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

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Justin Taylor (Mint Hill Lakers/Hargrave Military) It has been very obvious to me that Justin Taylor is one of the most talented lead guards in this entire event. Primed for the next level, Taylor is a composed guard with a frame and mindset ready for the next level. He’s shown the ability to hit from all 3 levels and should be respected in that regard. I believe his...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’23 Cole Callaway (Carolina Riptide) It’s easy to find balance with this Carolina Riptide squad, and Callaway consistently finds ways to stand out despite being one of the younger players on the roster. He’s a lethal spot-up threat with IQ, cutting instincts, and the ability to attack closeouts as needed, which allows him to make a constant impact with or without the ball in his hands....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 2, Part 2)

2022 Jajuan Nicholls (Sheed Wallace Select): There is a lot of length on this Wallace Select team but Nicholls is one that has continued to earn praise with what he provides on both ends. The 6’8 prospect showed flashes both on the defensive side of the ball, blocking shots, creating a wall on the court, and moving well against different opponents. He also has a nice feel and mobility...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Champion Showcase

6’7 ’22 Aidan Hadaway (Atlanta Timberwolves) It’s easy to see why Hadaway is so highly regarded amongst college coaches, given how much ability he showcased. He’s very skilled for his size, displaying a combination of IQ, vision, and inside-out scoring ability. Hadaway attacks well from the wing and finishes with craftiness around the basket—utilizing both hands effectively. He’s also a useful...

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Mint Hill Lakers Trio Preparing to Turn Heads

The start of July brings another month of travel basketball and watching these young prospects get recruited by college programs across the LIVE periods. After watching these teams prepare throughout the recent months, the time has finally come for their hard work to pay dividends. We’ve seen countless different teams since March, including the Mint Hill Lakers, a team who should have dozens of...

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Bendel’s Best: CP3 Memorial Day Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the CP3 Memorial Day Classic. The event was loaded with some of the most notable shoe-circuit programs throughout the country, including teams like Boo Williams, Team Takeover, Team Melo, Team CP3, and MoKan Elite among various others. Additionally, less nationally recognized squads, like Team Marsh, Sheed Wallace...

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2022 Justin Taylor reminds everyone of his game at Phenom G3

2022 Justin Taylor has been a familiar name throughout the state of North Carolina.  We have had a ton of chances to watch his game grow and develop over the years and he was a key part of Carmel Christian this past season.  But since the high school season ended, it has been a little while since seeing Taylor in action on the court but boy, did he give us a quick reminder of just how...

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On the Road Again, Cannon wins back-to-back state championships

On the Road Again, Cannon wins back-to-back state championships  It was only fitting, the top two teams in the NCISAA 4A were playing for the state championship. That being said, Cannon road to the title came the hard way, just like the year before. They had to win on the opposing team’s home court. Last year, Cannon beat Charlotte Latin and then beat Carmel 94-85 to capture the coveted...

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Phenom Game Report: Carmel Christian vs. The Burlington School

It was a matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 by Phenom Hoops in the NCISAA.  Both teams have found success this season but both were wanting to come away with a resume-type win along with some bragging rights. Carmel Christian though came out strong, having their defense lead out to their offense, eventually getting out to an early double-digit lead half-way through the first quarter. Ryan Roberts hit a...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Carmel Christian’s Ben Burnham TRIPLE-DOUBLE vs Demar Anderson & Victory Christian!

Carmel Christian and Victory Christian duked it out in Rock Hill on a Tuesday afternoon. Two teams loaded with talent, 2021 Ben Burnham and company put on a show, while Victory Christian was led by Lewis Duarte, Demar Anderson, and others. Check out all the highlights.

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TLew’s Top Players

Below is a list of the top players watched from the previous week of high school action. Bobby Pettiford 6’1 2021 South Granville HS (Louisville Signee)  OK3Sports coverage of the Phenom Queen City Showcase on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Rock Hill Sports and Event Center in Rock Hill, OK. Photo: OK3Sports/Olen C. Kelley III Bobby is one of the best lead guards in the country. He is exceptional...

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Phenom Game Report: Carmel Christian vs. Victory Christian (Boys)

The atmosphere was electric for this game, as both teams had fans show up to cheer them on in what looked to be a big showdown with two of the top teams in the state.  Both teams looked to attack with their strengths, as Carmel Christian was able to hold the small lead for much of the first half but it remained a one or two bucket game throughout.  Ben Burnham made his presence on both sides,...

