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POB’s Summer Stock Risers (Part 1)

It certainly hasn't been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, lets start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several-part series, with several more coming your way.

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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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Special K’s Hoops Take: Special K’s Superstars

Matthew Warren 6’8 Elijah Gray of Tennessee Bobcats 17U is a very special talent who is arguably one of the best players in his class, does everything you could ask for. Has a great frame and body that is very attractive to college coaches. Is a three-level scorer who can easily dominate games with his ability. Attacks the rim hard and uses his body and athleticism to finish through defenders;...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts

6’8 Elijah Gray of Tennessee Bobcats 17U is a very special player. Effects the game in so many ways and is just a winner. Shoots the ball well and is a threat to score from anywhere on the court,three level scorer. Rebounds the ball well on both sides of the basketball and has the handle to get to his spots and really fill it up. Easy to tell why he is a highly touted player! Arguably one of the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 1 at #PhenomStayPositive (Part 3)

2022 6’8 Elijah Gray (Tennessee Bobcats): Gray was off the charts in Game 1 on Day 1, scoring 29 points to help his team to a victory.  He made his presence known all over the court, as the stretch forward was a mismatch scoring from the perimeter, putting it on the deck, and rebounding then pushing it out in transition. 2022 6’3 Sam Cogan (Team Denver NC): Cogan continues to produce every...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc

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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Noteworthy Storylines for Phenom Summer Havoc: Team Curry Preparing for Battle

Right now, there are various opinions about the “who’s who” of grassroots basketball—specifically within North Carolina. Throughout the summer, Team Curry has been at the forefront of those conversations due to their crossroads between success and a roster full of appealing prospects. This upcoming weekend, their 16U group will be in attendance at our Summer Havoc and should have the opportunity...

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Major Breakout Candidates for North Carolina’s Class of 2022

The high school/grassroots development process differs greatly from that of any other level in basketball. Obviously these young players are going through physical changes, some for better and some for worse, which will ultimately help sculpt their overall basketball identity. However, there are also more critical checkpoints during this journey as opposed to the higher levels. This isn’t meant...

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What Does Elijah Gray to Ardrey Kell Mean?

Opportunity is one of the most surefire methods for determining how effective a player can be, both in the present day and into the future. There’s an abundance of former players who saw limited opportunities and then seized control of their fate when the timing was right. Well, that time is rapidly approaching for Elijah Gray, a skilled, versatile, 6-foot-8 forward who is absolutely brimming...

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Carmel Christian v. Wesleyan Christian

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled to High Point, North Carolina as the Trojans of Wesleyan Christian prepared to host the Carmel Christian Cougars. These are currently two of the better private school teams in the state and, with Ben Burnham and Justin Taylor out for Carmel, this contest had all the makings of an absolute battle. Both squads are hunting for their chance to vie for a state...

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Miles Magical Five: #CCSTOC19 Night One

6’4 2021 AJ Smith: Hickory Grove Christian 31 Points AJ Smith has proved to be one of the most intimidating backcourt players in the HoopState with his dawg like mentality and grown man physical traits. He competes at both ends of the floor with a ton of purpose, finishing with 4 steals by the halftime break and continued his relentlessness at the other end of the floor. Smith found a way to...

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NC Phenom 150 Session 2 All Tournament 2022

Class Height No. Name City State High School 2022 7′0″ 113 Patrick Wessler Matthews NC David W. Butler 2022 6’5″ 91 Elijah Gray Charlotte NC Carmel Christian High School 2022 6′3″ 74 Kris Mickens Clemmons NC West Forsyth High School 2022 6′3″ 72 Drew Watkins Kernersville NC Northwest Guilford High School 2022 5′11″ 22 Isaiah Tate Kings Mountain NC Kings Mountain High School  ...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from the NC Phenom 150 Session II (Part II)

For the second weekend in a row, Phenom Hoop Report headed to Proehlific Park to check out the talent from around the state of North Carolina and it may have been the best group of talent we have had in one 150 camp. The talent was absolutely everywhere and at all ages but here are just a few names that really stood out to our scouts on Sunday. — 2022 6’6 Elijah Gray Gray continues to...

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Poised to Breakout: North Carolina’s Class of 2022

With the summer season behind us, there’s no better time to reexamine all the high school classes. The Class of 2022 will be entering their sophomore season and has an abundance of uncovered talent. This summer has given Phenom Hoops a chance to get a closer look at some prospects that we feel are underrated and have the chance to breakout this season. This article will take a deeper look at...

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Elon Elite Camp’s Super Six and More

Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Elon University to cover the inaugural Elite Camp under first year head coach Mike Schrage. Elon’s staff of  Jonathan Holmes, Mark Adams, Allen Payne, Tyler Lewis and Josh Pierre did a remarkable job of putting together an excellent roster of talent. In addition, the camp was well organized and scout friendly as the players participated in stations, skill...

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Early Standouts at Phenom Summer Finale

6’2 ’22 LeBron Thomas (FIBA) No player was more impressive than Thomas, especially given how calmly he controlled the action on both ends of the floor. He’s a proven playmaker and defender, but it was his ability to knock down three-pointers with excellent consistency that made such a strong impression. Thomas continues to solidify that he’s an elite prospect and should be recruited as such....

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Champion Showcase

6’6 ’22 Elijah Gray (Team Synergy) In many ways, Gray was among the most impressive players from day two of Phenom Champion Showcase. He showcased a newfound aggression and actually played his best two-way game while nearly angry. Gray handles the ball quite well, especially for his size, and scored the ball in a variety of different ways. He worked from the block, displayed footwork, finished...

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North Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Che Roth   #3:5’10 ’20 Camian Shell (Parkland) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a pretty well-defined skillset at camp, Camian Shell. He’s a strong, quick point guard prospect that knows how to effectively run a team on both sides of the ball. Shell has a formidable jumper, but is at his best when getting downhill and attacking the basket, especially on...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Dre Simmons   #33: 5’7 ’21 Kabe Ellis (Andrews, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that was among the most impressive playmakers on display, Kabe Ellis. He’s a somewhat small point guard prospect with incredible IQ and craftiness, which allows him to simply carve the opposition whenever he desires. Ellis takes care of the ball very well and sees the entire floor at...

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