Phenom Hoop Report finished its final high school team camp jamboree at Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Again, we had an abundance of talented teams, high level coaches and collegiate prospects at every level. All the games were live streamed via Baller TV and a lot of questions going into the 2018-19 season was answered. Below are a list of my “From the Sideline” Awards for the day.
6’3 2020 Keishon Parker (SW Edgecombe HS)
We first got a glimpse of Parker at the Phenom Grassroots TOC held in April. In our poste event review/ recap, westated the following. “Porter is a freak athlete with tremendous upside. He plays above the rim, uses his athletic ability to get to the basket and create a nice mid-range game. More importantly, Porter plays hard defensively always looking to defend every shot.” His team (Twin County Kings went a perfect 4-0) At the Phenom High School Jam Fest 3, Porter was clearly one of the stand out players. First of all, Parker has an excellent basketball frame. He has lengthy arms and sports amazing athleticism. While we can speak entirely on his athletic prowess, we were more impressed with his poise and maturity for such a young player. Porter played with a high motor, showed good handles and tremendous court vision. That being said, Porter is a willing defender. He has superb lateral quickness and blocks several shots using his length and explosive leaping ability. Let’s go and say it, put Keishon Parker in your SIM CARD. He is a legit D1 prospect!
6’3 2019 Caleb Mills (Asheville Christian)
We have been a fan of Caleb Mills for quite some time. Mills has a silky smooth game. He is so fluid that somepeople may get the interpretation that he is sometimes “disengaged” during the course of the game. That being said, scoring comes easy for Caleb Mills. He’s a three level scorer that has a velvet touch from the perimeter, not to mention a slithery offensive game off the dribble. This season, Asheville Christian sports a much smaller team and they utilized a pass and cut motion offense. This kind of offense has a tendency to take away scoring opportunities from players like Mills who is so effective with the ball in his hands, however that was not the case. Mills shows more patience and allowed the game come to him and in doing so looked extremely good especially in the last game of the game. This will really translate well at the collegiate level. Mills recently received an offer from Cincinnati and look for more power five schools to get involved, sooner rather than later.
Top long term prospect
6’8 2020 Cam Stitt (United Faith)
What’s not to like about a mobile, fluid and athletic 6’8 forward whose game dovetails with Greg Gantt of Trinity Christian. We’re talking about a young player that can score from various spots on the court. He can hit the mid-range jumper, has the ability to put the ball on the floor and finish effectively. While his offensive talents are quite evident, we feel Stitt can become an outstanding defensive player. He has great natural instincts on the court and can rebound at a high efficiency on both ends of the court, not to mention block shots and create havoc with his length, quickness and athleticism.
The matchup between Winston-Salem Prep (HC Andre Gould) and West Forsyth (HC Howard West) was agame that should be saved for a time capsule. We’re talking about two future North Carolina Hall of Fame coachesthat have accomplished so much in their coaching career. Up first, Coach Andre Gould has won five NCHSAA state championships and three as an assistant coach at RJ Reynolds under the leadership of Howard West. Coach Gould has built a dynasty at Winston-Salem Prep and year in and year out, is contending for a state championship at the NCHSAA 1A level.
Next up is Coach Howard West. Coach West was simply born to coach. It’s in his blood and watching his teams isworth the price of admission. Coach West has 801 career wins and the winningest active coach in the NCHSAA. He won three state NCHSAA 4A state championships at RJ Reynolds and one under up state championship. West will take a take a teams with average talent and make them a successful team. His teams will always play hard and play together.
Note: Photo of Andre Gould and Howard West provided by the Winston-Salem Journal