Phenom’s National Showcase
What We’re Excited to See
Part 2 -- The Matchups
One of the great things about the National Showcase has been the matchups…Always unfamiliar foes, sometimes it’s the way the individuals are paired to face off and sometimes it’s the stories of the programs who will go head to head. Whichever it is, be assured that the fight is on.
Last season, the event sold out to capacity with standing room on in Dillard Gymnasium, on the campus of Greensboro Day School. This year, with the talent, the teams and the matchups we have in place…we expect the same incredibly atmosphere.
Let’s take a look at some of the matchups
2018 4-star Jairus Hamilton
Jairus Hamilton Vs. Kobe Brown
Individuals with great size, great skill set and a point forward’s mentality. This one will be great to watch as throughout the process they each picked up north of 30 offers. Hamilton in the 2018 class and Brown in the 2019 class. Each player stands in the 6’7”-6’8” range and you will find them both on the ball for a good amount of time for their teams.
247Sports ranks Jairus Hamilton (Cannon) #73 in the 2018 class while they rank Kobe Brown (Lee-Huntsville) #74 in the 2019 class. Trust us that both players have circled this matchup as they both know about one another and realize that winning this battle will go a long way in their recruitment.
Hamilton, North Carolina’s top ranked unsigned senior, has narrowed his recruitment down a little but will still most likely sign late. Brown is on the verge of narrowing his down as things are just getting started for him. Elite prospects, with something to prove – Yes, Please!
6'10" Ohio U Commit Nate Springs
United Faith Vs. Cannon – 4:15 on Saturday
These are two Charlotte area teams, with storied pasts, who do not find themselves on each other’s schedules. United Faith coach Josh Coley has reloaded the programs with an array of talent, length and skill set. Previously United Faith had players such as Ian Miller and Hanner Mosque-Perea, now Coley has them back on track. UNCW commit Jaylen Sims and Ohio University commit Nate Springs will lead the way, but don’t be surprised if the likes of 6’8” 2018 KC Hankton or 6’7 2019 Jason Thompson turn some heads here too
Cannon is led by the top unsigned senior in North Carolina, 6’8” Jairus Hamilton. Hamilton is nationally ranked as a Top 75 prospect and throughout the process picked up offers from the likes of Kansas, Duke, UNC and many others. He is a man amongst boys (physically) on the floor. Also look for 6’6” 2018 Qon Murphy and 6’2” 2018 Alex Cox to really make some noise here as both are Division 1 prospects.
Top 100 2019 DJ Burns
Greensboro Day Vs. York Prep – 4:15 on Saturday
York Prep has assembled one of the most talented teams in the state of South Carolina. Nationally ranked players such as 6’9” 2019 DJ Burns, 6’3” 2019 Deuce Dean, 6’ 2021 Cobi Wright and then a support cast that includes no less than 5 more Division 1 prospects. They have quickly built themselves into a power house.
Greensboro Day is coming of a coveted North Carolina 3A state championship and a trip to the Dick’s Nationals where they beat IMG Academy. They are lead by Hall of Fame coach Freddie Johnson. On the floor he has a great mix of talent and role players, let by Clemson commit John Newman and fellow 2018 guard Will Dillard. Look for the likes of Mike Fowler, Tripp Greene and Nic Evtimov to carve out their roles too. Rest assured, this is a clout of titans with no less than 15 Division 1 prospects on the floor.
D1 Prospect Chris Barnette
Trinity Christian Vs Ravenscroft
Both Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, NC) and Ravenscroft (Raleigh, NC) have a great history of producing talent over the past 10 years. Named high major prospects such as Dennis Smith Jr, Kwe Parker, Mike Thorne, Mike Okauru, Anton Gill, Madison Jones and Isaac Copeland all played for these two teams during that time frame. They have each amassed an unbelievable amount of wins, won state championships, put players into D1 programs every year, yet although they are only an hour and change a part they don’t play one another very often.
Ravenscroft is led by Boston University commit 6’9” Jack Hemphill and 6’1” point guard Christ Barnette (who is being recruited by Wofford and the Citadel). Look for 6’9” 2019 Jake Van Der Heidjen and 6’8” 2020 Myles Evans to turn some heads as well.
5-star Duke Commit Joey Baker
Trinity Christian on the other hand carries three big named players and a starting line up made up of entirely 2019 prospects. 6’8” 5-star Joey Baker (Duke commit) is the ring leader, but also 6’8” Greg Gantt (Providence, South Carolina, etc…) and 6’6” Audiese Toney (Virginia Tech, VCU, etc…) will play a vital role. The guards 6’3” Talton Jones (Western Carolina) and 5’10” KJ Marshall are a dynamic pairing. Look closely at 6’3” 8th grader Freddie Dillone as well, we are not sure the amount of playing time he will get but he is tracking as one of the best in the state for his class.