The NCHSAA playoffs are here and last night Phenom Hoops was at Riverside High School, in Durham, to watch the Tri-6 semi-finals. This is an under rated 4A league in the RDU that has a lot of next level talent playing across multiple rosters within the region.
Game one of the night had the #5 ranked Jordan High School (Durham, NC) face off against the #1 ranked Green Hope High School (Cary, NC). This game was not close until the very end of the game. Jordan turned up the pressure and was able to turn Green Hope over a lot in the final couple minutes of the game.
Jaylen Richard was a monster, but equally as good was the play calling and execution of the Green Hope team. Head Coach John Green does a great job in preparation with the team, no surprise they finished first in the conference and it will be intriguing how far they go in the playoffs.
Green Hope – 67
Jordan – 63
6’5” unsigned senior Jaylen Richard (Jordan HS)
Richard put on an absolute show in this one, as he finished scoring 35 of the team’s 63 points. He proved to be virtually unstoppable for most possessions he had the ball, scoring in numerous ways down the stretch to get Jordan back in the game. What was most impressive about Richard was his competitiveness and willingness to do the tough guy stuff. He uses his explosion and length on defense. Since we first wrote about Richard a couple weeks ago, he picked up offers from Charleston Southern, St Peter’s and Tennessee Tech. Expect more to come at this level at higher.
Final Stats: 35 Points, 11 Boards, 4 Blocks, 3 Steals
6’5” unsigned senior Ryan Shaffer (Green Hope)
Shaffer came into the game as a known long distance marksman. This game he showcased so much more as he actually went 0-1 from beyond the arc. He had a complete game offensively, going off the bounce and even posting up. He was effective from all over the floor on offense. Shaffer rebounded the ball very well and showed great court awareness and vision. He is a high IQ guy who finds a way. College level player.
Final Stats: 15 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 3 Steals
6’7” 2019 PJ Fenton (Green Hope)
This was our first time getting a good long look at Fenton where we were able focus on him, he intrigued. Fenton has a for sure skill set, with range and the ability to put it on the floor. He is able to get in and mix it up on the boards and still has some upside for more growth. He has a good IQ and a great frame, one to watch moving forward.
Final Stats: 12 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 Blocks, 3 Assists