The amount of talent on the court this weekend at the Phenom Grassroots TOC was outstanding but the stars of tomorrow really stole the show. High-major talent could be found all around, especially watching the big-time matchups that happened on the arena court. We want to review some of the top guys that grabbed our attention and should be earning the national spotlight from this event. Check out a few names below.
2022 6’5 Reggie Bass (Team Teague): If one could have a tournament MVP, Bass would have been one of the leaders for this category. Bass, who is already committed to Illinois, was simply sensational all throughout the event. Hitting big shots, being an absolute scoring threat all over the court, and showcasing terrific handles in how to create space and opportunities for himself… he showed it all and with his size at 6’5, there weren’t many that could even slow him down. Posting multiple 20+ performances, he helped lead Team Teague to an undefeated weekend. With the ball in his hands, Bass shows a tremendous feel for the game, whether it is scoring the ball on all levels or finding teammates on the floor. One thing can be said, Illinois has a good one coming their way.
2022 Jazian Gortman (PCH Nightrydas): Gortman put on a show as well at the Grassroots, as the South Carolina guard is putting the nation on notice quickly that he is becoming one of the most electric guards around. Gortman simply has the basketball on a string and his ability to create for himself is high-level. He is a big-time scorer and can do so with ease, whether it is using his quickness to get around defenders, or showcase his shiftiness and athleticism in the open floor. Gortman oozes confidence in his game and knows that he simply can’t be stopped when he is on top of his game. With his blend of IQ, athleticism, scoring threat, and craftiness, there is a reason why so many high-major programs are coming his way and he continues to rise up the rankings.
2022 MJ Rice (Team Loaded): Rice is already noted as one of the top players in the country for his class but it is always nice to get a reminder of just how talented this young man is. He did that right away in his first game, going for an easy 35 points and then backing that up with another impressive performance. Rice is simply an unfair matchup with his size, strength, and offensive game. Whether he is going to body up defenders and bully his way to the basket, finishing strong around the rim or show that he can be that outside threat, he has everything you would like in a prospect; simply dominant. Rice also does a tremendous job in showing that he can operate and impact the floor in every area, as teams are looking and trying to figure out a way to slow him down. They couldn’t this weekend in Rock Hill but it looked also like just another day at the office for the star.
2022 Jaden Bradley (CP3): For one thing, it was great to have Bradley back home in the area, as we certainly have missed seeing him in person on the court. He had a tremendous season at IMG and continues to be regarded as one of the top point guards in the country. But, to be honest… this weekend, it gave us a chance to remember his dominance on the court once again, giving us a chance to see what we saw a lot at Cannon when he took over a game. His awareness and speed in the open floor are unfair and NBA-like. Add that on top of his offensive ability to get downhill, his body control, and ability to get the ball on the rim and simply be a playmaker on the court, it was electric to watch. It certainly brought back good memories of watching Bradley around North Carolina and he continues to show why he is regarded as the top point guard for his class.
2022 Patrick Wessler (CC Elite): We have seen Wessler grow up from a young buck to now, being one of the top big’s around the region… and what is scary is that he continues to develop his game. There is still plenty more left in the tank but the 7-footer showed fans why he is quickly becoming a target by so many high-major programs. Wessler does a tremendous job in getting on the boards and pursuing the basketball, whether it is on the defensive end or on the offensive end. Offensively, he has tremendous hands to get on the boards and rack up second-chance points with a soft touch; he constantly is getting his hands on the ball down low. You also add that to his developing game of stepping out and knocking down shots or pump-faking and getting the rim, one has consistently seen his development in becoming the ultimate center. And that doesn’t even mention his shot-blocking capability; he is an absolute wall in the paint and constantly seems to be erasing shots. Wessler had another strong weekend in the books and his recruitment should only continue to rise.