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Bethel’s Standouts (Phenom Opening, Day 2)

By: Kyree Bethel 2028 5’6 Bryce Ward- This kid is showing that he can score at all 3 levels at such a young age. He has a very quick first step and stays under control when attacking the basket. He keeps his team engaged during the game by being very vocal on both ends of the floor. He played the passing lanes very well getting multiple steals throughout the game. He doesn’t lung for steals...

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Grimsley v. JL Chambers

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of Greensboro for a high-level playoff matchup between the Whirlies of Grimsley and the Cougars of JL Chambers. There was a ton of excitement in the air. On one side, Chambers probably entered this contest slightly underrated based on their seeding (considering they arguably played the most challenging schedule of any public-school team in the...

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2023

It’s that time of year again. The high school season has nearly concluded and postseason play is set to begin very soon. As exciting as it is to chase and potentially win a state championship, the subsequent six months of travel ball will be the time for prospects to really shine. Whether positive or not, college coaches simply have more time and resources to properly evaluate (and offer) kids...

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Game of the Year: Chambers vs. North Meck, Part 2

Rivalry. Both schools less than 10 miles apart. Packed crowd. Standing room only. Playing for your community. These are the type of environments that athletes dream about. The last time these two teams met, there was an overtime thriller in which Chambers came out on top. Did anyone expect this game to be any different? North Meck entered the matchup with an 18-3 record (8-1 in conference),...

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#CCSMLK22 Game Recap: JL Chambers vs. Carmel Christian

It was a battle of the titans in this one, as two state title contenders looked to end a great day of basketball. Carmel Christian hit the home court and welcomed in JL Chambers and there certainly wasn’t a lack of talent on the court. Both teams came out looking to make a statement; early on it was 2023 Jaylen Curry was taking over early, getting to the line and using his speed to help...

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Wednesday Standouts from The John Wall

Game 1Broughton vs. Millbrook This was a great battle between two of the best public schools in the 919. These two programs have a rich basketball history. Millbrook started the game on a 10-0 run. Even with the slow start from Broughton they managed to fight back in the first quarter tying the game at 17.  Throughout the entire game there were a lot of players who made big time plays. The...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: John Wall Invitational (Monday, Part 2)

Archbishop Spalding vs. North Meck It was an intense battle between these two teams and a fun one to watch.  It was a pretty close battle all throughout but Archbishop was able to hold the lead for nearly the entire game.  2022 Cam Whitmore was the real deal.  Yes, he has incredible athleticism and he put that on display but his ability to score in a variety of ways, use his body well, put on...

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Game Report: Chambers vs Myers Park

On Tuesday night, we had the pleasure of watching one of the top public school matchups in the state as Julius L. Chambers hosted Myers Park. In the first half, Chambers jumped out to a double-digit lead. Their defensive pressure was key in this run as they were able to force turnovers that led to easy baskets on the offensive end. At one point the lead got up to 18 points, as Chambers’...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #CHC12 (Day 2)

2023 Samyha Suffren (Cannon): Suffren was impressive with her presence on the court.  It is easy to see why schools have been targeting her for the class of 2023.  She displayed a tremendous skill set, especially in creating for herself and she is a dynamic scorer from many levels and in an array of ways. Handles the ball well, plays at a great pace, and displays a feel and IQ for the game. She...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Robinson #1: 5’8 ’26 Isaac Ellis (Moravian Prep) Starting things off, we look at a player who contributed nicely despite being the youngest camper on display, Isaac Ellis. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with IQ, scrappiness, and as much shooting prowess as any player across the state. Ellis is small in stature but showcases a clear understanding of how to play to his...

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Guards looking to have a big high school season: NC Top 80 (Class of 2023)

It was a special weekend in Charlotte, as Phenom Hoops had their annual North Carolina Top 80 event which brought some of the top players from the state all under one building. We had several top seniors, juniors, sophomores, and even freshmen attend the event, as we dive more into the players that impressed. It was great to see several juniors on the floor and they put themselves on the map for...

