodle MS (Greensboro)

Next, we look at a player that played exceptionally hard and posed a constant threat without the ball when he was shooting it with confidence, Khaleb Whitfield. He’s a guard that has the potential to be a deadly shooter and quality defender with added work and experience. Offensively, Whitfield excels when playing off-ball, where he can always seem to find open space and get solid shots from midrange and three-point range. On the other end, he remains active, ready to do whatever possible (including the hustle plays) in order to put the team in a winning position. Next in his development process is sharpening his overall basketball IQ, which will come in time with experience; once he understands the game better, he will be difficult to contain. Coach Daughty on Whitfield: “Khaleb moved well without the ball throughout camp; he needs to work on his confidence, as it would make his shot more consistent. He shot the ball well when given the opportunity, dribbled with confidence and has quality footwork for his age.” Only time will tell what type of player Whitfield becomes, but the foundation is there for a quality prospect down the road.

#20: 5’2 ’21 Jalen Fields of HJ Macdonald (New Bern)

Moving onto a player that has the ability to be a very dynamic two-way prospect at the high school level, Jalen Fields. He’s a guard that simply gets what he wants on either side of the ball, playing with a high IQ and involving his teammates whenever possible. Offensively, Fields shoots the ball really well and has deft touch around the elbows; he creates an abundance of shots for others when given ball handling duties. On the other end, Fields commits to defense and has the ability to shut down opposing guards; he moves his feet well and displays quality footowork. Next in his development process is working on his ability to finish around the rim, as it would make him a much more dangerous player off the bounce. Coach Daughty on Fields: “Jalen has a great jump shot; he moves really well on offense and defense. He shot the ball well and has quality ball handling ability. Jalen needs to look up on the break more often but has great court vision when he does.” Fields was able to perform at a high level on both ends of the court, making it easy to see him playing quality minutes next season in high school.

#24: 5’2 ’22 Joshua Rogosich of North Raleigh Christian (Raleigh)

Continuing onto a player that honed his defensive ability throughout camp while showcasing skills on the offensive end, Joshua Rogosich. He’s a guard that is able to change the game with his defense alone, but still forces opponents to respect him off-ball, as he will knock down the open shots. Offensively, Rogosich moves well without the ball, able to find open space with favorable position to catch and shoot while the defense is caught off-guard; he also penetrated and finished well when the opportunity presented itself. On the other end, Rogosich was clearly among the best overall defenders in camp, shutting down whoever was matched up against him, simply mirroring opposing guards at all times and never allowing an inch of airspace to operate. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to attack more angles on the offensive end, making him a potentially deadly threat. Coach Daughty on Rogosich: “Joshua played great defense today and was definitely our teams’ best defender; he also showed the ability to penetrate and attack the basket. He is a threat from beyond the arc and has quality basketball IQ. Should be one to watch going forward.” Rogosich understands that his play on the defensive end will always earn him playing time and if he continues to shoot the ball at a high level on offense, his coach will never want him to sub out.

#53: 5’7 ’21 Joshua Mosley of Neuse Christian (Raleigh)

Next, we look at a player that was simply unstoppable on either side of the floor with his high motor, IQ and skill level, Joshua Mosley. He’s a wing that puts winning above all else and displays the ability to play exceptional team basketball, especially as he made the extra pass and hustle plays throughout camp. Offensively, Mosley is a three-level scorer that can create shots for himself and others with ease; he’s able to get going in a hurry from anywhere on the floor. On the other end, Mosley shows off his quickness and got more than a few on-ball steals, leading to fast breaks. Next in his development process is working on his ability to rebound the ball, as it would allow him to gather the rebound and then immediately lead the break, an underrated skill. Coach Daughty on Mosley: “Joshua has a huge basketball IQ; his quickness is his strength on both ends of the floor. He finished great around the basket, especially for his size, and showed he can shoot from inside and outside the arc. Joshua’s passing ability has improved very much; we expect him to continue growing and developing his game.” Mosley was among the stronger two-way players at camp and should continue to put in the necessary work in order to become great.

