SC PHENOM 150 EVENT RECAPS

Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy

Phenom Hoops travelled to Lincolnton to cover Combine Academy’s open gym. ACC head coaches Steve Forbes of Wake Forest and Mike Young of Virginia Tech were in attendance along with assistant coaches from VCU, Western Carolina and College of Charleston.  Head Coach Mike Wright has assembled a team that will be in the conversation as one of the premier high school teams in the country. Combine has...

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Players in New Places: North Carolina (Part 1)

The school year is quickly approaching and that just means that high school basketball isn’t far off either. So it got us thinking about teams and players, and there were plenty of intriguing moves from players that will be suiting up in a different jersey this upcoming season. That is why we are taking an early look at a few new faces in a few new places. 2024 Bishop Boswell (Myers Park)...

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The development and growth of 2024 Rakease Passmore has been fun to watch

What a journey it has been watching 2024 Rakease Passmore grow into the player he has so far, but the story isn’t close to ending any time soon.  But, now watching him snag big offer after big offer, it is fun to just look back at the growth this young has made when we first spoke about him with no offers to where he is today. It is coming up on almost two years when we wrote about Passmore...

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Prospects Trending Upward in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

The travel ball season is always full of surprises. Given the shaky nature of the recruiting landscape, there’s truly no telling which programs are even looking to extend offers to high school players. Majority of programs (for whatever reason) find it more advantageous to pursue kids who already claim a slew of scholarships, as opposed to someone who could actually be a viable, realistic...

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Elevating their play: Class of 2024 in North Carolina (Part 1)

The class of 2024 in North Carolina is a special one, there is no doubt about it. There are so many big-time names out there that have been playing well as of late and then there are players that are quickly rising up the rankings and putting themselves into new territory. We take a look at players that have really elevated their play this summer and have been attracting new eyes their way....

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2024

(1) 6’6 Paul McNeil (Richmond) Even for those who don’t closely follow high school basketball, McNeil should already be a well-known name throughout the country. After winning North Carolina’s Gatorade POY award, he became just the second men’s player of the millennium to receive the honor two full seasons removed from his graduation year (joining Jaden Bradley). He posted insane per-game...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Spring Tip-Off

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Rise Indoor Sports in Advance, North Carolina to continue onward with the early stages of the summer season. The event was loaded with a ton of next-level talent, and though plenty of folks were enamored with March Madness, there was more than enough excitement swirling throughout the facility. There were multiple highly anticipated matchups on...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Spring Tip-Off

6’7 ’24 Edgar Escobedo (BSA Supreme) It’s easy to see the appeal with this BSA Supreme squad, and Escobedo is arguably among their most underrated pieces. He’s a high-motor big man who truly doesn’t require the ball to make an impact. Escobedo is a reliable finisher, rebounder, and shot-altering presence with an understanding of how to run the floor in transition. Escobedo does whatever the team...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Erik Whaley #5: 6’0 ’24 Carson Daniel (Central Cabarrus) Starting things off, we look at a player who already stands out as one of the more reliable, productive floor generals in the state, Carson Daniel. He’s a smart, skilled, unselfish point guard prospect with an excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Daniel typically looks to set up the offense and...

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Coach Rick’s TOC: Bright future for young prospects

The Coach Rick's TOC was off the charts with talent. One thing is for sure is that the future around the region looks to be bright, as there were several young prospects that really captured our eyes and should be household names. Check out a few young players that will be ones you will want to know.

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 3)

2024 Rakease Passmore (NLPB): With college coaches coming to watch, Passmore put on a show and gave them everything you would want in a young player. With the blend of athleticism, break down defenders, finish through contact or around/over defenders, step out and knock down shots, and be an impact defensively with blocking shots, Passmore showed it all and why he is looking to be one of the top...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Havoc (Saturday)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Kameron Roberts (Warriors TBT)Without a doubt the biggest workhorse I saw on the day. He gave defenders the work no matter where on the court, and his unique physique allows him to play and guard any position. He’s got the athleticism and quickness to get downhill and the muscle to bully others down low. Plays so tough on a team that centered totally around defensive...

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Player Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’0 ’22 Cole Sinclair (Durham Hurricanes) It should come as no surprise to anyone within the grassroots scene, but Sinclair continues to showcase a lot of ability as the clear leader of this group. He’s a lethal shooting threat with vision and a nice change of pace, which allows him to effectively manage the game while picking his spots from all three levels. Sinclair handles the ball well and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 1, Part 2)

2022 Brady Moore (Louisville Prospects): Moore took advantage of the stage that was set, going for an impressive 20-point performance vs. the Royals.  The 6’5 prospect brings a strong frame and plays physical in getting downhill, putting the ball on the deck and finishing well with toughness.  Just really like how strong he plays on the court. 2022 Xavier McKelvy (Charlotte Royals):...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers (Summer Havoc Session 1, Day 2)

By: Brandon Blakney 6’5 2024 Rakease Passmore (NLPB)- Passmore might have had the most upside of any player I witnessed today, at 6’5 he’s a true wing and has the skill set that translates immediately at the next level. Passmore is an explosive athlete that’s capable of playing above the rim, he can make shots off the catch and shoot, and he’s capable of creating off the dribble. Passmore showed...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 2, Part 2)

2022 Jajuan Nicholls (Sheed Wallace Select): There is a lot of length on this Wallace Select team but Nicholls is one that has continued to earn praise with what he provides on both ends. The 6’8 prospect showed flashes both on the defensive side of the ball, blocking shots, creating a wall on the court, and moving well against different opponents. He also has a nice feel and mobility...

