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Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy

It is getting close to that time of the year, where Phenom Hoops hits the road to check out teams and get an early glimpse of the talent around the area. We first started out heading to Lincolnton, to check in on Jeff McInnis and Combine Academy who is loaded once again.

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POB’s Stock Risers (Part 3)

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, let’s 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...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 3 at Summer Finale (Part 1)

2022 6’7 Mikhail Pocknett (BWSL Team Marsh 17u): Pocknett was nearly a double-double machine last year for Ashley HS and showed that same production on Day 3.  He shows tremendous hands and strength down low in the post, moves well and is always active, and finishes well against defenders. 2022 7’0 Patrick Wessler (CC Elite 2022-2021): Wessler continues to show why he is regarded as one of...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 3 Late Standouts

7’0 Patrick Wessler of CC Elite 2022-2021 17U continues to be a handful in the paint. Tenacious rebounder on both sides of the ball. Good rim protector that can block shots. Very skilled on the offensive end; showed the ability to play with his back to the basket and face up. Can really shoot the ball with range.  6’4 Kheni Briggs of Tea Marie 16U absolutely eats in the paint, makes a...

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Colby’s Queen City Recap

The Phenom Hoops Queen City Showcase was a loaded event with talent and competitiveness throughout all of the divisions. This was my first opportunity to see a lot of these players in live action. Here are just a few players who stuck out to me, regardless of class and projection level. This does not include players who have already committed. Will...

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7’0 2022 Patrick Wessler, “Ready for the Next Step”

7’0 2022 Patrick Wessler, “Ready for the Next Step”  Standing a sturdy 7’0 in bare feet, Patrick Wessler has made improvements to his frame. He toned up, gotten stronger, and is looking forward to the move to Combine Academy.  Last season as a sophomore, Wessler averaged 18.1 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.0 APG and 3.2 BPG for Butler High School. Elon reached out early and offered while the...

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2019-20 Phenom Hoops All-State Team (Class of 2022)

It was a spectacular year no matter how you look at it. Players really made a name for themselves and had an impressive season on the court, producing on so many levels. Phenom Hoops brings you their All-State teams for the 2022 class. A huge congrats to all players and teams this season.

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Double Double Guys

Double Double Guys One of the marque signature achievements in playing basketball is the “double double.” This is where a player averages in double figures in two categories. It’s a pretty difficult achievement, but this year in North Carolina, we have a list of players that exceeded beyond the bare minimum of reaching such a milestone. We want to take a closer look at some of the players we...

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Myers Park Captures Important Southwestern 4A Conference Win

Myers Park Captures important Southwestern 4A Conference Win Phenom Hoops travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to cover the important early season Southwestern 4A Conference game between Butler High School and Myers Park High School. Butler entered the contest with a 2-4 record, but three of the losses came on last second shots where Butler lost by a single point in each. For head coach Myron...

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The Rise of North Carolina’s Class of 2022

With the high-school season back in full swing, there’s simply no better time to take an extended look at our rankings and some of the players who have already separated themselves from the pack. This is the time where potential starts to directly translate into ability. All of the players on this list have taken massive strides over the last calendar year and have definitely earned their place...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Session II Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Mason Padgett #6: 5’7 ’25 Joseph Wagner (Kill Devil Hills) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a nice impact despite being the smallest and youngest prospect on this team, Joseph Wagner. He’s a quick, scrappy, team-first guard prospect with a nice two-way understanding of the game. Wagner scores effectively inside the arc and contained his assignment well on defense....

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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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NC Phenom 150 Session 2 Award Winners

To say the talent level at Session 2 of the NC Phenom 150 was off the charts would be a gross understatement. As Phenom scout Kevin Dawkins stated, “The talent at the NC Phenom 150 Session 2 had the feel of the NC Top 80.” There was so much talent in the gym and today we will take a look at the players who took home the hardware.   7’0 2022 Patrick Wessler (Butler High...

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Early Standouts at Phenom 150 Camp Session II

#37- Brock Bowen- There are a lot of impressive shooters in the building, but Bowen is clearly on another level as a spot-up threat. He was undeniably impressive and showed flashes of being unstoppable in his first showing of the day, knocking down six-of-seven from beyond the arc and completely disregarding any amount of defensive pressure. He could be poised for a very productive upcoming...

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Rebuilding year for Butler High School

Rebuilding year for Butler High School Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Matthews, North Carolina to cover Butler High School on opening day of the Phenom Open Gym Tour. For head coach Myron Lowery, the 2019-2020 basketball season will be a rebuilding season. Coach Lowery loses 72% of its scoring punch and four seniors who contributed to a highly successful 20-7 record playing in the tough NCHSAA...

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What to Watch For… Phenom’s Summer Havoc LIVE — High Major Watch

Every year July allows players to break out … Players who have all the tools, who have the size, the touch, the explosion, the skill set to play at a high level, but for whatever reason have been late bloomers or fallen under the proverbial radar. Phenom’s Summer Havoc LIVE is notorious for these Summer Blow Ups as it has been the stage where the likes of Aaron Nesmith picked up 20 offers and...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Team Camp Session II

6’4 ’20 Zavian McLean (Village Christian) In short, McLean has been hands-down the most impressive performer in attendance at Session II of Phenom Team Camp. He was the clear leader and tone-setter on both ends of the floor, scoring, rebounding, setting up others, and doing everything defensively. McLean is very smart and incredibly efficient with his touches on offense, which led to consistent...

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Miles Magical Five: Day One #PhenomTeamCamp

6’2 2021 Javonte Waverly: Henderson Collegiate School (NC) Waverly continues to show his ability to impact the game in a variety of ways, he has a knack for making passes that most others just don’t even see.  His pull-up jumper is incredibly smooth, he elevates over the defender and lets it fly without hesitation.  As he improves his consistency from beyond the arc, and gets a...

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A Closer Look: Butler High School

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops had the privilege of hosting our annual team camp, which featured talented individuals and title-contending teams at every turn. Of all the quality programs on display, Butler High School arguably stood out as much as any team in attendance. They didn’t win every single game, but each loss came by five or fewer points (and multiple with one of their stars...

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Phenom Team Camp Day 1 Standouts

6’11 2022 Patrick Wessler (Butler High School) Already listed at 6’11, Wessler has the potential to be a true 7-footer by the time he’s finished with his high school career. His height and length as a rising sophomore are eye-opening, but his offensive polish combined with his size makes him a special prospect. Wessler can consistently hit post hooks with either hand, using his footwork and...

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Coach Rick’s Top Performers Day 1 Phenom Team Camp

Coach Rick’s Top Performers Day 1 Phenom Team Camp The first day of the Phenom Team Camp held at the beautiful campus of Queens University was a tremendous success. We have quality teams, great match ups and dozens and dozens of college coaches in attendance. With 45 plus teams in attendance, there was an abundance of quality play demonstrated throughout the day, but we will take a closer...

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PHR Team Camp: Day One Standouts (Early Set)

6’11 2022 Patrick Wessler: Butler High School (NC) The breakout performer of the weekend, Wessler is one of the most intriguing 2022 prospects the HoopState has to offer outside of the three obvious national guys with his physical gifts, excellent touch, and overall room to grow.  He possesses a nice blend of skill, size, brute, and high basketball IQ at a really young age and that’s why he...

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