Down in Advance, NC, Phenom Hoops had a chance to watch a ton of talent perform on the court of all levels. You had high-major prospects going at it from multiple classes, but it also provided a chance to watch a few seniors on the court, many of which are still available and should be earning some looks their way.
One team of interest personally for me was the NC Spartans Unsigned Seniors. Getting a chance to watch them on multiple occasions, this is a team that has talent that college coaches may find interesting and could help fill out their roster.
Two players really stepped up their play this weekend for me; 2022 6’0 Will Rhodes from Shining Light Academy and 2022 6’6 Griffin Powell from Westchester Country Day.
Rhodes is a 6’0 guard that just has a knack for how to score the ball well. Sitting down to watch him, he continued to show that he understands how to put the ball through the hoop, much like he did this past season at Shining Light Academy where he averaged nearly 17 points per game. He was able to play strong in creating for himself, get downhill and finish, attack in transition, but also pulling up and knocking down shots from multiple levels. Rhodes finished the weekend averaging 21 points per game and even displayed his ability to impact the game on the defensive end with seven steals in the final game of the weekend.
Powell is another very intriguing prospect. Right now, he holds offers from Brevard, Methodist, William Peace, and Greensboro College but he could possibly add a few more to that list with what he showed at the Phenom March Madness. The 6’6 prospect brings legit size to the table, and he knows how to use it and where to use it. Powell’s skill set is what captures your eyes; whether it was his ability to run the floor, finish around and at the rim very well, but also step out and knock down the three-ball, he was able to show a little bit of everything and filled up the box score. He averaged 21.5 points per game over the weekend and made it look effortless at times.
Though this team is full of seniors that college coaches should be keeping their eye on, Rhodes and Powell were two that stood out big time at the Phenom March Madness.