North Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp Session Two Evaluations
Coach Daymond Lindell
#8:5’0 ’23 Jalen Chunn (Salisbury, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that displayed a nice array of skills during his time at camp, Jalen Chunn. He’s a wiry guard prospect that is capable of scoring the ball in a variety of different ways. Chunn moves extremely well without the ball and was able to apply nice pressure as a cutter and spot-up shooter. He plays with great energy and passes well to open teammates. Next in his development process is improving his footwork, as he already possesses a pretty well-rounded skillset. Coach Lindell on Chunn: “Jalen has the potential to be a great floor general. He has good court vision and handles the ball well with either hand in transition and looks to pass the ball to open teammates. Jalen is a good on-ball defender, but needs to focus on his off-ball presence. He needs improvement on the dribble-drive and finishing strong at the basket.” Chunn worked hard at camp and should be able to continue steadily growing on both ends of the floor.
#23:5’5 ’23 Alex Godley (Burlington, NC)
Next, we look at a player that displayed a firm understanding of how to constantly impact the game on both ends of the floor, Alex Godley. He’s a guard prospect that offers a fairly balanced two-way approach to the game, able to pass, score, and defend all quite well. Godley utilizes his quickness well when defending the point of attack and contained his assignment nicely. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as it would allow him to better set the tone. Coach Lindell on Godley: “Alex has a high basketball IQ and good overall feel for the game. His attitude is excellent and he’s a good teammate. Alex has a decent midrange shot and nice instincts on the dribble-penetration. He needs to work on his shooting mechanics off the dribble and moving purposefully without the ball. Alex has good court vision and passing skills, but can improve on finishing around the basket.” Godley is intriguing and could be a player worth keeping an eye on going forward.
#27:5’5 ’23 John Campbell (High Point, NC)
Moving onto a player that knows the game and how to operate with any group of teammates, John Campbell. He’s a wiry guard prospect with an excellent feel for his role and skillset on both ends of the floor. Campbell rarely forces the action and showed the ability to score while creating for others. Next in his development process is working to become a stronger transition defender, as it would help round out his game. Coach Lindell on Campbell: “John is smooth and has a high basketball IQ. He moves well without the ball and knows his shooting range. He needs to improve his strength, which will help his ball-handling and passing skills. Defensively, John plays well on the ball, but can improve on his help defense. His handle, penetration, and finishing moves should continue to improve with maturity.” Campbell is a very useful two-way player and should emerge as a prospect to note for the future.
#28:6’0 ’23 Giovanni Nannucci (Greensboro, NC)
Continuing onto a player that really impressed all spectators in attendance with his poise and ability to generate offense in an instant, Giovanni Nannucci. He’s an incredibly skilled wing prospect that frequently highlighted his ability to get downhill and attack the rim. Nannucci made defenders look foolish with his exceptional array of step-backs, spin moves, and euro-steps. He rebounds and pushes transition play extremely well while maintaining an unselfish approach at all times. Next in his development process is working on to become quicker, as it would maximize his offensive skillset. Coach Lindell on Nannucci: “Giovanni has a great motor and understands his strengths and weaknesses. He’s a high IQ player that makes his teammates better. Giovanni has a nice midrange and three-point shot with excellent dribble-drive abilities. He defends extremely well for 94 feet. Giovanni is very coachable and responds well to adversity. He’s unselfish on offense and defense and makes his teammates better. Giovanni is a coach on the floor.” Nannucci received votes for numerous awards, but ultimately took home the Mr. Hustle trophy due to his impeccable showing during camp.
#38:5’7 ’23 Jason Hancock (Greensboro, NC)
Next, we look at a player that displayed an incredible amount of intrigue and long-term upside at camp, Jason Hancock. He’s a lefty guard prospect that plays with a certain smoothness to his game. Hancock makes efficient use of his touches, able to create for himself or others with relative ease and knock down shots whenever necessary. He’s an intelligent player and it’s especially evident on defense in the purposeful way he moves and positions himself to get stops. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it would make him a more useful rebounder. Coach Lindell on Hancock: “Jason has an innate ability to make things happen on both ends of the floor with his exceptional hustle plays. He’s a good floor general that brings his team up with his verbal leadership and complete hustle mentality. Jason has great energy and uses it to defend for 94 feet. He needs work on the consistency of his jumper, but his ball-handling is good with either hand. His court vision is great and he hits the open man.” Hancock showed numerous high-level flashes at camp and should be a prospect to keep an eye on over the next few years.
