North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations
Coach Daymond Lindell
#76: 5’8 ’21 Hudson Hargette (Greenville, SC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that showed a lot of toughness and a clear willingness to outwork his assignment, Hudson Hargette. He’s a guard prospect that provides an excellent balance between three-level scoring and creating for others. Hargette displays great vision and understands how to hit open teammates at the correct time. He defends really well and forces turnovers without gambling. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it would make him an even more destructive two-way player. Coach Lindell on Hargette: “Hudson has a sixth sense on the court and an innate ability of making the right plays all over the floor. His court vision is exceptional and omnipresent. Hudson handles pressure well; he passes well to the post and around the perimeter. He has a nice midrange to three-point shot. He needs to get stronger physically, which will help with his on and off-ball defense. Hudson has good leadership skills and is very vocal.” Hargette possesses a lot of useful tools and should steadily progress over the next few seasons.
#86:5’9 ’21 Emmanuel Sepulveda (Lillington, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to consistently highlight his quickness on both sides of the ball, Emmanuel Sepulveda. He’s a guard prospect that easily gets by opponents and touches the paint, where he shows great craftiness and playmaking instincts with great regularity. Sepulveda moves extremely well without the ball and is capable of playing alongside another point guard if necessary. Next in his development process is continuing to assert himself as a leader on both ends of the floor. Coach Lindell on Sepulveda: “Emmanuel is super cat-quick with a tremendous gene for hustling. He has incredible leaping ability for his height and can play above the rim. He’s a defensive stopper and uses his quickness to beat his man to the spot. Emmanuel has a nice midrange game and uses his leaping ability to get his shot off over defenders. His dribble-penetration is exceptional and he looks to get others involved. Emmanuel can and will push the ball on offense. Defensively he will guard his opponent for 94 feet, one-on-one with no problem.” Sepulveda knows how to make an impact on both ends of the floor and maintains a strong team-first presence at all times.
#123:6’0 ’21 Christopher Jones (Eden, NC)
Moving onto a player that fits very nicely in a variety of complementary roles, Christopher Jones. He’s a guard with natural playmaking instincts and the ability to consistently generate offense for others. Jones defends at an excellent level and sprints hard in transition, especially when pursuing the ball. His team-first approach is evident and he displays a quality feel on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it would allow him to have a stronger presence on the glass. Coach Lindell on Jones: “Christopher has a unique style of play in that he has a high basketball IQ that is complemented by his tremendous hustle. He has good court vision and sees the floor well while also being a willing passer. His shot ranges well from midrange to three-point territory. Christopher needs improvement on his quickness and strength. If he keeps grinding and working on his game, good things will develop.” Jones worked really hard at camp and was able to make great contributions during his time at camp.
#141:5’8 ’21 James Viola (Winston-Salem, NC)
Continuing onto a player that was able to consistently highlight his quality feel for the game, James Viola. He’s a guard prospect that truly understands how to thrive without necessarily needing the ball in his hands. Viola handles the ball pretty well and showed the tendency to make plays for others whenever possible. He scored from all levels and knocked down numerous catch-and-shoot opportunities on the day. Next in his development process is working on his finishing consistency, as it would make him a really difficult assignment for most opponents. Coach Lindell on Viola: “James is a constant positive presence on the court, in that he’s leading by example with his hustle on both ends of the floor. He’s very vocal with helpful instructions and calls on defense (help, ball, box-out, etc.). He needs to develop strength, which will help his offensive game and defending the perimeter. His midrange shot is consistent and he can continue to work on his shot from beyond the arc. James is a great team player.” Viola possesses a steady two-way presence and enjoyed a nice showing at camp as a result.
#150:6’1 ’19 Malcolm Morgan (Concord, NC)
Next, we look at a player that showcased an excellent understanding of how to impact action on both ends of the floor, Malcolm Morgan. He’s a guard prospect that is able to effectively score from all areas on the floor while generating open opportunities for teammates. Morgan does a phenomenal job of operating without the ball and knifing between holes in the defense. Next in his development process is working on his ability to score off the dribble, as it would make him a more lethal offensive threat. Coach Lindell on Morgan: “Malcolm is a strong ball-handler, left-hand dominant and should work on his right-hand dribble-drive ability. He has a nice midrange jumper that filters out to a consistent three-point shot. He rebounds his position well on the offensive boards, but can improve on defensive box-outs and rebounding. Malcolm pushes the ball well, sees the court, and is a very willing passer. He’s a very heady player that knows the game and plays to his strengths.” Morgan was able to outwork opponents throughout the day and could be poised to enjoy a strong senior campaign.
#184:6’3 ’20 DeAngelo Patterson (Concord, NC)
Moving onto a player with the ability to produce and highlight his phenomenal long-term potential, DeAngelo Patterson. He’s an athletic wing prospect that is wired to score the ball. Patterson attacks the rim with force and finishes extremely well around the basket, both on penetration attempts and second-chance opportunities on rebounds. He displays a great motor and was able to consistently overwhelm his assignment on defense. Next in his development process is working on his playmaking sense, as he could easily become an all-around offensive threat. Coach Lindell on Patterson: “DeAngelo has a wealth of potential as an all-around player. His offensive game is predicated by his defensive presence, in that his energy increases to a higher level based on the more plays he competes in. He is a good, strong rebounder for his position and defended all positions on the floor during camp. His perimeter shooting is streaky, but he possesses good range on his midrange and three-point shot. Once DeAngelo becomes a complete team player, he will be a big asset to his team.” Patterson is a college-level talent and should be an intriguing prospect to watch progress going forward.
#191:6’3 ’19 Tarique Kaiser (Rolesville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that really focused on affecting all facets of the game during camp, Tarique Kaiser. He’s a long, wiry forward prospect with solid athleticism and a team-first approach. Kaiser is an effective all-around scorer, but makes a stronger impact when hunting for his jumper along the perimeter. He is a terrific passer for his position and moves extremely well without the ball. Kaiser utilized his length nicely on defense to force turnovers and alter shots around the basket. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him even more difficult for opponents to contain on offense. Coach Lindell on Kaiser: “Tarique has a strong work ethic and it translates on the court, both defensively and offensively. His midrange to three-point shot is good and his post-moves are efficient. He’s a grinder that has a decent post game and, with some footwork, will be a force in the paint. His on-ball defense is good when fronting the post, but he needs to defend better behind post players. Tarique passes well to the perimeter out of the post.” Kaiser is a pretty tough two-way player and should be quite productive throughout his upcoming senior season.
#231:6’9 ‘21 Cooper Land (Holly Springs, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player with a terrific crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Cooper Land. He’s a wiry big man with quality length and the ability to disrupt opponents on both ends of the floor. Land possesses nice touch and shooting range for his position and can score the ball on all three levels. He’s quite efficient off the catch and knows how to position himself for success without the ball. Land rebounded the ball exceptionally well at camp and pushed transition play whenever possible. Next in his development process is working to improve his quickness, as it would allow him to take opponents off the dribble more frequently. Coach Lindell on Land: “Cooper is a diamond in the rough that has a great frame at 6-foot-9 and just a sophomore. He has the best attitude, in that he realizes his strengths and weaknesses and plays well within himself. Cooper rebounds well on both ends of the floor, but needs to work on strength and conditioning to improve his post defense and scoring opportunities. He is a good passer from the post to the perimeter.” Land is quite young and really understands how to apply his skillset on both ends of the floor without ever forcing the action.