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Player Watch: 2024 Desmond Kent Jr. (Central Cabarrus)

Player: Desmond Kent Jr.Class: 2024Height: 6’3High School: Central CabarrusAAU: Crossover Elite New names continue to pop up every week for Phenom Hoops.  Some are new players that get a chance to play on the big stage but others are getting a chance to showcase their development and work.  2024 Desmond Kent Jr. could be a mixture of both, but at the Phenom Summer Showcase this past weekend, he...

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Rising Pros Training displays young, rising talent at Phenom Summer Showcase

The Phenom Summer Showcase brought a ton of unique talent to the court, along with some intriguing teams.  One young team that really caught the attention of all our scouts was Rising Pros Training 14u, bringing new names to really watch for down the road as they continue to develop. 2027 Jagger Emerson, 2026 Nick Fowler, and 2026 Chad Graves all were names that stood out and though it is early...

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Start jumping on board early with Chatham Charter

The Knights of Chatham Charter should be a program of high interest this upcoming season, not that they weren’t last year though.  The Knights had a special season last year, going 33-2 before falling just short of their ultimate goal of a state championship against Hayesville. But the Knights look to be back once again from what we saw at the Phenom Summer Showcase, getting an early...

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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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2023 Jaydon Young looking ready to lead the charge for the Bengals

Over the weekend with Phenom Hoops, we had a terrific event going on with the Phenom Summer Showcase which brought a few AAU teams but also a few high school programs to the floor.  One team that we certainly were excited to get an early glimpse of was Freddy Johnson’s Greensboro Day Bengals, as they are looking to gear up for a tremendous month with high school team camps and prepare for...

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Keep on the lookout for 2024 Quasim Oden (Grace Christian/ Team Wall)

Player: Quasim OdenHeight: 6’2Class: 2024High School: Grace ChristianAAU: Team Wall Programs are always looking for that next point guard and one to start keeping a bigger eye on is 2024 6’2 Quasim Oden from Grace Christian and with Team Wall.  Phenom Hoops got a great glimpse of him once again to start the season at The Circuit’s Battle for NC, where we had this to say: “2024 Quasim Oden...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Summer Showcase (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Max Van Weerdhuizen (Carolina Impact)Max is on his way to a bright future and being the GUY in Davidson County. He takes care of every aspect of the game to some effective degree, handling high levels of pressure maneuvering through constant waves of traps and face guarding. He leads as a point guard finding others and passing them open while being a dangerous shooter from...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Showcase

5’10 ’25 Darnarian Gibson (Carolina Rockets) The Rockets were impressive throughout the weekend, and Gibson consistently stood out as a leader and primary decision-maker. He’s a smart, balanced floor general with the ability to create for himself and others while also applying scoring pressure in a variety of ways. Gibson shoots the ball at a respectable clip, contains his assignment...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Summer Showcase (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2025 Johnniyus Sharpe (Carolina Heights)This guy’s performance in their G2 win was easily the most impressive of the day. His composed nature made it seem effortless for him, but he was displaying seriously impressive moves and feel for a freshman. He knocked down threes, created numerous opportunities for others drawing help off penetration, and just has a natural basketball...

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

2024 Quasim Oden (Grace Christian): I’ve been a big fan of Oden this summer. Seeing him a few times already, Oden continues to be a bright spot and brings instant production to the table when on the court.  The blend of his ability to create, makes plays off the dribble, get inside and get paint touches, ability to finish through contact, and his overall toughness, really do believe Oden...

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

2027 Sean Taylor (Triad Falcons): Taylor started his weekend off well with his performance, really displaying his all-around impact on the floor. Whether it was scoring (finished with 19 points), getting on the boards, making plays for his teammates, or playing with a strong motor, Taylor opened a few eyes in Game 1 of the day. 2027 Braylin Hill (Future Prep): Hill is another young prospect that...

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Checks all the Boxes: 2024 Rakease Passmore

Sometimes, you just simply know… As a scout, there are times when you come across a young prospect and you simply know that this is going to be a player colleges of all levels will be after in a big way.  2024 6’6 Rakease Passmore is one of those players for Phenom Hoops.   Passmore quickly checks a lot of the boxes with his game, which is why schools like Murray State and Western...

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Early viewing at Phenom Summer Showcase: Greensboro Day

What was great about the Phenom Summer Showcase in Bermuda Run, it gave us a chance to view some of the talent and teams coming into the high school season.  A few high school programs came together to compete in showcase games, giving us an early look at what their team may look like.  In this article, we look at Greensboro Day as we dive into their roster a little more and names to...

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The Time Has Come: 2024 Austin Swartz (Cannon)

Head Roth and Cannon are coming off a state championship run and times look to be good.  Though they will be losing a tremendous talent in Jarvis Moss who will be heading to Stanford, we think it is officially time for many to start jumping on the 2024 Austin Swartz train before it is too late. Swartz is a 6’3 prospect that is going to quickly become a popular and well-known name throughout the...

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Early viewing at Phenom Summer Showcase: Ben L. Smith

What was great about the Phenom Summer Showcase in Bermuda Run, it gave us a chance to view some of the talent and teams coming into the high school season.  A few high school programs came together to compete in showcase games, giving us an early look of what their team may look like.  In this article, we look at Ben L. Smith as we dive into their roster a little more and names to remember....

