PHENOM’S LOW COUNTRY SHOWCASE EVENT RECAPS

Top 10 scorers from SC Top 80 (Class of 2023)

NameClassCityHigh SchoolHeightAverageGregory Jackson2023ColumbiaRidge View6′9″12David Elam2023North AugustaMead Hall Episcopal School6′0″10.5Arturo Overton2023HopkinsLower Richland5′11″10Jamari Briggs2023HartsvilleHanahan6′3″9.5Deuce Hudson2023DarlingtonDarlington5′9″9Alik Lewis2023BurlingtonComenius6’1″8.5Taevean Famutimi-Brown2023DarlingtonTrinity Byrnes Collegiate...

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Jr. Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Blake Walker #0: 4’7 ’28 Andrew Putman (Charlotte) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed well despite being the youngest camper on this team, Andrew Putman. He’s a smart, scrappy, team-first guard prospect with a quality motor and great defensive prowess—especially for his size. Putman attacked and finished well but also displayed a willingness to set up...

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Phenom Open Gym: Covenant Day

A program that really is starting to make waves around the western part of the state, Covenant Day looks to be heading in the right direction. Coach Marty Parrish has done a tremendous job and is coming off a 17-win season but this may be his most talented team he has had. A blend of star power, skill, size, and ability, the Lions seems to be a program that many will want to get out and watch this year, as they are loaded with talent this year.

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Jr. Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Christian Savage #0: 4’6 ’28 Santana Sumner (Fort Mill) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed very well despite the smallest camper on this team, Santana Sumner. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with a quality motor and overall feel on both sides of the ball. Next in his development process is working on Coach Savage on Sumner: “Santana was the youngest...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80 (Part 3)

2022 Evan Smith (Ardrey Kell): Smith had a very good camp and really think this is a player that could see an uptick in his recruitment and game this season.  He was shifty in the open floor and was showing how he can be assertive on the court. 2022 Noah Ross (Trinity Academy): Ross is going to be a player that coaches will love and really seems to be taking his game to the next...

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Phenom Player Spotlight: 2024 Edward “EJ” Joyner

EJ has been playing with the Menchville High School varsity team much of the summer and fall and plays with the 2023 classification in the Boo Williams program. In the layup lines he stands out right now as one of the smaller players on the floor but once they go live he stands out for more significant reasons as his crafty ball-handling and playmaking skills and shot-making prowess are on full display.

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Carmel Christian

Phenom Hoops continues their Open Gym Tour, heading down to Matthews to check in on Carmel Christian. Coach Joe Badgett has himself looking for another title, as many names return from last year but they have also added some very intriguing and special talent this season. We dive into their roster from what we saw on the court. Check out the names we were impressed by.

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Phenom Open Gym: Mallard Creek

Mallard Creek brings in a new coach in Coach McNeil, as they look to get back on the winning track and make their mark in the Charlotte area. Getting a chance to watch this team during their open gym, this is a program that will look to be faster, pushing the pace and scoring in transition. They will have a chance to spread the floor with the number of guards on the court, but they will have to have a team mentality on the defensive end and on the boards with the lack of size.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Girls/Boys Phenom 150 Standouts

5’11  Keonna Bryant 2021 was very dominant today as she led her team offensively. She has the body to go along with the skillset that allows her to take over games with ease. She is relentless in the paint, operating very efficiently and scoring at will around the basket. She also possesses the ability to spread the floor and knock down open threes. Regardless of her offensive dominance in...

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Player Standouts at Phenom 150 Camp

Jaydin Spillman-Martin- There are so many underrated prospects within North Carolina, but Spillman-Martin might be towards the top of that list. He’s incredibly skilled, particularly for his size, and immediately causes matchup problems as soon as he enters the game. Spillman-Martin operated from the block, took opponents off the dribble, and knocked down a lot of perimeter jumpers within the...

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Player Standouts at Phenom 150 Girls Camp

Breonna Roaf- Despite only being in the Class of 2025, Roaf was easily one of the best performers on display. She’s a young, high-motor guard with incredible defensive prowess, playmaking instincts, and great physical tools. Roaf possesses a great combination of speed, quickness, and IQ, which ultimately allows her to overwhelm all types of opposing ball-handlers. She’s tough and will certainly...

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Bethel’s Standouts #Phenom150 and #Phenom150Girls

By: Kyree Bethel 2027 5’1 Reese Cannon (Oakbrook Middle) when you look at him you don’t see much but a small guard. Once he has the ball in his hands, you will be surprised at what he can do. He handles the ball with great control, never get sped up by the defensive. He’s so crafty getting to his spots and finishing around the basket. He’s a true floor general, making the right pass to his...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80 (Part 2)

2021 Kuluel Mading (The Burlington School): One can see that Mading has continued to make steps with his game, becoming more comfortable with the ball in hands and creating more off the dribble.  But once again, he also impacts the floor with his ability to block shots, use his long arms on the boards, and run the floor. 2021 Ben Burnham (Carmel Christian): Burnham made it known that he was...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80

2022 Jai Smith (Bully City Prep): Smith continues to show why he is going to be regarded as one of the top players in the Class of 2022.  There aren’t many out there that brings such energy and ability to run rim-to-rim, where he makes a living.  Smith was consistent in getting out in transition and finishing strong with several dunks.  Whoever gets him at the next level, he certainly is going...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: NC/SC Top80 Standouts

Christ Essandoko 6’11 Christ Essandoko 2022 was unbelievable today as he showcased his dominance on the offensive end scoring in a wide variety of ways. His presence in the paint is so overwhelming as he scores at will around the basket and overpowers his defender. He rebounds the ball at a very high level and runs the floor pretty well. He showcased a unique ability to attack from the high post...

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Player Standouts at NC Top 80 v. SC Top 80

Jamarii Thomas- The tough, heady point guard prospect offered a very consistent two-way presence, overwhelming opponents with his motor and toughness. Thomas attacks the basket very well and displays a strong balance between scoring and playmaking. He’s great in the open floor and shows a willingness to make hustle plays. Julian Kiett- It’s somewhat perplexing to try and understand why Kiett...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom 150 Standouts

6’5 Elton Smith 2026 absolutely screams potential; he has a great body and frame that already translates well to the next level. Being such a young age, he has already established himself as a dominant threat in the paint both offensively and defensively. He rebounds the ball very well on both ends and converts them to easy baskets in transition. He is a versatile player that has displayed the...

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Player Standouts at Phenom 150 Camp

Jay Mitchell- The long, strong, explosive guard prospect continues to effortlessly control the action with any collection of teammates. Mitchell is capable of dominating a game strictly on athleticism, specifically as a finisher, defender, and rebounder, but also possesses a lot of IQ and skill. Mitchell plays with a great motor and should be a priority amongst scholarship-level coaches. Kady’n...

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South Carolina Top 80 Team Roster

NameClassCityHigh SchoolHeightTeamNumberJalen Breazeale2021RoebuckDorman5′11″SC 1 (Neon Green)0Davison Wright2021SpartanburgDorman5′11″SC 1 (Neon Green)1Daveon Thomas2021ElginLee Central6′1″SC 1 (Neon Green)2Kory Davis2022Rock HillYork Prep Academy6′1″SC 1 (Neon Green)3Jamari Briggs2023HartsvilleHanahan6′3″SC 1 (Neon Green)4Russell Felton Jr2021AikenAiken High School6′4″SC 1 (Neon Green)5Devonta...

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