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

2023 Kirsten Lewis-Williams (Lake Norman): Lewis-Williams was off the charts on Day 1 and she really filled it up in all areas of the court. Whether it was her defensive presence, racking up seven steals which eventually helped lead to points. But she also was tremendous in creating for herself, weaving through defenders and finishing with touch as well as through contact.  That doesn’t...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: “Lake Norman, the future looks bright.”

Phenom Open Gym Tour: “Lake Norman, the future looks bright” Phenom Hoops travelled to Lake Norman High School to kick start the 2022-23 basketball season to cover open gym. To put it mildly, Coach Grant Hodges has plenty to be excited about, and the “The Lake Show” should be one of the favorites in the Greater Metro 4A Conference. Last season, Lake Norman finished 17-11 overall, 5-7 in...

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Top July Performers in North Carolina’s Class of 2025

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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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 from Summer Havoc Session 2 (Nation Ford, Part 2)

2026 Ian Bailey (Team Vision): Bailey is a young prospect that you will want to keep tabs on. He should be a valuable piece at Asheville Christian in the coming years but at the Summer Havoc, he really showed his polish feel and strong understanding of the game at an early age. He created well for himself, was able to penetrate and make plays, knocked down high-quality shots, and has a natural...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’3 ’25 Omaurie Phillips (Team Trezz) Although there were a ton of standouts on this Team Trezz roster, Phillips consistently found ways to stand out with his tough, rugged approach. He’s a very physical, athletic wing prospect who doesn’t require offensive touches in order to make a lasting impact. Phillips plays extremely hard, pursues rebounds and loose balls, and does the little things on...

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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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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 G3 (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2025 Josh Yates (Carolina Riptide)With the varying rosters you see of fill-in players week to week, Josh was a nice addition needed to pull out the win tonight for the 2024 Riptide. He calmly took over the point and was exciting too see a young guy step into a new environment teamwise and be a leader with his actions and voice. He’s got a great strong build for a young guard yet...

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