Village Christian:

6’1 ’19 Travion McCray

It should come as no surprise by now, but McCray is an absolute dog that makes winning plays on both ends of the floor. He’s strong, tough, and does a great job of creating scoring chances for his teammates. McCray is able to get by most opponents and finish strong around the basket, but can also knock down perimeter jumpers whenever necessary. His three-point shot is smooth and he’s able to apply pressure from beyond the arc on a game-to-game basis. McCray’s defensive leadership cannot be overstated, as he consistently dials in and sets the tone for his teammates. It’s crazy that he doesn’t have more recruitment, especially given his productivity over the last three or so years.

 

6’4 ’20 Zavian McLean

The combo-guard was arguably the most impressive player on either team during their battle against Liberty Heights. He got downhill and attacked with relentlessness, yet also showed the ability to hit pull-ups and three-pointers at an efficient clip. McLean makes an excellent impact on both ends of the floor while maintaining a strong level of unselfishness. He provides solid versatility on both ends of the floor and should begin accumulating an abundance of scholarship offers, as he looks more like a Division I player with each passing day.

 

Liberty Heights:

6’6 ’19 Juwan Gary

Though the first half belonged to Village Christian, Gary decided to put the team on his back throughout the second half and doing everything he could to will his team to victory. He showed the ability to generate a clean shot out of thin air and scored effectively from all three levels. Gary is so clever at drawing contact and can also hurt opponents with his excellent free-throw shooting. The Alabama commit was very impressive once he got going and looked virtually unstoppable at times.

 

Porter Gaud:

6’7 ’19 Josiah James

The Tennessee signee started this contest off somewhat slow, but quickly got going and began to showcase his dominant streak. His passing/ability to set up others is still the most special thing about James, which was terrific during this game. That being said, he was able to score regularly from inside the arc—both on jumpers and finishes around the basket. James rebounds the ball at a high level for his position and understands how to successfully push the break in transition. It’s going to be fun to watch him perform in college, especially if he’s able to maintain his current level of two-way destruction on the court.

 

6’9 ’20 Chase Cannon

The big man prospect was certainly the most intriguing prospect for either team during the last showing of the day. He’s still getting tougher and stronger, but displays high-level flashes on both ends of the floor from time-to-time. Cannon is a quality athlete that is capable of playing above the rim. He has a lot of natural talent and we’ll continue monitoring him closely throughout the next two seasons, as he could become special with increased aggression.

 

Goose Creek:

5’11 ’19 Travelle Simmons

The point guard prospect was the most reliable all-around presence for this Goose Creek team from start to finish. He leads by example and does everything that a floor general is supposed to do in the process. Simmons makes impeccable reads with the ball in his hands and was arguably the best playmaker on display. His scoring totals aren’t going to blow you away, but his decision-making will. Simmons has a high IQ and strong overall feel for the game, which allows him to dictate the offensive action and consistently set the floor for others. College coaches should take a look, because he definitely has a place at the next level.

 

Early Session Standouts:https://www.phenomhoopreport.com/2018/12/22/early-standouts-at-phenoms-porter-gaud-holiday-classic/