North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations
#78: 5’7 ’22 Jordon Wall (Greensboro, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to consistently highlight his poise as a ball-handler, Jordon Wall. He’s a young point guard prospect that can play as the lead creator or slide off-ball and create havoc. Wall possesses great upside as a playmaker and is able to effectively get by opponents from time to time. He works hard on defense and even forced a few turnovers on the day. Next in his development process is working on the consistency of his jumper from midrange and beyond the arc, as it would make him a much more reliable scoring option. Coach Stackhouse on Wall: “Jordan has to continue to improve his shot. He had some struggles in the paint and needs to work on his ability to make plays for others, but he maintained his positive attitude throughout the day.” Wall has ample time to improve and could be a prospect worth monitoring if he continues progressing.
#83:5’9 ’22 Caiden Stinson (Matthews, NC)
Next, we look at a player that displayed numerous flashes of a translatable offensive skillset at camp, Caiden Stinson. He’s a young guard prospect with a pretty balanced approach to the game. Stinson is capable of handling the ball and getting downhill or playing alongside another ball-handler and spotting-up around the perimeter. He moves well without the ball and does a nice job of pursuing rebounds on both ends of the floor. Stinson has decent quickness and possesses solid upside as an all-around defender. Next in his development process is working on his ability to defend the point of attack, as it would make him a more reliable two-way player. Coach Stackhouse on Stinson: “Caiden had a very good attitude throughout camp. He was very coachable, but has to shoot it more consistently. Caiden has to improve as a playmaker when he draws a second defender.” Stinson should be able to continually improve over the next few years and find success, as long as he maintains a strong work ethic.
#125:6’0 ’21 Ethan Pegram (Stokesdale, NC)
Moving onto a player that possesses a strong fundamentally-sound approach to both sides of the ball, Ethan Pegram. He’s a guard prospect that knows how to constantly make an impact on the game without necessarily requiring the ball in his hands. Pegram is a capable penetrator, but his spot-up shooting remains his most reliable source of offense. He displays great footwork and creates opportunities for teammates whenever possible. Pegram utilizes his high motor well on defense to disrupt opposing guards and force on-ball turnovers. Next in his development process is working on his ability to finish at the rim, as it would allow him to change his approach from one possession to the next. Coach Stackhouse on Pegram: “Ethan plays hard on both ends of the floor. He needs to improve his ball-handling abilities and work to become a more consistent shooter. Ethan maintained a positive attitude throughout the day.” Pegram is solid at committing to doing the little things and could become a quality prospect with added work.
#144:6’1 ’21 Cedric Patterson (Mount Holly, NC)
Continuing onto a player that contributes nicely while highlighted a quality amount of two-way upside, Cedric Patterson. He’s a well-rounded guard prospect that can operate within a variety of different roles on a team and still find success. Patterson is an effective scorer from all areas on the floor and finishes pretty strong around the basket, especially for his size. He brings great energy on defense and possesses the necessary quickness to become a strong on-ball defender with increased repetitions. Next in his development process is working on setting the tone with his transition defense, as it would allow him to become a better overall leader. Coach Stackhouse on Patterson: “Cedric had a good attitude and played hard throughout camp. He needs to become a more consistent shooter and should continue working on playing through contact and making decisions in the paint.” Patterson has an intriguing skillset and offers a steady presence to a team, which should make him a prospect worth noting for the future.
#148:6’1 ’20 Jalen Lynch (Roanoke Rapids, NC)
Next, we look at a player that took genuine pride in his efforts on both ends of the floor and overwhelmed opponents as a result. He’s an athletic guard prospect that can toggle between backcourt positions and generate offense whenever he desires. Lynch is a polished ball-handler with nice craftiness and the ability to efficiently score on all three levels. He displayed an impressive burst in transition and was able to speed past the opposition in the open floor. Lynch is a strong all-around defender that can force turnovers and convert them into points on the other end. Next in his development process is working on playing with a consistent motor, as it would make him even more problematic for opponents to contain. Coach Stackhouse on Lynch: “Jalen has the ability to score in transition. He is a solid shooter from the perimeter, but needs to improve as a ball-handler in order to maximize his scoring abilities. He had a positive attitude throughout the day.” Lynch was among the top two-way performers on his team and should be able to enjoy a productive junior season.
#186:6’3 ’20 Jeremiah Murphy (Charlotte, NC)
Moving onto a player that knows how to apply his solid motor and intriguing skillset quite well, Jeremiah Murphy. He’s a wiry forward prospect that plays hard on both ends of the floor and looks to make hustle plays whenever possible. Murphy showed signs of a formidable jumper from midrange and beyond the arc, but scored most of his points as a finisher around the basket. He utilized his length well on defense and altered numerous shots at the rim in transition. Next in his development process is working on consistently playing within the team concept, as scoring opportunities will come easier within the flow of the game. Coach Stackhouse on Murphy: “Jeremiah ran the court well and finished strong in transition. He has to improve as a ball-handler and perimeter shooter in order to fully maximize his potential. Jeremiah maintained a positive attitude throughout camp” Murphy possesses a nice amount of upside and could realistically continue improving over the next two seasons.
#189:6’4 ’21 Gary Williams (Apex, NC)
Continuing onto a player that offers a nice combination of size, effort, and shooting ability, Gary Williams. He’s a pretty young forward prospect that possesses a pretty balanced two-way skillset, able to score on all levels whenever necessary and contain his assignment nicely on the other end. Williams moves extremely well with the ball and knows how to position himself for success on offense. He scores at a solid rate in transition and will attempt to finish through most contact. Next in his development process is working to become a more vocal presence, as it would allow him to have better chemistry with his teammates. Coach Stackhouse on Williams: “Gary shoots it well from the perimeter and was very coachable at camp. He also played very unselfishly and should continue to work on his shot off the dribble, as it would make him quite dangerous. He also needs to work on the quickness of his shot.” Williams will be a prospect worth keeping an eye on, especially if he’s able to continue progressing on both sides of the ball.
#234:6’10 ‘19 David Elien Jr. (Chapel Hill, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player with an incredible crossroads of production and long-term potential, David Elien Jr. He’s an extremely useful, team-first big man that is truly capable of taking over and dominating any given contest. Elien is a very fluid athlete and moves exceptionally well for his size, both laterally and when running the floor. He’s a high-level rim-protector with great hands and impeccable timing. His shot-altering instincts are truly amazing and, at 6-foot-10, he should have an abundance of offers. Elien is also very intelligent on offense and operates efficiently out of the post, able to finish with either hand over either shoulder. Next in his development process is working on being a more consistently vocal presence, as it would allow him to seamlessly emerge as a leader. Coach Stackhouse on Elien: “Davis has a great attitude and shoots the ball well from fifteen feet. He’s a good athlete that runs the floor well. He needs to work on his strength and improving his ability to give multiple efforts on a play.” In reality, Elien possesses the highest upside of any camper in attendance and should be coveted by a plethora of Division I programs over the next calendar year.