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Player Standouts at George Lynch Invitational

6’5 ’24 Austin Swartz (Cannon) There were numerous impressive contributors for the Cougars in this contest, but Swartz stood out through his leadership and dominant offensive showing. Referring to him as anything other than an elite shot-creator with an incredible blend of vision, craftiness, and perimeter shooting would be unfair. Swartz still applied his usual amount of pressure off the bounce...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from George Lynch Invitational (Day 1)

2024 Sean Birmingham (Cannon): Getting another chance to view the 6’8 forward and it has now been two games that he has impressed with his ability to be useful in stepping out and showcasing his fluid shot-making ability from the perimeter, but also making plays on the boards, creating and making good decisions/passes, and using his size to his advantage. He can really be a big matchup though...

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Phenom Hoops Freshman Forty Evaluations: Team 12

Team 12 Coach: Jordan Parris #54: 5’8 Darnarius Gibson (Winston-Salem Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player who offers a pretty balanced approach as a floor general, Danarius Gibson. He’s a smart, wiry point guard prospect with quickness and the ability to create for himself and others. Gibson handles the ball well against pressure, touches the paint at a solid rate, and can...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from NC Freshman 40 (Part 1)

2026 6’5 Kohi Strickland (Greensboro Day): Strickland is an intriguing young prospect with his game and size.  From what we saw on the court, Strickland had his hand in a bit of everything on the court, whether it was making plays for others, helping on the boards, finding his teammates well, and scoring in a variety of ways.  He has a well-rounded feel to his game and believe that he is a name...

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Phenom Open Gym: 1 of 1 Academy

Phenom Open Gym: 1 of 1 Academy Phenom Hoops travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to cover 1 of 1 Academy. Practicing in historic Second Ward Gymnasium, it was a treat to watch the coaching of Head Coach Jermaine Jackson. Talk about attention to detail and heavy emphasis on defense and proper close outs, the players were being coached at an extremely high level. The former Detroit-Mercy and...

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Breaking Down Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025

(1) 6’8 Zymicah Wilkins (R-S Central) There are numerous guys who were in the mix for the top spot in our updated rankings, but Zymicah Wilkins ultimately walked away with the honor. His blend of IQ, size, skill, and polish makes him extremely difficult for most opponents to try and contain. Wilkins can dominate from the block, space the floor, or consistently make plays with the ball in his...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Rare Fall League

2025 Gevonte Ware (1of1): After not getting a chance to play much of the summer, it was great to see the young big man back in action and he looked strong.  Ware was a dominant fixture down in the paint, back to where we saw him before.  He was strong in the post and with his back to the basket, has strong hands and touch around the basket, and is an absolute monster on the boards.  Ware was all...

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Bendel’s Best: Underclassmen at Summer Havoc

Over the last five days, Phenom Hoops was stationed in Fort Mill, South Carolina for our annual Summer Havoc Live. There were two sessions, both loaded with talent and noteworthy matchups, which made for a highly entertaining week of basketball. College coaches were constantly filtering throughout the multiple venues, and numerous offers were extended to players. We’ve already taken a closer...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Lamelo Ball Invitational (Day 1)

2025 Yohance Connor (1of1 Elite): Team 1 of 1 is loaded with talent but on Day 1, Connor was assertive and showcased his presence on both ends of the court.  He displayed tremendous activity on the defensive end, getting after it, playing scrappy, and also understands how to create and capitalize on his own opportunities, scoring-wise. Continues to get downhill and finish. 2025 LJ Britt...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Queen City (Part 1)

2024 Jacob Brandly (Combine Academy): Brandly continues to play at a high level for his team, as he showed his ability to score in a variety of ways.  He filled it up all throughout the event, knocking down shots, showing his pull-up game, a little of his inside feel, and helping on the boards.  His blend of IQ and ability to knock down shots was strong all day long. 2024 Zyan Hager...

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Bishop McGuinness v. Winston-Salem Prep

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Kernersville, North Carolina for a highly competitive, inner-conference battle between the Villains of Bishop McGuinness and the visiting Winston-Salem Prep Phoenix. Given their respective records and the head-to-head matchup, this was an absolutely must-win contest for the Villains. On the other side, Coach Abdul Pittman has done a truly incredible job at...

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