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Underrated Prospects from Good Guys vs. Cancer

2024 Tyler Whitehurst (Riverside-Martin): Whitehurst is a 6’0 guard that showed his ability to knock down shots with range, score and create well, and be a leader on the court.  He has a quick first step and creates well with his handles, as he doesn’t lack any confidence with his shot, especially from three. 2023 Stylz Gardner (Peninsula Catholic): Gardner played really well throughout the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at Good Guys vs. Cancer (Part 2)

2024 Zion Walker (TBS): Walker just seems like his game has taken another level in what he is showing on the court, as he had another outstanding performance with 31 points.  Walker just screams toughness and competitiveness on the court; his ability to get downhill and force players to foul or with him finishing is big time.  He is also a tremendous leader, rugged, a tremendous two-way...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Good Guys vs. Cancer

2026 Isaac Ellis (Moravian Prep): The youngest prospect on the court stepped up in a big way for his team, leading the charge with 22 points on Day 2 and showcasing a nice blend of playmaking and scoring ability. Ellis continues to showcase his ability to make plays and create off the dribble, finding his spots, finding small openings for his shot, and his quick release from three. Really liked...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Good Guys vs. Cancer

2025 Aubrey Phanton (First Flight Girls): Phanton has had a great start to the season, showing just how productive she can be in scoring and being on the boards.  She continued to show her impact on the court in this game, being strong on the boards, carving out space and showing active hands on the glass, and being able to finish well with touch in the paint. 2025 Elizabeth Fairbanks (Cape...

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Five Seniors Worthy of Increased Recruitment

6’6 Jared Davis (Seventy-First) It’s genuinely difficult to try and make sense of Jared Davis’ lack of recruitment, especially since his production has only taken another leap this season. At 6-foot-6, he sports a strong, physical frame and knows how to utilize it properly on both ends of the floor. Davis is an excellent rebounder who carves out space well, controls the glass, and consistently...

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POB’s Best of the Best: George Lynch Invitational

The stars were out at the George Lynch Invitational presented by Phenom Hoops, and the list could have been bigger than this with how many players impressed at the event. But I’m looking to highlight the best of the best from the event in Charlotte, as these guys really made a statement. 2024 Austin Swartz (Cannon): Swartz continues to play at a high level and be the leader for Cannon this...

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Player Standouts at George Lynch Invitational

6’5 ’24 Austin Swartz (Cannon) There were numerous impressive contributors for the Cougars in this contest, but Swartz stood out through his leadership and dominant offensive showing. Referring to him as anything other than an elite shot-creator with an incredible blend of vision, craftiness, and perimeter shooting would be unfair. Swartz still applied his usual amount of pressure off the bounce...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from George Lynch Invitational (Day 1)

2024 Sean Birmingham (Cannon): Getting another chance to view the 6’8 forward and it has now been two games that he has impressed with his ability to be useful in stepping out and showcasing his fluid shot-making ability from the perimeter, but also making plays on the boards, creating and making good decisions/passes, and using his size to his advantage. He can really be a big matchup though...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Jordan Marsh

Height: 5’11 Class: 2023 School: Moravian Prep Travel Team: EA Prep Freshman Season: 12.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.0 SPG Sophomore Season: 17.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.9 SPG Junior Season: 18.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.8 SPG Reclassified Junior Season: N/A What Was Recently Said: There’s an abundance of talent within the PSB Larkin squad, and Marsh is as valuable as anyone. At...

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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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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Memorial Day Classic

5’11 ’22 Jordan Marsh (PSB Larkin) There’s an abundance of talent within the PSB Larkin squad, and Marsh is as valuable as anyone. At this point, he’s probably underrated within the bigger scheme of things. Marsh is a sharp ball-handler and playmaker with an excellent penetration sense. He’s smart, athletic, and displays nice balance as a two-way floor general. Marsh is a quality defender and...

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Player Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’2 ’21 Micah Braswell (UC27 Dreamchasers) Though somewhat subtle, Braswell proved to be a very reliable contributor for this UC27 Dreamchasers squad. He plays hard, makes smart decisions, and offers a nice balance between scoring and playmaking. Braswell is a nice spot-up threat and can play either backcourt position due to his shooting ability.  5’11 ’21 Isaiah Escobar (Durham Hurricanes)...

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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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Hickory Ridge is for real

Hickory Ridge is for real  Hickory Ridge 63 Myers Park 56 Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Harrisburg, North Carolina to cover the marque NCHSAA Southwestern 4A matchup between Myers Park and Hickory Ridge. Myers Park entered the contest with a 15-5record (8-2 conference) while Hickory Ridge sported a 16-4 record (8-2 conference). Coming into the contest, traditional power Independence,...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Hickory Ridge High School

  Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Harrisburg, North Carolina to cover the Hickory Ridge High School open gym. Last year, Hickory Ridge finished .500 with a 13-13 record in one of the toughest basketball conferences in the state, the NCHSAA Southwestern 4A. Coach Robert Machado looks to improve upon that 7-7 conference record last season and has plenty of reasons to be optimistic.   Hickory...

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PSB Elite dominates in 15U SEC Gold Championship Game

PSB Elite 15U is going to be an exciting one on the UA Rise circuit. They faced the Upward Stars in the 15U SEC Gold Bracket Championship on Sunday as they played up a division all weekend, but it didn’t slow them down as they won in the end 93-52. PSB came out firing on all cylinders, going on a 12-0 run triggered by a barrage of 3-pointers to put them up 21-9 in the early going. Upward Stars...

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North Carolina Phenom Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Ryan Bernardi   #1:5’8 ’22 Jordan Marsh (Hickory Ridge) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a strong array of two-way tools, especially for his age, Jordan Marsh. He’s an undersized point guard prospect that plays with great intelligence and looks to make the right play. Marsh is very quick with the ball in his hands and can beat his man off the dribble...

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