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Underrated Guards to Watch More: Class of 2024

The class of 2024 is loaded with talent and there are players that could and should be targets for many programs at multiplel levels. The players at the top of the class are certainly gaining the recognition and eyes of college coaches but I believe that there are guards in that class that may be considered a bit underrated but could be in for big season this upcoming high school season. Here...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Keenan Wilkins

Height: 5’11 Class: 2024 School: Christ School Travel Team: Charlotte Royals Freshman Season: 17.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.9 SPG, 36% 3P Sophomore Season: 23.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, 4.2 SPG Junior Season: 26.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.7 APG, 3.0 SPG, 46% FG What Was Recently Said (8/1/22): Although he’s been among the most productive players in grassroots basketball over the years,...

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Top July Performers in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

The month of July is finally concluding, which should provide these young players with an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from days of nonstop basketball. Given the significance of the actual month, we decided to take a closer look at some of the top standouts from each class. Obviously, we can only speak on what we have seen, so the names listed will be based on their performances at...

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Start noticing more of: Coach Rick’s TOC (Class of 2024)

2024 Jayden Pretty (Carolina Pressure): Pretty was consistent all week long in Rock Hill, as the 6’6 prospect from Carolina Pressure really opened eyes in how big of a difference-maker he could be.  It seemed like the forward had his hands in everything, finding ways to get his hands on the ball, always moving well without the ball, displaying a tremendous motor in the paint and on the boards,...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Session 2, Day 1, Part 2)

2024 Keenan Wilkins (Charlotte Royals): Wilkins certainly did turn it up a notch in the second half, as he scored 21 of his 24 points to lead his team to a victory.  The quick guard made timely plays, especially off the dribble, and used his speed to get by defenders and finish with touch around the basket, but also continue to show his unlimited range with his jumper.  A 2024 guard that really...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Grassroots TOC (Day 2, Part 3)

2022 Brandon Lavitt (CC Elite 2022): Watching Lavitt over the years, you just have to love what he brings to the floor. Toughness, physicality, grit… He loves to play hard on both ends and mix it up with his opponents. He isn’t afraid to do the dirty work and bring that physical feel down in the paint. Always active on both ends of the floor, Lavitt is one that just leaves it all out there on...

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Early Look: Team CP3 2024

It is that time of the year, as players from all around start getting together with their travel ball team and prepare for an exciting spring and summer.  Phenom Hoops started the season off with the Phenom Opening, giving us a glimpse of several of those teams which also included a very talented young group with CP3 2024. Watching this team in action, you can see there is no shortage of...

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Game Report: R-S Central vs. Hendersonville

Another rivalry matchup with conference and state playoffs seedings on the line. R-S Central came into the game with a 21-2 record overall (10-0 in conference). Hendersonville entered at 21-1 overall (10-1 in conference) with their only loss to R-S Central in mid-December. Hendersonville came out hot to start the game led behind the guard play of senior Dwight Canady and junior Keenan Wilkins,...

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Dynamic playmakers: Class of 2023 (Guards, Part 1)

Phenom Hoops doesn’t just shed light on the top players in the state but we want to provide a platform for ALL players. The class of 2023 is still fully loaded with talent and there are plenty of players that are having a strong high school season that you may want to check out, especially if you are looking for dynamic guards. Here are a few guards having a tremendous high school season. 2023...

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Start paying attention to THG 16u; young, rising talent can be found

Sitting baseline throughout the weekend in Bermuda Run at the Rise Indoor Facility, one team that really attracted my eyes was THG 16u.  When you look at the roster, you see a few familiar names that you certainly want to check out again including one of the more dynamic scoring guards in the state of North Carolina in 2023 Keenan Wilkins. Wilkins is the one that highlights the team...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Challenge (Day 1, Part 2)

2025 Treyvolis Walker (Elite 8 SC): For a player in middle school, he has a very intriguing and smooth game that he brings. He is shifty on the court, can create for himself and for others, and plays with a good motor at his age.  Strong performance from him on Day 1. 2022 LeBron Thomas (FIBA): Thomas has only grown and gotten stronger with his game, while still being that playmaker on the...

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Western North Carolina All Star Games

Phenom Hoops traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to cover the Western North Carolina All Star game hosted by Jake Senyo of the Ranking Report. 60 of the top players were divided into three groups, freshmen/sophomore, juniors and seniors. It was a great opportunity to see some of the young and promising players in the western part of the state. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the...

