Phenom’s Low Country Showcase
Team Preview Capsules
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 Aiken Vs. First Baptist
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)
What is left to say about Porter-Gaud at this point? The 2-time defending South Carolina Independent School Association 3A State Champions are one of the best high school basketball teams across the entire region. They play fast, they play above the rim and they play an incredibly exciting style with a complete roster.
Porter-Gaud is led by their duo of nationally ranked guards as senior Aaron Nesmith and junior Josiah James are Top 100 prospects in the country. Their bigs add balance as standout players as well as the highly productive duo of Harrison Whatley (New York University) and Jake Lanford (Yale) outplay the majority of opponents.
It is a matter of time before Porter-Gaud cracks the national rankings as they make their run at the third consecutive state championship in South Carolina’s largest private school classification.
6’7” junior Josiah James
James is the highest ranked prospect in this event and the #31 ranked prospect (Rivals.com) in the country is the second highest rated prospect in South Carolina’s loaded junior class. Many are saying that 31 is too low for him, and we tend to agree. There isn’t anything on the floor James cannot do as he is a special type prospect. A 6’7” point guard who can handle, pass, defend, rebound and make shots (all at a high level). Make sure to watch him as much as possible at this point, he is special.
6’6” senior Aaron Nesmith (Vanderbilt)
While James is the highest rated prospect, it is Nesmith who is currently the team’s best player. The 6’6” wing has all the tools of a major school basketball prospect, which makes sense why he had over 30 scholarship offers at the time of his selecting Vandy. Nesmith is a high flyer with deep range and will make you drop your jaw with some of his above the rim antics. An incredibly fun player to watch!
6’9” senior Jake Lanford (Yale)
While James and Nesmith get a majority of the accolades, Lanford is the stalwart in the middle who battles game in and game out. Lanford is a tough rebounder and finishes very well, over both shoulders, with his back to the basket. Yale came in and got the high academic big man and will love him over the course of the next four years. As of right now, Porter-Gaud gets to enjoy his production and double/doubles every game.