Inside Imhotep: Part A

Under head coach Andre Noble, Philadelphia's Imhotep Charter has become one of the city's top basketball powers. Today, we will begin a two-part look at this season's team, which is loaded with Division 1 caliber players.

Brandon Austin, a 6'6 wing with point guard skills, is clearly the marquee name on Imhotep's roster. The former Penn State commit has the likes of UCLA, Temple, Georgetown, and more in heavy pursuit. While Austin is the big name, Imhotep has roughly half a dozen other D1 targets lacing them up.

In today's first look at Imhotep, we will look at juniors Basil Thompson and Deion Evans, along with senior Jalil Myers. Hawk Hill Hardwood had the opportunity to speak with all three players last week, breaking down both their game and their recruitment.

Basil Thompson is a 6'6 combo forward who is in his first year at Imhotep after attending Philadelphia's Math, Civics, and Sciences last school year. A self-described "3/4," Basil explained that his strength is in "attacking the basket." In addition to his rugged play on the interior, he went on, saying, "my mid-range game is another strength."

Over the summer, Basil played with Team Philly's 16u squad. When asked what schools he noticed tracking him and recruiting him this summer, Basil listed "George Mason, University of Delaware, Miami, and Florida." Imhotep hosted an open gym last week, and Basil noted that Delaware was in the gym that day for him. Another school that has recently gotten involved is VCU.

Fellow junior Deion Evans is another frontcourt player at Imhotep. Evans listed himself as a "6'6, right around 190 pound forward." He explained that his calling card is his athleticism and that he's most comfortable, offensively, "facing the rim, so I can either shoot the ball or slash to the basket." Deion said that defensively, he enjoys the challenge of defending bigger players and "battling for rebounds down low."

In terms of his recruitment, Evans said he's "spoken with St. Frances (PA) a lot, and also Norfolk State." Wide open in his recruitment, the junior went on to state that Robert Morris is a school that has recently inquired.

On a team with an abundance of depth in the frontcourt, senior Jalil Myers is another forward right around 6'6. Jalil told Hawk Hill Hardwood that his game can be best described as that of a "straight-up face-up 4." When asked what he considered to be his greatest strength, there was no hesitation as he said, "shooting the ball, from mid-range out to three." Defensively, Jalil said that he is capable of both "guarding the post and defending the wing."

As a shooter with some size, it should come as no surprise that there are a handful of schools in pursuit of the unsigned senior. Jalil's current list includes St. Frances (PA), Coppin State, UMBC, Central Connecticut, and Cleveland State.

Basil Thompson, Deion Evans, and Jalil Myers all figure to play roles of note this season at Imhotep. In the second part of this look at Imhotep, Hawk Hill Hardwood will provide updates on sophomores Carnel Harley (who has already taken an unofficial visit to St. Joe's) and Dymir Logan, as well as senior forward Nigel Grant.

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