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Cooper’s Developments: Phenom HS Jamboree Session 1

By: Cooper Hart Seth Cullen (Flight 22 Prep) Seth is a 6’6” Wing/Forward that has a strong frame and quick feet. He was impressive today on the defensive side of the ball where he was constantly switching onto bigger and smaller players, allowing him to eliminate advantages all over the court. I like that he plays containment defense as he rarely gambles for steals and is good at keeping his man...

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Phenom Open Gym: Central Cabarrus

Phenom Open Gym: Central Cabarrus Last season, Central Cabarrus finished with a 30-1 overall record losing to eventual NCHSAA 3A State Champion, West Charlotte, in the Western Regional Finals. With 93% of the scoring returning, Coach Jim Baker has plenty to be excited about and should be the pre-season favorite in the NCHSAA 3A West. Central Cabarrus plays an unorthodox style of basketball and...

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Prospects in the Class of 2024 to Watch at Phenom Team Camp

This upcoming weekend, Phenom Hoops will host our annual June Team Camp at the Rise Indoor Facility in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. The event is slated to feature a talented mix of players and teams preparing for the month of July (in addition to the somewhat distant high school season), and this article will take a brief look at some of the prospects on display. Let’s take a look at the Class...

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Central Cabarrus Emerging as Title-Favorites

While it probably goes without saying, the high school landscape is drastically different from that of five or ten years ago. Most kids still attended their local public school while private or prep options were still considered more of an uncommon opportunity. However, things have obviously shifted in that span of time. Competitive balance has largely disappeared. Kids no longer feel compelled...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom Grassroots TOC

2025 Bryce Baker (Team Bond): If you don’t know the name Bryce Baker, you may want to start learning. The dual-sport athlete could be a player on the rise, whether it is in basketball or football.  On the court though, this is a young man that plays with a ton of confidence.  He doesn’t let the bright lights get to him, as Baker plays within himself and with what his team needs him to...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Grassroots TOC

6’1 ’25 Hayes Oxendine (East Carolina Elite) Though we’ve consistently seen his foundation as a lethal shooter, Oxendine showcased a lot of ability as the primary creator and overall leader for this group. He’s a smart decision-maker and understands how to make plays with the ball in his hands. Oxendine is comfortable at setting up others while finding scoring opportunities from all three...

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Phenom Grassroots TOC Team Preview: BSA Supreme

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. BSA Supreme Carson Daniel2024PgCarson is a floor general that...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom March Madness

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the Rise Indoor Facility in Bermuda Run, North Carolina for our March Madness event. There were a slew of notable teams and prospects on display throughout the two-day stretch, making for great competition and overall entertainment. While plenty of the attention was centered around the showcase games and various notable programs, takeaways were evident...

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Player Standouts at Phenom March Madness

6’2 ’24 CJ Vaughn (NC Rise) The emergence of this NC Rise program has already benefitted various players, and Vaughn is certainly included in that group. Between their structure and ability to get up and down, the athletic combo-guard has no issue asserting himself within the action. Vaughn scores the ball from all levels, attacks the basket at a nice rate, and contains his assignment well...

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BSA Supreme: Even Better Than Before?

The grassroots landscape has gradually (not entirely) drifted away from the competitive balance between independent programs and the primary circuit teams. While it’s still evident, we would be naïve to think that the current scene is comparable to that of three or five years ago. Regardless, BSA Supreme (formerly CC Elite) has maintained their status as a premier independent program and a squad...

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Game Report: Central Cabarrus vs. Concord

On Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops traveled to Central Cabarrus as they hosted cross-town rival Concord. Central Cabarrus entered the game with a record of 16-0 on the season. Although they may lack size, they make up with it with their uptempo style and aggressive on-ball defense. Concord entered the game with a 13-2 record, with their only losses coming the first game of the season to Robinson and...

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The Daniel Twins, Becoming Everyone’s Favorites

The Daniel Twins, Becoming everyone’s favorite No matter the venue or the event, time and time again, we constantly hear coaches at all levels say the same thing. “We love watching the Daniel twins play!” While Chase and Carson both stand a modest 6’0, they are what’s good about basketball. We have watched them countless times in club travel ball as well as high school along with camps,...

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Chasing a Championship: Central Cabarrus’ Best Team of the Millennium?

More often than not, teams with title aspirations usually have previous bouts of success to serve as a reminder of what to do in order to become victorious. Not Central Cabarrus. Although the Vikings have been absolutely dominant to start off the season, it’s worth noting that majority of the roster wasn’t even born during their last time as a top-ten team in the state (2005-06 per MaxPreps)....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Holiday Classic (Day 2, Part 1)

2022 Takai Simpkins (Liberty Heights): Takai came out strong and never let up with his attack and he continues to show he can score in a variety of ways.  He uses his body very well and has the ability to create for himself while getting to the rim but also showcased his perimeter game, knocking down multiple threes for his team. 2022 Tajuan Simpkins (Liberty Heights): The duo of the...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Erik Whaley #5: 6’0 ’24 Carson Daniel (Central Cabarrus) Starting things off, we look at a player who already stands out as one of the more reliable, productive floor generals in the state, Carson Daniel. He’s a smart, skilled, unselfish point guard prospect with an excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Daniel typically looks to set up the offense and...

