By: Coach Mills
Saturday was a day for the young guns. The Phenom Hoops Junior camp was filled with sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Here are five that stood out and made Coach K’s fab-five.
#24, 5’5 Class of 2024′ Will Googins, Mooresville NC. There are several ways to describe this young man. Spark plug, High Energy, Instant offense. Gooogins makes plays. He has good shooting mechanics and knows how to finish at the basket. Googins gives you 100% on every play. He brings a skill set advanced among his peers. He possesses quickness, good footwork, and strong hands. He sees the floor and is a triple threat in transition. He’s a slasher who can get to the basket and finish with either hand, pull up and knock down the 10 to 20 foot jumper or drop a dime to a wide-open cutter or spot up shooter. His performance today was enjoyable to watch and that earned him a spot in the fab five.
#27, 5’5, 2024 Jabah Freeman, Cornelius NC. Freeman is an all-around player with a very high basketball IQ. He sets his plate up on every play and then selects the most tantalizing appetizer. With a very tight handle and an extremely quick crossover, he can beat most defenders off the dribble. Also impressive was his desire to play defense. Remember, in exposure camp, most guys just want to be seen and think the best way to do that is by shooting the ball. Not Freeman, a good on-ball defender with the ability to move his feet and play help side defense. And his communication was perfect on defense today. His overall performance was nearly 10 points and 10 assists in every game he played and that netted him a spot in today’s Fab Five.
#53, 6’0, Lawson Little from Concord NC. Lawson is a point-forward with the skills to play at the 1, 2, 3 and 4. A kid that mainly stays under the radar and just plays the game but its the way he plays the game that brought attention to him and made him a blip on the screen today. He averaged a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds with a consistent play that was very impressive. An outstanding team player, Lawson gives effort on every play. He doesn’t do things he’s not capable of doing and stays well within his skill set on the court. He is an unselfish player that plays-team ball and makes the extra pass when he has a good shot for a better shot. What I love about this kid is his can-do attitude. His effort and attitude never changed. His effort made him stand out all day long. No longer under the radar, we will be looking for Mr. Little at future Phenom Events, and today he is a proud member of the Fab Five.
#35, 5’7 Class of 2023, London Johnson, Charlotte North Carolina. This young man can play. Johnson has an uncanny skill set for his age. He is extremely quick with an amazing second leap. He has a great touch from behind the three-point line, in mid-range or around the glass where he was able to get 15 or more rebounds every game. And had a game-high today of 40 points in one contest. Johnson is an outstanding defender, good passer, and he has lateral quickness combined with good footwork. He has a high motor and arguably was the best kid in camp today. So impressive that he could return and play with the high school upperclassman and still be a standout performer. Mr. Johnson Fab Five performer.
#59, 6’1 Class of 2023 Joshua Daniel, from Florence South Carolina. This is a big man. The best back to the basket player in camp today with good footwork good hands and outstanding court vision. He’s also able to snatch rebounds and throw a 30-foot outlet pass on the money. He has the ability to make plays around the rim and in the paint with an amazingly soft touch. For his size about 6’1 and 230lbs pounds he’s extremely agile and able to get up and down the floor without any fatigue or exhaust. He’s no stranger to the spotlight and has shined at every phenom camp he’s attended. He’s on everybody’s one to watch list and a member of today’s Fab Five.