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Team Curry 2025 Bigs Elevating Their Play

At the Phenom MDC, Phenom Hoops had a great opportunity to check in on Team Curry 2025 as they showcased some incredible young talent.  Though there are plenty of names to watch out for from this roster, the two big men of 2025 Chris Eagan and 2025 Trent Steinour really showcased their development in a big way.  Steinour has seen his recruitment take off with offers, and he has really flourished...

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Cooper’s Notes: Phenom Memorial Day Classic (Part 2)

By: Cooper Hart 6’7” ’24 Mason Smith (Team Charlotte/Davidson Day) Smith impressed as a knockdown shooter with good size and length. He has a quick release, able to get his shot off without a dip if needed. His ability to get to his spots and shoot out of different actions was impressive, even more so when you consider that he gets his shots within the flow of the offense. Defensively, he is a...

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Brady’s Ballers from Phenom MDC

By; Brady Malston 2025 Simms Disbrow (Next Level Elite) Simms consistently displays maturity on the court beyond his age. He is constantly picking teammates up, communicating on the court and always moving on to the next play. The mental approach to basketball is a skill that is hard to master and often overlooked in today’s game, especially on travel circuits. With Simms, you can tell he is...

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Storylines from Phenom Memorial Day Classic: Team Charlotte’s Lethal Shooting Trio

Given the restructuring of rosters throughout travel basketball, it has allowed Team Charlotte to quietly assemble one of the top shooting teams in the state. Between guys like Stephen Quinn, Joe Rhyne, and Mason Smith, it’s easy to see why. Starting with Quinn, who might be the top spot-up threat in the state. His combination of volume and consistency basically puts him in elite territory....

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Storylines from Phenom Memorial Day Classic: Nas Berry is Back to Full Health

After suffering a major injury, Nas Berry has made a full recovery and returned to the hardwood. He’s a skilled, well-rounded guard prospect with a strong frame and quality penetration sense. Berry possesses useful creation instincts, which allows him to reliably generate clean looks for himself and others off the bounce. He’s great at getting downhill in the open floor, making the correct read,...

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Storylines from Phenom Memorial Day Classic: John Lash is Wired Different

Although there were a ton of notable standouts on display at Phenom Hoops’ Memorial Day Classic, John Lash made a lasting impression with his unique approach to the game. Commonly known for his baseball ability, the 6-foot-5 power forward is a major difference-maker on the basketball court. Lash is tough as nails and displays a seemingly nonstop motor, which allows him to consistently outwork...

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Players To Watch Out For More: Phenom MDC

2024 Jordan Dixon (NLPB Team Select): Dixon has been producing big time all throughout this summer on the Phenom Hoops platform. Whether he has been putting up big numbers, flying high to finish thunderous dunks, creating and finishing strong, or knocking down shots from multiple levels, Dixon has been a consistent producer on the court with his play.  He has been earning some more attention his...

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Start Recognizing More: Phenom MDC

2025 Hayden Assemian (CP3) Assemian is a player that I continue to be impressed with but still think he is a bit underrated as a national prospect and with college programs. Holding a few offers already, Assemian should be a target for many programs with what he provides on the court.  When you talk about his game, this is one of the most physical forwards in the region. He bullies his...

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Coopers Notes: Phenom Memorial Day Classic (Part 1)

By: Cooper Hart 6’6” ’24 Jeff Clark (Team Trezz Williams/New Garden Friends) Clark improved his stock as much as anyone this weekend due to his constant energy and eye-popping athleticism. He thrived in transition scenarios, using his athleticism and motor to get down the court and finish around and through defenses with regularity. Defensively, he can do everything from stop the point of...

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Three Juniors Trending Upward from Phenom MDC

6’5 ’25 Tristan Thompson (Upward Stars) Though folks should already know about Thompson and his incredibly productive, low-maintenance identity, this past weekend was just another indicator of what he brings to a team. He’s a smart, skilled, versatile two-way wing/forward with the ability to consistently affect all facets of the game. Thompson can initiate the offense, create for himself and...

