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POB’s Young Players To Watch: Phenom Halloween Havoc

The Phenom Halloween Havoc was another terrific event, checking in on a few players that we have seen before and to see how they have been developing but also giving us some new, young names. Here are four young players that could be ones to monitor down the road, as they really showcased their talent on the big stage in Rock Hill. 2026 William Stevens (Triple Threat Academy): This is another...

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POB’s Best of the Best from Phenom Halloween Havoc

It was another great weekend in Rock Hill at the Phenom Halloween Havoc. There were several players that really captured our eyes with their performances but there were a few that really left the event leaving their mark. Check out who really stood out from the weekend. 2022 Landon King (Charlotte Guards): King was the king of the weekend at the Phenom Halloween Havoc, as he put on a show...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Halloween Havoc (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Amari Melton (Triple Threat)My second viewing of Amari only confirmed what I saw from him last month. The big guard takes what he wants and shows no indication that the defense phases him at all. He consistently finishes contested drives and uses his body well as he operates as the main ball handler. Any chance he got in the open court was a bucket for his team, so dangerous...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Halloween Havoc

6’4 ’26 Isaiah Williams (CC Elite) The appeal should be fairly obvious with someone like Williams, who possesses incredible physical tools at such a young age. While he is taller than most at this point, it’s his actual length and actual wingspan that makes such a strong impression throughout the course of a game. Williams finishes, rebounds, and block shots, but also highlights some...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Halloween Havoc

6’0 ’23 TJ Cave (Winston 76ers) The Winston 76ers simply understand how to outwork opponents, and Cave is a massive part of their overall identity. He’s a heady guard prospect with athleticism, defensive prowess, and a strong, sturdy frame. Cave’s combination of quickness and physicality allows him to reliably defend opposing ball-handlers at the point of attack. He’s also a smart passer and...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Halloween Havoc (Day 1, Part 1)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’0 2023 Hamilton Campbell (Moravian Prep)  Hamilton Campbell is an important, vocal piece for this team. The floor general has transitioned his body as well as his mindset in order to provide a wider array of ways he can impact the game. Much like his teammates, Campbell can knock down open perimeter shots, take on a rebounding role from the guard position, and act as an...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Halloween Havoc (Day 1)

2022 Landon King (Charlotte Guards): King continues to fly under the radar but caught a few more eyes with his 33-point performance to start the day. King continues to show his aggressive nature and ability to score, especially attacking and getting to the basket.  He plays within the offense but can really take his game to another level when he is locked in offensively and scoring in an...

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Halloween Havoc Champions

7th Grade Champions Team Charlotte 8th Grade ACC Champion CLT-1 National 8th Grade Big East Champion Crown Academy 9th Grade Big East Champion CC Elite 2024 Murphy 9th Grade ACC Champion Team Pressure 10th Grade Big East Champion Gate City Grizzlies 11th Grade Big East Champion Team Hope 11th Grade Big East Champion Team Hope 11th Grade ACC Champion Charlotte Guards Varsity Big East Champions...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts

6’4 Moses McDowell 2025 of Team Pressure was physically imposing in this last game. With a combination of strength, athleticism, and length he was able to dominate the paint, scoring at will. The most impressive part of his game is the way he relentlessly rebounds the ball on both sides of the court. He has a knack for fighting and getting position to come up with easy boards and easy points....

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Day 2)

2021 Chad Wilson (WNC Big Cats): Made some really good plays in being a playmaker on the floor. Whether it was getting to the lane and floating, initiating the offense and pushing the break, or putting the defenders on their heels and dishing out, he made several plays for his team. 2021 Luke Williams (PSB Charles): Williams was the most consistent threat on the floor for his team, scoring on...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 5)

2021 Nick Green (Team ELI): Green really showed that he can be a big offensive threat, even more than he has in the past.  He showed that he can score from multiple levels and was more aggressive with his offensive attack, more than we have seen in the past. 2022 Maxwell Coles (Mad Maxin): North Meck has Crawford and Cunningham, but Coles showed that he could be another threat for his...

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DeAjai’s Halloween Scary Standouts

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2026 Jonathan Ross (CLT1 Miller 7th) There is a mouthful to be said about the mountain of potential that Jonathan Ross possesses. A strong-bodied athlete placed on the wing, Ross displays elite guard-like ball skills with the ability to both handle the ball and make pinpoint passes on a dime. The very first play I saw from Ross was a beautiful one-handed find from the wing to...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts

6’4 Bishop Boswell 2024 of SBC Varsity is one of the best guards in the North Carolina 2024 class. His IQ and poise are unmatched and far beyond his age. He has the ability to take over games easily with his ability to score the basketball in a wide variety of ways. He has a knack for getting into the lane and being a floor general for his team, setting everybody up and making everybody look...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 4)

2021 Cam Little (Patriots): Little looks to be a leader and one that can do a little bit of everything. He makes smart decisions, doesn’t force much, and has a fundamentally sound shooting stroke that he shows off in space. 2022 Daniel Sanford (Cougars 704): Sanford is going to be the guy for his team now and with what he has shown in how he continues to develop his overall game should have...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 3)

2021 Micah Handlogten (Upward Stars 704): The long big man just continues to work and is really starting to show what he is able to do on the court.  Each time, he shows a little more in his game, something we know he has been working on. Long, plays hard and can be effective on both ends of the court. 2021 Saiquone Harris (Word of God): Harris is going to make some coach look smart down...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Early Standouts (Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League)

5’9 Jonah Drye 2025 of Crown Academy has a great feel for the game and an IQ that is beyond his age. He was precise in the way he operated in the picking roll, making the right reads almost each and every time down the floor. He displayed the ability to shoot both off the catch and off the dribble effectively. He also generated easy buckets for himself and his teammates in transition as he...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 2)

2021 Brandon Cherry (Full Court): Cherry plays with a really good, natural feel for the game on the court.  He doesn’t force things on the court that aren’t there, plays with a nice pace and with his head up, looks to find his teammates but also shows a smooth jumper. 2022 Landon King (Patriots): King is a name that should catch on more in the Charlotte area for Independence. He was able to...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 1)

Michael Dulin 2021 Michael Dulin (Carolina Riptide 2021): Dulin does a tremendous ability blend of scoring and being a playmaker on the court.  What makes him so tough on the court is that one can use him in so many ways and his length creates trouble for defenders, as he attacks the basket well but is also unselfish. 2022 Jonathan Foust (RC Kings): Just seemed to have a knack to be around the...

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