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NCs Fall Phenom Exposure Camp -- Thoughts from "The Legend"

10/12/2017, 8:30am EDT
By Phenom Hoop Report / John Allen

NC Phenom 150 Session 1

During this weekend’s event, it was evident that there were three groups (teams) of young men who really drew my attention.   They were from various communities and varied in years of experience, yet they were a joy to watch playing the game.  The teams captured the essence of playing a team sport in what is called an “individualistic” event. 

Any event where players are being evaluated can lead to the “get mine” mentality.  It is understandable because they come in separate vehicles, from different locations, different schools and grade levels, placed on teams with coaches unfamiliar with their talent offerings.  The stage is set for selfish play and lack of cohesiveness.  We inserted rules to help insure that selfishness would be regulated and encourage team play.   Yet, when the players bring that to the floor without any need to enforce any of those rules, you watch great ball movement, high basketball IQ and players you can see at the next level. 

The teams I am discussing were Team 1, Team 11 and Team 13.  Yes there were some individuals that stood out on each team but they stood out in the team concept manner to showcase their talents in a variety of ways.  Also, there were signs of leadership exhibited by several players on these teams that really made an evaluator want to stop play on other courts and bring players to the court and say see this is how you play the game.  

You have to write about the players, so this how I am going to do it.  At the end of this write-up I am going to list the entire team but for right now here we go.

Team 1

Jalen Hayes (73) a combo guard that can defend everywhere and score when he wanted in a variety of ways.  Blan Hodges (74) showed leadership and deep range.  DeShawn Mason (37) was one of the fastest players with the ball in the event. Emmanuel Izunabor (181) was dominant post player that exhibited to cover aggressive play by teammates with shot blocking. Finally, Christian Martin (110) one of the most well rounded players in the event, exhibited multiple skills to play at a big time level.

Team 11

Kojak Thompson (26) point guard with great bounce and skill level to finish at the rim.  Davier Dixon (84) skills at both guard positions and leadership.  Asa White (171) young wing player playing inside due to size but outplayed some established post players with his desire and his speed to go end to end.

Team 13

Williams Onyeodi (169) very mature playing individual. Finished at the rim with regularity, rebounding with a determination that limited other team number of shots per trip down the floor and showed a nice range for the jump shot.  Alexander Wesig (133), “Mr. Complete”, rebounding, defending, passing and scoring. 

 

OUTSTANDING PLAYERS/TEAMS

 

Nathan

Hutchins

Advance

NC

FCDS

2021

1

Kendyl

Lloyd

Huntersville

NC

Hopewell

2019

36

DaShawn

Mason

Concord

NC

Concord

2019

37

Jalen

Hayes

Lawrenceville

GA

Mountain View

2018

73

Blan

Hodges

Hiddenite

NC

Alexander Central

2018

74

Cameron

Holbrook

Kernersville

NC

NW Guilford

2019

109

Christian

Martin

High Point

NC

SW Guilford

2019

110

Kendall

Latney

Dacula

GA

Mill Creek

2020

145

Jaden

Bradley

Fayetteville

NC

Terry Sanford

2021

146

Emmanuel

Izunabor

Fayetteville

NC

Fayetteville Academy

2019

181

TEAM 1

Jim

Fagan

Winston-Salem

NC

Reagan

2021

11

Kojack

Thompson

Mauldin

SC

Christ School

2019

26

Drayton

Watson

Spartanburg

SC

Spartanburg

2021

47

Andrew

Smith

Warrenton

NC

Warrenton County

2020

62

Davier

Dixon

Winston-Salem

NC

Liberty Heights

2019

84

Darion

Green

Franklinville

NC

St. Davids

2018

99

Joey

McMullin

Rougement

NC

Orange

2020

120

Caleb

Cudak

Wake Forest

NC

Falls Lake Academy

2019

135

Jalen

O'Neal

Concord

NC

Concord

2019

156

Asa

White

Garner

NC

East Garner MS

2022

171

TEAM 11

Jatorri

McKenzie

Durham

NC

Faith Assembly Christian

2021

13

Sidney

McKnight

Charlotte

NC

North Meck

2019

24

Robert

Guyton

Myrtle Beach

SC

Myrtle Beach Christian

2018

49

Kris

Robinson

Lincolnton

NC

krobinson_22

2020

60

Jake

Smith

Asheville

NC

Enka

2019

86

CJ

Cappuccio

Greensboro

NC

Bishop McGuiness

2018

97

Jacari

Outlaw

Goldsboro

NC

Greenfield

2020

122

Alexander

Wesig

Lawrenceville

GA

Mountain View

2018

133

Kurtis

Taylor

Raleigh

NC

Neuse Christian

2020

158

Williams

Onyeobi

Fayetteville

NC

Fayetteville Academy

2019

169

TEAM 13

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