STAY POSITIVE CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 1) (Part 3)

2022 Dontavius Paige (Ace Elite): Paige is a smaller guard but a quick one, making decisive reads and decisions on the floor and showing a nice blend of scoring ability on multiple levels of the floor.  He continues to play strong with the ball, knowing when to create for himself or to get others involved in the action. 2022 Chase Lowe (CC Elite): One can see why D1 schools are coming his...

read more

Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: CC Elite 2022

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. CC Elite 2022 2022 7’0 Patrick Wessler...

read more

POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom MDC (Day 1)

2023 Emanuel Richards (Upward Stars 3SSB 2023): Richards continues to show his production on the floor, as I believe he is one of the more underrated prospects in the state of South Carolina for his class.  Every time he comes out, he makes an impact on the floor.  Before, he did an incredible job in getting downhill and finishing through contact and he continues to do so, but you can...

read more

Beyond Underrated and Underrecruited: Class of 2022 from Phenom G3 Showcase

At the Phenom G3 Showcase, it really started to come to light how these three players are some of the more underrated and underrecruited players in the state for the Class of 2022. 2022 6’5 Chase Lowe, 2022 6’1 Xavier McKelvy, and 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd all bring something unique to the floor with their game but one thing they all have in similarity… production.

read more

Player Standouts at Phenom G3 Showcase

6’5 ’22 Chase Lowe (CC Elite) It would be extremely difficult for anyone who watched this contest to say anything other than positives in regards to Lowe. His leadership is evident through his seemingly nonstop all-around production. Lowe runs a team exceptionally well, and utilizes his playmaking and size advantage to cause a ton of matchup problems for opponents. He displays great defensive...

read more

2022 NC point guards that could see an uptick in their recruitment this summer (Part 2)

North Carolina’s class of 2022 brings a lot of intrigue and depth for college coaches, which is why there are a few players to really watch this summer and their recruitment, as they could see an uptick with their play. The point guard position is one area that has several players that could help a program down the road, which is why we are going to take a look at a few players that have slid under the radar or have been a little quiet coming into this summer but could really see more attention with the summer they put together. Check out Part 2 of our list of players to watch.

read more

Trending Upward: Five Obvious Targets for College Coaches

With the travel ball season in full swing, it’s only appropriate that we take a closer look at some notable targets across the state. Usually, countless offers are being thrown around at every turn. However, majority of programs have opted to hold onto their scholarships for as long as possible and ultimate play the waiting game with the Class of 2022. Although coaching staffs are moving and...

read more

Showing his feel for the game: 2022 Chase Lowe (CC Elite/ Weddington)

It is all about opportunities for players, especially with what has been going on over the past year or so outside of basketball. This past weekend, coming into the weekend in Rock Hill, there was one player that was going to be interesting to watch in 2022 6’5 Chase Lowe for CC Elite.  Why? He was playing in some terrific showcase games against high-major talent to start his tournament...

read more

Special K’s Superstars from Phenom Grassroots TOC

This weekend, Phenom Hoops took it to the great city of Rock Hill to host the Phenom Grassroots Tournament of Champions. Teams from all over the country came to participate and college coaches were in attendance. The talent level was through the roof, and these are the top players that I saw: 6’2 Jaden Bradley of Team CP3 17U was perhaps the most impressive player in the gym. Sometimes when...

read more

Weddington wins NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Phenom game report: NCHSAA 3A state championship game Weddington vs. Northwood By Johnathan Kirkland The first of the NCHSAA state championship games on Saturday featured the 3A game between Weddington and Northwood. Weddington came into the game undefeated at 17-0 and Northwood was 14-2. It was a great game to start the day that stayed close throughout before Weddington pulled away in the final...

read more

Phenom Game Report: Weddington vs. Central Cabarrus

The playoffs continued on Thursday night throughout North Carolina, as we checked in at Weddington as they welcomed in a tough Central Cabarrus. However, Central Cabarrus had their work cut out for them, as they had a big task in taking down one of the favorites on their home floor.

