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Phenom Hoops Freshman Forty Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: DeAngelo Spruill #51: 5’7 Ezekiel Kelly (Hickory Ridge) Starting things off, we look at a player who knows how to properly dictate the action with the ball in his hands, Ezekiel Kelly. He’s a smart, shifty point guard prospect with excellent quickness and a balanced offensive approach. Kelly handles the ball well, sets up others at a steady rate, and applies scoring pressure...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from NC Freshman 40 (Part 4)

2026 6’3 Darius McGlashen (Winston Salem Christian): Another new name to look at in North Carolina and we got a feeling, he is going to be a name that will pop up a lot more after this season and down the road.  McGlashen was one of the top scorers at the camp, showing that he just had a knack for finding ways to put the ball in the basket. Scoring out in transition, finishing at the rim,...

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Immediate Impact Freshmen in North Carolina’s Class of 2026

The travel ball season is finally beginning to wind down, which naturally generates a lot of buzz and excitement for the upcoming high school year. Folks are ready to see where seniors commit, what team separates themselves from the pack, and everything in-between. One of the more intriguing subplots of each season is how the freshman will ultimately fare, and this year is no different. North...

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Top July Performers in North Carolina’s Class of 2026

The month of July is finally concluding, which should provide these young players with an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from days of nonstop basketball. Given the significance of the actual month, we decided to take a closer look at some of the top standouts from each class. Obviously, we can only speak on what we have seen, so the names listed will be based on their performances at...

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Reece’s Standouts: Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Micah Jones (Strong Center)Don’t let his size fool you, Micah is the toughest assignment to draw on both ends of the floor. As a point guard, he takes care of all his duties at a high level and then some. Offensively, he exposes any defensive liability whether isolated or as a team with his blistering speed, elite court vision and decision making, and knowledgeable prowess...

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Player Standouts at Coach Rick’s TOC

6’6 ’24 Jayden Pretty (Carolina Pressure) Although there were numerous contributors for this squad, Pretty was arguably their biggest difference-maker. He’s a big, strong-bodied post prospect with a nice combination of skill, length, and toughness. Pretty showed the ability to score around the basket or space the floor, and made his presence felt as a rebounder on either side of the ball. He...

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Bendel’s Best: Underclassmen at Summer Havoc

Over the last five days, Phenom Hoops was stationed in Fort Mill, South Carolina for our annual Summer Havoc Live. There were two sessions, both loaded with talent and noteworthy matchups, which made for a highly entertaining week of basketball. College coaches were constantly filtering throughout the multiple venues, and numerous offers were extended to players. We’ve already taken a closer...

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Player Standouts at Summer Havoc Live

6’1 ’23 Isaiah Ramazani (NC Spartans Bell) There are a variety of college prospects on NC Spartans Bell, and Ramazani is quite appealing as a productive two-way leader. He’s a scrappy, high-motor guard with quickness, toughness, and an understanding of how to make his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Ramazani is an active defender, willing rebounder, and fairly well-rounded offensive...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom G3 Showcase (Morning, Day 2)

2026 Nick Arnold (Carolina Riptide): When you watch Arnold operate on the court, you have to automatically think that he is an older, more experienced prospect. But when you come to find out that he is part of the 2026 class, Arnold is quite impressive and makes you excited about his future. Such a poised, polished point guard that sees the floor, makes the right reads, gets everyone involved,...

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Phenom G3 Showcase: Day 2 Morning Standouts

By: Malcolm Morgan 2026 Nikolas Arnold (Riptide) Has been putting on a clinic today! This kid can play… he gets to the rim at will, great footwork, stays under control, and is a shot-maker. It didn’t look like anything was going to speed him up. He plays with confidence and has a calm composure while he does it. Has a high-level IQ for the game and is a checkmark for coaches in need of a true...

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Put on your watch list: 2026 Nickolas Arnold (Carolina Riptide)

Player: Nickolas ArnoldClass: 2026Height: 5’9Position: Point GuardAAU: Carolina Riptide 2024 Blue There were several players that caught our eyes with their play, but one young prospect really grabbed the attention of many scouts at the event and should be a name to put on your watch list down the road as he develops.  2026 5’9 Nick Arnold is a young point guard, one that plays well beyond his...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Spring Tip-Off (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece2025 Jerquarius Stanback (NLPB)Length is something every coach wants and Jerquarius has so much of it to utilize. It impacts the game even more at his age, and he takes full advantage of it. Everything in the lane is his, defensively and offensively. His reach really helps him finish from all over and around guys. Showed awareness moving through the lane amongst others and finding...

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