#56: 5’7 ’21 Tyson Riggins of RIverwood MS (Clayton)

Moving onto a player that understands how to constantly make his presence felt on both sides of the ball, Tyson Riggins. He’s a wing that is able to disrupt opponents whenever he wants, both with his shooting ability and lockdown defense. Offensively, Riggins is able to shoot the ball really well on all three levels, especially from deep, where he was always a threat to score. He was able to put the ball on the floor and make plays for others when necessary. Riggins is an exceptional defender on and off-ball, but has the innate ability to pick up steals through interceptions in the passing lanes. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him an even better shooter that defenses must respect at all times. Coach Daughty on Riggins: “Tyson is a fantastic defender with a great attitude; loved his basketball IQ. He has quick hands and gets in the passing lanes with regularity. Tyson showed nice range on his jump shot; he’s fast with the ball and displays good court vision, especially in transition.” Riggins is already honing his abilities on both sides of the ball; expect to hear his name sooner than later.

#95: 6’0 ’21 Terrance Palmer of Neal MS (Durham)

Continuing onto a player that looked to post-up smaller players whenever possible and did a quality job in those opportunities, Terrance Palmer. He’s a forward that plays with a high motor and has the potential to be a quality two-way player. Offensively, Palmer is strong and has no problem getting shots around the basket; once his consistency improves, those shots will be easy money for him. On the other end, Palmer does a solid job, excelling on transition defense and always hustling to be the first man back. He hit the glass with authority and did anything possible to put his team in a winning position. Next in his development process is adding a go-to move that he can lean on for a guaranteed basket, as it would make him a force on the offensive end. Coach Daughty on Palmer: “Terrance is a good player and an even better person; he hustles at all times and finishes well around the basket. He has great tough and is a decent ball handler for his size. Terrance’s back-to-basket moves and strengths are his main keys to success.” Palmer showcased he has the potential to make a difference on both sides of the ball, especially if he continues to put in the necessary work.

#98: 6’2 ’21 Marvin Bost of Concord MS (Concord)

Next, we look at a player whose athleticism constantly caused problems for opponents on both sides of the ball, Marvin Bost. He’s a wing that can make plays with or without the ball, always looking to get teammates involved and do what is asked of him. Offensively, Bost is a quality ball handler that excels at getting in the teeth of the defense and finishing strong; his ability to hang in the air allows for easy shots at the rim. On the other end, Bost makes defense a priority and it’s evident, as he plays with a high motor and doesn’t give his opponent an inch of space. Next in his development process is adding a consistent jumper from three-point range, as it is all that is missing from making him a deadly two-way prospect. Coach Daughty on Bost: “Marvin is a great athlete that has exceptional leaping ability; he can break down the defense with his ball handling. Marvin can be a college-level player with more work; he plays pressure defense on and off-ball, making it really hard for opposing guards to take advantage. I want to see how he progresses over time.” Bost has a high ceiling and should continue to put in work in order to reach that level.

#111: 6’9 ’21 Trey James of Martin County MS (Inez)

Finishing up, we look at a player whose size made him a physically imposing piece on both sides of the ball, Trey James. He’s a big man that has legit potential as a back-to-basket threat, especially with added work and experience. Offensively, James is looking to set up shop on the low block--where he’s simply bigger than everyone else—and back opponents down until he gets where he wants. He has solid touch around the basket and rebounds the ball really well. James proved to be a decent on-ball defender around the basket and has the potential to be even better with added quickness. Next in his development process is working on his ability to handle the ball, as it would allow him to create better opportunities around the basket, for himself or others. Coach Daughty on James: “Trey can develop into a Division I player with consistent work on his game; he has good, soft hands and can finish around the basket well. Trey needs to work on his agility, footwork and could benefit from developing a midrange shot out to 17-18 feet.” James has endless potential with his size, but has to work on the little things in order to hone is skill.

Tag(s): Spring Jr. Phenom