The annual Phenom Hoops David Rose Memorial Day Classic delivered us some big-time performances, key story lines, and collection of breakout prospects coaches need to put some eyes on.
Greensboro North Carolina– The David Rose Memorial Day Classic is an event that carries a message and meaning deeper than competition on the hardwood. It’s the story of ultimate sacrifice and selflessness than others, this event brings all of us together to celebrate, but it also provides a premium stage for athletes to showcase their talent in front of coaches offering opportunities.
6’3 2022 Christian Ferguson (Hurricanes)- Ferguson was a vital part of a tough and talented Palmetto City Hurricanes 15U squad, a team full of dogs and Ferguson led the pack. Ferguson was good in space, and he was a tough cover slashing to the cup.
At 6’3 Ferguson is agile in the open floor, he’s a tough finisher that welcomes contact. Ferguson also flashed the three point range in the second half, their last game resulted in a 41 point blowout. Ferguson also showed real tenacity on the defensive side, he constantly pressured the basketball and racked up several steals in the process.
6’0 2023 Darius Abraham (Team Loaded)- Abraham is a prolific scorer and he was one of the top shooters all weekend from behind the arc. You won’t find many guards more polished than Abraham at this stage in the NC 2023 class, aside from being a knockdown shooter from three, Abraham creates off the dribble for himself and others in the process with the attention he draws, he’s got a nice mid range game and can stop on a dime for pull up jumpers.
Abraham can get to the basket and he’s got some explosiveness at the cup, he displayed excellent body control mid air as well. Abraham is a strong kid and he refuses to shy away from contact.
5’8 2023 Kobe Parker (CSB Elite)- Parker is a big time shooter in his own right, he’s silky smooth off the dribble and he’s got logo range. Parker will shoot opponents out the gym if given any type of breathing room, Parker has a quick trigger and a very short memory, two quality characteristics for any true shooter.
Parker can create for himself off the bounce and can get the ball out to teammates around him, he’s also effective off ball on catch and shoot opportunities as well, Parker is constantly in movement carving out space. Parker utilizes the pump fake well to get defenders off balance, he drew a bevy of fouls.
6’1 2022 Davion Joyner (TMP)- Joyner really broke out this weekend for multiple reasons, Joyner scored the ball well in space, and he looked comfortable in transition making decisions with the rock.
Joyner has a high motor and he gets end to end in faster than most guards I personally saw, Joyner welcomes contact at the cup and has the court vision to make reads in seconds. Joyner’s court awareness really stood out, he got the ball out his hand quick and never hesitated to make the extra pass. Joyner’s jump shot looked streaky as well he capitalized on open looks, Joyner also rebounds the ball well at the guard spot. Defensively Joyner was locked in, he jumped passing lanes and made things hard on opposing guards, Joyner brought true grit to his side.
6’1 2023 Alik Lewis (Team Felton)- Lewis is one star among several in a deep Team Felton 14U backcourt, these guards are like interchangeable parts because they’re all so versatile. Lewis saw time at both guard positions and really excelled at both.
At this stage Lewis is already a gifted scorer with an advanced offensive arsenal, the kid already has the Jamal Crawford cross, behind the back step back in the bag. Alik can stop on a dime and freeze defenders, off the bounce Lewis had defenders on skates and he’d effortlessly raise up and bury them with the sweet jumper. Lewis also has the skill set to slide over off ball and score the rock, he’s got the court vision for a lead guard but the scoring prowess of a wing. Defensively Lewis is physical, it seemed like a personal mission of Lewis’s to lock down his match down for 84 feet.