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Why is Mike Herrin Under the Radar?

Every year in grassroots basketball, there are plenty of circumstances in which a prospect doesn’t receive the appropriate amount of attention for their play or overall production. While numerous examples have already surfaced during the current summer season, few guys should be more frustrated than Mike Herrin of Manzer Basketball Club. In all honesty, this entire roster has the right to feel...

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Undeniably Productive: Lucas Heckaman

Over the past month, we’ve seen QCAA and their talent-laden roster perform extremely well despite a variety of different obstacles. Things began looking bleak when Joseph Ferrante went down with an injury, but there were more than enough capable prospects to stay afloat and maintain their success. Add in the loss of AJ Hamrick, and it was starting to take a turn for the worse. However, everyone...

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A Frontcourt Worth Noting: Tymaureon Outlaw, Joseph Bachman, and Kameron Roberts

Throughout the last month, we’ve been fortunate enough to see a ton of talent coming from all areas and age groups. While many are placing major emphasis on those who already have reputations, there are plenty more noteworthy prospects who are still progressing or simply below the radar. Garner Road’s 15U (2023) squad was one of the most exciting and intriguing groups on display, given their...

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NC Gaters Starting to Hit Their Stride

Over the past few months, we’ve covered the NC Gaters program quite extensively—both at their open gyms and during our events. They started the summer season with some struggles but have since played their way back into relevance. This is certainly not coincidental, but more of a direct result of uptick in play from numerous individuals. While their entire roster is worth noting, this article...

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Team Swish: A Well-Oiled Machine

The grassroots basketball scene continues to be one of the most exciting settings to see prospects perform, as everything, good and bad, is on full display. However, there are numerous teams that don’t necessarily check all the boxes but still consistently outplay one opponent after another. Team Swish is an excellent representative for this notion, as they don’t really need a seven-footer or...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc (Underrated Gems)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops continued what has been an unusual, yet exciting summer season at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In terms of talent, this event was as loaded as any within our schedule over the last month. Some programs made their debut while others continued to separate themselves from the pack. This article will take a closer look at some...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc (Familiar Faces)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops continued what has been an unusual, yet exciting summer season at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In terms of talent, this event was as loaded as any within our schedule over the last month. Some programs made their debut while others continued to separate themselves from the pack. This article will take a closer look at some...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops continued what has been an unusual, yet exciting summer season at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In terms of talent, this event was as loaded as any within our schedule over the last month. Some programs made their debut while others continued to separate themselves from the pack. This article will take a closer look at some...

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Noteworthy Storylines for Phenom Summer Havoc: Team Curry Preparing for Battle

Right now, there are various opinions about the “who’s who” of grassroots basketball—specifically within North Carolina. Throughout the summer, Team Curry has been at the forefront of those conversations due to their crossroads between success and a roster full of appealing prospects. This upcoming weekend, their 16U group will be in attendance at our Summer Havoc and should have the opportunity...

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A Closer Look: Team Passion 16U

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina for another phenomenal four-day stretch of quality basketball. We had a heavy variety of college coaches in attendance, allowing for a ton of kids to showcase their talents on a bigger stage. Team Passion drew a lot of buzz entering this event and were able to follow through, bringing two extremely entertaining and competitive...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc (Part Three)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled back to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the final live period of the summer. We hosted our Summer Havoc from Thursday to Sunday at Comenius, Catawba Ridge, and Nation Ford. There were over one hundred college coaches to walk through our doors and various players received offers across the event. This article will take a closer look at some of the most...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc (Part Two)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled back to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the final live period of the summer. We hosted our Summer Havoc from Thursday to Sunday at Comenius, Catawba Ridge, and Nation Ford. There were over one hundred college coaches to walk through our doors and various players received offers across the event. This article will take a closer look at some of the most...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled back to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the final live period of the summer. We hosted our Summer Havoc from Thursday to Sunday at Comenius, Catawba Ridge, and Nation Ford. There were over one hundred college coaches to walk through our doors and various players received offers across the event. This article will take a closer look at some of the most...

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Afternoon Standouts at Day Four of Phenom Summer Havoc

5’8 ’20 Shakeem White (Carolina Dream Team) No player has shot the ball better than White, who was absolutely unstoppable from beyond the arc during this contest. He’s slightly undersized, but sets up and moves so well without the ball for easy spot-up opportunities. That being said, White was also able to create for himself off the bounce and displayed the ability to make the right read when...

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Early Standouts at Day Four of Phenom Summer Havoc

5’11 ’22 AJ Cook (CC Elite) The high-IQ floor general was easily the most impressive prospect on this CC Elite squad. This team has plenty of shooters and scorers, but Cook’s ability to consistently create for others with poise and craftiness makes him extremely difficult for opposing guards. He sees the entire floor, especially in transition, and is capable of shooting efficiently from the...

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Evening Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’21 Christian Cornish (CC Elite) The strong, athletic wing prospect continues to show absolute flashes of dominance on both sides of the ball. Cornish is aggressive and utilizes his body incredibly well to absorb contact when attacking the basket, which he’s able to do with consistency. He possesses IQ, size, strength, range, and a clear two-way identity. Cornish is one that college coaches...

