2025 Andrews Grimes (Clayton): In all honesty, we aren’t surprised at all that schools are coming his way early on… we wrote about it nearly a year ago to watch out for Grimes (Click Here). The sophomore forward flourished then and is flourishing this season, averaging an impressive 16.4ppg and nearly seven rebounds. Grimes has a fluid feel, understands how to operate in the post, has nice touch and athleticism, and impacts the game on both sides.
2025 Kaden Hammond (TBS): Hammond is enjoying his time at TBS and quickly made a huge impact for his team, especially with his size down in the paint. Close to averaging a double-double with 8.8ppg and 7.3rpg, Hammond knows how to be physical and use his frame to finish around the basket and through contact. But we have also recognized his defensive impact, showing that he has nice timing in blocking shots. His recruitment should start picking up soon.
2025 Jackson Powers (Davie HS): Powers is another forward that has been on the Phenom platform quite a few times, but is one that may be going under the radar. But it is time for us to start recognizing his production this season for his team, averaging 15.4ppg, 13.3rpg, and 2.6bpg. Our own Ethan Reece had this to say about his game:
“Jackson gives you the feel of an old-school big man while still providing enough perimeter capabilities. He’s built thick with sharp foundational principles operating on the block, able to score over his shoulder, power through hits, and efficiently score off touches without needing to dribble. He draws heavy attention, giving way for him to kick out to the shooters around him, and knows when to put the ball on the floor and escape trouble. Combine that with a smooth and reliable outside shot that keeps getting better, he just provides a calming essential presence to have on the court and rely on to control the action in the paint.”
2025 John Lash (Charlotte Christian): How about the season that Lash is having? He is thriving big-time for his team and is putting up astonishing numbers as a sophomore, averaging 25.6ppg and 14.4rpg. He has truly been unstoppable all season long, showing his relentless motor, his IQ and feel, his strength and footwork, and his knack for just filling up the stat sheet. Lash plays so hard on the boards and plays with a chip on his shoulder, and is able to score in a variety of ways. Though he is also a strong baseball prospect, Lash is one that needs to be recognized for his play on the court.
2025 Taye Smith (1of1): Got a feeling that Smith is going to be a prospect that college coaches will want to see and learn more about… Smith checks of a lot of boxes early on. He has great size at 6’7, his is physically strong, he moves well, and shows flashes of his ability on the offensive end but also is a tremendous presence defensively in protecting the basket and grabbing boards. The continued development will come, but I wouldn’t be a program that would wait until then as I would be tracking him now.
2025 Trent Steinour (Lake Norman): Steinour hasn’t had the season that he was hoping for early on due to a small injury, but he is back on the court and will be reminding everyone of what he provides at 6’9. He is long and mobile, moves extremely well, can operate from multiple levels, has a great feel in the paint, can stretch the floor, and has great instincts on the court. Though he missed some time, this is a forward that should really be garnering attention his way even more.