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Players stepping up at Ardrey Kell

Ardrey Kell, led by head coach Mike Craft, has certainly been a well-known program in North Carolina over the years, producing some strong talent over the years.  This year isn’t anything different, as many already know about the senior guard Evan Smith who is committed to Army.  But there are others to look at for this team, as the Knights are playing extremely well to start the...

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

2025 John Lash (Charlotte Christian): Hard to believe that this young man is only a freshman, as he plays more like a veteran on the court.  Really like his size and his motor on the floor, being assertive on the boards but also plays with such poise and touch.  Great frame already for his age, has a smart IQ in how to score around opponents, and has good touch with his shot. 2022 Logan Blair...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’0 2025 Cedric Kenan Shortly after announcing his reclassification into the class of 2025, Kenan made it a purpose to play the weekend with a high level of intensity and focus. Today against a talented Virginia Warriors squad, he was undoubtedly the team’s most engaged player. He played with intensity until the final buzzer sounded, even when it looked as if momentum was...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: ACE Elite

July is going to be fun, especially with Phenom Hoops.  That is why we are getting just a small head-start on the teams and players that will be in attendance for the Summer Havoc.  Here, we look to preview just a few names to watch for throughout the weekend in Rock Hill, with many others stepping up their game in front of college coaches. ACE Elite Talk about a fast-rising program heading into...

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Ardrey Kell

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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Ready to step up: 2022 Toni Akinyelu (Ardrey Kell/ Aces Elite)

If you missed it recently, Phenom Hoops went out to Concord, NC to check in on the Aces Elite program as they were preparing for the upcoming tournaments.  It gave us a glimpse into some intriguing talent on the floor, one of which was 2022 6’7 Toni Akinyelu. Akinyelu is a small forward from Ardrey Kell, who was a contributor to last year’s successful team, playing in all 11 games and...

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Phenom Open Gym: Aces Elite

Phenom Hoops went out in Charlotte on Thursday night to check in on the Charlotte Aces program, which brings a ton of intriguing talent that you could see at the next level. But let’s dive right into the roster and what we have seen early on this summer and at our recent practice.

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Phenom Open Run: Ardrey Kell

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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