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Special K’s Hoops Take: Best of August (Part 1)

This August was a month full of very intriguing talent and potential amongst the abundance of teams and players that attended our events. Talent everywhere from High Major Division 1 to Division 3 level players competed all month long. Of the many players I saw this August, a few players really stood out and either made a name for themselves or showed why they were already highly touted.

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc (Familiar Faces)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops continued what has been an unusual, yet exciting summer season at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In terms of talent, this event was as loaded as any within our schedule over the last month. Some programs made their debut while others continued to separate themselves from the pack. This article will take a closer look at some...

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Evening Standouts at Phenom Summer Havoc

6’6 ’22 Jalen Hood-Schifino (Team CP3) This Team CP3 roster is arguably the most loaded group of prospects on display, and Hood-Schifino was as impressive as anyone in attendance. He’s already established himself as a high-level player over the years, but has really started to vault himself into elite territory over the last six months. Hood-Schifino is an incredible playmaker and game manager...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Late Standouts

6’5 Mike Herrin of Manzer 17U is long, lengthy, and smooth. Can handle the ball well and gets to the basket very well. Shows ability to score from all three levels; Has a good midrange pull up. Shoots the ball pretty well and can also create for his teammates. Division 2 schools should definitely be recruiting him heavy. Low maintenance guy with great potential.  6’7 Earl Burgess of Team...

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Early Standouts at Day One of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’7 ’21 Earl Burgess (Team 864) It’s easy to appreciate someone like Burgess, who is so noticeably effective without ever needing to be the primary focus on either end of the floor. He simply makes plays and understands how to maximize his presence. Burgess is long, wiry, and moves very well for his size. He runs the floor properly in transition, makes smart decisions with or without the ball,...

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Toby Harris: An Underdog Story

Each year, Phenom Hoops is witness to all types of unforeseen circumstances, whether it comes in the form of player transfers, high school powerhouses emerging, or surprises within recruitment. Right now, all three are happening. There are constant rumors swirling about player movement and reclassifications, but not enough discussions centered on the underrated, deserving prospects that aren’t...

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Carolina Flyers: Full of Next-Level Talent

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Rock Hill, South Carolina for our annual Queen City Showcase. There were dozens of quality teams from each age group and countless prospects worth noting for college coaches. Though they’ve been somewhat underrated as a program throughout the years, the Carolina Flyers possess the necessary mentality and prospects to consistently attract colleges....

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Special K’s Superstars (Top 10 from #PhenomQCShowcase)

Shakir sat baseline all throughout the weekend, covering a ton of talent. There were several names that stood out to him, which can be found in our previous articles. But here are his Top-10 guys from the weekend in Rock Hill. Check out the impressive list.

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Queen City Showcase

The Phenom Hoops’ travel schedule is officially back in full swing, as we traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for our Queen City Showcase this past weekend. There was an abundance of talent in the gym, which led to numerous standout performers across the weekend. This article will take a closer, more detailed look at some of those personal...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Queen City Showcase

6’0 ’21 Khalil Brantley (Mint Hill Lakers) There should be no disputing the notion that Brantley was the most utterly dominant performer from this contest. He’s a compact guard with quickness, craftiness, and the ability to generate shots (and convert) from anywhere on the floor. Brantley gets downhill whenever he wants, displays great athleticism, and makes a ton of plays in transition. ...

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Queen City Showcase Team Outlook: Carolina Flyers 2021

Rock Hill will be loaded with talent and Phenom Hoops wants to not only get everyone ready for an exciting event but also make sure we provide exposure for teams and players all throughout. We start previewing teams and players that coaches and fans will want to check out at the event.

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“Getting to Know” Toby Harris

North Carolina Top 80 Player Introductions Being able to put a positive spin on a negative situation isn’t usually thought of as an important trait in the game of basketball. However, Toby Harris took the devastating injury to MJ Rice as an opportunity to step up and showcase his next-level abilities. It would’ve benefitted no one for Durham Academy to throw their hands up and quit on the...

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Coach Rick’s Top Gun “All State Shooters”

Coach Rick’s Top Gun “All State Shooters” We have often heard shooters translate at every level. Efficient shooters can change the course of the game and at the end of the day, it’s about putting the ball in the basket. The team with the most points wins. While there are different attributes that are necessary in the game of basketball, shooting is at the top of the list. Now, let’s take a...

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Charlotte Latin advances to NCISAA 4A State Championship

Charlotte Latin advances to NCISAA 4A State Championship Charlotte Latin 68 Durham Academy 62 Coach Chris Burger of Charlotte Latin is highly regarded as one of the premier coaches in the Charlotte Metro area. His teams are prepared, fundamentally sound, and play with poise and maturity. The majority of his lineup is juniors and seniors that has been with the program since they were freshmen....

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Durham Academy v. Village Christian Game Recap

The third game of Phenom Hoops’ City of Oaks Classic was another incredibly tight, neck-and-neck contest between the Durham Academy Cavaliers and Village Christian Knights. It opened up in favor of the Cavaliers behind the play of Cole Sinclair and Toby Harris. However, the Knights quickly turned things around through the leadership of sheer dominance of Zavian McLean. Village Christian held...

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Session I Player Standouts at Phenom’s City of Oaks Classic

Louisburg: 6’3 ’21 Elijah Jamison The point guard was simply exceptional during the opening contest of Phenom’s City of Oaks Classic. He displayed the ability to create space against any assignment and relentlessly scored the ball from all levels. Jamison has an excellent frame and absorbs contact really well on penetration chances. He also possesses an incredible feel for the game. There’s a...

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An Absolute Bloodbath: Durham Academy vs. Granville Central

This Saturday, Phenom Hoops will travel to Trinity Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina for our second annual City of Oaks Classic. We’ve already previewed three of the five matchups, but this one could arguably be the most exciting game on tap. There’s going to be no shortage of talent or high-level basketball this weekend, as each of these ten teams is certainly worth viewing. Durham Academy...

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