Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player.

Here is the latest commitment.

Player: Kelton Talford
Class: 2020         
Committed to: Winthrop


What the Player Said:

Q: What ultimately went into your decision and what were the reasons Winthrop was the place for you?

Talford: The main reason was my comfort level with the players and coaches.  And another reason was that I was close to home.

Q: How did you inform the staff there?

Talford: I called them and said that I really liked the atmosphere and that I would like to further my basketball career at Winthrop.

Q: What did they have to say when you told them?

Talford: They were really excited when I called and the coached staff congratulated me.

Q: What are you hoping to bring to the program on the court?

Talford: I want to bring everything I possibly can and do everything to the best of my ability.


What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:

“He’s a long, rangy forward prospect with great athleticism and versatility on both ends of the floor. Talford scores effortlessly from anywhere inside the arc and is quite efficient as a shooter from three-point territory. He possesses an excellent frame, motor, and feel for his skill set, making him a nightmare for most opponents. Defensively, Talford is a monster, given his ability to seamlessly guard three positions at a high level. He’s able to apply pressure as a perimeter defender or protect the rim, which is very rare and simply adds to Talford’s uniqueness as a prospect. He also focuses on doing the little things, from rebounding to hustling, and displayed phenomenal leadership qualities throughout camp. Next in his development process is continuing to refine his shooting off the dribble, as it would make him a dominant two-way player. Coach Staley on Talford: “Kelton has a great motor, attitude, and skillset. He’s very athletic and can score the ball at all three levels. He has a very good post game and finishing ability.” – SC Top 80 in 2018

“Talford is a hot name among regional low-mid majors due to his combination of touch, size, athleticism, and defensive potential.  He’s a mobile combo forward that could conceivably defend 4 positions on the floor due to his lateral quickness.  His footwork on the block is impeccable, and he should become an even bigger name among MM coaches after the live period.” – Miles Masercola from Champion Showcase in 2019

“Talford is an interesting talent, a unique two-way player who can defend across 3 positions and is a matchup nightmare on the offensive end. He has great length and athleticism and is a virtual lock for 25 and 12 each game.” – Phenom Hoops at Queen City Showcase in 2019