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Bendel’s Best: Summer Finale

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to Rock Hill, South Carolina for our final travel ball event of the summer season. The Summer Finale featured a slew of highly talented players (most of whom played with new/local/random teams), which made for an extremely entertaining weekend of basketball. Effort and motivation are always going to determine how enjoyable the actual competition is...

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2024

(1) 6’6 Paul McNeil (Richmond) Even for those who don’t closely follow high school basketball, McNeil should already be a well-known name throughout the country. After winning North Carolina’s Gatorade POY award, he became just the second men’s player of the millennium to receive the honor two full seasons removed from his graduation year (joining Jaden Bradley). He posted insane per-game...

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Maturing as a player: 2024 Isaiah Evans (North Meck)

There is an abundance of talent in the state of North Carolina, especially in the class of 2024, is something special. One of those players that we have been quite high on and it seems that the national outlets are catching on is 2024 Isaiah Evans from North Meck. The long, lengthy prospect has really stepped up to show more of his game in his sophomore season, helping lead the Vikings to a...

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Game of the Year: Chambers vs. North Meck, Part 2

Rivalry. Both schools less than 10 miles apart. Packed crowd. Standing room only. Playing for your community. These are the type of environments that athletes dream about. The last time these two teams met, there was an overtime thriller in which Chambers came out on top. Did anyone expect this game to be any different? North Meck entered the matchup with an 18-3 record (8-1 in conference),...

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Tuesday Standouts from The John Wall, Part 1

Game 1Callaway vs. Northwood  First game of the day and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Northwood came away with a 61-52 win in overtime. Each team had their chances to win the game at the end of regulation. Callaway played without their leader and playmaker (Keiveon Hunt) for most of the 4th quarter and overtime. Keiveon has the ability to create plays for himself and his teammates....

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Why Isaiah Evans Is a Top-Five Player in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Although rankings are an extremely arbitrary practice, they are still a useful tool for discussion points and general debate. As it’s been stated countless times before: rankings do not matter. However, they do exist. Folks love to get excitable to lend their personal perspective on a given player or situation, but context and sample size simply outweigh most of these anecdotes. If James Posey...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at the Phenom Jamboree Bash

2025 Zion Williamson (Elite 1 2025): Williamson is a young but lengthy prospect, that has a natural feel on the floor, brings a ton of versatility with his game, can operate on several levels, and create for himself off the dribble.  Had a strong showing to start his day at the Jamboree Bash. 2025 Kyri Wilson (Mooresville JV): Wilson really showed a balanced attack on the floor. With his ability...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Jamboree Bash

6’0 ’22 Maxwell Coles (North Meck) Although other players on this roster might receive more attention, Coles is legitimately as valuable as anyone for North Meck. His steady, reliable three-level scoring presence allows him to consistently assert himself within the flow of the action. Coles can operate without the ball or create for himself and others, simply based on team need. He’s a quality...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: North Meck

Phenom Hoops was in for a treat Wednesday night, as we went back out on the road to check in on another open gym.  This time, we went down the road to North Meck to check in on what the Vikings had going on this season.  They lost a few key players but if you have followed the tradition at North Meck, you know that this is still going to be a talented program… and they will be once...

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North Carolina’s Top 2024 Prospects Make Waves at CP3 Rising Stars Camp (Part Two)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Sportsplex in Greensboro, North Carolina for the annual CP3 Rising Stars Camp. Typically, this event is exclusively for rising freshmen but the unforeseen circumstances over the last year prevented the Class of 2024 from the occasion. Instead of excising the class completely, they opted to combine the two classes into one enormous event. The amount...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Finale

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for another two-day stretch of basketball. Although most teams have begun winding down and getting some much-needed rest, there were still plenty of noteworthy players and teams itching to compete. Our Summer Finale featured a variety of teams across all age groups, but this...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Summer Finale (Day 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2024 6’4 Bishop Boswell (CLT Nation)  Bishop has given on-lookers so much to be excited about in this stage of his development. His college-ready physique that he presents as a rising sophomore puts him in a tier of his own as it pertains to 2024 lead guards. Boswell plays with a level of maturity far beyond his years, and that’s shown in his vocal leadership. I believe he can...

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

2022 Jordan Crawford (DCT Elite): Crawford continues to play at a high level and we think it is only a matter of time until college coaches start coming more his way.  His ability to score on multiple levels is impressive, knocking down threes with consistency but also creating off the dribble, penetrating the lanes, and getting to the rim.  H really can fill it up quickly and did so on Day 1....

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Grind

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina to conclude the month of July with our annual Summer Grind. While the vast majority of programs are utilizing this period to rest and recover, there were still plenty of guys who couldn’t resist another weekend of competition. Although not with their normal teams, there was still a...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Grind

6’2 ’25 Jerron Blackwell (Charlotte Nation) Despite not playing with his usual group, Blackwell still found ways to stand out and operate as a leader for this squad. He’s smart, poised, and extremely mature, especially at this stage in his development. Blackwell is a reliable scorer with a well-rounded skillset, but doesn’t even need to chase point totals in order to make a consistent impact....

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Stephon Richards (CC Heat/Moravian Prep) One 2021 Charlotte-area guard that has truly felt the COVID’s negative impact on their recruitment is 6’3 Stephon Richards. Stephon is a combo guard truly built for the next level, with exceptional downhill abilities that he uses to his advantage. He’s shown 3-level scoring capabilities today, and I find it truly hard to...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1, Part 1)

Iverson King By: Noah Hooper 5’7 2025 Darnerian Gibson (Carolina Rockets 14U) When you talk about having a floor general on your team, Gibson fits that description perfectly as he was simply a leader out on the court this morning. The way he was able to get downhill and finish at the rim was great as he used his smart instincts to attack open driving lanes and closeouts. He also did a great job...

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

JJ Moore 2024 Mony Day (Charlotte Dragons): Though young and playing up, Day has a superb start to his day. He played with terrific pace and feel, being patient on the floor, picking his spots, and showing a nice understanding of his scoring ability. He stayed aggressive, penetrating the lane, showing touch on his floater or not shying away from contact and getting to the line. 2023 Owen Elliott...

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