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Player Highlight: Phenom Summer Showcase

By: Sean Halloran 6’6 2024 Rakease Passmore (NLPB 828 15u) Passmore was voted as one of the top players during this weekend’s event and I couldn’t agree more! This young man is a stud. Versatile forward with great size and length. Uber athlete and plays above the rim consistently. An area of Passmore’s game that has shown much improvement in his perimeter shooting. He really displayed a great...

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Player Standouts from Day 2 of Phenom Summer Showcase

by: Ethan Reece 2025 Jackson Powers (Pro Skills Cassada)Big man Jackson impressed with his postwork, he squared up and took his time to make the move he wanted. A natural rebounder, Jackson found the ball countless times for putbacks and finished efficiently inside with his soft hands and touch. Big man also showed he could spot up and make the outside shot from the elbow or top of the key 2025...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina for another exciting two-day stretch of basketball. There were over one hundred teams on display, including a few high school groups preparing for the upcoming LIVE periods, which ultimately led to quality competition. We saw various new faces, but also got updated viewings of countless prospects....

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Phenom Summer Showcase Championship: 15u Division

The start of June is upon us and that has to get players and teams all around the region excited about the upcoming months for travel and high school ball. Teams came into town in Bermuda Run to come and compete at the Phenom Summer Showcase, as they were looking to take home some hardware. To start the day off, we had the 15u Division in action between Virginia Warriors Elite and NLPB336 as...

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Phenom Summer Showcase Championship: 17u Division

The start of June is upon us and that has to get players and teams all around the region excited about the upcoming months for travel and high school ball. Teams came into town in Bermuda Run to come and compete at the Phenom Summer Showcase, as they were looking to take home some hardware. In the final game of the afternoon, we hit the 17u Division between BLPB 2022 Willliams and WBC Aria Paris...

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Phenom Summer Showcase Championship: 13u Division

The start of June is upon us and that has to get players and teams all around the region excited about the upcoming months for travel and high school ball. Teams came into town in Bermuda Run to come and compete at the Phenom Summer Showcase, as they were looking to take home some hardware. In the other game on Court 2, it was the 13u Division that got some of the spotlight as WCBA and NLPB...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Showcase

By: Heath Gulledge 2025 6’1 Iz Gill (Clutch Hartsfield) Gill is the biggest guy on the court and he plays like it too. Gill has footwork well beyond his age in the post and can really run the floor. He got a lot of his points today by out hustling guys and being the big that runs the court in transition. He impressed me with his ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. He’s one...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at the Phenom Summer Showcase

2022 Austin Ball (WV Generals): Ball played really well on Day 2, scoring the ball effectively, whether it was rising from behind the arc or his mid-range shot, as well as using his 6’5 long frame to finish over defenders with a little bounce to his game. Ball is tremendously active, making those little plays, using his hands well to keep the ball active, and has a soft touch with his...

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Phenom Summer Showcase Championship: 14u Division

The start of June is upon us and that has to get players and teams all around the region excited about the upcoming months for travel and high school ball. Teams came into town in Bermuda Run to come and compete at the Phenom Summer Showcase, as they were looking to take home some hardware. Down in the 14u Division, it was the matchup people were looking for between Team Charlotte 2026 and CSB...

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Phenom Summer Showcase Championship: 16u Division

The start of June is upon us and that has to get players and teams all around the region excited about the upcoming months for travel and high school ball. Teams came into town in Bermuda Run to come and compete at the Phenom Summer Showcase, as they were looking to take home some hardware. We head into the 16u, a division that has been great all weekend long when it comes to competition. ...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Showcase

6’2 ’23 Grady Whitt (Go Hard) Few teams in attendance can match the balanced approach of Go Hard, and Whitt is a massive part of their overall game. The lefty is skilled and fairly crafty, able to consistently create for himself and other off the bounce. Whitt shoots the ball at an efficient rate from midrange and beyond the arc, and finishes with finesse around the basket. He’s a quality passer...

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Player Standouts from Day 1 of Phenom Summer Showcase

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Dionte Neal (CSB Elite)Dionte is a PG that can take over the game very easily. Quick and shifty with his handles, it’s hard for opponents to stay in front and keep him from getting to his spots. Controls the game well for such a young guard, rare to see such poise and patience. He made strong moves to the basket, finishing with his footwork and quickness 2025 Derek Ross (NC...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Showcase (Day 1, Part 3)

2022 CJ Collins (Greensboro Day): Collins played strong in both outings today, especially with his activity level on the glass. The 2022 long big man was active, showcased to be a rim-protector, and really got after it on the boards on both ends, always seemingly getting a hand on the ball.  Though you can see he has nice touch around the basket, he really can impact the floor in other ways...

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

2023 Lamont’e Cousar (Watch Us Work): Cousar continues to elevate his game and rise up the rankings in my mind with his play. We are talking about a 6’6, sturdy body that can operate on so many levels.  Whether it is being physical down low in the paint, step out and showcase his confidence with his perimeter game, or put the ball on the deck and get to the bucket, Cousar fills it up and has...

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