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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Lake Norman

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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The Future Backcourt of Lake Norman High School

Between coaching changes and player movement, there is constant flux and change throughout the high school basketball landscape—especially in North Carolina. With so many programs operating as revolving doors for players, it’s almost become a rarity to see kids remain patient, properly develop, and seize their opportunity when it’s time. However, the disciplined, somewhat old-fashion method is...

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

2025 Jackson Powers (PSB Cassada): Powers has had a strong performance all weekend long, as the 6’4 big man has carved out space, moved well without the ball, and really been aggressive on the boards on both sides.  Powers shows nice touch and hands for his size, as he softly gets the ball on the rim and finishes regularly. 2024 Bobby Hardison (Carolina Riptide); Hardison may have been one...

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Special K’s Superstars from Phenom Grassroots TOC

This weekend, Phenom Hoops took it to the great city of Rock Hill to host the Phenom Grassroots Tournament of Champions. Teams from all over the country came to participate and college coaches were in attendance. The talent level was through the roof, and these are the top players that I saw: 6’2 Jaden Bradley of Team CP3 17U was perhaps the most impressive player in the gym. Sometimes when...

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Bendel’s Best: Grassroots Tip-Off Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for another entertaining event. Although most of the attention centered around Team CP3, Team Teague, and various other noteworthy programs, there was plenty of underrated talent within the building. This article will take a closer look at some personal favorites from the three-day...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Grassroots TOC

6’6 ’23 Stepfon Simmons (Team Magic) It would be impossible for anyone watching this contest to walk away anything other than impressed with Simmons and his seemingly nonstop production on either end of the floor. He’s a long, strong, mobile forward prospect with a high motor and the ability to overwhelm opponents as a rebounder and defensive anchor. Simmons finishes with both hands, moves well...

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The Expansion of the Carolina Riptide

Just four years ago, Grant Hodges, Greg Forest, and seven kids from the greater Lake Norman area came together to form the Carolina Riptide. Despite some roster changes over the years, the core grouping of Clay “Smoke” Hodges, Trace Forest, Christian Taylor, and Callahan Reed have remained firmly intact since first forming. Thereafter, the Riptide players could be seen attending various camps...

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DeAjai’s Halloween Scary Standouts

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2026 Jonathan Ross (CLT1 Miller 7th) There is a mouthful to be said about the mountain of potential that Jonathan Ross possesses. A strong-bodied athlete placed on the wing, Ross displays elite guard-like ball skills with the ability to both handle the ball and make pinpoint passes on a dime. The very first play I saw from Ross was a beautiful one-handed find from the wing to...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQbrWG0-TD_7t4kh1YGZoBH2 Coach: LJ Johnson #0: 5’6 ’25 Nicholas Blyden (Lexington) Starting things off, we look at a player that competed well despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, Nicholas Blyden. He’s a young, scrappy guard prospect with a solid motor and willingness to make hustle plays on both ends...

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Phenom Hoops’ Carolina Middle School Showcase Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Kelvin Reid   #6: 5’0 ’24 AJ Adams (Shelby, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that was arguably the most impressive floor general on display, AJ Adams. He’s an incredibly smart, crafty point guard prospect that possesses advanced vision and unselfish nature. Adams scored efficiently from all three levels, but typically looked create scoring opportunities for his...

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