Isaiah Todd is Good at Basketball
Obviously that headline is an understatement because Todd is already quite amazing on both ends of the floor, but he can be even better. His Team Loaded NC squad showed flashes of sheer dominance throughout Phenom David Rose, but they still have considerable upside as a group. No prospect was more vital to their team than Todd, who was easily the most skilled offensive player in attendance, but his natural instincts and tools on defense are what could make him special. He possesses a rare blend of size, skill, and swagger, which visibly overwhelms opponents. Todd has a chance to be special, but these next few years in North Carolina will be very telling for his future.

Team Loaded Stephens is Full of Talent
The Team Loaded pipeline runs deep through North Carolina and Virginia, as they secure many of the top players year after year. Well, Team Loaded Stephens deserves credit for the high level basketball they displayed over their weekend in Greensboro. This was one of the most entertaining teams across all age groups because of their unselfish, team-first brand of play. Everyone knew their role and executed accordingly. Jack Carter is their main leader, but also doubles as their biggest offensive threat with his three-level scoring ability. Sully McDermott took advantage of mismatches and was incredibly effective without needing to score or touch the ball. Skylar Busby is already a premier defender, Maizen Price has massive two-way upside, Andrew Hendershott knocks down three-pointers at an efficient clip, and Britt Anderson knows how to affect all facets of the game quite well. This team doesn't get the credit they're due, but in time they will, especially as this group grows together.

Chemistry Conquers All
Another Phenom Hoops event in the books means another secured championship for the Carolina Riptide. The Riptide is one of the most underrated teams in the state; they compete in every single contest, yet somehow don't receive appropriate respect from opponents. This team has leaders in many different forms. Clay Hodges runs the show as the point guard, making plays for others throughout while his backcourt mate, Callahan Reed, is a tough scoring guard from all three levels. Wings, Michael Dulin and Micah Williams are vital to the Riptide's game plan, given the defensive pressure and constant flow of offense they provide. That being said, their one true big man, Jonas Courtney, is as important as anyone on the team due to his size and two-way rebounding. This group is as well-coached as any program in the state and they win by playing for one another. They don't care who scores on this team, only who wins, which is a huge reason why they've been so successful together.

Team United Elite Making Noise
Over the last year, the Team United program has done a tremendous job of building and improving their roster at all levels, especially the Team United Elite squad. We were fortunate enough to watch this team face adversity and overcome the odds one time after another. The duo of 5-foot-10 Brandon Beidleman and 6-foot-6 Taurus Ragin are the main leaders on this squad. As the point guard, Beidleman is fairly quick and knows how to create off the bounce, leaving opponents in the dust while he makes a play in the paint. Meanwhile, Ragin handles business on the defensive end and doubles as Team United's enforcer; he utilizes his length quite well around the basket, yet still has considerable potential on both sides of the ball. They receive quality production from Deonte Randolph and Jah'Quez Sanders, a pair of wings that consistently perform on defense and open up fast-break opportunities. While this team doesn't possess a highly-touted prospect, they are extremely tough and able to go toe-to-toe with nearly anyone in the country.

Big Expectations for Mooresville Magic
The upcoming June and July months will be an incredibly significant time for the Mooresville Magic. This team has unique Division I-level prospects at every position, but most of them are currently flying under the radar. The duo of Zane Haglan and Demarcus Johnson formed the Mooresville Magic's core over two years ago and dominated ever since. Haglan is a silky-smooth lefty that makes this team run; he's a really efficient three-level scorer, but his decision-making and ability to create remain his best assets. On the other hand, Johnson is a 6-foot-4 wing with long arms and a beautifully rounded skillset, including quality scoring and athleticism. Both players have excellent IQ and polish, but they needed a strong supporting cast in order to have true success. That's when they add three-point sniper De'Angelo Elliot and walking mismatch Myles Washington to the mix. Elliot fits seamlessly on this squad with his ability to play off-ball and still demand attention of the opposition. Meanwhile, Washington has a stocky (yet athletic) frame which he uses exceptionally well around the basket to create scoring opportunities; he could easily be one of the biggest stock boosters of the coming months. We will be watching courtside to see if these guys will reach their big-time ceiling as a team.

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