Phenom Hoops went out to the Mooresville area to check in on the Insider Exposure Nationals, which was a terrific event that brought a ton of talent. We first want to thank Insider Exposure for allowing us to come out.
The first game we wanted to check out was WV Elite vs. Elevation Prep, as it had a ton of talent that you could be seeing play at the next level. WV Elite brings you a ton of talent that you will see on Teays Valley this coming season, including 2022 Josiah Davis, 2022 Jerome Beya, and several others. Elevation Prep is a young group and was without one of the top players in Brandon Smith but that didn’t stop them from making this an exciting game throughout.
WV Elite came away with the 76-67 victory in the end but these were some of the standouts and takeaways from the game.
- 2022 Jerome Beya (WV Elite): Even though Beya didn’t start this game and rotated minutes throughout, there is just something that mesmerizes you about his game. Maybe it is the elite athleticism, giving you an early glimpse of powerful dunks and putting his elbow into the rim for a few (which actually happened). But once you see him on the court, one can see that this young man has a ton of talent and a ton of potential. Beya makes an impact on both ends, finishing strong around the rim when the opportunity is there but also blocking shots left and right and being a big rim-protector. What is scary though is that there is room to grow and impact the floor more with his game, something he has continued to work on. It why he holds a ton of high-major offers and more should be coming his way.
- 2022 Brandon Brown (WV Elite): Brown holds a few offers already but really do think this young man is being overlooked. If you watch this game, he gave you a little glimpse of everything he has to offer. A good size guard at 6’3, Brown operates very well on several levels on the court. He spots up and has a fluid, confident shot from outside, attacks and finishes strong at the rim, and works on or off the ball, and can surprise you with his athleticism and bounce. Really do think this young man offers a lot on the floor and should be getting more looks.
- 2023 Maki Johnson (WV Elite): The size grabs your attention from the get-go, especially as a 2023 prospect. But he showed off that confident and smooth shooting stroke from outside, behind the arc. It is easy to see why he holds offers schools like Auburn, Maryland, Xavier, and others. Always ready with his shot, he gets to his spots for his jumper but also does a tremendous job in pulling up off the dribble. And at his size, he can rise up over defenders and knock down shots from outside. He did so in this game, hitting five 3-pointers in the win.
- 2023 Stephen Quinn (Elevation Prep): We have seen Quinn quite a few times and knows what he brings to the court but once again, he just fascinates you with his shooting ability. The 6’1 sophomore can absolutely fill it up from outside and just needs a split-second to get his shot off. It seems that once he crosses half court, he is in range and doesn’t lack any confidence in his shot. He showed that and more, hitting six 3-pointers for his team.
- 2023 Nicolas Davis (Elevation Prep): Davis is an intriguing, young prospect. Even though he is a long prospect that is still developing his body, Davis is a 6’6 versatile prospect that can operate from multiple positions. With his ability to initiate the offense, create off the dribble, and score from multiple levels, Davis is going to be one to really watch in the Charlotte area.