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Players with Range: Phenom MDC

2024 Stephen Quinn (Team Charlotte): Quinn is a known name around the Phenom Hoops landscape in what he provides.  He can be a deadly weapon when shots are falling, as he is one of the best shooters in the state and has an unlimited range.  We always say, once he passes over half-court, Quinn looks to be in range. He does a great job in getting to his spot and creating his shot, as he doesn’t...

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Five Prospects Worthy of Attention from Phenom MDC

6’2 ’24 Stephen Quinn (Team Charlotte) Shooting will always have value, which means Quinn will always have value—given the fact that he’s easily among the best shooters in the Carolinas. He’s a knockdown threat off the catch from literally anywhere within thirty feet. Quinn heats up quickly, moves extremely well without the ball, and can extend his range beyond the volleyball line. He possesses...

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Five Notable Young Prospects from Phenom MDC

6’9 ’26 Cody Peck (CC Elite) There are plenty of high-upside prospects in the state of North Carolina, and it feels like Peck is deserving of more buzz. His physical appeal is obvious from a mere glance, but his skillset and ability to impact the game should also be turning heads. Peck is a long, fluid big man with an incredible blend of IQ, skill, athleticism, and timing. Despite his lack of...

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Phenom MDC Player Watch: 2026 Mikey Williams

Michael Williams, of Riverside High School in Greenville SC. At 5’11 is a true Phenom Memorial Day Classic stand out Williams is a player who easily stood out among the top performers with games of 25, 43 and 23 points. He’s a smart, strong, tough guard prospect with the ability to produce with or without the ball in his hands. Williams is a quality creator with vision, ball-handling, and...

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Five Offer-Worthy Performers from Phenom MDC

6’2 ’24 Will Olden (Carolina Pressure) The Carolina Pressure roster is a really cohesive group, and Olden is a huge reason why. He’s the best spot-up threat on the team and easily among the top shooters in South Carolina. Olden is a great off-ball mover with an understanding of how to consistently exploit openings within the opposing defense. Whether in the corners, wings, or at the top of the...

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Bendel’s Best: Memorial Day Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center for our annual Memorial Day Classic. The event featured a ton of noteworthy teams and players, and quality competition could be found at every turn. As usual, this article will highlight a group of five personal favorites from the three-day stretch… 6’7 ’26 Cole Cloer (Team CP3) It’s typically uncommon to see an...

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Stars of Tomorrow: Phenom MDC

The talent that was at the Phenom Memorial Day Classic was incredible, and that is putting it lightly.  Talent of all levels, high-level competition, and a terrific atmosphere made this event one for the books.  And though we will be highlighting players a lot more throughout the week, there were two young prospects that I was blown away by with what I saw and felt like I needed to...

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Champions from Phenom MDC

Check out all the champions from a terrific event down in South Carolina at the Phenom Memorial Day Classic! 17u Bracket: Blue Bracket: Upward Stars Upstate HarveyOrange Bracket: Big Shots SCWhite Bracket: Carolina Vipers 16u Bracket: Blue Bracket: Upward Stars Columbia SavageOrange Bracket: Carolina Riptide Hickory 2025 15u Bracket: Blue Bracket: Next Level SCOrange Bracket: Coach Mark Gerald...

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Point Guards Leading the Charge: Phenom MDC

2026 Cameron Newman (Team Charlotte) Newman continues to shine as a young rising point guard here in North Carolina, and the future looks bright for him.  Not only is he used to playing up against older players, but he also understands how to lead a team.  Newman isn’t afraid of the bright lights, elevating his play to lead the charge, create his own scoring opportunities, and also knowing how...

