This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled back to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the final live period of the summer. We hosted our Summer Havoc from Thursday to Sunday at Comenius, Catawba Ridge, and Nation Ford. There were over one hundred college coaches to walk through our doors and various players received offers across the event. This article will take a closer look at some of the most impressive prospects across the four days…
5’10 ’21 Jaquan Fletcher (D1 Dynasty)
D1 Dynasty was one of the toughest, most balanced squads in attendance at Summer Havoc, and Jaquan Fletcher was among their best two-way players from start to finish. This team has a lot of weapons that can hurt the opposition, but Fletcher was quietly the steadiest of the group. He’s a quick, high-IQ point guard that can easily get by defenders and relentlessly attack the basket—where he consistently showcased the ability to set up others or finish with craftiness. Fletcher is tough as nails on both ends of the floor, able to welcome contact and play physically on every single possession. He forced turnovers and pushed the break nicely in transition. Fletcher stood out as an excellent leader for this team and should have college coaches enticed going forward.
6’4 ’20 Nick Ford (Carolina Dream Team)
The Carolina Dream Team was very intriguing and competitive throughout their time at Summer Havoc, and Nick Ford stood out as their most reliable two-way performer. He’s a strong-bodied wing prospect that operated extremely well as the primary creator and scorer for this team. Ford should be regarded as a definite scholarship-level prospect, considering his ability to do everything on the floor at a quality rate. He created for himself and others, scored from all three levels, switched across multiple positions on both ends, defended with purpose, and made a lasting impression with his two-way rebounding presence. Ford also possesses a nice combination of IQ, size, skill, and athleticism, basically leaving him with no real weaknesses on either end of the floor. He’s a prospect that should see an uptick in his recruitment going forward.
6’4 ’20 Kalib Matthews (Royal Knights)
Through this entire season, arguably no prospect has been more consistent than Kalib Matthews, and that only continued at Summer Havoc. He’s a long, smart, smooth, explosive wing prospect with an absolute flamethrower from beyond the arc. Matthews is a leader and competitor that simply knows how to play his game and maximize his abilities on both ends of the floor. Defensively, he utilizes his length, fluidity, and positioning to defend multiple positions—both on the interior and perimeter. Matthews handles the ball well for his size and can create effectively for himself and others, but is even deadlier as a spot-up threat. He moves well without the ball at all times, which leads to a ton of alley-oops and drop-off passes in transition. Matthews is particularly tough to contain in the open floor, given his shooting and ability to finish through contact at or above the rim. He received his first offer from Lander this past week, but should see at least another five to ten come piling in over the coming months.
6’1 ’21 Harper Neal (Team Passion)
Team Passion was, without a doubt, one of the most entertaining teams in attendance. They have a very balanced, unselfish, and recruitable group with an entire roster that could ultimately end up at the next level. That being said, Harper Neal stood out as one of the toughest, grittiest, two-way guards on display. His intensity and leadership were eerily similar to an old Phenom-favorite in Chris Barnette. Neal is the type of point guard that opponents simply dread going against, as he’s going to be active, vocal, and in your face from start to finish. He has a strong motor and knows how to utilize it to make hustle plays while wearing down his assignment. Neal is extremely calm and patient as the high-IQ floor general, but understands how to properly seize scoring opportunities. He displayed ball security, consistently strong vision, penetration skills, and knocked down plenty of perimeter jumpers. Neal also rebounds exceptionally well for a guard and forced multiple turnovers each time he took the floor. Scholarship-level coaches should be laying some serious groundwork with this young man.
6’7 ’21 Caleb Farrish (Greensboro Warriors)
While the Greensboro Warriors have easily been one of the hottest teams in the region over this summer, Caleb Farrish still feels like an unsung hero within their group. His ability to adapt and operate within any type of roles makes him infinitely valuable to this team. Farrish does a nice amount of everything, from scoring to rebounding to handling the ball, and does it all very well. He’s never going to force the action or look to shoot twenty times in a game, but has the ability to be a primary option within an efficient offense. Farrish scores the ball nicely from all levels and has a nice burst of athleticism for his size/position. He’s quite versatile on both ends, but especially defensively, where he’s proven capable of guarding smaller players on the perimeter, fighting against big men down low, or working as a weak-side shot blocker. Farrish was already an enticing prospect, but should become even more coveted after reclassifying to the Class of 2021.