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Big but Still Growing: 6’11 2023 John Baldwin

The expression “you can’t teach size” is among the most commonly coined phrases in grassroots basketball, especially regarding recruiting and player development. Often times, college programs will be more inclined to take a chance on a prospect who isn’t quite as polished but possesses enticing physical attributes. Theoretically, these college coaching staffs have confidence in their ability to...

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Seeing Double: Daniel Twins Becoming Noteworthy Prospects

Over the last calendar year, CC Elite has arguably become the top independent program in North Carolina grassroots basketball. After being extremely competitive throughout the last summer season, they took a massive step forward upon adding Chase Lowe to an already-competitive group. While most of the attention has really been focused on Lowe, Patrick Wessler, and their slew of next-level...

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The proof is there… 2022 Xavier McKelvy one of the more underrated prospects in North Carolina

If you have watched 2022 Xavier McKelvy play, one can see that he has the goods to play at the next level and has shown that on a consistent basis for the last two years now.  We first got our glimpse of McKelvy randomly at a Myers Park game, where he led the team in scoring and showcased his old-school feel on the court.  Fast-forward to where he is today, McKelvy has only continued...

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Put on your Radar: 2022 6’9 Lawrence Bartee (Next Level SC)

College coaches are always looking for a skilled big and one that many are sleeping on right now is 2022 6’9 Lawrence Bartee at Clover HS in South Carolina.  We got a terrific glimpse of his game this past weekend at the Phenom Grassroots TOC, as the skilled big captured the eyes of many of our scuts.  Of course, his 6’9 frame and wingspan grab your attention as soon as he steps on the...

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Don’t sleep on 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd (Cannon)

Watching so many games and players over the years, you continue to add players to a scout’s list of your “favorite” guys to watch on the court.  There are many reasons why scouts fall in love with a kid’s game and for myself, 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd is just one that I personally enjoy watching every time on the court.  So, the next question one always has is… why? It is simple for me… Production is...

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Time to Recognize: 2022 AJ Cook is one of the top shooters in NC

College coaches always need shooters and one place you can find one is at Weddington high school, as 2022 AJ Cook has continued to capture the eyes of many.  And why wouldn’t he… if you have watched his game over the summer and school year, he doesn’t lack any confidence in his shot-making capabilities. Over the years though, he has put in the work to get where he is today.  From coming off...

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Stock Riser: 2022 6’8 Leon Nahar (Asheville School)

Every year, there is a player that can be considered a late-bloomer.  We have our eye on one in the western part of the state of North Carolina, as 2022 6’8 Leon Nahar is one to start tracking if you haven’t already. Nahar is a name that came across to us earlier in the season in Rock Hill at the Phenom MLK Showcase, capturing our intrigue with his skillset, potential, and size.  He...

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Open Gym Report: NC Spartans

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Shining Light Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina for an extended preview of the NC Spartans Hartzell and Haidinger 17U rosters. Both teams feature a heavy mix of talent from throughout (and beyond) the triad area, the only difference being the Haidinger group includes multiple unsigned seniors worth noting. Founder Josh Thompson, in addition to his...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Opening

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Virginia Beach Events Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia for another exciting event. Our Phenom Opening kicked off on Saturday morning, featuring an abundance of the top teams from the greater DMV area in addition to many familiar programs from the Carolinas. There was no shortage of talent in the gym, and the underlying subplots (like Team...

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Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Adrian Lee #128: 5’8 ’23 Gavin Stinson (Oak Grove) Starting things off, we look at a player that has steadily grown into a heady, reliable floor general over the recent years, Gavin Stinson. He’s a smart, unselfish point guard prospect with a nice balance between scoring and playmaking. Stinson shoots the ball very effectively from the perimeter but also understands how to...

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Phenom Media Day: Team EAT 2025

On Wednesday afternoon, Phenom Hoops went to downtown Charlotte to check in on Team EAT 2025 and EAT Academy, giving us a glimpse of the future of not only what this program has to offer but several young prospects that will be quickly making their names in the Class of 2025 in North Carolina. About Team EAT and EAT Academy: EAT Academy and Team EAT: EAT Academy is deploying a unique model for...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2021 Bryan Sayers (WS Christian PG)

Name: Bryan SayersPosition: ForwardSchool: Winston-Salem Christian PGHeight: 6’7Class: 2021 Sayers brings nice size to the floor with ahis 6’7 frame, as when Coach Honeycutt says, he is a modern day stretch four type prospect.  He can use his body well to battle down in the post and attack the rim but also shows nice mobility and ball skills that allow him to operate in other levels. ...

