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H3 Grind at the Dungeon (Part 2)

Jordan James 6’1 Jordan James 7th grade is a productive prospect on the court.  When I first saw him this fall and now into the season, he continues to prove that he can be a matchup nightmare and can consistently get it done.  With his activity around the rim, showing his explosiveness to finish strong or facing up and attacking the defense, James is just a headache for defenders. He simply...

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Insider Exposure Nationals: WV Elite vs. Elevation Prep

Phenom Hoops went out to the Mooresville area to check in on the Insider Exposure Nationals, which was a terrific event that brought a ton of talent. We first want to thank Insider Exposure for allowing us to come out.  The first game we wanted to check out was WV Elite vs. Elevation Prep, as it had a ton of talent that you could be seeing play at the next level. WV Elite brings you a ton...

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Stars come out at Super Showcase

The Super Showcase in Greenville SC did not disappoint with two good games. The first game was between South Carolina powerhouses Dorman High School 5A and Christ Church Episcopal 2A, headlined by Jalen Breazeale of Dorman and Florida State’s signee John Butler of Christ Church. The second game between nationally recognized programs of Lake Norman Christian and Ypsi Academy, headlined by Espn 2023 Top #5 Mickey Williams of Lake Norman and ESPN 2022 Top player Emoni Bates of Ypsi Prep.

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POB’s Eye-Catchers: MAIT Weekend 2 (Friday)

Wasatch vs. Oak Hill 2022 Roddy Gayle Jr. (Wasatch Academy): Gayle Jr. was terrific, especially getting his team off to a great start in the first half. He was scoring from inside and out but it was the activity level and energy he brought to the floor in this game.  At 6’5, he attacked the rim and finished well but also brought great energy defensively, creating extra opportunities for his...

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Moravian Prep Regional vs New Creation Christian: Game Recap

In the third matchup of the day, we had Moravian Prep Regional and New Creation Christian. The first quarter we saw a tight matchup as New Creation Christian held onto a 15-14 lead at the end of the first. New Creation Christian was led by senior guard, Alex Reives, who led the way with seven points. Moravian’s Isaac Ellis knocked down two three-pointers and also added two more points to...

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Northside Christian vs Moravian Prep National: Game Recap

In the second game of the day, we had a big time match up between two top ten teams in the state: Northside Christian and Moravian Prep National. Moravian Prep is led by senior guard BJ Freeman, who is one of the most highly rated unsigned seniors in North Carolina. In the first quarter, Moravian Prep through the first punch. Their three-quarter court pressure forced turnovers. We saw Jackson...

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Northwood Temple vs Calvary Day: Game Recap

In the opening matchup of the Phenom MLK Showcase, Northwood Temple faced off with Calvary Day. The game was tight from the start. Northwood Temple was able to get the upper hand in the first quarter behind Julian Williams, Brady Rankin, and Jaquantae Harris. Northwood Temple finished the first quarter with a 22-15 lead. In the second quarter, Calvary Day made their run. James Wilkins III...

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The Bash – Friday Night Standouts

Game 1Winston-Salem Christian 57Liberty Heights 55 Quante Berry             6’4       2022    (Winston-Salem Christian) Quante Berry was really good in last night’s win over Liberty Heights. Coming into the season, one would say he was better at the shooting guard position...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Cardinal Newman Hoopology Showcase Standouts

This past weekend, the Cardinal Newman Hoopology Showcase took place featuring some of the top teams and players in the state. Players like Julian Philips, GG Jackson, Tyler Rice to name a few all competed in a well put on an event by Philip Deter and his staff. I checked out Session 3 on Saturday that featured Ridgeview, Gray Collegiate, Lower Richland, York Prep, Cardinal Newman, Irmo along with Cardinal Newman and Dreher girl’s varsity team. Here are the players that stood out!

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Diamonds Classic

2021 6’0 Marianna Converse (Spartanburg Day): Converse has good length and versatility to her game. She can play multiple positions, gets on the boards, and showed she can score inside and out.  Confident looking shot as well as being able to get on the boards and push in transition. 2023 5’10 Maddie Becker (Spartanburg Day): Becker has good size for a younger prospect but really made her...

