STAY POSITIVE CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Pure Dominance: PSB Larkin

Chemistry is such a significant part of basketball. It’s intangible and immeasurable but can often be the ultimate factor for a given team’s success or ceiling. Due to this, we’ve seen teams comprised of quality players overthrow “better” opponents countless times throughout all levels of the game. Obviously, talent is required, but this is why games are played instead of determined on paper....

read more

Player Standouts: Day 2 (Afternoon) Phenom G3 Showcase

By: Nicholas Chapman 2025 Sadiq White (15u Team United) A team that a lot of people were excited to watch today was Team United’s 15u squad. And one of the players that created a lot of that hype is 6’6” forward Sadiq White. He is insanely athletic, making highlight plays every time he touches the ball. He overpowers the defense in the way he drives to the hole to get a bucket. He’s a great...

read more

Game Report: Northside Christian vs Gaston Day

Tuesday night, there was a premier matchup between two of the top teams in the NCISAA Metrolina Conference as Northside Christian (12-6 overall, 3-2 conference) traveled to Gaston Day (15-1 overall, 4-0 conference). The game started just as you’d expect with two really good teams going back and forth. Evan Montanari came out hot knocking down two three-pointers for Gaston Day. Wesley Tubbs...

read more

Gaston Day has talent to be found

The Spartans of Gaston Day certainly has made plenty of noise this season, off to a great start and really looking like a team that can make even more noise in the future in North Carolina.  Phenom Hoops has been able to view the Spartans a few times this year, with the most recent coming at the Phenom Holiday Classic and we can say it now, college coaches need to put this team on their...

read more

“Getting to Know” 6’2 2023 Evan Montanari

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 “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events 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 basketball...

read more

Gaston Day ready to make some noise this upcoming season

Phenom Hoops has had a chance to get out during the month of June as teams have been participating in several teams’ camps and during the live period.  One event that Phenom attended was the Catawba Team Camp, bringing in several teams from around the region and giving us an early look at what each program has to offer. Gaston Day was yet another program that we had marked down to check...

read more

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.

read more

Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Early Standouts at Hoop State League

Sam Cogan Cam Newman of Team Charlotte 2026 showcased a high IQ that allowed him to be a vital asset for his team. He displayed the ability to really create easy scoring opportunities for both himself and his teammate. He has the ability to shoot the ball well when set and also possesses the necessary ball skills to get into the lane. The part of his game that I found most intriguing was his...

read more

Upward Stars 704: A Well-Oiled Machine

After an extensive down-period, the past month has been full of excitement and opportunities for kids to prove themselves to college coaches. While the recruiting process differs greatly from that of a normal summer, everyone has done their part to make the best of this unique situation. Naturally, high-profile programs haven’t suffered as much as most grassroots programs but offers are still...

read more

Early Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Queen City Showcase

6’2 ’21 Collin Mills (Team Vision) There’s a lot to like about Team Vision, especially when Mills is effectively leading the charge on both ends of the floor. He’s a great defender with quickness and positioning, which allows him to frequently force turnovers and get out in transition. Mills typically works more as a penetrator but knocked down numerous difficult jumpers throughout this showing....

read more

North Carolina Phenom 150 Player Profile: Evan Montanari

Each year, there are hundreds of underclassmen within North Carolina with the ability to contribute on varsity. However, often times the ones who actually succeed are those with the ability to recognize their role and maximize their value—something that Evan Montanari has done quite well over the last calendar year. Even on an East Lincoln team led by seniors in Justin Kuthan and Myles Adams,...

read more