PHENOM’S MLK SHOWCASE EVENT RECAPS

Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’4 2021 Glenn Bynum (Mint Hill Lakers Elite) In the two events I have seen Bynum play in so far, Bynum has really impressed me with his shot-making ability as he is able to spot up and shoot off the bounce at a high level. He has also shown me that he is able to control the pace of the game and be a floor general given the fact that he is a solid ball-handler and knows how to...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1)

By: Heath Gulledge 2024 6’5 Tyrique Wilkins (WV Generals 15u)  Wilkins is a big body who plays to his size around the rim. He’s really skilled at running in transition and makes the defense pay for not sprinting back. He knows how to use his athleticism and length to grab boards on both ends of the court and block shots efficiently on the defensive end.  2024 5’8 Jayden Clark (WV Generals...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 3)

2024 Paul McNeil (Garner Road): There has been a lot of talk around McNeil and his game but it is easy to see why he is regarded as one of the top players in his class for 2024.  He put on an absolute show to start his weekend, using his 6’5 frame to his advantage, finishing over defenders, showing tremendous body control, and has an excellent perimeter feel for the game.  The young...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 2)

Julien King By: Sean Halloran 2022 Julien King (Garner Road 17U) King was a player to catch my eye today with his impressive performances. The most impressive part about Kings game is the defensive intensity that he contains on every possession. He causes havoc while guarding the ball and is very physical while defending off the ball. He uses his long arms to affect opponents and make things...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’7 2022 Marcus Kell (Upward Stars 3SSB 17U/Legion Collegiate Academy)  Marcus has a beautiful jump shot, one of the best shot forms I’ve seen today. His mechanics are consistent and he must be focused on at all times. Kell could serve as a spot-up shooting option for a variety of college programs. He’s likely due for a very promising season at Legion. 2022 6’4 Takai and...

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

2022 Jacob Dar (Garner Road): Dar is one that I think continues to fall under the radar but is starting to gain some traction with coaches and that he should.  We are talking about a 6’6 developing prospect that continues to grow with his understanding of his game each time he is on the court.  He can operate and defend multiple positions, especially with his wingspan, but also showed...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 1)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Jaden Lingo (TSF 17U/Druid Hills)  Jaden is a scoring combo guard with an athletic frame that could continue to develop in girth. Lingo has penetrated the lane well this afternoon, scoring from all 3 levels at a consistent rate. His dominant scoring display in game one caught the attention of many. Game two saw a setback from his team as a whole, competing against a...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 1)

By: Noah Hooper 6’7 2022 Bryce Wilkins (Drill Academy 17U) When you look at Wilkin’s long frame and notice what his skill set consists of, he immediately stands out compared to other kids. The 6’7 forward does a great job of getting to his spots and using his body to get what he wants in the lane, along with being able to stretch the floor and hit shots from beyond the arc, which helps his team...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 1)

Tajuan Simpkins By: Sean Halloran 6’8 2022 Trey Ramsey (Carolina Riptide 17U) Ramsey was one player that was very impressive in the first batch of games today. The 6’8, lengthy big man has the frame to withstand the physicality of the college game, already. The most impressive part of Ramsey’s game is the activity that he plays with on both ends of the floor. Offensively he did his work...

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

Luke Lentz 2022 Lebron Thomas (FIBA): This young man continues to produce effectively and consistently every time he steps on the floor. Not sure what else needs to be seen, as the 6’3 point guard really impacts the floor in an array of ways. He scores the ball incredibly well, aggressively getting downhill and finishing through and around defenders, while also racking up the assists and...

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Storylines for Phenom Hoops’ Hardwood Classic: Talent For All- NC Spartans (Hartzell and Haidinger)

This coming weekend, Phenom Hoops will be hosting two separate events (one in Rock Hill and one in Advance) for the final live period of the basketball-filled summer. There’s an abundance of exciting/noteworthy subplots for spectators and college coaches to look for throughout both settings. The Hardwood Classic at the Rise Facility in Advance, North Carolina should have various teams and...

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Storylines for Phenom Hoops’ Hardwood Classic: No Josh? No Problem.

