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Poised to Breakout: Five Players Slated for an Uptick in Production

One of the most exciting parts about watching notable players graduate is getting to see how their teammates respond to said departure. Naturally, the show must go on, but there are usually structural kinks to work out within the bigger scheme of things. This article concept has appeared twice before, and largely represented guys who were somewhat under the radar. Now, after the entire summer...

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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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Player Standouts at Day Four of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’21 Greg Moore (Team Passion) It should be common knowledge at this point, but Moore continues to solidify himself as a next-level player with this Team Passion squad. He’s skinny, but smart, skilled, and understands how to stand out as a leader in various different ways. Although Moore is a lethal shooting threat, he also highlighted the ability to attack closeouts and set up others at a...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 2, Part 2)

2022 Jajuan Nicholls (Sheed Wallace Select): There is a lot of length on this Wallace Select team but Nicholls is one that has continued to earn praise with what he provides on both ends. The 6’8 prospect showed flashes both on the defensive side of the ball, blocking shots, creating a wall on the court, and moving well against different opponents. He also has a nice feel and mobility...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: Charlotte Hoyas

July is going to be fun, especially with Phenom Hoops.  That is why we are getting just a small head-start on the teams and players that will be in attendance for the Summer Havoc.  Here, we look to preview just a few names to watch for throughout the weekend in Rock Hill, with many others stepping up their game in front of college coaches. Charlotte Hoyas The Charlotte Hoyas have been...

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Due for a Jump: Five Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Each year in North Carolina, rankings are in constant fluctuation due to the number of prospects that either drastically improve, find a new setting, or maximize an unforeseen opportunity. Sometimes, none of these apply to the actual circumstances. Regardless, this article series will take a look at some of the worthiest prospects due for a likely jump in our rankings. Although various prospects...

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Beyond Underrated and Underrecruited: Class of 2022 from Phenom G3 Showcase

At the Phenom G3 Showcase, it really started to come to light how these three players are some of the more underrated and underrecruited players in the state for the Class of 2022. 2022 6’5 Chase Lowe, 2022 6’1 Xavier McKelvy, and 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd all bring something unique to the floor with their game but one thing they all have in similarity… production.

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 1, Part 2)

2022 6’5 Jaheim Dodd (Upstate Preps): Dodd did a lot for his team on the court. He scored the ball effectively around the paint but also stepped out with his jumper, as well as getting on the boards and getting out in transition, making plays off the dribble. 2023 Gabe Hernandez (Team Hardaway): Hernandez was simply tough.  He made multiple plays on the court, creating well for himself,...

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Worthy of Offers: Underappreciated Targets for College Coaches

The trickle-down effect of Covid has largely dismantled the already-shaky structure that is college basketball. Interestingly enough, most of these kids in the Class of 2022 have yet to realize that many players will either go to a lower level than expected or be forced to fight for opportunities with players from the Class of 2021. While it’s not applicable to everyone, the additional granted...

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The Independent Route: A Charlotte Hoyas Story

Though intangible, chemistry is often times the major separator between “good” teams and “great” ones. Chemistry outperforms talent on a regular basis. However, the Charlotte Hoyas are an example of what happens when talent combines with chemistry. Their on-court success over the last year has led to the Hoyas being one of the premier independent travel ball programs across North Carolina....

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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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Don’t sleep on 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd (Cannon)

Watching so many games and players over the years, you continue to add players to a scout’s list of your “favorite” guys to watch on the court.  There are many reasons why scouts fall in love with a kid’s game and for myself, 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd is just one that I personally enjoy watching every time on the court.  So, the next question one always has is… why? It is simple for me… Production is...

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Phenom Media Day: Charlotte Hoyas

Phenom Hoops continues to hit the road for a few media days, allowing us to get a closer glimpse of some intriguing travel ball teams around the area. On Thursday night, we went out to the Concord area to check in on the Charlotte Hoyas, a program that has some good talent to watch.

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Queen City Showcase Day 2 (Part 2)

2022 Tim Vaughn (Chattanooga Elite): Vaughn brings the blend of size at 6’5 but can really operate in several areas of the floor. Can battle down low but also step out and stretch the floor. Liked his overall impact as well on the boards. 2022 Amare Pearson (Team Wall): Pearson was sensational on Day 2, scoring consistently, attacking the rim and finishing strong.  Put down several...

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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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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: James Baker #10: 5’8 ’22 Chris Britt (Gaston Day) Starting things off, we look at a player that continually stands out with his sharp, quick, aggressive scoring prowess, Chris Britt. He’s a tough, heady lead guard prospect with the ability to reliably and effortlessly create quality shots out of little to nothing. Britt is excellent at blowing by his man and finishing around the...

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Phenom Open Run: Cannon

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomLIVE (Day 1, Part 1)

2022 6’2 Marcus Farley Jr. (Team Together 16u): Farley continues to have an impressive summer, scoring the ball consistently and earning MVP honors.  He did much of the same in Game 1 on Saturday, really staying aggressive, getting downhill and finishing strong at the rim.  Showcased more of his athleticism with a few throwdowns as well. 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd (Charlotte Hoyas 16u): Boyd...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Finale (Underrated Gems)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for another quality event. There was plenty of talent in the gym, featuring an abundance of new faces and guys we’ve seen numerous times throughout the years. The competition level was high, which made for some excitement, and various standouts emerged. This article will take a...

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Roster Breakdown for Queen City Showcase: Charlotte Hoyas

Rock Hill will be loaded with talent and Phenom Hoops wants to not only get everyone ready for an exciting event but also make sure we provide exposure for teams and players all throughout. We start previewing teams and players that coaches and fans will want to check out at the event.

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#PhenomOpenGymTour: Cox Mill High School

There’s a lot of turnover for the Chargers of Cox Mill. Duke Freshman Wendell Moore, UNC Charlotte Freshman Caleb Stone Carrawell, and Charleston Southern Freshman (Football) Cody Cline all carried the program to new heights in their time at the school. Head Coach Jody Barbee has moved on as well, leaving former West Brunswick Coach Ty Johnson to take the reins in Concord as Cox Mill looks...

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