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Central Cabarrus Open Gym Report

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops had the pleasure of watching Central Cabarrus workout. Former Catawba College Head Coach, Jim Baker, has a talented group of young guards leading the way for his team this season. Although they may not be the biggest team, they are one of the toughest and scrappiest teams you’ll watch. Let’s take a look at some of their key players. 6’0 2023 Jaiden Thompson is coming...

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Building their resume: 2024 Chase and Carson Daniel (CC Elite/ Central Cabarrus)

Player: Carson DanielPlayer Chase DanielClass: 2024Height: 6’0AAU: CC Elite 2024School: Central Cabarrus We can feel confident about saying this… the class of 2024 in North Carolina is absolutely LOADED and deep; it may be one of the deepest classes we have had in quite some time.  Everywhere you look in the class, you can find talent that should be targets for an array of programs. But two...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Havoc (Sunday)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Jacob Hand (Louisville Prospects)Jacob was a strong and steady presence down low for a Prospects team that needed him down the stretch as they held off a rallying comeback. He protected the paint and ran the court off his boards, showing off his versatility. He made moves down low to finish but also was able to get downhill as was the case in his game-winning floater as time...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 1, Part 1)

2023 Gabriel Hernandez (Team Hardaway): The 5’10 guard really surprised and caught some eyes with his play on Day 1 of Session 2.  Some may not expect his game but this is a young man that comes and competes, has good quickness to get by defenders, scrappy on both sides of the ball, and really shows some surprising athleticism to his game that many wouldn’t expect.  He should be one...

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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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Standouts Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 1)

By; Sean Halloran 6’0 2024 Chase Daniel (CC Elite 16u) Chase Daniel is a tough, quick, scrappy guard who plays extremely hard on both ends of the ball. He has a great ability to get inside the point time and time again and naturally makes the right play. Very good at finding his teammates for open shots and finishing amongst the trees inside. One area of Daniel’s game I believe is underrated is...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 1) (Part 1)

2022 6’4 Tyler Gettings (Charlotte Aces): Gettings was tremendous to start his event and the overall day. The 6’4 prospect showed a nice skillset all over the floor, showing his comfort level in his jumper from outside and three, as well as playing incredibly strong around the paint and finishing at the rim.  Gettings just seemed to have a hand in everything on the court, including strong...

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Central Cabarrus not looking to slow down any time soon

Phenom Hoops has had a chance to get out during the month of June as teams have been participating in several teams’ camps and during the live period.  One event that Phenom attended was the Catawba Team Camp, bringing in several teams from around the region and giving us an early look at what each program has to offer. One of the first teams that we sat down to watch was Central Cabarrus,...

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Prospects Worth Noting in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Each year, the travel ball season is absolutely filled with storylines, subplots, and various different avenues for excitement. At this point, most folks have begun making their opinions heard regarding the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2024. While it’s probably too early to make any aggressive conclusions about rankings, or even offers, guys like Jarin Stevenson, Rakease Passmore,...

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Leaving a lasting impression: Phenom MDC (Part 1)

As you may have read, there was talent that could be found all over the court.  We just recently released our best-of-the-best players from the event that I personally saw but there are several others that left a lasting impression on me as well.  That is why these players captured my eyes as well, really leaving a mark on the event in Rock Hill. Here is Part 1. 2022 Cedric Patterson (Team...

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Winning tradition continuing with CC Elite 2024

The CC Elite program has been one that has been know to rack up the wins and continues to be one of the more impressive programs in the state of North Carolina.  They bring a lot of unique talent and certainly ones that college coaches could get a steal with.  CC Elite 2022 just took home the championship at the Phenom G3 Showcase but we are taking a look at the CC Elite 2024 program...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 1, Part 2)

2022 6’5 Jaheim Dodd (Upstate Preps): Dodd did a lot for his team on the court. He scored the ball effectively around the paint but also stepped out with his jumper, as well as getting on the boards and getting out in transition, making plays off the dribble. 2023 Gabe Hernandez (Team Hardaway): Hernandez was simply tough.  He made multiple plays on the court, creating well for himself,...

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Seeing Double: Daniel Twins Becoming Noteworthy Prospects

Over the last calendar year, CC Elite has arguably become the top independent program in North Carolina grassroots basketball. After being extremely competitive throughout the last summer season, they took a massive step forward upon adding Chase Lowe to an already-competitive group. While most of the attention has really been focused on Lowe, Patrick Wessler, and their slew of next-level...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQZIWkCmm1KlmlEtj6Xlsui- Coach: Kenny Orr #0: 5’6 ’25 Melvin Farrington (Atlanta) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a lasting impression despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, Melvin Farrington. He’s a smart, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with excellent vision and the ability to...

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