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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom MDC (Day 1)

2023 Emanuel Richards (Upward Stars 3SSB 2023): Richards continues to show his production on the floor, as I believe he is one of the more underrated prospects in the state of South Carolina for his class.  Every time he comes out, he makes an impact on the floor.  Before, he did an incredible job in getting downhill and finishing through contact and he continues to do so, but you can...

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Stars come out at Super Showcase

The Super Showcase in Greenville SC did not disappoint with two good games. The first game was between South Carolina powerhouses Dorman High School 5A and Christ Church Episcopal 2A, headlined by Jalen Breazeale of Dorman and Florida State’s signee John Butler of Christ Church. The second game between nationally recognized programs of Lake Norman Christian and Ypsi Academy, headlined by Espn 2023 Top #5 Mickey Williams of Lake Norman and ESPN 2022 Top player Emoni Bates of Ypsi Prep.

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Battle at the Rock (Day 2)

2021 Bryce McGowens (LEC): McGowens looked strong once again, showing his full arsenal from the perimeter like he has shown countless times but also getting to the rack.  His blend of length, skillset, and versatility on the floor is highly impressive. 2021 Tay Burton (Byrnes): Though he was undersized, Burton played extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He had to go up against bigger...

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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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Phenom Open Gym: Dorman looking to reload

Phenom Hoops headed down to Dorman high school, a powerhouse program that has brought home titles after titles, and is also coming off their best season in program history! Now, with several of those names now gone to the next level, Dorman looks to reload with the next round of talent, as we dive into what we saw.

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Stars Fall League

Phenom Hoops went down to Spartanburg to the Upward Stars Center, as we took in the Stars Fall League, bringing a ton of talent to the table. Getting a glimpse of multiple players, we provide our thoughts on players that grabbed our attention.

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Rewriting History: Dorman’s Path to Five Straight Titles

Anyone who knows anything about South Carolina basketball should be aware of the dominance coming out of Roebuck and Dorman High School over the last few years. After winning four consecutive state championships within the 5A SCHSAA, the Cavaliers have their sights set on magical number five. However, it likely won’t be any type of cakewalk and should certainly offer more obstacles than years...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Stay Positive

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another quality event. The competition level was high, featuring numerous new squads and those that we’ve seen throughout the summer—which naturally led to a variety of standout performers. In addition to enticing competition, the atmosphere was exceptional. This article will take a closer look...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 3 Early Standouts

6’9 Jai Smith of Tea Marie 16U has been phenomenal this weekend. Shows that he is a HM Division 1 talent. Very long, athletic, and superfluid on the court. Tenacious rebounder who attacks the boards every possession. Uses his length to be a great rim protector for his team. Shows the ability to attack from the wings and get out in transition. Killer mindset, looks to dunk on you every single...

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Coach Rick’s Thoughts and TakeAways from Upward Stars

Coach Rick’s Thoughts and Take Aways from Upward Stars Phenom Hoops travelled down to Spartanburg, South Carolina to cover  Upward Star’s “Open Gym and Skill Development.” It was held at the beautiful Upward Star Center and congratulations to Curtis Wheeler and his staff for hosting a well-organized and professional event. More importantly, we were provided a thorough roster list and a...

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Thoughts and Takeaways from Upward Stars

Phenom Hoops had a chance to hit the road and enjoy getting back on the court, as we headed down to Spartanburg to check in on the Upward Stars practice. There were a few players that caught our eyes but here are some of our thoughts and takeaways from our day in South Carolina.

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Is Jordyn Surratt Ready to Take the Next Step?

Anyone who has followed South Carolina high school basketball over the last five years should be well aware of Dorman and their nonstop success. However, things are guaranteed to change with Myles Tate (Butler) and PJ Hall (Clemson) set to depart. It’s difficult to even imagine a team without Tate at this point, given that he’s been a key varsity contributor since his freshman season and...

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