PHENOM HOOPS ANALYST JAMIE SHAW:
The Ring Leader
6’3” 2018 Trey McGowens
Over the last year, McGowens has taken a huge step forward. After his run to play in the South Carolina 4A State Championship game and his performance on the EYBL, he now carries over 20 Division 1 offers. This season, the explosive McGowens is averaging 13.2 points on 51.6% from the field. He is also chipping in 4 boards, 3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. If you go to Twitter and type in Trey McGowens, you will also find numerous high flying, acrobatic plays. He is only getting better.
The High Scoring Newcomer
6’7” 2018 DJ James
This was James’ first EYBL event and he came out with a point to prove. The 6’7”/225 pound forward averaged 18 points on 41.7% (10 made) from beyond the arc. He carries a scorer’s mentality, with ability from all 3-levels. For his junior year he was second in the state of South Carolina in scoring and first in rebounding. James is a talent that college coaches should be watching closely.
6’11” 2018 Flo Thamba
Thamba has an incredible frame with arms whose finger tips linger around his knees when standing up. He is a high level defender with the ability to move his feet at the point of the press and the ability to protect the rim. Offensively he plays within himself, even showing off soft touch over his left shoulder. On defensive and rebounding ability alone, Thamba is a high major player. When you add in his rapidly improving offensive game, you see this is one to jump on now.
6’8” 2018 KC Hankton
Hankton is a 3-point threat. The lengthy, lefty is a good athlete and a sneaky defender (both in the passing lanes and from the weak side). There is still upside here, but when he gets rolling he can ring off a lot of shots as a face up 4.
6’10” 2019 Deandre Wilkins
Wilkins is young and at this point he is a lot like clay, he is raw and able to be molded in any way you want. Wilkins has a big frame, long arms and the makings and upside of a very serviceable Division 1 big.
5’11” 2018 Mikey Maddox
Maddox is a ball of fire on the court. Explosive and uber aggressive with the ball in his hands Maddox loves getting downhill and in full on attack mode. In spurts, Maddox is a change of pace guard.
6’7” 2019 Patrick Williams
Playing up in age, Williams is a starter for this team. Already ranked among the nation’s top 100, Williams had a very solid session in Atlanta. He averaged 9.3 points while shooting 68.7% (11-16) from the field and 80% (4-5) from beyond the arc. The 6’7” wing also chipped in 3.8 boards and 1.5 assists. Williams is finding his sea legs and his immense upside is starting to show
6’5” 2018 Qon Murphy
Murphy continues to be a jack-of-all-trades for this team. He has been a name on the radar for some time now and he continuously shows glimpses of why. Possessed with a great frame, Murphy averaged 8.3 points on 39% shooting from the field. He also chipped in 3.5 boards and 2.3 assists per outing.
2018 Trey McGowens: McGowens is one of the more underrated athletic guards that will make you a highlight film for himself if you don’t watch out. He may be the second best scorer as well this past weekend at the EYBL in Atlanta. He works really well in transition.
2018 DJ James: James is a new name for Team United but made his name well known this weekend. He is a big frame (6’7) that can really score the ball all over the court. He has a smooth release from three and isn’t afraid to pull it but also is a bull that moves well in the paint.
2018 Flo Thamba: Thamba is a 6’11 big man that is a true defensive threat on the court. He can block shots, body up against anyone, and really rebound the ball well. But he continues to develop his offensive capabilities, as he runs the floor really well for a big man.
2018 KC Hankton: Hankton has nice length but his biggest threat is his capability to stretch a defense with his ability to knock down the outside shot, including being a big-time threat from three.
2018 Mikey Maddox is a speedy point guard that just continues to go. He shows that he can score the ball at times but this small point guard also doesn’t back down from anyone. You have to respect him for his toughness.
Others: Patrick Williams is a 2019 6’7 prospect that has tremendous size but plays more of a guard position. He is a unique one to keep an eye on because he can play several positions. He holds solid offers already and with his unique ability to handle the ball, score the ball, and play several positions, he will be one to keep an eye on.
2018 Qon Murphy is a tough guard that has nice size. He really works well when he attacks the basket and looks to score or get to the free throw line. Murphy though is yet another versatile prospect that Team United has.