STAY POSITIVE CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Drew Bombick #0: 5’2 ’25 Tyler Daughtridge (Archdale) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impact despite being the youngest and smallest prospect on this team, Tyler Daughtridge. He’s a young, high-motor guard prospect with a reliable spot-up presence from beyond the arc. Daughtride moves well without the ball and proved to be a solid defender...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts

6’3 Zion Collins 2024 has all the physical tools and intangibles to become a high-level guard. He is a terrific playmaker who has the IQ and passing ability to really create for his teammates and put them in a great position to score. He showed a great blend of scoring ability from all three levels on the court. He shoots the ball well and knocks down tough shots. He attacks the basket and gets...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomOpenRun (Friday) (P.3)

2021 6’6 Kenny Hodges (WS Christian): Hodges is one that just captures the eye with his physical stature, his athleticism, and ability to defend and play multiple positions on the court.  He works well around the rim but is also someone that coaches could really mold at the next level. Donivan Peoples (Moravian Prep PG): Peoples grabbed the attention immediately with his 6’5 frame, leading...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomLIVE (Day 1, Part 2)

Damien Robinson 2023 6’5 Daevin Hobbs (NLPB Prospects): Really good size early on as a young prospect.  He moves really well on the court both inside and out, while also having a nice understanding of the game.  Hobbs’ ability to stretch the floor but also really attack down low against smaller defenders makes him tough to guard. 2023 6’5 Jakwon McKnight (NLPB 204 15u): McKnight brings a lot of...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Early Standouts from Phenom LIVE

6’2 Marcus Farley Jr. of Team Together 16U simply finds ways to score and put up numbers.. He is really great at getting into the lane and drawing contact; makes a living at the free-throw line. He has a quick first step that takes him all the way to the cup and is a crafty finisher. He shoots the ball well from three and makes open shots. Has a good IQ and plays within the offense, doesn’t take...

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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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Special K’s Hoops Take: Special K’s Superstars

Matthew Warren 6’8 Elijah Gray of Tennessee Bobcats 17U is a very special talent who is arguably one of the best players in his class, does everything you could ask for. Has a great frame and body that is very attractive to college coaches. Is a three-level scorer who can easily dominate games with his ability. Attacks the rim hard and uses his body and athleticism to finish through defenders;...

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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...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 3 Early Standouts

6’7 Saiquone Harris of Juice All-Stars Stephenson 17U is extremely versatile, playing almost all spots on the floor. Very fluid and handles the ball very well for his size. Gets to the basket at will and creates contact. Has a great IQ and can really pass the ball. Showed ability to shoot the ball as well. Rebounds well on both ends of the court and runs the floor. Easy to see why he is a...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Early Standouts

6’3 Troy Fulton of Team Denver 17U can flat out shoot the basketball. Very consistent and efficient player who has a nice stroke. Shoots it a very high rate from three off the catch. Hit 10 threes and finished with 32 points his last game. Coaches looking for a shooter should definitely take a look. College-Level Player 6’1 Cole Sinclair of Durham Hurricanes 17U  has played well again...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’23 Jah Short (Garner Road) There’s a lot to like about this Garner Road roster, and Short has absolutely shined as their leader on both sides of the ball. He’s long, athletic, and quite skilled with impressive defensive prowess. Short has undergone a lot of physical development over the last calendar year, but still looks likely to continue improving. He has no glaring weaknesses and...

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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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Phenom’s Hoop State Opening Day Fab Five

Phenom’s Hoop State Opening Day Fab Five  The inaugural Phenom Hoop State Championship opening round is in the books. While there were no surprises on the outcome of any of the games, many players solidified their stance as being among the state’s elite players. Now, let’s take a closer look at the players that made the biggest impacts.  6’6 2022 Jalen Hood-Schifino (Combine Academy)...

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Evening Standouts at Hoops and Dreams

6’2 ’20 Jajuan Carr (Pender) Regardless of setting, Carr always seems to rise to the occasion and lead by example on both ends of the floor. He’s easily one of the smartest and toughest floor generals across the entire state. Carr handles the ball with poise, creates for himself and others, scores on all three levels with efficiency, and sets the tone extremely well on defense. He rebounds as...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — What is All the Buzz Surrounding Word of God?!

Over the past 10 years, Word of God Christian Academy (the Holy Rams) has built itself into a national entity. With putting top-level talent on its roster, year in and year out, like John Wall, Dez Wells, CJ Leslie, TJ Warren, Torian Graham, Zach Newkirk, etc..etc..etc…every gym the Holy Rams walked into, they garnered your attention. Well, the start of the 2019-20 season has them right...

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Teams and players make good impressions on Day 1 of the JMAC Showcase

The first day of the Phenom Hoops JMAC Showcase was nothing short of electric.   High energy, high scores, and high crowd engagement added to the already competitive atmosphere.  In post-game interviews, many players confirmed that this is a high caliber tournament with tough teams and great opportunities for exposure.   A matchup worth noting Is the 17U showcase between the Juice All-Stars...

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Early Player Standouts at Phenom’s JMAC Showcase

FIBA 6’2 ’22 Lebron Thomas- The point guard prospect was easily the most impressive performer from the first slate of games. He managed the game incredibly well, showing poise with the ball in his hands and only looking to score as needed. Thomas sets up his teammates at a high level and has the necessary vision to make some unbelievable passes.   Team Synergy 6’2 ’21 LJ Johnson- The long,...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Challenge Live (Wings/Forwards)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Spartanburg, South Carolina for the first live period of the early summer season. There were over 150 teams in attendance from all over the region, college-level talent was on display, and college coaches of all levels were sitting baseline throughout the weekend. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of my personal standouts from the...

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Prospects at Phenom’s Challenge LIVE who Would Look Good in the American Athletic Conference

It is that time of year. Regional schools are mapping out their April Live periods. With only 3 days of LIVE period (well 2 really if you consider you cannot start until 6 on Friday and have to be done by 4 on Sunday) this year it is imperative that college coaches see the right players. In this series, we are taking a look at various leagues around this region and the players these coaching...

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Saiquone Harris & AJ Thompson Put ALL D1s on Notice!! Deadly Duo TAKE OVER #PhenomStayPositive

The April Pre-Live Period is set for Breakouts ... With Phenom Hoops, there is no better stage to perform on. 6'4" 2020 point guard AJ Thompson and 6'7" 2020 wing Saiquone Harris took advantage of this stage and made sure these D1 coaches new their names.

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Juice All-Stars should have college coaches lining the baseline to watch

Each and every weekend at Phenom Hoops, it provides our scouts, coaches, and fans to look at some of the next upcoming talents but it also provides a platform for players who haven’t received the attention they deserve to shine. At the Phenom Stay Positive, players took advantage of the platform but it is rare that a whole team has talent that should be tracking on so many levels for college...

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Juice All-Stars Claim 17U Championship at Phenom Stay Positive

The Juice All-Stars have always done an excellent job of assembling a talented roster without necessarily needing the draw of a shoe-circuit program and this year’s team is no different. College coaches should start laying groundwork here, as this team has an abundance of prospects that already look prepared for the next level. They grinded through a relatively difficult journey to reach the...

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