The Phenom Hoop State Fall League has been tremendous and we are heading into championship weekend. But there have been plenty of storylines and players that have grabbed my attention. Even though this list could go on a lot longer, here are the top players who have left their mark on me so far at the Fall League at the point guard position.
2026 Cameron Newman (Gaston Christian): Newman is one that tops this list with what he has shown at the Fall League so far heading into championship weekend. The 2026 point guard continues to flourish as a leader, displaying tremendous feel, pace and feel, court awareness, and a high IQ for not only scoring but dishing to his teammates.' This young man looked strong in leading the charge, and the game seems to be slowing down even more for him.' He is going to be making a case as the top point guard in the class.
2024 Delani Hammonds (Ardrey Kell): Hammonds may have not gotten all the attention, but when I watched him, he is one that looks locked in and loaded for a huge senior season.' What impressed me the most (and should impress college coaches) is his motor, competitive nature, and all our competitive nature on the court. Hammonds is strong creating off the dribble, using his speed or rising up to knock down shots.' But he was filling it up in other areas as well, dishing it off to teammates and attacking the boards as well.
2024 Carson Daniel/ 2024 Chase Daniel (Central Cabarrus): For one of the top teams in the Fall League, the Daniel twins are the head of the snake for this team. They are the ones that set the tone on both ends, and create so much havoc on the court but also just know how to play the game the right way. Terrific decision-makers, ultimate team players, can score and facilitate, and their defense is remarkable in how they can make teams turn the ball over. They should only continue this trend well into the season.
2024 Quasim Oden (Grace Christian): Oden was one that left his mark on me when I watched him, and I believe he is one that is seeing his stock rise more and more. Strong frame, downhill guard who attacks, can handle and be physical, can score through defenders, and does a great job in helping run the show for his team.' Add on top of his athleticism for his position, I'm excited to see what he can do this upcoming season.
2025 Derek Ross Jr (Jordan): Every time I watch Ross in action, he is one that I really enjoy seeing play. He is one of the quickest point guards in the state, blowing by defenders with his first step, getting paint touches when he wants, finding ways to create his shot, but also showing tremendous vision delivering passes in tight windows.' There are plenty of college programs that could use him in leading the charge for their team.
2024 Caden Bell (NC GBB): Talk about a wake-up call for everyone here in North Carolina, Bell has been putting on a show and taking names with his play on the court. The strong and physical point guard is truly showing his ability to be a dynamic scorer from an array of levels, and he has done so consistently all throughout the Fall League.' With what we have seen so far this offseason, Bell could be in for a jump if he continues to put on showings like he has done so far.