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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 2 Early Standouts

6’10 Corneilous Williams of TLBA 2022 17U is a workhorse. Extremely high motor and runs the floor hard. Very active on the boards on both sides of the ball. Long, active defender who blocks shots at a high level. Scores relentlessly around the basket and use his athleticism to play above the rim. Finished the first game with 25 points and 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. 5’9 Kadyn Dawkins of Cobras...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Phenom Challenge 1.0

What’s up all my hoops heads, it’s your guy Brandon Blakney and I’m live from Rock Hill, SC, for some travel ball action! The Phenom Challenge kicked off this weekend and the talent hasn’t disappointed early! My first group of standouts is a diverse group of five that college coaches at multiple levels may want to get to know!

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Queen City Showcase

6’0 ’21 Khalil Brantley (Mint Hill Lakers) There should be no disputing the notion that Brantley was the most utterly dominant performer from this contest. He’s a compact guard with quickness, craftiness, and the ability to generate shots (and convert) from anywhere on the floor. Brantley gets downhill whenever he wants, displays great athleticism, and makes a ton of plays in transition. ...

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A Closer Look: Point Guards in South Carolina’s Class of 2022

At this point, it should be no secret that our neighbors to the south have some of the most underrated basketball talent of any state in the country. Sure, South Carolina might not necessarily have the depth of prospects like North Carolina but their top grouping could consistently go toe-to-toe against the best players from almost any other state (including North Carolina). Even looking back at...

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South Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Elliott Pope   #10: 5’10 ’21 AJ Thompson (Northwestern) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to hurt opponents in a variety of different ways, AJ Thompson. He’s a smart, quick-twitch point guard prospect with an excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Thompson is able to effortlessly get by his man and apply nonstop penetration...

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Phenom Team Camp: Aaron’s Day Two Standouts

6’4” 2020 Bryce Causey: Southwest Guilford High School (NC) Thrives in transition and can make the one dribble pull up shot with ease, was also able to find his teammates on back door cuts and easy layups throughout the game. His game is not limited to just the outside though as he was able to drive to the basket and finish through traffic on multiple occasions. Bryce has mastered the head fake...

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#PhenomTeamCamp: Miles Day Two Early Standouts

6’2 2020 Jaheim McCathern: Newton-Conover High School (NC) McCathern was arguably the most steady two way performer for this Newton Conover team, his ability to rebound and play as a bruiser at his size is nothing to look over, playing much bigger than his listed 6’2 height.  He showed the potential to be a smooth outside shooter while showing the ability to face up and create his own shot off...

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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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