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July Live Period Superlatives: Part Three

Best Defender: 6’0 ’22 Mustapha Shah 6’4 ’22 Elijah Burnett 6’3 ’22 Amari Pearson Although Burnett and Pearson are legitimately phenomenal defenders, Shah’s unique ability to mirror opponents through a combination of strength, quickness, and anticipation makes him an absolute terror defensively. He plays with a high motor and gets involved in the offensive action whenever necessary, but truly...

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Big men show out at Phenom Summer Havoc

The talent was rich in Rock Hill throughout Session 1 and Session 2 of the Phenom Summer Havoc. Storylines were developed all throughout but one that really seemed to capture my eyes was the production and talent from the bigs.  Here are just a few of the big men that captured my eyes all throughout the event and certainly should and will be priorities for college coaches of all levels. 2022...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Summer Havoc Day 2 (Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Justin Taylor (Mint Hill Lakers/Hargrave Military) It has been very obvious to me that Justin Taylor is one of the most talented lead guards in this entire event. Primed for the next level, Taylor is a composed guard with a frame and mindset ready for the next level. He’s shown the ability to hit from all 3 levels and should be respected in that regard. I believe his...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’23 Cole Callaway (Carolina Riptide) It’s easy to find balance with this Carolina Riptide squad, and Callaway consistently finds ways to stand out despite being one of the younger players on the roster. He’s a lethal spot-up threat with IQ, cutting instincts, and the ability to attack closeouts as needed, which allows him to make a constant impact with or without the ball in his hands....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 1) (Part 3)

2022 Dontavius Paige (Ace Elite): Paige is a smaller guard but a quick one, making decisive reads and decisions on the floor and showing a nice blend of scoring ability on multiple levels of the floor.  He continues to play strong with the ball, knowing when to create for himself or to get others involved in the action. 2022 Chase Lowe (CC Elite): One can see why D1 schools are coming his...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: Team United 2023

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. Team United 2023 Size, on top of size, on top...

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2023 6’10 Brandon White continues to be a hot name for programs

2023 Brandon White has been a hot topic in North Carolina and that he should be. The 6’10 prospect was once looked at as one of the top bigs in the 2022 class but he recently made waves throughout the state and his recruitment when he announced he would be part of the 2023 class. Things have certainly changed over the last year or so for White, being a name many didn’t know about, tucked away at...

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College Coaches, Team United 2023 has the talent you are looking for

The Phenom Queen City Showcase was simply off the charts. The amount of talent of all levels was exceptional, along with the competition.  There was one team that, personally, I couldn’t wait to watch and they certainly proved themselves.  Team United 2023 EYBL is one that college coaches, of ALL levels including high-majors everywhere, should be watching all summer long. First off, if you are...

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2022 Phenom Rankings: The shot blockers you need to know

College coaches certainly love big or prospects that can make a difference on the offensive end but they certainly don't mind having a player that can make an impact on defense, erasing opponents' opportunities to score by blocking shots. In the class of 2022, there are multiple names that could be found on the updated Phenom Hoops rankings that can help man or eliminate those scoring opportunities. There are just five guys that you will want to know.

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Northwood Temple v. Winston-Salem Christian (Recap/Standouts)

The final game for day two of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two teams who are among the top programs within North Carolina in Northwood Temple and Winston-Salem Christian. After establishing themselves as one of the better teams in the state, Winston-Salem Christian came out of the gate somewhat sluggish and Northwood Temple pounced on the lack of effort, leading 11-19 through the...

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Does Winston-Salem Christian Have the Top Big Man Rotation in NC?

In basketball, players with size will always be a coveted to make a difference at higher levels. There have been guys who can’t walk and chew gum, but they have actual college value because they can stand up straight and simply be tall. Even with how the NBA has trended into a perimeter-heavy league, legit big men like Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Anthony Davis still remain towards the top of...

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T-Lew’s Takeaways

Top Leaders  Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) – Strong / physical guard. He has done a tremendous job leading the way for Coach Wright and Liberty Heights. He has shown the ability to really lead a team. The guard is extremely explosive and I have yet to see anyone keep him out the lane.   Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School) – It is amazing to me that no Division 1 school has...

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DeAjai’s Weekend Standouts from #PhenomTipOffClassic

By: DeAjai Dawkins BJ Freeman (Moravian Prep National) BJ Freeman has slowly but surely solidified himself as one of my favorite scoring guards in the entire state. Anyone that knows me from a basketball perspective should be able to tell you that I am a fan of “big guards”, as their powerful frames usually give them an automatic advantage at the rim. Freeman is gifted with a naturally sturdy...

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Open Gym Report: Winston-Salem Christian

Last night, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to watch practice at Winston-Salem Christian. In his first year at Winston-Salem Christian, Head Coach Antonio Lowe has quickly built a powerhouse and is excited about what the future holds. The Lions have a great balance of size, skill, depth and experience to compete at a very high level. Leading things off at the guard spot is 6’4 2022 combo...

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Phenom Open Gym: Winston-Salem Christian

Phenom Hoops was back on the road once again, continuing their Phenom Open Gym Tour. We checked in on Winston Salem Christian, as Coach Antonio Lowe is looking to bring a talented group to the court. A program that is relatively unknown, WS Christian immediately stands out with the amount of size they bring and skill, as they should be one of the premier teams in the state.

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6’10 2022 Brandon White, “Length, Upside & More”

6’10 ’22 Brandon White, “Length, Upside, & More” Standing a lengthy 6’10 and sporting a 7’5 wingspan, rising junior Brandon White (North Rowan) has already gotten offers from the likes of ECU, Houston, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, South Florida, Wake Forest, and Western Kentucky, not to mention interest from the University of North Carolina. The scary part is White is still learning the game....

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#PhenomOpenGymTour: North Rowan High School

North Rowan is looking to make another deep run in the NCHSAA 1A playoffs and they have a bevy of young talent despite losing a handful of valuable seniors from last years team. Let’s take a look at some of the guys looking to lead the charge this season! 6’9 2022 Brandon White White has a legitimate shot to be a high major prospect. At 6’9 White tries to rip the rim off the...

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