These juniors highlighted an event that was loaded with talent throughout the day.


Class of 2016

This weekend, Phenom Hoop Report hosted their first annual Virginia Top 80 Camp at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA. After scouting countless amounts of players throughout the year, our team invited Virginia’s “Top 80” players to showcase their talents to numerous scouts and a plethora of D2/D3 coaches. After thorough review, we put together a list of players that stood out the most in our eyes throughout several drills and scrimmages Sunday afternoon.

The list is as follows:

6’9” JR. Mamadi Diakite (Blue Ridge School- St. George, VA):

What else is there to say about Mamadi' This big man is a star in the making! After scouting Diakite early last year, his progression has skyrocketed and he has developed into one of 2016’s best players.

A native of Guinea in West Africa, Diakite came to the United States in January 2014 with the eventual goal of playing college basketball. He has definitely shown he is capable. He’s listed as a four-star prospect by and is drawing attention from several high-major programs.

He has tremendous speed and hops to jump out of the gym. Diakite showed he can dribble out of tough situation, distribute the ball evenly, and score when needed.

Dunk after dunk, point after point, Diakite never showed any signs of mercy and punished defenders all day long. After Sunday’s top-notch performance, Diakite earned MVP honors and completely stunned the competition.

His goofiness and outgoing personality make him a player any coach would be lucky to have.

6’10” JR. Sacha Killeya- Jones (Virginia Episcopal School- Lynchburg, VA):

Sacha Killeya- Jones, a UVA commit, did his usual thing this weekend. After transferring to VES from Woodberry Forest this fall, he has proved to the people of Lynchburg and to Phenom Hoop Report why he is rated the number two player in Virginia’s Class of 2016.

Sacha is a lengthy player with the ability to swat shots all over the floor and has a gifted offensive skill set that made him a tough matchup for every big at the camp. We were surprised to see the expansion of his offensive game after watching him knock down a couple of 3-point shots and step back jumpers.

Sacha is a future ACC player for a reason. He possesses skills that are unordinary for a man of his size and makes himself known every time he steps foot on the court. After gaining almost 20 pounds so far this season,

Sacha will be an absolute problem for any player that steps foot in his way. The future is bright for the soon-to-be Cavalier!

6’6” JR. Zach Jacobs (Maggie Walker Governor’s School- Richmond, VA):

Zach Jacobs was easily the biggest surprise of the entire camp. When he first stepped foot onto the gym floor, he caught our attention immediately.

He’s got great size and is extremely versatile. Jacobs showed he is a true jack-of-all-trades. He can handle the rock and play PG if needed, or he can step out on the wing and knock down big time buckets. Jacobs has the athleticism to play multiple positions, but still needs a little extra time to develop. After talking to Jacobs this past weekend, you can tell his only mission is to win. He has a motor to his game that is almost unmatchable. J

acobs hustled hard all day Sunday and had multiple double-digit performances. He plans to reclass to 2017 and transfer from MWGS. Jacobs is currently considering St. Christopher’s, Benedictine, and Trinity Episcopal, all VISAA D-1 programs that could use his talent next season.


Jethro Tshisumpa– Mountain Mission (Grundy, VA)

Travius Smith– Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA)

Travis Fields Jr.– Norcom (Portsmouth, VA)

Gerrard Simpkins– Bishop Sullivan (Virginia Beach, VA)

Maliek White– George Wythe (Wytheville, VA)

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