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Talent found at Savage Academy (Oct. 1)

Phenom Hoops went down to the Columbia area to check in on another impressive showing at the Savage Academy. Christian Savage has done a tremendous job getting talent from around the state of South Carolina all under one building; talent that can play at multiple levels.

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Rewriting History: Dorman’s Path to Five Straight Titles

Anyone who knows anything about South Carolina basketball should be aware of the dominance coming out of Roebuck and Dorman High School over the last few years. After winning four consecutive state championships within the 5A SCHSAA, the Cavaliers have their sights set on magical number five. However, it likely won’t be any type of cakewalk and should certainly offer more obstacles than years...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom LIVE

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled back to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another weekend of grassroots basketball. We saw a lot of familiar faces in addition to the numerous new programs on display. There were plenty of standouts on display, and this article will take a closer look at some personal favorites from the two-day event… 6’5 ’21 Dessie Canty Jr....

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Best of August (Part 2)

This August was a month full of very intriguing talent and potential amongst the abundance of teams and players that attended our events. Talent everywhere from High Major Division 1 to Division 3 level players competed all month long. Of the many players I saw this August, a few players really stood out and either made a name for themselves or showed why they were already highly touted.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts

6’8 Elijah Gray of Tennessee Bobcats 17U is a very special player. Effects the game in so many ways and is just a winner. Shoots the ball well and is a threat to score from anywhere on the court,three level scorer. Rebounds the ball well on both sides of the basketball and has the handle to get to his spots and really fill it up. Easy to tell why he is a highly touted player! Arguably one of the...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 3 Late Standouts

6’4 Dessie Canty Jr of Upward Stars  17U is underrated, especially with the way he plays and scores the ball. He can shoot it from three and can really get into the lane and produce. Creates contact and gets to the free throw line. Really thrives in transition and uses a combination of quickness, athleticism, and IQ to constantly make plays. Plays hard and has great build with good length....

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 2 Late Standouts

6’6 Benjamin Burnham of Team Charlotte 17U is always in the right spot on the floor. Is a very active player with a high motor. Does all the little things and really plays hard. Scores from multiple levels on the court and is very efficient. Rebounds the ball well and has the ability to guard multiple positions; great shot blocker for his size. Very low maintenance player with a high IQ who is...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Challenge

6’5 ’21 Dessie Canty (Upward Stars Watson) Despite some ups and downs as a team, Canty found a way to make an impact on this contest while standing out as their most enticing long-term prospect. He’s long, wiry, skilled, and plays with a nice blend of smoothness and physicality. Canty displays a great feel for the game and can create for himself or others with relative ease.  6’3 ’21...

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Phenom Challenge Team Preview: Upward Stars Upstate White 16u

The Phenom Challenge is one of the biggest events around the region and in the country, as 180 teams look to compete at the highest level. So let's preview each teams players heading into the event.

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Player Standouts at Battle at the Rock (Day Two)

Lower Richland: 6’3 ’21 Korey Richardson The two-way guard was able to make a nonstop impact during the opening game of the day, doing a strong amount of everything while leading his team on both ends of the floor. Richardson is so incredibly smart and sharp, especially when looking to make plays for others, as his natural instincts allow him to consistently control the offensive action from...

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Battle At The Rock: Day 2; K-Rob’s First Half Standouts

Day 2 is underway! A total of eight games will take place today, featuring some of the same teams from last night and several new ones. Here’s my recap of the first half of the day:   Final Scores   Game 1: Lower Richland – 74 York Prep Academy – 39   Game 2: Oak Hill Academy Red – 58 Byrnes High School – 44   Game 3: Miller School – 54...

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