In a loaded event at the Phenom National Showcase, several players were able to make waves in Raleigh, NC.  One of those prospects that caught our scouts’ eyes at the event was 2022 5’10 Cam Oates from Trinity Christian.

There are so many ways for players to make their mark on the court.  Whether it is scoring, rebounding, speed, etc., Oates made his presence on the floor with his energy and motor.  For his team, he plays as a small scoring guard/ point guard but one that also brings toughness, energy, and defense.  Only standing at 5’10 right now, he plays much bigger than listed and it is something he takes upon himself to show.

“The thing that I love to think about and pride myself with is being the underdog and being overlooked for a long time, so I like to go out and play my hardest to show everybody my abilities,” he told Phenom Hoops.  “I look at it as if it was off the court as well, by showing confidence and not backing down from anything.”

Oates would label himself as a player that loves to attack, making his teammates happy in sharing the ball and also pushing the ball in transition.  He showed all of that and more at the Phenom National Showcase, on his way to a 16-point performance vs. Crestwood. 

Still only a sophomore, Oates is going to play a huge role this year for Trinity Christian and he is continuing to work hard, both on and off the court, to improve his game.

“I’ve been working on getting my shot quicker consistently, as well as using my right hand, floaters, and playing off one foot because with me being athletic, I play a lot off two,” Oates replied.

The value that Oates provides to his team can be felt on both ends and he is making a name for himself with his toughness.  This is a young man to really keep an eye on this year as he looks to lead his team to big goals.


“Just a couple.  I’ve heard briefly from New Orleans, East Carolina, UMBC, Fayetteville State, Bob Jones, and UCF.  They have been just saying they are going to keep up with me throughout the seasons and I have relationships with two or three of them right now, so that is good.”

What was said at National Showcase:

“While there are probably stronger, more appealing long-term prospects on this team, it’s impossible to deny Oates’ value and effectiveness. He’s slightly undersized but very strong and able to play through a lot of contact/physicality on both ends of the floor. Oates is a quality leader and floor general with the ability to make nonstop plays, both in transition and the half-court. He has a tight handle and sharp passing vision, but can also score in a variety of different ways.” – Jeff Bendel