Phenom Hoops tuned in on Friday night to check out some of the top teams in the country go at it to start the NIBC Series. Check out the final scores and standouts from each game, as Phenom Hoops continues to bring you some of the best coverage around!
Sunrise Christian 68
IMG Academy 62
2022 Gradey Dick (Sunrise Christian): One of the leaders for this team and a Kansas commit, Dick has continued to elevate his game and really showed off his confidence with his shot-making ability. He knocked down five 3-pointers in the win, using his 6’7 frame to finish well over defenders and knock down contested shots. High IQ type of player with a little bounce to his game. Think Kansas could really use him with his ability to stretch the floor.
2022 Mark Mitchell (Sunrise Christian): Ranked as one of the top players in the country, it is easy to see why many schools would love to have him on their team. He is a 6’9 versatile prospect that does a little bit of everything. He can operate from multiple levels, creates well with his dribble, and understands how to score effectively around defenders. Really good feel with the ball in his hands and is comfortable in stepping out but also finishing around and at the rim; tough matchup on the floor.
2022 Jarace Walker (IMG Academy): Though it took a little time and he had to battle through some type of injury, Walker played well late and stepped up to help cut Sunrise’s lead down and give his team a chance. Walker is at his best as a finisher, especially getting to the rim and showing off his athleticism, and using his frame.
2022 Jaden Bradley (IMG Academy): Bradley continues to be a strong overall point guard, one that already has a college-ready frame and could come into a college program today and help produce. A strong point guard that understands how to run the show, he made several plays on the floor, whether it was attacking to score, finding his teammates, getting on the boards, or making those hustle-type plays.
Wasatch vs. Legacy Early
Wasatch: 22 – 9 – 10 – 22: 62
Legacy: 14 – 17 – 15 – 14: 60
2023 Coen Carr (LEC): Carr might have been the best athlete on the floor and he was flying around and finishing at the rim extremely well. To say that he is explosive in the open court doesn’t do his game justice, as he had his eyes at the rim and threw down some Top 10 nominee dunks on his way to lead his team with 11 points
2022 Roddy Gayle (Wasatch): Gayle was off the charts and stepped up in a HUGE way, ultimately finishing with 29 points, 22 of which came in the second half. Gayle is an explosive, fluid athlete on the floor that showed he can get to the rim but also knock down shots, especially from the mid-range. He took over in the second half, creating steals and staying aggressive, ultimately helping his team come back and secure a tough win.
2022 Keba Keita (Wasatch): With Keita on the floor, this Wasatch team looked different. And you can’t deny the motor and energy that the 6’9 center brings to the court. You have to absolutely love how the big man runs the floor and gets easy buckets for his team. He moves really well has solid hands, and brings such a strong presence down in the paint. He made several big-time plays that make him so intriguing as a big man.
La Lumiere vs. Bishop Walsh
Lumiere: 12 – 14 – 14 – 17: 57
Bishop: 7 – 7 – 11 – 11: 36
2023 Aden Holloway (La Lumiere): It was great to see our guy on the court, this time with his new team La Lumiere. He played incredibly well, showing everyone what we have seen over the years with his crafty/shiftiness on the floor, to go along with his speed in the open floor. He is such a terrific creator for his shot and was able to get downhill but also step out and knock down shots. Holloway’s feel with the ball in his hands is special, as he went for 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists in the win.
2022 Travis Roberts (Bishop Walsh): It was a struggle for much of the night for Bishop Walsh but if you had to pick someone that stood out, it was 2022 Travis Roberts. He has continued to expand his game, as he is not just a cat and shoot player, but also can score in other ways. Really like his frame and what he is able to provide on the court