From the Sideline
United Faith vs Miller School
Christmas in the South means friends, family, and hoops! The Palmetto Classic, Phenom’s gift to Columbia South Carolina, kicks off today with 6 games. In game 5 we have United Faith vs the Miller School. We have seen United Faith in other Phenom events this year and we are looking forward to seeing their D1 trio of Nate Springs, Jaylen Sims, and KC Hankton. They will be matched up against 6’6 2019 G Aundre Hyatt, one of the hardest charging players you will see in this event and is partner in crime, 2019 G Dae Dae Heard. Would the Miller School come down from Virginia and get the win or would United Faith spoil their Christmas trip?
Right from the start, it would be the Miller School that would jump out and take control. They used a balanced attack to race out to a 42-28 halftime lead. United Faith would make it close at the end thanks to good D and timely shooting, but the charge would come too late. Miller would hold on to the end and get this one to the score of 74-69.
Players of note are as follows:
Nate Springs, 6’11 2018 F – Long and slender forward has elevated his game every time we seen him it seems. Always able to stretch the D with his jumper, we are seeing more moves down low from him now as well. He will need to live in the weight room when he gets to Ohio next year but he brings a lot of good stuff with him to the next level. (11p/6r)
Jaylen Sims, 6’6 2018 W – Sims is a nice looking athlete who has a smooth game to him. The UNCW bound wing glides to the rim and eats whenever he wants on the offensive end. Will go unnoticed at times as he can get lost in the flow some but when he is on, he is on. (23p/7r/2a)
KC Hankton, 6’8 2018 F – The more we see KC, the more we like him. When he attacks and plays with speed and power he is at his best. The big man has range and feel to step out as well through making him one you have to check at every level on offense. (9p/3r)
Aundre Hyatt, 6’6 2019 W – Hard not to love this kids game. He can give you a bit of everything out on the floor. He pops up all over a box score and has one of those tool boxes that allows him to go dominate in any phase of the game he want to whenever he wants to do it. (13p/8r/5a)
Jaylin Reed, 6’3 2018 G – Nice looking shooter can hit from outside with the best of them. Tougher than he looks too as he pitched in on the glass and got after it on the defensive end as well. (18p/8r)
Tariq Balogun, 6’10 1019 F – Like Springs, he is long and lanky, but does not show the outside shot that Springs shows. He is more physical though and gives you more on the glass. Game looks a bit raw still but his is a skill set worth investing in if you are a mid-major program looking for a steal. (11p/4r)