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Top Performances from the Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest

Here is a list of the top performances from the Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest presented by Fit for Life 24. Calvary DayJaydin Spillman – 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 4 steals on Saturday. Isaiah Ramazani – 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists on Saturday. Carmel ChristianKaleb Siler – 20 points and 6 rebounds on Friday. Jaeden Mustaf – 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Chase Geter #8: 5’11 ’23 Micah Jones (Holly Springs) Starting things off, we look at a player who simply knows how to run a team and set the tone on both ends of the floor, Micah Jones. He’s a smart, quick point guard prospect with sharp vision and the ability to touch the paint at will. Jones finishes well for his size, but typically looks to create opportunities for others....

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POB’s Eye Catchers: HoopState League (Week 3, East)

2026 Cole Cloer (Durham Hurricanes): Cloer has been a favorite of mine since the summer and he was off the charts today with what he showed.  Early on, you must like his size and his feel for the game, as he was making spectacular decisions and passes to set up his teammates, created well and found ways to score around defenders, displayed good athleticism and body control, as well as being...

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Cooper’s HoopState League East Division Awards Semifinalists

By; Cooper Hart After two weekends of the HoopState League East, I’ve created a list of names that are in contention for awards. The list will be cut down after pool play finishes, and winners will be announced after the finals on the 23rd. There will be a Most Outstanding Player, 3 all-east teams, and 2 all-defense teams. Most Outstanding Player Semifinalists Colt Langdon (’25) – 6’8” Wing –...

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Hoop State Fall League Week 2: Thoughts and Storylines (Part 2)

Hurricane Ian closed down the school systems in Cabarrus County and unfortunately we were unable to host the Hoop State Fall League-West Division at Cox Mill High School. That being said, our Phenom staff headed down to Raleigh to the Hoop State Fall League-East Division at the JD Lewis Center. While the two-court facility has “tight quarters,” it’s the perfect venue to host a high school fall...

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Phenom Open Gym: Holly Springs High School

Phenom Hoops travelled to Holly Spring, North Carolina to cover Holly Springs High School. Coach L.J. Hepp has plenty to be excited about with a team that finished 23-5 last season and should be one of the early favorites in the NCHSAA 4A. To put it mildly, Holly Springs and Myers Park could be the two early favorites to compete for the coveted 4A state championship. Coach Hepp has a unique...

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July Breakout Performers in North Carolina

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 breakout performers from the last few weeks. Obviously, we can only speak on what we have seen, so the names listed will be based on their...

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Big Performances from well-known players: Coach Rick TOC

2024 Jason Asemota (Run the Citi): Asemota came in as one of the premier headliners for the event, as the nationally ranked 5-star had all eyes on him and he performed extremely well.  With this being our first viewing of the 6’9 prospect, one could see why he was so highly regarded in his class and could even rise up the ranks even more.  Asemota though showed it all; whether it was...

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Reece’s Standouts: Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Micah Jones (Strong Center)Don’t let his size fool you, Micah is the toughest assignment to draw on both ends of the floor. As a point guard, he takes care of all his duties at a high level and then some. Offensively, he exposes any defensive liability whether isolated or as a team with his blistering speed, elite court vision and decision making, and knowledgeable prowess...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Coach Ricks TOC

2024 Grant Hamilton (CC Elite): Hamilton had an excellent first LIVE period and came out strong once again at the Coach Rick’s TOC, once again showing his impact in being a knockdown shooter with range.  On several occasions, he was able to get to his spots behind the arc and make the opponents pay from three.  Hamilton shoots the ball with tremendous confidence and can be a big threat...

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College coaches impressed with ’23 Micah Jones at Summer Havoc

Several players really captured the eyes of college coaches at the Phenom Summer Havoc. One of those players was Strong Center’s 2023 Micah Jones, as the 5’11 guard really elevated his game, showed his scoring power, his IQ, and his ability to be a playmaker.  Our very own Jeffrey Bendel had this to say about his performance after the event: “His abilities as an extremely quick, heady,...

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College-Worthy Rosters at Summer Havoc: Strong Center

Last week, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Fort Mill, South Carolina to host our annual Summer Havoc Live. The event featured a slew of noteworthy teams and players, which naturally led to a ton of college coaches attending to find their next program-changing piece. While a lot of attention was centered around a handful of teams, college coaches were able to find worthy prospects at seemingly...

