Day one of the Phenom Hoops Nationals Showcase was filled with excitement, excellent individual performances, and close games. The day began with blowouts, with Christ School taking down Forsyth Country Day 75-51 and Greensboro Day dismantling Myrtle Beach Christian 99-48, but it ended with some thrilling finishes. In the most exciting day of the game, Oak Hill Academy snuck by Word of God, after trailing for the majority of the first three quarters. Oak Hill Academy was able to seize the lead behind the strong second half play of Billy Preston (27 points, 15 rebounds) and Mississippi-commit Devontae Shuler (18 points). Word of God was led by a monster performance from North Carolina-commit Brandon Huffman (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Washington-commit Blake Harris (7 points, 10 assists). The nightcap was highlighted by impressive performances by Devon Dotson (29 points) and Trey Wetz (27 points). Bishop Sullivan fought until the end, however they couldn’t overcome the 56 combined points from Providence Day’s backcourt, falling in overtime 80-74. In the other nightcap, Coby White went off for 29 points, but Porter Gaud were able to get the last laugh, taking down Greenfield 73-66.
Day two was highlighted by a back-and-forth game between Mountain Mission and Word of God. Mountain Mission took down Word of God despite a 27-point performance from Blake Harris, as they won at the buzzer going the length of the court in under 5 seconds, ending with a game-winning layup as time expired. Mountain Mission took advantage of Brandon Huffman sitting for seven minutes in the second half, with a 12-point swing in the period. Oscar Tshieibwe got the best of the big man matchup, rebounding at an elite level and sparking his team on both sides of the ball with his high motor. Oak Hill Academy was able to coast to their victory on day two, taking down Cannon 84-55 behind strong performances from their guard play with Devontae Shuler (20 points) causing havoc on both sides of the ball and Matt Coleman (16 points) scoring in a variety of ways for the dynamic offense. Greensboro Day followed up the Warriors dominant effort with a win they coasted from start to finish, taking down York Prep 66-51. Greensboro Day looked good in both games they played, looking primed for a strong season with a potential state title at the end. Athletic guard John Newman (16 points) played well in both games of the weekend and JP Moorman (20 points) showed off his powerful finishing ability in the paint along with his dynamic playmaking abilities on the offensive end. In the nightcap, Devon Dotson (19 points) controlled the point guard matchup, holding North Carolina-commit Coby White to 11 points, as Providence Day took home a 65-57 win, finishing the weekend 2-0.
2018 6’ 5” SG John Newman: Greensboro Day (NC)
Newman displayed his ability to score in a variety of ways, averaging 16.5 points per game and showing off his shooting touch, knocking down a number of mid-range shots. Newman is an extremely athletic guard that has the ability to impact the game in a variety of ways; his recruitment should blow up this season.
2017 6’ 10” PF Brandon Huffman: Word of God (NC) (committed to North Carolina)
Huffman displayed a high motor against the dominant frontcourt combination of Billy Preston and David McCormack. He played very well, finishing 19 points and 11 rebounds and showing off his ability to finish strong at the rim amongst high-major talent. A nice frame, combined with a good motor, makes Huffman an intriguing product for North Carolina to develop over four years.
2017 6’ 7” PF JP Moorman: Greensboro Day (NC) (committed to Temple)
JP Moorman embodies the toughness and power finishing ability around the rim to be a star at Temple next season. Although he is undersized for a big man, he is a dynamic player on the court that knows his role and packs a punch when attacking the rim. Moorman was one of the most impressive players at the event, averaging 17 points per contest, having an impact on each game.
2017 6’ 0” PG Devon Dotson: Providence Day (NC)
Devon Dotson is a fierce competitor on both sides of the ball and is a natural leader on the court. He had two big games at the Phenom Hoops National Showcase, finishing with 29 points in an overtime win over Bishop Sullivan and in a win against Coby White. Vision and court awareness, combined with his deceptive athleticism makes Dotson one of the top point guards in his class.
2017 6’ 3” CG Blake Harris: Word of God (NC) (committed to Washington)
Harris showed off his ability to make plays for his team, finishing with 10 assists in the first game and 27 points in his second. He has the ability to get to the hole at will, slashing through traffic and finish at the rim or dishing it off to an open teammate for an easy finish. Harris needs to tighten up his dribble and stay under control, but has strong potential for the next level.
2017 6’ 3” SG Devontae Shuler: Oak Hill Academy (VA) (committed to Mississippi)
Devontae Shuler is always a nuisance on the defensive end, creating turnovers at a high rate and having the speed and athleticism to finish on the other end. Shuler is great on the break and has the ability to finish over defenders, his bounce and his instincts on defense make him a steal for Mississippi, in an improving SEC. Shuler is a big time player who shined, averaging 19 points per game at the event.
2017 6’ 9” PF Billy Preston: Oak Hill Academy (VA)
Billy Preston is a long, athletic forward that has transitioned into a strong ball-handler on the perimeter. Although Preston sometimes strays away from the paint often, and needs to develop a more consistent jump shot, he has range out to the three point line and is developing into a strong stretch-four. Preston had strong performances, especially against Word of God, finishing with 28 points and 15 rebounds and leading his team to the win late in the second half.
2019 6’ 9” PF Oscar Tshieibwe: Mountain Mission (VA)
Tshieibwe is still a raw talent, but he produced two very strong performances at the Phenom Hoops National Showcase. The talented big man averaged 18 points and may have averaged double digit rebounds as well, impacting the game in a major way for Mountain Mission. Tshieibwe won his matchup with Brandon Huffman and proved himself as an elite big man in the class of 2019 on the big stage.
2018 6’ 8” SF Jarius Hamilton: Cannon School (NC)
Hamilton is built for the next level, standing at 6’ 8” on the wing, with the ability to throw down powerhouse jams when he gets to the rim. Once Hamilton gets a head of steam, there is no stopping him on his pursuit to the basket. Hamilton had a strong weekend, but needs to strengthen his outside shooting for the next level. Hamilton is a highlight reel finisher who is a highly coveted high-major prospect.
Christ School (NC) over Forsyth Country Day (NC) 75-51
22 Feet Academy (SC) over York Prep (SC) 76-66
Greensboro Day (NC) over Myrtle Beach Christian (SC) 99-48
Mountain Mission (VA) over Northwood Temple (NC) 57-49
Oak Hill Academy (VA) over Word of God (NC) 74-63
United Faith (NC) over Wesley Christian (KY) 72-71
Providence Day (NC) over Bishop Sullivan (VA) 80-76 OT
Porter Gaud (SC) over Greenfield School (NC) 73-66
Burlington School (NC) over Myrtle Beach Christian (NC) 61-45
Legacy Charter (SC) over Charlotte Basketball Academy (NC) 91-50
22 Feet Academy (SC) over Charlotte Christian (NC) 54-49
Wesley Christian (KY) over Christ School (NC) 59-58
Mountain Mission (VA) over Word of God (NC) 71-69
Oak Hill Academy (VA) over Cannon School (NC) 84-55
Northwood Temple (NC) over Ravenscroft (NC) 84-76 OT
Bishop Sullivan (VA) over Forsyth Country Day (NC) 63-48
Greensboro Day (NC) over York Prep (SC) 66-51
Liberty Heights (NC) over Forest Trail Academy (NC) 65-64
Providence Day (NC) over Greenfield (NC) 65-67