#39:5’7 ’23 Quasim Oden (Raleigh, NC)
Moving onto a player that provides a team with an extremely balanced two-way approach, Quasim Oden. He’s a wing prospect with a quality feel for the game, allowing him to constantly contribute without having to force the action. Oden scored effectively from all areas while showing grit and determination on defense. Next in his development process is working to tighten his handle, as it will allow him to create quite easily for himself or others. Coach Lindell on Oden: “Quasim has a great grasp of his strengths and weaknesses both offensively and defensively. He needs to improve his physical strength, which will help his ball-handling and passing abilities also improve. Quasim will develop into a very good player with necessary work on his perimeter skills and defensive presence.” Oden is a pretty talented prospect and has the chance to continue growing into a problematic matchup for opponents.
#47:5’10 ’23 Cole Callaway (Mooresville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to consistently highlight his ability to score the ball, Cole Callaway. He’s a wing prospect with nice size and great shot-creation skills. Callaway has a nice feel for the game and frequently overwhelms opponents with his deep shooting range. He has sharp defensive instincts and forced numerous turnovers at camp. Next in his development process is working on playing within the team concept, as he will score much more efficiently. Coach Lindell on Callaway: “Cole has good range on his shot but needs to understand a good shot from a bad shot and when to pass. He can be a good game-changer when he’s hot, though he’s a streaky shooter. If he moves without the ball, he will get great opportunities to score. He has great court vision and a willingness to pass, but needs to be a little bit more unselfish on offense. Cole has tremendous potential.” Callaway was among the most impressive scorers on display, so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s able to dial it back and maintain strong productivity.
#51:5’10 ’23 Kemon O’Kelly (East Spencer, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to affect all facets of the game while wreaking havoc for opponents, Kemon O’Kelly. He’s an athletic, mobile forward prospect with nice size and the ability to enjoy success without requiring the ball in his hands. O’Kelly is very versatile at this level and has no problem defending three or four positions in a given possession. Next in his development process is improving his footwork, in order to properly round out his fundamentals. Coach Lindell on O’Kelly: “Keman is Mr. Hustle for our team and has an absolutely great nose for the ball. He positions himself properly on both ends of the floor. Keman can improve his shooting ability from midrange to three-point territory. His court vision is nice and passes well with either hand. He has great defensive skills and footwork. The best thing about Keman is his motor and he should maintain his good attitude and strong work ethic.” O’Kelly’s team-first approach will always make him a favorite amongst coaches and teammates, and could make him a potential star.
#60:6’1 ’23 Trey Horton (Huntersville, NC)
Moving onto a player that was able to consistently highlight his terrific versatility on both ends of the floor, Trey Horton. He’s a mobile, strong-bodied forward with the ability to overwhelm any type of opponent. Horton can operate inside or outside the arc and find success, given his size and three-level scoring instincts. He’s a useful defender that is capable of defending virtually every position on the floor if necessary. Next in his development process is working to set the tone with his transition defense, as he has the ability to single-handedly stop opposing fast break opportunities. Coach Lindell on Horton: “Trey has tremendous potential and will be a force to be reckoned with once he improves his overall shot selection. He has nice size and can play four positions very well. Trey has a nice midrange to three-point shot and is a capable passer with good court vision. Trey has a good motor but can improve on his ability to make hustle plays on both ends of the floor. He can improve as a rebounder and should be able to grow into an awesome player.” Horton is quite a unique prospect and could realistically emerge as a star in the future, especially with continued work.
#62:6’3 ’24 Enoch Ferry (Kernersville, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his two-way abilities, Enoch Ferry. He’s a long-bodied big man that’s willing to do all of the little things on both ends of the floor. Ferry does a nice job of utilizing his length to alter and block shots around the rim. He fights hard for rebounds and runs the floor with great purpose in transition. Next in his development process is working on his aggressiveness on offense, as he could dominate opponents when looking to score. Coach Lindell on Ferry: “Enoch is a great, mature young man to coach and he receives constructive criticism very well. He has a good body with nice size and will be a menace for opponents once he improves his footwork. Enoch should work on his physical strength and improve on being aggressive. He will develop into a strong post player with the right coaching and patience. Enoch sets picks well and can finish around the basket, keeping the ball high at all times.” Ferry will be a prospect to watch progress over these next few years, especially when you consider that he’s just a seventh-grader.