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HIGHLIGHTS: Xavier McKelvy vs Shane Blakeney GOES INTO OVERTIME as United Faith Defeats Legion!

Phenom Hoops headed out Tuesday night in what would be a treat for all fans in attendance, as United Faith and Legion Collegiate battled it out on the court to start the season. It was a back and forth affair that ultimately went into overtime, where it ended in a thriller. Check out all the raw highlights from this classic game to start the season.

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Carmel Christan Tip-Off Storylines to Watch (Saturday, Nov. 13)

Phenom Hoops kicks off the season in a big way with the Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic, November 12-13, at Carmel Christian in Matthews/Charlotte, NC. We will be bringing some of the best teams around the region all under one building and of course, there are so many storylines to watch out for.

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Phenom Game Report: United Faith at Legion Collegiate (Boys)

In our second game of the night, Phenom Hoops and all the fans got an absolute thriller between Legion Collegiate and United Faith on the boy’s side of things.  Both teams had some intriguing talent coming in that you will see playing at the D1 level.  It took a little time for both teams to get settled down, as United Faith was able to get out to an early two-point lead after the...

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Commitment Alert: 2022 Marcus Kell fell in love with Western Carolina

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Marcus KellClass: 2022Committed to: Western Carolina What He Said: Phenom:...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Legion Collegiate Academy

Phenom Open Gym Tour: Legion Collegiate Academy Phenom Hoops travelled to Rock Hill, South Carolina to cover the Legion Collegiate Academy team coached by Twuan Wilson. Entering their third year of existence, Head Coach Twuan Wilson has done an amazing job in just a short period of time. Legion went 8-9 in its first year and finished with an 11-7 record last season before losing a heartbreaking...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 2)

By: Sean Halloran 2023 Trey Parker (Big Shots Elite NC 17U) Parker was impressive once again here today, displaying to everyone his high-level athletism. The quick, fast-twitched guard can get to anywhere he wants to on the floor, with his ability to break defenders down off the dribble and convert on an array of difficult pull-up jump shots. Parker thrived when he was able to get out in...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’7 2022 Marcus Kell (Upward Stars 3SSB 17U/Legion Collegiate Academy)  Marcus has a beautiful jump shot, one of the best shot forms I’ve seen today. His mechanics are consistent and he must be focused on at all times. Kell could serve as a spot-up shooting option for a variety of college programs. He’s likely due for a very promising season at Legion. 2022 6’4 Takai and...

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Phenom 1-on-1: 2022 Marcus Kell talks latest offers, interests

A player finally getting the attention he deserves, 2022 Marcus Kell has recently seen an uptick in his recruitment, as he has added a few more offers to his list. Phenom Hoops recently got in touch with Kell to discuss the latest; his thoughts on his newest offer from Drexel and Bucknell, which schools are making him a priority, and what programs are starting to come his way as of late!

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NCISAA Team Camp Session 2: Underrated prospects/ New Names/ Teams that impressed (Day 1)

Phenom Hoops was on deck at Forsyth Country Day for the NCISAA Session 2 LIVE Period and it was great to see so many players in action playing in front of college coaches. Day 1 kicked off in what looked to be a terrific event, as we bring you a few underrated prospects, a few new names to learn, and which teams impressed us. Underrated Prospects: 2022 6’8 Sam Perez (Trinity Academy of Raleigh)...

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Upward Stars 2022 highlighting the talent of North and South Carolina

Phenom Hoops continued their events through the month of May, as Upward Stars Southeast 3SSB 2022 was one of the more recent teams that came through the Phenom MDC.  It gave us another opportunity to view a team that brings some of the more talented players around South Carolina and region to the floor and they surely impressed. When you dive into their roster, the first player that your...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Battle at the Rock (Day 1)

2021 Glynn Hubbard (Northside Christian): Hubbard played well in leading the charge on offense for Northside. Showing his leadership, his court vision, and his ability to create off the dribble.  Hubbard worked well in pushing the ball downhill and displaying a nice blend of playmaking and scoring ability. 2023 Aaron Hall (Northside Christian): The young man had a strong showing, giving fans a...

