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.
Their States Top Teams are Competing
As we mentioned before, Dorman High School is ranked #1 in South Carolina’s public school 5A classification and Wilson is ranked #1 in South Carolina’s public school 4A classification…However, they are not alone among the best that their state and classifications have to offer.
Heading into this week, Nation Ford was the #2 ranked program in South Carolina’s Public School 5A category. Charlotte Christian was the #3 ranked program in North Carolinas Private School 3A category. Concord First Assembly was the #5 ranked program in North Carolina’s Private School 2A category.
All three of these programs are absolutely loaded with Division 1 talent and all three of these programs get out and play an unbelievably exciting style of basketball. They are above the rim and they play up and down, run and jump styles
Nation Ford is led by the above mentioned Zeb Graham, but don’t sleep on 6’8” junior Khydarius Smith. He has already secured one triple/double this year and has taken his game to an entirely new level with his explosion, his length and his ball skills. Add in the 6’9” senior duo of Travell Crosby and Landon Murray to go with high scoring senior guard Eric Moulds (son of 12 year NFL wide receiver of the same name). 6’4 junior Shamon Alston is a Division 1 prospect who is very close to exploding with multiple offers.
Charlotte Christian has a long history of Division 1 prospects. From Stephen and Seth Curry to Anthony Gill and Akil Mitchell at UVA to Matthew Fisher Davis at Vanderbilt and many more. This year’s team is no different as they current have three players with multiple Division 1 offers. They are led by 6’9” senior Blake Preston who is committed to Liberty. Preston is averaging 13 points, 12 boards and 5 blocks per game. The unquestioned leader of the team is junior JC Tharrington. The junior carries offers from App St, Mercer, American, Army and others. He is averaging 18 points, shooting 58% from 3 and has a 7.5:1.2 assist to turnover ratio. The new comer is 6’5” junior Paul Hudson. Hudson is a jack of all trades type who uses his !7’4”! wing span to wreck havoc all over the court. Hudson has offers from Hampton and Mercer, he is a double/double threat with 2 steals, 2 blocks and 50% shooting.
Concord 1st Assembly has a long history of success, making it to numerous State Championship finals, even wining one over the last few years. This year’s team is loaded with talent, led by 6’5” wing Stephen Edoka who is averaging 21 points, 10 boards 2 steals and 2 blocks per game. Bailey Benham, a 6’6” sharp shooting wing is vying for D1 offers by shooting over 40% from 3 while averaging 11.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. Add in 6’8 sophomore Chieck Traore who is an elite post defender and 6’9” 2019 Peter Olatunji who already holds a Howard offer. They have a slew of other talent as well and will play an up and down style, watch out.