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David Rose Memorial Day Classic Preview: Carolina Elite 15U

05/17/2017, 10:30am EDT
By Phenom Hoop Report/ Rick Lewis

The David Rose Memorial Day Classic is right around the corner and one of the feature teams today is the Carolina Elite 15U team. Now, let’s take a closer look at a few of the key players off the team.

The David Rose Memorial Day Classic is right around the corner and one of the feature teams today is the Carolina Elite 15U team. Now, let’s take a closer look at a few of the key players off the team. 

5’7 ’20 Torrey Brown (Knightdale HS)

We remember Brown when he attended the NC Junior Phenom camp back in 2012. He was one of the youngest players in attendance and we were impressed with how well he competed with the older players. We wrote, “Brown hustle and hard showed why he can become a special player down the road. More importantly, Brown was coachable and has a great attitude, which will go far down the road. He just needs to get stronger which will come over time with physical development.” Fast forward to 2017 and he is a key ingredient to the team’s overall success. Coach Chris Brown stated, “Torrey Brown is a very cerebral player. He controls the flow of the game and shoots the ball extremely well from deep.” Brown’s leadership, basketball IQ, and advanced understanding of the game will be on display at the David Rose Memorial Day Classic.

6’0 ’20 Taylor Bell (Neuse Christian)

Taylor Bell is also another young player we’ve had a chance to watch prior to high school. Back in 2015 when he attended the NC Junior Phenom camp, we were impressed with his high motor and never give up mentality on the court. We stated, “He is very strong and a good rebounder. He was a good finisher around the rim and his ability to penetrate the lane and finish at the rim really stood out to the coaches.” Coach Chris Brown describes Bell as a younger Kawhi Leonard. He stated, “Bell is a great defender and his midrange jumper is high level, which is a lost art today. He can also stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting.” Overall, Bell is a player to put on the 2020 radar. He has a nice shooting touch and has good shooting mechanics. More importantly, he is a team player with an outstanding attitude.

6’2 ’20 Adam Carey (Millbrook HS)

We first got a chance to watch Adam Carey at the NC Phenom 150 camp in October 2016. He impressed us as a young and athletic wing with a strong defensive presence. He has excellent length and good quickness. We stated, “Adam should continue to build off this camp experience and keep working hard as he enters his first season of high school basketball.” Fast-forward to 2017, Carey is looking to enhance his personal resume on the court and will use the upcoming David Rose to make his mark. Coach Chris Brown stated, “Carey is a diverse lefty he can post up smaller guards. He can get to the basket at will and can also stretch the floor with the 3-point shot."

6’3 ’20 AJ Thompson (Athens Drive HS) 

AJ Thompson is another player we got a chance to watch extensively at the 2016 NC Phenom 150 camp. Known mostly as an athletic wing that attacks the basket, Thompson was scoring from all three levels and especially was effective from the 3-point line. He was one of the leading scorers and was named game MVP several times during the camp. Coach Chris Brown stated, “Thompson is a slasher and can get any shot that he wants at will.” What really stands out for Thompson is his length and athleticism along with his ability to score.

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