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.
Seniors to watch this high school season
Rick Lewis: 6’10 Javarzia Belton (Moravian Prep)
As the old saying goes, “you can’t teach size.” Javarzia Belton has tremendous size and an ever-improving skill set. Last season against Oak Hill Academy, Belton went “toe to toe” against Kofi Cockburn and in my personal opinion, outplayed the Five Star center. Since then, Belton has continued to work on his physique and has developed some “go-to” moves in the paint. He now has the ability to utilize the jump hook shot and a nice drop step move in the paint. Hovering around the mid-major level, look for high major schools to get involved. Belton has a tremendous work ethic and a desire to get better. The next step in his development is to develop a face-up game out to the elbow.
Jeff Bendel: 6’5 ’20 Ahmil Flowers (Grimsley/Greensboro Warriors)
As the breakout prospect from summer basketball, Flowers should have absolutely no problem translating his ability and two-way versatility to the high school scene. While he looked more comfortable with the Greensboro Warriors, new coaching and an improved supporting cast should allow him to really make noise within Guilford County. Between Travis Shaw, Daniel Cooper, and Jayden Watlington, this group will be young but should be talented enough to surprise some folks. Let’s also remember, Flowers is young for his grade, so it’s likely that he’ll just keep getting better.
Miles Masercola: 6’5 2020 Josh Banks (Olympic/Team United)
Banks has gone from a relative unknown to a bonafide high major prospect in the calendar year of 2019 and I don’t think his stock is done rising yet. He picked up a handful of offers from some really good mid-to-high level programs, was an extremely productive player on the EYBL, and that should all culminate in a very special senior season for Banks at Olympic in the now wide open NCHSAA 4A classification with the departure of Day’Ron Sharpe from South Central to Montverde. He and running mate Trevon Williams both have a chance to impose their will on the Charlotte Public School scene, picking up offers and media attention in the process. Banks is a high flyer that is wired to score from all three levels and with added strength can become an unstoppable force.