The Phenom Hoops crew invaded the other Carolina this weekend for the JMAC showcase, this event drew a good amount of hype and it absolutely lived up to the billing!
Fort Mill, South Carolina– I had the pleasure of covering court two at Nation Ford high school, and I left away with the amount of talent on display. The prospects listed impressed for various reasons, they all impacted the game for their sides. Some names were known commodities around the Carolinas, and others broke out at the right time.
6’7 2020 Caleb Farris (Greensboro Warriors)- A true breakout performer this weekend, the Warriors were without some key pieces on day one but Farris made the most of being the number one scoring option. Farris was the best player on the floor for this group in both games I witnessed, at 6’7 he’s a natural slasher and proved to be a tough guard in space. Farris showed finesse evading defenders on his way to the cup, Farris is an above average athlete he showed real explosiveness on several rim rattling dunks. Farris got busy off the dribble creating looks, he also showed nice touch on the deep ball. There is some nice upside here, Farris could be in for a special summer!
6’6 2020 Solomon Tucker (Charlotte Royals)- Tucker played down low, and made plays from the perimeter displaying some intriguing versatility. Tucker was a reliable low post option for the Royals, in the middle he utilized natural athleticism and length to out play bigger post players. Tucker has some moves in the post and he’s bouncy off the jump, Tucker is also agile running up and down the floor, an extremely active forward that moves well without the rock. Tucker looks to finish upon the catch in transition, Tucker also showed natural shot blocking instincts. Tucker has good timing and he gets off the ground quickly.
6’2 2021 Cade Darr (Team Winston)-Arguably the top shooter on display on court two at Nation Ford today, in Team Winston’s first contest Darr didn’t miss a shot from behind the arc and finished with 19 points. Darr is a fluid shooter, he gets great rotation on the ball, even misses look like makes upon release, Darr doesn’t need to be on ball to score it, he runs the floor hard and fills lanes correctly. Off the dribble Darr is sneaky athletic and he’s a creative finisher at the cup. On the defensive side Darr is still coming along, but he gives max effort on that end and any coach more than likely will live With that.
6’4 2020 Glenn Bynum Jr (Team CLT Herron)- Bynum is an intriguing multifaceted wing prospect with serious upside. Bynum Jr is has a stocky build and he won’t shy away from contact. Bynum Jr plays with that dog mentality you can’t coach, an above average athlete Bynum jr finishes with flare at the cup, Bynum Jr can create for himself off the dribble, but we also saw him get several easy baskets solely off I.Q. filling running lanes and pure hustle beating his matchup down the floor. Bynum Jr also showed confidence from behind the arc, when defenses slacked off he made them pay for the space. Defensively Bynum is long, his natural strength and physicality allowed him to play much bigger than 6’4. Bynum can guard multiple positions, he’s an underrated shot blocker and he rebounds the ball exceptionally well at the wing position. I believe Bynum Jr is just scratching the surface on his overall game, he will be even better at the next level.