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Special K’s Standouts Day 2: Queen City Showcase

6’8 Ryan Djoussa of Upward Stars Pee Dee 17U had a great showing today and has shown improvement since last summer. He showcased the ability to not only rebound at a high rate but also protected the rim well all day long. Loved the motor and activity he played with; he defended well in space and in the pick and roll. He did a great job of getting position and finishing inside. As he continues to...

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Special K’ Standouts: Queen City Showcase (Day 1)

Richard Black Back in the great city of Rock Hill, SC , I along with the rest of the Phenom Hoops Staff started out the Phenom Queen City Showcase with some good talent. Being one of the premier tournaments of the summer, the weekend is packed full of talented players and teams. Here is who I thought stood out today on the courts I observed.  6’4 Shawn Wilson of Team Hickory 17U Cannady...

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Five Prospects Deserving of More Attention from College Coaches (2022)

It basically goes without saying, but the 2020-21 high school basketball season has been among the more unusual situations to occur within basketball or high school sports over the recent years. Obviously due to Covid, majority of programs were forced to maintain extremely low attendance numbers which, in turn, only hurt the kids and their overall chances to advance to the next level. Many...

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Westover v. Northern Guilford

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Northern Guilford in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the Nighthawks prepared to host the Wolverines of Westover High School in a second-round matchup in the NCHSAA 3A playoffs. Last year (prior to everything shutting down), Westover actually made it to the title game and were forced to be named co-champions. They lost numerous seniors, including Traymond...

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Nighthawks Soar to New Heights

The 2020-21 high school basketball season has been very unusual compared to the normalcy that we’ve grown accustomed to know. There’s been more player movement, less offers being distributed, and no real light at the end of the tunnel. However, we can focus on some positives instead of emphasizing the grim, negative effects of the one-year shutdown. Take Northern Guilford, for example. The...

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Person v. Northern Guilford

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Northern Guilford High School, as the Nighthawks prepared to host the Rockets of Person High School. Northern came into this game with a perfect record but knew that a battle was ready to ensue with one of the best opponents on their schedule. On the other side, Person is mainly a collection of tough, scrappy players who seem capable of consistently...

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Northern Guilford v. Eastern Alamance

On Friday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Northern Guilford in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the Nighthawks prepared to host the Eagles of Eastern Alamance. For Northern, this might be their most talented team in recent memory and first-year head coach Kellen Parrish has already unveiled a very cohesive game plan. On the other side, the Eagles have always found ways to be relevant and...

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Prospects Trending Upward in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

The North Carolina grassroots landscape is overflowing with talent, especially with the new transfers and incoming freshman class. However, this article will take a closer look at guys who should be familiar to most, as they’ve remained within the state throughout their playing careers. For one reason or another, their recruitment just recently picked up or is set to take off in the near future....

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Patrick King A foreword from Coach King: “This team was absolutely STACKED. I was blown away with how coachable, cohesive, and team-centric these guys played. Every single one of them bought into the unselfish brand we wanted to play, and our bench was live the entire day. It seemed repetitive to mention their coachability in every blurb, so I’ll say it about all of them right off...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 18

Team 18Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQaWFrI3TPIjvgn80z97uA_W Coach: George Lynch #0: 5’4 ’24 Cameron Wiggins (Charlotte) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed fairly well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Cameron Wiggins. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with solid quickness and a useful three-point jumper. Wiggins can...

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2022 Nolan Hodge gets first offer on the board

One of the more underrated prospects in the state of North Carolina FINALLY got his first Division I offer and it could just be the start. 2022 6’6 Nolan Hodge, who played this summer with the NC Gaters, consistently produced time after time on the court this summer with his scoring ability and has earned the attention of college coaches, one of which that recently offered.

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom LIVE

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled back to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another weekend of grassroots basketball. We saw a lot of familiar faces in addition to the numerous new programs on display. There were plenty of standouts on display, and this article will take a closer look at some personal favorites from the two-day event… 6’5 ’21 Dessie Canty Jr....

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc (Familiar Faces)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops continued what has been an unusual, yet exciting summer season at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In terms of talent, this event was as loaded as any within our schedule over the last month. Some programs made their debut while others continued to separate themselves from the pack. This article will take a closer look at some...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Late Standouts

6’5 Mike Herrin of Manzer 17U is long, lengthy, and smooth. Can handle the ball well and gets to the basket very well. Shows ability to score from all three levels; Has a good midrange pull up. Shoots the ball pretty well and can also create for his teammates. Division 2 schools should definitely be recruiting him heavy. Low maintenance guy with great potential.  6’7 Earl Burgess of Team...