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Carmel Christian Sits atop Phenom Hoops’ NCISAA Rankings

Each year, Phenom Hoops’ high school rankings (NCISAA/NCHSAA/Sweet Sixteen) always seem to get folks worked up. Like most rankings list, they simply don’t matter. They are opinion-based and have no actual effect on the teams or players involved, perhaps beyond receiving some minor attention. However, the competitive balance is more evident now than the last few seasons. That being said, Carmel...

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Holiday Classic: Carmel Christian vs. Providence Day (Recap/Standouts)

The action continued on Day 7 in Rock Hill, with Carmel Christian and Providence Day taking the court.  Both were hoping to finish the event strong with a win, as it looked to be an intriguing matchup. Carmel found success early from Burnham and Bynum, while Kyle Bean stepped up as well. Quave Propst-Allison led the charge early in the first with eight first-quarter points.  With a...

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Holiday Classic: Carmel Christian vs. Calvary Day (Recap/Standouts)

Game 3 kicked off as the action continued in Rock Hill. Two teams in North Carolina came down to battle it out, as Carmel Christian and Calvary Day took the court.  It was a tight one in the first half, with both teams playing scrappy basketball.  Carmel took the early 17-13 lead after the first, led by their big three but it wasn’t until the second quarter until they really started to...

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Carmel Christian v. Anderson Christian (Recap/Standouts)

The third game for day two of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between a pair of very intriguing teams in Carmel Christian and Anderson Christian. The Cougars enter this game as one of the top private school teams within North Carolina while Anderson Christian has begun to solidify themselves as a program worth noting. Carmel Christian opened up this contest in complete control, utilizing...

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Phenom Game Report – Carmel Christian vs. Concord Academy

Carmel Christian vs. Concord Academy  Phenom Hoops travelled down to Matthews, North Carolina to cover a marquee matchup between two of the better private school teams in the state. Both teams have an abundant of talent and are extremely well coached and have won their fair share of NCISAA state championships. Coach Badgett does an extremely good job with his team. Yes, his team is filled...

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T-Lew’s Takeaways

Top Leaders  Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) – Strong / physical guard. He has done a tremendous job leading the way for Coach Wright and Liberty Heights. He has shown the ability to really lead a team. The guard is extremely explosive and I have yet to see anyone keep him out the lane.   Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School) – It is amazing to me that no Division 1 school has...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Rod Bridgers #0: 6’2 ’22 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) Starting things off, we look at a player that has proven himself as easily one of the toughest, most prolific scorers in the state, Elijah Jamison. He’s a strong, rugged, downhill guard prospect with the ability to access and convert nearly any shot from inside the arc. Jamison is quick and crafty enough to get by...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80

2022 Jai Smith (Bully City Prep): Smith continues to show why he is going to be regarded as one of the top players in the Class of 2022.  There aren’t many out there that brings such energy and ability to run rim-to-rim, where he makes a living.  Smith was consistent in getting out in transition and finishing strong with several dunks.  Whoever gets him at the next level, he certainly is going...

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Carmel Christian Team Preview

Carmel Christian  Last season, Carmel Christian finished with a 22-6 record. For most teams, that’s an impressive season. However, Coach Joe Badgett has raised the bar extremely high for the program after leading them to three straight NCISAA state championship appearances, winning the last two in back to back fashion. Carmel was headed for another title run last season, but got upset by...

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“Getting to Know” Justin Taylor

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions There are dozens of examples that highlight how significant hard work and skill development can be within a prospect’s growth. That being said, Justin Taylor might be North Carolina’s best candidate for this notion in the Class of 2021, given the various stages of his progression over the years. Though he’s always possessed talent, Taylor has really...

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NC Phenom 150 Session 2 All Tournament Team 2021

Class Height No. Name City State High School 2021 6′2″ 65 Javonte Waverly Henderson NC Henderson Collegiate 2021 6′3″ 77 Justin Taylor Charlotte NC Carmel Christian High School 2021 6′5″ 103 Isaiah Ray Greensboro NC The Burlington School 2021 5′11″ 24 John Nepa Wake Forest NC North Raleigh Christian Academy 2021 6′9″ 111 Kuluel Mading High Point NC The Burlington School   2020 All...

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#NCPhenom150 Session Two: Miles Magical Five (Early Slate)

#112 6’11 2021 Cooper Land: Middle Creek High School Having had the opportunity to watch Land in multiple settings over the course of the last year and a half, seeing his progression up close was really good to see. He’s starting to figure out how to translate his size into consistent productivity while never forcing the issue on either end of the court. He has nice timing and anticipation on...

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