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POB’s Stock Risers (Part 3)

It certainly hasn’t been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, let’s start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several part...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom LIVE (Underrated Gems)

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, each of which are deserving of...

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POB’s Summer Stock Risers (Part 2)

It certainly hasn’t been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, let’s start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several part...

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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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POB’s Summer Stock Risers (Part 1)

It certainly hasn't been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, lets start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several-part series, with several more coming your way.

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17u ACC Championship Bracket: TSF ends the weekend on top

Final:The Skills Factory National 64 – Mint Hill Lakers 59 It was the battle to decide it all, as two of the top teams met up in the championship, both had been battled tested coming in. Knowing these two teams and coaches, they wanted to come away with a championship and the players left it all out there. Back and forth this game went, with most of this game being played in a 5-point...

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17u Big East Championship Bracket: NLPB-204 secures tough victory at #PhenomLIVE

Final:NLPB-204 60 – Pro Skills Winston Salem Charles 59 Despite this being the last game in the day, both teams came out strong and both traded blows back and forth. Each team had players that stepped up and made tough plays. NLPB 204 used a balanced attack, with every player finding their way into the scoresheet, while Pro Skills had two key players step up their game offensively to carry...

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16u ACC Championship Bracket: Gold TN Fury caps terrific weekend with championship

Final:Gold TN Fury 84 – Team Together 75 Both of these teams like to get up and down and push the pace, and that they did including a few high-flying dunks in the process as well. Back and forth these teams went, not creating much seperation in the first half. TN Fury was able to hold a 42-40 halftime lead behind the play of Walker Kyle and others. Team Together kept it coming with the duo...

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17u ACC Consolation Bracket: Upward Stars Columbia wins OT thriller

Final:Upward Stars Columbia 2021 52 – Upward Stars Watson 50 Nothing like two programs battling it out, especially two Upward Stars programs. Neither team wanted to go away with the loss and these players came out and competed every minute. Neither team could really break away from each other, as they were trading blows back and forth, evetually needing overtime to settle it all. It was...

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16u ACC Consolation Bracket: Renegades Elite 2022 lockdown the win

Final:Renegades Elite 2022-Cryer 52 – Better Basketball University 36 The defense came out in this one, especially for the Renegades Elite 2022-Cryer. The Renegades used a tremendous first half to grab the early halftime double-digit lead, 24-9. They were able to use balanced scoring but also limit Better Basketball offensively. The offense started to get better in the second half for both...

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15u ACC Consolation Bracket: Upward Stars York County 15u leaves with a win

Final:Upward Stars York COunty 15u 65 – NLPB 204 56 NLPB 204 had a strong weekend and Markeevis Latta was off the charts early on, scoring all over the court and really carrying the team in the first half with 21 points. He was knocking down three’s, staying aggressive, and scoring consistently. But Upward Stars York County was doing much of the same, with a balanced team attack. The...

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15u ACC Championship: Team HoopState battles past CB Hoops for title

FinalTeam HoopState 56 – CB Hoops 44 CB Hoops came out strong and knocked HoopState a little back on their heels, a team that was just coming off a thrilling OT come from behind victory. But HoopState was able to gather themselves behind the play of Jaybron Harvey, who was off the charts, especially in the second half. he did have help with five other players scoring in the game. Zechariah...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom LIVE

6’0 ’22 Connor Ballou (NC Gaters) The NC Gaters seem to improve with each viewing, and Ballou has been a major part of their success. He typically operates as the floor general but can also make a lasting impression with his ability to score the ball. Ballou is a smooth shooter with craftiness, vision, and no real weaknesses within his skillset. He defends well and displays consistent toughness...

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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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14u ACC Championship: Charlotte Supreme 14u cruises to victory

Final:Charlotte Supreme 63 – Pro Skills Winston Salem 14u 30 Both teams wanted to finish on top but it was the Charlotte Supreme who came out and showed their dominance on the court. Led by multiple players, Charlotte Supreme came out and found their offense. isaiah Denis led the charge warly with 11 first-half points, while Vernon Maxwell III and others were able to get into the score...

