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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom Challenge

2022 6’6 Mikhail Pocknett (WBC Elite Aria Paris): Pocknett may have had the best weekend out of everyone at the event and I’m sure there are a few college coaches that are taking a hard look his way more.  In the two games we watched him, he was unstoppable, getting downhill, finishing through contact, getting to the line, pushing the ball in transition after a rebound, and all over the...

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Player Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Challenge

6’5 ’22 Mikhail Pocknett (WBC Elite) It’s difficult to say anything that hasn’t already been mentioned, as Pocknett continues to dominate as a primary option for this squad. He’s a strong, mobile forward who thrives at securing rebounds, pushing the break, and consistently finishing around the basket. Pocknett can knock down the occasional jumper and understands how to set up others at a useful...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Challenge (Day 2, Part 2)

2024 6’8 Richard Goods (Carolina Clutch): Well look at it here, ’24 Richard Goods makes another standout list.  In this game, there just wasn’t anyone that could match the physicality that he brought to the floor, carving out space in the paint, finishing through defenders, and attacking the glass once again.  What continues to impress is his ability to step out and be a threat as...

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Phenom Grassroots TOC Team Preview: WBC Elite Aria Paris

The Phenom Grassroots TOC is this weekend in Rock Hill/Fort Mill, as it is the first LIVE Period with Phenom Hoops this season. The talent pool runs deep throughout and we want to give college coaches a leg up on who to watch and who will be in action. Here are a few players to check out for each team, presented by the head coach. WBC Elite Aria Paris Mikhail Pocknett New Hanover20226’6 Forward...

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Unsigned Seniors to Watch at Phenom Grassroots TOC (Part Two)

The time has finally come for the highly anticipated April Live Periods. With the recruiting landscape in complete shambles, there’s still an abundance of unsigned, college-level seniors fighting for their chance to advance to the collegiate ranks. We’ve seen all of these prospects, and written about each of them previously. That being said, we decided to construct an article with a small blurb...

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Rise Showcase: A Trio of Unsigned Seniors Worth Noting

6’3 KC Shaw (Carolina Riptide) It’s easy to see the next-level ability with Shaw, so his lack of recruitment remains somewhat perplexing. He’s a wiry, well-rounded guard with a nice blend of IQ, skill, and athleticism. Shaw has shown the ability to dictate an offense as the focal point or find opportunities within a role, but is successful and productive in both settings. He’s an efficient...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: WBC Elite Aria Paris

July is going to be fun, especially with Phenom Hoops.  That is why we are getting just a small head-start on the teams and players that will be in attendance for the Summer Havoc.  Here, we look to preview just a few names to watch for throughout the weekend in Rock Hill, with many others stepping up their game in front of college coaches. WBC Aria Paris The eastern side of the state...

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Player Highlight: Phenom Summer Showcase

By: Sean Halloran 6’6 2024 Rakease Passmore (NLPB 828 15u) Passmore was voted as one of the top players during this weekend’s event and I couldn’t agree more! This young man is a stud. Versatile forward with great size and length. Uber athlete and plays above the rim consistently. An area of Passmore’s game that has shown much improvement in his perimeter shooting. He really displayed a great...

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Versatile Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Given the way basketball has trended over the last decade or so, versatility has become more valuable than ever—especially at the highest levels of play. Sure, there were older players like Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and even Anthony Mason among countless others who embraced versatility before it became popular. However, it’s gradually become a necessity for a successful modernized brand of...

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Worthy of Offers: Underappreciated Targets for College Coaches (Part Two)

The trickle-down effect of Covid has largely dismantled the already-shaky structure that is college basketball. Interestingly enough, most of these kids in the Class of 2022 have yet to realize that many players will either go to a lower level than expected or be forced to fight for opportunities with players from the Class of 2021. While it’s not applicable to everyone, the additional granted...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 3 at Summer Finale (Part 1)

2022 6’7 Mikhail Pocknett (BWSL Team Marsh 17u): Pocknett was nearly a double-double machine last year for Ashley HS and showed that same production on Day 3.  He shows tremendous hands and strength down low in the post, moves well and is always active, and finishes well against defenders. 2022 7’0 Patrick Wessler (CC Elite 2022-2021): Wessler continues to show why he is regarded as one of...

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2019-20 Phenom Hoops All-State Team (Class of 2022)

It was a spectacular year no matter how you look at it. Players really made a name for themselves and had an impressive season on the court, producing on so many levels. Phenom Hoops brings you their All-State teams for the 2022 class. A huge congrats to all players and teams this season.

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Early Standouts at Kinston MLK Classic

Player Standouts at Kinston MLK Classic 5’11 ’21 Tyler Gill (Trinity of Raleigh) It was fairly easy to see the two-way leadership of Gill, who consistently fought to force turnovers, get out in transition, and make plays around the basket. He plays with great energy, especially on defense, and simply understands how to properly position himself at the point of attack. Gill gets to the basket...

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