STAY POSITIVE CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 12u/13u Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowed champions. To start the day off, we had the 12/13u Division tipping off as Garner Road and the Vikings battled it out.  Both came in with...

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Player Standouts from Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive

Kaleb James by: Ethan Reece 2023 Trenton Jackson (PinPoint Elite)Every team needs a guy like Trenton.  Whenever his team needed anything, he provided offensively or defensively.  He got bucket after bucket in the clutch while locking up on the other end, without a doubt the best performance I saw from a player today! He just wanted it more than everybody else on the court 2026 Austin Jackson...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 5’7 2025 Q Williams (Team CP3 2025)I want to start by simply saying, Q Williams is the most skillful 2025 lead guard I’ve seen in North Carolina’s 2025 class. I believe that it shouldn’t take longer than 3 full offensive possessions for you to see key differences in the IQ of Williams in comparison to his peers. Winning plays come second nature for...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’4 2021 Lureon Walker (NC Wildcats 2022)When speaking on 2021 Lureon Walker, I struggle to find words that will prevent me from sounding like a broken record. There are few unsigned seniors that have surprised me in the way Walker has, and the surprise only seems to grow every game I watch him play. The surprise factor is simple; Walker is a combo guard standing around...

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POB’s Eye Catchers at Phenom Stay Positive (Day 1, Part 2)

Jaheim Taylor 2022 Kendrell Brooks (Brothers Basketball): Brooks has been a consistent threat on the court, as the 6’2 prospect has scored consistently in an array of areas on the court, pulling up and knock down shots but also getting to the basket.  But also enjoyed his vision and floor sense, making some terrific passes to set up his teammates for easy shots. 2021 Jaheim Taylor (Hart Select):...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Stay Positive

6’5 ’23 Trey Barbee (Strong Center) Despite Strong Center’s extremely balanced two-way approach, Barbee consistently found ways to emerge as a leader for this group. He possesses nice size and displays a fairly versatile offensive game with the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Barbee applies constant pressure in the midrange, but also attacks the basket and positions...

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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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POB’s Stock Risers (Part 3)

It certainly hasn’t been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, let’s start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several part...

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HIGHLIGHTS: WFU commit Robert McCray JUMPING Out the Gym at #PhenomHoops 2 Event Compilation!

Check out highlights from Robert McCray, a 6'3" guard from AC Flora HS in South Carolina. McCray is an explosive CG that plays for Upward Stars 3SSB and is committed to Wake Forest next season. These highlights are from two Phenom Hoop events (Stay Positive + Summer Havoc).

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POB’s Summer Stock Risers (Part 2)

It certainly hasn’t been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, let’s start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several part...

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POB’s Summer Stock Risers (Part 1)

It certainly hasn't been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, lets start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several-part series, with several more coming your way.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Best of August (Part 3)

This August was a month full of very intriguing talent and potential amongst the abundance of teams and players that attended our events. Talent everywhere from High Major Division 1 to Division 3 level players competed all month long. Of the many players I saw this August, a few players really stood out and either made a name for themselves or showed why they were already highly touted.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Upwards Stars vs GA Select All-Stars Decide 17U ACC Championship at #PhenomStayPositive

Check out highlights between Upward Stars and GA Select All Stars at the Phenom Stay Positive. This game featured plenty of college prospects led by Robert McCray (WFU), Keeyan Itejere (Texas), and Elijah Tucker (Xavier).

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Upward Stars 704: A Well-Oiled Machine

After an extensive down-period, the past month has been full of excitement and opportunities for kids to prove themselves to college coaches. While the recruiting process differs greatly from that of a normal summer, everyone has done their part to make the best of this unique situation. Naturally, high-profile programs haven’t suffered as much as most grassroots programs but offers are still...

