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POB’s Eye Catchers from NC Freshman 40 (Part 1)

2026 6’5 Kohi Strickland (Greensboro Day): Strickland is an intriguing young prospect with his game and size.  From what we saw on the court, Strickland had his hand in a bit of everything on the court, whether it was making plays for others, helping on the boards, finding his teammates well, and scoring in a variety of ways.  He has a well-rounded feel to his game and believe that he is a name...

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The Carolina’s Class of 2026: CP3 Rising Stars Top 20

After months and months of travel ball, camp season is finally upon us. Although our (Phenom Hoops) camps don’t start until September, there’s no better way to kick things off than the prestigious CP3 Rising Stars Camp. It’s widely regarded as the top collection of talent among rising freshmen throughout the country. Each year, the event hosts a slew of eventual pros (with even more former NBA...

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Immediate Impact Freshmen in North Carolina’s Class of 2026

The travel ball season is finally beginning to wind down, which naturally generates a lot of buzz and excitement for the upcoming high school year. Folks are ready to see where seniors commit, what team separates themselves from the pack, and everything in-between. One of the more intriguing subplots of each season is how the freshman will ultimately fare, and this year is no different. North...

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Future looking bright for Reidsville with young prospects to watch

At the Phenom Team Camp, there were several teams that captured our eyes on the court.  One team that we found fascinating to watch and excited about the future was the Rams of Reidsville.  This team has several key seniors and juniors that will be helping lead the charge, but you can’t help but think of the future with this program, and with the two incoming freshmen they have coming in, this...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Day 1 at Phenom Team Camp

6’4 2026 Josiah Johnson (Fayetteville Academy) After watching a morning display of overpowering smaller defenders in the low post, rebounding at a high level, and defending with purpose, I had to inquire about Josiah Johnson. When I asked him, I was expecting to hear about a rising senior looking to solidify the college he’ll call home the next for years. This is a rising freshman in high...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom March Madness (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece2024 Antione Jones (Winston Hustlers)The best and only way to describe Antione is a shot-maker. He couldn’t be stopped and was in the zone all game. His intensity and scoring mindset led him through the first half finishing everything he got in the lane, and then he found his outside shot to really heat up in the second half. He scored a game high 35 and was given the keys to the...

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Dawkins’ Phenom March Madness Standouts (Day 1)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2026 Kenan Dixon (Team Hope 2026) He plays with a respectable level of leadership. His soft touch around the rim creates an evident threat for opposing defenders once he’s found the lane. Aside from being a purposeful scorer, Dixon shows promising decision-making abilities with the ball in his hands. Started his day with 32 points, followed up with another high-scoring...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom March Madness (Part 2)

2024 Braylhan Thomas (Team Charlotte): The 6’5 prospect continues to make strides with is game, showing more of a complete game, using his size well and only getting stronger on the court.  Thomas continues to show his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter but also create more for himself.  He has really progressed and is showing he can be more of a consistent offensive threat...

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Phenom 150 Session II Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Austin Collins  #43: 5’7 ’26 Dionte Neal (Reidsville) Starting things off, we look at a player who already possesses poise well beyond his years, Dionte Neal. He’s a tough, crafty guard prospect with excellent creation skills and a dynamic scoring arsenal from all levels. Neal can effortlessly get wherever he wants off the bounce, and displays the combination of scoring...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom 150 Session 2

2023 McCaskill Rivers: Rivers was absolutely dominant from the start and rolled his way to MVP at the camp.  The 6’5 forward moved incredibly well on the floor, running the court to get easy baskets, finishing well around the rim, and through contact.  It seems that there weren’t many that could slow him down, as he averaged 33 points in an impressive showing; great touch with this young man....

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Phenom Player Spotlight: 2026 Dionte Neal

Though some may be hard to believe in talking about a player that is part of the 2026 class but Dionte Neal may be a special occasion. Why? This young man has simply been off the charts all summer long, being a leader on the floor and racking in the championships with multiple teams. Phenom Hoops got their first glimpse back in May during the CP3 Media Day, where he quickly captured eyes with his play.

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina for another exciting two-day stretch of basketball. There were over one hundred teams on display, including a few high school groups preparing for the upcoming LIVE periods, which ultimately led to quality competition. We saw various new faces, but also got updated viewings of countless prospects....

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Showcase

By: Heath Gulledge 2025 6’1 Iz Gill (Clutch Hartsfield) Gill is the biggest guy on the court and he plays like it too. Gill has footwork well beyond his age in the post and can really run the floor. He got a lot of his points today by out hustling guys and being the big that runs the court in transition. He impressed me with his ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. He’s one...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at the Phenom Summer Showcase

2022 Austin Ball (WV Generals): Ball played really well on Day 2, scoring the ball effectively, whether it was rising from behind the arc or his mid-range shot, as well as using his 6’5 long frame to finish over defenders with a little bounce to his game. Ball is tremendously active, making those little plays, using his hands well to keep the ball active, and has a soft touch with his...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Showcase

6’2 ’23 Grady Whitt (Go Hard) Few teams in attendance can match the balanced approach of Go Hard, and Whitt is a massive part of their overall game. The lefty is skilled and fairly crafty, able to consistently create for himself and other off the bounce. Whitt shoots the ball at an efficient rate from midrange and beyond the arc, and finishes with finesse around the basket. He’s a quality passer...