read more

Start Recognizing: Weddington proving they are one of the top teams in the state

Head coach Gary Ellington seems to be having the Warriors rolling along once again this season and to put it simply, they have proven they are one of the top teams in the state.  The winning ways shouldn’t come as any surprise, as this program and team have been playing quite some time together and are very familiar with each other. They showed it over and over again this fall as CC Elite...

read more

Player Profile: 6’4 2022 Chase Lowe

The last ten months have been absolutely crazy for travel and high school basketball between the constantly changing Covid protocols, kids infecting others, and cities/states being shut down for extended periods of time. We can pretend that everyone is at an equal disadvantage this season, but folks can easily see know how public-school programs are having much more difficulty overall than the...

read more

Big, athletic point guard: 2022 Chase Lowe (Weddington)

A player that has continued to produce and could be in for another big year, 2022 Chase Lowe brings a unique game to the floor.  Helping lead Weddington to a 22-8 overall record last year, Lowe led the charge with 16.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.4 steals per game, filling up the box score on a nightly rate. It was a slight improvement from his freshman campaign and he is...

read more

North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Patrick King A foreword from Coach King: “This team was absolutely STACKED. I was blown away with how coachable, cohesive, and team-centric these guys played. Every single one of them bought into the unselfish brand we wanted to play, and our bench was live the entire day. It seemed repetitive to mention their coachability in every blurb, so I’ll say it about all of them right off...

read more

Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Early Standouts

Chase Lowe 6’4 Kheni Briggs 2022 of The Wonders Varsity was very impressive in his first game today. His unique ability to balance creating for his teammates and scoring was something to be intrigued by. Offensively, his overwhelming ability to attack the rim and covert through contact was on full display. The part of his game that really stood out to me was his ability to really pass the ball...

read more

CC Warriors: Proving their Ability

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another exciting weekend of basketball. We’ve seen a lot of teams over the past month and the CC Elite organization has been on full display throughout the process. At our Phenom Stay Positive, they constructed a Weddington-based group that certainly outperformed expectations with their...

read more

Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts at Stay Positive

6’0 Brock Bowen of CC Warriors 17U is an elite shooter. Very efficient and shoots the ball from three with a very high percentage. Has a quick smooth stroke that allows him to get his shot off with very little space; doesn’t force anything and takes really smart shots. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for his teammates. Plays within the offense and is someone who can...

read more

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...

read more

POB’s Eye Catchers for Team Curry Practice (17u,16u,15u)

Phenom Hoops traveled down to Rock Hill on Wednesday afternoon to take in Team Curry's practice, getting a glimpse of talent of all ages in action. Though there were several names that we have seen on multiple occasions, it was a great chance to check-in on the talent once more.

read more

Coach Rick’s “Getting to Know” 6’4 2022 Chase Lowe

Coach Rick’s Getting to Know 6’4 2022 Chase Lowe (Weddington HS) As a freshman, 6’4 Chase Lowe earned an invitation to the prestigious NC Top 80. He performed admirably and averaged 7.5 PPG. Good numbers for a youngster playing with the top players in the state. In our NC Top 80 review, we stated the following. “He’s a strong, athletic wing prospect with nice size, IQ, and an active two-way...

read more

Brandon’s big time Breakouts PT 1 #PhenomStayPositive

We’re back at it again invading the Gate City for some prime time hoops action, it’s the second weekend of AAU and the big boys came to play!   Greensboro, North Carolina- Day one was a movie we really kicked things off with a bang pairing up a slate of highs quality games, there was talent on display for all levels from high major division I to the division III ranks. Some guys came in as...

read more

Phenom’s North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: Dre Simmons   #9: 5’11 ’21 Gavin Gillikin (West Carteret) Starting things off, we look at a player that stood out as the hardest worker on this team, Gavin Gillikin. He’s a well-rounded point guard prospect that displayed the ability to operate with or without the ball and find quality success. Gillikin plays with a high motor and did an excellent job of creating havoc on the...

read more

Brandon’s Big Time Ballers: NCTop80

The prestigious NC Top 80 has hosted the top talent in all of the Hoop State the last several years, this years edition didn’t disappoint. Greensboro, North Carolina- Phenom Hoops NC Top 80 camp is unique in it’s own right, due mostly in part to the amass of talent assembled together under one roof for competition. This camp provides coaches, media and, spectators alike an...

read more