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Dawkins’ Phenom Grassroots TOC Friday Standouts

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’1 2025 Isaiah Henry (Team EAT) After numerous times watching Isaiah Henry play in 2021, it’s become very clear that he’s a 2025 player that is capable of making a standout list in almost any tournament he plays in. Some may find that unfair, but what I’ve been witnessing Henry do to his competition is a bit unfair as well. Isaiah is a sizable combo guard teetering toward...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Grassroots TOC (Day 1)

2021 Peyton Gerald (Ace Elite) – You have to like what a 6’8 mobile and athletic forward can bring to the table.  With Gerald he brings that and more.  He has a nice feel down in the post and uses his length well, but also can create for himself and does a tremendous job in getting at the rim and on the boards. Strong first day for this unsigned senior. 2022 Reggie Bass (Team Teague):...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Grassroots TOC

6’6 ’23 Stepfon Simmons (Team Magic) It would be impossible for anyone watching this contest to walk away anything other than impressed with Simmons and his seemingly nonstop production on either end of the floor. He’s a long, strong, mobile forward prospect with a high motor and the ability to overwhelm opponents as a rebounder and defensive anchor. Simmons finishes with both hands, moves well...

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Team Teague is one to watch at Phenom Grassroots TOC

One program that should have college coaches tuning in this weekend is Team Teague, a program that is loaded with talent at several positions. You can find high-majors, mid-majors, and low-majors all around the court and they showed that quickly on Day 1.  In an absolute battle against CC Elite, Phenom Hoops got their first glimpse of this program and you can see why these players hold...

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Player Profile: 6’2″ 2020 JaJuan Carr

6’2” 2020 Jajuan Carr Heide Trask HS/WBC Elite 17s If you don’t know the name JaJuan Carr yet, as fans and as college coaches you need to go ahead and get to know it. This season he led his Heide Trask High School team to a 25-3 record and in doing so the sophomore led his team in points, assists and steals while finishing second in rebounds. He is a sturdy and explosive point guard. He can...

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April’s Major Stock Risers — Who Made Themselves into Must See Players in the 2019 Class (Part 2)

April was a big month in the exposure category and due to the three shoe circuits having events during both periods, it can be hit or miss when it comes to college coaches. However, Phenom Hoops April saw over 300 college coaches come to sit baseline and watch the talent on hand. We started off in Spartanburg, South Carolina and ended up in Greensboro, North Carolina. Teams from all over stopped...

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Grassroots TOC Player Standouts

NC Spartans East U17 Nathan Blalock 6’3 2018 Nathan is a three-level scorer that really mixes it up. He did a really good job of rebounding and scoring the ball on miss layups. He knows how to use his body to create space to get off shots this weekend. Rocky Mount Mavericks U17 Javeon Jones 6’1 2019 great in transition knows how to finish. Good athlete has some very nice dunks in...

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Grassroots Sunday Standouts at NW Guilford

AP Elite Under 17 2019 Monte Pope- A point Guard that played with energy and that didn’t back down from any competition. Showed the ability to hunt the paint consistently. A willing passer that made good decisions with the basketball. 2019 Deante Mobley- Lefty Guard that played well under pressure, has really good court vision. Displayed good ball handling skills when the opposing team attempted...

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Tyler Dearman (NC Top Flight) shines at Grassroots TOC

We’ve been tracking 6’4 2019 Tyler Dearman for quite some time. He had a great junior season for Southern Guilford and has gained a lofty reputation for being on the state’s better perimeter shooters. Known for his ability to hit 3-pointers with consistency, Tyler has worked hard to enhance his overall skill set. Now, he is a legitimate scorer from all three levels on the court. This past...

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Twin County Kings goes 4-0 at the Grassrooots TOC

No. 1 6’3 2020 Keishon Porter Averaged double figures in 4 games with 7+ rebounds multiple blocks steals. Only 10th grade. D1 potential. No. 20 6’3 2018 Kalil Baker Averaged 20pts in 2 games. Had college workout could not make last 2. College ready body and next level scorer. No. 3 6’4 2018 Undray Cherry In 2 games scored 20 and 15. Received lots of attention after a great Friday night. Missed...