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Player Standouts from Day 1 of Phenom Summer Showcase

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Dionte Neal (CSB Elite)Dionte is a PG that can take over the game very easily. Quick and shifty with his handles, it’s hard for opponents to stay in front and keep him from getting to his spots. Controls the game well for such a young guard, rare to see such poise and patience. He made strong moves to the basket, finishing with his footwork and quickness 2025 Derek Ross (NC...

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Phenom G3 Showcase Player Spotlights

By: Sean Halloran 2026 Dionte Neal (Team CP3 15u) Neal’s high IQ screams out when you watch him play. He is someone who can do a bit of everything at the PG position. Very crafty offensively and around the rim, and constantly getting into the paint offensively. Good at breaking defenders down off the bounce and finding his open teammates for shots. Neal carries Good pace, and the ability to...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Stay Positive (Day 1, Part 1)

Rakease Passmore 2024 6’6 Rakease Passmore (NLPB 828): Talk about a star in the making. Watching him on multiple occasions, you can see that this young man has the “it” factors in his game that is going to make him a big-time target in North Carolina and one of the top prospects in his class. He has the athleticism that will get you out of your seat and he excels at getting downhill.  But he...

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Phenom 150 Session II (Jr.) Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Greg Harmon #4: 4’10 ’26 Izaac Skehan (Newport) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite his lack of size, Izaac Skehan. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with a high motor and team-first approach on both ends of the floor. Skehan is a scrappy defender with an understanding of how to hit three-pointers and operate within his role. Next in...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Jr Phenom

2025 Jack Bell: Bell is a young player that just understands how to work hard and what it means to have a tremendous motor on the court. He applied that on both sides of the floor, constantly moving to create opportunities and working hard on the defensive end. 2025 Lybrant Rush: He is a young man that has good size early on and is one that can make an impact on both sides of the floor. He was...

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Jr. Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Blake Walker #0: 4’7 ’28 Andrew Putman (Charlotte) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed well despite being the youngest camper on this team, Andrew Putman. He’s a smart, scrappy, team-first guard prospect with a quality motor and great defensive prowess—especially for his size. Putman attacked and finished well but also displayed a willingness to set up...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Tyrone Smith   #2:4’11 ’25 Dionte Neal (Reidsville, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that stood out with his ability to run a team, especially at his age, Dionte Neal. He’s a young, intelligent point guard prospect with exceptional quickness and a tight handle, which allows him to enter the paint and make plays with ease. Neal displayed great footwork to go with...

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Early Standouts at Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp

#11- 5’8 ’25 Eli Ellis- The strong-bodied guard was among the youngest players from the first set of games, but more than held his own. He’s a leader with a tight handle and strong two-way feel for the game. Ellis effortlessly creates scoring opportunities and has the three-level ability to apply constant pressure as a penetrator or shooting threat from the perimeter. He sees the floor well and...

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North Carolina Junior Phenom Session 2: Evaluation Team 6

North Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp Session Two Evaluations   Team 6 Coach Holloway   #2:5’5 ’25 Kohi Stickland (Greensboro, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that possesses a pretty intriguing two-way skillset, Kohi Strickland. He’s a forward prospect that is capable of excelling from inside the arc, given his nice blend of size and physicality. Strickland shot the ball well...

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NC Junior Phenom Session 2: Coach K’s Standouts

Coach K’s Standouts Let’s take a look back at today’s stand out performers from North Carolina Junior Phenom camp session 2 and remember the play makers,  the defensive stoppers, and the rest of the high impact players No. 54:  5’10  2023 Malik Brunson (Fayetteville, NC) You may remember Malik from session 1. (Mr. Defense Award Winner) Well today this man child had no problem performing at...

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NC Junior Phenom Session 2: Coach Thread’s Standouts

5’4 2023 Evaan Ezhilan (Mooresville, NC One of the better shooter in the camp. Has a nice touch and follow through on his shot. He a small guard but understands spacing and how to get his shot off. Has a very high IQ and know how to play on and off the ball. Good team player and likes getting his teammates involve.   5’8 2023 Isaiah Sanders (Lexington, NC) Sanders was one of the...

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Brandon Lee’s four to watch: NC Jr Phenom

The second session of NC Jr Phenom showcased a diverse collection of talent, 63 junior high prospects from both Carolina’s and Virginia gathered in Greensboro to battle it out. Greensboro, North Carolina- Campers warmed up in competitive heart racing drills conducted by Phenom’s prestigious counselor staff, before breaking up into live play. Many of these youngsters are still learning the...

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