Day Two of the #PhenomCP3 Live event has been filled with competitiveness so far at Smith High School in Greensboro, NC. Several players have had stand out performances as they attempt to lead their respective squads to victory. Here is my Top 5 players from the action I covered earlier:
2021 PG 5’9 Breon Pass – 15U Team CP3
A young PG, Breon has a very smooth game, he is very quick off the bounce and tough for defenders to stay in front off. Opposing guards should always pick him up early as he made several threes in transition off the dribble. Team CP3 is loaded with talent and multiple scorers, today Breon led with 28 pts. At 5’9, Breon is tough, aggressive, and sneaky athletic. He has bounce that will catch you by surprise, late in the game he almost finished a one-hand jam over a defender but got fouled. It was a head-scratching moment as no one was expecting him to get up that high above the rim.
2021 5’11 Bobby Pettiway – 15U Team CP3
Pettiway can really put the ball in the basket, he has explosiveness to his game off the dribble whether it’s getting to rim or using his mid range game. He hit a couple step back jumpers throughout the contest. Pettiway plays the game at an smooth pace, he scored so effortlessly. The game looks easy for him. Potentially I can see him taking his game to a even higher level when he decides to stay in attack mode all game. Similar to his backcourt mate Breon Pass, he is also very bouncy. He threw done a two hand jam late in the game.
2020 6’3 Dhieu Deing – U16 Team Phoenix
Deing is very high energy and active on both ends of the floor. He has quick hands and athletic, did a great of playing the passing lanes and getting out in transition. He can handle the ball and create for his teammates at the 2 guard position which is a luxury for his coach. He also showcased an advanced middle game. Hitting multiple pull up elbow jumpers in transition and in the half court. He was extremely solid for his Team Phoenix squad and a fun player to watch.
2021 6’7 Eric Van Der Heijden – 15U Team Wall
Eric demands attention each and every time he is on the floor. At the Forward position his presence makes it tough on defenses because of how well he spaces the floor. He is always a pick and pop threat on the 2-man side when using a ball screen. He also capable of putting the ball on floor a couple times and making a decision. On the defensive side of the ball, he usually guards the 4 and 5 position. He is a talker and leader for his squad. Eric had a good showing this afternoon vs Team Loaded NC. The forward set the tone early and helped his team to a 69-53 victory.
2020 6’2 Wesley Maples – Sevier County Select
In a tough battle vs Team CP3, Maples rose to the occasion. He is a player that consistently hits timely baskets, it’s safe to say he has a “clutch” gene. Every time CP3 would try to pull away Maples would make a bucket to keep his team alive. The 6’2 guard scored 16 of 18 total points in the 2nd half in an attempt to sneak away with the victory. Ultimately, they lost 77-69 to a tough CP3 team but I was impressed with Wesley’s ability to make baskets when it really mattered.