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Day 3 at Phenom Spring Tip-Off Classic

Championship Day here at the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center and the following players stood out on Day 3:            In the Prep School Silver Division Chip TLAP Sports Academy (FL) defeated Rocktop Academy (PA) 88-77 behind some slick shooting and tough interior defense. On the shooting side 5’10” ’21 Matthew Smith led the way with 27pts 5 treys 2asts playing the final 26 minutes with 4...

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Gillespie’s Thoughts: Day 2 at the Spring Tip-Off Classic

By: Chick Gillespie Day 2 started with a National Prep School Silver Division game between Rocktop Academy (PA) and Fork Union Military Academy (VA) and after a back and forth 1st half Rocktop took control to come away with a 95-81 win behind 6’1” ’21 Bernie Blunt Jr. who finished with 36pts 5 treys 5reb 4asts in the contest while going 13-13 from the stripe. Blunt has tremendous range on his...

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Gillespie’s Thoughts: Day 1 at the Spring Tip-Off Classic

‘ By: Chick Gillespie With the High School season coming to a close I was able to finally make it down to the Rock Hill Sports & Events Center for a Phenom Hoops Event and with several different divisions being played I was awash in talent to evaluate and I took advantage over the three days to check out the Hoop State Championships featuring some of the best prep programs in the...

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Rising Superstar Secures First Division I Offer

The grassroots basketball scene is such a unique landscape, especially given the uncommon circumstances we’ve been thrust into over the last twelve months. On one side, there are dozens of senior prospects that Division I schools should be prioritizing but prefer to hold onto offers and operate under the blind assumption that someone else is hopefully going to emerge. On the other hand, we have...

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Position-less Basketball: NC Rim Runners

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a highly entertaining stretch of basketball. There was truly an abundance of talent on display, coming from various directions within each of the three events—which certainly includes the NC Rim Runners (2024) from our Spring Tip-Off Classic. While they might’ve fallen short of...

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Putting East NC on the Map: East Carolina Elite 2024

It has been stated on multiple occasions that North Carolina has a ton of young and rising talent to watch down the road, some of which you already know will be big-time talents.  Talent though continues to come through the eastern part of the state and this past weekend in Rock Hill, we got a chance to learn names that many will be getting a chance to learn about down the road. One program that...

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Worth Monitoring: 6’8 2024 Joshua Hill

Each year, Phenom Hoops is fortunate enough to see thousands upon thousands of prospects come through our doors and attend our events. In the last five years alone, there have been countless examples of players showing up at our camps or travel ball events with little to no reputation and eventually blowing up. This isn’t meant to imply that Phenom Hoops is responsible in any way for these...

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Phenom Hoops’ Post-Grad Nationals: Three Priorities for College Coaches

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a variety of high-level basketball. Our Phenom Post-Grad Nationals began on Friday while the Hoopstate Championship and Spring Tip-Off Classic kicked-off on Saturday—making for an exciting weekend. While most of my coverage took place on the Spring Tip-Off Classic side, we still...

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Overflowing with Talent: Team CP3 15U (2024)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a variety of high-level basketball. Our Phenom Post-Grad Nationals began on Friday while the Hoopstate Championship and Spring Tip-Off Classic kicked-off on Saturday—making for an extremely entertaining weekend. There were countless notable teams and players from all three...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: Day 3 Standouts

Bryson Cokley Will Kelly ‘22 of Rod Howard Select had an amazing weekend as he was a leader for his team each and every game. He has a unique blend of athleticism and craftiness to go alongside good ball skills and instinct that allow him to take over games. He has a knack for getting downhill and finishing at the basket. The most intriguing thing about his game was his ability to get the free...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: CP3 takes home another title

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. The CP3 program was looking to make it 2-for-2 down in Rock Hill, as Team CP3 and Team HOPE Laney 2023 battled it out late in the afternoon at the Spring Tip-Off Classic.  It was a tight game for much of it, with CP3 having Zion Walker, Kobe George, and Bryson Cokley lead the charge in...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Classic: Rod Howard wins tight battle

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. Rod Howard Select and TNT Hoopsquad 2021 have been solid all weekend long and both wanted to have a chance to compete for a championship.  After rolling through the bracket, they met up on Sunday to settle it all.  Shocker there, it was another tight game throughout, as both teams...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: CP3 2025 captures title

