Phenom Hoop Report continued to hit the road on their West Virginia tour, getting an early glimpse at a few teams that will be representing the state. Already taking a look at Chapmanville, Jamie Shaw and Patrick O’Brien got an early glance at Beckley Prep IGN, as head coach Justin Dempsey leads the new program with an array of intriguing talent.
Dempsey has a few talented seniors as well as young prospects that are developing, Let’s dive into the roster early on.
2020 6’3 Curtis Houston
This being the first glance at Houston, we came away impressed. The Cleveland prospect has all the tools to be a point guard for a Division I college program. He as a tremendous feel for the game and great court awareness, excelling in pick and roll as well as reading defenders. Houston looks comfortable pushing the pace or playing in a half-court setting, getting defenders on his hip and attacking. He also knocked down quite a few outside jumpers, really scoring on all three levels.
2020 6’5 Robertas Jonaitis
There is no doubt about it, he was the most athletic prospect on the floor for Beckley Prep IJN. Jonaitis can jump out of the gym but is still developing in what he can do as a player. He created those second-effort type opportunities and excelled getting to the rim. His development with his outside game will be intriguing to watch down the road.
2020 6’2 Christian Holland
Holland was the quickest guard on the team, as he used that speed with his on-ball defense, as well as on offense, getting to his spots as well as attacking and getting to the rim. He works well playing off the ball and is a nice compliment to Houston.
2021 6’1 Dominykas Ramonas
Fundamentally sound, solid ball handler, and has a terrific smooth release to his shot. He found his spots on the floor and can be another knockdown shooter for this team.
2021 6’9 Saliou Nguer
Nguer instantly brings size to the table, as he was disruptive on defense, had solid footwork, and was active around the rim. The big man really ran the floor well and also showed the capability of knocking down a few three’s.
2023 6’6 Debaba Tshiebwe
Debaba, the younger brother of Oscar Tshiebwe, has a chance to be another special prospect and one to keep an eye on early on. First off, he has the size, strength, and motor that impresses as a freshman. Debaba works hard on both ends of the floor and moves well on the court. He rebounds really well also but it will be interesting to see how much he grows, which could put him in another level. Debaba has a better offensive outside offensive game than many may think as well, knocking down jumpers and stretching the floor.
2023 6’4 Daniel Ntambwe
Ntambwe is another freshman to keep an eye on. Already holding one offer, he too has the genes of playing at the next level with Jonathan Kuminga and Joel Ntambwe. Daniel brings effort to the floor with incredible wingspan and ability to go get the ball. He also is active on both sides of the floor. The offensive game is still coming around for Daniel, so as he continues to grow and develop, have everything start clicking, he will be a prospect to watch.