This coming weekend, Phenom Hoops will be hosting two separate events (one in Rock Hill and one in Advance) for the final live period of the basketball-filled summer. There’s an abundance of exciting/noteworthy subplots for spectators and college coaches to look for throughout both settings. The Hardwood Classic at the Rise Facility in Advance, North Carolina should have various teams and...

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Storylines for Phenom Hoops’ Hardwood Classic: Big Shots Winston-Salem Continues Finding Success

This coming weekend, Phenom Hoops will be hosting two separate events (one in Rock Hill and one in Advance) for the final live period of the basketball-filled summer. There’s an abundance of exciting/noteworthy subplots for spectators and college coaches to look for throughout both settings. The Hardwood Classic at the Rise Facility in Advance, North Carolina should have various teams and...

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“Getting to Know” 6’0 2022 Neeko Taylor

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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“Getting to Know” 6’4 2022 Dontavious Pettaway

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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Phenom 1-on-1: 2022 Marcus Kell talks latest offers, interests

A player finally getting the attention he deserves, 2022 Marcus Kell has recently seen an uptick in his recruitment, as he has added a few more offers to his list. Phenom Hoops recently got in touch with Kell to discuss the latest; his thoughts on his newest offer from Drexel and Bucknell, which schools are making him a priority, and what programs are starting to come his way as of late!

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Commitment Alert: 2022 Elijah Thomas looking to bring energy to Wingate

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Elijah ThomasClass: 2022Committed to: Wingate What the Player Said: Phenom:...

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“Getting to Know” 6’8 2024 Mason Hagedorn

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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“Getting to Know” 6’2 2024 Santana Lynch

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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Hardwood Classic Teams Participating (July 24-25)

AgeTeamState17UBig Shots Select Winston-Salem (17U)NA17UCarolina Gaters Black 2022 (17U)NC17UCharlotte Royals 2022 (17U)NC17UWinston-Salem Christian Lions 2.0 (17U)NC17UTeam Loaded 804 (16U)VA17UBorn Ready 2022 (17U)GA17UCarolina Gaters Red 2022 (17U)NC17UWinston 76ers 2022 Johnson (17U)NC17UNLPB 2022 SENYO (17U)NC17UNC Spartans Haidinger (17U)NC17UCSB ELITE 2022 (17U)NC17USandhills Machine 2022...

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Coach Rick’s TOC Teams Participating (July 23-25)

AgeTeamState17UBig Shots Elite NC Ellis (17U)NC17UGarner Road Bulldogs – Graves (17U)NC17UTeam AKT (17U)VA17UUpward Stars Southeast 3SSB 2022 (17U)SC17UWildcat Select 3SSB (17U)OH17UBMaze Biven (17U)TN17UGarner Road Bulldogs – T. West (17U)NC17UMint Hill Lakers Elite (17U)NC17UTSF (17U)GA17UUpward Stars Columbia (17U)SC17UAnthony Morrow Elite (17U)NC17UBig Shots Elite NC 2022 Lewis...

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“Getting to Know” 6’3 2024 Daidien Sutton

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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Is Isaiah Todd the Biggest Sleeper in the 2021-22 NBA Draft?

The NBA Draft is certainly amongst the most unique off-court events that takes place in any major sport. Between the kids getting draft, fanbases embracing new players, constant flux of player movement, and general unknown surrounding these prospects likelihood to pan out, it’s easy to see why. However, the evaluation process is still an imperfect system, as various players still tend to...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2024 My’Kel Jenkins (Tarboro HS, NC)

My’kel Jenkins 6’5 165 2024 Tarboro HS (NC) / Team Loaded VA Length, strength, elite level athleticism, versatility on both ends of the floor, and a tenacious defender.  That’s an abbreviated description of what My’kel Jenkins brings to the floor.  An impact player for sure, a guy who can guard every position at the high school level and shut down whoever he is guarding!  My’kel has fantastic...

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“Getting to Know” 6’2 2023 Evan Montanari

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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Team Wall Duo Soaring Under the Radar

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled up to the Virginia Beach Sports Center in the heart of Virginia Beach for our 757 Showcase. While there were many exciting and talented squads on display, Team Wall was arguably the most impressive throughout the event. While we featured Davis Molnar and Amari Pearson in our “Bendel’s Best” from the weekend, there are still other notable players deserving...

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