The NCAA tournament is the pinnacle of the basketball world and there is no getting around that. There is an entire day called “Selection Sunday” that is solely devoted to releasing the brackets. College program’s entire seasons surround scheduling and playing in games that will give them the best opportunity to reach this tournament.
Every game of the NCAA Tournament is televised with millions of dollars exchanging hands and contracts spanning over the next fifteen (15) years from the stations to the NCAA. Looking in terms of the NBA Draft, in 2017, 27 of the prospects drafted in the first round played college basketball. In all 21 of the 27 players drafted in the first round played in the NCAA tournament. Taking that a step further, 11 of the 13 2017 lottery picks who played college basketball participated in the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA tournament is still a big deal.
Phenom Hoops provides a major platform for players to be seen. In 2018 alone, the demand has asked Phenom Hoops to double their event offerings to 45 (up from 21 in 2017). In the 2017 NBA Draft, Phenom Hoops had ten (10) players selected who came through its events.
Continuing that trend of some of the nation’s elite walking through Phenom Hoops’ doors, we did a deep dive through every roster of every team in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Let’s take a look at the 2018 NCAA Tournament and how many players in the tournament utilized Phenom Hoops’ platform in high school.
**98 Total Players participating the 2018 NCAA Tournament participated in Phenom Hoops events while in high school.
**43 of the 68 (63.2%) teams selected into the field of the 2018 NCAA Tournament has at least one (1) scholarship player who participated in Phenom Hoops’ events in high school.
**Six (6) of the eight (8) selected number one (1) and two (2) seed teams have scholarship players on their roster who participated in Phenom Hoops events in high school.
**Thirteen (13) total players who played in Phenom Hoops events in high school are on teams selected as the one (1) or two (2) seed in the NCAA Tournament.
**Excitingly enough 35 of the 68 teams (51.5%) teams selected to the 2018 NCAA Tournament take THE Phenom Hoop Report, our NCAA compliant Scouting Report.
**UNCG has the most players on their roster who attended Phenom Hoops events in high school with seven (7). They are followed by Clemson and Radford who each have six (6). While the likes of UNC, College of Charleston, North Carolina Central and Davidson each have five (5).
Without further ado, congratulations go out to:
Devin Cooper, Donald Hicks, Devonnte Holland, Caleb Tanner, Travis Fields, Darius Bolstand, Nickiel Alexander Walker, Tyrone Outlaw, Braxton Key, Daniel Giddens, Maciej Bender, Chase Harler, Ja Morant, Tevin Brown, Jon Elmore, Rondale Watson, Chase Johnson, Michael Okauru, Kris Wilkes, Stefon Fisher, Aaron Augustine, Joey Brunk, Sasha Stefanovic, Devonte Graham, Jakub Mijakowski, Torin Dorn, Lavar Batts, Sam Hunt, AJ Daniels, Aamir Sims, Shelton Mitchell, Malik William, Gabe Devoe, Clyde Trapp, Desean Murray, Malik Dunbar, Jarrell Brantley, Osi Smart, Jaylen McManus, Brevin Galloway, Zep Jasper, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr, Miles Bridges, John Meeks, Ben Robertson, Jordan Shepherd, Javin Delaurier, Wendell Carter, Kyle Guy, Mamadi Diakite, Jay Huff, Tyshon Alexander, Davion Mintz, Cartier Diarra, Shai Gilgeous Alexander, Sacha Killeya Jones, Carter Collins, Jordan Watkins, Rusty Riegel, Dusan Kovacevic, Kishawn Pritchett, Rawle Alkins, James Reese, Ikenna Smart, Jeremy Harris, Ebuka Izunda, Grant Williams, Jalen Johnson, John Fulkerson, Jordan Bowden, Cody Martin, Caleb Martin, Josh Hall, Matt Coleman, Gary Clark, Malik Benlevi, CJ Wiggins, Brandon Goldsmith, Jordan Perkins, Raekwon Harney, Alex Mills, CJ Jackson, James Dickey, Demetrius Troy, Jack Konstanzer, Kaleb Hunter, Lloyd Burgess, Malik Massey, Kylia Sykes, Rob Gray, Maliek White, Seventh Woods, Luke Maye, Walker Miller, Theo Pinson, Brandon Huffman and Michael Buckland