Posted On: 05/3/18 7:19 PM
Ta’Lon Cooper (Upward Stars Upstate)- Cooper had maybe the best all-around performance I saw at the Phenom Challenge. It looked like his team was done against the Atlanta Timberwolves, going down by nearly 25 in the 1st half. But, Upward went on an amazing comeback, led by Cooper. He made so many good decisions on offense with precise passes and timely baskets. His impact on defense was undeniable also, flying in for blocks and rebounds that were surprising for a guard.
Omar Croskey (Upward Stars Columbia)- Croskey just recently picked up his first offer from SC State, making his mark this April as a shooter. That’s not all he is though. At 6’5”, he is an excellent rebounder for an Upward team that is guard heavy. He can also guard any of the 3 perimeter positions, disturbing smaller ball-handlers with his height and length. Croskey is tough, skilled, and should continue to rise as a prospect.
Zane Haglan (Mooresville Magic)- Haglan is one of those guys who will fly under the radar, but you have to appreciate how he plays. He is an efficient offensive player who does a little bit of everything and does not force the issue when he has the ball. Haglan is a savvy defender also, sneaking up for steals and creating transition opportunities for his team. He is just solid each time out and makes winning plays.
Preston Urbancic (Team Speights)- Urbancic is one of the most deadly shooters you will find. Every game he is a threat to heat up in the blink of an eye and go for 5+ 3’s. He is a high IQ player who knows what to do once defenders identify him on the outside as a shooter also. Urbancic can hit pull-up jumpers, floaters, and will facilitate when teams try to take away the 3. His efficiency and well-rounded offensive game should get him a lot of interest.