The Phenom Southern Jam Showcase was a picking grounds for low major division ones to the NAIA schools in attendance.
With all the big boys out of town this was a prime week for staffs to discover diamonds in the rough and get the jump on some sleepers. This time of the year coaches are always looking to add a spark to the lineup.
A handful of players did their stocks serious justice so lets take a look at some Big Time Ballers!
6’5 2019 Jaden Turner (New Light Disciples)- Turner put up the most impressive individual performance of the week, he absolutely exploded in game 2 for the New Light Disciples. Turner posted a double- double of 43 points and 15 rebounds. Turner has always been a problem down low because of his length and athleticism.
Turner shot the three ball better than ever he looked smooth from behind the arc, Turner excelled on the perimeter he’s got great size for a wing and now shows the ball skills to go with it.
6’7 2019 Tommy Kamarad (Team Recruit)- The prototypical stretch four at 6’7, Kamarad knocks it down at a high rate from three. Kamarad will put in on the floor if a slower big is on him and Kamarad will surprise with his athleticism.
Kamarad has a finesse to his game he’s mobile, but doesn’t shy away from physical play down low. Kamarad will block shots and on the glass he was aggressive, Kamarad is a prospect who will be trending upward sooner than later.
6’3 2021 Jarvis Moss (Upward Stars Charlotte)- There is some upside here Moss has an advanced offensive arsenal for his age. Moss scores the ball smooth he’s got nice range on his jumper, Moss can shoot it off the dribble and he’s really streaky. From mid range Moss was money, he’s a long 6’3 and Moss can finish with either hand.
Moss was hot on Championship Sunday he totaled 13 points and majority of them came in the second half. Moss drew contact at the cup and constantly earned free throws, defensively Moss’s length offers up versatility.
6’2 2021 Christian Cornish (Upward Stars Charlotte)- The other half of a talented Upward Stars QC backcourt, Cornish is a promising young point guard he showed impressive athleticism and finishing ability at the cup. Cornish is hard to stay in front of, he’s got a lethal crossover and doesn’t need much room to blow by. Cornish found his range from deep as well on Sunday.
Cornish plays at his own pace and he was strong with the basketball when Garner Road attempted to full court press. Cornish gives good effort on defense he’s got long arms and quick hands.
6’1 2021 Jaden Cooper (Garner Road Whitley)– What can I say it was a good day for Jaden’s, Cooper of Garner Road had a slow start on Sunday but his second half efforts more than covered early slack. Cooper scored 17 second half points to almost defeat a stacked Upward Stars QC team. This game was a dog fight from the tip and Cooper played strong down the stretch. He went on scoring runs by himself and elevated Garner road to within one shot of the win.
Cooper is tough on the drive he rose over defenders and contact doesn’t seem to shake him, Cooper indulges crunch moments in the early stages of his prep career.
” No one was really making plays at the end so I knew I had to turn up.” Cooper told Phenom Hoops.
Cooper is a leader on the floor and he is just scratching the surface of his potential.