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Phenom Open Gym: Davidson Day

2024 Mason Smith Smith is one that has blown up over the last year, but also one can say that he is finally getting the attention he deserves. There is a lot to like about this young man, but he can be a big weapon with 6'7 frame and the ability to knock down shots with range. Quick release, is always ready to go, and shoots the ball with a ton of confidence. He had a big summer and should only...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile:'Will Stevens

Height: 6'8 Class: 2026 School: Davidson Day Travel Team: Carolina Riptide What Was Recently Said: Although the Carolina Riptide organization always has a slew of talented prospects, it's becoming clearer and clearer that Will Stevens is emerging as their next notable star. He's a long, fluid big man with soft touch, sharp vision, and reliable floor-spacing ability....

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Looking for a Big Sophomore Season

2026 Rassell Young (Mallard Creek): Young has had a big summer, as offers have been rolling in and there is no doubt about it, he has made a name for himself in a big way.' Last year, he averaged 10ppg for Mallard Creek but this young man could be in for a season in which he could almost double that production.' And this is a team that may need that from him to find success. After losing several...

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Watch out for Davidson Day this upcoming season with new additions

Though we are right in the middle of the travel ball season, it seems that Davidson Day has been making some noise this offseason as well.  Several players this month have been announcing that they will be heading to the program this upcoming high school season, as the Patriots will be looking a bit different. After coming off a season in which they finished 5-17 overall, Davidson Day will...

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Bendel's Best: G3 Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina for our annual G3 Showcase. The three-day event featured over 250 teams with highly competitive games and tons of talented prospects on display. There were countless subplots worth noting, but this article will take a closer look at five personal favorites from the last few days' 6'7 '26 Trey Thompson (Tennessee Impact) Given...

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Cooper’s Developments: Day 1 at Phenom G3

By: Cooper Hart '26 6'8' Will Stevens (Carolina Riptide 16u/Davidson Day) Stevens possesses more upside than maybe any 2026 in attendance today. He hit 4 threes in his second game, finishing with 24 points. His comfortability and fluidity to move around the perimeter and set himself for CNS jumpers are wildly impressive for his age and size. Stevens is improving his handle and even broke out a...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom G3 (Day 1)

2024 Mason Mitchell (Team United Elite): Mitchell really played well on Day 1, showing just exactly what he can do, how he can produce, and his overall impact on the floor.' He filled it up and really brings a strong presence on both ends of the floor, as well as doing the dirty work.' He scored and finished well, showcased his bounce in this game, rebounded the ball well, and was engaged...

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Reece’s Rundown: Post LIVE Periods (Part 1)

By: Ethan Reece Now that we're through March, April, and two Live Periods, there's a lot to unpack and look back on. Who's made an impression and who are important names to start tracking as we head into the summer' There's so much to note after the first two months of the travel season, so here are some of my takeaways from Phenom's spring events. WCBA on the Rise Looking at the 2026-2028 teams...

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Hoops Live

2024 Davion Riddick (WAVE Bball Club) Easily the top shooting team I was able to see this weekend, and Davion was the primary catalyst in leaving that impression. His ability and understanding of free-flowing 5-out offense was really impressive and allowed him to expose defenses for any small mistake. He's a crafty, well-sized, shot creator that is lethal off the catch or bounce, but he also has...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Phenom Grassroots TOC

2026 Tyzhir Dyer (Team Charlotte 16U) Tyzhir Dyer embodies what high school coaches should look for in a freshman trusted with key varsity minutes. Aside from starting on variety as a freshman, Tyzhir exemplifies positive character traits consistently throughout the course of play. If you prioritize positive body language and visible response to coaching, Dyer is a player you'll quickly grow to...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Opening

6'8 '26 Will Stevens (Carolina Riptide) There were a ton of promising big men on display, and Stevens was arguably as impressive as any of them'especially being the youngest player on his team. He's still developing strength, but already displays timing, toughness, and a quality motor on both ends of the floor. Stevens utilizes his length very well to finish, secure rebounds, and alter shots...

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Hardwood Classic (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Donyeh Baird (Team Loyal)There are several guys in the 2026 class I'm finding to be seamlessly positionless and Donyeh is one of them. Even while being the biggest guy on the team, he carries a heavy percentage of their ball-handling duties being able to initiate things from the perimeter and operate as a truly big guard that makes mismatches. He's consistently been at the...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Halloween Havoc (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Amari Melton (Triple Threat)My second viewing of Amari only confirmed what I saw from him last month. The big guard takes what he wants and shows no indication that the defense phases him at all. He consistently finishes contested drives and uses his body well as he operates as the main ball handler. Any chance he got in the open court was a bucket for his team, so dangerous...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Halloween Havoc

6'4 '26 Isaiah Williams (CC Elite) The appeal should be fairly obvious with someone like Williams, who possesses incredible physical tools at such a young age. While he is taller than most at this point, it's his actual length and actual wingspan that makes such a strong impression throughout the course of a game. Williams finishes, rebounds, and block shots, but also highlights some...

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