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Special K’s Hoops Take: Week 1 Icon Cuts Fall League

As we prepare for the coming high school season, fall leagues across the east coast have begun! This weekend, I pulled up to the Icon Cuts Fall League sponsored by H3 Grind and Savage Academy in Florence, SC. Week 1 of this fall league was full of known and unknown talent. Here are the six players that I thought really performed very well.

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Challenge

This past weekend Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for our Phenom Challenge. There was an obvious amount of talent in the gym, which led to numerous standout performers across the weekend. This article will take a closer, more detailed look at some of those personal favorites… 6’2 ’23 Treymane Parker (Fayetteville Flash) The top...

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Early Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Challenge

5’11 ’25 Eli Ellis (TLBA) There are a lot of varying opinions about Ellis, but there is absolutely no debating his high-level consistency and production—especially against his own age group. He’s already developed a unique toughness through being battle-tested at the high school level. Ellis stands out as a tremendous leader for this group, both as their primary scorer and playmaker, and simply...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Challenge

6’5 ’21 Dessie Canty (Upward Stars Watson) Despite some ups and downs as a team, Canty found a way to make an impact on this contest while standing out as their most enticing long-term prospect. He’s long, wiry, skilled, and plays with a nice blend of smoothness and physicality. Canty displays a great feel for the game and can create for himself or others with relative ease.  6’3 ’21...

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Is Something Special Brewing at Lancaster?

In looking at the young talent spread across South Carolina, it became increasingly obvious that Lancaster should start trending upward as much as any program in the state. They’ve had some struggles over the past few years but should have optimism about the foreseeable future, especially given their young, talented roster. They have a pair of productive, reliable senior veterans in Omazeon...

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South Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Josh Staley   #1: 5’7 ’22 Kristopher Wallace (Gray Collegiate) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to run a team while doing all the dirty work, Kristopher Wallace. He’s a smart, team-first lead guard with great quickness, which allows him to touch the paint quite regularly while mirroring his assignment on defense. Wallace handles the ball well,...

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South Carolina Top 80 All Tournament Team “Class of 2021”

Class Height No. Name City State High School 2021 6′4″ 80 Russell Felton Jr Aiken SC Aiken High School 2021 6′1″ 44 Daveon Thomas Elgin SC Lee Central High School 2021 6′3″ 72 Cohen Gaskins Summerville SC Pinewood Preparatory School 2021 6′4″ 82 Korey Richardson Columbia Sc SC Lower Richland High School 2021 6′4″ 96 Malachy McGuirt Rock Hill SC Rock Hill High School 2021 6′7″ 112 AJ Allenspach...

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#SCTop80: Miles Magical Five (Early Slate)

#67 6’3 2021 Janyle Pittman: Lancaster High School Pittman possesses a great blend of explosiveness and playmaking ability as a true combo guard. He can take the top off the defense at any time with a jaw dropping dunk or run the team to a tee when needed. His perimeter jumper is continuing to develop at a nice rate and his on-ball defense may be his best attribute as a player. He does a...

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Miles Saturday Standouts: Phenom Champion Showcase

6’9 2020 Justus Shelton: PSB McCarthy Shelton is a guy the Phenom Hoops Staff is very familiar with.  His combination of length, motor, and basketball IQ make him a really nice prospect.  Now that he’s shown he can add strength and consistency on his finishing ability around the rim, displaying some nice post-moves and flashes of high level footwork.  It’s hard to look at Shelton as anything...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Team Camp Session II (Part Two)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina for Session II of our Phenom Team Camp. Both sessions were absolutely overflowing with talent, even with other noteworthy events taking place within the Carolinas. This article will take a closer look at some of the most impressive standouts across the three days….(Read Part One) 6’6 ’20 Justin Thomas (Village Christian) This...

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Afternoon Standouts at Phenom Team Camp Session II

6’6 ’20 John Hadock Rogers (TL Hanna) There have been a lot of quality performers in the second half of the day, but Rogers was arguably the most impressive. He’s a strong-bodied big man with an exceptional amount of skill for his size/position. Rogers scored effortlessly from inside the paint and knocked down numerous three-pointers (multiple in succession). He moves pretty well laterally and...

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