Phenom Hoop Report provided opening tap to final buzzer coverage of Session II of the 12th Annual VaPreps Classic last Saturday at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA. Let’s take a look at some of the events most impactful players and performances:
Naquan Lyons (6’6 2020 Lake Taylor) Naquan showed his great athleticism and explosive leaping ability grabbing 14 rebounds against Varina. He has a nose for the basketball and plays with energy and toughness. He reads the ball coming off the glass so well and beats people to spots. Naquan can hit the 15-18 footer or put the ball on the floor and get to the rim using a quick rip and a very good first step.
Javon Swinton (6’2 2020 North Stafford) The Indiana University football commit is one of the best athletes in the country and is very comfortable and capable on the basketball court where he also received Division I attention. He has great poise and explosiveness and is an instinctive playmaker. Shifty, quick and powerful off the dribble, mixes in hesitations nicely he has an array of finishing moves around the rim and can also stick the jumper from all levels. Javon can play every position on the floor and on both ends of the floor and enjoy high level productivity from any position. Javon came in averaging 28 points per game, he scored 15 points in this thrilling win for North Stafford over Menchville.
Elisha Brown (5’10 2020 North Stafford) Elisha was outstanding defensively throughout as was the North Stafford team holding a very good Menchville team to 35% shooting for the game. Elisha handled the ball well and made good decisions especially late as Menchville really picked up the defensive pressure. Also a football star at North Stafford Elisha is used to contact and that shows on the basketball court as he likes to initiate contact to create space and plays through contact to finish. He changes speeds nicely and uses a quick crossover and burst off the crossover move and gets to the rim in a hurry. Elisha scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to earn player of the game honors against Menchville.
Isaiah Shaw (6’5 2023 North Stafford) An exciting freshman with big time upside Isaiah plays multiple positions and shows versatility on both ends of the floor. He is long with a long wingpsan, athletic and agile. He demonstrates sound shot mechanics and a smooth effortless stroke. Isaiah can handle and get to the rim with length, good quickness and body control. His footwork is outstanding on both ends of the floor and he demonstrates a lot of potential as a future impact perimeter player. Isaiah’s brother Eric also played at North Stafford and later enjoyed success at Longwood and Mary Washington.
Jayson Harris (6’6 2021 Menchville) Jayson was dominant around the rim using his large frame to establish solid positioning and very good touch to score 17 points on 8-12 shooting with 8 rebounds. His footwork was solid on both ends of the floor; he was quick on defensive rotations and really made an impact on the offensive glass.
Yuri Manns (6’2 2023 LC Bird) You can tell he’s the son of a coach! Yuri Manns is a freshman but only by classification, his game and skill level is advanced well beyond his freshman years. The son of LC Bird Head Coach Troy Manns who played at Virginia Tech after a stellar high school career where he helped lead Patrick Henry-Roanoke to a state title in 1992, Yuri has a confident demeanor and plays with great poise and confidence. One of the better shooters in Virginia’s freshman class Yuri also demonstrates high level playmaking skills. He uses his lengthy frame and long strides attacking the basket, uses hesitations nicely and shows an explosive burst attacking space. Not only a high level shooter he is an instinctive scorer who can hit the pull up jumper, attack bigs with skillfully executed floaters, he can score with either hand at the rim and he can finish high off the glass and absorb contact and score. Yuri is an excellent passer on the move showing vision and the ability to make pinpoint passes. He can play and defend either guard position showing very good footwork and quick hands defensively. He has a chance to be special!
Brycen Blaine (6’3 2022 LC Bird) Brycen has tremendous upside not only as a scorer but as a shot maker! He has textbook shot mechanics including a high release and can knock down shots from anywhere on the floor. He catches the ball shot ready and doesn’t need much time or space to get his shot off. He attacks hard closeouts with decisive and powerful strides. He demonstrates great body control and creativity attacking the basket and uses a strong, durable frame to withstand contact and finish. He can hit the pull up jumper and also likes to use the floater when attacking the second line of defense. He is going to be an impact scorer for this young team as his high school career progresses. Brycen uses his strong upper body, excellent footwork and good quickness defending the dribble and is solid on the ball. He is a very good rebounding guard who can make plays all over the floor on the defensive end. Very talented and skilled Brycen is athletic and strong and oozes with potential!
Arbriel Winfield (6’6 2022 LC Bird) Arbriel is a promising sophomore with a long frame and good versatility. Showed good footwork and a capable handle attacking the basket. Still somewhat raw but all the indicators point toward future success. He has had several games this season with 10 or more rebounds and his effort and impact on the glass is undeniable. Arbriel shows a nice touch around the rim and some comfort facing the rim and hitting the 15 footer. He’s another exciting up and coming prospect on this young and very talented LC Bird team and he will be an impact presence as this team grows into what could be a state title contender in the next two seasons.