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North Carolina Top 80 All Star Team Class of 2023

Note: Players had to play in all three games ClassHeightNo.NameHigh SchoolCityState20236′2″17Jaylen CurryJ.L. ChambersCharlotteNC20236′5″43Truman ClaytorWord of GodErwinNC20236′5″37Isaiah WashingtonPine ForestFayettevilleNC20236′6″49Freddie DilioneWord of GodFayettevilleNC20236′0″6Chase DawsonCaryDurhamNC20236′0″8Jordan CooperWayne Country DayGoldsboroNC20236’6″48Dylan PurnellWord of...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Fall Finale/ HoopState League

2024 Paul McNeil (Richmond Jammers): McNeil is already regarded as one of the top prospects not only in the state but in the country and it is easy to see why at his age.  We are talking about a 6’6 prospect that can be a huge threat from deep, knocking down tough jumpers from all levels, a player that can create for himself and can operate from all positions on the floor.  What is scary to...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: JL Chambers

Phenom Hoops continues their road trip around the region, this time checking in on a very talented group in Charlotte and certainly one that has big aspirations coming into the season.  We traveled out to check out the talent JL Chambers had and there was plenty to go around. 2022 Daniel Sanford looks to be the leader once again for this squad, as the senior is a known prospect around the state...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1, Part 3)

2023 Trey Green (Team EAT): Green came through Rock Hill and once again showed why he is a hot target for so many schools and that should only continue to grow.  Green’s game is absolutely mesmerizing at times, as he plays with such great pace, quick handles, change of direction, and has a high-major feel for how to operate on the floor.  He is and has been one of my favorite players...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2022 Stephon Richards (CC Heat/Moravian Prep) One 2021 Charlotte-area guard that has truly felt the COVID’s negative impact on their recruitment is 6’3 Stephon Richards. Stephon is a combo guard truly built for the next level, with exceptional downhill abilities that he uses to his advantage. He’s shown 3-level scoring capabilities today, and I find it truly hard to...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: CP3 2023

July is going to be fun, especially with Phenom Hoops.  That is why we are getting just a small head-start on the teams and players that will be in attendance for the Summer Havoc.  Here, we look to preview just a few names to watch for throughout the weekend in Rock Hill, with many others stepping up their game in front of college coaches. Team CP3 2023 Do you want to talk about a team that is...

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Could it be a season to remember for JL Chambers?

As mentioned before in other articles, Phenom Hoops was posted up at the Myers Park Summer League, a 4-day event that brought several schools around the Charlotte area all under one roof and was live-streamed by The Hoop State Network. Giving us an early glimpse into what some of the teams may look like next season, one team, in particular, could be in for a big year.  JL Chambers, formerly...

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Does Team CP3 Have the Top Backcourt Trio in America?

Given the way basketball has trended over the last decade, it’s no secret that guard play now largely dictates on-court success at most levels. Whether it be a traditional “point guard” or more of a modernized floor general, the ball-handler position has more power and responsibility than ever before. The ideology of stockpiling size is important, especially for younger age groups, but it’s not...

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Queen City Showcase Team Preview: Anthony Morrow Elite

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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TLEW’S Takeaways “November Classic”

TLEW’s Takeaways “November Classic” Dangerous Duos Northside Christian – (Glynn Hubbard & Wesley Tubbs III) These two guys are really dangerous. When the lights are on these two show up and play the game with a lot of energy and passion. Over the past two weekends they have played a lot of great competition. These two have fit right in.  Glynn Hubbard – He is a smooth guard who...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Robert Dillingham Leads Combine to Opening Season WIN vs Carolina Basketball Academy!

Combine Academy and Carolina Basketball Academy squared off at the Phenom Tip-Off Classic, both looking to make their mark early in the season. Combine Academy used a balanced attack, led by their young guards and talented squad. Check out all the highlights from the game.

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Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy

It is getting close to that time of the year, where Phenom Hoops hits the road to check out teams and get an early glimpse of the talent around the area. We first started out heading to Lincolnton, to check in on Jeff McInnis and Combine Academy who is loaded once again.

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 1 at Summer Finale (Part 1)

2021 6’1 Collin Mills (Team Vision NC 17u): Mills was the main scoring threat for Team Vision, showing his ability to score on multiple levels.  Whether it was spotting up from the perimeter with a smooth outside shot, attacking and pulling up with a mid-range shot, or attacking the rim, Mills was able to do it multiple ways.  He doesn’t try to force anything on the court and plays...

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Evening Standouts at Day Three of Phenom Challenge

6’4 ’22 Julian “Juice” Keitt (Upward Stars) The Upward Stars program possesses talent within each of their teams, and Keitt is arguably one of the more intriguing long-term prospects from this roster. He plays with a consistently high motor on both ends of the floor and tends to naturally create havoc with his overall activity level. Keitt is a great defender, finisher, and rebounder, which...

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