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Phenom Spotlight: 2022 Manny Ojo (Virginia PG)

Player: Manny OjoSchool: Virginia Post Grad AcademyClass: 2022 Ojo was one of many players that played well down in Rock Hill at the Phenom PG Nationals.  Being a spotlight for his Virginia Post Grad Academy team, the guard was a true leader on the court.  Ojo has experience on the court, as he was a four-year starter at Osbourn high school in Manassas, VA, and has been a key piece at Virginia...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2022 6’9 Massal Diouf (Western Canada Academy)

We continue to look back at players that participated at the Phenom PG Nationals not long ago, as college coaches were swarming the arena to check out the talent in the building.  One player that caught our eyes and should have caught theirs was 2022 unsigned senior 6’9 Massal Diouf from Western Canada Academy. 

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A late steal: 2022 6’10 Jaden Martin (Westlake Prep)

Player: Jaden MartinClass: 2022Height: 6’10School: Westlake Prep Every year at the Phenom PG Nationals, it seems that we have new names that come about and catch our eyes.  A lot of times, we are surprised when we learn more about their recruitment but that only means that a program could get a late steal if they are still looking to fill out their roster late. That one player for me in...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom PG/Prep Nationals (Part 2)

2022 David Dixon (Speights Academy): Jamar Franklin was strong all tournament long but so was David Dixon and we think Duquesne got an absolute steal. His blend of size, mobility, and strong motor, there weren’t many that could slow him down around the basket and he just seems to get his hands on everything. Love his work ethic on the court and he is quite skilled for his position. 2022 Cole...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom PG/Prep Nationals (Part 1)

2023 Anthony Breland (Charlotte Elite Academy): Breland really showcased his full impact on the court. We have known his ability to score the ball effectively and be a true threat, getting into the paint, creating for himself, knocking down shots, and using his strong frame well against opponents. But he also shows great body control, explosiveness, his impact on the boards, and his unselfish...

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Plenty of talent to be found at DME PG National

What is so great about the Phenom Post Grad Nationals is that it gives teams one last chance to not only compete for a title but be seen by college coaches.  We had over college coaches everywhere along the baselines this year in Rock Hill to check out the talent and one program that should have caught their attention was DME PG National.  Why? Because when you watch, there is strong talent that...

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A Closer Look: Speights Academy

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops concluded the high school season in Rock Hill, South Carolina with our Hoopstate Championship and Post Grad Nationals. While plenty of attention was directed at the bracket play among independent programs, the Post Grad Nationals also gave us a ton of exciting basketball. The competition was intense throughout the three-day period, but Speights Academy had little...

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Post Grad Nationals Scores (Day 3)

Franklin Prep 50 – Olympus Prep 44Franklin: Paxton Broadway 15, Judah Ravenell 8/ Olympus: Babacar Mbenque 10, Izzah Cannon 13 WS Christian PG 88- Believe Academy 73WS: Cole Sinclair 26, Theo Blackett 14 Moravian Prep PG Blue 90 – Experience Academy 78Moravian: Stephon Richard 22, Hiram Alexander 16/ Experience: Caleb Williams 21, Dominic Humm 15 Believe Prep National 91 – DME PG National...

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PG Nationals Championship: Gold Division

The weekend was coming to an end and two of the top teams were looking to square off for a championship in the Gold Division, as Speights Academy and Believe Prep took the court.  Two very balanced teams went at it early but it was the play of 2022 David Dixon and company, scoring the ball effectively inside and out and really putting the pressure on the defense.  Their play allowed...

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Prep Nationals Championship

We continued our day here in Rock Hill, this time looking at the Prep Nationals as Bull City Prep went up against 1 of 1 Academy for their right to claim the title.  Bull City came out ready to roll in this one, as they jumped out to an early lead and they honestly never looked back.  Shawn Wilson led the charge early and often, ultimately leading the way for Bull City with 26 points,...

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PG Nationals Silver Championship

We continued Championship Sunday here in Rock Hill, as we moved to the Silver Division.  Westlake Prep and Olympus Prep Red squared off on the main arena court and went to battle. Early on, Westlake was able to get multiple guys involved, using their length to their advantage but also having the guard play step up.  Olympus though was led by Antonio Taylor and Benjamin Williams early...

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PG Nationals Bronze Championship

Moravian Prep and Experience Academy squared off to end the event off in the right way here in Rock Hill.  Both teams had played well coming overall and wanted to secure a win to end the event off right, as each team battled it out. Moravian Prep was able to get out early halfway through the half, securing their first double-digit lead at that time. They were able to maintain that with a...

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PG Nationals/ Prep Nationals Scores (Day 2)

Combine Global 68 – Bull City Prep Varsity 66Combine: Adbulrahman Helwa 20, Christian Smith 25/ Bull: Alijah Cumming 26, Jayden Ford 13 Charlotte Elite Academy 55 – Franklin Prep Academy 50Elite: Anthony Breland 22, Jahaan Johnson 9/ Franklin: Bryce Wilkins 16, Judah Ravenell 7 Combine Regional 74 – NC GBB Varsity 69Combine: Ethan Nsiona 21, Liam Craven 11/ GBB: Nigel Okwakol 19, Isaiah...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from PG Nationals (Day 2)

2023 Anthony Breland (Charlotte Elite Academy): We have known about Breland’s ability to score the basketball, and he has only continued to show that with his ability to create, get around defenders, knock down shots from multiple levels, etc. But also really liked his ability to get others involved, drive and dish, and be an unselfish player to help his team. 2023 Bryce Wilkins (Franklin Prep):...