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13u ACC Championship: Charlotte Supreme caps off weekend with championship

Final:Charlotte Supreme 13u 59 – CLT1-National Bruce 56 It was the first championship of the day and both teams came to comepete. Charlotte Supreme and CLT1-National 2025 went to war on the court, with CLT1 holding the narrow halftime lead 31-26. It was the three ball that got CLT1 going early in the first half, as Joseph Bruce found his range with three 3-pointers early. But in the second...

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Blakney’s Championship Sunday Standouts from #PhenomLIVE

The action is cracking in Spartanburg and I’m here to bring you the latest from some early morning and afternoon standouts. This list is composed of players of multiple classes and positions, that stood out for various reasons, take a dive into my early takeaways and some names you may want to keep an eye on.  5’10  2023 Hanif Elijah Omar has been one of the most tenacious on-ball defenders...

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Brandon’s Big time Ballers- Evening Standouts #PhenomLIVE

The action is cracking in Spartanburg and I’m here to bring you the latest from some early morning and afternoon standouts. This list is composed of players of multiple classes and positions, that stood out for various reasons, take a dive into my early takeaways and some names you may want to keep an eye on.  6’6 2022 Jonah Nesmith (CF Elite)- Nesmith is a very intriguing prospect with a...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts at #PhenomLIVE

6’7 Earl Burgess of Team 864 17U is a super productive and efficient player. Knows his game and is a star in his role. He has a great touch in the paint and puts himself in position to score. He attacks the boards hard and rebounds the ball well on both sides of the floor. Has a high motor and runs the floor very well which allows him to get easy points in transition. He has a good release on...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom LIVE

6’0 ’21 Jack Carter (Team Denver) Team Denver certainly has the personnel to match their overall game plan, and Carter has been a seamless addition. His well-rounded skillset allows him to run the team and operate as the primary creator or slide off-ball and find scoring opportunities. He’s a very reliable shooter with the ability to attack closeouts and properly setup others.  6’5 ’21...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomLIVE (Day 1, Part 2)

Damien Robinson 2023 6’5 Daevin Hobbs (NLPB Prospects): Really good size early on as a young prospect.  He moves really well on the court both inside and out, while also having a nice understanding of the game.  Hobbs’ ability to stretch the floor but also really attack down low against smaller defenders makes him tough to guard. 2023 6’5 Jakwon McKnight (NLPB 204 15u): McKnight brings a lot of...

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Brandon’s Big time Ballers- Early Standouts #PhenomLIVE

The action is cracking in Spartanburg and I’m here to bring you the latest from some early morning and afternoon standouts. This list is composed of players of multiple classes and positions, that stood out for various reasons, take a dive into my early takeaways and some names you may want to keep an eye on.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Early Standouts from Phenom LIVE

6’2 Marcus Farley Jr. of Team Together 16U simply finds ways to score and put up numbers.. He is really great at getting into the lane and drawing contact; makes a living at the free-throw line. He has a quick first step that takes him all the way to the cup and is a crafty finisher. He shoots the ball well from three and makes open shots. Has a good IQ and plays within the offense, doesn’t take...

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Early Standouts at Day One of Phenom LIVE

5’10 ’22 Christopher Wilson (Charlotte Hoyas) This Charlotte Hoyas group is deep and consistently balanced with their approach, which led to Wilson shining on both sides of the ball. He’s a smart, tough, fundamentally sound floor general with a game-changing defensive presence. Wilson does an excellent job of disrupting action at the point of attack, forcing turnovers, and making plays in...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomLIVE (Day 1, Part 1)

2022 6’2 Marcus Farley Jr. (Team Together 16u): Farley continues to have an impressive summer, scoring the ball consistently and earning MVP honors.  He did much of the same in Game 1 on Saturday, really staying aggressive, getting downhill and finishing strong at the rim.  Showcased more of his athleticism with a few throwdowns as well. 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd (Charlotte Hoyas 16u): Boyd...

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