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Stockrisers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Part 1)

The first-ever Phenom Lakesgiving was a huge success, as teams came out and really showcased their talent, and several players should see their stock rise after their performances at the event. Here are four players that college coaches should take a look at more with what they have shown early on. 2024 Desmond Kent (Central Cabarrus): It was a nice showing from the 6’5 junior, as Kent seems to...

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

2026 Aalayja Minard/ 2026 Rayana Minard (West Cabarrus): The twin duo was something special to watch and should have the West Cabarrus program excited about the future with these two leading the charge. Both Aalayja and Rayana were strong two-way players, staying extremely active and getting into the passing lanes defensively, but also using that same motor to score the ball effectively from...

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Phenom Open Gym: Covenant Day

Phenom Open Gym: Covenant Day  For first year head coach, Michael Laney, is without question the right person to help rebuild Covenant Day. First of all, Coach Laney is a man of faith, deeply committed to teaching the game the right way and is excited about the challenging opportunity that lies ahead. Playing in the NCISAA 4A Charlotte Independent Conference, he is literally being thrown...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom March Madness (Part 2)

2024 Braylhan Thomas (Team Charlotte): The 6’5 prospect continues to make strides with is game, showing more of a complete game, using his size well and only getting stronger on the court.  Thomas continues to show his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter but also create more for himself.  He has really progressed and is showing he can be more of a consistent offensive threat...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Combine Academy National

Combine Academy comes in once again as one of the top teams, not only in the state but in the country, and it is easy to see why.  The depth is all there, the talent is all there, and the coaching staff is there for this program to make a TON of noise.  We said last year after the open gym that this program looked like a Top-10 team coming in and they finished that way.  Now, they look even...

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Team Charlotte 16u putting everyone on alert early on

Phenom Hoops got a great taste of the action we will be seeing for much of the summer at the Queen City Showcase and Team Charlotte is certainly going to be a popular name to watch… but that shouldn’t be any different from previous seasons. Each year, Jeff McInnis and company bring in some of the top talent around the region and they are looking to do it once again.  Charlotte 17u has a ton of...

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Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 12

Team 12 Coach: James Black #0: 5’7 ’23 Darren Lloyd (Florence) Starting things off, we look at a player that understands how to make an impact through his tough, heady approach, Darren Lloyd. He’s a smart, quick point guard prospect with sharp instincts and the ability to play bigger than his size would imply defensively. Lloyd is an effective floor general in the half-court but genuinely...

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Phenom Open Run: Ardrey Kell

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 15

Team 15Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQaTYO9fYuafpWfMntTGQdk9 Coach: Antonio Perkins #0: 5’9 ’24 Damario Saxon (Aiken) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Damario Saxon. He’s a young, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with a nice offensive arsenal and the ability to contain his...

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Elijah Green: Ready for the Next Step

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 series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things, whether by spectators or college coaches. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done...

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