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Player Standouts at Day Three of Lamelo Ball Invitational

5’10 ’26 Max Van Weerdihuzen (Team United) Although there were a ton of standouts for this loaded squad, Weerdihuzen consistently found ways to stand out within the flow of the action. He’s a very intelligent point guard prospect with an extremely low-maintenance identity. Weerdihuzen typically works with the ball in his hands, setting up others and constantly looking to make the right play, but...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from LaMelo Ball Invitational (Day 2, Part 2)

2024 Quay Watson (Elite 1): Watson continues to be a guard that should be looked at in the class of 2024, especially with his leadership, his playmaking, and his ability to create.  Not only did he hit the game-winning three (a big-time shot), but he also showed his ability to create off the dribble, find his teammates well, and step up in big moments for his team. 2024 Maurio Hanson (CP3):...

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Bendel’s Best: G3 Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center for another exciting three-day stretch of basketball at our G3 Showcase. The field featured a ton of memorable teams, including a slew of shoe-circuit programs. Given the talent and intensity, it ultimately made for a highly competitive tournament. Like usual, this article will take a closer look at a handful...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 3)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2024 Austin Swartz (Team Charlotte) It’s amazing to think that Swartz has two remaining years of high school basketball. I don’t think I’ve seen a sophomore scorer with Swartz’s 6’4 frame that can put the ball in the basket like he can. Swartz embodies the impact that a true dynamic shooter brings to a team. His shot-making capabilities have reached a level where defenders...

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2023

It’s that time of year again. The high school season has nearly concluded and postseason play is set to begin very soon. As exciting as it is to chase and potentially win a state championship, the subsequent six months of travel ball will be the time for prospects to really shine. Whether positive or not, college coaches simply have more time and resources to properly evaluate (and offer) kids...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom November Classic

Phenom Hoops had a terrific event this past weekend down in Charlotte with the Phenom November Classic, presented by Ivester Jackson Christie’s. We had some terrific performances and teams in action, but there were a few players that really left a mark on our scouts. Here are five players that really impressed at the event. 2023 Dallas Gardner (Charlotte Country Day): What a performance...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 from Phenom November Classic (Part 2)

2022 Cade Tyson (Carmel Christian): It was an absolute battle between Carmel and Providence, it was Tyson that led the charge and kept his team in the game in the first half, and also made big plays in the second to help secure the win.  Tyson though showed just how effective he can be from anywhere on the floor. He can score outside, he can use his 6’8 size against smaller defenders to score...

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Matchups to Watch at Phenom November Classic (Friday)

After coming off a tremendous event at the Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic, it is only right to get excited about this weekend's event in the Phenom November Classic, presented by Ivester Jackson Christie. The talent on the court is going to be fun to watch, as we have some tremendous matchups coming your way. That is why we are looking at a few player showdowns for each game, ones you will not want to miss.

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: George Marshall #8: 6’0 ’23 Jordan Cooper (Wayne Country Day) Starting things off, we look at a player who continues to steadily trend upward with his reliable two-way presence, Jordan Cooper. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with the necessary combination of IQ, vision, and scoring prowess to effectively operate from either backcourt position. Cooper is arguably at his best...

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Guards looking to have a big high school season: NC Top 80 (Class of 2023)

It was a special weekend in Charlotte, as Phenom Hoops had their annual North Carolina Top 80 event which brought some of the top players from the state all under one building. We had several top seniors, juniors, sophomores, and even freshmen attend the event, as we dive more into the players that impressed. It was great to see several juniors on the floor and they put themselves on the map for...

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North Carolina Top 80 All Star Team Class of 2023

