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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 3)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2024 Austin Swartz (Team Charlotte) It’s amazing to think that Swartz has two remaining years of high school basketball. I don’t think I’ve seen a sophomore scorer with Swartz’s 6’4 frame that can put the ball in the basket like he can. Swartz embodies the impact that a true dynamic shooter brings to a team. His shot-making capabilities have reached a level where defenders...

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Player Standouts: Day 2 (Afternoon) Phenom G3 Showcase

By: Nicholas Chapman 2025 Sadiq White (15u Team United) A team that a lot of people were excited to watch today was Team United’s 15u squad. And one of the players that created a lot of that hype is 6’6” forward Sadiq White. He is insanely athletic, making highlight plays every time he touches the ball. He overpowers the defense in the way he drives to the hole to get a bucket. He’s a great...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Queen City Showcase (Part 2)

2025 Andrew Grimes (Raleigh Raiders): We told you about Grimes a while back and he continues to play at a high level and catch more eyes with his game and skill set as a young prospect.  The 6’7 forward has a great feel on the court, carving out space and playing big down in the paint and on the boards, but also surprising many with his ability to step out with his mid-range shot, his...

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Moving Different: Austin Swartz Becoming a Star

One of the most difficult things in evaluating is trying to verbally explain how a player moves, why it matters, and how it can ultimately determine their level/ceiling. This practice isn’t foolproof by any means, but seeing a player move “different” from others is often an early indicator of being able to project beyond the collegiate game (see: Nesmith, Aaron). Now we aren’t necessarily...

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#CCSMLK22 Game Recap: Weddington vs. Cannon

We went into the second session of the night, as fans were treated to a fantastic game between Weddington and Cannon, two premier programs in the state of North Carolina. Weddington got out to a strong start led by one of their leaders in Chase Lowe as he scored eight first-quarter points. But Cannon was right there behind 2024 Austin Swartz and company, as they found themselves down 18-17 after...

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Carmel Christan Tip-Off Storylines to Watch (Saturday, Nov. 13)

Phenom Hoops kicks off the season in a big way with the Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic, November 12-13, at Carmel Christian in Matthews/Charlotte, NC. We will be bringing some of the best teams around the region all under one building and of course, there are so many storylines to watch out for.

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Dre Simmons #6: 6’0 ’23 Chase Dawson (Cary Academy) Starting things off, we look at a player who continues to embrace his identity as a quick, heady floor general, Chase Dawson. He’s a tough, scrappy, extremely fast lead guard prospect with solid vision and excellent penetration instincts, both in the half-court and open floor. Next in his development process is working on his...

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POB’s Thoughts: Shooters with Range (NC Top 80)

Phenom Hoops had another terrific North Carolina Top 80 this past weekend, bringing in some of the best players around the state all under one building. We had a chance to check out a lot of players that you will be seeing at the next level, including players that can certainly help from outside. In this article, we discuss some of the top shooters from the event that we saw, as they really...

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North Carolina Top 80 All Star Team Class of 2024

Note: Players had to play in all three camp games to be selected ClassHeightNo.NameHigh SchoolCityState20246′5″41Langston BoydConcord AcademyCharlotteNC20246′6″52Lewis WalkerWinston-Salem ChristianWinston SalemNC20246′5″36Hampton EvansGreenfield SchoolGreenvilleNC20246′8″65Jozohn PriceChrist SchoolCharlotteNC20246′3″22Austin SwartzCannonCharlotteNC

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Finale

6’7 ’24 Richard Goods (Carolina Clutch) After watching his recruitment steadily increase, it should come as no surprise to see Goods continuing to operate as a leader for this group. He’s long, mobile, and fluid with the necessary blend of feel, touch, and footwork to attract various types of coaches. Goods is a quality two-way rebounder with a useful motor and the ability to alter shots at a...

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July Live Period Superlatives: Part One

Although there has been a ton of excitement swirling throughout the last few months, July is finally coming to an end. Between the NCHSAA/NCISAA events in June and the consecutive live periods across July, all levels of coaches have been traveling, evaluating, and establishing relationships with these prospects. Excluding the lone period in July, we will take a closer look at a slew of players...

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Players that Impressed at NCISAA LIVE Period – Class of 2024

Phenom Hoops was on deck throughout the weekend at Forsyth Country Day for the NCISAA Live Period (Session 2), where teams throughout the state of North Carolina came to compete in front of college coaches. It was great to see all the teams and players in action over the weekend, as we are looking to bring you the stars and stock risers for each class from the weekend. We will continue with...

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“Getting to Know” 6’3 2024 Austin Swartz

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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Prospects Worth Noting in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Each year, the travel ball season is absolutely filled with storylines, subplots, and various different avenues for excitement. At this point, most folks have begun making their opinions heard regarding the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2024. While it’s probably too early to make any aggressive conclusions about rankings, or even offers, guys like Jarin Stevenson, Rakease Passmore,...

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The Time Has Come: 2024 Austin Swartz (Cannon)

Head Roth and Cannon are coming off a state championship run and times look to be good.  Though they will be losing a tremendous talent in Jarvis Moss who will be heading to Stanford, we think it is officially time for many to start jumping on the 2024 Austin Swartz train before it is too late. Swartz is a 6’3 prospect that is going to quickly become a popular and well-known name throughout the...

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

2026 6’4 Kendre Harrison (CSB 2026): Harrison is a young big that captures your eye with his frame and body early on.  You also have to like his solid hands at an early age, Harrison can really make a presence known down in the paint and it will be interesting to watch him develop down the road. A new name to put on the watch list. 2025 Trevor Best (NLPB): Best is going to be a name that you...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Showcase

6’3 ’24 Austin Swartz (CB Hoops) Although CB Hoops is fairly balanced as a group, Swartz was arguably their most reliable performer throughout their first contest of the day. Between his IQ, size, and well-rounded skillset, he understands how to consistently affect all facets of the game. Swartz displays a pretty advanced feel for his current age, and should only continue to get better with...

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Phenom 150 Session II Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Khalil Shakir #32: 5’6 ’23 Jaydyn Sowell (Central) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Jaydyn Sowell. He’s a strong, physical lead guard prospect with the ability to attack the basket, finish through contact, and play bigger than his size on either end of the floor. Sowell displayed a quick first...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom 150 (Session II)

2021 Julian Williams: Williams is an unsigned senior that should be more of a priority for schools. It is pretty simple and the proof is there in the resume… he brings an incredibly physical presence down low and extremely productive on the court, especially around the basket. 2024 Austin Swartz: Swartz is going to be a name many get familiar with at Cannon.  Really good size already, plays...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off: Day 2 Early Standouts

Arki Thorton of Combine Academy Regional is an athletic versatile wing who simply takes over games with his activity and energy. He has the ability to get to the basket with ease and finish over defenders. He displayed flashes of his shooting ability as well as he hit a few from behind the arc. He rebounds the ball well on both ends of the floor  Defensively, he plays with a ton of energy and...

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Phenom Open Run: Cannon

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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North Carolina Jr. Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Kelvin Reid #3: 4’8 ’26 Kelby Taylor Jr. (Charlotte) Starting things off, we look at a player that already possesses a lot of skill, especially for his age and size, Kelby Taylor Jr. He’s a young, smart, wiry point guard prospect that offers a terrific balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Taylor does a great job of displaying craftiness, able to break down his...

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