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Early Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’5 ’21 Omarion Farrar (Capital City Pacers) The long, athletic wing prospect opened the day with an excellent two-way showing and essentially led his team in all statistical categories. Farrar shot the ball well from the perimeter but really stood out for his rebounding and ability to attack the basket. He was an excellent leader from start to finish and made multiple critical plays down the...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers #PhenomSummerHavoc Pt 2

It’s that time of the year and July is here once again, it’s the busiest time In the Travel Ball scene, the Live Period! Fort Mill, South Carolina- The Phenom Crew is back at it again in the other Carolina, for the annual Summer Havoc Live Period Showcase. Competitiveness is at its highest, prospects competed in front of dozens of college coaches in search of their next program...

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Evening Standouts at Phenom Summer Havoc

6’6 ’21 Ben Burnham (Team Knicks) After missing their first contest, Burnham returned to Team Knicks and didn’t skip a beat on either end of the floor. He’s long, athletic, and incredibly active at all times, which allows him to naturally create havoc and disrupt the opposition. Burnham scores the ball frequently/efficiently from all levels and has the ability to create for himself off the...

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Afternoon Standouts at Phenom Summer Havoc

5’8 ’19 DJ Thomas (NC Red Storm) Through eight games, no player has scored the ball more consistently than Thomas, who seems able to create a quality shot out of nothing upon every offensive touch. He’s undersized, but possesses blinding quickness, which allows him to get by opponents and make countless plays from within the paint. Thomas is an excellent three-level scorer with vision and...

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Early Standouts at Phenom Summer Havoc

6’2 ’22 Manny Elliott (Greensboro Warriors) This Greensboro Warriors squad is very tough, especially when Elliott is firing on all cylinders. He’s a fairly well-rounded guard on both ends of the floor, but it’s his shooting ability that stands out the most. Elliott can really shoot the ball from midrange and beyond with range and a quick release. He should be a major contributor for Dudley...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc (Part Two)

Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc (Part Two) As stated in our previous edition of Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc, there were dozens of the most intriguing teams and prospects in the southeast on display in Spartanburg this past week. Scholarships were handed out and that is the goal, above all else. If you missed part one, click here…   6’3 ’20 Tyler McKinney (Team Vision-NC) Productivity is...

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Flomo’s Fab Five #SummerHavocLive Day 2 Mid-Day Article

I’ve had the opportunity to cover the action at Broome High School in Spartanburg, SC for Day 2 of #SummerHavocLive. So far I’ve been impressed with several players as I watched the games played on Court 2. Here are my top performers: 2021 PG Christian Rudisell- (U15) Charlotte Royals Rudisell has a mature game, a strong frame at the point guard position. He had several hard drives...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Showcase

Hoop State Elite Rexrode U17 6’8″ Josiah Shackleford {2019} Ayden Grifton HS reminds me of his name sake Charles Shackleford {6’10” NC State – Kinston HS}. He is long, lanky and can run like a deer. Very active running paint to paint defending the rim hard and rebounding with a sense strong of urgency.  Post moves around the basket are solid with very nice footwork....

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T-Web’s “Who Got Buckets” Summer Havoc Showcase Day 2

E.A. Prep-Gold 6’7 Amiri Waddell Waddell is a player with nice size to go along with his height. Strong bodied 4 man who’s mobile and crafty enough to chase instant mismatches. Against Hoopstate elite he put on a scoring clinic scoring in a variety of ways around the basket. Florida Future 2021 6’4 David Lias When watching Lias one will first notice how involved he is on every play. He crushes...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc Showcase

6’4 ’20 Austin Allison (Q6 All-Stars) The Q6 All-Stars were one of the most entertaining teams on display throughout our showcase session of Summer Havoc, and for good reason, since they have a team full of scholarship-worthy guys. Most of the attention gets directed to Jonathan Lawrence, but Austin Allison is as vital to this team as anyone on the roster. The wing prospect really knows how to...

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Afternoon Standouts at Phenom’s Summer Havoc

Atlanta Timberwolves 6’4 ’19 Jon Morgan- This squad is incredibly exciting, especially when Morgan has the ball. He’s an intriguing two-way prospect, given his athleticism and defensive versatility. Morgan hits jumpers at a solid rate, but is downright frustrating to defend inside the arc, where he seems to just levitate above opponents.   6’7 ’19 Austin Sloan- The most unique prospect on...

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#PhenomSummerHavoc Day Two: Miles’ Top Performers

I would like to start this article out with an apology that my little peanut brain can’t figure out a good name for my article’s like “Bendel’s Best” or something cool like that.  If you have any suggestion’s hit my twitter DM’s @MasercolaMiles.  In the meantime let’s take a look at some of the best players from this afternoon. 5’10 2023 Trey...

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Morning Standouts at Phenom’s Summer Havoc

Upward Stars Columbia 6’5 ’19 Omar Croskey- This squad was led in their first showing of day two, scoring on all three levels whenever he pleased while utilizing his length exceptionally well around the basket. Croskey has a pretty natural feel for the game and is able to thrive with or without the ball.   6’0 ’19 Crosby James- In terms of sheer toughness, few guys were more memorable than...

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Class of 2021 Summer Havoc Showcase

Class of 2021 is well represented by some solid teams here at the Summer Havoc Showcase in Spartanburg, SC; E.g. – Florida Future team features some potential college prospects like high flying 6’4″ David Lee G/F who has good handles and slashes to the basketb aggressively and will dunk on you. 6’6″ Tre Carroll is another Florida Futre player to watch as he plays...

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