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Man on a mission: 2021 6’4 Nygell Verdier

Being part of the success at Independence over the years, now 2021 6’4 Nygell Verdier is hoping to continue his success at his next venture at TLAP Sports Academy this upcoming season.  And it seems like he is getting an early start this summer, playing for Anthony Morrow Elite. Verdier brings a lot of intrigue with his game.  At Independence, he showed that he could be productive on...

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Brandon’s impact players flying under the radar

Most of the guys on the list are all prospects that have shown vast improvements since my last viewing of them, and have truly expanded their games. One guy remains one of the most consistent guards in the state, and one youngster broke onto my radar for the first time.

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 2 of #PhenomSummerHavoc (Part 1)

2021 6’4 Nygell Verdier (Anthony Morrow Elite): Verdier is a versatile prospect on the court.  Playing the stretch forward at Independence, gives him a nice understanding of playing inside and out, attacking at multiple positions, and also showing off his athleticism at the rim.  Whether it was finishing at the rim or pulling up, Verdier brings an array of ways to score the basketball. 2021 6’1...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Late Day 1 Standouts

6’1 Cole Sinclair of Durham Hurricanes 17U was impressive today. Really scored the ball and showed that he could do so effectively from all three levels. Shot the ball very well and uses his handle and quickness to get to his spots. Gets to the basket and really creates contact, got to the free-throw line all game. Very quick guard with great change of pace which allows him to be hard to stay in...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Challenge (Part Three)

This past weekend Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for our Phenom Challenge. There was an obvious amount of talent in the gym, which led to numerous standout performers across the weekend. This article will take a closer, more detailed look at some of those personal favorites… 6’2 ’21 Demar Anderson (Team Synergy) Often times,...

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Early Standouts at Day One of Phenom Challenge

6’4 ’21 Zach Gibson (PSB Winston Robinson) Prior to going down with injury, Gibson was arguably the best player on the floor during PSB Robinson’s early dominance. Though somewhat gangly and undersized, Gibson makes a ton of plays through his toughness and nonstop motor. He’s a great rebounder that understands how to utilize his length and athleticism to disrupt the action around the...

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Anthony Morrow Elite: Clear Appeal for College Coaches

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Rock Hill, South Carolina for our annual Queen City Showcase. There were dozens of quality teams from each age group and countless prospects worth noting for college coaches. The Anthony Morrow Elite squad was among the most intriguing groups for next-level programs to track. They’ve done a great job of piecing this roster together from all parts...

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Early Standouts at Day One of Phenom Queen City Showcase

6’2 ’22 Marcus Farley Jr. (Team Together) Despite a lot of surrounding talent, Farley was arguably the best player on the court. He led by example, controlled the offensive action, and made numerous plays on defense. Although Farley is a noted athlete, it was his savvy and attention to detail that really stood out during this contest. His vision and ability to set others up was undeniably...

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North Mecklenburg Advances to NCHSAA 4A Regional Final

North Mecklenburg Advances to NCHSAA 4A Regional Final  It was a repeat performance for North Mecklenburg in the NCHSAA 4A Sectional Final. The season started with a 79-55 win over Independence, and North Mecklenburg once again posted an almost identical 77-54 win to advance to the NCHSAA 4A Regional Final against Olympic. North Mecklenburg jumped out to a 20-15 first quarter lead and never...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’5 Nygell Verdier

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and...

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Baseline Report: North Meck takes down Independence in big-time opener

In what was the best game in NC to start the season off, Phenom Hoops sat baseline as North Meck and Independence battled it out as two top teams in the state.

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What to Watch For… Phenom’s Summer Havoc LIVE — D1 BREAKOUTS!!!

Every year July allows players to break out … Players who have all the tools, who have the size, the touch, the explosion, the skill set to play at a high level, but for whatever reason have been late bloomers or fallen under the proverbial radar. Phenom’s Summer Havoc LIVE is notorious for these Summer Blow Ups as it has been the stage where the likes of Aaron Nesmith picked up 20 offers and...

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Poised to Breakout: North Carolina’s Class of 2020 (Part Two)

We’ve finally reached July, which is when travel basketball goes up another notch and can truly change the lives of these young prospects. There are numerous players that we feel are underrated within the state, but just on the brink of blowing up. This article will take a closer look at five more guys (with varying offers) that should be regarded as definite Division I prospects. (Read Part...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Team Camp (Part Two)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Queens University for our annual June team camp, which featured an incredible amount of talent from various different pockets of the region. College coaches were in the building and kids got seen by a variety of different programs at the D2, D3, and JUCO levels. This article will take a closer look at some of the most impressive performers from over...

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