It was a great trip to Virginia once again, getting a chance to see an array of talent from around the state. Several of these names will be ones you will hear about in the coming years but they caught our eyes in Richmond.
Here are some of the standouts from the Virginia Phenom 150.
2024 Damon Thompson
Even at a young age, Thompson has a nice feel as being a lead point guard on the floor. Picks his spots of when to attack, his head is always up, and he is either looking to show his craft and touch around the rim or distribute to his teammates.
2022 6’7 Tyler Nickel
The versatile wing plays with a strong mentality and effort. He isn’t afraid to mix it up on defense down low, guarding multiple positions but with his size, ball handling, and offensive capabilities, Nickel is a mismatch all over the court.
2023 6’1 John St. Germain
What immediately catches your attention is his speed and decision making on the floor. He has a fantastic quick first step to get by defenders, which allows him to get to the rim or use his IQ to distribute to his open teammates.
2020 6’11 Aleksandr Glushkov
Glushkov has a 6’11 frame that is fluid and shows mobility on the floor. He demonstrated a nice feel around the paint, understanding what opponents are giving him along with the ability to put the ball on the deck and find that small opening. Glushkov also displayed a lot of potential with how he runs the floor.
2021 6’3 Marcus Banks Jr.
Banks showed tremendous confidence on the floor, whether it was with the ball in his hands or finding his spots in the open floor. Smooth handles, plays with pace to his game, and can really be a knockdown shooter on the court for his team.
2021 6’1 Malakai Whittaker
There is something to say about someone’s ability to play defense and Whittaker displayed that all day today. He really looked to lock up defenders, took pride in being an in-your-face defender, and creating havoc on that side of the floor. Loved his lateral quickness on the defensive end but also using his frame to physically attack the rim.
2020 6’1 Andrew Shull
Already a known prospect in Tennessee and with Phenom, Shull came out and still competed. He is a stingy player on both ends of the floor but also is a smart decision-maker. Feels the floor well, head is always up, and creates for his team whether it is scoring or facilitating.