Tennessee Jr. Phenom 150 Evaluations
#1:4’8 ’25 Zachary Dickey (Fairview, NC)
Starting things off, we look at a player that brought an excellent attitude and team-first approach to camp, Zachary Dickey. He’s a young point guard prospect with a nice motor and overall feel for the game. Offensively, Dickey applied pressure as a penetrator and consistently assisted to teammates throughout the day. He looked to make any possible hustle plays, especially on defense, where he was able to force turnovers and push the break. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his shooting ability, as it would make him a more complete offensive threat. Coach Senyo on Dickey: “Zachary has a good handle and always hustles on the court. He creates shots for his teammates with great passes. Zach has a lot of heart and was a great teammate throughout camp. I would like to see him shoot and drive the ball with more frequency.” Dickey is just entering his first year in middle school, so he’ll have ample time to continue developing on both sides of the ball.
#6:5’2 ’23 Dennis Malone (Afton, TN)
Next, we look at a player that showcased flashes of solid two-way play throughout camp, Dennis Malone. He’s a guard prospect with a decent pursuit of the ball, especially in rebounding situations, where he displayed solid fight on the glass. Malone passed the ball pretty well in transition and looked to tally assists whenever possible. He played hard on defense and was relentless when defending the ball. Next in his development process is learning how to play with a consistent motor, as it would allow him to create more havoc on both ends of the floor. Coach Senyo on Malone: “At times, we saw great hustle from Dennis, but he needs to work on the ability to keep his motor always going. I would like to see him attack the basket more often. He was a good teammate throughout the day. Dennis has a good shot and above average court vision.” Malone has a solid foundation and should keep improving over the next few years, especially if he continues refining his skillset.
#7:5’2 ’23 Keenan Wilkins (Hendersonville, NC)
Moving onto a player that really exceled and led his team on both sides of the ball, Keenan Wilkins. He’s a point guard with an incredibly innate sense for how to approach the game and control the pace of play. Offensively, Wilkins is a gifted playmaker with phenomenal three-level scoring ability. He knows how to utilize his slight frame to knife between defenders and navigate his way to the rim with great consistency. Wilkins reads the floor very well and makes his decisions quickly, making it virtually impossible for opponents to stay in front of him. He possesses impressive quickness on both sides of the ball and has no issue getting past defenders on offense or stopping the point of attack on defense. Wilkins is a deceptively strong defender with the ability to force an abundance of turnovers in a hurry and then immediately lead the break in transition. Next in his development process is simply continuing to add strength, as he already has an extremely advanced skillset and overall feel for the game, and more muscle will only make him a tougher two-way player. Coach Senyo on Wilkins: “Keenan was the best shooter we saw all day through the middle school age group. He was extremely hard to guard and possesses a large offensive arsenal. He has great vision and court sense with a tremendous IQ. Keenan has a lot of skills on the floor.” Wilkins easily secured the Mr. Playmaker award and should definitely continue to turn heads over the next few years.
#18: 5’6 ’24 Kyle Cloninger (Morristown, TN)
Continuing onto a player that displayed a terrific understanding of how to affect the game on both sides of the ball, Kyle Cloninger. He’s a young guard prospect with strong instincts and a quality overall feel for the game. Offensively, Cloninger knows how to toggle between either guard position and thrive. He can assume some ball-handling duties or move off-ball and pose a constant threat as a spot-up option. Cloninger is a nice all-around defender with the ability to force turnovers, but rarely gambles himself out of position. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a finisher, as it would make him a more polished scorer. Coach Senyo on Cloninger: “Kyle is a good defensive player with a nice stroke on the offensive end of the floor. He brought a great attitude to camp and played hard at all times. Kyle was coachable and very consistent on both sides of the ball.” Cloninger is able to make nice two-way contributions and should continue approaching the game with intensity.
