The past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted our annual Team Camp in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Between the individual talent, collection of teams, and overall competition, there were a lot of meaningful takeaways. College coaches were in attendance from start to finish, and several players made lasting impressions with their play. Although there were several standouts, this article will take a closer look at five personal favorites from the three-day event…

6’5 ’27 King Gibson (The Burlington School)

To put it plainly: Gibson was the best, most impressive player on display. Not only did he come into the event with a massive reputation, but his on-court dominance only further solidified his elite status nationally. The changes in team structure have truly allowed him to shine in every facet of the game. Gibson clearly shines as a leader who sets the tone on both ends of the floor. He’s still a phenomenal athlete and lockdown defender, but has made unbelievable strides as an offensive piece. Gibson confidently dictated the action as a primary creator, displaying an excellent blend of IQ, pace, and vision. He generated clean looks seemingly whenever he wanted, both for himself and others, and highlighted poise as a decision-maker. Gibson scored numerous buckets with a high degree of difficulty, yet also took advantage of open jumpers whenever available. Per usual, he competed at a high level defensively, made his presence felt on the glass, and caused a ton of problems for opponents in transition. The production in itself is worth noting, but his blossoming leadership presence is arguably as impressive as anything he showcased on Saturday. Definitely among the top players in the nation, Gibson should be a target for every high-major program in the country.

6’5 ’25 Isaiah Denis (Davidson Day)

Given the manner in which he’s blown up over the recent months, it should come as no surprise to see Denis on this list. He’s a long, athletic, shot-making wing who visibly stands out as the focal point for this group. Denis can flat-out score the ball, and does so in a variety of different ways. Whether attacking the basket, asserting his pull-up game, or hitting jumpers from beyond the arc, he’s proven to be effective from all levels. However, Denis made a lasting impression with his playmaking ability. He seized control of the offense and still sprinkled in a healthy dose of shot attempts, yet looked to prioritize making the right play and getting his teammates the ball in favorable scoring positions. Denis’ patience off the bounce led to multiple assists. He surveyed the floor really well (both in transition and the half-court) throughout his time at the event. Additionally, Denis overwhelmed opponents defensively and maintained an active presence on the glass. It’s easy to see why he’s receiving so much attention from the masses (and college coaches), as he certainly possesses the makings of a high-level talent.

6’7 ’28 Chase Smith (Charlotte Country Day)

Although he’s easily the youngest player listed, Smith continues to justify his case as the top player in North Carolina’s Class of 2028. Only a freshman, his level of feel and ability are quite impressive. Smith knows how to secure position on the block and move without the ball to find openings as a cutter. Add in his soft touch, useful jumper, and willingness as a passer, and he’s already a matchup problem for the vast majority of opponents. Smith is still growing into his body but plays above the rim and offers physicality on both ends of the floor. He moves very well for his size, as evidenced by his defensive mobility, activity on the glass, and ability to run the floor in transition. Between his frame, skillset, and obvious long-term upside, there should be a lot of excitement and optimism surrounding Smith going forward. Expect him to be one of the most productive freshmen in the state.

6’6 ’26 Tarris Bouie (Chambers)

Similar to others listed, Bouie has been trending upward for quite a while. This event presented us with an updated viewing of the 6-foot-6 wing, and he did not disappoint. Bouie highlighted his usual array of shot-making from all levels while applying constant pressure on the rim. He displayed solid vision and useful creation skills—both for himself and others. However, Bouie’s ascension into a leadership role is arguably as notable as any statistical production from the weekend. He’s still adding strength and becoming more vocal, but it’s clear that he’s solidified himself as a focal point. Beyond his offensive presence, Bouie made a consistent impact on the glass. He forced multiple turnovers and led the break in transition. Folks should anticipate him having a highly productive summer and upcoming high school season as he continues to collect offers.

6’5 ’25 Tristan Thompson (Wilson)

There are so many prospects whose recruitment is simply perplexing, and Thompson’s lack of offers is as confusing as any individual in the Carolinas. He’s a smart, versatile wing with the combination of size, skill, and athleticism to cause matchup problems for opponents. Thompson scores the ball in a variety of ways while highlighting polish as a creator and the ability to generate looks for others. He makes great decisions with the ball in his hands and locates the best available shot with consistency. Thompson is also a reliable cutter and spot-up threat. He defends multiple positions, rebounds like a big man, and can alter his offensive approach based on matchup. It’s difficult to point out many weaknesses in his game, because he simply doesn’t have any glaring deficiencies. Add in the fact that he’s a leader by example and low-maintenance piece, and Thompson should blow up sooner than later. Clearly a Division I player, it’ll be interesting to follow his recruitment over these next few months.

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