SC PHENOM 150 EVENT RECAPS

Deserving of Offers: Five Scholarship-Worthy Seniors

The state of North Carolina is consistently filled with some of the top basketball talent across the entire nation—especially per capita. This can be a blessing and a curse. Due to the number of programs competing for kids of similar levels, it typically becomes a waiting game. Understandably, no college coach wants to reveal their hand to the competition, but there has to be a certain level of...

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Open Gym Report: Bishop McGuinness

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Bishop McGuinness for another noteworthy open gym session. The Villains have been led by Coach Josh Thompson since 2004. Regardless of roster composition, they’ve found consistent success and regularly competed for state championships throughout his tenure. Although they had some struggles last season, the Villains seem guaranteed to bounce back with...

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July Live Period Superlatives: Part Two

Although there has been a ton of excitement swirling throughout the last few months, July is finally coming to an end. Between the NCHSAA/NCISAA events in June and the consecutive live periods across July, all levels of coaches have been traveling, evaluating, and establishing relationships with these prospects. Excluding the lone period in July, we will take a closer look at a slew of players...

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July Live Period Superlatives: Part One

Although there has been a ton of excitement swirling throughout the last few months, July is finally coming to an end. Between the NCHSAA/NCISAA events in June and the consecutive live periods across July, all levels of coaches have been traveling, evaluating, and establishing relationships with these prospects. Excluding the lone period in July, we will take a closer look at a slew of players...

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Bendel’s Best: Hardwood Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted two separate events (Advance and Rock Hill) to wrap up the final live period and begin concluding the busy month of July. Folks were constantly buzzing about the amount of sheer talent on display in Rock Hill, but there was still more than enough appeal for various college coaches to make the trip to Advance. Programs of all levels came through the Rise...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc

Finally, after nearly two years, Phenom Hoops returned to host our first LIVE period event of the travel ball season. Although most college coaches (D2/D3/NAIA/JUCO) have already been allowed to travel for the last calendar year, this is only the second opportunity (aside from the NCHSAA/NCISAA session) for Division I coaches to see prospects in-person. While there were plenty of standouts...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’23 Cole Callaway (Carolina Riptide) It’s easy to find balance with this Carolina Riptide squad, and Callaway consistently finds ways to stand out despite being one of the younger players on the roster. He’s a lethal spot-up threat with IQ, cutting instincts, and the ability to attack closeouts as needed, which allows him to make a constant impact with or without the ball in his hands....

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Ready to Collect Offers: Dawson McAlhany

The evaluation process in basketball tends to differ from one person to the next, and that’s perfectly fine. Most folks have their own individual preferences in what they want from players, whether defense, shooting, athleticism, or something completely different. Regardless, identifying a scholarship-worthy prospect really shouldn’t be too difficult of a task for anyone who closely follows...

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Bendel’s Best: Stay Positive Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to North Carolina for our first debut at the newly built Rise Indoor Facility in Advance for our Stay Positive Classic. In lieu of everything opening back up, that area is going to see a massive increase in basketball traffic heading into the upcoming LIVE periods. There was an abundance of talented teams and individuals on display between the two-day...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Stay Positive

6’5 ’24 Paul McNeil (Garner Road) There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding McNeil over the last calendar year, and rightfully so, as he has the chance to be a special prospect. He’s extremely advanced for his age, both physically and in terms of skill, and already understands how to overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. McNeil possesses phenomenal length and fluidity, which allows him to...

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Worthy of Offers: Underappreciated Targets for College Coaches

The trickle-down effect of Covid has largely dismantled the already-shaky structure that is college basketball. Interestingly enough, most of these kids in the Class of 2022 have yet to realize that many players will either go to a lower level than expected or be forced to fight for opportunities with players from the Class of 2021. While it’s not applicable to everyone, the additional granted...

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Bishop McGuinness v. Mt. Airy

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Bishop McGuinness High School, as the Villains prepared to conclude their regular season against Mt. Airy in a rivalry matchup. Given the Covid situation, spectators have been limited all season. However, all the spectating parents who were guaranteed tickets actually gave up their seats in favor of a student section for the first time this year. The...

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East Forsyth v. Bishop McGuinness

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville, North Carolina, as the Villains prepared to host the Eagles of East Forsyth. Both teams entered this contest with quality records against tough competition, which set the stage for an absolute battle. Bishop McGuinness has talent, coaching, and always seem to be relevant within the bigger picture of North Carolina high...

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Lexington Senior v. Bishop McGuinness

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville, North Carolina, as the Villains prepared to host the Yellowjackets of Lexington Senior High School. Despite losing their undisputed two-way leader in Alex Holt, Lexington has found some solid success behind veteran wing Micah Williams. On the other side, the Villains have proven themselves capable of competing with all...

