Finally we get started on the evaluations from the Carson Newman showcase. The evals will be done daily by team and posted on the website www.tnprephoops.com.
- Jimmy Greer (Cane Ridge)
6'0 PG 2016
Tough minded lead guard who has steadily grown as a player and should be someone that has his best year as a senior. Greer is a solid on-ball defender, he plays defense full court and gives effort at all times. He is quick, has great hands and has really improved his decision making and passing skills. "I'd like to see him be a little more selfish" said one evaluation. In his quest to be the leader he often passed up scoring chances for himself.
- Chase Freeman (Station Camp)
5'11 PG 2017
Heady lead guard who has really improved his stock over the past year. Chase is quick, makes quick and winning basketball decisions while maintaining his poise on both ends of the floor. He is a tough defender despite his lack of height, he is smart, uses his angles to his advantage and is a floor general. His outside shot is adequate and if left open he will make you pay. He is a gamer, he gets to the rim, draws defenders and makes the correct pass to the open teammate.
- Isaac Phillips (Jackson County)
6'2 SG 2016
Off guard with a high basketball IQ, Phillips played the game unselfishly, he understood the rules we had in place, made solid post entry feeds, moved without the ball and made open shots. He runs the floor at every opportunity looking for scoring chances. He always seemed to be in the right spot on offense. His shooting was good and he seemed to prefer advancing the ball and setting up majority of his scoring chances on the left side of the floor. He needs to work on his effort on the defensive side of the ball. Much to good an athlete to be an average defender.
- Kody Eden (Station Camp)
6'6 WF/PF 2017
Young man plays with sheer effort and determination. Love his motor. He is strong on the glass, he defends using his physical nature and toughness to be a handful on the boards, offensive or defensive. Kody is an above average athlete who has improved his short jumper making it a scoring option in the half court. He still needs to work on his footwork and lateral movements, he just needs to polish his offensive repertoire on the interior. He tends to go a but to fast when attempting a post move and finds himself out of position or turning the ball over because of a relentless dribble. His motor helps him stand out.
- Chavis Rahming (McCallie)
6'5 PF 2016
Solid contributor is a handful on the glass with good rebounding instincts and the ability to seek the ball when shot. His defensive skills are far ahead of his offensive attributes but this is the kind of kid who gives you effort and emotion and makes winning plays. He can score inside off the put back but needs to expand his offensive output. He uses his length to his advantage but would be much more effective with added strength. Taking a more aggressive role in the offense would serve him well, run the floor with more conviction, continue to attack the basket when those scoring chances are presented to you and work on a change of pace move. Coaches love a player like this who is unselfish and works to keep possessions alive.
- Jalen Andrews (Bearden)
5'10 PG 2019
Young guard is small in stature and will, like everyone else in his class, needs to work on getting his body ready for the rigors of high school basketball. Strength is the key, especially for a small guard who likes to drive the ball to the basket. Jalen needs to be more aggressive and must work on his outside shooting. His lack of physical strength comes into play here as he seems reluctant to get up into someone on defense because of his lack of strength. He simply needs repetition and work to make his outside shot something he can rely on for a score. His confidence will also see a major boost once he gets his body more prepared for varsity basketball.
- Garrett Oakley (Maryville)
5'10 PG 2017
Solid contributor plays with effort and determination at all times. He ran the floor exceptionally well and showed he could knock down an open shot in transition. He really needs to work on his body, he could be so much more effective if he was stronger. His game is emotion and he needs to communicate better on both ends of the floor. He is a willing defender who really gives maximum effort on that end of the floor. He appears to be more of a system kid, meaning a player who knows his role, executes his role for the good of the team and finds ways to make winning plays and hit buckets that help his team win games.
- Christian King (Sevier County)
6'2 WF 2018
Absolutely love his effort and his basketball mindset. King has some length but he really needs to work on his body and get stronger. He could be so much more effective in every aspect of the game if he was able to use his body to his advantage. He really hustles on the floor, he runs the floor very effectively and is a better athlete than he gets credit for being. His outside stroke is not all that bad when his fundamentals are correct and his feet are set. "Would like to see him get off the floor, a good athlete who plays with his feet bolted to the ground", was one evaluation for the rising sophomore. Get your body stronger and your confidence will rise as will your overall basketball production. I promise.
- Gavin Stewart (Rhea County)
6'4 WF/PF 2018
Youngster has really improved his effort, he is running the floor much better and has been much more active in his overall approach to the game. He has shown he can shoot the outside shot with some success but he needs to work on finishing his scoring chances on the interior. Strengthen his hands would also help him catch the entry pass much truer and allow him to use his footwork to get better scoring angles. He needs to move his feet on defense. You are much to good an athlete to be a stand still defender, that does not work on any level of basketball. Gavin has shown that passion for playing again and as his effort becomes more consistent I think you will see a great resurgence in his production this season.