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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 1, Day 1 at #HoopStateLeague (Cox Mill)

2025 Miles Leaks (Panthers): Leaks was tremendous to start the day, as I was incredibly impressed with how the young guard operated on the floor.  He looked like a strong floor general on the floor, playing with a great pace and vision, finding his teammates and setting them up well, but also taking quality shots also.  Really enjoyed watching how he was able to operate on the court. Leaks is a...

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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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Expected Breakouts in North Carolina High School Basketball

Each year, the grassroots basketball scene shifts from travel ball to the high school season. College coaches have been out for months, seen countless kids, and should be in pursuit of their priority-level prospects. That being said, there are plenty of players whose ability don’t match their recruitment. Sure, most rising juniors aren’t receiving a ton of offers right now. However, given the...

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Top July Performers in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

The month of July is finally concluding, which should provide these young players with an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from days of nonstop basketball. Given the significance of the actual month, we decided to take a closer look at some of the top standouts from each class. Obviously, we can only speak on what we have seen, so the names listed will be based on their performances at...

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Start noticing more of: Coach Rick’s TOC (Class of 2024)

2024 Jayden Pretty (Carolina Pressure): Pretty was consistent all week long in Rock Hill, as the 6’6 prospect from Carolina Pressure really opened eyes in how big of a difference-maker he could be.  It seemed like the forward had his hands in everything, finding ways to get his hands on the ball, always moving well without the ball, displaying a tremendous motor in the paint and on the boards,...

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Reece’s Standouts: Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Delani Hammonds (Team Synergy)Usually versatility is used when scouting on wings and forwards because you expect athletic playmaking, shooting and ball handling from your lead guards. But it makes sense with Delani, because he can play the point in two different ways or combine them together at the same time and provide an all around floor game. He can be a big time scorer,...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Lamelo Ball Invitational

5’8 ’24 Jeremiah Benthall (Big Business Ballerz) Though slightly undersized, it’s easy to appreciate how much Benthall does as a leader for this group. He’s a smart, unselfish, passer-friendly point guard prospect with an understanding of how to run a team and locate the best available shot on seemingly every possession. Benthall handles the ball with care, passes to the open man, and scores the...

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2024 Delani Hammonds (Ardrey Kell) seeing his role increase

Player: Delani HammondsClass: 2024School: Ardrey KellHeight: 6’0 It was great to get a better glimpse of players on the public-school side of things at the Phenom Team Camp, as we had a chance to see several talents.  Hammonds, a 2024 6’0 point guard with Ardrey Kell, was one that really captured the attention of our scouts with his play.  With the key loss of Evan Smith from last...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Team Camp (Day 1, Part 3)

Delani Hammonds 2023 Darius Abraham (Harding): Abraham had a solid day on the floor, as the senior leader played like he usually does; strong and created. He continues to produce, finishing strong around the basket, a scorer from multiple levels, and one that can really get after it on both ends.  He continues to be a key piece for his team to help win games. 2025 Wesley White (West...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Team Camp

6’1 ’23 Kobe Parker (Ragsdale) Although they lost multiple key pieces, Ragsdale should still be one of the more competitive programs in Greensboro behind the leadership of Parker. He’s clearly the focal point of this group, but understands how to dictate the action in a poised, unselfish, methodical manner. Parker has maintained his status as a lethal perimeter shooter, especially from beyond...

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Players stepping up at Ardrey Kell

Ardrey Kell, led by head coach Mike Craft, has certainly been a well-known program in North Carolina over the years, producing some strong talent over the years.  This year isn’t anything different, as many already know about the senior guard Evan Smith who is committed to Army.  But there are others to look at for this team, as the Knights are playing extremely well to start the...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Ardrey Kell

Ardrey Kell had a special season last year, making a deep run in the playoffs before ultimately falling just short in taking home the championship.  But now the Knights are back under Coach Craft and though they may look a little different than last season, they are still a very dangerous team.  Let’s dive into what we saw on the court. When you talk about Ardrey Kell, you have to start with...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Fall Finale/ Hoop State League (Day 1)

2022 Takai Simpkins (Liberty Heights): Both Simpkins twins are strong and play hard but Takai was especially strong and continuing to show why more schools are starting to look their way.  Takai does a tremendous job is using his length at a guard, covering a ton of ground, and finishing over defenders and at the rim, while also being able to step out. 2022 Syncere Lynch (Bull City Prep):...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Summer Havoc Session 2 (Day 2)

By: Noah Hooper 6’2 2025 Cedric Kenan (TSB 2024) I have been familiar with Cedric’s game since session one and he impressed me, but after his performance this afternoon against Virginia Warriors Elite, I felt that it was only right to talk about him from a more in-depth perspective. When I watch Kenan, the first thing I notice about him is how high his motor is as he is always the first one to...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers at Summer Havoc, Sunday Edition

6’3 2022 Lebron Thomas (FibaSC)- Thomas has been somewhat passive at times in the past but those days are obviously over, he has been in full attack mode all weekend, Thomas came down to Rock Hill with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Thomas absolutely lived in the paint, defenders struggled to stay in front of him and zones didn’t suffice either. Thomas has an advanced layup...

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Galvani’s Top Players from Day 1 at #PhenomMDC

By; Lauren Galvani 2024 6’6 Trevor Rayborn (PSB Elite 15u) Used his length to his advantage on both ends of the floor. Aggressive on the boards and was consistent at protecting the rim. Good use of both hands and had a nice mid-range jump shot. Runs the floor well for his size. Good for a pick and roll or pick and pop. 2023 6’5 Caiden Gibson (TSB 2023) Hardest worker on the floor....

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Team Synergy 2023 brings new, intriguing talent at Phenom Stay Positive

Sean Rose Playing in the brand-new facility at the Rise Indoor Sports Complex, as it was a terrific atmosphere.  But it also brought us some new, intriguing talent as well to the eyes of our scouts at Phenom Hoops. One team that quickly grabbed our attention was Team Synergy 2023, a roster that had good, young size, and playmakers on the court.  One thing that popped out immediately is the...

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Player Standouts from Day 2 of Phenom Stay Positive

By: Ethan Reece 2023 Cam Oates (Garner Road Bryant)Garner Road Bryant had a lot of big intriguing prospects but it was PG Cam Oates stood out leading the charge.  Managed their offense as the primary ball-handler and decision-maker but also put the ball in the basket as well.  Cam shot the three-ball well and made nice moves in transition off of his defensive pressure forcing turnovers. 2024...

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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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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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