This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina for our Champion
Showcase, a popular warm-up event for some of the best teams in the region. A lot of star-
studded programs like Team CP3, Team Charlotte, Team Felton, Team Loaded, and Team Wall
were in attendance, which provided an incredible atmosphere. That being said, a lot of the hidden
gems and top overall performers were not on those teams. This article will look at five of the
most impressive players on display from the weekend.

6’5 ’19 DeAngelo Epps (Team Charlotte)
There were so many versatile wing prospects in the gym for our Champion Showcase, but
DeAngelo Epps was simply the best of the bunch. Defensively, he’s always been a menace with
the ability to guard multiple positions and force turnovers, but now Epps looks like a true
lockdown defender. His combination of IQ, strength, and athleticism is pretty unique, making
him quite difficult for opponents to deal with on either end of the floor. That being said, Epps’
offensive abilities have consistently improved over the last calendar year. He’s been able to score
on three levels for a while, but now he’s doing it with terrific efficiency and decisiveness. Epps
has continually improved as a ball-handler and overall creator, for himself or others. The 6-foot-
5 wing was the unquestioned leader of this Team Charlotte squad in their showdown against
Team CP3.

6’3 ’19 Jackson Gammons (Team Felton)
The atmosphere for Team Felton versus Team Wall was exhilarating, showcasing a pair of the
most prestigious travel-ball programs in North Carolina. Everyone expected a high-level game,
but almost no one expected Jackson Gammons to be the best guard on the floor. We’ve been
covering the guard prospect for quite a while and he’s continually improved throughout that
span, but this was his best overall showing. This Felton squad struggled mightily whenever he
sat, especially on offense, where Gammons was easily their best shooter and arguably their best
scorer. He’s a plus-defender with a quality IQ and basketball frame. He’s relatively the same
player we saw over two years ago at David Rose MDC, but has done an excellent job of
becoming more athletic and efficient throughout that time. We said Gammons was a Division I
guard then, and that statement still holds true now.

6’8 ’20 Sam Hood (Durham Hurricanes)
It seems like the Durham Hurricanes have a new star arise every year, with Carter Collins in
2017, Trey Murphy in 2018, Josh Hall in 2019, and now with Sam Hood representing the Class
of 2020. Right now, Hood is completely under the radar, but that should change in July, given
his incredibly polished two-way presence. Offensively, he is capable of lighting opponents up on
all three levels and looks pretty comfortable shooting from beyond the arc. He is very smart,
patient, and plays a great brand of hard-nosed basketball. Hood knows how to accumulate blocks
with ease and is an excellent rim-protector for this Hurricanes squad. He’s quite skilled and
showcases a phenomenal mind for the game. That being said, this next year should be a lot of fun
for Hood, who is almost a lock to see a boost in recruitment.

6’10 ’19 David Elien (Team Stacked)
There were a lot of intriguing big men on display throughout our Champion Showcase, but none
with higher upside than David Elien. Standing at a true 6-foot-10, Elien has excellent length and
shows off his ability to consistently block shots around the paint. Offensively, he’s still
somewhat of a blank slate, but already knows his way around the interior. Elien is a constant
threat to finish dunks, especially when running the floor, but the rest of his scoring arsenal is a
work in progress. This young man has only been playing basketball for two years and has shown
numerous signs of becoming a high-level prospect. Elien possesses an incredible amount of tools
and is truly just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities. He’ll become a Division I big
man; he just needs a little time to develop.

5’10 ’23 Treymane Parker (Team CP3)
The last time we saw Treymane Parker, we all left the city of Fayetteville in utter disbelief,
because he was simply that impressive. Back with his normal team, we saw Parker continue his
sheer dominance against middle school opponents. Offensively, he has no holes, given his ability
to play as the lead ball-handler/creator and top scorer in every contest. Middle-school prospects
simply aren’t this polished in the seventh grade, which is why the hype surrounding Parker is
justified. There are no questions about his skillset or leadership abilities, but it’ll be interesting to
see how much he grows physically. That being said, Parker is still a special prospect if he
doesn’t grow another inch.