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Phenom Open Gym: Concord Academy

Veteran Guard Play 2025 6'2 Jake Benham and 2025 6'1 Gray Madeira have played well together this summer and that trend should only continue this upcoming season. Benham and Madeira both are vocal leaders and have shown that they can be threats from the perimeter but also move well without the ball and make plays off the dribble. These two will be counted on to lead the team, knock down shots,...

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The Future of Basketball in NC: Class of 2027 (Part 3)

2027 James Minlend: Minlend is one that we have talked and written about before, but that was when he was part of the Class of 2026.' It was recently said that he has reclassed to 2027 and he is looking to be a name to really watch out for.' When you talk about his game, it is hard not to be intrigued by his length at 6'2, his athleticism, his ability to attack the rim, and really fill it up; he...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Summer Havoc 2 (Part 2)

2024 Maleek Taylor (Upward Stars Pee Dee Regional): Taylor is a 6'5 athletic, long prospect that not only was a force offensively but made winning plays in a variety of other ways. Taylor played with a strong motor, always staying active and engaged, battling around the paint, and finishing strong around the basket time after time. He finished with 26 big points to lead his team, but he also...

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Keep an eye on: 2026 James Minlend

Player: James MinlendClass 2026Height: 6'4AAU: Harrisburg Hornets New names continue to pop up yearly, and one player that grabbed our attention at Phenom Hoops this past weekend at the Team Camp was 2026 6'4 James Minlend, who was playing with Harrisburg Hornets. Minlend is the younger brother of Charles Minlend, who played at San Francisco for three seasons and then transferred to Louisville....

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Team Camp (Day 1)

2026 James Minlend (Harrisburg Hornets) Not many guys have the array of options to choose from with their attack at this age like James. The obvious appeal is in his length, as it opens up so much more of his capabilities, particularly with his controlled extension around the rim. Built like a longer wing but running the show and making the majority of management decisions, James has a favorable...

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

2026 Markus Kerr (Chambers): A new addition to the group at Chambers, it seems like the young man was able to fit right in and give this group yet another weapon at their disposal. Kerr though fits the part, as he was able to showcase his ability to create and make plays on his own, break down defenders and find his shot, but also flow within the offense.' It looks to be yet another strong...

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