Phenom Hoops went down to Columbia to check out some of the top talent in the state of South Carolina, as they all came to compete and showcase their skills under one building at the Savage Academy.
In a two-part series, we look at the four teams that were mixed with an array of talent from different schools and classes. We now take a look at Team 3 and 4.
Top Players (Team 3 & 4)
2021 6’3 Russell “RJ” Felton (Aiken)
- Felton was absolutely UNSTOPPABLE during the open run. One could easily argue that he was the best play on the court that night in South Carolina. Felton’s mentality, hard work, and energy is something that many players don’t possess. He constantly is looking to be the best and prove himself among others, and that he did. Relentless in attacking both ends, getting on the boards and pushing the break, showcasing his athleticism and tough play, and scoring on all three levels with ease. Felton simply put on a show.
Players that impressed and made their mark (Team 3 & 4):
2021 6’4 Robert McCray (AC Flora)
- McCray showed patience in the offense, a smooth feel for the game, good body control, and really excelled when he dissected the defense and penetrated the lane. With his body and ability to attack off the bounce, McCray showed flashes of why he is being recruited by many.
2022 6’2 Emanuel Richards (Blythewood)
- There is something that you just have to like about Richards’ game. He is a 6’2 guard that plays physical and tough, but also is showing that he can get it done on multiple levels. Usually, you see him use his body/strength to his advantage that allows him to attack and take contact. But he also showed his mid-range game and you can see he is putting in the work to be a scorer on multiple levels.
2024 6’5 Cam Scott (Lexington)
- Only a rising freshman but Scott has a ton of promise in his game. With his length early on, he uses it well to rise up over defenders with a smooth outside jumper. He also is looking to become more aggressive, which will only help him more the more he grows into his body down the road.
2021 6’0 Jacobi Wright (Legacy Early)
- Watching Jacobi in the past, we have known that he can take over and be a scorer on the floor for his team. Though at the academy, Wright showed tremendous awareness on the floor, penetrating defenses and finding his teammates for wide-open shots. Wright made tremendous decisions, played unselfish basketball, and has that ability to score or distribute to his teammates.