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April’s Major Stock Risers — Who Made Themselves into Must See Players in the 2019 Class (Part 1)

April was a big month in the exposure category and due to the three shoe circuits having events during both periods, it can be hit or miss when it comes to college coaches. However, Phenom Hoops April saw over 300 college coaches come to sit baseline and watch the talent on hand. We started off in Spartanburg, South Carolina and ended up in Greensboro, North Carolina. Teams from all over stopped...

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Grassroots TOC – Player Standouts

Western Guilford Court 2 6’5 2021 Treyvon Byrd NC Ice Anytime you see a 6’5 15 year old playing point guard it catches your eye. Add that in with the fact that Treyvon got to the rim whenever he wanted and finished with 34 points and he really draws your attention. Treyvon has a great skill set for his age he can pass, dribble, and has a decent jump shot. Factor all that in with his freakish...

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Grassroots TOC – Player Standouts

Royal Knights U17 Ghage Kenan 5’9 2018 Two way player that plays really hard on both ends of the floor. Brings a lot of energy when he plays. Gets teams involved on the offensive end he plays very unselfishly always willing to make the extra pass. William Toman 5’11 2020 William has a good understand of how to play the game. He is very patient on offense. Makes good decisions and does a good job...

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Grassroots TOC -Friday Night Standouts

Venue Prolific Park Court 1-2- 3 6’6 2019 Josh Hall Durham Hurricanes Listed at 6’6, but looking more like 6’7, Josh is a wiry, long, skilled player who plays his high school ball at Oak Hill Academy. He put on a show tonight at Prolific Park knocking in 26 points from various areas on the court. A challenged 3 at the end of the first half brought the crowd there to see the Hurricanes to their...

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Grassroots TOC -Saturday Standouts

Venue Prolific Park Court 1 & 2 6’5 2019 AJ Morris PSB Elite McDonald AJ Morris is a wing with a tremendous upside. He is a very long wing who can handle the ball on the wing and create plays. He has good explosiveness and a nice looking jumpshot. Although he’s thin, he has no problem crashing the glass and getting physical with opponents. Keep your eye on this Charlotte native while he...

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Grassroots TOC – Saturday Standouts: Western Guilford HS Court 1

#PhenomGrassrootsTOC Western Guilford HS Court 1 Standouts Adonis Davis, 6’1 2021 G with Team Loaded 704 15u – Powerful guard that gets it done in a lot of different ways out on the floor. Team runs iso post-up sets for him as he is a mismatch for most guards he faces. Once you switch out a bigger body on him he takes you off the bounce or pulls you out and shoots over you. Good motor to him...

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Grassroots TOC – Saturday Standouts: Western Guilford HS Court 1

#PhenomGrassrootsTOC Western Guilford HS Court 1 Standouts Kamell Smith, 6’3 2021 W with Team Felton 15u – Athletic wing was best on the floor for his team in the one we saw. Active kid, he was the only real consistent threat, going to work on offense as well as on the glass. Motor ran hot and cold and production was hit and miss as a result but showed enough to make us take notice when he was...

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Grassroots TOC – Saturday Standouts: Western Guilford HS Court 1

#PhenomGrassrootsTOC Western Guilford HS Court 1 Standouts Raymond Christina, 5’8 2021 G with WBC Elite 15u – Was on fire early and accounted for 10 of his teams 25 by the half. Only thing that slowed him up was case of asthma as he had to come out at times to use the inhaler. Not the biggest kid on the floor but is easily the straw that stirs the drink for his squad. Showed ability to hit the...

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Grassroots TOC – Saturday Standouts: Western Guilford HS Court 1

#PhenomGrassrootsTOC Western Guilford HS Court 1 Standouts Treyvon Byrd, 6’5 2021 G with NC Ice 15u – Kid is a total mismatch at this level. Long player with the type of game that allows him to take over whenever he wants to. Good handles, PG ability, easy on the glass, and an explosive level athlete. This is type of kid that high major programs need to put on watch. Easily could have been a...

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Grassroots TOC – Day 1 & 2 Standouts Part 2

Unsigned Seniors  Flight 22 Fayetteville 6’3 Gabriel Harbinson-  Harbinson played extremely hard from start to finish. He has nice size for the PG position and speed as well. He defends the basketball well on the perimeter and came up with lots of steals. On the other end he got to the rim easily and scored with ease. D2s need to look closely. Flight 22 Fayetteville 6’2 William Bowser-  Bowser...

