It’s well known that Phenom Hoops Brings in the nation’s elite talent through their doors each year. We thought that 2016 was a banner year as there were over 20 prospects ranked in the final ESPN Top 100, who we were able to call Phenom Hoops alums.
In the 2017 we carried just as much fire power, even though the talent level could be considered a down year on the highest level nationally. Perhaps that is because the 2016 class was a rare breed with Harry Giles, Edrice Adebayo, and Dennis Smith all as Top 5 prospects. However, then you have the likes of Grant Williams, Jordan Shepherd, Jalen Harris, Kyran Bowman and others who have started games at the high major level this season as freshmen. 2016 was a different type class.
But we are getting side tracked, ESPN came out with their latest 2017 rankings and Phenom Hoops alum accounted for 5 of the Top 25 spots and 13 spots overall. The elite players continue to walk through our doors on a yearly bases.
Let’s take a look at who ranked where
#3 Wendell Carter
Duke Signee – Pace Academy (GA)
Carter came to multiple events in 2017, including Phenom’s Opening held in April and CP3 Live in July. He is a walking double/double who can step out and play some stretch. This won’t change at Duke, he is an incredibly productive player. Carter is a McDonald’s All American and a future 1st Round Draft Pick.
#13 Kris Wilkes
UCLA Signee – North Central (IN)
Wilkes is a 2-time alum of the prestigious Indiana Top 80 camp. His attendance is one of the reason why this camp is what it is, you get to compete against the best. We still feel the long 6’8” wing is under rated at this level, but he should show that next season at UCLA. Wilkes is a McDonald’s All American and a future 1stRound Draft Pick.
#16 Jaren Jackson
Michigan State signee – LaLumiere (IN)
Jackson is another alum of the prestigious Indiana Top 80 camp. He has probably had the biggest rankings jump since his attendance at the camp, and this is rightfully so as he may end up under rated even this high. You cannot teach his length, ball skills, timing, and skill set. It falls right in line with the new age NBA Stretch-5. Jackson is a McDonald’s All American and a future 1st Round Draft Pick.
#24 Jalek Felton
UNC signee – Gray Collegiate (SC)
Felton is one of the most offensively gifted players in the country. He is also one of the biggest enigmas. He has no entourage, no over the top persona, he is just a southern boy who can really play. In our opinion Felton should have been awarded an invited to play in the McDonald’s All American game, however that is just another chip on his shoulder. Supremely talented, he should outplay this ranking at UNC.
#25 Nickeil Alexander Walker
Virginia Tech signee – Hamilton Heights (TN)
Alexander-Walker is a quintessential 3and D player, as his game conjures thoughts of Courtney Lee. Lee mind you came into the NBA with no fan fare and has carved out a very nice 10+ year career. Alexander-Walker has played in both Phenom’s National Showcase and Phenom’s Joe Miller Invitational. There are sexier guys in this class than Alexander-Walker, but when it comes to winning and production, things Buzz Williams has thrived on, there are few with better upsides.
#27 Matt Coleman
Texas commit – Oak Hill (VA)
An alum of the Virginia Top 80 and 2-time Phenom’s National Showcase Alum, he is one of the most celebrated PGs in the 2017 class.
#32 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Kentucky signee – Hamilton Heights (TN)
Gilgeous-Alexander showed his upside as a bigger PG at Phenom’s Joe Miller Invitational
#42 Lindell Wiggington
Iowa State signee – Oak Hill (VA)
This year marked the 3rd year Wiggington played in Phenom’s National Showcase. He is as tough a guard s there is.
#47 DJ Harvey
Notre Dame signee – Dematha (MD)
An alum of the NC Junior Phenom and NC Phenom 150 camps, Harvey is a versatile player who will fit right into Mike Brey’s high octane attack.
#63 Tyshon Alexander
Creighton signee – Oak Hill (VA)
NC Top 80, NC Phenom 150, Phenom’s Summer Grind, Phenom’s Southern Jam…Lots of Phenom for the shooting combo guard who will fit right in from Day 1 in McDermott’s “Let it Fly” system.
#96 Lavar Batts
VCU signee – JM Robinson (NC)
NC Top 80, NC Phenom 150, Phenom’s Summer Grind, CP3 Live, Phenom’s Opening…Lots of Phenom for the fastest PG end to end in the country. Will Wade got him a tailor made steal.
#98 Chase Johnson
Florida signee – Huntington Prep (WV)
It was at CP3 Live in 2015 that Chase Johnson’s stock really grew. Jumping into the Top 150 and picking up a real HM feel for his recruitment. His game has gone to an even new level at Huntington Prep.
#99 Blake Harris
Washington signee – Word of God (NC)
Over the past 4 years, Harris has played in just about every Phenom event imaginable. It was at the 2014 NC Phenom 150 exposure camp Harris first broke into the national rankings. Romar will love him.