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POB’s Eye Catchers from SC Top 80 (Part 2)

2023 CJ Rich (Spring Valley): Rich was a tough guard all day long. Showcased his speed with the ball in his hands, staying aggressive and picked his spots to attack, and was also strong on the defensive end.  Was impressed with his court awareness and his on-ball defense. 2027 6’5 Josh Leonard (Florence): Hard to believe someone at his size already is just in seventh grade but that is where...

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Player Standouts at SC Top 80

#100- My’kel Croker- While very few players tend to stand out during the drills/stations, Croker definitely stood out amongst the crowd. He’s slightly undersized but plays with incredible energy and constantly communicates on both ends of the floor. Croker approaches every single drill and possession with a visibly unselfish approach. In the games, he stood out as a pesky defender and forced...

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Five More South Carolina Seniors Worthy of Offers

Although North Carolina is regularly advertised as the “Hoopstate”, South Carolina is notorious for putting some of the best athletes (across all sports) into the professional ranks on a yearly basis. The state doesn’t generally receive as much attention as it probably should, and players often soar below the radar as a direct result. Even prior to all the covid restrictions, college coaches...

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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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Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’3 2022 Lebron Thomas (FIBA 2022) When I watch Thoams, the first thing I notice is how he uses his lightning speed and athleticism to get downhill at will and use his strong lower body to finish through contact. The way he was able to use this natural ability to make plays for himself and his teammates was impressive as it really showed in transition. Not only does Thomas do an...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 1)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Jaden Lingo (TSF 17U/Druid Hills)  Jaden is a scoring combo guard with an athletic frame that could continue to develop in girth. Lingo has penetrated the lane well this afternoon, scoring from all 3 levels at a consistent rate. His dominant scoring display in game one caught the attention of many. Game two saw a setback from his team as a whole, competing against a...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 1)

Luke Lentz 2022 Lebron Thomas (FIBA): This young man continues to produce effectively and consistently every time he steps on the floor. Not sure what else needs to be seen, as the 6’3 point guard really impacts the floor in an array of ways. He scores the ball incredibly well, aggressively getting downhill and finishing through and around defenders, while also racking up the assists and...

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FIBA SC trio show out at the Summer Havoc

One team that really captured our eyes and made a mark in Rock Hill was FIBA SC 2022, as they finished undefeated throughout the two events, going 8-0 at the Summer Havoc.  A talented group for sure, the biggest story from the event was the trio that was off the charts all throughout.  2022 6’3 Lebron Thomas, 2022 6’2 Xzavier Thaggard, and 2022 6’0 Joseph Durant were tremendous on the floor,...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers at Summer Havoc, Sunday Edition

6’3 2022 Lebron Thomas (FibaSC)- Thomas has been somewhat passive at times in the past but those days are obviously over, he has been in full attack mode all weekend, Thomas came down to Rock Hill with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Thomas absolutely lived in the paint, defenders struggled to stay in front of him and zones didn’t suffice either. Thomas has an advanced layup...

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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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Summer Havoc Team Previews: FIBA

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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Bigger and Stronger: 2022 6’3 Lebron Thomas (Trinity Collegiate)

It has been a few months since seeing 2022 Lebron Thomas in action but we got an up-close viewing once again at the Phenom Challenge of his game and he did not disappoint. Thomas has been regarded as one of the better guards in his class for South Carolina and he gave us multiple reasons why that shouldn’t be changing any time soon.

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Challenge

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for our final event in the month of April. There was expected to be a ton of excitement with an abundance of teams and a variety noteworthy prospects on display. While numerous players were worthy of recognition, this article will take a closer look at some personal favorites from...

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Special K’s Superstars from Phenom Challenge

LeBron Thomas 6’4 Jamari Briggs of Upward Stars Pee Dee 16U was impressive this weekend. He possesses the already translatable physical tools that allow him to stand out immediately when watching him. Jamari is a big guard who utilizes a blend of athleticism and strength to barrel his way to the rim and finish through contact. It is evident that he has made clear strides in his improvement...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Challenge

6’0 ’24 Parker Burke (TSB) Although they showcased great balance throughout this contest, Burke was arguably their most vital contributor. He’s a smart, unselfish floor general with a keen playmaking sense and the ability to consistently find quality shots for himself or others. Burke was the youngest player on the roster, but it certainly wasn’t evident. His IQ, pace, and overall patience...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Challenge (Day 1, Part 2)

2025 Treyvolis Walker (Elite 8 SC): For a player in middle school, he has a very intriguing and smooth game that he brings. He is shifty on the court, can create for himself and for others, and plays with a good motor at his age.  Strong performance from him on Day 1. 2022 LeBron Thomas (FIBA): Thomas has only grown and gotten stronger with his game, while still being that playmaker on the...

