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Team Snow Duo Worthy of Attention

This past weekend, our Phenom Opening took place at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center'where many teams came together to kick off their travel ball season. As expected, the field featured a ton of standouts and intriguing squads. Team Snow Elite certainly deserves to be mentioned among that grouping after competing well against quality competition throughout the weekend. They have a roster...

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Dawkins’ Dimes: PG Nationals and Phenom Opening Standouts

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2023 Kyler Harris (Cap City Scrappers)' You will be hard-pressed to find a player in NCHSAA 4A who had a more individually dominant season at the guard spot. Kyler Harris terrorized opponents this past high school season with some of the more entertaining scoring performances I watched all year. One thing is for sure; Harris is not afraid to take it to any defender. His...

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Phenom Opening Champions

Check out who took home the titles from the Phenom Opening in Rock Hill (SC). Phenom Opening Champions 7th/8th Grade Girls: Team KST9th/10th Grade Girls: Carolina Lady Raptors11u/12u Boys: Charlotte Royals13u: Team Charlotte14u: Wildcats Elite 202715u: WCBA 202616u: Team Hustle 202517u: Cap City Charlotte

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Cooper’s Developments: Phenom Opening

By: Cooper Hart 6'4' '26 Tarris Bouie (Team EAT) Bouie was in the top tier of prospects in this weekend's 15u division. He's a long and athletic wing that, while still physically developing, is more than strong enough to defend up positions and handle contact. He was arguably the best shooter in the division, acting as one of the few five tool shooters in the event. He has incredible shooting...

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Opening (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Tarris Bouie (Team Eat) Having already seen flashes as a freshman this year at Chambers, he immediately came out this weekend showing why he's a name that will emerge as one of the top in his class this summer. He's a sniper from deep and has crazy length to match his skillset, with the ability to get to his spots and hit shots and make good quick reads and finishing them...

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Opening (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Bakari Watkins (Wildcats Elite) As the trend continues to 5-out ball, Bakari will be one of a rare breed in big guys truly operating in the post. He knows how to use his size and find good positioning to be fed, and makes quick moves without ever seeming rushed. His over the shoulder touch is automatic and he's able to draw a lot of attention with the ability and willingness...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Opening

6'8 '26 Will Stevens (Carolina Riptide) There were a ton of promising big men on display, and Stevens was arguably as impressive as any of them'especially being the youngest player on his team. He's still developing strength, but already displays timing, toughness, and a quality motor on both ends of the floor. Stevens utilizes his length very well to finish, secure rebounds, and alter shots...

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Phenom Opening is the BIGGEST TRAVEL BALL EVENT to start the season for Phenom Hoops!

The Phenom Opening is the BIGGEST TRAVEL BALL EVENT to start the season for Phenom Hoops! Nearly 120 teams will be on deck in Rock Hill and York Comprehensive this weekend, with players and teams of all ages being on display!  We can’t wait to see all the talent to kick off the season, as we hope to only BUILD off this momentum! Make sure you check out all the teams this weekend!...

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Why the Phenom Opening is the BEST WAY to start your travel ball season

The high school season has flown by but now 2023 is here and it is time to start looking at the upcoming travel ball season with Phenom Hoops. First up: Phenom Opening / Lady Phenom Opening Phenom Opening (March 11-12) (Boys): https://phenomhoopreport.com/events/phenom-opening-session-i-details-page/ Lady Phenom Opening (March 11-12) (Girls): https://phenomhoopreport.com/lady-phenom-opening/...

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Bendel's Best: Phenom Opening

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a three-day stretch of very entertaining competition. We had a trio of different events taking place from the Hoopstate Championship to the Post Grad Nationals to the Phenom Opening, and each offered its own collection of standouts. Although we still plan to highlight...

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Reece's Standouts from Phenom Opening (Day 3)

by: Ethan Reece2024 Bo Koebbe (East Carolina Phenomz) Overall the Phenomz have a very talented and balanced squad, and Bo is one of their more consistent forces. He has a frame that allows him to play big but he has fluid mobility on the court and uses that to his advantage with his many different moves to the basket. Comfortable outside with the shot and a quality spacer that seems to find the...

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Bethel’s Standouts: Phenom Opening Day 3

By: Kyree Bethel 2026 6'3 Bradley Floyd (Team Loaded) this kid is very special. He has a natural talent that sets him apart from any other athlete that he is competing against. He uses his athleticism to explode over the top of defenders securing the rebound. He can also take it coast to coast and finish above the rim with style. I am very impressed with Bradley because he does it all...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 16u

One of the final championships in the 16u Division, Elite 1 and Fear No One 16u squared off on the court in an exciting game.' Both teams came out strong and traded blows on the court.' For Elite 1, Peter Moye helped lead the charge early for his team, while Fear No One had Jaheim Faison and others get into the scoring column.' Second half, the game only intensified and both teams were trading...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 14u

The day was coming to an end but that just mean that champions needed to be crowned, as Team Loaded NC 2026 Southern went up against Carolina Legend 2026.  Both teams came out firing, with Loaded knocking down shots from three while Legend looked to get several players involved. The hot shooting helped Team Loaded to a 31-18 halftime lead and they didn't slow down in the second half. ...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Opening/Post Grad Nationals

