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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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Bendel’s Best: Summer Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility for our annual Summer Showcase. The event featured a mix of travel ball teams, and high school programs in preparation for the upcoming June Live Periods. Quality talent could be seen in each pool and age group throughout the two-day stretch. While there were many standouts, this article will take a closer look at some...

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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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G3 Showcase Team Preview: Team Curry 15U

With the June and July Live Periods on the horizon, there’s no better time for teams to compete to gauge their ability against high-level opponents. Our G3 Showcase is slated to feature a heavy mix of independent organizations and shoe-circuit programs—so there should definitely be something for everyone in attendance. The circuit teams nearing their halfway point should ultimately...

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“Getting to Know” 6’3 ’25 Jonah Lawrence

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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Notable Freshmen from Phenom Spring Tip-Off

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility to continue carrying onward with our travel ball season. The Spring Tip-Off featured a variety of intriguing teams from all age groups, and each had their own collection of standouts. While there were a ton of guys worth noting, this article will take a closer look at a few prospects who are concluding their...

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3)

Paul McNeil 2023 Cam Oates (Garner Road): Now part of the 2023 class, Oates is an intriguing guard to keep tabs on with how he plays and how his game is maturing offensively.  He still brings a toughness to the floor and is scrappy on both ends.  But Oates is showing that he can really step up and be a consistent offensive threat from all areas. On Day 3, his perimeter game was...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 2)

By: Heath Gulledge 2021 6’4 Glenn Bynum (Mint Hill Lakers) Bynum is a really athletic guard who can score on all three levels. He makes teams respect his jump shot and because of this, driving lanes open up for him to get to the rim. He knows how to use the dribble to get into the mid-range area to get step-backs and shoot over defenders. I like the craftiness he has around the rim when taller...

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Dawkins’ Phenom Grassroots TOC Friday Standouts

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’1 2025 Isaiah Henry (Team EAT) After numerous times watching Isaiah Henry play in 2021, it’s become very clear that he’s a 2025 player that is capable of making a standout list in almost any tournament he plays in. Some may find that unfair, but what I’ve been witnessing Henry do to his competition is a bit unfair as well. Isaiah is a sizable combo guard teetering toward...

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Queen City Showcase Team Preview: Team EAT 2025

The Queen City Showcase in Rock Hill this weekend is going to be off the charts.  With talent all on the floor, livestreams streaming the games, and a ton of coverage from Phenom Hoops, this is going to be one of the best events to start the travel ball season. That is why we wanted to get a leg up on it, as we spoke to several coaches that will be bringing their teams to South Carolina...

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Phenom Media Day: Team EAT 2025

On Wednesday afternoon, Phenom Hoops went to downtown Charlotte to check in on Team EAT 2025 and EAT Academy, giving us a glimpse of the future of not only what this program has to offer but several young prospects that will be quickly making their names in the Class of 2025 in North Carolina. About Team EAT and EAT Academy: EAT Academy and Team EAT: EAT Academy is deploying a unique model for...

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Bendel’s Best: Battle at the Lake

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Carolina Courts in Concord, North Carolina for a closer look at some of the young up-and-coming talent from around the area. We attended both Saturday and Sunday, and this article will list some personal standouts from the event… 6’4 ’25 Sadiq White (Underrated Athletes) There were a lot of enticing standouts on display, but White was arguably in a...

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