On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Mount Tabor High School in the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina as the Spartans prepared to open their season up against a tough Winston-Salem Prep squad. Between depth, transfers, and player development, all the stars are beginning to align for Mount Tabor. On the other side, Winston-Salem Prep is a yearly contender for the state championship and always seem to find themselves in a position for success.
This contest was backed by a ton of anticipation but Tabor quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the first quarter and started to manage the action on both ends of the floor. Their ability to force turnovers and control the glass allowed the Spartans to maintain a comfortable lead for a full three quarters. At the start of the fourth, the Phoenix began to hit their stride and mount a comeback behind the play of their backcourt. Ultimately, it was too late, as Mount Tabor secured a 67-52 victory over Winston-Salem Prep.
6’8 ’20 Jakob Moore
There should be no question about who was the best player on the floor last night, as Moore claims that title with relative ease. The southpaw truly dominated the game on either side of the ball, controlling the glass, protecting the rim, and scoring with undeniable efficiency from the low-post. Moore understands his strengths from his weaknesses and knows how to properly embrace the positives within his game. He utilized his size and length advantage whenever possible around the basket, and should’ve had two more buckets if not for missed dunks. His IQ and overall timing as a defender and rebounder remain his most impressive traits. Moore should continue to be the leader of this group and garner the attention of Division I coaches going forward. Final stats: 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
6’2 ’20 Shaylen Woodberry
There has been a lot of improvement on this roster over the last calendar year, but no addition has been more valuable than Woodberry. The son of Steve Woodberry at Wake Forest, we first saw the lefty shooter at our Phenom 150 camp in Raleigh and he’s only gotten better since then. Woodberry is long, wiry, and shoots the ball at an incredible clip from midrange and beyond the arc. That being said, he also attacked the basket and showcased the ability to make plays for others quite regularly. Woodberry knocked down shots off the catch and bounce, but also stood out on the defensive end. He was excellent in transition, particularly on defense, and was able to stop multiple fast breaks with his effort. Scholarship-holding coaches should be fighting hard for this one. Final stats: 23 points, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.
5’11 ’20 Stephen Minor
Despite some early shooting struggles, it was still very evident that Minor was the emotional leader and top decision-maker for this group. He consistently works to set the offense and get others involved in the action but also scores the ball quite well from all three levels. Minor is smart, quick, and poised with the ball in his hands, rarely making a miscue or having a lapse in judgment. He’s unselfish and always looking to make the best possible play for his team. Minor is the consummate floor general on both ends of the floor but remains arguably underrated as a defender. Scholarship-holding coaches in search of a smart, two-way leader should look no further. Final stats: 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal.
6’2 ’20 TJ Mills
The Phoenix didn’t play their best basketball in the first half, but Mills kept them afloat and allowed them to mount a comeback after the break. He seemed to naturally affect all of the action, flying around the floor, making plays with or without the ball in his hands, and relentlessly attacking the basket at every possible opportunity. Mills has a definite place at the next level and will be a prospect for college coaches to monitor throughout this season. Final stats: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.