Brandon’s NEXT five up: Phenom HS Jamboree
Our annual HS Jamboree brought in a host of talented schools and players who set the stage for an exciting Saturday of hoops! With over 30 colleges represented there was a lot on the line for all of the prospects on display, some stood out and really grabbed the attention of assistants and head coaches from universities at every level!
6’3 Zeke Littlejohn
School: Kings Mountain
Littlejohn came in with the reputation of living above the rim offensively, early in his development he relied on his pure athletic ability more so than actual skill moves. Those days are far gone Littlejohn looked like a complete offensive player over the weekend; he shot the ball effectively from mid- range and beyond, there is newfound confidence in his catch and shoot game, Littlejohn also welcomed contact at the cup when defenders contested. Littlejohn has improved on his handle as well as shooting off the dribble, he is also seeing the floor better when dishing to teammates. Defensively Littlejohn played with passion and a high motor he really got after it on both ends. This kid will be a crucial part to Kings Mountain’s plans this season, he will be one of the top combo guards in the 2019 NC class.
6’3 Bryant Randleman
School: Durham Academy
Randleman has transformed himself into a point guard over night it seems like, he has stepped up to take the reigns as floor general for Durham Academy. We were impressed with Randleman’s game management he really set the pace for the Cavaliers offense. Randleman got anywhere he wanted on the floor and was nearly impossible to keep out the paint. Randleman showed improved range on the J and did well getting teammates involved. Durham is full of shooters which is perfect for a guy like Randleman who will draw multiple defenders on the drive, and with his passing ability Randleman will rack up assists. Randleman should see a huge jump in recruitment, College of Charleston is the latest to reach out to him confirmed by Phenom Hoops insider Rick Lewis.
6’5 Jackson Threadgill
School: Concord Hs
Threadgill has big time upside after a solid freshman season with the Concord Spiders, the staff are expecting even bigger strides from in year two. The young gunner has the goods to lead his team in scoring this year, Threadgill can really stroke the leather and throughout the jamboree he looked more confident putting the ball on the floor than last year. His cousin and former Southwest Guilford Assistant Coach Antonio Threadgill noted Jackson had been working on his handle and adding depth to his offensive game. The elder threadgill also confirmed Tennessee has shown interest early in Jackson’s recruitment process. As far as upside Threadgill may have the most of anyone on the list, he is really building confidence and becoming a regular stat sheet stuffer.
5’6 Jimmy Nichols
School: East Forsyth
Nichols is a true pass first guard in the mold of a young David Stockton, he’s a hard nosed and crafty floor general. As far as eye tests he won’t blow anyone away but Nichols game does the talking; Nichols will lead his team in assists this year and he has a good shot in leading in the steals category as well, Nichols has an extremely high basketball I. Q. he sees the entire floor and never forces the issue. He will be slept on at 5’6 but “Little Jimmy” has big game, Nichols is a knockdown shooter from deep and he does posses the running floater. East Forsyth will be fun to watch and Nichols is the key to the engine that makes the eagles go, defensively Nichols will make his man earn every inch.