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NLPB Team Select represents what the NLPB program is all about

By: Nailah Thomas Next Level Prospects Basketball, also known as NLPB, is a travel basketball team from all over including players from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Initiated by Jake Senyo several years ago, he 'formed a program that has a bigger goal. The more kids you can get together and help, that's what it’s all about,' Coach Joe Cassell said from NLPB Team...

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Player Spotlight: 2024 6'4 Alius Bowser

Player: Alius BowserClass: 2024Height: 6'4School: Victory Christian The amount of talent here in North Carolina for the Class of 2024 runs deep, and there are several players that programs should start looking at more and that can help.  One player that we wanted to shed more light on is 2024 6'4 Alius Bowser, as we have seen him countless times and he continues to bring production to the...

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2025 Kareem Stagg finishing the summer off strong

Coming into the Phenom Hardwood Classic, we were excited about getting a view of 2025 6'8 Kareem Stagg with Boo Williams, and the 6'8 prospect didn't disappoint while also bringing intrigue with his game.  Stagg is one that has seen his recruitment start to take off, as schools like Providence, VCU, Texas A&M, Maryland, and Saint Louis have all offered this year.  And when you...

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2024 Miles Beard (Team Charlotte) showing more to his game

2024 Miles Beard has been a player that has produced each time he steps on the court but this summer, he has shown that he continues to add more and expand his game. Beard, who has been playing this summer for Team Charlotte, should be one that college coaches take a look at more as he continues to show how effective he can be from a variety of levels.  Watching him before, Beard is one...

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Cooper's Notes: Phenom Hardwood Classic

By: Cooper Hart 6'8' '25 Cash McSweeney (SW15H Elite) McSweeney showcased a ton of perimeter growth in two high profile matchups on Saturday. He looks much more confident in his outside shot, evidenced by his quicker release, cleaner footwork, and overall willingness to shoot it when open. He's more comfortable attacking closeouts and creating for himself outside of 15 feet. His ability to...

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Carolina Pressure continues to bring the pressure

By: Nailah Thomas Carolina Pressure's basketball program from Columbia, South Carolina is very loyal to Phenom Hoops. Coach Cameron and his team always show up in South Carolina and North Carolina, and this weekend was no different as the program really impressed throughout the Phenom Hardwood Classic. The Carolina Pressure program always seems to bring talent that should be showcased, and they...

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Put on your Watch List: 2026 6'7 Josiah Sanders

The Phenom Hardwood Classic has come and gone, and the amount of talent on the court for the event was impressive.  It provided our scouts to get more eyes on players to watch for, and one player that I was personally excited about watching more was 2026 6'7 Josiah Sanders. Sanders was one that grabbed our attention in June with Berean Baptist Academy, and he backed it up with Boo Williams...

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Coach Tony’s Hidden Treasures: Hardwood Classic

2026 6'3'Jack Siegel'(CC Elite 2026) ' Jack has thoroughly impressed me these last few weekends. He can handle the ball and score with the best of them. He's really crafty with his scoring. Shoots the 3 ball with great consistency. Yet he gets others involved when the defense starts to focus on him. He should be on most coaches' 2026 board. 2024 6'5 Xavier Peaks (Wildcats Elite 2024) '...

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Grant Hamilton Becoming Criminally Under-Recruited

Over the years, there has been a common theme amongst college coaches and their evaluation process of recruits. Too often, programs are fixated on what they think players cannot do as opposed to focusing on the positives. No one is advocating for high-majors to take an undersized, unathletic, non-skilled player'but difference-makers come in all types of shapes and sizes. After playing...

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Making a statement: Phenom Hardwood Classic

Grant Hamilton 2024 Desmond Kent (BSA Supreme): With the matchups that BSA Supreme had lined up, this was a HUGE opportunity for Kent to really make a statement, and he did just that.' Kent, a rising prospect that continues to go above and beyond expectations, put on a show all throughout against some impressive talent. He showed that he belongs and that college coaches shouldn't be waiting; the...

