Phenom National Showcase Game MPV Day 2 (Dillard Gymnasium)
Awards of Excellence Game MVP
6’5 2019 Paul Hudson (Charlotte Christian)
Standing a lengthy 6’5 and sporting an impressive 7’4 wingspan, the do-it-all hybrid forward simply had a great all around game. Hudson finished with 18 points, collected rebounds, and defended his position extremely well. In addition, Hudson does all the little things that often don’t show up in the stat book. He gives effort and energy and is a excellent team first player.
6’6 2022 DJ Nix (Cannon School)
For the second consecutive week, 6’6 freshman DJ Nix has displayed an elite level game. We’re talking about an athletic and active young “power wing” that just makes one hustle play after another. Although just a freshman, Nix is a very mature and poised young man and is only beginning to scratch the surface on his long range potential. Go ahead coaches, go ahead and put DJ Nix into your SIM card.
6’9 2019 Elias King (Lincoln Charter)
The Mississippi State commit displayed a unique and all around game for a 6’9 wing forward. King as the complete package. He has length, athleticism and a matching skill set. King can score from all three levels. He can consistently knock down the 3-ball and is so effective attacking the rim. In the game vs. Liberty Heights, King enjoyed a game high 24 points including three 3-pointers.
6’8 2019 Nick Evtimov (Greensboro Day)
What a weekend for the tough as nails power forward. There is no denying the tremendous play by one of the state’s most under the radar players. Evtimov brings grit, toughness, and a full throttle approach to the game. More importantly, he brings effort and energy and leaves it all on the floor. We love his blue-collar work ethic and expect an uptick in his recruiting.
6’4 2019 Donovan Gregory (Carmel Christian)
if you speak to Donovan Gregory, it wasn’t his best overall game. That being said, it was enough to make an impression on us. Gregory brings an aggressive attacking straight line offense to the floor. He is best in transition where he can use his explosiveness and athleticism. He is expanding his game and tallied a game high 21 points in the game vs. Christ School
6’7 2019 Greg Gantt (Trinity Christian-Fayetteville)
This may have been the most impressive game we’ve watched from Greg Gantt. The Providence signee simply put on a clinic on both ends of the court. He finished with a team high 28 points including four 3-pointers. In addition, he was aggressive attacking the rim and had one of the best “put back dunks” we’ve seen in quite some time.
6’8 2019 Jake Van der Heijden (Ravenscroft)
Let’s go and say it, Bucknell got a steal in 6’8 Jake Van Der Heijden. We’re talking about a mobile, fluid, versatile and hot shooting wing forward. The southpaw is excellent coming off screens and has a quick release on his patented jumper. In the exciting win over Northwood Temple, Jake finished with a team high 20 points including three 3-pointers. The highly efficient wing has a high basketball IQ, great feel for the game, and most importantly, does it all within the framework of the game.
Special thanks to AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE (GREENSBORO) for being the sponsor for the Phenom National Showcase by supplying MVP trophies for each game.