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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Session 2, Day 1, Part 2)

2024 Keenan Wilkins (Charlotte Royals): Wilkins certainly did turn it up a notch in the second half, as he scored 21 of his 24 points to lead his team to a victory.  The quick guard made timely plays, especially off the dribble, and used his speed to get by defenders and finish with touch around the basket, but also continue to show his unlimited range with his jumper.  A 2024 guard that really...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom MDC (Day 1, Part 2)

2023 Randall Pettus (Charlotte Aces): Pettus has had himself a solid outing on Day 1 at the Phenom MDC.  In Game 2 though, was really impressed with his ability to create with the dribble and get to his spots, rising up with confidence and showing his mid-range game. A guard with good athleticism and touch on his shot. 2024 Paul McNeil (Richmond Jammers): Though it was a tough Game 2 for the...

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Player Standouts at Phenom MDC

6’2 ’24 Jordan Williams (Gate City Grizzlies) It’s easy to appreciate the balance within this Gate City Grizzlies roster. They had many contributors but Williams arguably stood out as their main leader on both ends of the floor. He’s a strong, athletic wing with a high motor and unselfish approach. Williams naturally finds production through playing hard, making hustle plays, and filling in the...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: Antonio Jones #108: 5’10 ’23 Amari Richardson (Pendleton) Starting things off, we look at a player who showcased a pretty smooth, well-rounded skillset, Amari Richardson. He’s a smart, crafty guard prospect with a consistent jumper from midrange and beyond the arc, and the ability to penetrate and finish whenever necessary. Richardson is a capable passer and utilizes his blend...

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SC Top 80 Player Breakdown: 2024 Christian Andrews (Dorman)

Player: Christian AndrewsClass: 2024Height: 5’11High School: Dorman The South Carolina Top 80 really opened some eyes with the talent that was on the court.  There were several new names that jumped out on the court with their play and evaluations will be coming out shortly, but we wanted to continue our coverage of the event as we look at a few players that impressed. Dorman has been a...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from SC Top 80 (Part 2)

2023 CJ Rich (Spring Valley): Rich was a tough guard all day long. Showcased his speed with the ball in his hands, staying aggressive and picked his spots to attack, and was also strong on the defensive end.  Was impressed with his court awareness and his on-ball defense. 2027 6’5 Josh Leonard (Florence): Hard to believe someone at his size already is just in seventh grade but that is where...

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Player Standouts at SC Top 80

#100- My’kel Croker- While very few players tend to stand out during the drills/stations, Croker definitely stood out amongst the crowd. He’s slightly undersized but plays with incredible energy and constantly communicates on both ends of the floor. Croker approaches every single drill and possession with a visibly unselfish approach. In the games, he stood out as a pesky defender and forced...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: George Marshall #9: 5’7 ’25 Jamari Smith (Ashbrook) Starting things off, we look at player that contributed nicely despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, Jamari Smith. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with an unselfish, team-first mentality. Smith can knock down jumpers, attack the basket, and defend his assignment with poise defensively. He’s a...

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Freshly Departed Prospects from North Carolina

Player movement has become a common practice within the overall grassroots landscape, and the prospects within North Carolina are no exemption. Whether for exposure, playing opportunities, or something different, guys have found ways to maneuver around various obstacles within the high school scene. The development of programs like Link Year Prep and Vertical Academy have followed somewhat in...

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Prospects Worth Noting in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Each year, the travel ball season is absolutely filled with storylines, subplots, and various different avenues for excitement. At this point, most folks have begun making their opinions heard regarding the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2024. While it’s probably too early to make any aggressive conclusions about rankings, or even offers, guys like Jarin Stevenson, Rakease Passmore,...

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Leaving a lasting impression: Phenom MDC (Part 2)

As you may have read, there was talent that could be found all over the court.  We just recently released our best-of-the-best players from the event that I personally saw but there are several others that left a lasting impression on me as well.  That is why these players captured my eyes as well, really leaving a mark on the event in Rock Hill. Here is Part 2 2022 Quave Propst-Allison (PSB):...

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Galvani’s Top Players from Day 1 at #PhenomMDC

By; Lauren Galvani 2024 6’6 Trevor Rayborn (PSB Elite 15u) Used his length to his advantage on both ends of the floor. Aggressive on the boards and was consistent at protecting the rim. Good use of both hands and had a nice mid-range jump shot. Runs the floor well for his size. Good for a pick and roll or pick and pop. 2023 6’5 Caiden Gibson (TSB 2023) Hardest worker on the floor....

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Player Standouts at Phenom Memorial Day Classic

6’6 ’22 Jeremy Dixon (Team Eat) Team Eat offered a pretty balanced attack as a team, but Dixon continually found ways to set the tone and stand out as a two-way leader for this group. He’s a long, skilled, athletic wing prospect with an excellent transition presence and the ability to score the ball from all levels. Dixon makes a consistent impact on the glass, defensively, and in transition,...

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Western North Carolina All Star Games

Phenom Hoops traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to cover the Western North Carolina All Star game hosted by Jake Senyo of the Ranking Report. 60 of the top players were divided into three groups, freshmen/sophomore, juniors and seniors. It was a great opportunity to see some of the young and promising players in the western part of the state. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQb7dzcY730RPgWXE02m87A7 Coach: James Black #0: 5’6 ’25 Hilton Dessausure (Blythewood) Starting things off, we look at a player that impacted the game nicely despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, Hilton Dessausure. He’s a wiry, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to operate within the flow of an...

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NLPB 828 2k23 bringing big-time young prospects to Queen City Showcase

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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North Carolina Jr. Phenom Spring Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Greg Harmon #5: 5’0 ’25 Joshua Dorsette II (Durham) Starting things off, we look at a player that seems to make strides in his progression with each viewing, Joshua Dorsette. He’s a wiry, slightly undersized point guard prospect with a quality feel for the game and the ability to run a team decently well. Dorsette can knock down open shots, create off the bounce, and position...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Part III

It’s July which means travel ball is back and in action, the Phenom Crew has invaded the other Carolina for a weekend full of hoops and storylines!Fort Mill, South Carolina- The action didn’t waste any time picking up here at Comenius School, we had the pleasure of getting a jump on the new wave of talent 13U-15U, at this stage a lot of these underclassmen are relatively unknown and...

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