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Phenom International: Dubai Tribe leaves its mark this summer

By: Nailah Thomas Coming from overseas, Dubai brought its talent to North Carolina and South Carolina this summer to showcase its talent! Every game they played was intense and they managed to keep several of the games close, as it was an experience for the entire program to get adjusted more to the game here in the US. 'For my guys, some came last year so for them it's just adding another level...

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Hardwood Classic Standouts (Class of 2023)

2023 Tyrese Melo (Run the Citi): Melo was back in action with Phenom Hoops, and it was good to see more about his game and what he can provide on the court.' Last year, you really got a chance to see more of his scoring impact, but now he has been mixing it up in showing how he can help run a team on the court.' On Day 3 though, Melo was quite impressive vs. CP3 in going back to being a big-time...

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Hardwood Classic (Day 2)

2027 Alex Dauska (CC Elite) In practically every area, Alex exceeds the expectations of a normal rising freshman. For his age, he has unmatched strength and build at the guard spot and is completely under control to put his tools to work. The moves he makes to score showcase not only his advanced skillset and strength, but also his feel and understanding of manipulating defense, passing and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Hardwood Classic (Part 1)

2025 Bryson Mickey (NC Spartans): Can't deny the performance this young man had to start the day on Day 2, as he went off for 32 points in the first half and was making play after play, shot after shot. Whatever he wanted, he was hitting at 8am today; knocking down threes, scoring off the bounce, showing his touch with his floater, and just simply playing with a ton of tenacity. 2025 Jaden...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Hardwood Classic (Part 2)

2023 Kaelan Marsh (Cap City): Second week on the Phenom Hoops platform that Marsh could be a late grab and does a great job in making and creating opportunities for himself.  He can knock down shots from outside with a smooth effortless release, but also gave a glimpse of his ability to make plays off the bounce as well. 2024 Cooper Kowalski (Charleston Raptors): It has been the breakout...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Hardwood Classic

2023 Jaydin Spillman-Martin (NC Rise Hudnall): What a show the young man put on, as the 6'10 skilled forward went off for 33 points and scored when he wanted and how he wanted. Martin can be such a matchup nightmare with how he can handle, create, rebound, score from inside and out, and just his overall versatility. Put on a show on Day 1 today. 2024 Jayden Pretty (Carolina Pressure): Going up...

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Players of all levels showing up at the Phenom Hardwood Classic

Phenom Hoops is very excited about this weekend’s event, and the talent is running DEEP. Though there are certain names that have changed with programs, there is plenty of talent for college coaches to come check out! Here are just A FEW NAMES that you should be seeing on the courts this weekend at the Phenom Hardwood Classic. Event Page:...

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Phenom Hardwood Classic Player Preview: Cam Daniels'

Given the fact that the next July Live Period is right around the corner, it feels like no better time to start introducing some of the players that college coaches should be monitoring. Currently amidst the busiest recruiting month of the year, our Hardwood Classic should be a hotbed for coaches and players alike. As usual, Phenom Hoops will have prospects of all levels in attendance. This...

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Phenom Hardwood Classic Player Preview: Champ Hayden

Given the fact that the next July Live Period is right around the corner, it feels like no better time to start introducing some of the players that college coaches should be monitoring. Currently amidst the busiest recruiting month of the year, our Hardwood Classic should be a hotbed for coaches and players alike. As usual, Phenom Hoops will have prospects of all levels in attendance. This...

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Phenom Hardwood Classic Player Preview: Cooper Kowalski

Given the fact that the next July Live Period is right around the corner, it feels like no better time to start introducing some of the players that college coaches should be monitoring. Currently amidst the busiest recruiting month of the year, our Hardwood Classic should be a hotbed for coaches and players alike. As usual, Phenom Hoops will have prospects of all levels in attendance. This...

