PHENOM OPENING EVENT RECAPS

Bendel’s Best: Phenom Opening

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a three-day stretch of very entertaining competition. We had a trio of different events taking place from the Hoopstate Championship to the Post Grad Nationals to the Phenom Opening, and each offered its own collection of standouts. Although we still plan to highlight...

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Reece’s Standouts from Phenom Opening (Day 3)

by: Ethan Reece2024 Bo Koebbe (East Carolina Phenomz) Overall the Phenomz have a very talented and balanced squad, and Bo is one of their more consistent forces. He has a frame that allows him to play big but he has fluid mobility on the court and uses that to his advantage with his many different moves to the basket. Comfortable outside with the shot and a quality spacer that seems to find the...

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Bethel’s Standouts: Phenom Opening Day 3

By: Kyree Bethel 2026 6’3 Bradley Floyd (Team Loaded) this kid is very special. He has a natural talent that sets him apart from any other athlete that he is competing against. He uses his athleticism to explode over the top of defenders securing the rebound. He can also take it coast to coast and finish above the rim with style. I am very impressed with Bradley because he does it all...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 16u

One of the final championships in the 16u Division, Elite 1 and Fear No One 16u squared off on the court in an exciting game.  Both teams came out strong and traded blows on the court.  For Elite 1, Peter Moye helped lead the charge early for his team, while Fear No One had Jaheim Faison and others get into the scoring column.  Second half, the game only intensified and both teams were trading...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 14u

The day was coming to an end but that just mean that champions needed to be crowned, as Team Loaded NC 2026 Southern went up against Carolina Legend 2026.  Both teams came out firing, with Loaded knocking down shots from three while Legend looked to get several players involved. The hot shooting helped Team Loaded to a 31-18 halftime lead and they didn’t slow down in the second half. ...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Opening/Post Grad Nationals

7’0 ’23 Babacar Mbengue (Olympus Prep) Although there’s a ton of enticing talent, one could legitimately argue that Mbengue has as much upside as anyone in the building. He’s big, strong, and pretty fluid, especially for his size. Mbengue does a great job of anchoring the paint on both ends, able to control the glass, protect the rim, and score as needed. He’s physically overwhelming and does a...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 15u

Down in the 15u Division, Carolina Riptide 2025 and All-Carolina 15u squared off for the championship. Two teams that have been battle-tested throughout the weekend, were looking to finish off the weekend on top.  It was an intense battle between the two teams, as Trent Steinour and Austin Moran led the charge early. Steinour scored 15 points in the first half to lead the Riptide, but All...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 17u

We continued in the Phenom Opening, as two very talented teams matched up on the arena court. Team CP3 2024, who is loaded with talent all over the court, squared off with another talented Next Level Prospects for a chance to take home the 17u championship.  CP3 came out strong in this one, led by their guys of Bishop Boswell, Maurio Hanson, and others, as they were able to jump out early...

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Phenom Opening Championship: 13u

With all the other games we had going on, we also had the start of travel ball season which only means we had championships going all around the facility on Sunday.  We first started down in the 13u Division, where Lowcountry Elite 2027 and NC Wildcats 2027 squared off.  It was a tight battle early on, with Lowcountry showing the ability to score inside the arc behind R. Middleton and company,...

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Bethel’s Standouts (Phenom Opening, Day 2)

By: Kyree Bethel 2028 5’6 Bryce Ward- This kid is showing that he can score at all 3 levels at such a young age. He has a very quick first step and stays under control when attacking the basket. He keeps his team engaged during the game by being very vocal on both ends of the floor. He played the passing lanes very well getting multiple steals throughout the game. He doesn’t lung for steals...

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Reece’s Standouts from Phenom Opening (Day 1: Part 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Alex Madrid (TNT Hoopsquad)While the whole guard core showed true balance and impressed with their skillsets, Alex made his case for being the team’s top-scoring option. Smooth handle with the ability to create for himself and a true shooter’s form. He would be utilized best at the 2 guard but could run the show at the 1 if needed due to the team’s system, understanding of...

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Reece’s Standouts from Phenom Opening (Day 1: Part 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2025 Amare Adams (Shotcallers Elite)Amare doesn’t have much explosiveness, but there’s still just so much power in his game. He’s a legit bruiser inside that habitually crashes the boards and bullies his defender. Very capable operator with his ability to clear space and take his time, because it’s hard for any defender to get in front so the post feed is there every time. He...

