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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom Hardwood Classic

2025 Martin Giant (Basketpoint USA): Giant played extremely well to start his day. Already sporting great size at his age, Giant showed a little bit of his pull-up game in knocking down shots but was really putting it on the deck to either get to the line or to finish strong at the rim. Really like his blend of playmaking, finishing/scoring, and athleticism. 2025 CJ Purdie (Combine Academy...

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Phenom Grassroots TOC Team Preview: Team Trezz

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. Team Trezz Eli Preddy- Well-rounded guard with IQ and a quick first step. Handles the ball...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Robinson #1: 5’8 ’26 Isaac Ellis (Moravian Prep) Starting things off, we look at a player who contributed nicely despite being the youngest camper on display, Isaac Ellis. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with IQ, scrappiness, and as much shooting prowess as any player across the state. Ellis is small in stature but showcases a clear understanding of how to play to his...

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North Carolina Top 80 All Star Team Class of 2023

Note: Players had to play in all three games ClassHeightNo.NameHigh SchoolCityState20236′2″17Jaylen CurryJ.L. ChambersCharlotteNC20236′5″43Truman ClaytorWord of GodErwinNC20236′5″37Isaiah WashingtonPine ForestFayettevilleNC20236′6″49Freddie DilioneWord of GodFayettevilleNC20236′0″6Chase DawsonCaryDurhamNC20236′0″8Jordan CooperWayne Country DayGoldsboroNC20236’6″48Dylan PurnellWord of...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Word of God

The tour around the state of North Carolina continues, as Phenom Hoops is checking out all the talent across the state.  One program that we were eager to learn more about was Word of God and it looks like the Holy Rams are going to be a must-see for many.  Talent on top of talent was on the floor during their first practice and they will for sure will be the talk around the area. When you look...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1)

By: Heath Gulledge 2024 6’5 Tyrique Wilkins (WV Generals 15u)  Wilkins is a big body who plays to his size around the rim. He’s really skilled at running in transition and makes the defense pay for not sprinting back. He knows how to use his athleticism and length to grab boards on both ends of the court and block shots efficiently on the defensive end.  2024 5’8 Jayden Clark (WV Generals...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’4 2021 Lureon Walker (NC Wildcats 2022)When speaking on 2021 Lureon Walker, I struggle to find words that will prevent me from sounding like a broken record. There are few unsigned seniors that have surprised me in the way Walker has, and the surprise only seems to grow every game I watch him play. The surprise factor is simple; Walker is a combo guard standing around...

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Player Spotlight: 2023 6’6 Dylan Purnell (Word of God/Garner Road 2023 Bryant)

We are always keeping an eye out for players that bring intrigue to the floor.  One player that many may have not heard of yet is 2023 6’6 Dylan Purnell who played with Word of God this past high school season and is playing with Garner Road 2023 Bryant this summer.  Purnell’s long frame when we first saw him captures your eyes, as he fits the mold of a natural wing.  Early on, he...

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Holiday Classic: Word of God vs. Piedmont Classical (Recap/Standouts)

Word of God and Piedmont Classical battled in the second game of the afternoon on Court 1, both coming off strong performances on Friday night.  It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the first half, with neither team being able to break away from each other.  The lead was traded back and forth on several occasions, as Word of God was led by Po’Boigh King and Dylan Purnell, while...

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