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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom 757 Showcase (Day 1, Part 2)

2022 6’4 Ta’zir Smith (Higher Level): Smith was excellent when I sat down to watch his game.  He was non-stop getting downhill, staying aggressive and embracing contact.  There wasn’t a defender that could stay in front of him in that game, as he continued to put pressure on the defense and finish tough buckets or get to the line. 2023 6’2 Caden Bell (Team Wall 2023): I do believe that...

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POB’s Standouts from Champion Showcase (Day 2) (Part 1)

2022 Shaedon Simpson (Vaughan 17u): Simpson catches your eyes pretty quickly for Vaughan with his 6’6 frame and versatility and the more you watch him operate on the court, the more you like.  Simpson really impacted the floor in all areas, whether it was stepping out to score, finishing around the rim, running in transition, getting on the boards, and being a defensive impact, he checks off a...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Champion Showcase

6’7 ’22 Aidan Hadaway (Atlanta Timberwolves) It’s easy to see why Hadaway is so highly regarded amongst college coaches, given how much ability he showcased. He’s very skilled for his size, displaying a combination of IQ, vision, and inside-out scoring ability. Hadaway attacks well from the wing and finishes with craftiness around the basket—utilizing both hands effectively. He’s also a useful...

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Stars of NCISAA (Session 2) LIVE Period – Class of 2022

Phenom Hoops was on deck throughout the weekend at Forsyth Country Day for the NCISAA Live Period (Session 2), where teams throughout the state of North Carolina came to compete in front of college coaches. It was great to see all the teams and players in action over the weekend, as we are looking to bring you the stars and stock risers for each class from the weekend. We will start with the stars that showed out from the class of 2022.

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Guard play will be intriguing to watch at Gaston Christian

Phenom Hoops headed down to the Myers Park Summer League recently, getting a glimpse of some of the talent that will be around the Charlotte area this upcoming season.  It was a fantastic event by Myers Park and was live-streamed by The Hoop State, as we uncovered some storylines to watch. Gaston Christian was one of a few programs in action that we got to watch and even though this may not be...

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

2022 Tariq Shabazz (Palmetto Elite): Shabazz had a strong Day 2 in Rock Hill, as he played with a natural feel but was excellent in transition.  Getting the ball and going is where he excelled, running out in transition, getting downhill, making strong plays, and finishing around the basket.  But don’t let that fool you because you have to respect his outside game as well, showing his...

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Dawkins’ Day One Standouts: Phenom MDC

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Sean Sucarichi (Rock United 17U) Sean assumed a primary play-making role for this team from the wing. He also served as their most reliable rebounder. He seems to be tracking toward a potentially elite-level of play. I personally believe Sean is another example of a player that could benefit heavily from greater assertion on the offensive end, he has the talent for...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Grassroots TOC Day 2 (Part 2)

2023 Kevon Vanderhorst (Team Loaded): The young, quick guard was sensational in his ability to attack off the dribble and really put pressure on the defense.  It was tough for defenders to stay in front and he consistently attacked and got to the basket, scoring 29 points in the win on Day 2. 2023 Jak’won Moore (Team Loaded); You can see that Moore has that “IT” factor to his game.  He...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Queen City Showcase (Day 1)

2023 Joseph Bachman (Garner Road Davis 16u): Bachman quickly caught our eyes with his activity level on both ends. Always seems to be moving, running the floor in transition, and makes the smart/right play on the court.  Really liked his quick decision making down low, finishing well around the rim. 2023 Jordan Durham (Garner Road Davis 16u): Durham continues to progress in his development...

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Queen City Showcase Team Previews: Rod Howard Select 17u

The Queen City Showcase in Rock Hill this weekend is going to be off the charts.  With talent all on the floor, livestreams streaming the games, and a ton of coverage from Phenom Hoops, this is going to be one of the best events to start the travel ball season. That is why we wanted to get a leg up on it, as we spoke to several coaches that will be bringing their teams to South Carolina...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: Day 3 Standouts

Bryson Cokley Will Kelly ‘22 of Rod Howard Select had an amazing weekend as he was a leader for his team each and every game. He has a unique blend of athleticism and craftiness to go alongside good ball skills and instinct that allow him to take over games. He has a knack for getting downhill and finishing at the basket. The most intriguing thing about his game was his ability to get the free...

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DeAjai’s Day Two Standouts Part 2

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2021 6’3 Christian Wright (TSF Post Grad) Christian Wright is a primed engine of TSF, a hard-bodied roster that makes up one of the most talented post-graduate teams in the country. Christian is 6’3 with an intense competitive spirit, forcing the energy around him to complement his own. In a very memorable matchup against IMG’s Academy’s post-grad team, Christian was tasked...

