What a great day of basketball. The games were buzzing with a gym full of fans streaming through to watch throughout the day. Coming into the event, there were players who were garnering major attention on a national scale, however as with most of Phenom Hoops events, this showcase provided a platform for players to breakout. Who made today’s 5 to know…
Phenom’s Low Country Showcase 5 to Know
Take a look at the players who most caught our eyes during this event.
6’6 Aaron Nesmith (Vanderbilt)
Porter Gaud (SC)
By now everyone knows about Nesmith. He is one of the best scoring guards in the country. He is long, explosive and efficient with great touch. Nesmith has soared up the rankings over the last year, as he is thought of as a consensus Top 100 type guy. In this one, he finished with 32 points and was the game’s MVP.
5’11” 2019 Mikey Dukes
First Baptist of Charleston (SC)
Dukes is the fastest person we have seen, with the ball in his hands. He is strong and gets from end to end in a blink of the eyes. He is incredibly explosive, finishing above the rim, over people and he is shooting over 40% from 3 this year. Dukes should be considered a Top 125 type recruit in the 2019 class, and if he were to focus full time on basketball (also a power 5 football recruit) he could be a blue blood top end recruit. In this one Dukes finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists as the game MVP.
6’2” 2019 Trae Hannibal
Every time he steps on the floor he shows us a new aspect to his game. The crazy part to us is that people still don’t know who he is. Hannibal is an explosive guard with the ability to break down opponents, dunk over top of you and dish out great passes. Hannibal carries an early Oklahoma State offer and should be thought of as a Top 100 type talent in the 2019 class. He finished this one with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
6’3” 2019 Romello Grant
Stall High School (SC)
Grant came into the event as the state of South Carolina’s 5th leading scorer and 4th leading rebounder, yet somehow, he was still an unknown. Charleston Southern was in to watch Grant as he was great, finishing with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Grant is a strong and productive wing. He should be thought of as a Division 1 prospect and recruitment should really pick up after his MVP showing in this event.
6’7” 2019 Josiah James
Porter Gaud (SC)
James came into the event as a 5-star Top 20 prospect in the country. He had Michigan State (his father’s alma mater) in watching at this event as he dominated the stat lines. He finished with 15 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 blocks. The long and explosive James is an elite level prospect, and someone who is being looked at with pro potential. He should be looked at as such.