Phenom Summer Grind
Players to Watch – Part 1
6’6” 2016 Brand X
Milner broke out during the Phenom Summer Jam with his Burlington High School team. In that event Milner showed he produces across the floor, padding stats and leading his team to wins. Milner is a long 6’6” with a sturdy frame, ball skills, jump shot range, ability to defend multiple positions, and plays with a big chip on his shoulder. Yeah, he is intriguing.
6’5” 2018 Team United 15s
Murphy was most recently rated as the 34th player in the countries 2018 class by national analyst Clark Francis. Over the last year, Murphy has grown both in size and his game. He has a sturdy build, but also is becoming more comfortable being the man. Murphy recently picked up his first offer, when Charlotte extended at Elite Camp. When he is consistently engaged, 34 feels about right.
6’8” 2019 Team United 14s
Similarly built to Burns, Mack has been a name on the scene for a while. A consensus Top 50 player in his class, Mack can put it on the floor from the high post and is a great passer. He continues to get better each time out, showing new dimensions to his game.
6’5” 2016 PSB Elite
Buckland has played on a lot of high profile teams, but he has never been a focal point of these teams. He is heading into July, playing comfortably has his team’s number one option. Buckland plays with an edge, scores the ball at multiple levels, and is sneaky athletic. Buckland carries five offers into July, and is looking for more.
Patrick Tape (Columbia University)
6’9” 2016 PSB Gold
Tape broke out at the Grassroots Tip-Off Classic where he picked up the interest from Columbia. He quickly moved to the top of their board and committed while on his official visit. Kudos to Columbia, Tape would have been a hot commodity had he played (uncommitted) in July. He is explosive, he is an elite rim protector, and he rebounds. He is still getting better each time out.