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POB’s Eye Catchers (Day 2, Spring Tip-Off) Part 1

Will Kelly 2022 Will Kelly (Rod Howard Select): Kelly is such a high IQ, scoring threat on the floor. You just have to love his composure and how he reads and sees defenses, can score on multiple levels, and is a team-first kind of guy.  Such a smooth jumper as well to his game. 2022 6’7 Doug Smith (Rod Howard Select): Smith is an intriguing prospect to watch with his length, versatility, and...

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AAU SPOTLIGHT: Phenom Hoops Drops In on Rod Howard Select Media Day!

Phenom Hoops attended Rod Howard Select's Media Day, checking in on the 14u and 17u teams. Both bring some intriguing talents, whether young rising players to keep an eye on or players that college coaches should be watching already on the 17u team. Check out a few highlights from the night.

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Rod Howard Select Media Day (14u and 17u)

Phenom Hoops continues to cover teams around the state and ones that fans will certainly see this summer with Phenom Hoops. Monday night, we headed out to watch Rod Howard Select 14u and 17u in action, a program that has a lot of intriguing talent to watch. Let’s break down each roster.

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Gaston Christian vs Metrolina Christian: Game Recap

In our final matchup of the day, we saw a matchup between Gaston Christian and Metrolina Christian. Gaston Christian jumped out to an early lead. Greg Brockington and Will Kelly led the way for Gaston Christian, combining for nine points. Brockington was getting to the basket and making plays for himself and his teammates. Gaston Christian held a 16-6 at the end of the first quarter. In the...

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Phenom MLK Showcase: What to Watch (Part 2)

Phenom Hoops is bringing fans from around the region one of the top high school basketball events over the MLK weekend, as some of the top talent will be under one building. The storylines for some of these games are easy to see and don’t need much introduction, but we are going to dive into a few things you will want to watch to get you excited about the event in Rock Hill. Make sure you check...

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Holiday Classic: Cannon vs. Gaston Christian (Recap/Standouts)

The action continued in Rock Hill as Cannon and Gaston Christian was next on the schedule.  Gaston Christian came out ready to play and grabbed the early lead, as they did a tremendous job in getting and scoring around the basket but also limiting Cannon to one shot.  Cannon did struggle with their offensive game, as shots just didn’t fall but also give credit to Gaston for making them play...

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Gaston Christian v. Combine Regional (Recap/Standouts)

The seventh game for day two of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two teams who have trended upward over the last few years in Gaston Christian and Combine Regional. After somewhat of a sluggish start, neither team was able to gain a ton separation leading to a 9-11 lead for Gaston Christian. Following the first quarter, things began to pick up, both in terms of pace and offensive...

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Gaston Christian v. Victory Christian Recap/Player Standouts

The second day of Phenom’s Tip-Off Classic began with Gaston Christian and Victory Christian in an absolute battle. Although Victory Christian quickly asserted themselves in the first quarter and looked prepared to dominate, Gaston Christian regained their footing and turned things around in a hurry. Despite allowing an early run and lead, Gaston Christian ended the quarter with a 19-18...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers: Day 2 Early standouts

2022 Isaiah Howell (Blendz)- A silky smooth point guard that has some division one offers but I could see a potential uptick. Howell he won’t blow anyone away with flash and he doesn’t have too, he has an extremely well-rounded game overall, there is a lot he does well. Howell can run the team he’s a natural point guard, he’s a skilled passer with adept vision and he fires the ball out, Howell...

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2022 6’3 Will Kelly looking to capitalize on impressive sophomore season

At Stuart W. Cramer high school in Belmont, North Carolina, a rising junior is looking to continue his impressive play from last season into this summer. 2022 6’3 Will Kelly posted numbers of 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals per game last season but he isn’t settling for where his game is and wants to continue to get better in areas.

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Coach Rick’s “Getting to Know” 6’3 2022 Will Kelly

Coach Rick’s Getting to Know  6’3 2022 Will Kelly (Stuart W. Cramer HS) The state of North Carolina is blessed with an abundance of basketball talent and there are times where a player may have slipped through the cracks, which is the case in 6’3 sophomore point guard Will Kelly of Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont, North Carolina. This past season, Kelly averaged 22 PPG, 8 RPG, 5...

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PHR Team Camp: Day One Standouts (Early Set)

6’11 2022 Patrick Wessler: Butler High School (NC) The breakout performer of the weekend, Wessler is one of the most intriguing 2022 prospects the HoopState has to offer outside of the three obvious national guys with his physical gifts, excellent touch, and overall room to grow.  He possesses a nice blend of skill, size, brute, and high basketball IQ at a really young age and that’s why he...

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