Last week, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Fort Mill, South Carolina to host our annual Summer Havoc Live. The event featured a slew of noteworthy teams and players, which naturally led to a ton of college coaches attending to find their next program-changing piece. While a lot of attention was centered around a handful of teams, college coaches were able to find worthy prospects at seemingly every turn. In order to highlight some of these roster complete with college players, we will take a closer look at each—moving onto Strong Center. 

6’1 ’23 Jake Hart

Although others might receive more attention, Hart is truly as valuable to the team’s success as anyone on the roster. He’s an extremely team-oriented player with a clear knack for dictating the action as a smart, adaptable leader by example. Hart possesses a well-rounded skillset and naturally affects all facets of the game within the flow of the action. He’s a knockdown shooter, quality playmaker, and willing hustle player with strong defensive instincts and the necessary toughness to overwhelm his assignment on both ends of the floor. Hart is willing to do anything to win, which should appeal to various programs at the next level.  

5’11 ’23 Micah Jones

Since we discussed Jones at length on Monday, we will allow our recent published works to overview everything he brings to a team.

6’9 ’23 Sam Martin

It felt like Martin’s name was circulating as much as anyone’s throughout the course of our Summer Havoc—and justifiably so, as he brings obvious appeal. He’s a long, mobile, steady two-way big man with touch, rebounding instincts, and useful rim-protection ability. Martin is a solid athlete and interior scorer with tools to finish on the block, above the rim, or space the floor at a respectable rate. He utilizes his length well to alter shots and secure rebounds. Martin is an above-average passer for his size/position, and looks to make the right play whenever possible. He should continue to warrant attention from scholarship-level coaches. 

6’2 ’23 Aden Taylor

Despite his constant production, it doesn’t feel like Taylor receives enough love or attention from college coaches. Similar to Hart, Taylor is legitimately willing to do whatever is needed to provide his team with an edge. He’s a wiry, high-motor wing with a well-rounded skillset and quality nose for the ball. Taylor is excellent at playing hard, doing the dirty work, and consistently filling in the gaps on both ends. He rebounds the ball well for his size and actively toggles between multiple positions defensively. Add in his unselfish, team-first nature, and there’s definitely a place for him at the next level. 

6’8 ’23 Derius Hodges

After working to recover from an injury, Hodges has gotten better and better over the course of this travel ball season. He’s an active, mobile big man prospect with a solid interior presence on both ends of the floor. Hodges utilizes his blend of length, mobility, and motor to compete for rebounds, alter shots defensively, and seize finishing opportunities as needed on offense. He plays hard, runs the floor well in transition, and doesn’t force anything. Hodges can also knock down perimeter jumpers on occasion. Expect him to continue trending upward. 

6’4 ’23 Jesse Mitchell

Given his status as their top shooter and overall scoring threat, Mitchell has a ton of enticing qualities for next-level coaches. At a strong, sturdy 6-foot-4, he’s among the few high school players in North Carolina who could physically endure the college game right now. Mitchell is a knockdown shooter who offers a healthy mix of finishes, pull-up jumpers, and spot-up opportunities. He’s great at a standstill or coming off movement, and can create his own shot as needed. Mitchell is a solid rebounder and defender who forces his opponent to stay attached defensively. 

6’6 ’24 Ma’kyi Butler

Though he recently reclassified, various types of coaches should still be monitoring Butler and his fairly versatile game over the next calendar year. He’s a strong, mobile wing/forward prospect with the ability to cause matchup problems offensively. Butler is a quality rebounder with the necessary skill to push the break and make plays with the ball in his hands. He finishes through contact, shoots the ball at a nice percentage, and utilizes his body well to absorb contact defensively. Butler should only get better over the coming months.