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Phenom Hoops Freshman Forty Evaluations: Team 10

Team 10 Coach: Gerroid Doughty #52: 5’7 Kevin Young Jr. (Riverside) Starting things off, we look at a player who made a nice impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Kevin Young Jr. He’s a quick, unselfish point guard prospect with useful defensive instincts and the ability to score the ball from all levels. Young moves well without the ball and knows how to fill in the gaps...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from NC Freshman 40 (Part 1)

2026 6’5 Kohi Strickland (Greensboro Day): Strickland is an intriguing young prospect with his game and size.  From what we saw on the court, Strickland had his hand in a bit of everything on the court, whether it was making plays for others, helping on the boards, finding his teammates well, and scoring in a variety of ways.  He has a well-rounded feel to his game and believe that he is a name...

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Phenom Open Gym: 1 of 1 Academy

Phenom Open Gym: 1 of 1 Academy Phenom Hoops travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to cover 1 of 1 Academy. Practicing in historic Second Ward Gymnasium, it was a treat to watch the coaching of Head Coach Jermaine Jackson. Talk about attention to detail and heavy emphasis on defense and proper close outs, the players were being coached at an extremely high level. The former Detroit-Mercy and...

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Breaking Down Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025

(1) 6’8 Zymicah Wilkins (R-S Central) There are numerous guys who were in the mix for the top spot in our updated rankings, but Zymicah Wilkins ultimately walked away with the honor. His blend of IQ, size, skill, and polish makes him extremely difficult for most opponents to try and contain. Wilkins can dominate from the block, space the floor, or consistently make plays with the ball in his...

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at LaMelo Ball Invitational

2024 Brandon Jennings (Team PUSH VA): Jennings was strong all game long to start the day on Day 3.  The long-framed guard blended his game very well, whether it was creating and getting in the paint to finish or stepping out to knock down some key shots from outside.  Really liked his balance on the floor, picking his spots to be aggressive and finish strong through contact or get to...

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Player Standouts at Day Three of Lamelo Ball Invitational

5’10 ’26 Max Van Weerdihuzen (Team United) Although there were a ton of standouts for this loaded squad, Weerdihuzen consistently found ways to stand out within the flow of the action. He’s a very intelligent point guard prospect with an extremely low-maintenance identity. Weerdihuzen typically works with the ball in his hands, setting up others and constantly looking to make the right play, but...

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“Getting to Know” 5’11 ’25 LJ Rush

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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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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