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College-Worthy Rosters at Summer Havoc: New Light Disciples

Last week, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Fort Mill, South Carolina to host our annual Summer Havoc Live. The event featured a slew of noteworthy teams and players, which naturally led to a ton of college coaches attending to find their next program-changing piece. While a lot of attention was centered around a handful of teams, college coaches were able to find worthy prospects at seemingly...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Lamelo Ball Invitational

5’8 ’24 Jeremiah Benthall (Big Business Ballerz) Though slightly undersized, it’s easy to appreciate how much Benthall does as a leader for this group. He’s a smart, unselfish, passer-friendly point guard prospect with an understanding of how to run a team and locate the best available shot on seemingly every possession. Benthall handles the ball with care, passes to the open man, and scores the...

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Worthy of Attention: 6’3 ’23 Josiah Watkins

There are countless differences between the high school and summer seasons of grassroots basketball—now more than ever. For instance, numerous players who are the clear-cut leader for their high school team (even though those numbers have dwindled) are tasked with taking lesser or simply different roles during the travel ball season. The opposite is also true. Many players who receive few...

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Dawkins’ Dimes: Phenom Challenge Part 1

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Joseph Thompson (Raising Young Men/South Central High School)  Joseph has been amongst the more impressive players I’ve seen this weekend. He’s a well-built off-guard that shows comfort handling the ball and finding the lane. Rather than consistently looking for his own points, Thompson is comfortable making winning plays and finding teammates. 6’2 2022 Nicholas...

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A Closer Look: New Light Disciples

Over the last calendar year, normalcy has started to return to the grassroots landscape. The reinstated Live Periods have given these young prospects some semblance of hope in making it to the next level. However, coaches are still aggressively leaning into the transfer portal and opting to recruit guys who have already played (using the term loosely) in college. From the contrasting viewpoint,...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’0 2025 Cedric Kenan Shortly after announcing his reclassification into the class of 2025, Kenan made it a purpose to play the weekend with a high level of intensity and focus. Today against a talented Virginia Warriors squad, he was undoubtedly the team’s most engaged player. He played with intensity until the final buzzer sounded, even when it looked as if momentum was...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: T. Deshazior #60: 5’8 ’23 Seth Foster (High Point Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a true blue-collar approach throughout camp, Seth Foster. He’s a young, high-motor guard prospect with great defensive instincts and a team-first mentality. Foster is a solid midrange shooter but typically looks to set up teammates whenever the ball is in his hands....

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