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DeAjai’s Weekend Standouts from #PhenomTipOffClassic

By: DeAjai Dawkins BJ Freeman (Moravian Prep National) BJ Freeman has slowly but surely solidified himself as one of my favorite scoring guards in the entire state. Anyone that knows me from a basketball perspective should be able to tell you that I am a fan of “big guards”, as their powerful frames usually give them an automatic advantage at the rim. Freeman is gifted with a naturally sturdy...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Drae Rice #0: 5’10 ’21 AJ Thompson (Northwestern) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to successfully run a team on either side of the ball, AJ Thompson. He’s a smart, quick, heady point guard prospect with an excellent balance between scoring and playmaking. Thompson is great in the open floor but also more than comfortable within the half-court...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Day 2)

2021 Chad Wilson (WNC Big Cats): Made some really good plays in being a playmaker on the floor. Whether it was getting to the lane and floating, initiating the offense and pushing the break, or putting the defenders on their heels and dishing out, he made several plays for his team. 2021 Luke Williams (PSB Charles): Williams was the most consistent threat on the floor for his team, scoring on...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 2)

2021 Brandon Cherry (Full Court): Cherry plays with a really good, natural feel for the game on the court.  He doesn’t force things on the court that aren’t there, plays with a nice pace and with his head up, looks to find his teammates but also shows a smooth jumper. 2022 Landon King (Patriots): King is a name that should catch on more in the Charlotte area for Independence. He was able to...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom LIVE (Underrated Gems)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled back to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another weekend of grassroots basketball. We saw a lot of familiar faces in addition to the numerous new programs on display. There were plenty of standouts on display, and this article will take a closer look at some personal favorites from the two-day event, each of which are deserving of...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts at #PhenomLIVE

6’7 Earl Burgess of Team 864 17U is a super productive and efficient player. Knows his game and is a star in his role. He has a great touch in the paint and puts himself in position to score. He attacks the boards hard and rebounds the ball well on both sides of the floor. Has a high motor and runs the floor very well which allows him to get easy points in transition. He has a good release on...

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Early Standouts at Day One of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’7 ’21 Earl Burgess (Team 864) It’s easy to appreciate someone like Burgess, who is so noticeably effective without ever needing to be the primary focus on either end of the floor. He simply makes plays and understands how to maximize his presence. Burgess is long, wiry, and moves very well for his size. He runs the floor properly in transition, makes smart decisions with or without the ball,...

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6’3 2021 Undre Lindsay, “Hidden Gem”

6’3 2021 Undre Lindsay, “Hidden Gem” Playing for South Carolina “Eight, Six, Four,” 6’3 rising senior Undre Lindsay had one of the breakout performances of the day. In a come from behind win, Lindsay was simply sensational. He poured in a game high 40 points, including six 3-pointers. Standing a strong, muscular and athletic 6’3, Lindsay did just about...

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