One of the main points for Phenom Hoops July tune-up events is for teams and players to get their names circulating back around for college coaches. Build some momentum in recruiting. In an earlier article we documented Today’s 5 to Know, which are the events standouts. Rest assured, those players will see college coaches at most of their July games (or at least they should).
Phenom’s Summer Grind snuck up and had a ton of talent on hand, as it does year after year. Here are more players that college coaches should pay close attention to in July. Each should see their offer list extended…
5’11” 2019 Raishaun Brown
Team Vision 17s
Brown is a name that people around the region have known. He took his first step forward with a great performance at Phenom’s Queen City Challenge against the likes of Team Charlotte and Team United. Brown displayed a ball on a string type handle and a great pace/quickness combo that kept him in the lane all day. Brown showed a consistent jump shot from range, but it was his ability to touch the paint regularly that really stood out. Offers may come in July, but expect to climb up many schools recruiting boards.
6’8” 2019 Ben Beeker
Team Loaded 704 16s
There is something to be said about a throwback type of big man. A big who strongly rebounds his area, has a go-to move within 10 feet of the basket, a big who has patience on the block (on both ends) creating opportunities for his team. Beeker does all of this. He still needs strength and is still growing into his body, but Beeker is one to monitor closely as he develops, he averaged a double/double during this event.
6’5” 2018 Myles Washington
Washington has the frame of someone who should be putting their hand down on the defensive line on Saturdays. He is a strong and physical player. However, he has a surprising skill set that is more than bull rushes to the basket. Washington has a nice 15 foot jump shot and handles the ball with great pace in the half court. A good rebounder and solid athlete, Washington was consistently able to score the ball. He has a high IQ moving off the ball and was able to create for himself off the bounce. His is a matchup nightmare.
6’4” 2019 Tre’Von Barnes
Charlotte Nets 16s
Barnes is a brute force of strength and tenacity. He was able to be used in multiple ways as he attacked and distributed, off the bounce, from the high post and the wing. On the block, Barnes was a monster rebounder and seemed to finish (or get to the line) every time. Barnes plays with a competitive chip on his shoulder and was a lock for a double/double each time on the floor. He also showed good vision and decision making with the ball.
6’ 2018 Jacob Crutchfield
Ben L Smith HS
Crutchfield was the most explosive scorer in the event. The scoring lead guard was able to create for himself and was not afraid to pull the trigger. He scored 25, 25 and 29 points in his team’s 3 games played. He scored at all 3 levels, showing consistent form and range from beyond the arc and a quick 1st step getting into the paint. Crutchfield showed an assortment of floaters, lay ups and pull ups once in the paint. It was an overall good day for him, he really scored the ball well.