Chick’s Event Recap
Phenom’s High School Jamboree
2019 Standouts - Part 2
While the Seniors had their moments the Juniors also got the opportunity to stand out and several guys definitely stepped up with stellar performances. Here are a few of these players at Proehlific Park at the Phenom Hoops HS jamboree:
Michael Green 6’2” CG Myrtle Beach (SC) Christian Academy
Having seen this youngster several times since his Frosh season I can say that he has steadily improved his game to the point of a good D-1 prospect. He has a pure stroke with range to the arc along with an off the charts hoops IQ that allows him to balance playing on or off the ball. He’s pretty unselfish too as he put up 27 pts with 7 treys in the game I watched but also used his excellent court vision to notch 5asts. On the defensive side of the ball he excels in help side situations and he plays adequate positional defense. Green gave maximum effort in his shorthanded (6 players) teams 1 point loss to Concord (NC) HS but he certainly raised a few antenna’s to tune into another episode when the regular season starts up in a few weeks.
Cortez Marion-Holmes 6’5” SF Northside Christian Academy (Charlotte, NC)
Sometimes when you see a team and are looking for a player you had on your list and he isn’t in attendance well you focus on somebody else and that somebody just happened to be Marion-Holmes. The first few trips down the floor by Voyager Academy opened my eyes at the potential from this young man as he had on 4 possessions a block, a rebound another block then an athletic steal that definitely got our attention. Having arrived at the court they were playing on late I didn’t keep real stats just jotted down some notes and as the 1st half gave way to the 2nd and my notes were constantly being jotted down next to his name well you get the point. Defensively he was all over the place but as the game ground down we found that we also liked his offensive game especially in the paint. He made several nice moves for powerful scores at the rim and showed some fluid movement on the perimeter as well. As we mentioned earlier sometimes you find something you weren’t looking for and your pretty glad you did.
Brandon Stone 6’10” PF Christ School (Arden, NC)
Stone was a guy who grew on us as the game we watched him play mostly due to fixating on his more heralded teammate Mr. Lecque. As this game headed toward it’s inevitable conclusion however Stone started to make an impression on us with his forays to the basket or his willingness to step out and shoot the three or simply make a hustle play on defense with a block or a rebound and outlet pass. He finished with 12 points and about 8 rebounds and added his name to the list of players to track starting with next week’s Phenom Hoops National Showcase.
Jackson Gabriel 6’2” SG Lincoln Charter School (Denver, NC)
Gabriel in two games had mixed results. He had just 2pts in game 1 while making good plays that just didn’t pan out. He’s pretty athletic with good hops so he was able to help out in their win grabbing boards to lead the break and playing tough D throughout. In game two however the shots that rolled out in game 1 started dropping in the nightcap to the tune of 20pts and 3 treys. Part of those points came as a result of Lincoln Charter’s ball hawking defense which caused numerous Metrolina Christian turnovers in their 70-56 win. In assessing Gabriel’s game clearly consistency will go a long way toward determining what level he ends up at but I can say that he can and should be able to play college basketball.
That wraps up the list of 2019 standouts from Phenom Hoops HS Jamboree.