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Worthy of Attention: 6’3 ’23 Josiah Watkins

There are countless differences between the high school and summer seasons of grassroots basketball—now more than ever. For instance, numerous players who are the clear-cut leader for their high school team (even though those numbers have dwindled) are tasked with taking lesser or simply different roles during the travel ball season. The opposite is also true. Many players who receive few...

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SIM Card Alert: 2025 Jamier Rice (Durham Hurricanes)

Player: Jamier RiceClass: 2025Height: 5’11AAU: Durham Hurricanes The Durham Hurricanes program has been one of those programs that have continued to produce some intriguing and young talent that eventually has made their mark at the highest of levels; names like Trey Murphy and Josh Hall come to mind quickly. Though it is still too early to say about possibly this next prospect, 2025 Jamier Rice...

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Phenom MDC Player Spotlight: 2023 Jahreece Lynch (NC Spartans)

The NC Spartans have been a staple on the Phenom Hoops’ platform for quite some time now, and they continue to bring players that should garner attention more with college coaches.  That is true once again, as we are adding another one to the list.  2023 Jahreece Lynch from NC Spartans and North Surry has been playing extremely well this summer. The two-sport athlete just continues to...

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Charlotte Aces Duo Turning Heads

Last weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility for our annual Memorial Day Classic. The event featured a variety of talented teams and prospects, appealing to numerous different levels of college coaches. Among those were the Charlotte Aces—who rolled throughout the two days and ultimately won the 17U Blue Championship. They were fairly balanced and featured multiple college...

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Mal’s Standouts from Phenom MDC (Day 2)

By: Malcolm Morgan 2024 DJ Shine (Upward Stars)  This kid is super talented! He was impressive all day long. He has a nice mid-range touch to him and there was really nothing that could speed him up. He was hitting shots and getting to the rim at will, making some tough passes, and doing a great job of using his body and creating space. Overall a solid crafty point guard who coaches need to...

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Going under the radar early: 2025 6’2 Curtis Jackson (White Oak)

Player: Curtis JacksonClass: 2025Height: 6’2School: White OakAAU: Truth Elite Over the holiday weekend, Phenom Hoops was back at it again check out the talent on deck at the PhenomMDC.  It was a loaded event that brought us some familiar faces but also a few new ones that really took advantage of the platform.  One player that opened our eyes and definitely put himself on the radar in the class...

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Running the show at an elite level: 2024 KJ Greene Jr. (Upward Stars)

In the scouting world, there are key factors that stand out for many scouts that grab their attention immediately.  For me personally, a point guard that can absolutely run the show and one that a coach doesn’t have to worry about on the court simply attracts my eyes.  There are a few out there that do that; one was 2023 Trey Green when we first watched him years ago and still doing it today. ...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom MDC

It was a great weekend of basketball at the Phenom MDC, as players and teams came out to compete before enjoying the rest of their holiday. Our scouts were all over the court, as you can see from several of our other standout lists. But here is the players that take home the spotlight from this weekend in my eyes. Granted, these are all the players that played extremely well, just based on what...

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Shining on the big stage: 2024 DJ Shine (Upward Stars)

He may have been the player of the event with what he showed all weekend and just how consistent he was all throughout the Phenom MDC. 2024 DJ Shine simply put on a show in all four games in Advance, posting scoring outputs of 25, 16, 22, and then ending his day with a 34-point outburst. In those four games, Shine nearly averaged 25 points per game, scoring in a variety of ways but really...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom MDC

6’0 ’25 Beau Harvey (Rod Howard Select) Despite Rod Howard Select being narrowly edged out, everyone watching should’ve been impressed with Harvey. Whether scoring, playmaking, forcing turnovers, or battling for extra opportunities, he was making a play on seemingly every single possession. Harvey handles the ball with poise, sets up others at a strong rate, and contains his position well...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Day 1 at #PhenomMDC

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2025 Tristan Thompson (Upward Stars 15u 3SSB)  Thompson is a solid rebounder, arguably the best on this roster, with good hands and balance. I was impressed with the way he secures boards with both hands and is difficult to rip once the ball is in his grasps. He’ll likely be responsible for a number of putbacks throughout his basketball career. Michael Williams Jr. (Future...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom MDC (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Noah Muteb (CC Elite)It’s always an impressive display of basketball IQ and work ethic when smaller teams are able to win at a high level. Being their technical biggest guy, Noah has demonstrated on multiple occasions he will outwork and outsmart bigger guys. He’s a versatile forward with good footwork, handle and overall feel to the game. And with running a 5-out offense as...

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Mal’s Standouts from Phenom MDC (Day 1)

2026 Connor Cassidy (Kings)  This kid was on an absolute scoring tear this today. Making the game look easy but playing hard while doing it. Had a smooth release on his shots and got them off quick and was on target all day. He even hit the game winning buzzer beater for his team and was all around impressive. His score first approach to the game helped him set teammates up when the defense...

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

2023 Randall Pettus (Charlotte Aces): Pettus has had himself a solid outing on Day 1 at the Phenom MDC.  In Game 2 though, was really impressed with his ability to create with the dribble and get to his spots, rising up with confidence and showing his mid-range game. A guard with good athleticism and touch on his shot. 2024 Paul McNeil (Richmond Jammers): Though it was a tough Game 2 for the...

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Player Standouts at Phenom MDC

6’2 ’24 Jordan Williams (Gate City Grizzlies) It’s easy to appreciate the balance within this Gate City Grizzlies roster. They had many contributors but Williams arguably stood out as their main leader on both ends of the floor. He’s a strong, athletic wing with a high motor and unselfish approach. Williams naturally finds production through playing hard, making hustle plays, and filling in the...

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

2024 Jullien Cole (Richmond Jammers): I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from Cole to start the summer.  Cole brings great size to the position, along with the ability to create for himself, using his frame to go through defenders and get to the basket, but also showcases his ability to score in a variety of other ways.  Make sure to watch for him more this high school season, as he could...

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