North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations
Coach Kyle Caddell
#77: 5’8 ’19 Jarick Yon (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to consistently highlight his quickness at camp, Jarick Yon. He’s a point guard prospect that exerts a lot of effort on both ends of the floor while looking to make hustle plays whenever possible. Yon is capable of hitting open jumpers from midrange and beyond the arc, but scores the most effectively when getting by opponents and attacking the rim. He set up his teammates pretty well throughout the day and made efficient use of his touches on offense. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would open his offensive game to a new dimension. Coach Caddell on Yon: “Jarick has a great motor. He is able to penetrate into the lane and has solid quickness. He plays with a lot of effort and is a great team player. He needs to improve on using his left hand and finishing in the paint.” Yon plays with a lot of heart and passion, which allows him to make a constant impact without requiring the ball in his hands.
#85:5’9 ’21 Chris Hunter (Concord, NC)
Next, we look at a player that truly understands how to outwork opponents on both ends of the floor, Chris Hunter. He’s a pretty young wing prospect that utilizes his phenomenal motor to make his presence constantly felt by opponents. Hunter is able to get by opponents quite well and finishes nicely through contact at the rim. He’s an exceptional two-way rebounder with the ability to push transition play and secure second-chance opportunities quite often. Next in his development process is working on his transition defense, as he possesses all the tools to become a tone-setter and leader on that end of the floor. Coach Caddell on Hunter: “Chris plays with a lot of heart and does a great job of rebounding the ball, especially for his position. He is very strong and uses his strength when penetrating and finishing around the basket. Chris is also a good on-ball defender. He needs to work on his overall shooting mechanics and use of his left hand.” Hunter worked hard at camp and should continue steadily progressing over the next few years, especially if he maintains his hardnosed approach to the game.
#124:6’3 ’22 Nolan Hodge (Greensboro, NC)
Moving onto a player that has a very intelligent, fundamental approach to both sides of the ball, Nolan Hodge. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with a quality feel for the game and the ability to thrive in a variety of different roles. Hodge was able to highlight his consistency as a spot-up shooter from midrange and three-point territory throughout camp. He rebounds well for his size and displays nice instincts when defending the point of attack. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it will allow him to absorb more contact and still finish strong on penetration attempts. Coach Caddell on Hodge: “Nolan is able to step out and knock down three-point shots. He has a good release time on his jumper and is good in catch-and-shoot situations. He’s very coachable and is a good team player. He needs to improve his off-ball and transition defense along with his overall communication on the floor.” Hodge operated well within the team concept and will be an intriguing prospect to watch over the next few years.
#143:6’1 ’20 Benjamin Hollifield (Pineville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that possesses a pretty well-rounded offensive skillset and knows how to properly use it, Benjamin Hollifield. He is a smart off-guard that thrives when operating without the ball and is able to punish the opposition with his spot-up shooting. Hollifield is an efficient scorer from all levels and shoots the ball especially well from midrange and beyond the arc. He plays within the team concept and willingly made the extra pass whenever possible. Next in his development process is working on his defense at the point of attack, as it’ll make him a really tough two-way player. Coach Caddell on Hollifield: “Ben has a great ability to knock down the three-point shot and has a solid ability to penetrate and get to the basket. He has sneaky athleticism and also brought a great attitude. He was very coachable. Ben needs to work on his on-ball and transition defense.” Hollifield showcased a nice range of skills at camp and should be able to make contributions during his upcoming junior season.
#149:6’1 ’20 John Tastinger II (Otto, NC)
Next, we look at a player that knows how to provide his team with a reliable offensive presence, John Tastinger II. He’s a guard prospect that really excelled at spotting-up and knocking down shots around the perimeter. Tastinger creates pretty well off the dribble and showcased nice upside as a playmaker for others. He’s a solid on-ball defender that displays quality positioning when looking to overwhelm his assignment. Next in his development process is working on maximizing his ability to move without the ball, as it would make him a more useful off-ball cutter. Coach Caddell on Tastinger: “John is able to step out and knock down shots. He’s able to get into the lane and finish, especially with the floater. He handles the ball well and does a good job of shooting off the dribble, as well as finding open teammates. John needs to improve on using his left hand and being a better overall teammate.” Tastinger possesses a lot of translatable skills and could become a noteworthy prospect if he continues to work.
#185:6’3 ’20 DeVante Patterson (Concord, NC)
Moving onto a player that knows how to consistently contribute on both ends of the floor, DeVante Patterson. He’s an athletic wing prospect that possesses a lot of craftiness and can effectively score the ball from all levels. Patterson is willing to do the little things to provide his team with an edge, including pursuing rebounds on every single possession and outworking opponents for extra possessions. Patterson has a lot of tools on defense and should be able to continually grow on that end of the floor. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to finish with more creativity and consistency. Coach Caddell on Patterson: “DeVante is a strong, athletic player with good shooting mechanics. He does well shooting off the dribble and rebounding, especially on the defensive end. He’s very coachable and has a great attitude. DeVante needs to improve his passing skills and defensive effort.” Patterson enjoyed a nice showing at camp and could be poised to enjoy a breakout upcoming junior season.
#190:6’3 ’21 Riley Dougherty (Rolesville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that provided his team with a positive attitude and fairly well-rounded skillset, Riley Dougherty. He’s a pretty intriguing wing/forward prospect that is capable of stretching the floor while operating within the team concept. Dougherty runs the floor well and finishes nicely around the basket. He can knock down the open shot and willingly makes hustle plays whenever possible. Dougherty rarely forces the action and understands how to play to his strengths on the court. Next in his development process is working to establish a go-to scoring avenue, as it would allow him to emerge as a focal point on offense. Coach Caddell on Dougherty: “Riley can step out and make three-point shots, and his catch-and-shoot ability is above average. He’s a great team player that is also coachable and brings a great attitude. Riley needs to work on his ball-handling skills and shooting off the dribble.” Dougherty is still quite young and has ample time to continue improving his game on both ends of the floor.
#232:6’9 ‘20 Owen Spencer (Cincinnati, OH)
Finishing up, we look at a player that was able to impose his will on both ends of the floor with relative ease, Owen Spencer. He’s a fundamentally-sound big man that truly understand his skillset and knows how to apply within the flow of a game. Spencer typically operates on the low block and has a quality amount of reliable moves out of the post. He runs the floor hard from end to end and is capable of finishing above the rim. He utilizes his length well when rebounding and defending, able to accumulate an abundance of deflections and alter a strong percentage of shot attempts around the basket. Next in his development process is working on the use of his off-hand, as it would allow him to score over either shoulder with less resistance. Coach Caddell on Spencer: “Owen has great size and has strong back-to-basket moves. He has good hands and rebounds strong. He’s very coachable and has a great attitude. Owen plays with a lot of effort and is a very good team player. He has the ability to be a great passer out of the post. Owen needs to work on his ball-handling and utilization of his off-hand.” Spencer was the lone camper from Ohio, but was quite memorable with his quality feel and college-level ability on both sides of the ball.