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Commitment Alert: Marshall snags NC talent in 2022 Micah Handlogten

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Micah HandlogtenClass: 2022Committed to: Marshall What the Player Said:...

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The Mold of a Modern Big Man: Micah Handlogten

Historically, basketball has made countless shifts regarding things like positions, rule changes, and desirable archetypes. The ideology of having two traditional big men is nearly obsolete, which also applies to true point guards and multiple other niche identities. Obviously, this is more evident in the NBA than college basketball. Someone like Jahlil Okafor would’ve been a perennial All-Star...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 1)

By: Heath Gulledge 2022 6’5 Tim Vaughn (Chattanooga Elite Grey 17u) Vaughn impressed me this morning with more than one skill set today. He came out of the gate getting to the rim with ease and finishing in transition. As the game went on he began to show a more versatile skill set. He started knocking down deep balls off the catch and off the bounce whether he had a hand in his face or...

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Upward Stars 2022 highlighting the talent of North and South Carolina

Phenom Hoops continued their events through the month of May, as Upward Stars Southeast 3SSB 2022 was one of the more recent teams that came through the Phenom MDC.  It gave us another opportunity to view a team that brings some of the more talented players around South Carolina and region to the floor and they surely impressed. When you dive into their roster, the first player that your...

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2022 North Carolina Bigs To Watch this Summer

College coaches are always looking for bigs. They can be tough to find some times and it takes time to develop them, longer than others for some. But you can also find some diamonds in the rough that really showcase a ton of potential in they could be at the end. That is why we are looking at the 2022 class and a few underrated bigs that seem to be a little quiet as far as recruitment but could be in for a big summer and ones to monitor throughout.

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 3)

2021 Micah Handlogten (Upward Stars 704): The long big man just continues to work and is really starting to show what he is able to do on the court.  Each time, he shows a little more in his game, something we know he has been working on. Long, plays hard and can be effective on both ends of the court. 2021 Saiquone Harris (Word of God): Harris is going to make some coach look smart down...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 14

Team 14Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQYLc9FQCUSdWRiVzT_Uf_0d Coach: Patrick Cannon #0: 5’9 ’24 James Clark (Marvin) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest camper on the team, James Clark. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with the ability to get downhill and penetrate or access his quality midrange jumper....

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Traditional Throwbacks

Recently our news feeds are full of high clip shot takers, dunk makers, and human highlight films.  Big names are fun to watch and follow, they’re what most everyone talks about because they have the views and can fare. However, do those players play within the game, and will their teams to win games, do they make their teams better, are they making selfless plays or shoot at a high percentage?...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Early Standouts at Fall Finale

7’0 Micah Handlogten of Upward Stars 704 has a unique blend of size, skill, and mobility that can translate into becoming a really good player. At 7’0 feet tall, he runs the floor very well and has a great motor that allows him to get easy points in transition. He has a really good shooting stroke that allows him to stretch the floor and knock down the three; he will be a great pick and pop...

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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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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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North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: Harold Smith #18: 5’8 ’21 Lavonte Hughes (Cherryville) Starting things off, we look at a player that embodies the “heart over height” notion quite well, Lavonte Hughes. He’s a smart, quick point guard prospect that plays bigger than his size on both ends of the floor. Hughes is an exceptional penetrator with the ability to finish strong through contact with either hand or setup...

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NC Phenom 150 Late Bloomer Watch List

NC Phenom 150 Late Bloomers At the 16th Annual NC Phenom 150 camp, we once again got an opportunity to see players that we may not gotten a chance to watch during the high school season. We have often stated, “it’s not where you start that counts, but where you finish,” and this custom made for players in the 6’7 range or taller. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the players that grabbed...

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JMAC Showcase Team Preview: NC Flames 2022

It is the start of the month of June and Phenom Hoops is INCREDIBLY excited about putting on the JMAC Showcase this weekend!  High-level teams will be coming to the Fort Mill area, looking to compete and gear themselves up for a big few upcoming months.

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