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Grassroots TOC – Saturday Standouts

BWSL EYBL 2020 Donnell Sims Jr- 6’2 Guard who does it all. Sims is an explosive athlete and provided multiple highlight plays. Donnell provided a solo 10-0 run against Team Loaded that included back to back 3’s and a monster dunk. Place Sims in your SIM card. Upward Stars Charlotte 2021 Jarvis Moss- 6’3 combo guard that shoots the ball extremely well. Moss has shown remarkable improvement over...

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Grassroots TOC – Day 1 & 2 Standouts Part One

BWSL Chiz 2020 6’5 Jaden Keasey- Keasey has had a great 2 days. Friday night he was fantastic on both ends. Defensively he guard every position well, grabbed rebounds and blocked a couple of shots. Offensive he used his nice handle to get to the basket whenever he wanted. Keasey is a for sure D1 prospect BWSL Chiz 2020 6’5 Aminu Mohammed- Aminu is one of my favorite guards so far at the...

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Grassroots TOC – Ben L Smith Standouts Friday

Charlotte Nets 2022 Calvert Clark- 6’4 Forward had great hands and footwork. Work horse type player that showed he can play and guard multiple positions. 2022 Jaylen Jones- 5’6 point guard that is lightning fast and has a nice outside stroke. Jones see the court well and is very disruptive on the defensive end. TN Fury 2022 Walker Kyle- 6’4 Forward that really stretches the floor with his...

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Getting to Know – Team Joco All-Stars (Team Williams) 16U

Team Joco All-Stars (Team Williams) 16U 6’1 2020 Parker Tate Joco All-Stars 16U (Team Williams) Parker Tate (Clayton High School/Clayton, NC) is an explosive Point Guard whose quick first step reminds you of Russell Westbrook. His range of shooting is also very good especially in the “Stop and Pop” flow of the basketball game. Parker works very hard on both ends of the floor, with very efficient...

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Grassroots TOC – Player Write-Ups

Rajuan Conner 6’7 Charlotte Hoyas 17U 2019 Player has elite athleticism; loves to dunk everything, really good rebounder has really good instincts and a knack for find the ball. Runs the floor like deer always ahead the ball where he is on the receiving end for rim breaking dunks. CEBA 2020 U16 Jesse Walters 6’3 Skilled guard that can play on and off the ball. He has a good IQ and looks to make...

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#PhenomGrassrootsTOC Night One Standouts

Friday night was a great start to our 2nd live period event of the year.  I was at Southwest Guilford on courts one and two for most of the night.  Here are some of the top performers. 6’5 2020 Peter Lash: PSB Academic Lash is an extremely versatile combo forward that scores at all three levels with great efficiency, but what I like most about him is simply his tenacity.  He plays...

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Day 1 Guys You Need to See on Days 2 & 3 — Phenom’s Grassroots Tip Off Live

Day one of Phenom’s Grassroots Tip Off Live was quite the success. Kids compete, the baseline was full of college coaches and some newcomers stood out. With so many teams, there were five locations running simultaneous. This writing will take a look at the standouts from Proehlific Park 6’7” 2019 Josh Hall Durham Hurricanes (NC) Claimed Offers: Buffalo, Kennesaw St, Presbyterian, Rider, etc… Not...

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Grassroots TOC – Western Guilford HS Court 1 Friday Night Standouts

#PhenomGrassrootsTOC Western Guilford HS Court 1 Standouts Jayvon Mercer, 6’5 2021 F with WCBA 15u – Kid has good size and strength for this age group and complements this with an active motor. Very active on the glass and works best when on the attack. Like a lot of young bigs his offense needs to be more consistent and can be seen as a work in progress, but we can see skill there that’s...

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Getting to Know – Flight 22 Fayetteville 17u

Flight 22 Fayetteville 17u 6’5” 2019 Calvin Washington Flight 22 Fayetteville 3.4 GPA – Calvin is very quick and agile and possesses the write body frame for the College level. He is a knock down mid range shooter and attacks the basket for second chance opportunities with pure aggressiveness. An all around wing player that gets it done on both ends of the court. He already has interest from...

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