Monday, September 6, 2021

Future Phenom Camp Class of 2025 Top Performers Part 1

The Class of 2025 played in their final middle school event during the Future Phenom Camp. We got a chance to see some usual suspects and some fresh faces during the camp. 

Future Phenom Camp Class of 2025 Top Performers Part 1 

DJay Snead Guard (Pennsylvania)- The southpaw finished off his scorching summer with MVP honors while leading his team to the championship. His offensive game has expanded and became purer between the Super Showcase in the fall and the Future Phenom Camp. His handle got tighter, outside shot more proficient and mid-range pull up mean. On defense he puts in more effort and even blocked a few shots. Up and coming Pennington Prep got a steal with Snead.

Tyler McQuaid Guard (New Jersey)- What a way to go out! McQuaid shined in his final middle school event. Not only did he score the rock, but McQuaid also showed he could set the table like a waiter. His court vision and drive, draw and dish game would make any coach smile. It’s been a joy to watch this kid blossom since the fall at the Super Showcase and we have no doubt he will have an instant impact on the high school level. He won the Best Passer/Playmaker Award at the camp. Thanks again Tyler for participating in Diary Of A Baller.

Jaylen Harrell Forward (Massachusetts)- Harrell is long forward who was oozing with potential. He was almost an automatic bucket around the cup and used his athleticism to rebound while also blocking shots. I like the way his perimeter skills are developing as he might be next in the line of top players from the Expressions Elite program. He won the Top Prospect Award at the camp.

William Harper Guard (Maryland)- I believe this was my first-time laying eyes on this kid. The lanky two guard had a wet jumper and an array of dribbling moves that gets him open looks. His hesitation dribble and up fake keeps the defense off balance while he gets to his spot. Once he got hot, he could put together and string of buckets quickly. I can’t wait to see him rocking for Gonzaga Prep next winter.

Darren Moore Guard (Maryland)- Moore is another top guard from the DMV area. The combo guard is wired to score and does it in a hurry. His one-on-one ability helped him take home the King Of The Court Award. He’s strong enough to get into the lane while also finishing with contact. He can also drain it from deep and from the mid-range area.

Osa Idada Forward (Massachusetts)- Osa was a serious problem on the blocks on both ends of the floor. On offense he carved his position on the blocks and scored with developing post moves and put backs from offensive boards. On defense he clogged the lane, blocked or altered shots while also eating the glass for caroms. He will have to be dealt with whether you like it or not.