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Phenom Open Gym: Moravian Prep National

6’1 2025 Eli Ellis  Eli has proven himself to be one of the best players in the country. He is a player you would want to go to battle with. Eli is extremely skilled and has a great frame at the PG position. He has the ability to create for himself and his teammates. He proves the haters/doubters wrong every time he touches the floor. Eli plays the game at his own pace and does a tremendous job...

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2024 Miles Beard (Team Charlotte) showing more to his game

2024 Miles Beard has been a player that has produced each time he steps on the court but this summer, he has shown that he continues to add more and expand his game. Beard, who has been playing this summer for Team Charlotte, should be one that college coaches take a look at more as he continues to show how effective he can be from a variety of levels.  Watching him before, Beard is one...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Champion Showcase (Part 2)

2024 Miles Beard (Team Charlotte): Beard continues to show that he can be an effective weapon on the court, as he continues to expand more of his offensive game and show that he can not only be a physical scoring guard but also step out and be that perimeter presence.  He did just that on Day 1, as he continues to be a strong scoring option for his team. 2024 Javier Ortiz (Wildcats Elite): You...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Queen City Showcase

2023 Isaiah Sy (Combine): Sy is an intriguing prospect with his 6’7 frame and ability to make plays from a variety of levels. He showed consistently his ability to pull-up from a variety of levels, stretching the defense and showing his confidence in his release, but also was able to use his mobility and size to attack the basket and make plays as well. 2027 Donyeh Baird (Team Loyal): It was...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom New Year’s Bash

2024 Miles Beard (Hickory Ridge): Beard was at it again in leading his team, finishing with 19 points and five rebounds. Beard continues to be a force offensively with his ability to knock down shots from outside and his pull-up game, but also excels in penetrating and getting to the basket.  Beard just has a natural ability to find ways to score and does so consistently. 2023 Luke Brigman...

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Stockrisers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Part 1)

The first-ever Phenom Lakesgiving was a huge success, as teams came out and really showcased their talent, and several players should see their stock rise after their performances at the event. Here are four players that college coaches should take a look at more with what they have shown early on. 2024 Desmond Kent (Central Cabarrus): It was a nice showing from the 6’5 junior, as Kent seems to...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Day 1, Part 1)

2026 Aalayja Minard/ 2026 Rayana Minard (West Cabarrus): The twin duo was something special to watch and should have the West Cabarrus program excited about the future with these two leading the charge. Both Aalayja and Rayana were strong two-way players, staying extremely active and getting into the passing lanes defensively, but also using that same motor to score the ball effectively from...

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HIGHLIGHTS: KC Shaw Leads Mooresville HS over Hickory Ridge

Phenom Hoops went out once again to check in on the talent around the state. On a Thursday night, we went out to Mooresville as the Blue Devils are off to a great start but were going up against Hickory Ridge and the sophomore duo. It was an intense game and high-pace offensive game, but in the end, Mooresville was able to secure a strong 90-73 victory at home.

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Phenom Game Report: Hickory Ridge at Mooresville (Boys)

Hitting the road once again Thursday night, we went out to one of the more surprising teams in the state in Mooresville, as they welcomed in Hickory Ridge on the night.  The atmosphere was off the charts and the gym was full, as we got ready for this showdown.  Early on, both teams were able to find their offensive groove, trading baskets for the most part with Mooresville holding the...

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Hickory Ridge looking to build on young talent

Miles Beard Hickory Ridge has been an interesting program when it comes to talent.  They have had players like Caleb Foster and Jordan Marsh, both of which are now at Oak Hill.  They have also have had players like Daniel Lubamba and Shane Fernald in the program before. Now, it seems that they have a few new young names that they are looking to build around and should be ones to take...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Brian Allen #11: 5’8 ’25 Gavin Fields (Ashbrook) Starting things off, we look at a player that arguably stood out as the best perimeter defender on this team, Gavin Fields. He’s a young, tough, slightly undersized guard prospect with a high motor and excellent quickness. Fields is a great penetrator, able to effortlessly get downhill and finish or set up others. He’s also...

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Summer Havoc Player Spotlight: Session 2 (Day 1)

By: Heath Gulledge 2024 6’2 Miles Beard (CC Elite 16u) Beard came out in the first game of the day on fire. He was getting it done from all levels on the offensive end. He really excels in the catch-and-shoot scenarios but also knows how to find his shot coming off screens and using the dribble to get open. He showed potential to get to the basket and finish around defenders as the game went...

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Phenom Open Gym Report: Hickory Ridge

I was thrilled to return back to the high school I called home for 4 years to evaluate the 2021-2022 Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls Varsity Men’s Basketball team. Coach Scott Fortune is entering his first season as the program’s head coach, after developing a seemingly impenetrable reputation with both his athletes as well as the community.

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Prospects Worth Noting in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Each year, the travel ball season is absolutely filled with storylines, subplots, and various different avenues for excitement. At this point, most folks have begun making their opinions heard regarding the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2024. While it’s probably too early to make any aggressive conclusions about rankings, or even offers, guys like Jarin Stevenson, Rakease Passmore,...

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Winning tradition continuing with CC Elite 2024

The CC Elite program has been one that has been know to rack up the wins and continues to be one of the more impressive programs in the state of North Carolina.  They bring a lot of unique talent and certainly ones that college coaches could get a steal with.  CC Elite 2022 just took home the championship at the Phenom G3 Showcase but we are taking a look at the CC Elite 2024 program...

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Player Standouts at Day Three of Phenom G3 Showcase

6’2 ’21 Travon Jones (Mint Hill Lakers) Although guys like Joel Baucom and Glenn Bynum have been the main offensive weapons for this Mint Hill Lakers group, Jones made a very strong impact on that end of the floor. He provided his usual amount of hustle, toughness, and ability to fill in the gaps, but also attacked the basket and hit numerous jumpers along the perimeter. As an unsigned senior,...

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Dawkins’ Day 2 Standouts from Phenom G3 Showcase

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Rasean Cason (All Carolina 17U)  Rasean Cason is another player who I watched for the very first time this weekend. Cason caught my attention with his blend of athleticism, 3-level scoring potential, and a rugged mentality that keeps both himself and his team engaged. On the defensive end, Rasean’s face tells the story of a defender prepared for battle. I would like...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 2, Part 1)

2023 6’9 James Scott (NLPB): There is a lot to like about the potential Scott has with his game… But it is easy to see with his length, activity level, his quick springs and reaction on the glass, and his growing offensive game.  There isn’t going to be too much surprise when more schools come his way and offers start coming in. 2023 6’1 Jamal Townsend (Team Trezz): Townsend is a tough,...

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