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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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Providence Day v. Legion Collegiate (Recap/Standouts)

The fifth game for day five of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two noteworthy squads in Providence Day and Legion Collegiate. The Chargers came out of the gate with something to prove, spreading the ball around and mounting a 10-9 lead in the first quarter. However, Legion Collegiate quickly answered with a 9-2 run to start the second period and started taking over the action. Due to...

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Holiday Classic: Victory Christian vs. Legion Academy (Recap/Standouts)

Game 2 was an exciting one to watch for sure, as this brought over 10+ players that could play at the next level and had our scouts and fans excited.  It didn’t disappoint, as these two teams battled early and often in this one.  Victory Christian started off by running and looking to get out and run, but Legion didn’t back down and make it tough defensively while Marcus Kell came out...

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Physical Maturation and Clear Upside: Shane Blakeney

Each year, the unique basketball landscape of South Carolina seems to generate some of the most tantalizing prospects and storylines within the region. They might not have the depth of talent as their neighbor to the north, but the Palmetto State consistently matches up in terms of star-power. Looking at recent classes, South Carolina clearly claims the best players in 2017 (Ja Morant and Nick...

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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 4

Team 4 Coach: Yusuf English #0: 6’0 ’23 David Elam (Mead Hall Episcopal) Starting things off, we look at a player that contributed very well despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, David Elam. He’s a smart, wiry, high-motor guard prospect with an excellent scoring arsenal and the ability to create for himself or others off the bounce. Elam is a quality shooter and...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: NC/SC Top80 Standouts

Christ Essandoko 6’11 Christ Essandoko 2022 was unbelievable today as he showcased his dominance on the offensive end scoring in a wide variety of ways. His presence in the paint is so overwhelming as he scores at will around the basket and overpowers his defender. He rebounds the ball at a very high level and runs the floor pretty well. He showcased a unique ability to attack from the high post...

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Rock Hill High School’s Complementary Duo

The Bearcats of Rock Hill High School have undergone some grueling circumstances over the last calendar year. Between losing Jordan Wildy and graduating Saiveon Williams, things looked quite grim for this group. Fortunately, guys like Luke Bracey and Shane Blakeney have played varsity since their eighth-grade season and were more than adequately prepared to take on leadership roles. Bracey has...

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South Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 11

Team 11 Coach: Tay Robinson   #8: 5’9 ’21 Omazeon Tinsley (Lancaster) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to properly run a team on either end of the floor, Omazeon Tinsley. He’s a smart, lightning-quick point guard prospect that offers a nice balance between scoring and playmaking. Tinsley is able to get downhill with relative ease, where he’s able to frequently...

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South Carolina Top 80: Evaluation Team 9

South Carolina Top 80 Evaluations   Team 9 Coach: Michael McCray   #10: 5’9 ’22 Shane Blakeney (Rock Hill, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased an intelligent and unselfish approach to both sides of the ball, Shane Blakeney. He’s a point guard prospect with great quickness and a fundamentally sound feel for the game. Blakeney does a nice job of initiating the...

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