North Carolina – Phenom Hoops has a reputation of gathering the best teams and players to compete against one another on a major stage. Phenom’s third annual National Showcase promises to do just this, and then some.
Going on its third Year, the 2016 version of Phenom’s National Showcase may be deeper than ever. Mind you this is an event which has been firmly planted in the nation’s eye since inception. National media from the likes of USA Today, Slam Magazine, ESPN, Yahoo!, 247Sports, and many others have made this a can’t miss event. Both years have seen over 60 college coaches make their way in the gym to watch the prospects. It is truly the first high school basketball event in the country, and the country has taken notice.
The first two years of the event brought together numerous players who have become College All-Americans and McDonald’s All Americans. Four players (Dwayne Bacon, Thomas Bryant, Sacha Killeya-Jones, and Miles Bridges) have been voted into the McDonald’s All American game. This season, both Dwayne Bacon and Thomas Bryant have been voted as college basketball’s pre-season All Americans teams. Currently Bryant, Bacon, and Bridges are being projected 2017 1st Round NBA Draft Picks.
In the event’s first two years over 30 prospects have signed to play at high major, Power 5 universities. Over 60 players have signed Division 1 scholarships.
This year Phenom’s National Showcase will take place November 11th and 12th at Greensboro Day School in Greensboro, North Carolina. The event will play host to 23 teams coming from 6 different states (including Canada). There will be 19 games played between the two gyms featured at Greensboro Day School.
In 2015, Phenom’s National Showcase featured national college signings as well. Justice Kithcart signed is National Letter of Intent (NLOI) with Pittsburgh, Grant Williams signed his NLOI with Tennessee, and Sacha Killeya-Jones signed his NLOI with Kentucky at the event. This year, the event will again hold multiple signings, and maybe a couple commitments as well.
The 2016 star-studded field is led by last year’s High School National Champions Oak Hill Academy. Last season Oak Hill finished 45-1, suffering their only loss of the season to 22 Feet Academy at this same event. This year they return 5 Top 100 players in Matt Coleman, Devontae Shuler, Lindell Wigginton, Kenny Nwuba, and Tyshon Alexander. They also bring in Top 20 player Billy Preston.
Locally, Providence Day leads the charge. Last season they won the coveted 3A NCISAA state championship and were invited to play in the Dick’s National Playoffs. They finished ranked among the nation’s Top 20 teams. They return Top 100 prospect Devon Dotson and high major recruit Trey Wertz off that team. They also bring in some added scoring fire power along the perimeter.
This year, the event is as deep with talent as there has been. There are over 20 players participating who are ranked, by various publications, in the country’s Top 100 for their class. These Top 100 prospects include, Billy Preston (Oak Hill), Matt Coleman (Oak Hill), Lindell Wigginton (Oak Hill), Devontae Shuler (Oak Hill), Tyshon Alexander (Oak Hill), Kenny Nwuba (Oak Hill), Giir Ring (Christ School), Mumin Tunc (22 Feet), DJ Burns (York Prep), Oscar Tshiewbe (Mountain Mission), JJ Smith (Northwood Temple), Brandon Huffman (Word of God), Blake Harris (Word of God), Christian Lorng (Wesley Christian), Coby White (Greenfield), Devon Dotson (Providence Day), Rasir Bolton (Bishop Sullivan), Josiah James (Porter Gaud), Nick Claxton (Legacy Charter), Jairus Hamilton (Cannon School), Jamir Chaplin (Meadowbrook), and John Newman (Greensboro Day)
There are also numerous players who are already committed to colleges across the country. These committed players include, Tyshon Alexander (Creighton), Bryce Schneider (Richmond), Blake Harris (Washington), Coby White (UNC), Jordan Perkins (NC Central). Between now and the time of the event there are certain to be more players who commit.
4pm: FCDS vs. Christ School (Court 1) 22 Feet Academy vs. York Prep (Court 2)
5:45pm: Mountain Mission vs. Northwood Temple (Court 1) Myrtle Beach Christian vs. QEA (Court 2)
7:30pm: Oak Hill vs. Word of God (Court 1) Lincoln Prep vs. Wesley Christian (Court 2)
9:15pm: Greenfield vs. Porter Gaud (Court 1) Providence Day vs. Bishop Sullivan (Court 2)
9am: Myrtle Beach Christian vs. Burlington School (Court 1) Meadowcreek vs. Legacy Charter (Court 2)
10:45am: QEA vs. 22 Feet Academy (Court 1) Wesley Christian vs. Christ School (Court 2)
12:30pm: Word of God vs. Mountain Mission (Court 1) Ravenscroft vs. Northwood (Court 2)
2:15pm: Cannon vs. Oak Hill (Court 1) Bishop Sullivan vs. FCDS (Court 2)
4:00pm: Greensboro Day vs. York Prep (Court 1) Liberty Heights vs. Lincoln Prep (Court 2)
5:45pm: Providence Day vs. Greenfield (Court 1)