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Checks all the Boxes: 2024 Rakease Passmore

Sometimes, you just simply know… As a scout, there are times when you come across a young prospect and you simply know that this is going to be a player colleges of all levels will be after in a big way.  2024 6’6 Rakease Passmore is one of those players for Phenom Hoops.   Passmore quickly checks a lot of the boxes with his game, which is why schools like Murray State and Western...

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Player Highlight: Phenom Summer Showcase

By: Sean Halloran 6’6 2024 Rakease Passmore (NLPB 828 15u) Passmore was voted as one of the top players during this weekend’s event and I couldn’t agree more! This young man is a stud. Versatile forward with great size and length. Uber athlete and plays above the rim consistently. An area of Passmore’s game that has shown much improvement in his perimeter shooting. He really displayed a great...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina for another exciting two-day stretch of basketball. There were over one hundred teams on display, including a few high school groups preparing for the upcoming LIVE periods, which ultimately led to quality competition. We saw various new faces, but also got updated viewings of countless prospects....

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Showcase

6’2 ’23 Grady Whitt (Go Hard) Few teams in attendance can match the balanced approach of Go Hard, and Whitt is a massive part of their overall game. The lefty is skilled and fairly crafty, able to consistently create for himself and other off the bounce. Whitt shoots the ball at an efficient rate from midrange and beyond the arc, and finishes with finesse around the basket. He’s a quality passer...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Summer Showcase (Day 1, Part 1)

2026 6’4 Kendre Harrison (CSB 2026): Harrison is a young big that captures your eye with his frame and body early on.  You also have to like his solid hands at an early age, Harrison can really make a presence known down in the paint and it will be interesting to watch him develop down the road. A new name to put on the watch list. 2025 Trevor Best (NLPB): Best is going to be a name that you...

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Dawkins’ Day 1 Standout from Phenom G3 Showcase

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’1 2026 Bradley Floyd (Team Loaded NC 13U)  Bradley is a 13U prospect that caught my attention at the end of Saturday night. Playing for Team Loaded, Floyd has exceptional positional size for his age operating as a 6’1 lead guard. Due to his size advantage, his easiest baskets come from driving to the rim, as most defenders do not possess the length to compete. A Kings...

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POB’s Rising Stars of Tomorrow: Phenom Stay Positive

At the Phenom Stay Positive, it was a great opportunity to view some of the younger prospects in the Class of 2024 and 2025 in the region and there were certainly plenty of standouts. So, we look back at a few names that really impressed us over the weekend and ones that you should start monitoring NOW, as they could be the next rising stars around the area.

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POB’s Best of the Best from the Phenom Stay Positive

The Phenom Stay Positive brought a ton of talent to the courts in Bermuda Run. It was an exciting and thrilling event, as players really stepped up their game all throughout. But, while roaming the courts throughout, there were a few players that really seemed to grab my attention and standout from the rest, as these are POB’s Best of the Best from the event. Check out who made the list....

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

Rakease Passmore 2024 6’6 Rakease Passmore (NLPB 828): Talk about a star in the making. Watching him on multiple occasions, you can see that this young man has the “it” factors in his game that is going to make him a big-time target in North Carolina and one of the top prospects in his class. He has the athleticism that will get you out of your seat and he excels at getting downhill.  But he...

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Western North Carolina All Star Games

Phenom Hoops traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to cover the Western North Carolina All Star game hosted by Jake Senyo of the Ranking Report. 60 of the top players were divided into three groups, freshmen/sophomore, juniors and seniors. It was a great opportunity to see some of the young and promising players in the western part of the state. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom’s Spring Tip-Off Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina to host our Hoopstate Championship, Post-Grad Nationals, and Spring Tip-Off Classic. There was an incredible variety of talent on display, from grown men battling for scholarships to young prospects just scratching the surface, which made for an exciting three-day stretch of...

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Five Standout Frosh, “Stock On The Rise.” Part 2

Five Standout Frosh Part 2 “On the Rise” While it’s way too early for Phenom Hoops to calculate our North Carolina 2024 rankings, we decided to take a closer look at some of the state’s top freshmen.  In our first segment, we featured 6’8 Jarin Stevenson (Northwood HS), 6’5 Drake Powell (Northwood HS), 6’2 Zion Walker (The Burlington School), 6’5 Bishop Boswell (South Mecklenburg) and...

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