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.

Younger players that could explode onto the scene

Rick Lewis: 6’0 2021 Jamarii Thomas (Piedmont Classical)

Thomas sat out the entire 2018-19 basketball season with a torn ACL. He is still wearing a knee brace and has been simply short of sensational this summer. Thomas has an “Allen Iverson” type game. He plays with the proverbial chip on his shoulder and one of the toughest two-way guards in the state regardless of class. Thomas plays with tremendous passion, effort and most of all competitiveness that is not often seen by his peers.

Jamie Shaw: 6’6” 2022 Julian Phillips (Blythewood)

Phillips should be tracking as the top prospect in South Carolina’s 2022 class at this point. The long and rangy wing is a good athlete and has all the wing ball skills. He moves well without the ball and can finish along with the interior. He shoots the ball well and is a good athlete. There is a bit of a killer instinct that is creeping out with him, watch out, its coming and when it does, you’re looking at a national level prospect.

Jeff Bendel: 6’3 ’22 Jaydon Young (Greensboro Day/Team CP3)

He’s not exactly a secret, especially since he plays with Team CP3, but it still feels like not enough folks are talking about Jaydon Young. Many guys have gone to Greensboro Day over the past three years, but Young could honestly be the most talented of that group. He possesses an incredible array of offensive weapons and has the physical tools to become a dominant force sooner than later. Young will be joining one of the premier programs in North Carolina and should start drawing headlines sooner than later.

Miles Masercola: 5’10 2023 Aden Holloway (Covenant Day/Team CP3)

The North Carolina 2023 class appears to have a chance to be very special.  I don’t know if there are too many more special than Aden Holloway who will have the keys to the car from day one.  He’s a crafty guard with in the gym range, an advanced feel for the game, and a winning pedigree from his success with Team CP3.  As Holloway picks up experience, situational opportunities, and most importantly confidence, expect the young point guard to pick up steam as a prospect with his exciting style of play.  He has the ball on a string and makes the right decision with the ball in his hands at an incredibly high rate.