The Storylines We’re Looking For
The High Level Break Outs
The great thing about the Phenom Platform is that it not only allows a stage for the players everyone already knows to stand out but it also allows a stage for the player who may not have gotten their break to show they can play to.
This year’s Phenom’s Capital City Jam is no different. There are multiple players in this event who are incredibly exciting, they play incredibly hard and should already carry multiple Division 1 offers but for whatever reason they have not been able to carve out that reputation just yet. Well that could change for each of them this Saturday.
With college coaches sure the be in the stands, NCAA compliant scouts in the stands and nationally read media writing the stories here is a listing of players that the fans will be certain to be talking about as they leave the gym.
6’7” Unsigned Senior Kyron Gray
Hartsville High School
Gray is strong and carries a very lengthy wing span. He has great footwork on the block that pairs well with the touch he has that extends out to the perimeter. The common thought among coaches who have seen him this season is that he is a mid-major prospect. His numbers certainly reflect that as, coming into this week he is averaging 16.8 points, 17.8 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Those numbers are certain to rise as last night he went for 35 points, 15 boards and 5 blocks against 5A giant Sumter.
6’5” Unsigned Senior Stephen Edoka
Concord First Assembly
We don’t understand what there is not to like about Edoka. He is a lock down defender at multiple positions, he plays with a non-stop motor, he is strong and athletic and he is shooting over 40% from 3 this season. Heading into this week Edoka was averaging 21.2 points, 10.6 Boards, 2.1 blocks, 2.6 steals his size and skill set remind us of TCU sophomore Desmond Bane at the same stage. He carries a lone Winthrop offer, but has had the high major schools spending time in his gym since the early signing period. Watch this one closely, he is a winner.
Hudson just transferred in this season from South Mecklenburg. He weighs in at 200 pounds and carries a 7’4” wing span. Charlotte Christian lines Hudson up across the floor as he is a mismatch on the block, at the high post, on the wing and he even restarts the offense as a secondary ball handler. Hudson is a high level defender and a top quality rebounder. So far this season Hudson is averaging 11.2 points, 10.2 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Some say his game is reminiscent of East Carolina junior Kentrell Barkley, but he already carries offers from Hampton and Mercer. That list should grow considerably and it could start this week.
6’2” 2019 Trae Hannibal
Hartsville High School
Hannibal has experienced quite the blow up since the season started. He picked up early offers this summer from Stetson and South Carolina State, however he has had the likes of South Carolina, Oklahoma State and Clemson in his gym with the likes of Kansas State and Wake Forest actively recruiting him. That high major interest is easy to understand when you look at what Hannibal does. He already carries a high major frame, explosion and toughness. He has great pace and excellent court vision as he navigates downhill. Heading into this week Hannibal is averaging 20.5 points 13.3 boards 6.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Last night he finished with a triple/double against 5A power Sumter High School as he had 11 points, 11 boards, 10 assists and 7 steals. When he is on the floor, do not take your eyes off he will come out of no where with something spectacular.