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Special K’s Hoops Take: NC/SC Top80 Standouts

Christ Essandoko 6’11 Christ Essandoko 2022 was unbelievable today as he showcased his dominance on the offensive end scoring in a wide variety of ways. His presence in the paint is so overwhelming as he scores at will around the basket and overpowers his defender. He rebounds the ball at a very high level and runs the floor pretty well. He showcased a unique ability to attack from the high post...

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Phenom Open Gym: Lake Norman Christian

Phenom Hoops went out on the road again, just checking in on another open gym. Always an exciting time for us, as we get to see what teams are shaping up to look like heading into the season but also learn a few new names. Lake Norman Christian has been a HOT name over the last few months and Head Coach Mason Padgett has a ton of talent for him on the floor. They brought in a lot of Division I...

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#OTRSummerJam: Day One Standouts

On The Radar Hoops is hosting Summer Jam at The Rock Hill Sports and Events Center and the showcase features some of the top talent in the South East. I was on hand to catch some of the action, here are the standouts from day one! 6’5 2021 Bryce McGowens: Reform Sports Training 17uMcGowens is poised to become one of the top freshman wings in the ACC next season as he moves on to Tallahassee and...

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POB’s Summer Stock Risers (Part 1)

It certainly hasn't been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, lets start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several-part series, with several more coming your way.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Best of August (Part 2)

This August was a month full of very intriguing talent and potential amongst the abundance of teams and players that attended our events. Talent everywhere from High Major Division 1 to Division 3 level players competed all month long. Of the many players I saw this August, a few players really stood out and either made a name for themselves or showed why they were already highly touted.

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 2 of #PhenomSummerHavoc (Part 1)

2021 6’4 Nygell Verdier (Anthony Morrow Elite): Verdier is a versatile prospect on the court.  Playing the stretch forward at Independence, gives him a nice understanding of playing inside and out, attacking at multiple positions, and also showing off his athleticism at the rim.  Whether it was finishing at the rim or pulling up, Verdier brings an array of ways to score the basketball. 2021 6’1...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 2 Early Standouts

6’10 Corneilous Williams of TLBA 2022 17U is a workhorse. Extremely high motor and runs the floor hard. Very active on the boards on both sides of the ball. Long, active defender who blocks shots at a high level. Scores relentlessly around the basket and use his athleticism to play above the rim. Finished the first game with 25 points and 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. 5’9 Kadyn Dawkins of Cobras...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Queen City Showcase

The Phenom Hoops’ travel schedule is officially back in full swing, as we traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for our Queen City Showcase this past weekend. There was an abundance of talent in the gym, which led to numerous standout performers across the weekend. This article will take a closer, more detailed look at some of those personal...

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Evening Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Queen City Showcase

6’6 ’20 Garreth Edgecome (Defenders Elite)  The unsigned senior was easily one of the more impressive performers throughout this contest. Edgecome caught heat early on and was able to consistently assert himself as a spot-up threat. He has great size and length, but also understands how to embrace his role without forcing the action on offense.  6’4 ’21 Camren Little (Charlotte Nets...

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2019-20 Phenom Hoops All-State team (Class of 2023)

It was a spectacular year no matter how you look at it. Players really made a name for themselves and had an impressive season on the court, producing on so many levels. Phenom Hoops brings you their All-State teams for the 2023 class. A huge congrats to all players and teams this season.

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Freshmen who didn’t play like freshmen

Freshmen who didn’t play like freshmen The Phenom High School Jamboree provided teams and players to give us hoop junkies just a nice glimpse of the upcoming season. Naturally, it’s the upperclassmen that have the opportunity to shine early on, especially in pre-season scrimmages. That being said, we’re going to look into a handful of freshmen that played beyond their years and grade.  6’4...

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Previewing Top Guards in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

As the game has continued to evolve, folks have tended to get less enamored with size and exploiting mismatches through strength. For better or worse, he modern-day game is dominated by guards and looks likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future. These guys have always been the primary creators but it seems like teams are content with initiating offense from other positions, especially...

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Brandon’s “Big Time Ballers” #NCHSAALivePeriod

A number of the top Public schools throughout the state gathered to battle it out at Queens University of Charlotte campus under the bright lights, teams are far from a finished product but this gives us something to build on.   Charlotte, North Carolina- There was a surplus of talent on display at every position in every grade cycle, colleges from far and wide at every level came out,...

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Eye Catchers from the Phenom Stay Positive (Part III)

It has been a great event this weekend in Greensboro, as players have shown up and competed all throughout the event.  Some players have caught the eyes of our scouts, but here are a few quick notes from some of the players we have seen. 2023 5’8 Trey Green (Team Charlotte 15u) Being such a young prospect, he brings poise and understanding at a high level early on in his career, which is one...

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8th Grader Trey Green is NEXT UP for NBA vet Jeff McInnis’ Team CLT

Team Charlotte has been known to put out stud guards. Tyshon Alexander, David Caraher, Devon Dotson, Keyshawn Woods, and the list goes on. Without question, 11 year retired NBA vet Jeff McInnis knows how to produce high level D1 talent. Well don’t look now because Trey Green is next on the way. The sweet shooting point guard has ridiculous ball skills. His vision and his handle are second...

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Phenom Queen City Middle School Showcase Recap: Player Standouts 14U

Phenom Hoop Report was on deck all day to check out the next young, upcoming talent from around the area this weekend at the Queen City Middle School Showcase.  The players didn’t disappoint at all, as players and teams displayed some intriguing talent that will be names national scouts are talking about in the upcoming years.  Our scouts wanted to recap an amazing, loaded event with names...

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Afternoon Standouts at Phenom’s Queen City Middle School Showcase

WNC Warriors: 6’0 ’23 Zack Meyers- The wing prospect possesses an abundance of two-way tools and utilizes them regularly. He’s strong, active, and has quite a dynamic offensive skillset, able to reliably take over and burden the scoring load whenever needed. Meyers has an excellent feel for the game and understands how to get downhill and attack the rim, but is also capable of spotting-up along...

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Names to Watch at Queen City Middle School Showcase

Phenom Hoop Report couldn’t be any more excited about kicking off what should be a fun few months, especially with a chance to watch the next up-and-coming talent from around the region.  That is what the Queen City Middle School Showcase will bring you. It allows everyone to learn new names and check out new talent, as well as see the development of a few future stars. That is why we have been...

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Early Adversity Helps Christ School in the Long Run

The Christ School Greenies have made their way into the NCISAA 4A semifinals against Charlotte Latin for a chance to play the winner of Durham Academy and Greensboro Day for the state title.  Using simply the record book, this Christ School team has had its share of ups and downs, finishing the regular season and conference tournament with a record of 13-13, but a closer look at the context...

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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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#PhenomChampionShowcase: Afternoon Standouts

It is another crazy hectic day in the Phenom Hoops universe, big S/O to NBA Champ David West for coming through the building today with his talented Garner Road 16U Squad featuring UNC Commit Day’ron Sharpe.  Let’s take a look at some of the afternoon standouts from today’s action. 6’9 2020 Day’Ron Sharpe: Garner Road/South Central High School (UNC Verbal Commit) As...

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