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Phenom Open Gym: Charlotte Catholic

Phenom Open Gym: Charlotte Catholic Playing in the super competitive NCHSAA Southwestern 4A conference,  last season, Charlotte Catholic finished the conference regular season with an 8-4 record and won the conference tournament championship to advance to the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs.  Charlotte Catholic ended the season with a 17-11 record. Coach Mike King returns a core nucleus...

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July Breakout Performers in North Carolina

The month of July is finally concluding, which should provide these young players with an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from days of nonstop basketball. Given the significance of the actual month, we decided to take a closer look at some of the breakout performers from the last few weeks. Obviously, we can only speak on what we have seen, so the names listed will be based on their...

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Big Performances from well-known players: Coach Rick TOC

2024 Jason Asemota (Run the Citi): Asemota came in as one of the premier headliners for the event, as the nationally ranked 5-star had all eyes on him and he performed extremely well.  With this being our first viewing of the 6’9 prospect, one could see why he was so highly regarded in his class and could even rise up the ranks even more.  Asemota though showed it all; whether it was...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Session 2, Day 1, Part 2)

2024 Keenan Wilkins (Charlotte Royals): Wilkins certainly did turn it up a notch in the second half, as he scored 21 of his 24 points to lead his team to a victory.  The quick guard made timely plays, especially off the dribble, and used his speed to get by defenders and finish with touch around the basket, but also continue to show his unlimited range with his jumper.  A 2024 guard that really...

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Reece’s Standouts: Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Micah Jones (Strong Center)Don’t let his size fool you, Micah is the toughest assignment to draw on both ends of the floor. As a point guard, he takes care of all his duties at a high level and then some. Offensively, he exposes any defensive liability whether isolated or as a team with his blistering speed, elite court vision and decision making, and knowledgeable prowess...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Coach Ricks TOC

2024 Grant Hamilton (CC Elite): Hamilton had an excellent first LIVE period and came out strong once again at the Coach Rick’s TOC, once again showing his impact in being a knockdown shooter with range.  On several occasions, he was able to get to his spots behind the arc and make the opponents pay from three.  Hamilton shoots the ball with tremendous confidence and can be a big threat...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Summer Havoc (Catawba Ridge, Part 1)

2023 Caleb Ellison (NC Spartans): Ellison might have not been the leading scorer for his team but really enjoyed his presence and how he ran the show on the court for his team. He showed tremendous balance in reading the floor, attacking in transition, creating off the dribble and getting into the paint, showing nice touch on his shot or finding open teammates when he penetrated.2023 Thomas...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Phenom G3 Showcase (Part 2)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2023 Avion Pinner (Team Curry) Avion Pinner has consistently impressed me when I’ve watched him play, but it is not for his high flying ability or overall versatility. Pinner’s ability to impact the game on the defensive end specifically is an incredibly special skill. Aside from moving his feet well, Pinner shows solid timing when protecting the rim and gives opposing scorers...

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POB Eye Catchers from Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 1)

2025 Jayln Connor (Team Charlotte): Still remember watching this young man on his first days of practice at Mallard Creek and he caught my eyes then and continues today.  Connor is a confident guard on the floor, making plays for himself and others but really catching our eyes with his ability to be a threat from outside.  He has terrific range and can make opponents pay, but he really...

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Phenom Game Report: Charlotte Catholic vs. East Mecklenburg (Boys)

Jonah Lawrence Rolling around the Charlotte area, an underrated matchup between Charlotte Catholic and East Mecklenburg took the floor Wednesday night.  In a showdown between two very well-coached teams, we got a chance to see a few familiar names. Charlotte Catholic came out strong behind their senior Josh Williams and junior Patrick Tivnan, helping them gain the early edge at the end of the...

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HoopState Fall League Standouts (Week 1, West Division)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2023 6’5 Isaac Holmes (Papa Pete’s Patriots/Apex Friendship) Isaac has been one of the more skilled players that I’ve watched today. The hybrid forward carries a trait of skillful, intelligent basketball with him at all times. He plays a very crafty game, highlighting both his ability to shoot the ball as well as facilitate. Holmes is difficult to match up with, given his...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Charlotte Catholic

We continue around the state of North Carolina, checking into gyms to get a glimpse of what teams will be bringing this upcoming high school season.  Recently, we went to Charlotte Catholic to see what they may have.  They have some very nice pieces that you may have already heard of and a few new names that should be receiving more attention.  Let’s dive into the roster. Young...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Grind

6’2 ’25 Jerron Blackwell (Charlotte Nation) Despite not playing with his usual group, Blackwell still found ways to stand out and operate as a leader for this squad. He’s smart, poised, and extremely mature, especially at this stage in his development. Blackwell is a reliable scorer with a well-rounded skillset, but doesn’t even need to chase point totals in order to make a consistent impact....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1, Part 1)

JJ Moore 2024 Mony Day (Charlotte Dragons): Though young and playing up, Day has a superb start to his day. He played with terrific pace and feel, being patient on the floor, picking his spots, and showing a nice understanding of his scoring ability. He stayed aggressive, penetrating the lane, showing touch on his floater or not shying away from contact and getting to the line. 2023 Owen Elliott...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

By: Noah Hooper 6’8 2023 Patrick Tivnan (Team Hope 2023 Laney) Coming from the long well-coached program of Charlotte Catholic, Tivnan really showed how much of a valuable asset he is to his team this morning as he completely dominated the glass on both sides of the floor. At 6’7, Tivnan’s versatile offensive skill set stood out as well as he is able to put the ball on the deck to get what he...

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Special K’s Superstars: Phenom G3 Showcase

6’7 Patrick Tivnan of Team HOPE Laney 2023 has steadily improved his game over the past summer. He has worked on his ability to be able to push the ball in transition and has developed a nice jumper from midrange. He is an active forward who is a high-quality rebounder while also being an offensive threat in the paint. He has nice length and a strong frame that allows him to be a good paint...

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POB’s Eye Catchers at Phenom Stay Positive (Day 1, Part 2)

Jaheim Taylor 2022 Kendrell Brooks (Brothers Basketball): Brooks has been a consistent threat on the court, as the 6’2 prospect has scored consistently in an array of areas on the court, pulling up and knock down shots but also getting to the basket.  But also enjoyed his vision and floor sense, making some terrific passes to set up his teammates for easy shots. 2021 Jaheim Taylor (Hart Select):...

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Expected Rise in Production: Four Potential Breakout Candidates

Although the travel ball season just recently got underway, there are a lot of interesting subplots swirling around the upcoming high school season. Sure, it’s pretty early to be discussing this topic while the Class of 2021 is still approaching their graduation. However, basketball has basically turned into a year-round sport that stops for absolutely no one. That being said, various prospects...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Grassroots TOC: Day 3

Umar Lawson 2022 Caden Fitzgibbons (NC Spartans Hartzell): Fitzgibbons continues to have a tremendous weekend, really filling up the boxscore, moving well without the ball, creating for himself, and simply putting points on the board.  His production has been consistent all throughout the weekend and should be one to really monitor throughout this summer. 2022 Jevon Long (Next Level SC):...

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Phenom 150 Camp Session I Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Michael Wilson #129: 5’8 ’24 Malaki Baker (West Johnston) Starting things off, we look at a player who stood out as a strong finisher, especially for his size, Malaki Baker. He’s a young, slightly undersized guard prospect with a nice motor and overall feel for the game. Baker displays a useful midrange jumper and the understanding of how to move without the ball in his hands....

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