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Team Loaded NC 2022

During last summer’s crazy travel ball season in which there were no sneaker circuits, one of the most popular teams in the country was Tea Marie Hoops, started by former Division 1 assistant coach, Thomas Carr. Tea Marie Hoops quickly took over the grassroots scene with high level players wearing colorful t-shirts reminiscent of the classic Five Star Basketball Camp shirt. Yes, they were...

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JJ Sati-Grier: Phenom Opening Standout

By: Coach Kelvin Mills JJ Sati-Grier 4’9 2027 (CLT1) JJ is an unselfish, high-motor guard prospect,  with great passing ability and defensive prowess seldom scene at his age and size. I really like what JJ brings to the table. Gritty yet smooth, this young man has great balance to his game. When you need a lockdown, clamp-type defender, he is up for the challenge. Offensively, he can mix...

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Coach Mills Game Report: Greensboro Warriors v. Team Hickory

By: Kelvin Mills Greensbro Warriors versus team hickory 15U.     The Greensbro Warriors we’re just too much. They out powered Team Hickory’s smaller lineup.   With bigger and more skilled post players along with a plethora of stronger and faster guards. 54-45 victory. Lead by MVP 6’4 wing man Franklin Stocklin. 17points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

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Coach Mills Game Report: Carolina Cavs v. South Carolina Stars

By: Kelvin Mills Carolina Cavs,  versus The South Carolina Stars 15U.  This tournament opener went right down to the wire with neither team ever able to mount a double-digit lead. It was chippy.  Two player technical fouls. With both teams finishing the game in the double bonus.  In the end, the Cavs wore the stars down with pressure defense a relentless attack in the lane and 93% free-throw...

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Player Standouts at Day One of Phenom Challenge Live

CC Elite 6’4 ’20 Elijah Hightower- The long, wiry wing prospect was really difficult for the opposition to contain in this contest, especially from beyond the arc. Hightower looked quite strong when spotting-up and working without the ball, but also showed some solid creation skills when taking opponents off the bounce. He utilized his length well on defense and outworked his assignment on the...

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Jaden Seymour, AJ Smith, & Tristan Maxwell READY TO RUN CHARLOTTE! Team CLT 17U Raw Highlights!!!

Check out highlights from Team CLT 17U, who RELOADED in a MAJOR way! They're led by Jaden Seymour, AJ Smith, & Tristan Maxwell this season on the Under Armour Association. These highlights are from the Phenom Opening AAU tournament. They'll be competing this weekend at the Phenom Stay Positive.

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Jalen McDonald & BJ Freeman: Team Loaded 16’s “1-2 PUNCH!!!”

Check out highlights from Jalen McDonald and BJ Freeman of Team Loaded 16s. They competed in the Phenom Opening this past weekend and led their team to the championship game. Freeman currently attends Word of God Christian Academy while McDonald attends Knightdale High School.

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Elijah Jamison X Brock Williams: BEST BACKCOURT in the #HoopState?

Check out highlights from Brock Williams and Elijah Jamison. Williams and Jamison will comprise the starting backcourt for Team Loaded NC 16's this spring and summer. Brock currently attends Burlington Christian while Elijah attends Louisburg HS. Look for both guards to garner D1 offers this upcoming season!

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Breakout Watch Following #PhenomOpening

Take a deep breath because that time of year once again, AAU season is here and in full swing! Phenom Hoops kicked things with an absolute bang with Phenom Opening, a two-day tournament featuring some of the top travel ball programs around the Southeast. Greensboro, High School- Smith High School was one of the sights for a full weekend slate of games, prospects from the 2023-2021 classes...

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Jayden Seymour & Tristan Maxwell LEAD A RELOADED Team CLT at Phenom Opening!!! Raw Highlights!

Check out highlights from Jayden Seymour and Tristan Maxwell from Team CLT. Both made the jump over after spending time on different circuits last season and are looking to gel before the start of the live period. Here are some of their highlights from this weekend's Phenom Opening event.

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Jalen Hood-Schifino & Bryce Alfino LEAD TEAM CLT 16’s to CHAMPIONSHIP at Phenom Opening!

Each player is on different ends of the spectrum. 6'4" 2022 Jalen Hood Schifino is nationally ranked, carries multiple high major offers and is a part of Team USA basketball ... His travel ball backcourt made, 6'5" 2020 Bryce Alfino does not have offers and is not ranked.

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D1 BREAKOUTS!! Zack Austin & Jakob Moore ANNIHILATE Phenom’s Opening || Team Winston RAW Highlights

This is the perfect platform for a breakout!! You had national media, college coaches, ridiculous talent and a gym filled with fans. In today's world of positionless basketball, players able to defend multiple positions are at a really high quantity. Team Winston has TWO players who can defend across the floor.

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