There were plenty of storylines through the event at the Phenom 757 Showcase, along with college coaches lining the baseline. This is why these players could be ones that see their stock rise after a strong showing in Virginia Beach. Check out who made the list this week.
2022 6’9 Khouri Carvey (Team Trezz):
Carvey was one of the first players I watched this weekend, wanting to see more of his game, how he operates and his development. A lot of boxes were checked with his game, as the 6’9 big man was fluid, used his body well, and loved that he could move well throughout the floor. Carvey brings a big frame that helps him down low in the post but moves/ quick reactions with his post moves to go along with his soft touch around the rim. He really made his presence known on both ends and on the boards, which is why he is one that should be garnering a lot more interest after his play in Virginia.
2022 6’8 Sam Perez (Team Wall):
What is there not to like about Perez? Sometimes, there are players that you look at and watch and you wonder why more schools haven’t got involved with how they may be able to utilize him. Perez is one of them, as the 6’8 is an extremely tough matchup with his length to go with his ball skills, while also stretching the floor consistently from three. You add that on top of his leadership role he plays and making winning plays on both ends, Perez is one that should see his stock rise after this summer.
2023 6’2 Caden Bell (Team Wall):
Bell is a guard that could be in for a nice summer and upcoming season. The sturdy point guard continues to take the right steps and is showing that he can be a threat getting teammates involved and scoring. Bell is a tough competitor on the floor, creating well off the bounce, getting paint touches, and finishing through contact. He also sports good speed on both sides of the floor and court awareness. Throughout the event, he was one of the catalysts for his team, scoring in an array of ways. It is why he should be on the watch list for several college coaches.
2022 6’9 Peter Oduro (Higher Level):
One of my first times seeing Oduro in action and the big man showed me some things that I think college coaches could find useful. The 6’9 big has a strong frame and plays physical but does it the right way without fouling. He moves very well on both ends, brings a tremendous motor, and shows his comfort level of battling down low or stretching the floor. From what he showed, there are factors in his game that certainly could attract college coaches’ eyes and as a 6’9 big with that kind of energy and work ethic, he could be a nice piece at the next level.
2022 5’10 Jacob Cooper (Team Loaded VA):
Another new name to the scene for Phenom Hoops but boy, did he make a splash throughout the entire event in Virginia. The cat-like quick guard seemed to have a hand in every game, scoring the ball incredibly well, creating for himself with his quick moves and shiftiness, and showing great touch and feel in scoring the ball from all levels. Cooper also got after it on the defensive end, bring a unique toughness for a player his size. He put up some impressive numbers in front of college coaches, so it will be interesting to see if any were intrigued enough to make an offer.