STAY POSITIVE CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Mint Hill Lakers continue their winning ways at Phenom Stay Positive

Head coach Glenn Bynum Sr. and the Mint Hill Lakers have been making a ton of noise this summer, now winning two straight championships at the Phenom Challenge and the Phenom Stay Positive.  But when you look at the group that they have, you can easily see why they continue to rack up the W’s; they are an unselfish, gritty, and battle-tested group with players that simply give it their all...

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POB’s Best of the Best from the Phenom Stay Positive

The Phenom Stay Positive brought a ton of talent to the courts in Bermuda Run. It was an exciting and thrilling event, as players really stepped up their game all throughout. But, while roaming the courts throughout, there were a few players that really seemed to grab my attention and standout from the rest, as these are POB’s Best of the Best from the event. Check out who made the list....

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On the Road Again, Cannon wins back-to-back state championships

On the Road Again, Cannon wins back-to-back state championships  It was only fitting, the top two teams in the NCISAA 4A were playing for the state championship. That being said, Cannon road to the title came the hard way, just like the year before. They had to win on the opposing team’s home court. Last year, Cannon beat Charlotte Latin and then beat Carmel 94-85 to capture the coveted...

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Phenom Game Report: Carmel Christian vs. The Burlington School

It was a matchup of No. 1 vs. No. 2 by Phenom Hoops in the NCISAA.  Both teams have found success this season but both were wanting to come away with a resume-type win along with some bragging rights. Carmel Christian though came out strong, having their defense lead out to their offense, eventually getting out to an early double-digit lead half-way through the first quarter. Ryan Roberts hit a...

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Carmel Christian Sits atop Phenom Hoops’ NCISAA Rankings

Each year, Phenom Hoops’ high school rankings (NCISAA/NCHSAA/Sweet Sixteen) always seem to get folks worked up. Like most rankings list, they simply don’t matter. They are opinion-based and have no actual effect on the teams or players involved, perhaps beyond receiving some minor attention. However, the competitive balance is more evident now than the last few seasons. That being said, Carmel...

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Holiday Classic: Carmel Christian vs. Bull City Durham (Recap/Standouts)

We continued to our five o’clock game between Carmel Christian and Bull City Durham on Tuesday in Rock Hill.  Both teams looked to get a feel for each other on both sides of the ball early on but Carmel Christian was the first to create the small separation at the end of the first half, leading 21-13. Bull City started to knock down some shots outside but Carmel was able to really execute...

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Phenom Game Report – Carmel Christian vs. Concord Academy

Carmel Christian vs. Concord Academy  Phenom Hoops travelled down to Matthews, North Carolina to cover a marquee matchup between two of the better private school teams in the state. Both teams have an abundant of talent and are extremely well coached and have won their fair share of NCISAA state championships. Coach Badgett does an extremely good job with his team. Yes, his team is filled...

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Mint Hill Lakers: The Surprise of Phenom Queen City Showcase?

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Rock Hill, South Carolina for our annual Queen City Showcase. The event was loaded with varying levels of talent across all age groups. While many of the “headline” teams were located in the arena, there were still plenty impressive college-level prospects throughout the entire gym. By the end of night one, the Mint Hill Lakers had already made...

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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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Glenn Bynum Jr.: A Reliable Presence

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the...

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Carmel Christian v. Wesleyan Christian

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled to High Point, North Carolina as the Trojans of Wesleyan Christian prepared to host the Carmel Christian Cougars. These are currently two of the better private school teams in the state and, with Ben Burnham and Justin Taylor out for Carmel, this contest had all the makings of an absolute battle. Both squads are hunting for their chance to vie for a state...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Champion Showcase

6’6 ’22 Elijah Gray (Team Synergy) In many ways, Gray was among the most impressive players from day two of Phenom Champion Showcase. He showcased a newfound aggression and actually played his best two-way game while nearly angry. Gray handles the ball quite well, especially for his size, and scored the ball in a variety of different ways. He worked from the block, displayed footwork, finished...

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Nation Ford #PhenomJMAC Day one Standouts Pt. 2

The Phenom Hoops crew invaded the other Carolina this weekend for the JMAC showcase, this event drew a good amount of hype and it absolutely lived up to the billing! Fort Mill, South Carolina- I had the pleasure of covering court two at Nation Ford high school, and I left away with the amount of talent on display. The prospects listed impressed for various reasons, they all impacted the game for...

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#PhenomOpening: Miles Afternoon & Evening Standouts

6’9 2020 Myles Evans: NC Empire Evans is still rounding back into shape after a meniscus tear, but he still found a way to play an incredibly productive game, anchoring his team on the block at both ends of the floor.  He’s a skilled, strong bodied big man that always finishes around the basket at a high clip.  His expanding perimeter game is really encouraging, he stepped into his 3s...

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Kevin’s Player Standouts at NC Top 80

2020 #59 6’4 Ahmil Flowers (Greensboro) Ahmil is one of the most athletic kids in the state that nobody talks about. Flowers was a terror in transition and on the boards, he also has the potential to be a lockdown defender. Flowers does an excellent job of utilizing his body to navigate through traffic. Ahmil best basketball is ahead of him with his ability to fill the stat sheets up. #47 6’3...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 1: Evaluation Team 7

North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations   Team 7 Coach Donovan Perry   #66: 5’6 ’22 Jackson Hartzell (Summerfield, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that truly bought into the team concept and made his presence felt, Jackson Hartzell. He’s a young guard prospect that understands his role within a team and does an excellent job of spotting-up around the perimeter. Hartzell...

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Mid-Day Standouts: #NCPhenom150

6’1 2021 Brock Williams: Burlington Christian Academy Williams grabbed a lot of attention for scoring over 29 PPG as a freshman last year and he has been nothing but excellent in his first couple of game at #NCPhenom150.  The kid simply knows how to score the basketball in a multitude of ways and isn’t afraid to put on a show while he’s doing it.  A wide array of layups at the...

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NC Phenom 150 Session 1: Kevin’s Fab 5

Kevin’s Fab 5 -NC Phenom 150 Session 1   6’0 2019 Michael Wade: The Burlington School (Burlington NC) TBS will be in good shape with Wade running the point for them this year. Did a good job at applying pressure and getting paint touches, once there most of the day he was able to finish at the rim or dropped it off for a teammate to finish. His first step is a blur and was hard to stay in...

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Morning Standouts at NC Phenom 150 Camp

#131- Michael Wade- Quick point guard with great defensive poise; he moves extremely well on both sides of the ball and bothers opponents with his quickness. Wade gets to the rim at will and finishes a strong majority of his attempts. He’s smart and reads the floor quite well.   #210- Bryson Nesbit- Versatile two-way forward prospect; he has a lot of translatable skills and can play as the...

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