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2024 6’9 Jarin Stevenson is ready for the national spotlight

At the Summer Havoc Session 2, there was one team that I was extremely excited about watching and getting a glimpse of the future.  It was my first time seeing Team United 16u in action this summer with Phenom Hoops and they didn’t disappoint, as they went undefeated throughout the event. There were a few players that I was familiar with and had already seen in action but one player that I...

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Scoring, Facilitating, and Pushing the Tempo: 2022 Marcus Willis (Charlotte Royals)

The Phenom Hoops Summer Havoc has come and gone, as college coaches were able to get a glimpse of the future for their programs.  Many players showcased their talents on the court and earned great exposure, especially after this past year in which there were limited opportunities. Several players though made a case in why college coaches should be looking more their way, as they may have...

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Three Juniors Slated for Major Breakouts

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted our annual Summer Havoc at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. There was a ton of basketball between the two sessions and four total days of action, which presented college coaches of all levels to get out and evaluate prospective talent. While most of the attention was directed to rising seniors (and rightfully...

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2022 Joel Baucom continues to show his range and overall feel for the game

The Phenom Summer Havoc brought many eyes on players from college coaches and scouts, giving a chance to showcase their game.  One player that captured a few eyes was 2022 6’3 Joel Baucom from the Mint Hill Lakers, as he continued to showcase his range from all around the court but also gave people a glimpse that he is much more than just a shooter. First thing is first, Baucom has shown in...

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Built for the next level: 2023 6’7 Matai Baptiste (Vaughan/ Ridley)

It can be funny how scouts can come across a player sometimes.  One of the more recent players that I came across and is relatively unknown on the court was 2023 6’7 Matai Baptiste.  Just roaming around and checking out some of the action, I happened to stumble across Vaughan Panthers Basketball 16u, a team full of talent from Canada. While walking by, it was then when I saw Baptiste...

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Teams Catching Eyes at the Summer Havoc

The big names were out and about at the Summer Havoc, bringing a ton of talent that you may have already heard about. However, there were several other teams that caught our eyes with their play in Rock Hill; ones that may not always get the attention they deserve. Here are three teams that caught my eyes, whether it was their energy, their style of play, or their competitiveness.

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FIBA SC trio show out at the Summer Havoc

One team that really captured our eyes and made a mark in Rock Hill was FIBA SC 2022, as they finished undefeated throughout the two events, going 8-0 at the Summer Havoc.  A talented group for sure, the biggest story from the event was the trio that was off the charts all throughout.  2022 6’3 Lebron Thomas, 2022 6’2 Xzavier Thaggard, and 2022 6’0 Joseph Durant were tremendous on the floor,...

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Unsigned Seniors from Summer Havoc

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted our annual Summer Havoc at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. There was a ton of basketball between the two sessions and four total days of action, which presented college coaches of all levels to get out and evaluate prospective talent. There were numerous standouts, and multiple were actually unsigned seniors who...

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Harnessing His Tools: Lawrence Bartee

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted our annual Summer Havoc at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. There was a ton of basketball between the two sessions and four total days of action, which presented college coaches of all levels to get out and evaluate prospective talent. While there were numerous standouts, one could argue that no prospect did more...

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College Coaches Buzzing About the Carolina Riptide

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted our annual Summer Havoc at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. There was a ton of basketball between the two sessions and four total days of action, which presented college coaches of all levels to get out and evaluate prospective talent. After years of building this empire, Coach Grant Hodges gets to see the...

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2022 Cole Sinclair puts everyone on notice with impressive scoring output

There were several incredible and memorable performances at the Phenom Summer Havoc. Whether it was teams or players, it was certainly fun to watch.  But one player continued to capture our eyes with his impressive outburst scoring the ball in every game he played. 2022 Cole Sinclair for the Durham Hurricanes put on a show throughout the four days in Rock Hill.  He looked like a man on...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc

Finally, after nearly two years, Phenom Hoops returned to host our first LIVE period event of the travel ball season. Although most college coaches (D2/D3/NAIA/JUCO) have already been allowed to travel for the last calendar year, this is only the second opportunity (aside from the NCHSAA/NCISAA session) for Division I coaches to see prospects in-person. While there were plenty of standouts...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Havoc (Sunday)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Jacob Hand (Louisville Prospects)Jacob was a strong and steady presence down low for a Prospects team that needed him down the stretch as they held off a rallying comeback. He protected the paint and ran the court off his boards, showing off his versatility. He made moves down low to finish but also was able to get downhill as was the case in his game-winning floater as time...

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Team Hardaway Jr. 2023 comes away undefeated and impressive at Summer Havoc

There were several teams that came away impressed with their play in Rock Hill at the Summer Havoc.  One team though, that may not always catch the national eyes, played incredibly well all throughout and really made their mark on the tournament. The Team Hardaway Jr. program is a talented one down in Florida and is one that is quietly showing others that they are a team to watch.  They may...

