April was a big month in the exposure category and due to the three shoe circuits having events during both periods, it can be hit or miss when it comes to college coaches. However, Phenom Hoops April saw over 300 college coaches come to sit baseline and watch the talent on hand.
We started off in Spartanburg, South Carolina and ended up in Greensboro, North Carolina. Teams from all over stopped by to compete, in fact we hosted teams from 10 different states (Washington state, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina).
Coaches from some of the top programs, and conferences, from across the country showed up. The ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, American Athletic, Big East, A-10, Ivy, Conference USA, Atlantic Sun, Sun Belt, Colonial Athletic, American East, Patriot, MEAC, SWAC, Big South, Southern Conference, and so many others attended games.
Even better offers were handed out. Kids went from no names to the top of recruiting boards. Every event has multiple NCAA Compliant Scouts in attendance and media from national outlets, read from across the country. Games are live streamed and archived to coaches across the country via national outlet Baller TV.
Suffice to say, the industry leader in exposure upped the ante and April provided more exposure than ever before.
Here are some players who broke out at Phenom’s Challenge Live and Phenom’s Grassroots Tip Off Live in the 2019 class
6’7” Ishan White
TMP Elite (SC)
One look at Ishan White and you immediately conjure up images of Jae Crowder. The powerfully built and explosive forward showed the ability to shoot from the arc, create from the high post and full out put his arm pits on the rim. White has defensive upside and versatility and he is one that high major programs need to start looking at. After his performance at Phenom’s Grassroots Tip Off Live he picked up six offers.
6’7” Josh Hall
Durham Hurricanes (NC)
Hall has a lengthy and projectable frame. His father stands 7’ tall and played at East Carolina. He is a shooting guard wing as he has the breakdown handle and range that extends well beyond the 3-point line. Hall has the look of a frame that is still growing, but don’t let that fool you, he has a killer’s instinct that will only continue to get better. Hall now carries offers from the likes of Buffalo, Kennesaw St, Coastal Carolina and others. He picked up multiple offers playing in both Phenom’s Challenge Live and Phenom’s Grassroots Tip Off Live. He is primed to be one of the biggest risers in July.
6’6” Paul Hudson
Charlotte Dragons (NC)
Hudson is a unique talent, one that is hard to pigeon hole into specifics. However, what he absolutely is, is a player that you don’t want to play against. He carries a wing span over 7 feet, he is able to defend multiple positions, both on the perimeter and the post. You can set him up at the high post or the block on offense. He picked up another offer, Presbyterian, after his performance at Phenom’s Challenge Live. More should start to come in.
6’4” Steven Verplancken
Synergy Elite – Wise (WV)
As Coastal Carolina, among other coaches, watched Verplancken pour in 31 points on Saturday night at Phenom’s Grassroots Tip Off Live it became apparent that he compared very favorably with Coastal All-time great Elijah Wilson. They are about the same size, have the same change of pace and the ability to both score and distribute. Verplancken has great court vision to go along with a silky smooth jump shot. He is virtually unknown right now, however as he plays throughout June with his Teays Valley High School team and then into July with Synergy Elite, offers should start to come in at a fast rate.