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Phenom Tip-Off Classic Schedule Announced

Phenom Hoops is ready to get the season started and we kick off the 2020-2021 season with a loaded field at the Phenom Tip-Off Classic in Rock Hill, South Carolina. With two courts going on both days, it will be an event that you will not want to miss. We kick off the season on Friday afternoon at four o'clock and continue the action on Saturday.

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Phenom Open Run: Ardrey Kell

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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Talent found at Savage Academy (Oct. 1)

Phenom Hoops went down to the Columbia area to check in on another impressive showing at the Savage Academy. Christian Savage has done a tremendous job getting talent from around the state of South Carolina all under one building; talent that can play at multiple levels.

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Gym Gems: Icon Cuts Fall League Week 1 Game of the Week Coverage

Passion Driven Sports has been a pillar in the Pee Dee/Grand Strand area for the past two years. Gyms Gems heavily focus on small town kids with big talent. Got a chance to attend Week 1 of Icon Cuts Fall league at Trinity Collegiate School in Florence, SC. Great basketball is being displayed in which the content can be displayed on the Savage Academy youtube channel. Here is some of the outstanding players who stood out the most from this event:

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Stars Fall League

Phenom Hoops went down to Spartanburg to the Upward Stars Center, as we took in the Stars Fall League, bringing a ton of talent to the table. Getting a glimpse of multiple players, we provide our thoughts on players that grabbed our attention.

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Gym Gems: Icon Cuts Fall League Week 1

By Patrick Paul Passion Driven Sports has been a pillar in the Pee Dee/Grand Strand area for the past two years. Gyms Gems heavily focus on small-town kids with big talent. Got a chance to attend Week 1 of Icon Cuts Fall league at Trinity Collegiate School in Florence, SC. Great basketball is being displayed in which the content can be displayed on the Savage Academy youtube channel. Here is...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Statement Session

Phenom Hoops wanted to catch in on some of the action in Louisiana, which led us to the Statement Session. Mal Mundy did a tremendous job in bringing talent from the 2021 and 2022 class all under one building, giving people a glimpse of the talent of all levels from around the area.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Week 1 Icon Cuts Fall League

As we prepare for the coming high school season, fall leagues across the east coast have begun! This weekend, I pulled up to the Icon Cuts Fall League sponsored by H3 Grind and Savage Academy in Florence, SC. Week 1 of this fall league was full of known and unknown talent. Here are the six players that I thought really performed very well.

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Gyms Gems: Blake Walker’s Rising Stars Open Run

By: Patrick Paul Passion Driven Sports has been a pillar in the Pee Dee/Grand Strand area for the past two years. Gyms Gems heavily focus on small-town kids with big talent. Got a chance to slide in and see Blake Walker’s Rising Stars Open Run. Blake Walker is establishing himself as another pillar in the Pee Dee area by putting together one of the best middle school teams in the state of SC....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomOpenRun (Friday) (P.2)

2022 6’0 Kendall Smith (Charlotte Express): Smith was incredibly productive on both ends of the floor. Loved his intensity and how he got after it on the defensive end, creating multiple steals and pushed the tempo on offense.  His defense helped lead to scoring opportunities on the offensive end for himself and his teammates. 2022 6’0 Camian Shell (Moravian Prep): Shell is one that simply...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomOpenRun (Friday) (P.1)

2024 Joshua Clark (Mavs Elite): Clark was extremely active on the court, as the guard was constantly moving around the court, finding those openings to help him score easy baskets, and working hard on both ends. 2023 6’7 Nate Self (Team HUSL 2023): Self is a young big that has some early intangibles that you may like.  He not only showed that he can get on the glass, but he is a big that...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: A New Leader Shines for East Forsyth

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: Northwest Guilford Changing Directions

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: Thomasville Still Trending Upward

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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#OTRSummerJam: Unsung Heroes

Despite a great weekend for many being cut short due to the ignorance of a group of people losing control, there was a ton of talent in the building for Summer Jam presented by On The Radar Hoops. A lot of headline-grabbing prospects were in attendance but let’s take a look at a few guys that played major roles for their teams and are sometimes forgotten about in the grand scheme of things. 5’11...

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