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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Chris Goodman #2: 5’10 ’23 Justin Monden (Word of God) Starting things off, we look at a player who offers a very steady, reliable two-way presence, regardless of setting, Justin Monden. He’s a smart, unselfish, well-rounded point guard prospect with excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Monden displays pace, patience, and great vision when initiating...

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Breaking Down Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025

(1) 6’8 Zymicah Wilkins (R-S Central) There are numerous guys who were in the mix for the top spot in our updated rankings, but Zymicah Wilkins ultimately walked away with the honor. His blend of IQ, size, skill, and polish makes him extremely difficult for most opponents to try and contain. Wilkins can dominate from the block, space the floor, or consistently make plays with the ball in his...

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

2024 Jullien Cole (Richmond Jammers): I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from Cole to start the summer.  Cole brings great size to the position, along with the ability to create for himself, using his frame to go through defenders and get to the basket, but also showcases his ability to score in a variety of other ways.  Make sure to watch for him more this high school season, as he could...

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Bendel’s Best: Stay Positive

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Sports Indoor Facility for our annual Stay Positive Classic. The two-day event featured a variety of entertaining teams and players, and allowed for numerous takeaways. Rosters are starting to get more solidified, players are finding their individual comfort zone, and teams appear to be (generally) improving each week. The month of May...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Stay Positive

5’6 ’27 Corey Kinard (Strong Center) Though he was among the youngest players on display, it was easy to be impressed with Kinard throughout this viewing. His production is predictably appealing, but the intangibles are arguably what make him such an enticing long-term prospect. Kinard is very smart and patient with the ability to consistently create for himself and others. He displays a...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Challenge (Day 1, Part 2)

2024 Frederico Whitaker (Chapel Hill Blue Flames): With his team, it is giving a chance for Whitaker to show more of his scoring capabilities on the court. He did just that, as the 5’10 guard displays great speed and ability to create for himself, getting inside the defense and scoring strong around defenders but also making the defense pay with his perimeter shot.  Scrappy, tough, guard...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom Grassroots TOC

2025 Bryce Baker (Team Bond): If you don’t know the name Bryce Baker, you may want to start learning. The dual-sport athlete could be a player on the rise, whether it is in basketball or football.  On the court though, this is a young man that plays with a ton of confidence.  He doesn’t let the bright lights get to him, as Baker plays within himself and with what his team needs him to...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Grassroots TOC (Day 2, Part 2)

2023 Parker Hodgson (Dream Big Elite): Hodgson continues to be the go-to leader for Dream Big Elite, a team that has some intriguing talent to watch.  Hodgson though was able to show that he can knock down shots but did a terrific job in putting the pressure on the defense and getting to the line as well in his team’s win today.  Smooth operating prospect that knows how to score. 2025...

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Phenom Grassroots TOC Team Preview: Team BOND

The Phenom Grassroots TOC is this weekend in Rock Hill/Fort Mill, as it is the first LIVE Period with Phenom Hoops this season. The talent pool runs deep throughout and we want to give college coaches a leg up on who to watch and who will be in action. Here are a few players to check out for each team, presented by the head coach. Team BOND Player Name: Bryce BakerClass: 6’3 2025 Walkertown...

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Could ’25 Bryce Baker be next up at Walkertown?

Player: Bryce BakerClass: 2025Height: 6’2School: Walkertown It has been quite interesting to watch the success that Walkertown high school has had over the years, especially with the talent that comes through the door.  It wasn’t long ago when we were watching Jalen Cone light it up from all levels on the court and they continue to have strong players performing at a high level. That being...

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POB’s Rising Stars of Tomorrow: Phenom Stay Positive

At the Phenom Stay Positive, it was a great opportunity to view some of the younger prospects in the Class of 2024 and 2025 in the region and there were certainly plenty of standouts. So, we look back at a few names that really impressed us over the weekend and ones that you should start monitoring NOW, as they could be the next rising stars around the area.

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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...

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Open Gym Report: Forsyth Country Day School

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Forsyth Country Day School to view practice. Upon entering the gym, the energy and intensity level was high from the start. As I was sitting there watching practice, it made me want to get out there and be a part of it. It was a college level practice. Entering his first season at Forsyth Country Day, Head Coach Doug Esleeck and his staff are quickly...

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