Keyontae Lewis (6’7 2022 LC Bird) Keyontae is amazingly quick and agile for a player his size. A big body post who can also overwhelm most defenders with his size and strength as he clears out space inside. He has great hands and makes quick, decisive moves to the rim be it a drop step move or using one or two dribbles and attacking the basket where he bullies many defenders with his size and power. Keyontae also shows great footwork and mobility. He runs the court well and has very good leaping ability. His second jump just as quick and powerful as his first. He has great touch inside and uses a jump hook with very good consistency. He rebounds not only the result of his 6’7 length but also the result of solid technique, quick elevation and anticipation skills and a solid work ethic. His footwork is sound, he makes quick defensive rotations and is a true rim protector with huge upside! Keyontae finished with 13 points and ten rebounds against Western Branch.
Bobby Johnson (6’2 2021 Western Branch) Bobby is a fierce competitor with solid skills and a great motor. Gifted athletically and strong. He makes plays all over the floor on both ends and loves doing the dirty work. He hits the spot up jumper from deep; scores around the rim and in the mid range with jumpers and can also get to the rim showing deceptive quickness, strength and fearlessness. He has a knack for getting his shot off against bigger players in traffic and likes to use his compact frame to play off contact. He can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim and also does a good job finding the open man and making the right pass. Bobby scored 20 points in the win against LC Bird and was also 2 for 3 shooting the three pointer. He also had four rebounds and three assists for the Bruins.
Cameron Edmonds (6’2 2021 Western Branch) Cameron is one of the 757’s best lead guards. He is more of a scoring guard because he’s a very good scorer and mixes in scoring and facilitating quite well. He has a great feel for the game, solid vision and passing skills. A very good decision maker who looks to make the right play and doesn’t over dribble. He is an excellent shooter with the ability to get shots within the flow of the offense. Cameron has excellent form on his jumper and can knock down shots from all levels. He is a very good defender and can play tight but not get beat. Cameron showed his versatility scoring 15 points while adding five rebounds and a couple steals while leading Western Branch to a convincing win.
Roosevelt Wheeler (6’11 2021 John Marshall) Roosevelt is a four star big man with a number of high major programs recruiting him. He has offers from Old Dominion, VCU, Hampton and NC State and also strong interest from the likes of Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Kansas, Providence, and Georgetown. Roosevelt is a powerful post player with agile footwork. He finishes above the rim and finishes nicely around the rim but can also step away from the rim and knock down shots. He scored 26 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a win against Oscar Smith. Roosevelt has had a few double/doubles this year and shows very good mobility in the paint and also running the floor. Roosevelt moves well without the ball, gets to the right spot and does a great job establishing position in the lane. Great timing positioning himself for catch and dunk opportunities off dribble penetration. Has excellent footwork and instincts in the post defensively.
Jason Nelson (6’1 2021 John Marshall) Skilled, intelligent, quick, crafty, scrappy, tough are all adjectives that accurately describe Jason. He has a great skill set, plays with confidence and poise. Jason is one of the most complete playmakers in Virginia. He displays solid floor leadership, great vision and elite passing skills. He is very athletic, strong and knows how to exploit mismatches. He has tremendous ball handling skills, changes speeds effortlessly and can knock down shots from all levels. Jason scored 22 points and dished out 7 assists in the win against Oscar Smith
Kenyon Giles (5’10 2022 Oscar Smith) Kenyon is one of the state’s most feared shooters! Regardless of defensive efforts to deny him the ball or crowd him on his shot he can get hot in a hurry and really change a game. He can carry a team for long stretches with his ability to score off the bounce coupled with his three point shooting heroics. He can erupt and go on scoring binges that can withstand whatever defenses try to do to get contain him. He can hit the one and two dribble pull up jumper when run off the three point line. Kenyon got hot and had a stretch in the in the third quarter where he scored 8 points in less than two minutes when he knocked down two of his six three pointers in the game. Kenyon finished with 22 points shooting 8-14 from the floor, 6-10 from beyond the arc.
Torrey Jordan (6’2 2020 Oscar Smith) Torrey had an outstanding game for Oscar Smith on both ends of the floor and really hit key shots late to keep the game close. He finished hitting 6 of 9 from the floor and made good on each of his three, 3 point attempts. Torrey has had a history of hitting big shots and has been one of the area’s better shooters during his high school career. He mixes in shot making skills with range with sound ball handling and playmaking skills as both a scorer on the move and a passer.