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Summer Finale Team Previews: NC Spartans Haidinger

5’9 Riggs Handy Regardless of departures or overall roster turnover, Handy remains the top shooter on the roster. He’s undersized but effortlessly fills it up from beyond the arc. Handy doesn’t require the ball to make his presence felt, as his lethal spot-up ability forces opponents to stay attached at all times. He possesses a rapid release and only needs a slight glimmer of daylight to get...

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College-Worthy Rosters at Summer Havoc: NC Spartans Haidinger

Last week, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Fort Mill, South Carolina to host our annual Summer Havoc Live. The event featured a slew of noteworthy teams and players, which naturally led to a ton of college coaches attending to find their next program-changing piece. While a lot of attention was centered around a handful of teams, college coaches were able to find worthy prospects at seemingly...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Summer Havoc (Catawba Ridge, Part 1)

2023 Caleb Ellison (NC Spartans): Ellison might have not been the leading scorer for his team but really enjoyed his presence and how he ran the show on the court for his team. He showed tremendous balance in reading the floor, attacking in transition, creating off the dribble and getting into the paint, showing nice touch on his shot or finding open teammates when he penetrated.2023 Thomas...

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Dawkins’ Dimes: Phenom Challenge Part 1

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Joseph Thompson (Raising Young Men/South Central High School)  Joseph has been amongst the more impressive players I’ve seen this weekend. He’s a well-built off-guard that shows comfort handling the ball and finding the lane. Rather than consistently looking for his own points, Thompson is comfortable making winning plays and finding teammates. 6’2 2022 Nicholas...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Challenge

6’4 ’23 Nick Elliott (New Light Disciples) The New Light Disciples had a variety of standouts in this contest, and Elliott was as impressive as anyone. He’s a lethal shooter with size, vision, and some ability off the bounce. Elliott can comfortably hit shots off the catch or bounce, both at a high percentage, and forces the opposition to stay attached along the perimeter. Elliott also displays...

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Open Gym Report: NC Spartans 17U Haidinger

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...

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