Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.
We got a chance to watch some of the talent that will be suiting up for Cannon this year, a program that lost Jaden Bradley but has a ton of talent once again that should be playing at the next level. Let’s dive into what we saw on the court, with other names possibly popping up later this season.
2021 Jarvis Moss
Moss looks to take over some of the duties left by Jaden Bradley and he seems ready to take on a bigger role from what we have seen this summer and at the fall league. He is a stronger and better guard that looks more aggressive with the ball in his hands. Still a knockdown shooter from the perimeter and should only continue to show, Moss also is starting to show more of his ability to get downhill and initiate the offense. He does a good job at picking where to attack, weaving through defenses in transition and in the halfcourt, along with finishing strong. Moss seems to be ready to be one of the top leaders for this team.
2022 DJ Nix
Nix wasn’t a participant in the fall league but we have seen him a few times over the summer. He has continued to improve in his overall game on the floor, showing numerous times how he can stretch the defenses with his outside shot as well as attack the paint. Nix also is a versatile forward that can rebound on one end and push the break. He should only continue to showcase what he can do and be a critical piece for Cannon once again.
2022 Christian Reeves
Really think this could be the year for Reeves. He has had to face some tough times in the past but the 7-footer looks ready to show and prove his game. Reeves brings a ton of size and length, he is agile on the court and moves well on both ends. Obviously, a difference-maker on the boards and in blocking shots but also has a soft touch around the rim.
2022 Karon Boyd
Boyd is one that Cannon will be able to use in multiple ways on both ends. He can be effective in defending the perimeter but also works well down low, getting on the boards, and scoring around the rim. Like him being able to do the dirty work for this team.
2021 Elijah Ormiston
A versatile 6’7 prospect who knows how to operate offensively inside and out. He can also be another prospect that can rebound and push the ball, showing solid handles. Ormiston simply plays fundamentally sound and with a great IQ, while also being active down in the post with his size.
Other players that we were able to view and could help this program this season are 2021 Deuce Rolle, 2024 Austin Swartz, 2021 Marques Walker, and 2024 Jaylen Claggett. Here are a few words that were said about Swartz, who attended Phenom Hoops’ Junior Phenom Camp
“He’s a long, wiry, high-motor wing/forward prospect with IQ and nice two-way versatility. Swartz scores the ball reliably from all three levels while utilizing his quickness to attack the basket and make plays for himself or others. He is also a quality defender that knows how to bottle up his assignment quite effectively.”