Columbia, SC – The 15th annual Chick-fil-A Classic is in the books and it was defiantly a great one. Out of the three-day event, there were two days that the gym (Richland Northeast High School) was completely sold out. The first day supervisors had to stop letting people in which left thousands outside. On the final day of the event, they stopped letting people in four hours before the game started that left around 900 people outside the gym. The event itself was completed loaded with talent. Here are 10 prospects that stood out.
Zion Williamson (Class of 2018 | (Spartanburg Day School)
In the paragraph above, I stated that the gym was sold out twice. The gym was sold out those two days because Zion was playing. Every time Zion plays, I truly question if he is human. He has an extremely quick first-step that allows him to blow by defenders to attack the basket. Around the basket, he is so explosive and athletic. What stands out about Zion the most is his unselfishness. Although he is the superstar on his team, he constantly gets his teammates involved play after play. UNC, Duke, Clemson, South Carolina, and Arizona are currently prioritizing Zion.
Christian Brown (Class of 2019 | AC Flora)
6-foot-6 Christian Brown played well over this past weekend at the Chick-fil-A Classic. He showed his athletic ability when he drove to the basket while maintaining great body control. Brown, who has a great body frame, used his frame to his advantage to score over smaller defenders at will. Brown told Phenom Hoops that Washington and Stanford are the latest programs to reach out to him.
Will Richardson (Class of 2018 | Liberty Country)
The 6-foot-4-lefty guard has the green light when it comes to shooting. He has a smooth shooting stroke along with his range on his shot. Richardson, who is overall a crafty player, proved that not only can he shoot but also his ability to drive to the basket to set up his teammates for open looks. Richardson, who is no doubt a top 100 prospect in the country, currently has earned offers from Auburn, St. Louis, VCU, Iona, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Florida Gulf Coast, and UAB. When it comes to visits, he informed Phenom Hoops that he plans to visit to be in attendance for the Clemson vs. UNC game on January 3rd.
Juwan Gary (Class of 2019 | Gray Collegiate)
Gary is a 6-foot-6 wiry body forward who is a dominant force inside the paint. But not only inside, he uses his mid-range jumper to expand his game at times. With his mid-range and inside game, he also has the ability to play above the rim because of his strong hard build athletic body. While Gary has been hearing from South Carolina, UNC, Florida, and FSU, he is being prioritized by UNC. He plans to take visits to Maryland and UNLV soon.
Jairus Hamilton (Class of 2018 | Cannon School)
What automatically stands out when you see Jairus, is his body frame. Standing at 6-foot-8, Jairus weighs 235 pounds and he is quick for his size while having great body control. He also uses his structure to finish through contact against defenders his size and big men inside. His jump shot looked very polished this past weekend as he shot 15-26 (58%) from the field and went 4-9 from the three (44%) as he finished with 35 points against Wheeler on the first day. When he played Porter Gaud, on the second day, he shot 10-15 from the field (67%), 2-4 from the three (50%), and racked the rest of his points at the charity strip going 11-17 (65%). Jairus Hamilton told Phenom Hoops that Kansas, Maryland, and UNC are making him their priority.
Jake Lanford (Class of 2018 | Porter Gaud)
The 6-foot-8 center looked impressive at the event as he showed his inside game. When it comes to his inside game, he has great footwork down low that makes dominant in the paint. His “go-to-move”, the righty hook, is so effective because he is able to use it against any defender because of his feel and touch around the rim. He currently has offers from Georgia Southern, Mercer, North Florida, Winthrop, Cal Poly, and Wofford.
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