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DeAjai Dawkins’ Day 2 Standouts #PhenomSummerHavoc

By; DeAjai Dawkins 5’10 2022 Wesley McGee (CC Elite 2022) Wesley is an athletic guard with a slender, toned frame. He initiates almost all offense from outside the perimeter due to his comfortability with pulling the three, but won’t hesitate to use his athleticism to get into the lane. He has yet to fully tap into his potential, as he can be relied on as much more of a consistent offensive...

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Major Breakout Candidates for North Carolina’s Class of 2022

The high school/grassroots development process differs greatly from that of any other level in basketball. Obviously these young players are going through physical changes, some for better and some for worse, which will ultimately help sculpt their overall basketball identity. However, there are also more critical checkpoints during this journey as opposed to the higher levels. This isn’t meant...

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Nighthawk Foursome Continues Trending Upward

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops kicked off our travel ball season in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There were over 120 teams in attendance, which naturally led to some high-level competition between noteworthy prospects of all ages. While most of the subplots and storylines have been centered around these specific summer programs, this article will offer something different. We will take a closer...

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Special K’s Superstars (Top 10 from #PhenomQCShowcase)

Shakir sat baseline all throughout the weekend, covering a ton of talent. There were several names that stood out to him, which can be found in our previous articles. But here are his Top-10 guys from the weekend in Rock Hill. Check out the impressive list.

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Queen City Showcase Preview: NC Gaters

Despite all the unusual circumstances throughout the last few months, the travel ball season is in full swing. With that, Phenom Hoops is traveling down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for our Queen City Showcase. Even from afar, one can see the obvious amount of talent slated to be on display from Friday through Sunday. These articles will offer a brief...

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Open Gym Report: NC Gaters 2022

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Greensboro for a special open gym feature on the NC Gaters, a program with some of the top up-and-coming talent from the area. We had the privilege of seeing their teams for the classes of 2022 and 2024, and there was a lot to unbox. This article will take a closer look at the makeup of their 16U roster and what we can expect of them throughout the...

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Previewing the Triad High School Basketball Landscape: Northern Guilford

It’s been stated before, but the high school basketball scene has transformed into something comparable to NBA free agency. On one hand, the kneejerk reaction is to pose an argument for why/how transferring or reclassifying could have a positive effect on said player. The other side of the token typically points to the lack of loyalty, structure, or overall negative effects that could...

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Northern Guilford “Books and Basketball”

Northern Guilford “Books and Basketball”  First year Northern Guilford head coach Kellen Parrish inherited a team that went 11-15 during the 2018-19 season. This past season coach Parrish coached Northern Guilford to a 16-10 record and won the Mid-State 2A/3A regular season conference championship going 12-2. Leading the way on the basketball court and in the classroom was 6’5 2022 Nolan...

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NC Phenom 150 2022 All Tournament Team

Class Height No. Name City State High School 2022 6′4″ 125 Isaiah J Williams Indian Trail NC Porter Ridge High School 2022 6’1″ 83 Jackson Helms Summerfield NC Northern Guilford High School 2022 5′11″ 82 A.J. Cook Waxhaw NC Weddington High School 2022 6′4″ 130 Nolan Hodge Greensboro NC Northern Guilford High School 2022 6′2″ 113 Kyle Frazier Weddington NC Weddington High School 2022...

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Afternoon Standouts at NC Phenom 150 Camp

#82- AJ Cook- Though somewhat unassuming, Cook has easily been one of the most memorable performers from camp. He’s smart, crafty, and an incredibly smooth three-level scorer with a knockdown jumper from beyond the arc. Cook handles and distributes the ball very well, but is arguably even better as a scoring threat. He also gives great effort on defense and the glass.   #115- Noah Hooper-...

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Open Gym Tour: Northern Guilford

Founded just over a decade ago, Northern Guilford has seen some high-level prospects come through this program but have largely maintained their reputation as a football school. After the infamous era that featured guys like Michael Neal (App State), Jonathan Frye (Tulane), and Jacob Lawson (Purdue), the basketball talent just wasn’t the same. They’ve had multiple scholarship-level guys...

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