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Phenom Open Gym: JL Chambers High School

Phenom Open Gym: Chambers High School Last season, JL Chambers went 22-7 before losing 58-56 to eventual NCHSAA 4A state champion, Weddington High School. From the outside looking in, many basketball pundits may not have high expectations for Coach Brian Frasier’s team. 6’2 Jaylen Curry transferred after averaging almost a “double-double” of 16.6 PPG and 9.1 APG. 6’8 All-Conference Player of the...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Summer Finale (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Latrell Allmond (Carolina Heights)I’ve heard the name a lot and finally got a viewing for myself, there’s no doubt he’s the real deal. Big guys that move like him just don’t come around often. He’s got an unnatural mobility and handle that when combined with his natural feel for things, allows him to casually dominate. He’s got the strength and touch inside to be a high...

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Expected Breakouts in North Carolina High School Basketball

Each year, the grassroots basketball scene shifts from travel ball to the high school season. College coaches have been out for months, seen countless kids, and should be in pursuit of their priority-level prospects. That being said, there are plenty of players whose ability don’t match their recruitment. Sure, most rising juniors aren’t receiving a ton of offers right now. However, given the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

2023 Ryan Steger (GATA): Steger came out red hot to start his day, really lighting it up from deep.  He dropped eight 3-pointers to lead his team to an early victory, really showing his confidence and smooth shot-making with range.  A confident shooter that made several tough shots in rhythm.  An impressive showing, as he finished with 26 points to start the day. 2025 Nikayle Hodge (Team EAT):...

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Dawkins’ Standouts on Day 2 of Phenom March Madness

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2023 Horaces Jacques (Upward Stars Select 17U).  One of my favorite players of the day, Horaces Jacques separated himself as one of the best guards I watched this weekend. Jacques is a respectable downhill threat attacking at his own pace and while keeping his head on a swivel. While his facilitation will continue to benefit from improvement, I believe Jacques can be...

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Game Report: Chambers vs Myers Park

On Tuesday night, we had the pleasure of watching one of the top public school matchups in the state as Julius L. Chambers hosted Myers Park. In the first half, Chambers jumped out to a double-digit lead. Their defensive pressure was key in this run as they were able to force turnovers that led to easy baskets on the offensive end. At one point the lead got up to 18 points, as Chambers’...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: JL Chambers

Phenom Hoops continues their road trip around the region, this time checking in on a very talented group in Charlotte and certainly one that has big aspirations coming into the season.  We traveled out to check out the talent JL Chambers had and there was plenty to go around. 2022 Daniel Sanford looks to be the leader once again for this squad, as the senior is a known prospect around the state...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Day 2 at Phenom MDC (Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’6 2025 Hayden Assemian (Upward Stars 15U Fagan)  Hayden is an impressive big man prospect with good hands and a soft touch around the rim. He rebounds at a high level and has shown the ability to score with an array of low-post moves. Hayden is a tough cover for a defender in general, especially one giving up size. I expect Hayden to experience a very successful high school...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 5’7 2025 Q Williams (Team CP3 2025)I want to start by simply saying, Q Williams is the most skillful 2025 lead guard I’ve seen in North Carolina’s 2025 class. I believe that it shouldn’t take longer than 3 full offensive possessions for you to see key differences in the IQ of Williams in comparison to his peers. Winning plays come second nature for...

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Queen City Showcase Team Preview: Elite 1

The Queen City Showcase in Rock Hill this weekend is going to be off the charts.  With talent all on the floor, livestreams streaming the games, and a ton of coverage from Phenom Hoops, this is going to be one of the best events to start the travel ball season. That is why we wanted to get a leg up on it, as we spoke to several coaches that will be bringing their teams to South Carolina...

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