The 6th Annual Phenom High School Jamboree will take place Saturday, November 3rd at Northwest Guilford High School and Proehlific Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. This event has always gathered some of the top private and public school teams in the state and this year is no exception. 40 teams and 60 games will be played in an exhibition format. Now, let’s take a closer look at one of the teams participating in the event. Grace Christian moves into the 3A classification of the NCISAA. While Grace lost three of their top scorers from last season, they have a good foundation with some very talented underclassmen that possess unique skills and talents. Below is a brief recap of their most heralded players.
6’11 2020 Jaylon Gibson
Don’t let the size fool you and think he can only play in the low post. In speaking with their coaches, they stated, “Jaylon is a 6’11 wing player that can shoot the 3-pointer efficiently and has good shooting ability from the mid-range. He is fluid on offense and has the ability to create his own shot. On defense, Jaylon can block shots as well as influence/alter shots due to his long wingspan. He has garnered interest from all levels of college programs.” In our open gym tour, we stated the following.“Talk about a possible breakout candidate in the North Carolina basketball landscape. He has all the tools you want in a modern big. Standing 6’10” with a 7+’ wing span, Gibson is an incredibly fluid athlete who has ball skills and range. Upside is incredibly bright, he picked up a USF offer, look for the high majors and Top 25s to come calling soon”
6’1 2019 Matthew O’Connor
Matthew is a true point guard with good size and skill. He excels at delivering the ball to his teammates with precision passes. His coaches compare his game to Steve Nash with his passing and court vision. Like most lead guards, he has the ability to make his teammates better and buys into the team first approach. In our open gym tour, we stated the following. “O’Conner is the scrappy dude who makes all the right plays. He has a solid handle with the ball and range on his jump shot. O’Conner can defend the point of attack very well and is a good rebounder. Expect for him to start picking up college interest and offers should be coming at his appropriate level.”
6’1 2021 Jacob Huckins
Jacob is one to put in your SIM card. We’re talking about a fundamentally sound, high basketball IQ point guard that has a tremendous feel for the game. In our open gym report, we wrote the following, “Jacob has great size and good feel for a point guard. Watching him play, hard to think he is only a sophomore in high school..” Look for Jacob Huckins and Jaylon Gibson to become a nice 1-2 combination for the next several years.