Player: Devonta Oliver
High School: Marlboro HS, South Carolina
We had an array of talent from South Carolina attend the Phenom Hoops Top 80 not long ago and we always like to check in with the guys. We recently checked in with 2021 6’4 Devonta Oliver, who is coming off a solid season and has continued to improve his game this year. He also secured his first offer.
First, take a look at what was said from the South Carolina Top 80:
“Continuing onto a player that is arguably one of the more underrated prospects represented at this camp, Devonta Oliver. He’s a long, wiry, well-rounded wing/forward prospect with a quality feel for the game on either side of the ball. Next in his development is working to get stronger, as it would make him more physically imposing on both ends of the floor. Coach Savage on Oliver: “Devonta is a big-time sleeper in South Carolina’s Class of 2021; in Game 1 Devonta made huge plays down the stretch to bring us back into the game. He attacked the basket, rotated over to block shots and knocked down shots when we needed it. His natural position is point guard but with the players we had, he played off the ball and looked comfortable doing so. With his long arms and athleticism, he showcased how valuable he is to a team. Even when he wasn’t in the game, he was being vocal talking to his teammates and explaining what needed to be done. He is a natural leader and he is a gamer; when the lights are on, he performs. Marlboro County is in good hands with Oliver as their leader.” Oliver did very well at camp and will be one for college coaches to monitor during his upcoming senior campaign.”
It is now playoff time for Marlboro and Oliver, so the senior is certainly locked in after finishing the season 8-2 and 4-1 in the AAA Region 6 Conference. But Oliver also has continued to work on his game, putting in the work in the gym and looking to show that he can play at the next level.
“I have been working on my mid-range and my dribble pull-ups,” he told Phenom Hoops. “I’ll stay in the gym for two hours after practice to get extra work in and getting faster. I think my game has improved with my leadership and my mid-range has improved a lot.”
Playoff basketball is exciting for sure, as he looks to carry his team to a title but it is also an exciting time as he earned his first offer just a few weeks ago from Patrick Henry CC. It was an amazing feeling for the senior guard, something he couldn’t put in words when he first learned about it but he was extremely happy about it.
“They told me that they know I will be a great fit and be an immediate impact for their team,” he said. “They said they liked how I can lead a team and my scoring and passing abilities.”
Oliver also informed us that schools like South Carolina A&M, Huntingdon, Presbyterian, and others have asked about him as well.