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Size and Shooting: Marcus Kell

Over the last decade or so, basketball has really transitioned into a perimeter-oriented game—especially at the highest level. No other era (coaches, players, and fans alike) would be able to cope with the thought that Jahlil Okafor can barely find minutes while Davis Bertans just signed a 5-year/$80 million deal. That’s the current value of three-point shooting. Though it is the most evident in...

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TLEW’S Takeaways “November Classic”

TLEW’s Takeaways “November Classic” Dangerous Duos Northside Christian – (Glynn Hubbard & Wesley Tubbs III) These two guys are really dangerous. When the lights are on these two show up and play the game with a lot of energy and passion. Over the past two weekends they have played a lot of great competition. These two have fit right in.  Glynn Hubbard – He is a smooth guard who...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Christian Savage #0: 5’11 ’21 Jalen Breazeale (Dorman) Starting things off, we look at a player that offers a strong balance between scoring and playmaking, Jalen Breazele. He’s a smart, quick, tough two-way point guard prospect with an excellent penetration sense and the willingness to make plays for others. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts

6’4 Bishop Boswell 2024 of SBC Varsity is one of the best guards in the North Carolina 2024 class. His IQ and poise are unmatched and far beyond his age. He has the ability to take over games easily with his ability to score the basketball in a wide variety of ways. He has a knack for getting into the lane and being a floor general for his team, setting everybody up and making everybody look...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 3)

2021 Micah Handlogten (Upward Stars 704): The long big man just continues to work and is really starting to show what he is able to do on the court.  Each time, he shows a little more in his game, something we know he has been working on. Long, plays hard and can be effective on both ends of the court. 2021 Saiquone Harris (Word of God): Harris is going to make some coach look smart down...

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Marcus Kell Continuing to Impress

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 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 as on the...

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Legion Collegiate Academy: Year Two

The high school basketball landscape has become so fluid over the years, allowing for more player movement, potential development, and coaches in control of their program. Take Legion Collegiate Academy in Rock Hill, South Carolina for example. We were able to get an early sneak peek during the June LIVE periods, where their impressive flashes as a team was on full display. Last year marked...

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South Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 10

Team 10 Coach: Anthony Bellamy   #7: 5’9 ’20 Omarion Byrd (North Augusta) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to properly run a team on both ends of the floor, Omarion Byrd. He’s a smart, tough, team-first point guard prospect with a sharp, crafty handle and excellent three-level scoring prowess. Byrd is always looking to set up others but still forces the...

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Early Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Team Camp Session II

5’9 ’21 Jordan McPhatter (Butler) Few players in North Carolina can match McPhatter’s blend of excitement and high-IQ approach. He’s so poised and polished with the ball in his hands, able to consistently create something out of nothing, both for himself or others. McPhatter sees the floor incredibly well and does a great job of asserting himself as a three-level scorer whenever necessary....

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South Carolina Top 80: Evaluation Team 8

South Carolina Top 80 Evaluations   Team 8 Coach: Blake Hall   #7: 5’9 ’22 Jazian Gortman (Blythewood, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that is already quite polished on both ends of the floor, despite not having logged a single minute in high school, Jazian Gortman. He’s a wiry point guard prospect with nice length and an impressive feel for the game. Offensively, Gortman...

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South Carolina Phenom 150: Evaluation Team 4

South Carolina Phenom 150 Evaluations   Team 4 Coach: Major   #57: 5’6 ’21 Robert Reed (Columbia, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that provided his team with great energy on both sides of the ball, Robert Reed. He’s a guard prospect with nice quickness and the ability to make plays on defense. Reed is usually slotted on-ball, but he moves extremely well as an off-ball...

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