NC Junior Phenom
Team 1 Evaluation
Coach: Gerroid Doughty
No. 2 4’5 ’24 Nicholas Mason (Florence, SC)
Nicholas enjoyed a solid performance at the NC Jr. Phenom camp. While he was one of the younger players in attendance, he garnished enough attention to win game MVP honors in one camp game. Coach Doughty stated, “I loved his attitude. Nicholas has quick hands and feet. While he is somewhat small, he always played big. He had the heart of a lion.” We were impressed with his nice blend of athleticism and skill set for his age and grade, especially his passing ability. Nicholas averaged 7.3PPG and led his teams in assists.
No. 9 4’9 ’24 Alexander Brodie (Wendell, NC)
It’s not often a young player makes such an impression on the defensive side of the ball. However that was the case for Alexander Brodie! He flat got after it on both ends of the court. Coach Doughty stated, “Alexander played great defense. He’s willing to get down and dirty on defense.” Alexander demonstrated good ball handling and passing skills for his age/grade. He has solid shooting mechanics and form. Alexander averaged 6.7 PPG and his played earned him a game MVP honor.
No. 10 4’9 ’24 Tyler Crider (Weddington, NC)
Tyler Crider has an advanced skill set for his age/grade, plain and simple. We were also impressed with his attitude and vocal leadership on the court. Coach Doughty stated, “Tyler is a name I will remember. His shooting off the dribble was terrific. He has good mechanics and excellent rotation and back spin on the ball.” We were impressed with Tyler’s range and ability to shoot consistently from the perimeter. Tyler averaged 8.3 PPG and his play earned him a game MVP honor. In addition, he was crafty with the ball and demonstrated strong PG skills.
No. 19 4’9 ’24 Malachi Green (Greenville, NC)
One thing is for certain; there is no shortage in his motor and energy displayed at camp. Malachi played with passion and purpose. Coach Doughty stated, “Malachi showed good form on his shot. He has a hustle mentality and is a great team guy. Defensively, he is an attacker and always putting pressure on the offensive player he is guarding. He has a high motor and finished around the basket.” Malachi averaged 8.7PPG and earned game MVP honors in one game.
No. 20 4’11 ’24 TJ Bell (Columbia, SC)
TJ demonstrated good quick and speed throughout the day. He has a tremendous attitude and work ethic and played well as a team player. He was very unselfish and may have been too unselfish at times. Coach Doughty stated, “TJ was willing to do all the little things to help his team. He’s a team first player and at times was a little hesitate to shoot, but was very effective when he did. TJ averaged 5.0 PPG and showcased a solid all around game.
No. 32 5’0 ’24 Tavarus Bell (Columbia, SC)
Tavarus demonstrated a relentless work ethic the entire day, whether it was in stations or in the game. He played with enthusiasm and displayed an excellent attitude. Coach Doughty stated, “Taavarus was able to finish around the rim and hustles the entire day. His jump shot was good but will get better with time. Tavarus averaged 7.7 PPG and was named to the All Camp team getting game MVP votes in every game.
No. 62 5’4 ’24 Kaiden Mintz (Florence, SC)
Talk about a player with a high motor! Malique made a lasting impression with his high-octane approach and abundance of energy displayed throughout camp. Coach Doughty stated, “ If you want someone to play hard nose defense, call on Kaiden. He handles the ball extremely well for his age. While Kaiden didn’t score a lot of points, he affected the game in other ways, especially on defense and may have been one of the better overall defensive players at camp. He has a high motor and is willing to do whatever he can do to help his team.”
No. 67 5’4 ’24 Austin Swartz (Indian Trail, NC)
Coach Doughty stated it best, “Austin is an asset in many areas on the court. He played solid defense, passed the ball really well and scored from anywhere on the court.” Austin is a good rebounder and played with a lot of energy.” He has a good basketball IQ and understanding of the game for his age/grade and made things happen on both ends of the court. Overall, Austin did a lot of things well and his solid team first approach earned him a game MVP honor.
No. 91 5’6 ’24 Evan Dean (Chapel Hill, NC)
Evan has good length and has extremely long arms for his age/grade. We were impressed with his good basketball IQ and solid fundamentals. Evan rebounded and ran the floor well in transition, however he could be a little more aggressive at times. Coach Doughty stated, “Evan scored inside with efficiency and moved well without the ball. Like many young players, he is eager to learn and showcased a willingness to listen and absorb as much as he could.