Man, oh man, what a summer it was for Phenom Hoop Report. Not only were our own expectations exceeded but the amount of talent that rolled through our events was absolutely impressive. Whether it was rising seniors, high-major talent, young and rising prospects or new faces, there was talent all over the place.
Now that the season has come to an end, let’s take a stroll through memory lane with our scouts on which players made the biggest impressions.
Players that should have offers flooding their way
Rick Lewis: 6’2 JaJuan Carr (Pender High School)
While JaJuan Carr has a quiet and reserved facial demeanor on the court, he is constantly putting up big-time numbers for a team that is somewhat undersized. That being said, he has led WBC Elite to a highly successful run this travel ball season. Carr averages 20 PPG and 8 APG and does it all within the framework of the offense. He is a team-first point guard that allows his teammates to make plays. On the flip side, Carr has a standing 40 inch vertical and has mastered the hesitation stop and go dribble drive. He is extremely athletic and explosive and should sport offers from every non-Power Five schools in the state of North Carolina.
Jamie Shaw: 6’1” 2020 Trevon Williams (Olympic)
It’s a wonder the offers have not already started flooding in, however, he did pick up his first one. Williams is a highly explosive, paint touch guard who can shoot the 3 with deep range and get into the paint and finish at will. He has a tight handle, able to initiate the offense, and quick hands-on defense. Look for a monster year this year with Olympic as he continues to put up numbers.
Jeff Bendel: 6’0 ’20 Anthony Allen (Independence/DTA Elite)
We’ve been pretty transparent about our liking of DTA Elite guys, which certainly includes their leader in Anthony Allen. He’s simply electric and genuinely seems like the most underrated point guard in the state. Allen is the quickest, fastest, and one of the best-shooting floor generals around, but also exudes confidence and never wavers in his dog-like approach. He’s certainly among the top two-way guards in the state, so it’s highly probable that his offer list will only continue to grow as the season carries onward. As talented as Independence was last season, they could be even better with Allen at the helm.
Miles Masercola: 6’10 2020 Kuluel Mading (High Point Central/New Light Disciples)
Dear College Coaches, He’s Right Here. Sincerely, Miles Masercola. Kuluel Mading has a legitimate shot to be an incredibly special player at the collegiate level if he goes to the right place and is coached the right way. He has the kind of ceiling that high major coaches should be all over with his natural physical gifts, shot-blocking instinct, and emerging perimeter skillset. He is absolutely NOWHERE close to his ceiling yet, but as his trajectory as a prospect is heading in the right direction. He becoming more and more productive every time he steps on the court and with schools like UNC-G and Radford already offered, it’s easy to see why schools of that level think a High Major talent like Mading will slip to the Mid Major level.