Phenom Hoops was on deck throughout the weekend at Forsyth Country Day for the NCISAA Live Period (Session 2), where teams throughout the state of North Carolina came to compete in front of college coaches. It was great to see all the teams and players in action over the weekend, as we are looking to bring you the stars and stock risers for each class from the weekend. We will continue with the stock risers for the class of 2023.
2023 Dante Oliver (Asheville Christian)
Oliver is a new name that quickly caught our eyes in warm-ups and only continued to intrigue us with his play on the court during throughout the games. The 6’5 long, lengthy prospect is going to be one to really watch and learn more about because he displayed a nice feel for the game and is just coming back off an injury that took him out all spring. Oliver will still need to put on strength and weight to get him ready for the next level but he did an excellent job in creating off the dribble, getting around defenders, and either finishing around the rim (through or around contact) or rising up and knocking down shots.
2023 Michael Nwoko (Burlington School)
Another new name in North Carolina but he certainly has made his mark early on, so we had to check out what his game was all about and we came away impressed. He is a 6’9 big that brings an extremely strong frame, one already for the college level. Add on top that he is more agile than most bigs, runs the floor well, showcases really good, strong hands offensively, finishes physically around the rim, and can be a dominant force on the boards, there is a reason why schools are coming on quickly to recruit him and it shouldn’t stop there.
2023 Ned Hull (Charlotte Latin)
Hull is a name that grabbed the attention recently at the Myers Park Summer League and only continued to do much of the same during the Live Period. Hull is a high IQ, fundamentally sound guard that can get his own shot when he wants and can really shoot the ball at a high rate. He doesn’t need much time or space to get it off, and one thinks that it is going in nearly every time. But he can score in other ways also while playing within an offense. Really expect him to be a name that gains traction throughout the summer and next season for Charlotte Latin.
2023 Kevon Vanderhorst (Trinity Academy)
Vanderhorst has been a prospect that has been earning multiple offers from schools around the region and one can see why. The point guard is one that stepped up in big-game moments, really showing a balanced attack on the court. Vanderhorst brings really good athleticism to the floor, more than many would expect. He used that athleticism to finish strong around the basket and out in transition, while also showing touch on his jumper and floater. Vanderhorst plays with a great feel and pace on the floor, understanding when to get others involved or being assertive in scoring the ball as well.
2023 Kaleb Siler (Carmel Christian)
Siler is going to be one to really watch under Coach Joe Badgett and Carmel Christian. He brings a big frame that continues to work on his conditioning, but college coaches are liking what they see already. Siler has big and active hands around the basket, displaying great touch and feel in the paint and on the boards. He seems to be just starting his story but it can be easy to see why college coaches aren’t waiting around to express their interest, especially as he continues to expand and work on his body even more.