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Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC: Class of 2023 (Part 2)

2023 Jacob Tiller (Team Swish): Tiller was a consistent presence on the court and really showed that he can lead the charge offensively.  But outside of his offensive capabilities, Tiller showed that he is a hard-nosed, tough, and a player that leaves it all out on the court.  He plays with high energy, brings good athleticism, and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Offensively though, he...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Session 2, Day 3)

2024 Reece Ketron (GATA): The 6’9 forward was a nice presence down in the paint for his team, using his length well to his advantage and staying engaged on the floor.  The forward moves well, running the floor on both ends, getting to his spots in the post, showing a nice feel with his back to the basket, and being extremely active on the boards.  He created multiple second-chance opportunities...

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Prospects in the Class of 2023 to Watch at Phenom Team Camp

This upcoming weekend, Phenom Hoops will host our annual June Team Camp at the Rise Indoor Facility in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. The event is slated to feature a talented mix of players and teams preparing for the month of July (in addition to the somewhat distant high school season), and this article will take a brief look at some of the prospects on display. We will first delve into some of...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Grassroots TOC Day 1

2023 Kanye Nelson (York County Legends): Nelson came out strong and really put his name on the map out there to start his weekend.  He simply torched the nets, especially from three as he knocked down multiple threes without even hitting the rim.  He played confidently, showcasing his ability to knock down shots, create for himself at times, and attack in transition. 2023 Brock Rose (Team...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Bishop Boswell vs Evan Smith as Ardrey Kell Defeats South Meck HS in 704 Showdown!

Phenom Hoops headed out on a Tuesday night to check on two of the premier programs making noise in the Charlotte area as South Meck welcomed in Ardrey Kell. Great battle with great talent on the court. Bishop Boswell and Peter Moye led the charge for South Meck but was it enough to overcome Brock Rose and Evan Smith? Check it all out!

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Phenom Game Report: Ardrey Kell vs. South Meck (Boys)

We are back after the holidays, as Phenom Hoops hit the road to check in on the talent around the state.  We headed down to South Meck high school Tuesday night, as they were welcoming in Ardrey Kell.  Two premier programs in the area dueled it out, as it was a fun battle to watch.  Early in the first half, both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket; neither team was able...

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Players stepping up at Ardrey Kell

Ardrey Kell, led by head coach Mike Craft, has certainly been a well-known program in North Carolina over the years, producing some strong talent over the years.  This year isn’t anything different, as many already know about the senior guard Evan Smith who is committed to Army.  But there are others to look at for this team, as the Knights are playing extremely well to start the...

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Weddington vs Ardrey Kell Game Summary

Phenom Hoops travelled to Ardrey Kell to cover one of the premier high school early season matchups. Weddington is coached by Gary Ellington and led them to their first ever NCHSAA 3A state championship last season. Year in, year out, Ardrey Kell is considered one of the top teams in the area and is coached by Mike Craft. Coach Gary Ellington and Coach Mike Craft are outstanding high school...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Ardrey Kell

Ardrey Kell had a special season last year, making a deep run in the playoffs before ultimately falling just short in taking home the championship.  But now the Knights are back under Coach Craft and though they may look a little different than last season, they are still a very dangerous team.  Let’s dive into what we saw on the court. When you talk about Ardrey Kell, you have to start with...

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Poised to Breakout: Five Players Slated for an Uptick in Production

One of the most exciting parts about watching notable players graduate is getting to see how their teammates respond to said departure. Naturally, the show must go on, but there are usually structural kinks to work out within the bigger scheme of things. This article concept has appeared twice before, and largely represented guys who were somewhat under the radar. Now, after the entire summer...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Grind

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina to conclude the month of July with our annual Summer Grind. While the vast majority of programs are utilizing this period to rest and recover, there were still plenty of guys who couldn’t resist another weekend of competition. Although not with their normal teams, there was still a...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1, Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’5 2023 Brock Rose (Team Synergy/Ardrey Kell)  Brock Rose has consistently proven himself to be one of the more talented scorers in almost every single event I’ve ever watched him play in. I heavily take that into account when speaking about him to others. He’s someone who I believe could easily lead a varsity program in scoring, but plays on a team full of talent. I believe...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1: Part 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2026s Jaquan Clay and Cole Cloer (Carolina Rockets)Can’t mention one of these guys without the other. They both are big and athletic forwards that have hit the early growth spurts, blessed with the natural ability to score. Even for young 2026s, they were men amongst boys as they flew around in their press getting steals and breaking out in transition. While eventually others...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1, Part 3)

2023 Trey Green (Team EAT): Green came through Rock Hill and once again showed why he is a hot target for so many schools and that should only continue to grow.  Green’s game is absolutely mesmerizing at times, as he plays with such great pace, quick handles, change of direction, and has a high-major feel for how to operate on the floor.  He is and has been one of my favorite players...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Grind

6’2 ’25 Jerron Blackwell (Charlotte Nation) Despite not playing with his usual group, Blackwell still found ways to stand out and operate as a leader for this squad. He’s smart, poised, and extremely mature, especially at this stage in his development. Blackwell is a reliable scorer with a well-rounded skillset, but doesn’t even need to chase point totals in order to make a consistent impact....

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Ardrey Kell

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Day 2 at Phenom MDC (Part 2)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’0 2023 Caleb Senyo (NLPB 803)  Caleb has built a reputation of one of the more consistent, tough guards in his class. He’s become known in my eyes for challenging top guards and facilitating at a high level. His court vision has been remarkable, now he’s starting to really expand his scoring capabilities altogether. He’s just as defensively focused as he was this previous...

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Galvani’s Standouts from Day 2 at Phenom MDC

By: Lauren Galvani 2022 6’7 Jeremy Dixon (Team EAT 17u) Ultimate team-first player! Aggressive and physical wing who is explosive in the open court. Did a good job of rebounding the ball and was able to go coast to coast on multiple occasions. Jeremy is a 3 level scorer and while he has a knack for scoring the ball, he did a great job of finding his open teammates. Good use of both hands...

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Queen City Showcase Team Preview: Team Synergy 16u

The Queen City Showcase in Rock Hill this weekend is going to be off the charts.  With talent all on the floor, livestreams streaming the games, and a ton of coverage from Phenom Hoops, this is going to be one of the best events to start the travel ball season. That is why we wanted to get a leg up on it, as we spoke to several coaches that will be bringing their teams to South Carolina...

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#PhenomQCMSS Standouts: Late Morning/Early Afternoon @ NW School of The Arts

Game Four: Team Loaded 704 14U (67) Vs Charlotte Dragons 14U (37) Charlotte Dragons: 5’10 2023 Brock Rose: 14 Points Rose is a hard nosed young off-ball guard that can shoot it from deep, finish through contact at the rim, and always play the game with a ton of heart and purpose.  He was one of the more reliable offensive options for a Charlotte Dragons team with some interesting pieces. 5’9...

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