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As smooth as it gets: 2023 6’4 Caleb Foster

Rick Lewis said it best at the Phenom Stay Positive… Caleb Foster is one smooth operator.  It has been amazing to watch the blow-up for Foster, as many could see that he was going to be a name to remember in the 2023 class early on.  He gave us glimpses night after night at Hickory Ridge high school, leading his team to an impressive season. But many wouldn’t say they saw this kind of...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Best of August (Part 1)

This August was a month full of very intriguing talent and potential amongst the abundance of teams and players that attended our events. Talent everywhere from High Major Division 1 to Division 3 level players competed all month long. Of the many players I saw this August, a few players really stood out and either made a name for themselves or showed why they were already highly touted.

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CC Warriors: Proving their Ability

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another exciting weekend of basketball. We’ve seen a lot of teams over the past month and the CC Elite organization has been on full display throughout the process. At our Phenom Stay Positive, they constructed a Weddington-based group that certainly outperformed expectations with their...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Stay Positive (Underrated Gems)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another quality event. The competition level was high, featuring numerous new squads and those that we’ve seen throughout the summer—which naturally led to a variety of standout performers. In addition to enticing competition, the atmosphere was exceptional. This article will take a closer look...

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Dawkins’ Stockrisers: Day 2 at Stay Positive

Zymicah Wilkins By: De’Ajai Dawkins 2025 Kaleb Phillips (Team Heat Elite)  Kaleb has been making his presence felt through his natural ability to score. He’s a wing player with the size to play in the post and used his combination of size and shooting touch to provide high scoring outputs every game. One thing I appreciate about Kaleb is his willingness to score, he doesn’t allow himself...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Stay Positive

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another quality event. The competition level was high, featuring numerous new squads and those that we’ve seen throughout the summer—which naturally led to a variety of standout performers. In addition to enticing competition, the atmosphere was exceptional. This article will take a closer look...

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Top Performances from Day 2 at #PhenomStayPositive

Check out some of the top performances from Day 2 at the Phenom Stay Positive NameTeamClassPointsCole CallawayNLPB 204202340Elijah GrayTennessee Bobcats202232Aaron PotterCarolina Rising Stars 17u202131Joshua ScovensNL Disciples202230Jefferson MclambFlash USA202230TJ EdwardsUpstate Select202429Khalil BrantleyMint Hill Lakers202128Caleb FosterCollegiate Prep202327Brock BowenCC Warriors202127Matt...

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15u Championship: Upward Stars Columbia/ Next Level SC goes wire-to-wire

Final:Upward Stars Columbia 2023 66 – Next Level SC 15u 63 The last game of the day and boy, was it a good one. Upward Stars led for much of the second half, using a strong performance from Collin Murray-Boyles, who gave them 19 points. With them holding a lead, Next Level SC 15u scratched away late in t eh game and had a chance to eventually tie the game at the end but it didn’t...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts at Stay Positive

6’0 Brock Bowen of CC Warriors 17U is an elite shooter. Very efficient and shoots the ball from three with a very high percentage. Has a quick smooth stroke that allows him to get his shot off with very little space; doesn’t force anything and takes really smart shots. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for his teammates. Plays within the offense and is someone who can...

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17u SEC Championship: CC Warriors put on a dominant performance

Final:CC Warriors 79 – Collegiate Prep 41 Looking at this game, one would think this was going to be close battle throughout with an array of talent. But it was the cohesive unit of the CC Warriors and shooters that made quick work and jumped out to an impressive lead against a talented Collegiate Prep. They simply never looked back, eventually making it a running clock and earning the...

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17u SEC Consolation Bracket: Team Renegades Elite 17u holds on

Final:Team Renegades 79 – Upstate Warriors 75 It was a high-scoring affair between these two and neither team broke away from each other. Both teams were aggressive on offense all throughout the game. For the Renegades, it was the first-half performance by Shamar Hickson that got their team going, while Reese Evans filled it up in the second half. Jaheim Dodd was nearly unstoppable for the...

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17u ACC Consolation: Juice All-Stars Stephenson wins on game-winning three

Final:Juice All-Stars NC Stephenson 79 – Upward Stars SE Select 2021 78 Maybe the best game of the day and the most exciting ending one as well. These two came to compete and that they did. Two teams mixed with talent all over the court, they went back and forth trading blows, with neither being able to escape eachother. For Upward Stars, it was the play of multiple guys, led by Earl...

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