North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 2: Evaluation Team 12
Coach: Donnell Williams
#13:5’9 ’21 Jalen Rochelle (Knightdale, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that made quite the impression with his two-way showing at camp, Jalen Rochelle. He’s a point guard prospect with quality feel and impressive leadership qualities on both ends of the floor. Rochelle scored efficiently from all levels and finished through contact at the basket. He rebounded quite well for his size and pushed transition play on every defensive board. Next in his development process is working on his ability to hit shots when spotting-up along the perimeter, as it would add a new wrinkle to his offensive game. Coach Williams on Rochelle: “Jalen is a very good leader that knows how to control play on both sides of the floor. He has a great attitude and accepts criticism very well. Jalen plays with a high IQ and gets his teammates involved.” Rochelle was among his team’s most reliable performers during camp and should be a prospect worth monitoring over the coming years.
#18:5’10 ’20 Adrian Suffren (Charlotte, NC)
Next, we look at a player that did an excellent job of impacting the game while operating within his role, Adrian Suffren. He’s a strong-bodied guard prospect that showed the ability to handle the ball and penetrate fairly often. Suffren scored really well around the basket and displayed nice playmaking instincts with the ball in his hands. He made numerous stops on defense and forced multiple turnovers on the day. Next in his development process is working his ability to consistently score from beyond the arc, as he showed various flashes during his time at camp. Coach Williams on Suffren: “Adrian is a hard worker that gets to the rim with regularity. He has an excellent attitude and accepts criticism well. Adrian moves well without the ball and rebounds nicely for his size. He plays with a nice IQ and team-first approach.” Suffren possesses great tools and an excellent team-first approach, which should allow him to steadily progress over the next few years.
#54:6’0 ’21 Kavan Horton (Asheville, NC)
Moving onto a player that should be able to emerge as a strong two-way contributor this season, Kavan Horton. He’s a combo-guard prospect that handles the ball quite well and understands how to play with a balanced approach on both ends of the floor. Horton scores effectively on all three levels and sees the entire floor when looking to make plays for others. He is a poised all-around defender, but can often get caught gambling for steals. Next in his development process is continuing to add strength, as it would make him a more reliable finisher through contact. Coach Williams on Horton: “Kavan is a young kid that knows how to make his presence felt. He can shoot the ball really well or finish at the rim through contact. Kavan utilizes both hands well and understands how to get his teammates involved.” Horton plays with great energy and has the ability to frustrate opponents on both ends of the floor, but it’ll be interesting to see how he develops over the next few seasons.
#85:6’2 ’19 George Jones (Bayboro, NC)
Continuing onto a player that has build quite the reputation for himself for his high-flying display, George Jones. He’s an athletic guard prospect that knows how to relentlessly attack the basket and finish through contact. Jones handles the ball well and shows the ability to generate offense for himself and others. He plays with a rugged approach and quality motor, allowing him to really frustrate opponents and force turnovers on defense. Next in his development process is continuing to become a consistent threat from beyond the arc, as it would make him an especially difficult assignment for opposing guards. Coach Williams on Jones: “George also plays football and is working to get back into basketball mode. He’s very tough and athletic. He makes good decisions with the ball and can score all levels. George plays with a high motor and is a problem for opponents.” Jones is a talented athlete and should be able to find success at the college level.
#115:6’3 ’21 Isaiah Williams (Durham, NC)
Next, we look at a player that was able to consistently impact various facets of the game during camp, Isaiah Williams. He’s a wing prospect with solid IQ and a quality feel for the game. Offensively, Williams is capable of thriving with or without the ball in his hands, given his strong blend of ball-handling and three-level scoring. He’s very unselfish and consistently creates scoring chances for others, but knows when to take advantage of open opportunities. Williams displayed solid positioning and a fundamental understanding of how to move on defense. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a more a more reliable on-ball defender. Coach Williams on Williams: “Isaiah is a tough kid with a great attitude and the ability to score on all levels while getting his teammates involved. He is a good kid and attacks the rim quite well. Isaiah fights hard for rebounds and plays with a nice IQ.” Williams is still just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities, but already knows how to contribute well on a possession-to-possession basis.
#122:6’3 ’21 Lucas Taylor (Raleigh, NC)
Moving onto a player that possesses a pretty strong crossroads between productivity and long-term potential, Lucas Taylor. He’s a wing prospect that does a quality amount of everything on both ends of the floor while providing great energy and an exceptional feel for game. Taylor is a useful all-around scorer and defender, and does a terrific job of operating within the glue-guy role. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even more dynamic threat off the dribble. Coach Williams on Taylor: “Lucas can pass nicely or shoot the ball from midrange and beyond the arc. He has a very long wingspan and is a good open court player. He has a nice IQ and gets his teammates involved whenever possible.” Taylor understands how to make efficient use of his touches while impacting the game consistently in all areas, making him a prospect worth keeping an eye on over the coming years.
#149:6’5 ‘20 Jordan Fox (Fayetteville, NC)
Continuing onto a player that provided his team with a pretty unique two-way presence, Jordain Fox. He’s a strong-bodied big man prospect that does an excellent job of setting up and operating out of the low post, utilizing his brute force to simply barrel down any opponent in his path. Fox finished nicely around the basket and secured numerous second-chance opportunities throughout the day. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him a much more lethal offensive threat. Coach Williams on Fox: “Jordian was like baby Shaq today. He is very good in the post and utilizes his size nicely to get by opponents down low. Jordian can shoot the midrange shot and is a very good rebounder and shot-blocker. He finishes strong around the rim and has a great attitude.” Fox worked extremely hard at camp and maintained a strong team-first approach throughout the day. It’ll be exciting to see how he builds his game going forward.
#157:6’6 ’21 Landon Nall (Middlesex, NC)
Finishing up, we look at a player that possesses a lot of long-term upside, given his size and age, Landon Nall. He’s a wiry big man prospect with the ability to make things happen on both sides of the ball. Nall is still expanding his skillset, but understands how to play hard and run the floor purposefully on every possession. He does a great job of utilizing his length to alter shots on defense. Next in his development process is adding strength to his somewhat thin frame, as it would allow him to impose a stronger presence when rebounding and finishing around the rim. Coach Williams on Nall: “Landon is a good kid with a great attitude and team-first approach to the game. He needs some work on the low block and can continue to work on being confident.” Nall has a useful two-way skillset, but has the potential to be a really unique prospect, especially given his abilities as a floor-stretching big man