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Big men show out at Phenom Summer Havoc

The talent was rich in Rock Hill throughout Session 1 and Session 2 of the Phenom Summer Havoc. Storylines were developed all throughout but one that really seemed to capture my eyes was the production and talent from the bigs.  Here are just a few of the big men that captured my eyes all throughout the event and certainly should and will be priorities for college coaches of all levels. 2022...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 2, Part 3)

2022 Patrick Wessler (CC Elite): Big Patrick Wessler showed it all and is continuing to play at an elite level.  Honestly, he is showing so many reasons why he is one of the top big men in the country.  With such a dominant performance, Wessler showed the touch, the footwork, the strength, and how to be an absolute monster on the boards.  2023 Gregory Jackson (CP3): In terms of excitement and...

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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...

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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...

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2022 7’0 Patrick Wessler setting up visits; more schools showing interest

Patrick Wessler has been quite a familiar name for Phenom Hoops and for many around the region and we can all agree that he is rising up the rankings (or should be) nationally with what he has been showing this spring and summer.  But no matter what the rankings show, college coaches are noticing his talent and potential.  This is why Wessler has been racking up the offers, now holding ones...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom MDC

The Phenom Memorial Day Classic was off the charts and gave us all a treat throughout the weekend with the talent that came through the doors. There was a ton of talent but we had a few players that really captured our attention from the event. So here are the best of the best from the players I personally viewed from the event in Rock HIll.

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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...

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Bendel’s Best: G3 Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned back to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for another exciting grassroots event. Given the sheer amount of talent, there were quality teams across all divisions and age groups—which ultimately resulted in rugged competition from start to finish. Things are getting steadily more intense and meaningful for these players, as...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 3)

2025 Q Williams (CP3 2025): Williams was IMPRESSIVE to start Day 3 to say the least.  His feel for the game, his instincts, and his vision in finding his teammates is big-time.  But he also showcased his shiftiness, his ability to read defenders, and see the game slow down with his ability to score the basketball.  He was cookin’ to start his day and is going to be a big-time...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom G3 Showcase

6’1 ’23 Derek Bradley (PSB Bethel) Although there were various standouts for PSB Bethel, Bradley was easily among their most consistent and reliable performers. He’s a smart, strong, sturdy guard prospect with the ability to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Bradley’s perimeter shooting and three-level scoring allow him to pose a quality off-ball threat, but he also shows...

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2022 Patrick Wessler playing on another level this summer

Currently ranked as a Top-5 player by Phenom Hoops, 2022 7’0 Patrick Wessler seems to be showing even more of his game and looks to be a big man on a mission this summer.  Playing with CC Elite, Wessler has been putting up some impressive numbers in multiple events and it now seems that everything is starting to come together. Wessler was already known as the top big in the 2022 class for North...

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Stars of Tomorrow come out at the Phenom Grassroots TOC (Part 1)

The amount of talent on the court this weekend at the Phenom Grassroots TOC was outstanding but the stars of tomorrow really stole the show. High-major talent could be found all around, especially watching the big-time matchups that happened on the arena court. We want to review some of the top guys that grabbed our attention and should be earning the national spotlight from this event. Check out a few names below.

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Combine Academy vs Lake Norman Christian

In the game that everyone has been eagerly anticipating all year, Lake Norman Christian traveled to Lincolnton to take on Combine Academy on Tuesday night. With two of the top rated sophomores in the nation, the basketball community wanted to see Mikey Williams vs Robert Dillingham. While these two young prospects were the headline, each team was filled with several talented players and coaches...

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Combine Academy vs The Burlington School: Game Recap

On Saturday afternoon, Phenom Hoops traveled to Lincolnton to watch Combine Academy take on The Burlington School. TBS was facing a nationally ranked Combine Academy for their second game in two days after getting a close road win Friday night at South Granville. The first half was a defensive battle. Both teams were doing a really good job of pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers. Robert...

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Word of God Takes Down Combine Academy

In a matchup of two of the top teams in the state, Combine Academy travelled to Raleigh to take on Word of God. The anticipation and hype surrounding this game was real. Combine won the first meeting by four points on November 20th at Combine. You knew both teams would be ready. Each have played a national schedule and have notable wins on their resume. The ball was tipped and from then on out,...

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Battle at the Rock – Saturday Session 2 Standouts

Game 1           Combine Academy 76          Blythewood 45 Robert Dillingham    6’2       2023    (Combine Academy) Every single time Dillingham steps on the floor, he is nothing short of electric. The quick, shifty guard is a big-time shot maker who can get going at any moment. He has a unique ability to create off the...

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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 Stock Risers (Part 3)

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, let’s 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...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 3 at Summer Finale (Part 1)

2022 6’7 Mikhail Pocknett (BWSL Team Marsh 17u): Pocknett was nearly a double-double machine last year for Ashley HS and showed that same production on Day 3.  He shows tremendous hands and strength down low in the post, moves well and is always active, and finishes well against defenders. 2022 7’0 Patrick Wessler (CC Elite 2022-2021): Wessler continues to show why he is regarded as one of...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 3 Late Standouts

7’0 Patrick Wessler of CC Elite 2022-2021 17U continues to be a handful in the paint. Tenacious rebounder on both sides of the ball. Good rim protector that can block shots. Very skilled on the offensive end; showed the ability to play with his back to the basket and face up. Can really shoot the ball with range.  6’4 Kheni Briggs of Tea Marie 16U absolutely eats in the paint, makes a...

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Colby’s Queen City Recap

The Phenom Hoops Queen City Showcase was a loaded event with talent and competitiveness throughout all of the divisions. This was my first opportunity to see a lot of these players in live action. Here are just a few players who stuck out to me, regardless of class and projection level. This does not include players who have already committed. Will...

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7’0 2022 Patrick Wessler, “Ready for the Next Step”

7’0 2022 Patrick Wessler, “Ready for the Next Step”  Standing a sturdy 7’0 in bare feet, Patrick Wessler has made improvements to his frame. He toned up, gotten stronger, and is looking forward to the move to Combine Academy.  Last season as a sophomore, Wessler averaged 18.1 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.0 APG and 3.2 BPG for Butler High School. Elon reached out early and offered while the...

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2019-20 Phenom Hoops All-State Team (Class of 2022)

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 2022 class. A huge congrats to all players and teams this season.

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Double Double Guys

Double Double Guys One of the marque signature achievements in playing basketball is the “double double.” This is where a player averages in double figures in two categories. It’s a pretty difficult achievement, but this year in North Carolina, we have a list of players that exceeded beyond the bare minimum of reaching such a milestone. We want to take a closer look at some of the players we...

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Myers Park Captures Important Southwestern 4A Conference Win

Myers Park Captures important Southwestern 4A Conference Win Phenom Hoops travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to cover the important early season Southwestern 4A Conference game between Butler High School and Myers Park High School. Butler entered the contest with a 2-4 record, but three of the losses came on last second shots where Butler lost by a single point in each. For head coach Myron...

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