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Farmville Central rolls to third straight 2A state championship

Farmville Central rolls to third straight 2A state championship  By Johnathan Kirkland Farmville Central came into the NCHSAA 2A tournament as the nine seed despite their undefeated record. They blew through their four opponents heading into the state championship game, with their closest game being an 18-point win in the opening round over Hertford County. Saturday afternoon was no...

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Heart over Height: Keenan Wilkins and Dwight Canady

Last night, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Hendersonville in the NCHSAA 2A semifinal against North Lincoln. After going 26-3 last year, the Bearcats have enjoyed an undefeated season and continue to push for their first state championship since 1992. That 1992 season was also their last appearance in the big game, arguably making this Hendersonville squad their most...

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NLPB 828 2k23 bringing big-time young prospects to Queen City Showcase

Rock Hill will be loaded with talent and Phenom Hoops wants to not only get everyone ready for an exciting event but also make sure we provide exposure for teams and players all throughout. We start previewing teams and players that coaches and fans will want to check out at the event.

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“Get to Know” Keenan Wilkins

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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North Carolina Freshmen Making a Difference on Varsity

The talent in North Carolina is at an all-time high, and that is throughout all the classes in the state. The freshman (2023) class this season had some impressive showings, with some standout performances.

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#PhenomDavidRoseMDC: Miles Saturday Afternoon/Evening Standouts

A ton of talent in the gym today, the HoopState is blessed with a lot of talent in the 2022 class!  Here are some of the up and coming guys y’all need to know about! 6’7 2022 Asa White: Garner Road 15U White is a prospect that I’ve had the chance to see quite a few times in the high school season and after watching him for the first time in travel ball it’s clear his trajectory is headed...

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Early Standouts at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

Player Standouts at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase   Blue Chip Cavs 6’5 ’22 Chol Adichol- The long, wiry post prospect arguably possessed the highest upside of anyone from the first set of games. He plays consistently hard and utilizes his length well on both sides of the ball. Adichol ran the floor nicely and was able to score effectively with either hand around the basket. He’s somewhat...

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South Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Walker   #8:5’4 ’23 Keenan Wilkins (Hendersonville, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that has the chance to become a really high-level floor general, Keenan Wilkins. He’s a somewhat undersized point guard with great two-way instincts and an exceptional feel for the game. Wilkins is a smart, unselfish ball-handler that can get by basically any opponent and enter the...

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North Carolina Junior Phenom Session 1: Evaluation Team 4

North Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp Session Two Evaluations   Team 4 Coach Dre   #15:5’2 ’23 Keenan Wilkins (Hendersonville, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that showed flashes of sheer dominance during his time at camp, Keenan Wilkins. He’s a quick point guard prospect that can attack and manipulate defenses in a variety of ways. Wilkins scores effortlessly on all three levels...

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Kevin’s Fab 5 NC Junior Phenom Session 2

Kevin’s Fab 5 NC Jr Phenom Session 2    #59 2023 6’0 Zion Walker: Turrentine Middle  Mr. Junior Phenom was pound for pound the best player in the gym. In all 3 games he led his team in points and rebounds wouldn’t surprise me if he led the whole camp in those categories also guarded the other team’s best offensive player. He is a quiet kid by nature until you start talking to him, once you...

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Tennessee Phenom 150: Evaluation Team 6

Tennessee Jr. Phenom 150 Evaluations   Team 6 Coach: Senyo   #1:4’8 ’25 Zachary Dickey (Fairview, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that brought an excellent attitude and team-first approach to camp, Zachary Dickey. He’s a young point guard prospect with a nice motor and overall feel for the game. Offensively, Dickey applied pressure as a penetrator and consistently assisted...

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Jamie’s List of 5: Tennessee Junior Phenom Exposure Camp Standouts

What a day at camp. The middle school version was exciting, with each team having numerous players to watch. The talent was so good, in fact, it was tough to narrow down only five to list here. In its fifteen years, Phenom camps have prided themselves on providing exposure to anyone, first come first served for anyone who wants to be seen. Year after year, players come from across the region to...

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Tennessee Junioir Phenom Camp Award Winners

Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Kingsport, Tennessee to host the 2nd Annual Tennessee Phenom Camp. The event is held at TNT Sportsplex and the campers came from a five state radius. The players embraced the 3-dribble rule and the games showcased tremendous teamwork and making the extra pass. Now, let’s take a closer look at our camp award winners.   MVP: No. 78 6’4 2023 Brandon...

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