The Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 and Session 2 have come and gone and college coaches had a chance to check out a ton of talent on display. There were several big names and big performances on display but we want to shed more light on players that have gone a little under the radar but could be a topic of discussion (or should be) for college coaches to start looking at more. Of course, there were several players that made a name for themselves but here are just a few that really stood out in my eyes.
2023 Addison Archer (1of1): Archer was impressive all weekend long for 1-of-1.' He may have put together one of his best and most consistent events together at the Summer Havoc, showing everyone just exactly what he could provide. The 6'8 fluid forward was active on both ends, really making his presence known in the paint and on the boards, but also showing his much-improved outside shot that goes out as far as the three.' But whether it was blocking shots and being active on the boards, finishing around the basket, running in transition, and just being a strong, active presence on the court, Archer gave everyone a reminder that he is one player that can help a program at the next level.
2023 McCaskill Rivers (CB Hoops): Rivers continues to be a player that goes under the radar around the Charlotte area and in North Carolina, but when you look at his stats (whether this summer or in high school), Rivers continues to bring production to the table.' Though a little undersized, Rivers can be a tough matchup with his expanded game and his strong presence around the basket.' Rivers continues to snatch up boards and use his body to embrace contact but what others don't understand is how effective he can be in popping out with his mid-range and three-point shot.' Just look at his stats this past season (18.3ppg, 11.4rpg, 22 3-pointers, 4.1 offensive rebounds), Rivers is one that college coaches may want to check out more.
2023 Joshua Scales (NLPB 336): Was really impressed with what Scales showed on the court and he has had a strong summer overall as well.' Scales, a 6'2 guard, was such a competitor on the floor and really opened eyes to how he can score in a variety of ways.' He is able to create well for himself, finding ways to get around defenders but also picking his spots to show his pull-up game from mid-range or get to his spots from three. Scales is a strong, athletic guard that plays with a ton of confidence and competes on every play.' He should be one that should get more looks with what we saw on a consistent basis at the Summer Havoc.
2023 Kenan Parrish (Durham Hurricanes): What a difference a few years can make for a player like Parrish.' A player that many might have noticed a few years ago, Parrish was a constant name being talked about over the week and certainly will be one for college coaches to check out more.' Our guy Colby Lewis said it best:
'Over the past two years, 2023 6'11 Kenan Parrish is without question the most improved player in NC. Great size, nice footwork, and touch around the basket. Does a great job of going up vertically to contest shots defensively.'
Parrish could be a hot target for college coaches and at 6'11, he could be a great anchor for a program down the road. But he was a big topic of discussion with his play.