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POB’s Thoughts: Top Guards at Hoop State League (Through 2 Weeks)

The Hoop State League has been tremendous so far… a lot of talent, a great chance to watch these teams in action early on, and players are competing. Trust me, there are a lot of names that have been catching my eye so far, which is why I wanted to share JUST A FEW NAMES that have really stood out to me through two weeks at the Hoop State League. Check out the guards that have impressed me...

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Player Standouts at Hoopstate Fall League (West)

5'9 '24 AJ Parsley (Team Ville) Playing hard has gradually become an obsolete skill, which is why it's always refreshing to watch AJ Parsley push the limits on what 'high motor' actually means. No matter the context or setting, he plays with a full-throttle approach. What Parsley lacks in height or vertical athleticism, he makes up for with speed, quickness, and general peskiness. He's a heady...

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Phenom Open Gym: Mallard Creek

Duo Guard leading the Way 2026 Rassell Young and 2025 Jayln Connor will quickly be the two names that stand out and deservingly so, as they have proven to be two strong weapons and shooters for this team.  Young continues to impress and be that dynamic guard hat plays with swagger on the court.  He is terrific in making plays off the bounce and scoring with flare in a variety of ways,...

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Looking for a Big Sophomore Season

2026 Rassell Young (Mallard Creek): Young has had a big summer, as offers have been rolling in and there is no doubt about it, he has made a name for himself in a big way.' Last year, he averaged 10ppg for Mallard Creek but this young man could be in for a season in which he could almost double that production.' And this is a team that may need that from him to find success. After losing several...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile:'Rassell Young

Height: 6'1 Class: 2026 School: Mallard Creek Travel Team: Garner Road Freshman Season: 10.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 42% FG, 40% 3FG, 91% FT What Was Recently Said: The floor general for Mallard Creek was nothing short of incredible. At 6-foot-1, Young showcased a dynamic all-around identity while shining as a leader and tone-setter on both ends of the floor. He's an...

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Five Notable Young Prospects from Phenom Team Camp

6'4 '26 Markus Kerr (Chambers) The newest addition to the Cougars should immediately double as one of the best players on the roster. Though young, Kerr has already proven himself as a meaningful piece for a contender during his first high school season. He's a smart, skilled, athletic guard that possesses great size, toughness, and overall polish. Kerr scores from all levels and displays...

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Worthy of National Attention: Rassell Young

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Rise in Advance, North Carolina for our annual Team Camp. This event always serves as a kickstart to June, as players go back to their respective high schools and prepare for the upcoming Live periods. There's usually a fair number of takeaways but it's also easy to get carried away or overexcited by the sheer change of pace from travel ball....

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Player Standouts at Phenom Team Camp

6'7 '24 Maurio Hanson (Chambers) Although it should be apparent to anyone who follows this team, Maurio Hanson looks more than prepared to assert himself as the undisputed leader for Chambers. Folks already know about his polish as a strong, physical low-post player (which was evident here), but the big man also found ways to stand out as a playmaker in this showing. He got to his left whenever...

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

2026 Cameron Newman (Gaston Christian): Not sure what else there is to say about Newman's game that already hasn't been said; he is a young point guard that simply understands the game at a high level.' Love his IQ and feel, he is tremendous in running the offense but also showing more of his ability to be an incredible offensive weapon. Has really flourished as a player and should be getting a...

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2026 Rassell Young opening eyes and having a big summer early on

A player that has been making some early noise this summer and is one to start getting to know here in North Carolina, 2026 Rassell Young should be on everyone's watch list for a loaded Class of 2026 here in North Carolina.' Coming off a season at Mallard Creek and now playing with Garner Road, Young has been a hot topic with what he has shown on the court, and we wanted to dive into more of his...

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Phenom Open Gym: Mallard Creek

Phenom Hoops continues to bring elite coverage before the season, as we are out and about covering teams, getting an early look at what programs will be bringing to the court this upcoming season.  One team that we were able to view recently was Mallard Creek.  Here is what we saw on the floor, as things still may continue to shake up before the season. When you talk about Mallard...

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How dangerous could the guard play at Mallard Creek be this upcoming season'

The Phenom Team Camp has come and gone but here are so many storylines from the event, as we had a great opportunity to check out so many public schools and what they may be rolling in with this upcoming season.  Mallard Creek was one team that caught my eyes, led by their very intriguing guard play that could make some noise so let's dive into what we saw a little more. When you talk about...

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