Phenom’s Capital City Jam is the Place to Be
It is well known around the region that Phenom Hoops’ events are where all of the talent lies. Top players from around the country come to get seen, and they show out. The stands are packed with fans as they know they are watching tomorrows stars. The baselines are filled with college coaches as they know the will always be able to jump on an unknown star. The sidelines are filled with NCAA compliant scouts and nationally read media as they know the storylines are always great at Phenom events.
For the previous three years Phenom Hoops held this event at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Players such as Dennis Smith Jr (Dallas Mavs), Chris Clemons (NCAA 2nd Leading Scorer) and many others have participated in this event. This year we felt it was time to move the event to talent rich Columbia, South Carolina.
While the Hoop State continues to be good to Phenom Hoops, the talent level in the state of South Carolina is at an unbelievable high right now. Going through the players there are numerous Top 150 type guys throughout the classes. Some of the top teams from around the region with incredible coaches throughout the state. South Carolina is also a basketball hungry state. The state knows when there is good talent around, they have to show up and watch.
Phenom’s Capital City Jam is filled with talent, both team and individual. Here is the reason why THIS Saturday (December 16) the state of South Carolina needs to stop what they are doing and show up to Ben Lippen School in Columbia and watch this incredible display of talent.
Perhaps this one is more geared toward college coaches, but never the less there are some unsigned (and for the most part) unknown seniors who will be able to come in and immediate impact Division 1 programs.
The story of the entire day may end up being 6’7” Hartsville High senior Kyron Gray. Heading into his match up with Nation Ford Smith is averaging 20 points and 17 rebounds per game. Yes, those numbers are absolutely staggering, and NO those rebounding totals are not a misprint…17 per game. The forward with a 6’10+” wing span is also shooting 68% from the field and averaging 2 blocks to go along with 1 steal per game. Right now it is a travesty that Gray only has a Benedict (D2) offer. As one high major coach, who watched Gray last week, stated, “If I were at a mid-major school he would be on top of my recruiting board.” Take note here, this one gets you wins.
Two years ago TCU sophomore Desmond Bane showed up to our September Indiana Top 80 camp already having taken multiple D2 official visits. We put him out as a HM- prospect and he ended up at TCU, where as a sophomore Bane is averaging 14 points and is 2nd in the NCAA in 3P shooting and 4th in FG percentage. We tell you that story to lead into talking about Concord 1st Assembly 6’5” wing Stephen Edoka as there are a lot of similarities between the two as players. Edoka has a 6’8” wing span on his 200 pound frame. The explosive wing is an elite defender and plays with a great motor that routinely has him finishing over the rim and making loud plays. This year Edoka is showing his prowess beyond the 3-point arc as he is shooting over 40% on the year. Right now he is averaging 21.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.6 steals per game. He carries a lone Winthrop offer, but he should have 10+ offers by now. Big time player, a winner.
Spring Valley point guard Julian Smith is the type of guard you want to go to war with. He plays with an unbelievably high motor and is a natural leader on the floor. Very vocal on defense, he takes every game personally and wants to matchup against the best, always. The second you watch him, you immediately love what he does. So far this season Smith is averaging 10 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1 block per game. Somehow he carries no offers right now, D2s should be camping out on this kid as he will walk into the locker room with the respect of the team.