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Storylines from Phenom Memorial Day Classic

Carolina Pressure 2024 prove itself in a big way I would say the biggest storyline coming away from the weekend is the play of Carolina Pressure 2024, a team that we have highlighted before the event but they made a statement down in Rock Hill over the weekend.  They ultimately walked away from the event undefeated from the event, starting the weekend off on Friday with an impressive...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 3 at Phenom MDC

2025 Elijah Melton (Sandhills): Melton simply continues to be a name that pops up with his play. You can’t help but want to go to battle with this young man, because he is going to be that physical force that you love to have on the floor. A bruising forward that plays hard, battles constantly on the boards, embraces contact, and knows how to be extremely productive. Underrated prospect here in...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom MDC (Day 2)

2026 Mandrake Lewis (Team Holley) Everyone knows the trend of versatility for longer inside-out players that we’re in, and Mandrake is a textbook example of it. He has a highly advantageous frame to go to work with and has confidence when isolated on the block to take his time and go at you. While already being a mismatch most times down the court, if you give him time in the weight room ahead,...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 2 at Phenom MDC (Part 3)

2026 Chris Gomez (CP3 Select): A young prospect that has intrigue with his game, Gomez has good early size, is a confident scorer, and has a strong feel/understanding of the game.  He is a smooth-operating prospect that makes plays off the bounce, a smooth finisher in getting to the basket, and is active all over the court.  Gomez is a name that I would jot down and look at more down the road....

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 2 from Phenom MDC (Part 2)

2025 Jonah Lawrence (Team Curry): Lawrence could be one of those breakout players that you hear about more this summer and especially this upcoming high school season. There is a lot to like about his game; his shot-making ability, his one-dribble pull-up, his size for his position, and he is showing more of his ability to get into the paint and create as well.  Consistent scorer each time...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 2 at Phenom MDC (Part 1)

2024 Jozohn Price (Charlotte Aces): It was good to see Price back in action, as it has been a while since seeing him in action. But when you watch his game, you have to like the intrigue of what he brings to the court. He has the size, he moves well, shows strong flashes of being a strong presence in the paint, and can make plays in a variety of other areas.  He will be interesting to watch more...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 1 at Phenom MDC

2025 Jake Benham (Mint Hill Lakers): Benham continues to find his name on our standout lists. But it is hard not to have him on the list with the consistent play he has been showing this summer. Benham is having a breakout-type year, showing how he can be a game-changer with his shot-making, his quick release, and his ability to make plays in a variety of ways.  Another outing in which he filled...

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Phenom Memorial Day Classic Previews: Upward Stars 3SSB

It probably goes without saying, but Upward Stars is among the top programs in the Carolinas. They do an exceptional job of keeping notable South Carolina prospects on their roster and consistently advancing kids to the next level. Over the last few years, guys like Julian Phillips, PJ Hall, Dillon Jones, and Bryce McGowans (among various others) were a few of the special players to emerge from...

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Worthy of Attention: 6’3 ’23 Josiah Watkins

There are countless differences between the high school and summer seasons of grassroots basketball—now more than ever. For instance, numerous players who are the clear-cut leader for their high school team (even though those numbers have dwindled) are tasked with taking lesser or simply different roles during the travel ball season. The opposite is also true. Many players who receive few...

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SIM Card Alert: 2025 Jamier Rice (Durham Hurricanes)

Player: Jamier RiceClass: 2025Height: 5’11AAU: Durham Hurricanes The Durham Hurricanes program has been one of those programs that have continued to produce some intriguing and young talent that eventually has made their mark at the highest of levels; names like Trey Murphy and Josh Hall come to mind quickly. Though it is still too early to say about possibly this next prospect, 2025 Jamier Rice...

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Phenom MDC Player Spotlight: 2023 Jahreece Lynch (NC Spartans)

The NC Spartans have been a staple on the Phenom Hoops’ platform for quite some time now, and they continue to bring players that should garner attention more with college coaches.  That is true once again, as we are adding another one to the list.  2023 Jahreece Lynch from NC Spartans and North Surry has been playing extremely well this summer. The two-sport athlete just continues to...

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