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Big men show out at Phenom Summer Havoc

The talent was rich in Rock Hill throughout Session 1 and Session 2 of the Phenom Summer Havoc. Storylines were developed all throughout but one that really seemed to capture my eyes was the production and talent from the bigs.  Here are just a few of the big men that captured my eyes all throughout the event and certainly should and will be priorities for college coaches of all levels. 2022...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’2 2025 Cedric Kenan (TSB 2024) I have been familiar with Cedric’s game since session one and he impressed me, but after his performance this afternoon against Virginia Warriors Elite, I felt that it was only right to talk about him from a more in-depth perspective. When I watch Kenan, the first thing I notice about him is how high his motor is as he is always the first one to...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers at Summer Havoc, Sunday Edition

6’3 2022 Lebron Thomas (FibaSC)- Thomas has been somewhat passive at times in the past but those days are obviously over, he has been in full attack mode all weekend, Thomas came down to Rock Hill with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Thomas absolutely lived in the paint, defenders struggled to stay in front of him and zones didn’t suffice either. Thomas has an advanced layup...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’0 2025 Cedric Kenan Shortly after announcing his reclassification into the class of 2025, Kenan made it a purpose to play the weekend with a high level of intensity and focus. Today against a talented Virginia Warriors squad, he was undoubtedly the team’s most engaged player. He played with intensity until the final buzzer sounded, even when it looked as if momentum was...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Havoc (Saturday)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Kameron Roberts (Warriors TBT)Without a doubt the biggest workhorse I saw on the day. He gave defenders the work no matter where on the court, and his unique physique allows him to play and guard any position. He’s got the athleticism and quickness to get downhill and the muscle to bully others down low. Plays so tough on a team that centered totally around defensive...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 1, Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’2 2024 Bobby Hardison (Carolina Riptide 2024/Lake Norman)  I’ve been aware of Bobby for a full year now, and have watched him really begin to come into his own. Coming off a solid freshman season playing with the junior varsity squad, Hardison’s ability to score from all 3-levels at a fair rate should lead him to being a varsity-level contributor. I think the cast making up...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers at Summer Havoc Day 2 (Part 2)

By: Brandon Blakney 6’3 2023 Parker Hodgson (Elav)- Hodgson plays with a chip on his shoulder and has a nice swagger about his game on the court. I witnessed him try to dunk on three defenders, he attacks the cup with reckless abandonment and doesn’t care who has reservations to meet him at the rim. In the evening matchups, Hodgson went off for twenty-seven and grabbed the attention of...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Summer Havoc Session Day 2 (Part 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’9 2024 Jarin Stevenson (Team United EYBL 2024) One of my favorite players that I’ve seen all of session two so far is Jarin Stevenson. What drew my attention to Jarin immediately was how well he was able to put the ball on the deck at his size and age. He also has a smooth-looking jump shot as well, so with his size, and the ability to shoot the basketball, it makes his ceiling...

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

2022 Brady Moore (Louisville Prospects): Moore took advantage of the stage that was set, going for an impressive 20-point performance vs. the Royals.  The 6’5 prospect brings a strong frame and plays physical in getting downhill, putting the ball on the deck and finishing well with toughness.  Just really like how strong he plays on the court. 2022 Xavier McKelvy (Charlotte Royals):...

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Noah’s Hoopers Session 2 Day 1 (Part 1)

By: Noah Hooper 6’8 2022 Kingston Christie (NLPB Big Cats 17U) Although Christie has not developed into his body fully, that is what makes this kid an intriguing prospect. What caught my attention with Christie was not a finesse or flashy style of play, but the things he did to play the role that his team needed such as running the floor hard, being active on defense, crashing the offensive, and...

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Summer Havoc Player Spotlight: Session 2 (Day 1)

By: Heath Gulledge 2024 6’2 Miles Beard (CC Elite 16u) Beard came out in the first game of the day on fire. He was getting it done from all levels on the offensive end. He really excels in the catch-and-shoot scenarios but also knows how to find his shot coming off screens and using the dribble to get open. He showed potential to get to the basket and finish around defenders as the game went...

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

2023 Gabriel Hernandez (Team Hardaway): The 5’10 guard really surprised and caught some eyes with his play on Day 1 of Session 2.  Some may not expect his game but this is a young man that comes and competes, has good quickness to get by defenders, scrappy on both sides of the ball, and really shows some surprising athleticism to his game that many wouldn’t expect.  He should be one...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers (Summer Havoc Session 1, Day 2)

By: Brandon Blakney 6’5 2024 Rakease Passmore (NLPB)- Passmore might have had the most upside of any player I witnessed today, at 6’5 he’s a true wing and has the skill set that translates immediately at the next level. Passmore is an explosive athlete that’s capable of playing above the rim, he can make shots off the catch and shoot, and he’s capable of creating off the dribble. Passmore showed...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 2, Part 3)

2022 Patrick Wessler (CC Elite): Big Patrick Wessler showed it all and is continuing to play at an elite level.  Honestly, he is showing so many reasons why he is one of the top big men in the country.  With such a dominant performance, Wessler showed the touch, the footwork, the strength, and how to be an absolute monster on the boards.  2023 Gregory Jackson (CP3): In terms of excitement and...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Havoc (Friday: Part 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Landon Johnson (NC Rim Runners)Typically with younger posts, they get in a rush and don’t necessarily have the feel for the game yet. Not the case with Landon. Standing at 6’8 and with a long frame to put to work, he did just that by spreading the floor. His team did a good job of feeding him down low to accompany his offensive putbacks, but he also was able to step out and...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 2, Part 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’5 2023 Jalen Walker (Brand X 17U) When you watch Walker on the court you are gonna notice that he sticks out as one of the more elite athletes, and he uses this to his advantage, especially in transition situations. Furthermore, given Walker’s length, the ability to put the ball on the deck really throws off defenses as he is able to blow by bigger defenders with ease. Although...

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