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Last week, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville, North Carolina for the NC Spartans’ media day. The practice featured their five 17U squads, which allowed us to see the differences in style and roster construction between each team. We’ve seen this program put kids in college on a yearly basis, yet this might honestly be their most talented group from top to bottom....read more
2025 Malik Morris (Save Sports): The 6’6 forward is a young big man but he really showed flashes of what he can bring to the table. He possesses a strong frame and a developing game on the court, but he used his size, length and physicality well to finish strong around the basket and remain active all throughout the game on Day 1. He is a young big but one to monitor as he continues to get...read more
We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...read more
By: Malcolm Morgan 2024 DJ Shine (Upward Stars) This kid is super talented! He was impressive all day long. He has a nice mid-range touch to him and there was really nothing that could speed him up. He was hitting shots and getting to the rim at will, making some tough passes, and doing a great job of using his body and creating space. Overall a solid crafty point guard who coaches need to...read more
The Phenom Grassroots TOC is this weekend in Rock Hill/Fort Mill, as it is the first LIVE Period with Phenom Hoops this season. The talent pool runs deep throughout and we want to give college coaches a leg up on who to watch and who will be in action. Here are a few players to check out for each team, presented by the head coach. NC Spartans 16u Liles Player Name: Kaleb RoopeClass:...read more
by: Ethan Reece2025 Kellen Karr (NLPB)Kellen had eye-popping coordination for a big his age. He’s not your typical big, having a lot of athleticism and natural skills that make basketball look rather easy. His adjustments around the basket and ability to handle the ball in transition make him a tough matchup and unique talent. And while he was the tallest guy that could be put to use down low as...read more
On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops (Jeff Bendel, Tyler Lewis, and Colby Lewis) traveled out to Bishop McGuinness High School for the NC Spartans Media Day. The Spartans should be well-known as one of the better independent programs across the Carolinas, and their current group is no exception. Josh Thompson is the director, but Herb Liles, Kerry Graves, Curtis Patton, Ryan Haidinger, Michael Bowers, and...read more