The Phenom Team Camp in Advance was off the charts, giving Phenom Hoops and college coaches of talent all around the state more on the public side. A trend that we started following throughout the event though was just the amount of size that could be found and honestly, big men that have gone under the radar so far. So, here is a list of players that has length and size with their frame that you should be monitoring more down the road.
2024 6’9 Alonso Easterling (Fayetteville Academy): A fluid forward that moves well, makes his presence felt on both ends, finds his teammates, and protects the rim well. Should only continue to develop and get better. Runs the floor well for his 6’9 size and should be a new name and presence for Fayetteville Academy this year.
2023 6’9 Mekhi Grant (Juice Prep): Already a name many know, Grant continues to make his presence felt in attacking and finishing with power at the rim but also adding more to his game. Displayed solid handles, can step out, and can be a monster in chasing blocks.
2026 6’11 Prince Nwokemodo (Mount Zion): Only a RISING freshman on the floor, Nwokemodo is already 6’11 and that is something you can’t teach… period. Though still raw and has a ways to go, the big man plays with great energy, is active on both ends, and attacks the boards while also showing some touch around the basket. Has plenty of time to develop his overall feel though.
2023 6’10 Tai Hamilton (Olympic): Hamilton is a big man that flies a little under the radar but we watched him this past weekend and standing at 6’10, he moves extremely well. Also does a terrific job in protecting the rim without fouling, operates well on the block, and does a great job on the boards.
2024 6’9 Bobby Cannon (QEA): Cannon is all about versatility. The 6’9 fluid forward brings tremendous length and a unique skill set at his size, showing he can guard multiple positions, step out and make plays or knock down shots, and impacts the game well with his length. Continues to make strides in his game.
2024 6’10 Tammar Brown (Victory Christian): A younger forward and one that many may not know of yet, but once you check out Victory Christian, he is one that immediately stands out with his 6’10 long frame. He uses his body well, finishes well around the basket, and brings strong energy on the glass. Has room to grow and expand his game but shows nice flashes while on the court.
2024 6’10 Bryson Cowan (West Rowan): We spoke about Cowan over a year ago and after getting another glimpse, you can see the 6’10 big man continues to make strides but still has room to grow. But the areas he has gotten stronger in have been his activity and scoring ability around the basket and being stronger down in the paint and on the boards. When you look at his body and just how long he actually is, he is one that should only continue to be on the radar to watch.
2023 6’9 Torey Alston (WS Christian): Alston was once a player that many didn’t know about but over the last year, he has really elevated his exposure and presence. Now playing with WS Christian, Alston continues to show how smooth he can be, his versatility on the court at 6’9, and the potential that he is working with. He should only get better this year at WS Christian, so watch out.