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Queen City Showcase Standouts: Day 1

By; Noah McKenzie 6’0 Gage Lattimore 2024 is an extremely well-rounded player. Defensively, he plays with fantastic anticipation and energy. On both ends, he rebounds well due to fundamentals combined with freaky athleticism. On offense, the variety of ways he can score should scare every defense. Mande has a confident, smooth jumper, and can knock down shots consistently off the dribble, but...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Christian Savage #0: 5’11 ’21 Jalen Breazeale (Dorman) Starting things off, we look at a player that offers a strong balance between scoring and playmaking, Jalen Breazele. He’s a smart, quick, tough two-way point guard prospect with an excellent penetration sense and the willingness to make plays for others. Next in his development process is working on his ability to move...

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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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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts at #PhenomLIVE

6’5 Collin Murray-Boyles of Upward Stars Columbia 15U is really impressive and seems to get better each and every time I watch him play. He has a ton of potential and upside; could become a very good player. He attacks the boards and rebounds well on both sides of the floor. He possesses the necessary ball skills that allow him to handle it well enough to not only create for himself attacking...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts at Stay Positive

6’0 Brock Bowen of CC Warriors 17U is an elite shooter. Very efficient and shoots the ball from three with a very high percentage. Has a quick smooth stroke that allows him to get his shot off with very little space; doesn’t force anything and takes really smart shots. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for his teammates. Plays within the offense and is someone who can...

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Young Upward Stars Duo Destined for Greatness

Each year, the Upward Stars organization and general state of South Carolina offers up new, exciting, and (typically) under-the-radar prospects—despite being a circuit-level program. This has become the new norm across South Carolina, and the overall talent level has yet to waver. The torch has been passed throughout the years with noteworthy names like Ja Morant, Nick Claxton, and Zion...

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Brandon’s impact players flying under the radar

Most of the guys on the list are all prospects that have shown vast improvements since my last viewing of them, and have truly expanded their games. One guy remains one of the most consistent guards in the state, and one youngster broke onto my radar for the first time.

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Early Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Challenge

6’10 ’22 Corneilous Williams (TLBA) The TLBA roster is loaded with talented prospects, but arguably none more notable than Williams. He’s long, athletic, and plays with a nonstop motor on both ends of the floor. Williams is an incredible rebounder with sharp timing as a rim-protector. Although most of his offensive ability shines around the basket, Williams also highlighted a useful perimeter...

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