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July Live Period Superlatives: Part One

Although there has been a ton of excitement swirling throughout the last few months, July is finally coming to an end. Between the NCHSAA/NCISAA events in June and the consecutive live periods across July, all levels of coaches have been traveling, evaluating, and establishing relationships with these prospects. Excluding the lone period in July, we will take a closer look at a slew of players...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom 757 Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled up to the Virginia Beach Sports Center in the heart of Virginia Beach for our 757 Showcase. The event featured many teams from throughout the state, but still featured many returning squads from North Carolina. There were numerous standouts over the three-day stretch, and this article will take a closer look at some personal favorites… 6’7 ’22 Davis...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom 757 Showcase

6’7 ’23 Ben Nicol (West Virginia Generals) Although the entire roster is loaded with reliable shooters, Nicol constantly found ways to stand out and shine. He’s smart and quite skilled for his size, which naturally leads to mismatches, but also produces very well inside the arc. Nicol shoots the ball with range, consistency, and repeatable mechanics. That being said, he actively looks to take...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom 757 Showcase (Day 2)

2023 Matai Baptiste (Vaughan): It was the first game of the day but Baptiste continues to impress and catch our eyes with his play.  It is going to be interesting to watch him now in North Carolina because I think he has a chance to really take off.  The 6’7 wing prospect has such a smooth feel on the court, knocking down shots from the perimeter with ease, creating for himself off the dribble,...

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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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Game Report: Terry Sanford vs. Northwood

Phenom game report: Terry Sanford vs. Northwood  By Johnathan Kirkland Saturday night Terry Sanford played host to Northwood for a spot in the NCHSAA 3A final four. The top seeded Terry Sanford fell to the 13 seed Northwood 43-41 in a hard fought game that pitted two different styles of defense, but both worked out to perfection in a low scoring game.  After the first quarter Terry...

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Terry Sanford Beats Westover

Terry Sanford Beats Westover Two of the top players in the state go head-to-head, D’Marco Dunn and Davis Molnar didn’t disappoint last night. Even though it was only the first game of the season, you can tell that these two teams will continue to get better and will be really good at the end of the season.  This contest was a game of runs. Terry Sanford threw the opening punch of the game...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Marcus Dilligard  #0: 6’0 ’22 Isaiah Tate (Kings Mountain) Starting things off, we look at a player that is quietly one of the craftier, most skilled prospects in the state, Isaiah Tate. He’s a smart, smooth, well-rounded guard prospect with an exceptional balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Tate is an efficient perimeter shooter with the ability to...

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TLew’s Top Six – 9Dime Fall League

This past Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to watch the 9Dime Fall League. Three things come to mind when you think of Fayetteville: Fort Bragg, J. Cole, and basketball. Let’s just begin by saying Fayetteville is one of the best basketball cities in the state of North Carolina. Fayetteville is a hot bed for basketball talent, and it was on full display this...

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Raleigh’s Finest Rapidly Becoming a Priority for College Coaches

Each year, the grassroots community is blessed with various teams that possess more talent than initially meets the eye. There are many examples from past seasons, and teams like NC Gaters and Anthony Morrow Elite (among various others) have represented that sentiment over the current summer. However, arguably no program has done a better job of putting forth a legitimate squad with talent,...

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Player Standouts at Day One of Phenom Finale

6’3 ’21 Glynn Hubbard III (CC Elite) There were many standouts for CC Elite during their lopsided win, but Hubbard was arguably their most impressive piece. He possesses a skillset that seems to naturally affect all facets of the game on both sides of the ball. Hubbard is a capable ball-handler and playmaker with the ability to effectively score from multiple levels. He also contains his...

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Mint Hill Lakers: The Surprise of Phenom Queen City Showcase?

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Rock Hill, South Carolina for our annual Queen City Showcase. The event was loaded with varying levels of talent across all age groups. While many of the “headline” teams were located in the arena, there were still plenty impressive college-level prospects throughout the entire gym. By the end of night one, the Mint Hill Lakers had already made...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Queen City Showcase (Part Two)

The Phenom Hoops’ travel schedule is officially back in full swing, as we traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for our Queen City Showcase this past weekend. There was an abundance of talent in the gym, which led to numerous standout performers across the weekend. This article will take a closer, more detailed look at some of those personal...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Queen City Showcase

6’0 ’21 Khalil Brantley (Mint Hill Lakers) There should be no disputing the notion that Brantley was the most utterly dominant performer from this contest. He’s a compact guard with quickness, craftiness, and the ability to generate shots (and convert) from anywhere on the floor. Brantley gets downhill whenever he wants, displays great athleticism, and makes a ton of plays in transition. ...

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