In this series we will recount some of the top performances, by position, we saw throughout July…Take note and enjoy

What a July it was, Phenom Hoops’ was involved in some of the greatest events across the country. Over 650 college coaches showed up to view and dozens of offers were handed out to top performers. The word has spread as hundreds of teams, carrying thousands of players, came from 20 different states to perform on the nation’s leading grassroots exposure platform.

In this series we will recount some of the top performances, by position, we saw throughout July…Take note and enjoy



6’4” 2018 Jaylen Alston Erupts in Front of 70 Coaches
Carolina Wolves NC – Summer Havoc

Carolina Wolves NC were playing against Upward Stars SE in the back gym of Byrnes High School during the Summer Havoc Live. Over 70 college coaches from across the country showed up to watch the game and by all accounts Alston was the best player on the floor. This should not come as a surprise, he led his high school team to the state championship game averaging over 20 points, 10 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals per game. This performance earned Alston an offer from South Carolina State, expect more to come.

It All Comes Together For 6’7” 2018 Jalen Slawson
TMP – Phenom’s Stay Positive

Slawson comes from a basketball family, not only that he has shown all of the tools to be a high level basketball player. This Summer, it seems to have all come together for him. In his first game of Phenom’s Stay Positive Live Slawson showed size for his position, explosion at the rim, range on his jump shot and the ability to defend and rebound. Coming into July, Slawson carried a Charleston Southern offer. Now he can add Appalachian St, New Orleans, Stetson, Coppin St and Winthrop offers to the bunch. Expect more to come.

6’6” 2019 Shemar Smith is Ready to Break Out
Oklahoma Power 16s – Summer Havoc Live

This was an incredibly difficult category to narrow down, given the plethora of players lacking a true position, skill set, or size to match their on-court product. However, few players were more impressive than 6’6 ’19 Shemar Smith of Oklahoma Power and his utterly dominant abilities that were showcased at Summer Havoc. It would be impossible to choose just one single game that highlighted Smith’s incredible play. However, from game to game, he was easily the best player on either team, regardless of opponent, and had multiple performances where he finished with either a triple-double or a double-double that featured 20+ points and 10+ rebounds. Smith can score from anywhere on the floor and plays with a terrific motor, allowing him to constantly harass opponents. What separated Smith from similar prospects was his ability to defend three positions with genuine ease, as he possesses the athletic, lean, and muscular frame necessary to shut down a variety of players. He is an elite rebounder (and overall player) that has no holes within his game. Right now, he is receiving interest from UTSA along with various D2/D3 programs, but make no mistake, Smith is absolutely a D1-level talent. The forward will own the spotlight at Norman North HS now that superstar guard Trae Young has moved onto the next level at Oklahoma University. Smith is flying under the radar in Oklahoma, but will likely break out on a national level in the coming months.

6’4” 2021 Jaylan McDonald Proves a High Level Talent
Boo Williams NC – Phenom’s Southern Jam

He is only in 8th grade, hasn’t event stepped foot in a high school classroom yet. However, sometimes a kid’s game just far exceeds his years. Already playing up in the 15u age group, McDonald’s game mixes together a great game, natural explosion and a high level IQ. Even this early in his career, through July, McDonald has solidified his name among the nation’s top 100 prospects.

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