South Carolina has been on the rise lately in regards as being one of the top states producing talent. That is why Phenom Hoop Report headed down to Lexington on Saturday, September 14 to get an early look at some of the young rising talent at the middle school level.
Our national scouts were on deck to get a first glimpse at names you will want to track in the coming years. Here are some of the standouts from the event.
2024 5’4 Christian Gentry
Gentry sports great length and uses that to his advantage. His hesitation gets defenders going another way and has that soft feel when he finishes that the rim. Very crafty with the ball in his hands.
2025 5’4 Bryson Drummond
Drummond was a pleasant surprise on the court, doing a lot of the little things on the floor and making positives plays when the ball was in his hands. He has fantastic handles in the open floor, as well as vision. His size also allows him to rebound the ball effectively. Loved his feel on the floor and plays smart.
2026 5’10 Treven Raymon
When you see him on the court, he has the heights and size as an eighth-grader but then you look, he is only in sixth. His length, wingspan, and size should have him marked as a player to watch, while also having the ability to handle the ball in the halfcourt. Runs the floor very well.
2026 5’2 Joshua Staley
Watching the young guard, you can tell he has been coached well and plays smart on the court. He can score the ball and finishes well, also displaying a smooth confident release. But he has great instincts and gets after it on defense.
2026 5’3 Cameron Newman
Newman produced all day long, racking up points, competing on both ends, and showing craftiness and precise ball handling. Newman got after it all day long.