Note: Players had to play in all three games ClassHeightNo.NameHigh SchoolCityState20236′2″17Jaylen CurryJ.L. ChambersCharlotteNC20236′5″43Truman ClaytorWord of GodErwinNC20236′5″37Isaiah WashingtonPine ForestFayettevilleNC20236′6″49Freddie DilioneWord of GodFayettevilleNC20236′0″6Chase DawsonCaryDurhamNC20236′0″8Jordan CooperWayne Country DayGoldsboroNC20236’6″48Dylan PurnellWord of...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Fall Finale/ Hoop State League (Oct 3)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Camden Edmonds (Winston 76ers)Camden seems poised for a break out year at West Stokes. After a quality freshman year on varsity, he looks ready to take the charge and lead as a sophomore. Well equipped with an offensive skillset to make shots from anywhere on the court, but he’s best at getting downhill and rising up to finish. He uses his length to adjust and stretch out...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom September Classic (Day 1)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’1 2022 Landon King (United We Stand/West Charlotte) Landon has always stood out to me given his fearlessness on the floor, and his ability to score in impressive volumes when hot. The scoring guard thrives in scenarios where he’s guarded by players with matching size. West Charlotte will find a ton of value this season in King’s ability to produce from both the mid-range...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Kyree Bethel #3: 5’4 ’25 Jalen Mills (Hope Mills) Starting things off, we look at a player that understands how to consistently make an impact through his toughness and nonstop motor, Jalen Mills. He’s a young, unselfish, team-first guard prospect who doesn’t necessarily require the ball in order to make his presence felt. Mills is a capable ball-handler and scorer, but...

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Five Names College Coaches Need to Pursue in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

After an incredibly bizarre calendar year of question marks and high school prospects suffering the negative effects of covid, we finally return to some semblance of normalcy. There is no denying the impact for guys in the Class of 2021, and even 2022. The combination of on-court restrictions and additional year of eligibility would ultimately hurt the kids still in high school—not the college...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Rise Showcase (Day 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’2 2023 Dallas Gardner (Flight 9)  Easily one of the most talented players of the entire event, Gardner most certainly stands apart from his competition. The springy athlete has the scoring prowess, competitiveness, and athletic ability to compete at the next level. After transferring to Charlotte Country Day, there were many questions as to whether or not Gardner would...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Rise Showcase (Day 1: Part 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Dallas Gardner (Flight 9)If you didn’t think he was the best player on the court before tip, Dallas will change your mind very quickly. Plays with a chip on his shoulder as if there’s always something new to prove and backs it up with his playmaking ability. Has the ultimate confidence and swagger out on the court, smooth as can be just going out and getting things done with...

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A rising name in NC: 2023 Dallas Gardner

One player that continues to have impressive performance after impressive performance is 2023 6’2 Dallas Gardner. Gardner was a key piece at Myers Park this past season as a sophomore, averaging 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.6 steals per game and he has only continued to progress with his game this summer playing with Team HOPE.

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Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Brady Potter #147: 5’11 ’22 Christian Alston (Cuthbertson) Starting things off, we look at a player that offered a fairly steady, reliable two-way presence, Christian Alston. He’s an unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with an excellent penetration sense and the ability to finish with either hand. Alston utilizes his quickness very well on both ends of the floor, especially when...

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Phenom 150 Session I Standouts: Guards

Camp season is upon us at Phenom Hoops, as it gives us a chance to watch a blend of experienced players, young players, and ones that are simply new names to Phenom Hoops. It also provides these players a chance to start their story with us and play against some great competition. Session I on Saturday in Greensboro brought us some intriguing names to watch, players that grabbed our attention...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom 150 Session I (Part 1)

2023 Trevor Barrett (Trinity Academy: Barrett is a guard that has a smooth, confident feel on the court.  He plays terrifically at different paces on the floor and makes high-IQ decisions and shots on the court. Loved his feel for the game early on. 2023 Cortez Moore (Northwood Temple): Long guard that is smooth and does well in creating off the dribble and finishing over and around defenders....

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts

6’4 Moses McDowell 2025 of Team Pressure was physically imposing in this last game. With a combination of strength, athleticism, and length he was able to dominate the paint, scoring at will. The most impressive part of his game is the way he relentlessly rebounds the ball on both sides of the court. He has a knack for fighting and getting position to come up with easy boards and easy points....

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Phenom Open Gym: Myers Park

Heading to another gym, we hit the road to Myers Park to check out a very intriguing team. This is a program that has been a staple in the Charlotte area under head coach Scott Taylor, winning several big games and having big-time players that produce. Some of those players have now left but there is a lot of young and talented prospects coming through the gym at Myers Park. Let’s dive...

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Dawkins’ Championship Sunday standouts

Lewis Walker By: DeAjai Dawkins 2025 Jamier Rice (Durham Hurricanes) I love when I get the opportunity to watch point guards that operate years ahead of their respective age group. It’s one thing to see this quality in wings & big men, but a guard playing with an older mentality usually means that they have a set of traits they perform at an elite level. Jamier Rice possesses an elite set of...

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