Anytime you are able to walk into a gym, spend the day, and see countless Division 1 players and some of the top teams across the region, that is a good day. January 6 at Porter Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina will have just that as Phenom’s Low Country Showcase will feature 10 teams, from across the region, who are filled with incredibly talented players and who will be making runs at state championships this year.
Fans need to make sure they fill the stands early as every game will be filled with high flying fun. College coaches need to make sure the get on the baseline as there are countless players to be stolen in this event.
Regardless, get out to Porter-Gaud and watch!
12 PM Oceanside Collegiate Vs. Christian Academy
130 PM Goose Creek Vs. Stall
3 PM First Baptist Vs. Aiken
430 PM Lakewood Vs. Garner
6 PM Porter Gaud Vs. Mt Zion
The Home Teams Preview Capsules
(Oceanside Collegiate, Goose Creek, Aiken, Lakewood, Porter Gaud)
Charleston, South Carolina
Oceanside Collegiate is still in only their second year with a home campus as a school. They are not shy about playing a tough schedule as they have already traveled out to play in Las Vegas and in the nationally recognized Rotary Roundball Classic. Outside of those two major events, Oceanside Collegaite stands at a 6-2 record and are averaging 73.6 points per game.
The one constant that Oceanside Collegiate has had throughout this season is its leaders. The junior guard trio of Isaiah Archie, Shane McCravy and Jace Stem have been spectacular, and consistent. The trio are playing with a good chemistry as at least one of the three are leading the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
6’4” Junior Shane McCravy
Make no mistakes about it, McCravy is this team’s best player. He is a very long and very explosive player who is able to handle, shoot, pass and sky above the rim for exciting, rim-rattling finishes. So far this season McCravy is averaging 19 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is a Division 1 basketball player and college coaches should start recruiting as such.
5’11” Junior Isaiah Archie
Archie is your consummate point guard. The jet-quick PG has the ball on a string as he navigates his way through traffic and into the paint. He shoots the ball well and he is a quick on the ball defender, for the length of the field. This season he is averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Again, he is a college level player and coaches should start recruiting him there.
6’3” Junior Jace Stem
Stem is about as solid of a player as there is. While he won’t wow you with any one skill, he will not hurt you in anything as he has a full skill set with his ability to handle and rebound. He is also, probably, the team’s best shooter. His father played collegiately at Clemson, and Stem should start to be recruited to play in college soon.