Phenom’s Hoop State Opening Day Fab Five
The inaugural Phenom Hoop State Championship opening round is in the books. While there were no surprises on the outcome of any of the games, many players solidified their stance as being among the state’s elite players. Now, let’s take a closer look at the players that made the biggest impacts.
6’6 2022 Jalen Hood-Schifino (Combine Academy)
It is no secret that Hood-Schifino’s game has continued to evolve under the tutelage and leadership of coach Jeff McInnis. Always considered one of the better point guards nationally in the 2022 class, Hood-Schifino has matured and developed into a total all around lead guard. We’re talking about a physically strong, crafty, and passer friendly point guard that has improved in all facets of the game, but more importantly with his 3-point shooting efficiency. In the game against Carolina Basketball Association, it was no exception as Hood-Schifino turns in a game high 23 points scoring from all three levels. He is pushing the tempo and making correct reads and timely passes.
6’9 2020 Josh Hall (Moravian Prep)
There may not be a better perimeter wing in the country than Josh Hall. Bold statement, yes, but standing a lengthy 6’9, Josh Hall has tremendous touch and range. He has effortless shooting mechanics, great form and technique, and a soft touch. In the game against Bull City Prep, Hall once again showcased why is a Five Star prospect. Hall finished with 20 points, but it was the fashion and which he scored. Hall allows the game come to him and nothing is ever forced, rushed or manufactured. It’s all done within the framework of the game and he shoots at a very high percentage. In addition, Hall has the ability to put the ball on the floor and his evolution in the past few years is a result of hard work and self-belief. Hall has his eyes on a bigger prize and don’t be surprised if that happens sooner rather than later.
6’3 2022 Po’Boigh King (Word of God)
Po’Boigh King has a quiet first half with only two points, but went on a scoring spree where he connected on seven straight 3-pointers. King finished with a game high 26 points and proved he is in the conversation as one of the best shooters in the state regardless of class or affiliation. We were impressed with his patience, poise and ability to move without the ball, but more importantly his points all came within the framework of the game where Word of God made one extra pass after another. Shooters translate at every level and with his shooting ability, he will have his choice of many quality college programs.
6’7 2021 Saiquone Harris (Word of God)
With a star-studded event at the Phenom Hoop State Championship, it’s a who’s who in terms of national level players. That being said, 6’7 junior Saiquone Harris put together one of the most complete games on opening day. Harris finished with a double double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, but it was his energy on both ends of the court that made the biggest impression. Harris plays with a big-time motor and his full throttle approach is something that is quite appealing.
6’6 2020 Kahari Rogers (Liberty Heights)
Kahari Rogers finished with a game high 20 points, but we were impressed with his steady and solid play throughout the game. Rogers has a great frame, length, athleticism and the ability to score from all three levels. To take it a step further, we personally don’t think Rogers is even remotely close to reaching his long-term potential. Rogers has developed nicely under coach Mike Wright and should become a high priority of D1 schools needing a lengthy and athletic perimeter wing.