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Three-point shooter: 2021 Richard Law (WS Christian PG)

Name: Richard LawPosition: GuardSchool: Winston-Salem Christian PGHeight: 6’0Class: 2021 Though he has missed some time, Law is an intriguing guard with what he provides on the court.  This young man can absolutely let it fly from deep, and you can see that in multiple videos that have been posted.  He is a strong-bodied guard that continues to develop his overall game as a combo guard...

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Player Standouts at Phenom 150 Camp

#245- Marshall Klug- The long, skilled power forward/post prospect showcased the ability to thrive out of the post or space the floor with his reliable face-up game. He rebounded very well, ran the floor properly, and positioned himself for success on both ends of the floor. Klug has definite next-level ability. #247- Sam Martin- It seems like Martin continues to improve with each new viewing....

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Phenom Spotlight: 2021 Kenede Marion (WS Christian PG)

Name: Kenede MarionPosition: GuardSchool: Winston-Salem Christian PGHeight: 6’0Class: 2021 Coaches in need of a shooter, you could easily look at Kenede Marion.  We recently got a chance to see him recently in action once again at the Post Grad Nationals, where our very own Jeff Bendel had this to say. “Marion is a quick and scrappy prospect.  He’s defended opposing ball-handlers very well...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2021 Landon Reckerd (WS Christian PG)

Name: Landon ReckerdPosition: Point GuardSchool: Winston-Salem Christian PGHeight: 5’9Class: 2021 Reckerd is a new name that joined Winston Salem Christian Post Grad in the second semester but he is a player that is a high academic point guard that has a nice feel on the court, sees the floor and reacts well, finds his teammates out in space, and just has a natural feel in handling pressure. As...

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Impressive Physical Profile: 2022 Taveon Raikes (Heritage HS, VA)

I’m really shocked that college coaches aren’t blowing Taveon’s phone up but you better believe when local coaches have to game plan against him they know all too well how nightmarish a matchup he poses. His physical profile is impressive; the prototypical wing frame with length, a massive wingspan, and broad shoulders.

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Kenechi Nwosu

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and...

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Rising Superstar Secures First Division I Offer

The grassroots basketball scene is such a unique landscape, especially given the uncommon circumstances we’ve been thrust into over the last twelve months. On one side, there are dozens of senior prospects that Division I schools should be prioritizing but prefer to hold onto offers and operate under the blind assumption that someone else is hopefully going to emerge. On the other hand, we have...

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Position-less Basketball: NC Rim Runners

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a highly entertaining stretch of basketball. There was truly an abundance of talent on display, coming from various directions within each of the three events—which certainly includes the NC Rim Runners (2024) from our Spring Tip-Off Classic. While they might’ve fallen short of...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2023 6’6 Tyler Thompson (Panther Creek)

Tyler is an imposing physical presence with an impressive combination of muscle mass and ripped leanness on a 6’6 frame that looks as if it were chiseled from stone! He combines elite-level athleticism with a unique blend of physical capabilities, an unrelenting motor, and natural rebounding instincts and if he doesn’t overwhelm you physically he will wear you out in the paint.

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Worth Monitoring: 6’8 2024 Joshua Hill

Each year, Phenom Hoops is fortunate enough to see thousands upon thousands of prospects come through our doors and attend our events. In the last five years alone, there have been countless examples of players showing up at our camps or travel ball events with little to no reputation and eventually blowing up. This isn’t meant to imply that Phenom Hoops is responsible in any way for these...

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Phenom Hoops’ Post-Grad Nationals: Three Priorities for College Coaches

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a variety of high-level basketball. Our Phenom Post-Grad Nationals began on Friday while the Hoopstate Championship and Spring Tip-Off Classic kicked-off on Saturday—making for an exciting weekend. While most of my coverage took place on the Spring Tip-Off Classic side, we still...

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