This is the 6th year we have hosted Phenom's David Rose Memorial Day Classic, and each year we have had the event benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. Having proceeds from the event go to this cause if very near and dear to our hearts at Phenom Hoop Report because once they get home, their journey is just beginning. It's great to help this cause.
That said, this event has also been a platform for many over the years. Players who go on to perform at the highest levels of basketball, both in college and beyond. The 2019 event may have been the deepest field of talent yet. We had a sold out field of over 90 teams show up to compete, and boy did they get after it!!
Here are some players who utilized the platform to breakout, and should be seen atop college recruiting boards.
6'1' 2020 Trevon Williams/ DTA Elite (NC)
Williams is exactly what colleges are looking for in guards these days. A player who can handle, distribute and score it. He is a uber athlete, playing WELL above the rim and he can also stroke it with deep and consistent form. Williams is a new name to the mix, one we had not seen or heard much from previously, however, with that said, low and mid level Division 1 schools should firmly place him on their recruiting boards and really dig in deep with him. He has the tools and is absolutely ready to burst on the seen. Coaches, be sure to put eyes on this one.
6'4' 2021 Chris Rhone/ Carolina Pressure (SC) 17s
Rhone is a player we have known for a couple of years now, and he is one we have been tracking but all of that potential is really turning into production in a major way. Rhone is a well built, sturdy and lengthy wing prospect. He attacks downhill off the bounce, with aggression and is able to finish above the rim. He has a smooth shot and is still realizing his upside/potential. Monitor this one closely over the next couple of years, he is a sure fire Division 1 prospect, how high of one still remains to be seen.
6'3' 2021 RJ Felton/ Team United (NC) 16s
Felton is the best player on his 16u EYBL team, and there isn't really a dispute about that. He has a blend of skill, explosion, length and motor that really produces in a major way. This weekend he shot the ball at a high clip from 3, he created plays off the bounce (for self and others) and he finished with some monster dunks that brought the entire building to its feet! Felton should be high on the list of every mid-major program in the region, and the high major should be tracking him closely. A lot to like here, and it all starts with his absolute tenacity and relentlessness.
6'7' 2020 Jaylen Siermons / Fayetteville Flash (NC)
Siermons is another player we have known about for a couple of years, but is now having all of the pieces come together in a major way. The lefty big man, is a no-nonsense producer and a breath of fresh air in that he is a big who does big guy things. Siermons is a high percentage shooter, creating 15 feet and in. He can face up and take you off the dribble or he can post and finish over his right shoulder. Siermons has good timing as a shot blocker and rebounds the ball very well, also showcasing the ability to grab and go to initiate the break. He is a full scholarship big man and should have D2s and D1s all over him from here moving forward. Siermons wins you games.
6'3' 2020 Caleb Matthews/ Royals Knights (NC)
Matthew is a high flying wing, but do not start to think that is all he has to his game. He can flat shoot the ball with range and he showcased a high IQ moving off the ball, getting to his spots. On Championship Sunday, Matthews as easily the Royal Knights best player, as he continued to do it on both ends of the floor. He has great length, he will catch a big sleeping and put it on their head about once a game and he plays with great confidence. He is another scholarship player that schools should have atop their recruiting boards, asap.