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Major Breakout Candidates for North Carolina’s Class of 2022 (Part Two)

The high school/grassroots development process differs greatly from that of any other level in basketball. Obviously these young players are going through physical changes, some for better and some for worse, which will ultimately help sculpt their overall basketball identity. However, there are also more critical checkpoints during this journey as opposed to the higher levels. This isn’t meant...

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PSB Elite 16 UA Rise has talent everywhere you look

Rock Hill will be loaded with talent and Phenom Hoops wants to not only get everyone ready for an exciting event but also make sure we provide exposure for teams and players all throughout. We start previewing teams and players that coaches and fans will want to check out at the event.

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Is Dawson McAlhany Ready to Take the Next Step?

Although folks might be unsuspecting, the Villains of Bishop McGuinness have been a model of consistent success under the coaching regime of Josh Thompson. He was notably young upon first taking over the program, but has since established himself among the smartest and most charismatic coaches in the state. Unlike many others, Thompson has shown a willingness to adjust to his personnel rather...

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Coach Rick’s “Getting to Know” 6’5 2022 Dawson McAlhany

Coach Rick’s “Getting to Know” 6’5 2022 Dawson McAlhany (Bishop McGuiness)  At our Phenom Open Gym Tour back in September, 2019, we wrote the following about Dawson McAlhany. “I think at this point it’s pretty clear that McAlhany should be viewed as a bonafide division one level prospect. His versatility at 6’5 with point guard like ball skills, vertical explosiveness, craftiness...

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#PhenomOpenGymTour: Bishop McGuinness

The latest stop on the Phenom Hoops Open Gym Tour was at Defending NCHSAA 1A Champions Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville, North Carolina. This group lost some key pieces from last years team including guys like Cam Caroway and Mac McAlhany, Gus O’Hale, and Ty Cressman. They bring back some key pieces from last years team including a couple of new pieces that make the...

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Phenom Summer Havoc: Miles Early Friday Standouts

6’5 2022 Travis Shaw: Greensboro Warriors 15u We already know about Shaw as a high level football kid, but his basketball abilities need some recognition as well.  He’s a strong bodied post that possesses excellent footwork, soft hands, and great court awareness.  He’s an excellent vocal leader that anchors this Greensboro Warrior squad on the defensive end, getting his guys in the right place...

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Nation Ford court 2 Standouts Sunday #PhenomChampionShowcase

Jalen Mattocks 6’6” Forward (Charlotte Supreme) class of 2022 Long athletic forward. Uses his length in a variety of ways. From making easy plays around the basket or elevating for nice mid-range jumpers. To be a force in the rebounding department and a defensive presence. A sneakily skilled player, highly competitive and fundamentally sound. Just gets it done. Being a 2022 prospect he...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Team Camp (Part Three)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Queens University for our annual June team camp, which featured an incredible amount of talent from various different pockets of the region. College coaches were in the building and kids got seen by a variety of different programs at the D2, D3, and JUCO levels. This article will take a closer look at some of the most impressive performers from over...

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Early Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Team Camp

6’9 ’20 Obinna Killen (Chapmanville) It would be difficult to not be impressed with Killen, a long, high-motor forward with elite athleticism and physical tools. He’s able to assert his will and control action in the paint on every possession. Killen forces turnovers at an incredible rate through his strong anticipation skills and causes a ton of problems when barreling towards the rim in...

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David Rose MDC Team Preview: NC Spartans 16u

Memorial Day Weekend is a special weekend to share with family and friends.  But it also provides a chance for teams to compete in one of the best events around at the David Rose MDC with Phenom Hoops. We have over 80 teams competing at a high-level, showcasing their talents and earning exposure! Come out and show your support, as well as support a great cause in the Wounded Warrior Project....

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Ledbetter and Caroway Shine as Bishop McGuinness Throttles Mount Airy 70-39

Last night I had the opportunity to take the drive up I-85 North to Kernersville to check out Bishop McGuinness High School on their Senior Night as they hosted rival Mount Airy and it was everything was going the Villains way in this one!  Let’s take a look at some of the standouts from last nights game. 6’2 2020 Jake Ledbetter: Bishop McGuinness (27 Points, 10/13 From the...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 1: Evaluation Team 11

North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations   Team 11 Coach Aaron Hogner   #70: 5’7 ’21 Kadyn Dawkins (McLeansville, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that is just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities, Kadyn Dawkins. He’s a point guard prospect with an exceptional feel for the game, able to consistently create scoring opportunities for himself and others....

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Midday Standouts at NC Phenom 150 Camp

#154- Dawson McAlhany- Solid guard prospect with nice size and a quality feel for the game; he’s pretty skilled on offense and understands how to score within the team-concept. He’ll be a definite contributor for his high school team.   #213- Ethan Hefner- Athletic wing prospect with great size and a rugged two-way approach. One could argue that his motor and ability to constantly pursue...

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