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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025

(1-5) (1) 6’0 Eli Ellis (Moravian Prep) While many prospects are capable of playing up a level or two, it seems like Eli Ellis has been playing up numerous age groups for quite a while. It would be shocking if anyone was uninformed about the tough, shot-making guard, given how popular he and Moravian Prep have been over the recent memory. Regardless, Ellis is a lethal shooting threat with...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Showcase (Day 1, Part 2)

2024 Quasim Oden (Grace Christian): I’ve been a big fan of Oden this summer. Seeing him a few times already, Oden continues to be a bright spot and brings instant production to the table when on the court.  The blend of his ability to create, makes plays off the dribble, get inside and get paint touches, ability to finish through contact, and his overall toughness, really do believe Oden...

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Polished and Skilled: 2025 Zymicah Wilkins (Team United)

Phenom Hoops gets a chance to see so many players at so many levels and there is nothing like getting an early chance to watch a young prospect grow and develop into a future star.  And when you know the potential that a young prospect has is unlimited, it only gets you more excited about the future.  A player that we are and have been on for quite some time now is 2025 Zymicah Wilkins...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 2, Afternoon)

2025 Sadiq White (Team United): The progression that we have seen over the last year with White has been impressive and has to get you even more excited about the future for this young prospect.  He has great size at 6’7, runs the floor extremely well, is fluid and finish at the rim, can guard and play multiple positions, and his offensive game continues to expand as well as his confidence...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom G3 Showcase

6’5 ’23 Bryce Cash (Team Curry) There are so many quality pieces within this talented Team Curry group, but Cash is quietly as valuable as anyone on the roster. We’ve seen him shine as an undisputed leader on plenty of occasions, but there’s something particularly impressive about his ability to produce within a role. Cash is a smart, strong, athletic guard with excellent toughness, defensive...

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G3 Showcase Team Preview: Team United 15U

With the June and July Live Periods on the horizon, there’s no better time for teams to compete to gauge their ability against high-level opponents. Our G3 Showcase is slated to feature a heavy mix of independent organizations and shoe-circuit programs—so there should definitely be something for everyone in attendance. The circuit teams nearing their halfway point should ultimately...

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Bendel’s Best: Rise Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility in Bermuda Run, North Carolina for our Rise Showcase. Between the two days, there were a ton of standout performers and teams worth noting for the months ahead. Circuit teams utilized this period to start planning for the upcoming session(s) while independent programs are working out the kinks in preparation for their own...

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Game Report: R-S Central vs. Hendersonville

Another rivalry matchup with conference and state playoffs seedings on the line. R-S Central came into the game with a 21-2 record overall (10-0 in conference). Hendersonville entered at 21-1 overall (10-1 in conference) with their only loss to R-S Central in mid-December. Hendersonville came out hot to start the game led behind the guard play of senior Dwight Canady and junior Keenan Wilkins,...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Joseph Adams #3: 5’10 ’22 Justin Monden (Heritage) Starting things off, we look at a player who understands how to play to his strengths in every possible setting, Justin Monden. He’s a wiry, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to operate as a floor general or capable off-ball threat. Monden loves to attack the midrange for quality pull-up jumpers, but can also knock down...

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Putting Them on Notice: NC Top 80 (Class of 2025)

It was a special weekend in Charlotte, as Phenom Hoops had their annual North Carolina Top 80 event which brought some of the top players from the state all under one building. We had several top seniors, juniors, sophomores, and even freshmen attend the event, as we dive more into the players that impressed. It was great to see several freshmen on the floor and they put themselves on the map...

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The Makings of Something Special: Zymicah Wilkins

Each year, the grassroots landscape sees hundreds upon thousands of players who look to make the transition from the middle school game to the high school ranks. The Carolinas are well-known for producing a ton of noteworthy kids at such an early age. Think about guys like Jaden Bradley, London Johnson, Carter Whitt, and countless others, and it’s easy to appreciate the sheer number of prospects...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Greg Harmon #15: 5’8 ’24 Na’Tion Sutton (Henderson Collegiate) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Na’Tion Sutton. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with vision, a useful handle, and the ability to score from multiple levels. Sutton is effective with or without the ball in his hands, and...

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The Stars of Tomorrow: North Carolina’s Class of 2025

Each summer season, the grassroots basketball community is presented with an opportunity to reevaluate the eighth-grade prospects as the begin the start of their high school journey. While it’s typically too early to place levels on prospects, we can certainly identify the players who are already worth noting as potential stars. Some kids received varsity experience while others stood out for...

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Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 18

Team 18 Coach: Wesley Tubbs  #0: 5’9 ’24 Kai Logan (Roanoke) Starting things off, we look at a player that stood out nicely despite being the smallest camper on this team, Kai Logan. He’s a big, strong-bodied guard prospect with great energy and a team-first approach on both ends of the floor. Logan is fairly well-rounded and capable of scoring from all levels or setting up others as a...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom 150 Standouts

6’5 Elton Smith 2026 absolutely screams potential; he has a great body and frame that already translates well to the next level. Being such a young age, he has already established himself as a dominant threat in the paint both offensively and defensively. He rebounds the ball very well on both ends and converts them to easy baskets in transition. He is a versatile player that has displayed the...

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Dawkins’ Stockrisers: Day 2 at Stay Positive

Zymicah Wilkins By: De’Ajai Dawkins 2025 Kaleb Phillips (Team Heat Elite)  Kaleb has been making his presence felt through his natural ability to score. He’s a wing player with the size to play in the post and used his combination of size and shooting touch to provide high scoring outputs every game. One thing I appreciate about Kaleb is his willingness to score, he doesn’t allow himself...

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6’5 ’25 Zymicah Wilkins, “Promising Future”

Zymicah Wilkins It’s easy to get excited about the future of rising eight grader Zymicah Wilkins of Rutherford-Spinwell Middle School. Yes, he’s still in middle school, but Wilkins is blessed with height, length, athleticism and an advanced skill set for his age and grade. More importantly, he is an outstanding young man with excellent manners off the court, not to mention he is also...

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North Carolina Jr. Phenom Spring Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Kelvin Mills #6: 5’1 ’24 Jason Howard (Raleigh) Starting things off, we look at a player that found a way to impact the game despite being the smallest camper on this team, Jason Howard. He’s a smart, well-rounded guard prospect that showed the ability to create for himself and others while scoring effectively from anywhere inside the arc. Howard shoots the ball well for his size...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session III Camp Evaluations: Team 12

Team 12 Coach: Kelvin Mills #2: 4’7 ’27 Bobby Montgomery (Charlotte) Starting things off, we look at a player that already knows how to impact the game despite being one of the youngest and smallest prospects on display, Bobby Montgomery. He’s a smart, quick point guard prospect with great ball-handling skills and quality three-level scoring prowess. Montgomery plays hard and makes intelligent...

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NC Phenom 150 Session 3 Middle School All Tournament Team

5’4 2024 Aeneas Parsley (Langtree Charter) Aeneas Parsley simply enjoyed a banner day. He averaged 21.5 PPG, led his team to the camp championship and showcased a very advanced skill set for his age/grade. We’re talking about a really quick point guard that has excellent fundamentals, high basketball IQ, and a nice feel for the game. Although he was one of the camp’s leading scorers, we were...

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