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What Does LeBron Thomas to Trinity Byrnes Mean?

Opportunity is one of the most surefire methods for determining how effective a player can be, both in the present day and into the future. With public schools having uncertainty about games or outright cancelling their season, guys like LeBron Thomas are strapped in terms of options. However, the point guard prospect recently made his move from Lee Central to Trinity Byrnes, and it should be a...

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Smith  #0: 6’0 ’22 Omari Bryson (South Pointe) Starting things off, we look at a player that knows how to assert himself as a steady two-way threat with any collection of teammates, Omari Bryson. He’s a wiry, unselfish guard prospect with a reliable spot-up presence and ability to operate with or without the ball in his hands. Bryson attacks the basket well, makes the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from South Carolina Top 80 (Part IV)

The Phenom Hoop Report Top 80 camps bring all the top talent from around the state all under one roof and there is just a different feel when these players step on the court.  Phenom Hoops headed back to Lexington high school once again for the South Carolina Top 80 and man, it did not disappoint. One could sit down and talk about each player from the event, which we will in our evaluations but...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Finale

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops wrapped up the summer season in Greensboro, North Carolina with our annual Summer Finale. There was an abundance of talent in the gym, offers were given out, and high-level competition took place per usual. This article will take a closer look at some of the top standouts from the event…   6’0 ’21 Jamarii Thomas (New Light Disciples) The New Light Disciples...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt 2 #PhenomSummerFinale

Time flies when you’re having fun, another season of AAU is almost in the books!Greensboro, North Carolina– The Phenom Hoops crew is going out with a bang here at the Summer Finale! The stars came out for one last go around, coaches at multiple levels flooded the sidelines in search of a late boost to 2019, and others got the jump on some classes of the future. 6’2 2022 LeBron Thomas (FIBA)...

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Early Standouts at Phenom Summer Finale

6’2 ’22 LeBron Thomas (FIBA) No player was more impressive than Thomas, especially given how calmly he controlled the action on both ends of the floor. He’s a proven playmaker and defender, but it was his ability to knock down three-pointers with excellent consistency that made such a strong impression. Thomas continues to solidify that he’s an elite prospect and should be recruited as such....

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Phenom Hoops’ Carolina High School Showcase Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Jake Senyo   #39: 6’0 ’19 Mahdiy Trotman (Dudley High School) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a useful, well-balanced skillset at camp, Mahdiy Trotman. He’s a strong, smart guard prospect that possesses sharp quickness and penetration skills. Trotman did an excellent job of getting downhill, attacking the basket, and finishing strong through contact. He...

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Carolina High School Showcase: Award Winners

The inaugural Carolina High School Showcase was an unbelievable success. The gym was packed with talent at all levels and the players bought into the “three dribble rule” as they played unselfishly and played with passion and purpose. The competition was intense and fierce as players were diving on the floor for loose balls and actually talked and played aggressive defense. Now,...

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From the Sidelines: Phenom’s Carolina High School Showcase

By: Bryant McGowan 6’4 2020 Kalib Matthews One of the smoothest offensive players participating in camp this weekend, Kalib Matthews put his skillset on full display. Matthews has a knack for placing himself in scoring position and converts on many of his opportunities. He showed a lot of promise in the shooting department, knocking down three pointers and mid-range jumpers alike with great...

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Player Standouts at Phenom’s Carolina High School Showcase

#89- 6’0 ’22 Dwight Canady- The young, incredibly well-rounded point guard continues to impress. He’s been terrific with the WNC Warriors and looked equally as comfortable playing against bigger/older opponents. Canady displayed excellent craftiness when attacking the basket, both as a passer and finisher. He knocked down plenty of jumpers and contained his assignment well on...

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