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Phenom Open Gym: Moravian Prep National

6’1 2025 Eli Ellis  Eli has proven himself to be one of the best players in the country. He is a player you would want to go to battle with. Eli is extremely skilled and has a great frame at the PG position. He has the ability to create for himself and his teammates. He proves the haters/doubters wrong every time he touches the floor. Eli plays the game at his own pace and does a tremendous job...

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Five Rising Seniors Who Should Have More Offers

The evaluation process for high school basketball players is similar to the majority of sports. The combination of performance, translatable tools/skills, and comparison to others from the same archetype is part of how we make these conclusions. Add in trends and what history has shown us, and it’s pretty basic. If Player A is better than Player B, yet Player B has more offers, then yeah,...

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Leaving an Impression: Phenom Grassroots TOC

2026 Nick Arnold (Team Charlotte): Walking away from the event, Arnold was one that left a lasting impression on our scouts with his stellar play throughout.  The 2026 point guard, who is one we have watched countless times, has seemed to take his game to another level; he looked stronger, more assertive as a guard, and is taking his offensive game to another level. He was assertive, got...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom Grassroots TOC

2025 Jake Benham (Mint Hill Lakers): Benham is going to be a name that I will be watching more, and I’m excited to see how his summer goes.  But so far, Benham has really elevated his game and is taking more of that lead role on his team.  Benham shows how strong and effective he can be from multiple levels, finishing and making plays off the bounce, but also being a tremendous presence from the...

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Five Juniors Deserving of More Offers

6’9 Clash Peters (Trinity Academy) Given everything he’s showcased over the last twelve months, Clash Peters’ lack of offers really doesn’t make any sense. The appeal of a strong, physical, highly skilled 6-foot-9 power forward should be pretty self-explanatory. Between his feel, vision, interior scoring, and perimeter shooting, Peters brings a dynamic offensive presence to a team. He can...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 2)

2023 Lance Gill (United Faith): Gill led the charge for his team in a win on Day 2, showing a more assertive nature offensively and using his athleticism to his advantage. First off, Gill did a great job defensively, pressuring the ball and making plays in the passing lanes; that doesn’t mention his impact on the boards. Offensively, he uses his athleticism well to attack and get to the...

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Top Performances from the Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest

Here is a list of the top performances from the Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest presented by Fit for Life 24. Calvary DayJaydin Spillman – 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 4 steals on Saturday. Isaiah Ramazani – 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists on Saturday. Carmel ChristianKaleb Siler – 20 points and 6 rebounds on Friday. Jaeden Mustaf – 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest

6’7 ’23 David Peral (Mount Tabor) Various players have shown progression within this Spartan roster, but Peral’s growth has been truly unbelievable. Since the start of the travel ball season, arguably no player has improved more. He’s a scrappy, low-maintenance big man who understands how to play hard, do the dirty work, and outplay his assignment on both ends of the floor. Peral effectively...

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Phenom Open Gym: United Faith

United Faith has been a traditional basketball program at the NCISAA 1A level. Last season, they once again won another state championship and this year’s team looks poised for a repeat. First year head coach Darion Holloway, known as “Coach D,” has plenty to be excited about. Coach D has been with the program for four years and served as the associate head coach for the past three years. Upon...

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Underrated Guards to Watch More: Class of 2024

The class of 2024 is loaded with talent and there are players that could and should be targets for many programs at multiplel levels. The players at the top of the class are certainly gaining the recognition and eyes of college coaches but I believe that there are guards in that class that may be considered a bit underrated but could be in for big season this upcoming high school season. Here...

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Weddington, ” A team of Destiny?”

Last year, Weddington, won its first ever state championship going a perfect 18-0, winning the NCHSAA 3A State Championship. Coached by Gary Ellington, Weddington moved from the 3A classification to the 4A classification. While we had Weddington has a “team to watch” in our pre-season predictions, we would be foolish to say we expected them to be 30-0 and advancing to the NCHSAA 4A State...

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#CCSMLK22 Game Recap: Weddington vs. Cannon

We went into the second session of the night, as fans were treated to a fantastic game between Weddington and Cannon, two premier programs in the state of North Carolina. Weddington got out to a strong start led by one of their leaders in Chase Lowe as he scored eight first-quarter points. But Cannon was right there behind 2024 Austin Swartz and company, as they found themselves down 18-17 after...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Battle at the Mill

Phenom Hoops was on deck for a terrific event at Cox Mill, as they brought you the Battle at the Mill. It brought several teams from around the area all under one building, giving fans a chance to take a look at the talent throughout the state. We bring you our standouts from Saturday's games.

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Leaving a lasting impression: Phenom MDC (Part 2)

As you may have read, there was talent that could be found all over the court.  We just recently released our best-of-the-best players from the event that I personally saw but there are several others that left a lasting impression on me as well.  That is why these players captured my eyes as well, really leaving a mark on the event in Rock Hill. Here is Part 2 2022 Quave Propst-Allison (PSB):...

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Queen City Showcase Team Preview: Team Synergy 16u

The Queen City Showcase in Rock Hill this weekend is going to be off the charts.  With talent all on the floor, livestreams streaming the games, and a ton of coverage from Phenom Hoops, this is going to be one of the best events to start the travel ball season. That is why we wanted to get a leg up on it, as we spoke to several coaches that will be bringing their teams to South Carolina...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers: Day 3 at Phenom Challenge

What’s up all my hoops heads, it’s your guy Brandon Blakney and I’m live from Rock Hill, SC, for some travel ball action! The Phenom Challenge kicked off this weekend and the talent hasn’t disappointed! This group of standouts is a diverse group of five that college coaches at multiple levels will want to take a look at! 6’2 2023 Treymane Parker (Fayetteville Flash)- When you mention the top...

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Queen City Middle School Showcase Team Preview: TSB Elite 2023

The Queen City Middle School Showcase brings a fantastic event to the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, giving families, friends, and fans a chance to see the next upcoming talent around the area.    Every year, players and teams showcase their abilities in front of hundreds of fans and scouts with Phenom Hoops.  It is also a chance to learn early and gain national exposure at an early age, as...

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