#19:5’6 ’23 Theo Antinori (Asheville, NC)
Next, we look at a player that made an excellent two-way impact throughout his time at camp, Theo Antinori. He’s an intelligent guard prospect with big-time shooting ability, able to apply constant pressure as an offensive creator and three-level scorer. Antinori displayed solid playmaking instincts and was very unselfish with the ball in his hands. He defends quite well given his age and size, and forced numerous turnovers by intercepting passing lanes. Antinori pushed the break whenever possible and scored multiple times in transition. Next in his development process is working on the utilization of his off-hand, as it would allow him to attack more angles on offense. Coach Senyo on Antinori: “Theo is a great all-around player with the ability to cause havoc on both ends of the floor. He was one of the top shooters on the day and made an incredible impression with his great on-ball defense. Theo is good at attacking the basket and sees the floor quite well.” Antinori could have a breakout eighth-grade season, as he has the ability and understanding to take over any given contest.
#26: 5’8 ’23 Blake Head (Kingsport, TN)
Moving onto a player that provided his team with a lot of energy and effort on both ends of the floor, Blake Head. He’s a guard prospect with decent length and the ability to toggle between either guard position and make plays. Offensively, Head did a nice job of knocking down open shots, generating offense for others, and finishing strong around the basket. He brought an unselfish approach to the game and showcased a solid understanding of how to score within the natural flow of the game. Head exerted a lot of effort on defense and wanted to make any possible hustle play available. Next in his development process is improving his footwork, as it will make him a more disciplined on-ball defender. Coach Senyo on Head: “Blake is a good shooter with a nice motor and quality attitude. He passes the ball well and plays unselfishly on both sides of the floor. Blake hustles for loose balls and has great passion for the game.” Head has a nice approach to the game and should continue refining his tools, as he could become a strong two-way presence.
#27:5’8 ’23 Joltin Harrison (Kingsport, TN)
Continuing onto a player that showcased an intriguing amount of two-way potential at camp, Joltin Harrison. He’s a long-bodied forward with a calm demeanor and team-first approach to the game, allowing him to coexist with basically any group of teammates. Harrison shot the ball quite well throughout camp and displayed nice confidence from midrange and beyond the arc. He stretches the floor nicely for his position and understands how to score within the offensive flow. Next in his development process is improving his overall defensive presence, as it would make him a more complete two-way player. Coach Senyo on Harrison: “Joltin is a good shooter that attacks the basket with strength. He plays with a great IQ and feel for the game. He’s a solid two-way player, but has the ability to raise his game on both ends of the floor. Joltin is a very solid all-around player with upside.” Harrison showcased an abundance of quality intangibles and will be one to watch progress over the next few years.
#38:5’11 ’23 Jesse Shelton (Mars Hill, NC)
Next, we look at a player that consistently brought a relentless approach to the game, Jesse Shelton. He’s a big, strong-bodied prospect with size and the ability to make plays on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Shelton doesn’t force the action and makes efficient use of his touches around the basket. Throughout the day, Shelton knocked down shots from midrange and beyond the arc. He displayed a strong motor and rebounded the ball quite well. Shelton monitored the paint nicely and utilized his size extremely well to alter and block shots. He has a pretty solid feel for the game and understands his role on both ends of the floor. Next in his development process is working on his ability to score off the dribble, as it would make him much more difficult for opponents to contain. Coach Senyo on Shelton: “Jesse showcases good footwork to complement his quality frame. He possesses a nice basketball IQ and has pretty good handles for his size. Jesse was coachable and brought a great attitude to camp.” Shelton has a solid all-around approach to the game and will certainly be one to keep an eye on throughout the next few years.
#39: 5’11 ’23 Sam Witherspoon (Johnson City, TN)
Finishing up, we look at a player that displays a great feel for the game and possesses an intriguing two-way skillset, Sam Witherspoon. He’s a pretty versatile all-around player, but was forced to play out of position at camp due to his nice size. Witherspoon played as the main big man for this team, yet also highlighted his guard-like skills on both sides of the ball and throughout the early morning drills. He pursued rebounds and loose balls extremely well through utilization of his quality motor. Witherspoon has a nice foundation and shouldn’t worry about the flow of the game, but rather maintain his focus and approach to the game. Next in his development process is continuing to work on his consistency from midrange and beyond the arc, as it would allow him to be much more versatile on the offensive side of the ball. Coach Senyo on Witherspoon: “Sam played strong defense, set great screens, moved well without the ball and showed some range on his jumper. He showcased a nice motor and focused on doing the little things correctly.” Witherspoon possessed some of the most potential of the prospects on display and should continue working to improve his two-way skillset.