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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Carmel Christian

Phenom Hoops continued their travel around North Carolina for the Open Gym Tour, then making a late-night stop at Carmel Christian.  The Cougars had a special year last season but came up just short in their quest for a state championship. But Carmel is back on the court and ready for another chance to make a championship run. 2022 6’7 Cade Tyson will be looked at as one of the senior...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 1)

Luke Lentz 2022 Lebron Thomas (FIBA): This young man continues to produce effectively and consistently every time he steps on the floor. Not sure what else needs to be seen, as the 6’3 point guard really impacts the floor in an array of ways. He scores the ball incredibly well, aggressively getting downhill and finishing through and around defenders, while also racking up the assists and...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom 757 Showcase

6’7 ’23 Ben Nicol (West Virginia Generals) Although the entire roster is loaded with reliable shooters, Nicol constantly found ways to stand out and shine. He’s smart and quite skilled for his size, which naturally leads to mismatches, but also produces very well inside the arc. Nicol shoots the ball with range, consistency, and repeatable mechanics. That being said, he actively looks to take...

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POB’s Standouts from Champion Showcase (Day 1)

2022 Bryce Alfino (Team Charlotte): On a team that is loaded with next-level talent, Alfino grabbed our attention with his impact on both sides of the court.  Defensively, he gets after it and creates a lot of havoc for opponents.  Alfino is in your face, scrappy, and has tremendous timing in creating steals.  Offensively, he showcased a smooth, confident shot from behind the arc as well.  2022...

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Mint Hill Lakers Trio Preparing to Turn Heads

The start of July brings another month of travel basketball and watching these young prospects get recruited by college programs across the LIVE periods. After watching these teams prepare throughout the recent months, the time has finally come for their hard work to pay dividends. We’ve seen countless different teams since March, including the Mint Hill Lakers, a team who should have dozens of...

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Stock Risers of NCISAA (Session 2) LIVE Period – Class of 2022

Phenom Hoops was on deck throughout the weekend at Forsyth Country Day for the NCISAA Live Period (Session 2), where teams throughout the state of North Carolina came to compete in front of college coaches. It was great to see all the teams and players in action over the weekend, as we are looking to bring you the stars and stock risers for each class from the weekend. We will continue with the stock risers for the class of 2022.

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Carmel Christian looking to reload and preparing for another big upcoming season

If you paid attention to high school basketball in North Carolina last season at all, you would have known how much fun it was to watch Carmel Christian on the court.  A team loaded with talent looked almost unstoppable but they came up just short in earning another state championship. With the likes of Ben Burnham, Glenn Bynum, and a few others now gone, there are a few new names that will...

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POB’s Standouts from Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 2, Part 2)

2022 Zeke Cannedy (Team HOPE 2022): Cannedy had himself a game on Day 2 of the Phenom G3 Showcase.  He really gave us a glimpse of his entire game, stretching the floor with his perimeter shooting (knocking down five 3-pointers), but also creating separation inside or getting to the line.  He was aggressive all game long and really came up big in a narrow win. Impressive game when...

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Player Standouts at Phenom G3 Showcase

6’5 ’22 Chase Lowe (CC Elite) It would be extremely difficult for anyone who watched this contest to say anything other than positives in regards to Lowe. His leadership is evident through his seemingly nonstop all-around production. Lowe runs a team exceptionally well, and utilizes his playmaking and size advantage to cause a ton of matchup problems for opponents. He displays great defensive...

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Mint Hill Lakers continue their winning ways at Phenom Stay Positive

Head coach Glenn Bynum Sr. and the Mint Hill Lakers have been making a ton of noise this summer, now winning two straight championships at the Phenom Challenge and the Phenom Stay Positive.  But when you look at the group that they have, you can easily see why they continue to rack up the W’s; they are an unselfish, gritty, and battle-tested group with players that simply give it their all...

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Carmel Christian Sits atop Phenom Hoops’ NCISAA Rankings

Each year, Phenom Hoops’ high school rankings (NCISAA/NCHSAA/Sweet Sixteen) always seem to get folks worked up. Like most rankings list, they simply don’t matter. They are opinion-based and have no actual effect on the teams or players involved, perhaps beyond receiving some minor attention. However, the competitive balance is more evident now than the last few seasons. That being said, Carmel...

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PSB Elite 16 UA Rise has talent everywhere you look

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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South Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Jake Senyo   #74: 5’8 ’23 Jordan Frazer (Columbia) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased an advanced skillset and overall feel for the game, Jordan Frazer. He’s a young, smart point guard prospect with a tight handle and sharp quickness, which allows him to dictate the offensive action quite effectively. Frazer is a capable playmaker with nice vision, but his...

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Western North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Donnell Burch   #18: 5’7 ’20 John Bonney (Rabun Gap) Starting things off, we look at a player that did a lot of things well during his time at camp, John Bonney. He’s an extremely quick lead guard prospect with a high motor and the ability to touch the paint and attack the basket with regularity. Bonney has a tight handle and does a great job of setting up his teammates for...

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Phenom Summer Havoc: Miles Late Night Standouts

6’9 2023 Callum Richard: Team Loaded NC 2023 Richard has all of the makings of a high level prospect, his ability to protect the rim, finish around the basket, and provide an excellent anchor on the defensive end with his communication skills.  His physical gifts and natural feel for the game allow him the chance to become an immediate impact guy at the high school level next year at Gaston Day....

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Early Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Team Camp

6’9 ’20 Obinna Killen (Chapmanville) It would be difficult to not be impressed with Killen, a long, high-motor forward with elite athleticism and physical tools. He’s able to assert his will and control action in the paint on every possession. Killen forces turnovers at an incredible rate through his strong anticipation skills and causes a ton of problems when barreling towards the rim in...

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South Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Kelvin Mills   #14:5’7 ’24 Damon Howey (Elgin, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a quality amount of contributions, especially for his age, Damon Howey. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect that displayed a solid feel for the game and useful two-way skillset. Howey sees the floor well and understands how to operate within the team concept, which allows him to...

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