Another great event for Phenom Hoops at the Phenom Tourney Town Showcase, sponsored by Healthy Blue NC. So many teams and players came out and put on a show, including a few players that should garner a little more attention their way with how they played at the event. Here are a few names that you may want to start paying attention to more this season.
2024 Isaiah Sanders (HP Christian): The junior guard has been consistent throughout the season, and in both events including the Tourney Town, Sanders has been showing how effective he can be in leading the charge offensively. The 5’10 guard is quick and shifty on the court, showing how strong he can be in getting by defenders, pushing the pace in transition, and getting into the paint consistently. Sanders does a nice job of finding ways to operate from multiple levels and plays with a chip on his shoulder. The junior guard moves really well, plays hard defensively and does a nice job in creating for himself.
2023 Markquan Gilbert (Ben L. Smith): I like what I saw from the strong senior prospect on Day 1 and Day 2; Gilbert shows that he is one of the clear leaders for this team and plays extremely hard when he is on the court. You can see that he loves to compete and will do what is needed to help his team. At 6’3, he does a nice job in finding ways to be active and score around the basket. But you also have to like his competitive nature on the defensive end and on the boards.
2025 Shamarius “Snook” Peterkin (Mount Tabor): The young Peterkin is one that could top this list and got a strong feeling that he is going to be a name you hear a lot more; his stock is clearly rising in the Class of 2025 and is a player that is not only a force on the football field but on the court as well. Here is what we recently said about his game: “Snook has taken a leap as a creator, playmaker, and shot-maker from all levels. He still gets downhill with ease, finishes above the rim or with either hand and displays a crafty array of layups. Snook mixes it up regularly and understands how to take what the defense is giving him. He’s a capable three-point shooter with a quality pull-up jumper and terrific ability in the open floor. Snook is also a reliable defender with toughness, anticipation, and a physical mentality.” He showed all that at the event and he certainly has shown that he can be a college-level player on the football field as well as the court.
2023 Kobe Parker (Ragsdale): Parker had a memorable showing at the Phenom Tourney Town Showcase, helping lead his team to a strong come-from-behind victory on Day 2. Parker has shown his ability to fill it up before and he did so once again, displaying a strong ability to knock down shots off the dribble or off the catch. Parker’s confidence couldn’t be denied with his perimeter shot-making, as he went off for seven 3-pointers; smooth, fluid scorer with a confident release and has been consistent with his play for quite some time now.
2025 Kaden Hammond (The Burlington School): Now part of the Class of 2025 and at The Burlington School, Hammond should quickly be earning more attention his way. A 6’8 sturdy big man, Hammond was able to make a big impact for his team. He continues to be strong on the boards, bringing a physical presence and bodying up opponents, but also did a great job in showing a nice feel in the post and making an impact defensively in blocking shots. Hammond is going to be a huge addition for TBS this year, and is going to be one that you will want to pay attention to more.