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. The 15u ACC bracket has been a dog fight all throughout but it was Team HOPE vs. CP3 2025 that came out of the bracket and competed for a championship.  CP3 2025 is young but loaded and they certainly wanted to come in and showcase their talent and that they did with a balanced attack, as...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: Team BOND victorious in Rock Hill

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. Down in the 14u division, Team BOND and Carolina Riptide 2025 took the court at the Phenom Spring Tip-Off Classic.  First half, both teams really looked to make a statement in the game but neither could break away from each other, as they ended up tied at halftime at 26 apiece. ...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: East Carolina Elite 2024 wins 15u Big East Bracket

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. Heading into the 15u Big East bracket, East Carolina Elite 2024 and Carolina Riptide 2024 brought two talented and young teams together in hopes of starting the season off right.  Both teams brought their games and played incredibly hard, as East Carolina Elite 2024 was able to hold a...

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DeAjai’s Day Two Standouts Part 2

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2021 6’3 Christian Wright (TSF Post Grad) Christian Wright is a primed engine of TSF, a hard-bodied roster that makes up one of the most talented post-graduate teams in the country. Christian is 6’3 with an intense competitive spirit, forcing the energy around him to complement his own. In a very memorable matchup against IMG’s Academy’s post-grad team, Christian was tasked...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Day 2 Standouts

Joe Richey (Upward Stars) Richey is a strong, aggressive player that is an integral part to his team. He can run the floor if needed, but thrives when he has time to post up down low. Isaiah Golden (Charlotte Dragons Bates 17U) Bates is a hard worker on the court. He sees the court well and drives the ball with authority. He is the ultimate team player. Jashaun Hawkins (Boo Williams Carolina)...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off: Day 2 Late Standouts

Jackson Robinson of Upward Stars Pee Dee 14U was great in their games today as he showed he could be a huge paint presence. He utilized his size and length to control the glass and protect the rim at a high level. He has a soft touch around the rim and even displayed the ability to shoot the ball as well. With his size and skill set to play inside out at his age, he shows promises for the...

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DeAjai’s Day 2 Standouts (Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2021 6’0 Mustapha Shah   Boo Williams Carolina 17U is one of the more complete teams I’ve watched today at the #PhenomSpringTipOff, and Mustapha Shah deserves recognition in that credit. The rock-solid lead guard possesses a blend of athleticism and vocal presence that captured my attention fairly early. His defensive disciple and dedication to creating disruption on that end...

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POB’s Eye Catchers (Day 2, HoopState Championship/PG Nationals) Part 2

2021 Jordan Wildy (WS Christian): Wildy has been incredibly consistent so far throughout the HoopState Championship, as he brings such a unique versatility to the court with his outside threat from three, his length and size to be able to battle and get on the boards, and his feel around the basket to finish over defenders. Very strong performance so far. 2022 Gerasim Bordin (WS Christian): A...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off: Day 2 Early Standouts

Arki Thorton of Combine Academy Regional is an athletic versatile wing who simply takes over games with his activity and energy. He has the ability to get to the basket with ease and finish over defenders. He displayed flashes of his shooting ability as well as he hit a few from behind the arc. He rebounds the ball well on both ends of the floor  Defensively, he plays with a ton of energy and...

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Player Standouts at Phenom’s Spring Tip-Off Classic

5’9 ’24 Aidan Cook (CC Elite) Although somewhat unassuming, Cook is clearly a vital piece for this CC Elite squad. He’s still developing physically but displays excellent feel for the game and shoots the ball at a reliable clip from the perimeter. Cook makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands, both as a passer and scorer, and does a great job of operating within the framework of the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers (Day 2, Spring Tip-Off) Part 1

Will Kelly 2022 Will Kelly (Rod Howard Select): Kelly is such a high IQ, scoring threat on the floor. You just have to love his composure and how he reads and sees defenses, can score on multiple levels, and is a team-first kind of guy.  Such a smooth jumper as well to his game. 2022 6’7 Doug Smith (Rod Howard Select): Smith is an intriguing prospect to watch with his length, versatility, and...

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First in Flight Bracket: Standouts from Day 1

Elevation Prep vs. Charlotte Elite Elevation Prep Chyron Davis Davis had 19 points in his teams win and was the leading scorer for his team. He is a strong player that finishes at the rim with ease. He is well coached and makes good decisions when the ball is in his hands. His defense is impressive as the zone that Elevation plays fits into his style of play. Charlotte Elite 2023 6’3 Anthony...

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