7'0 '23 Babacar Mbengue (Olympus Prep) Although there's a ton of enticing talent, one could legitimately argue that Mbengue has as much upside as anyone in the building. He's big, strong, and pretty fluid, especially for his size. Mbengue does a great job of anchoring the paint on both ends, able to control the glass, protect the rim, and score as needed. He's physically overwhelming and does a...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 15u

Down in the 15u Division, Carolina Riptide 2025 and All-Carolina 15u squared off for the championship. Two teams that have been battle-tested throughout the weekend, were looking to finish off the weekend on top.' It was an intense battle between the two teams, as Trent Steinour and Austin Moran led the charge early. Steinour scored 15 points in the first half to lead the Riptide, but All...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 17u

We continued in the Phenom Opening, as two very talented teams matched up on the arena court. Team CP3 2024, who is loaded with talent all over the court, squared off with another talented Next Level Prospects for a chance to take home the 17u championship.  CP3 came out strong in this one, led by their guys of Bishop Boswell, Maurio Hanson, and others, as they were able to jump out early...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 13u

With all the other games we had going on, we also had the start of travel ball season which only means we had championships going all around the facility on Sunday.' We first started down in the 13u Division, where Lowcountry Elite 2027 and NC Wildcats 2027 squared off.' It was a tight battle early on, with Lowcountry showing the ability to score inside the arc behind R. Middleton and company,...

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Bethel’s Standouts (Phenom Opening, Day 2)

By: Kyree Bethel 2028 5'6 Bryce Ward- This kid is showing that he can score at all 3 levels at such a young age. He has a very quick first step and stays under control when attacking the basket. He keeps his team engaged during the game by being very vocal on both ends of the floor. He played the passing lanes very well getting multiple steals throughout the game. He doesn't lung for steals...

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Reece's Standouts from Phenom Opening (Day 1: Part 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Alex Madrid (TNT Hoopsquad)While the whole guard core showed true balance and impressed with their skillsets, Alex made his case for being the team's top-scoring option. Smooth handle with the ability to create for himself and a true shooter's form. He would be utilized best at the 2 guard but could run the show at the 1 if needed due to the team's system, understanding of...

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Reece's Standouts from Phenom Opening (Day 1: Part 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2025 Amare Adams (Shotcallers Elite)Amare doesn't have much explosiveness, but there's still just so much power in his game. He's a legit bruiser inside that habitually crashes the boards and bullies his defender. Very capable operator with his ability to clear space and take his time, because it's hard for any defender to get in front so the post feed is there every time. He...

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Team Loaded NC 2022

During last summer's crazy travel ball season in which there were no sneaker circuits, one of the most popular teams in the country was Tea Marie Hoops, started by former Division 1 assistant coach, Thomas Carr. Tea Marie Hoops quickly took over the grassroots scene with high level players wearing colorful t-shirts reminiscent of the classic Five Star Basketball Camp shirt. Yes, they were...

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JJ Sati-Grier: Phenom Opening Standout

By: Coach Kelvin Mills JJ Sati-Grier 4’9 2027 (CLT1) JJ is an unselfish, high-motor guard prospect,''with great passing ability and defensive prowess seldom scene at his age and size. I really like what JJ brings to the table. Gritty yet smooth, this young man has great balance to his game. When you need a lockdown, clamp-type defender, he is up for the challenge. Offensively, he can mix...

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Coach Mills Game Report: Greensboro Warriors v. Team Hickory

By: Kelvin Mills Greensbro Warriors versus team hickory 15U.' ' 'The Greensbro Warriors we're just too much. They out powered Team Hickory's smaller lineup.' 'With bigger and more skilled post players along with a plethora of stronger and faster guards. 54-45 victory. Lead by MVP 6'4 wing man Franklin Stocklin. 17points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

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Coach Mills Game Report: Carolina Cavs v. South Carolina Stars

By: Kelvin Mills Carolina Cavs,' versus The South Carolina Stars 15U.' This tournament opener went right down to the wire with neither team ever able to mount a double-digit lead. It was chippy.' Two player technical fouls. With both teams finishing the game in the double bonus.' In the end, the Cavs wore the stars down with pressure defense a relentless attack in the lane and 93% free-throw...

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Player Standouts at Day One of Phenom Challenge Live

CC Elite 6'4 '20 Elijah Hightower- The long, wiry wing prospect was really difficult for the opposition to contain in this contest, especially from beyond the arc. Hightower looked quite strong when spotting-up and working without the ball, but also showed some solid creation skills when taking opponents off the bounce. He utilized his length well on defense and outworked his assignment on the...

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Jaden Seymour, AJ Smith, & Tristan Maxwell READY TO RUN CHARLOTTE! Team CLT 17U Raw Highlights!!!

Check out highlights from Team CLT 17U, who RELOADED in a MAJOR way! They're led by Jaden Seymour, AJ Smith, & Tristan Maxwell this season on the Under Armour Association. These highlights are from the Phenom Opening AAU tournament. They'll be competing this weekend at the Phenom Stay Positive.

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