The Phenom Hoops crew invaded the other Carolina this weekend for the JMAC showcase, this event drew a good amount of hype and it absolutely lived up to the billing!
Fort Mill, South Carolina– I had the pleasure of covering court two at Nation Ford high school, and I left away with the amount of talent on display. The prospects listed impressed for various reasons, they all impacted the game for their sides. Some names were known commodities around the Carolinas, and others broke out at the right time.
6’0 2022 Jeyvian Tatum (Thunder)- Tatum played up on 17U as a rising sophomore and never looked out of place. Tatum has a mature feel for the game and poise well beyond his years, Tatum has had a productive spring, and been the best player on this roster in majority of games. Tatum controls the game tempo, Tatum has the ball on the string, he can create for himself and others off the bounce, a true shot maker Tatum is good at creating separation in space, he can stop on a dime for pull ups, and Tatum is a gritty finisher around the cup . Tatum sees the floor well, he’s a gifted passer and naturally unselfish.
6’4 2020 Hamidou Sidibe (Defenders)- A true breakout performer, Sidibe is a kid with buy now stock and coaches around the Carolinas need to take notice. A truly committed two- way wing prospect, Sidibe will give opponents buckets and proceed to lock his man down on the other end. At 6’4 Sidibe has above average length and a solid frame, he guarded all five sports at various points throughout the weekend. Sidibe is a legitimate three level scoring threat, he can beat defenders off the dribble with ease, at the cup Sidibe is an athletic and emphatic finisher. Sidibe also showed promise from mid range and beyond, in one contest I watched him pour in 27 points to lead the Defenses. Defensively is where Sidibe initially caught my eye, he moves well laterally and is a sound shot blocker at the wing position.
6’3 2019 EJ Clark (Team F.L.Y.)- Clark had one of the most impressive performances on the day during Championship Sunday, and for the most part all the production came in one half. Clark has a quiet first half, he worked hard to establish position but didn’t see a lot of looks inside, he managed one point. Flip the script in the second, Clark went off for 26 points. It felt like every time Clark touched the rock down low he scored it, around the basket he extended over the pressure for baskets and ate up contact. Clark isn’t a natural big man but he looked comfortable in the paint scoring and eating up the glass. Clark also busted the defense open with his three point shooting touch. Clark showed a nice inside- outside game, he also showed big time versatility on defense matching up with opposing bigs for a thin Team FLY frontline, he can switch onto perimeter players as well.
6’3 2020 James Freeman (Foothills)- Freeman II is another three and D wing prospect, he’s like a Swiss Army knife with the rock. Freeman II can run the one and bring the ball up to initiate offense, we saw him spot up off ball and make shots, off the dribble Freeman II was almost impossible to keep out of the lane. Freeman is a strong 6’3 he can body up on smaller guards, and blow by slower matchups for easy finishes, the natural strength and physicality made Freeman II a mismatch for most opponents. Freeman II embraces contact at the cup, he also showed a nice mid range game. Freeman flashed a nice fluid jumper, he gets nice lift on his shot which makes it tough to contest. Defensively Freeman has potential to be a lock down defender, he’s got the physical tools, the dog mentality, the motor, and he plays with passion.
5’9 2020 Trenton Jordan (3 ball elite)- It felt like every contest I saw them in 3 Ball Elite was battling in a dog fight, as the number one scoring option Jordan provided serious spark for this unit. Jordan plays with flare he’s crafty with the rock, Jordan has a tight handle, a sharp crossover and can switch gears effortlessly. Jordan left defenses looking silly at times dribble through multiple defenders, he had one of the best mid range games I saw personally. Off the bounce he gets to full speed and pulls up for the jumper almost effortlessly, I saw Jordan repeatedly knockdown this same shot. Jordan is a score first guard but he has the skills to create for others, he showed off some nice court vision and delivered some timely dimes.