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Underrated Players to start monitoring more from Summer Havoc (Part 2) (Class of 2023)

The Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 and Session 2 have come and gone and college coaches had a chance to check out a ton of talent on display. There were several big names and big performances on display but we want to shed more light on players that have gone a little under the radar but could be a topic of discussion (or should be) for college coaches to start looking at more. Of course, there...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc

Over the last five days, Phenom Hoops was stationed in Fort Mill, South Carolina for our annual Summer Havoc Live. There were two sessions, both loaded with talent and noteworthy matchups, which made for a highly entertaining week of basketball. College coaches were constantly filtering throughout the multiple venues, and numerous offers were extended to players. The sheer number of standouts...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Summer Havoc (Catawba Ridge, Part 1)

2023 Caleb Ellison (NC Spartans): Ellison might have not been the leading scorer for his team but really enjoyed his presence and how he ran the show on the court for his team. He showed tremendous balance in reading the floor, attacking in transition, creating off the dribble and getting into the paint, showing nice touch on his shot or finding open teammates when he penetrated.2023 Thomas...

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Reece’s Standouts: NCHSAA Live Period (Part 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Devin Sims (Hillside)While the other guys lulled into their 8:30 game, Devin came out with a lot of energy and put on an impressive display of mixed use athleticism. With their makeup, he plays more inside than his natural position might be, but he got every inch out of his frame, establishing a presence on the offensive glass, unlike any other guard I’ve seen. He still got...

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Reece’s Standouts: Underrated Showcase (Day 1)

Collin Kuhl by: Ethan Reece 2023 Collin Kuhl (Strong Center)Personally my first viewing of Collin, and I can’t remember another guy his size that looks so comfortable operating out on the perimeter. His coordination and fluid mobility is off the charts and has the ability to make instinctual reads and passes as he gets downhill. Not to ignore his post-game, which he also excels in, but this is a...

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Bendel’s Best: Stay Positive

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Sports Indoor Facility for our annual Stay Positive Classic. The two-day event featured a variety of entertaining teams and players, and allowed for numerous takeaways. Rosters are starting to get more solidified, players are finding their individual comfort zone, and teams appear to be (generally) improving each week. The month of May...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Stay Positive

5’6 ’27 Corey Kinard (Strong Center) Though he was among the youngest players on display, it was easy to be impressed with Kinard throughout this viewing. His production is predictably appealing, but the intangibles are arguably what make him such an enticing long-term prospect. Kinard is very smart and patient with the ability to consistently create for himself and others. He displays a...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Challenge

5’10 ’23 Matt Kirby (Team Push) There are numerous underrated pieces for Team Push, including Kirby. He’s truly as smart and fundamentally sound as anyone on the roster. Kirby is an excellent defender with the quickness, anticipation, and positioning to constantly harass opposing ball-handlers. He forces turnovers at a nice rate, pushes the break in transition, and understands how to set up...

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Team Preview: Strong Center Elite 2023

Another excited year of travel basketball has started. Last week, Tyler and I had the opportunity to lead a practice with Strong Center Elite 2023. One thing that stood out with this team is that they are all made up of players who are from the same area and have been playing together for years. Let’s take a closer look at this year’s roster. 5’10 2023 Micah Jones (Holly...

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Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Tyler Lewis  #103: 5’3 ’27 Leighton Little (Raleigh) Starting things off, we look at a player who competed very well despite being one of the youngest campers on display, Leighton Little. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with an unselfish mentality and reliable spot-up presence from beyond the arc. Little possesses vision, ball-handling ability, and a pretty active motor...

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5’10 ’23 Micah Jones, “Books, Basketball, and the Keys to the Car”

 As the old saying goes, Coach Jim Ryan has given 5’10 ’23 Micah Jones “the keys to the car.” Last year as a freshman, Jones averaged 12.6 PPG and shot 37% from the 3-point line for Cardinal Gibbons. Jones gained valuable experience as a freshman and Coach Ryan is expecting big things for his talented playmaker.  In speaking to coach Ryan, he stated the following, “Micah Jones started...

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2019 ‘ASSIST DMV Top 100 HS Showcase’ (8/18/19)

  Classes for high school students either already have or will start back up in the next week or so, which means we can expect a couple of ‘back-to-school’ fall basketball showcases taking place. The ‘Assist Student Athletes’ team, led by CEO William Carter, specifically stayed busy this past weekend in hosting two separate events within the regions of Northern and Central Virginia,...

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