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Bethel’s Standouts: PG Nationals (Day 1)

By: Kyree Bethel Jamyier Patton – 6’0” 2021  A quick shifty guard who sees the floor well. Got many teammates involved. He can get the basket at will but makes the right play for his team. He needs to be more consistent with his shot from beyond the 3 point line. Defensively, he makes an impact by playing the passing lanes and being active.  Jamyier can impact the game on...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom PG Nationals

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Izzah Cannon (Olympus Prep)Go ahead and start tracking him because Izzah is a star in the making. Standing at 6’4 with a good frame, he helps lead a talented and well-balanced attack. The most gifted all around scorer and primary shooting threat, Izzah makes the game look effortless at times with how quickly he was able to react and make plays. Needless to say, he takes...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from PG Nationals from Day 1 (Part 2)

2023 Babacar Mbengue (Olympus): The 7-footer made his presence well-known early on, as he looked to rip the rim off nearly every time he touched the ball around the basket.  The big man showcases his ability to finish strong but there is still room to grow in his game, which makes him even scarier.  He should have more college coming his way very soon. 2024 Izzah Cannon (Olympus): A...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at PG Nationals (Part 1)

2022 Nordin Kapic (TSF): Kapic came out strong to start the event and really captured our scouts’ eyes with his tremendous skill set.  Kapic displayed the ability to operate and knock down shots from multiple levels, as well as finish with great touch around the basket at 6’8.  Fluid forward that can operate from multiple areas of the court and has a nice inside-out feel. Displayed his ability...

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Player Standouts at Phenom PG Nationals

6’7 ’22 Joyful Hawkins (North Florida Prep) In all honesty, Hawkins possess as much raw talent as anyone from this contest. His combination of size, length, and athleticism allows him to physically impose his will against most opposing forwards. However, Hawkins is more than an athlete. His offensive skillset has made strides since last summer, and he looks more than comfortable at making plays...

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Confirmed Teams for Post Grad Nationals

Phenom Hoops brings back one of the premier events of the season, especially early in the year with the Post Grad Nationals, as once again there will be talent ALL OVER THE COURTS! With teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and several other states, this will be a can’t miss event for fans and college coaches, looking to snag some available talents around the region....

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Scoring power, athleticism should have LSU fans excited about ’21 Brandon Murray

There is no doubt about it, IMG Academy Post Grad is absolutely loaded with talent.  All over the court, you see Division I talent and names that you will be quite familiar with at the collegiate level.  One of those players will be 2021 6’5 Brandon Murray, who will be a name to remember in the SEC. To put it simply, Murray looked like a star on the floor and quickly became one of the...

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Fork Union PG is a program with next-level prospects

The Post Grad Nationals brought several impressive teams to the forefront, giving us a chance to check out talent of all levels. One program that has had success in producing next-level talent has been Fork Union Post Grad and they brought a team loaded with talent that can be seen as a positive piece at the D1, D2, and D3 level. We break down their roster and what they can provide on the court....

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Phenom PG Nationals Top Scorers

PlayerAverageTommy Moore29.0Bull City PG CharlotteAnthony Breland28.7Charlotte Elite AcademyCaleb Williams27.3Experience AcademyBenard Blunt Jr25.3Rocktop Academy NationalIsaiah Griffin24.3Bull City Prep DurhamBrandon Murray24.0IMG AcademyLovell Smith23.7WS Christian PGGilles Vrancken23.3Combine PG WhiteMatthew Smith22.3TLAPChristian Wright22.0TSFJaheem Tyson21.3Vision PrepAmir Spears20.7Mt....

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PG Nationals Gold: TSF secures championship in final seconds

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. We moved into the GOLD bracket of the Post Grad Nationals, as both teams were coming off hard-fought wins on Day 2 and wanted to leave with a championship.  Both teams were trading blows and baskets, with Link Year grabbing the early upper hand after the first half.  O’Mar Stanley played...

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First in Flight Division: Franklin Prep’s strong play earns trophy

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. We moved into the First in Flight bracket, as Elevation Prep and Franklin Prep battled it out on the court.  This was a game that looked to be fun with some players that you will want to remember.  Franklin Prep came out strong, clicking on all cylinders, playing scrappy basketball, and...

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DeAjai’s Day Two Standouts Part 2

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2021 6’3 Christian Wright (TSF Post Grad) Christian Wright is a primed engine of TSF, a hard-bodied roster that makes up one of the most talented post-graduate teams in the country. Christian is 6’3 with an intense competitive spirit, forcing the energy around him to complement his own. In a very memorable matchup against IMG’s Academy’s post-grad team, Christian was tasked...

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