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SW15H Elite making a statement and bringing intriguing talent to the court

The Phenom Summer Havoc has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the coverage stops there as we want to talk a little bit more about what we saw on the court throughout the last four days. Here are a few topics that I was able to view at the event, and what is great is that this team will be back in action this weekend at the Phenom Hardwood Classic. SW15H Elite, coached by Scott Wood, has been...

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Phenom Hardwood Classic Player Preview: Grant Hamilton (Team CP3)

Given the fact that the next July Live Period is right around the corner, it feels like no better time to start introducing some of the players that college coaches should be monitoring. Currently amidst the busiest recruiting month of the year, our Hardwood Classic should be a hotbed for coaches and players alike. As usual, Phenom Hoops will have prospects of all levels in attendance. This...

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Phenom Hardwood Classic Player Preview: Quasim Oden (Team Wall)

Given the fact that the next July Live Period is right around the corner, it feels like no better time to start introducing some of the players that college coaches should be monitoring. Currently amidst the busiest recruiting month of the year, our Hardwood Classic should be a hotbed for coaches and players alike. As usual, Phenom Hoops will have prospects of all levels in attendance. This...

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Carolina Riptide Hickory 2025 clicking during the LIVE Period

The Phenom Summer Havoc has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the coverage stops there as we want to talk a little bit more about what we saw on the court throughout the last four days. Here are a few topics that I was able to view at the event, and what is great is that this team will be back in action this weekend at the Phenom Hardwood Classic. Carolina Riptide Hickory 2025 is coming off...

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Phenom Hardwood Classic Player Preview: Richard Goods (Carolina Clutch)

Given the fact that the next July Live Period is right around the corner, it feels like no better time to start introducing some of the players that college coaches should be monitoring. Currently amidst the busiest recruiting month of the year, our Hardwood Classic should be a hotbed for coaches and players alike. As usual, Phenom Hoops will have prospects of all levels in attendance. This...

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Phenom Hardwood Classic Team List

After a successful Phenom Summer Havoc, we back that up with an absolutely loaded field at the Phenom Hardwood Classic, as this will be a must-attend event around the Bermuda Run area. Talent of all levels, circuit teams, and some of the best independent teams will all be on the court. This will include showcase games on Friday! Event Page: https://phenomhoopreport.com/phenom-hardwood-classic/...

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Phenom Hardwood Classic Champions

It was a great event and the competition was great at the Phenom Hardwood Classic in Advance, NC. But there were only a few teams that could be crowned champions. Check out who took home the honors this weekend. 17u Bracket: Team Trezz Williams 16u Bracket: Winston 76ers 15u Bracket: SWV Hustle 14u Bracket: PSB Elite 8th Knox 12u/13u Bracket: Strong Center 2027...

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Hardwood Classic (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2025 Justin Holloway (3D Elite)It's undeniably intriguing when your guards have the size to compete with the bigs. And when your lead guard is as long as Justin, a lot of options open up for you. He's the tallest on his team but naturally runs the point with a smooth handle enabled by his reach, swift athleticism, and all around touch to make shots. While it can't be taught, his...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Hardwood Classic

2023 DJ Jackson (NC Rise): Coming off an offer, Jackson really came out here strong once again on Day 2 at the Hardwood Classic, putting on a show for 30+ points and leading his team to a tough victory to start the day.' Whether it was creating off the dribble, getting by defenders, knocking down shots from three, or just being a playmaker, Jackson stepped up in a BIG way and really showed out....

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Hardwood Classic

6'7 '23 Ty Outlaw (Team Trezz) The Team Trezz roster is loaded with talent, and Outlaw has performed very well throughout the course of the weekend. He's a big, strong-bodied post prospect with mobility, rebounding ability, and useful defensive instincts. Outlaw altered shots, positioned himself for success on the glass, and didn't force the action offensively. College-level player.  5'6...

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