Prep Phenom Showcase: Day One Live Blog

Lewisville, N.C. -- The first annual Prep Phenom Showcase tips off today and extends through Saturday night, and some of the country's top teams are in attendance.

2:40 -- The first game of the day features Durham (N.C.) Bull City Prep versus Thomasville (N.C.) New Hope Christian. The most impressive player has been Dontae Caldwell of Bull City. A 6-4 shooting guard from California and who originally was a 2014 prospect, Caldwell wields a very quick release and has knocked down several long jump shots. He also moves sharply without the ball, jumps passing lanes and is pretty good leaper off one foot.

Unsigned senior power forward Isaiah Maurice has been quiet but he has had a few nice moments as a rebounder and tips around the glass. He's getting Atlantic-10 interest.

3:35 -- Caldwell said following his team's defeat that he arrived in North Carolina this past August and that N.C. Central has been in touch so far. Maurice said that he has set up an official visit to SMU next month, and if the Mustangs were to offer they would become the favorite. N.C. A&T is among the other schools involved.

Now we have St. Louis (Mo.) Christian matched against Durham (N.C.) Faith Assembly.

4:53 -- The day's second game proved non-descript, but now we have Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education versus Lynchburg (Va.) Genesis. There's definitely some high-major talent on the floor in this one.

5:38 -- Genesis junior guard Greg Williams is a fine athlete who's actually playing point guard but definitely slots for the wing in college. He's quick with the ball in his hands and likes to attack off the bounce. Fellow junior Josh Hall recently committed to Rice and certainly is a steal for the Owls. I'm not convince on his long-term position -- he may project as more of a PF/WF as he fills out physically -- but he's clearly skilled and knows how to play.

6:06 -- Fresno State commitment Nate Grimes should develop into a valuable contributor. A 6-7 power forward, Grimes is more of a hybrid in terms of body type but skill wise belongs in the post. I admire his tenacity and willingness to scrap despite not yet being strong. QEA is cruising toward an easy win thanks in large part to his leadership. Next up is Huntington (W.Va.) Prep vs. Charlotte (N.C.) Providence.

7:05 -- A very entertaining game is at the half, with just one point separating the two sides. Huntington boasts superior talent, while Providence is very cohesive and more familiar. For Huntington, and which will surprise no one, unsigned center Thomas Bryant has beasted his way to rebounds and dunks. He'll likely always be somewhat mechanical, but even on a chilly November night early in the season, he brings maximum effort.

8:09 -- Bryant finished the game with 15 points and five rebounds, leading Huntington to a hard fought victory. He said his final three remain Syracuse, Indiana and Missouri and that he still plans to decide next spring.

Meanwhile, junior point guard Curtis Jones stepped it up in the second half. He used his quickness to set up his teammates on drives and also buried a couple of jumpers. He boasts an expansive high major recruitment and I'll have more on him later.

8:36 -- Oak Hill Academy holds a 12-point halftime lead over a game Charlotte (N.C.) Victory Christian. The Warriors are receiving fine play from senior point guard Terrence Phillips, who is battling on defense. Ohio State center signee Daniel Giddens also continues to impress with his steady offensive improvement.

Final thoughts -- Oak Hill held on and also received fine play from Penn State bound guard Josh Reaves. As an addendum, unsigned power forward Ted Kapita of Huntington sat out due to a few minor injuries.

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