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Eye Catchers from the Phenom QC Showcase (P. III)

The talent was all over the place and at all levels.  New names, old names, and fantastic battles highlighted Day 1 of the Phenom Queen City Showcase. Scouts were around the baselines but here are a few names that caught the eyes of ours. 6’4 2022 Jalen Hood-Schifino (Team Charlotte 16u) Schifino is a know name nationally but one can’t look past at the poise, understanding, and excitement he...

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Coach Thread’s Standouts at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

By: Antonio Threadgill Davie Fastbreak 2022 Alex Summers 5’9 2022 Shooter hit three threes in the first half of the game. Good rhythm and form on his jump shot. Was also automatic from the free-throw line Palmetto City Hurricanes 2022 Christian Hall 2022 Played really well hit three three pointers in the first half. Plays really well in the passing lanes. Was able to come up with a couple of...

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#PhenomQCShowcase: Title Game Recap (Team Vision 15U Vs Foothills Legacy 15U)

Congratulations to the #PhenomQCShowcase 15U Big 10 Bronze Champions Foothills Legacy! The Foothills Legacy 15U squad won a tightly contested battle for the 15U Big 10 Bronze title game by the score of 74-69.  The game was really close throughout the entire contest with each squad having a prospect break out as guys that need to be put in the memory bank for college coaches throughout the...

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Silver Championship Game WCBA 9th Grade vs. Upward Stars PeeDee

WCBA 9th grade defeated Upward Stars PeeDee 55-51 in the Silver Division Championship 15u at The Queen City Showcase. WCBA was led by #35 Justin Montenegro a 5’9” Guard with 16 points, 4 assist, #80 Even Ashe a 6’1” forward had 10 points, 8 rebounds and #21 CJ Jordan a 6’1” Forward had 12 points, 10 rebounds. Upward Stars PeeDee was led by #33 Micah Nelson a 6’3” Forward with 8 points, 12...

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PSB Elite dominates in 15U SEC Gold Championship Game

PSB Elite 15U is going to be an exciting one on the UA Rise circuit. They faced the Upward Stars in the 15U SEC Gold Bracket Championship on Sunday as they played up a division all weekend, but it didn’t slow them down as they won in the end 93-52. PSB came out firing on all cylinders, going on a 12-0 run triggered by a barrage of 3-pointers to put them up 21-9 in the early going. Upward Stars...

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NC Go Hard claims 16u ACC Bronze Championship at Phenom Queen City Showcase

NC Go Hard 16u defeated Upward Stars 16u 56-39. NC Go Hard raced out to an early lead with countless transition buckets coming off steals and miscues by Upward. Majority of NC Go Hard points were uncontested layups. Upward never could find a consistent rhythm as the 1st half came to a close. At halftime, NC Go Hard led 35-25. The 2nd half was similar to the 1st as NC Go Hard got transition...

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Main Event Elite Claims 17u Championship at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

The 17u Big 10 Silver Championship Game featured two scrappy groups as Main Event Elite (NC) went up against Primetime Elite (NC). Main Event got out to an early lead thanks to some incredible guard play and never looked back. PG Cam Richardson was a blur the entire weekend and the story was the same in this one as he took home MVP honors for Main Event Elite scoring 18pts and dishing 9asts. His...

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Denver Nuggets Claim 17u Championship at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

The 17u SEC Gold Championship Game was the best game I saw this weekend. Two hard-nosed, physical teams, Denver Nuggets (NC) and DTA Elite (NC), we’re going at each other for 32 minutes and the game would come down to the last possession. The Nuggets bring a balanced free-flowing approach to the game but the play of PG Josh Abee and F Justin Kuthan showed up huge in this one. Kuthan was...

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Upward Stars Upstate White Claim 16U Championship at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

By: Antonio Threadgill Synergy was down to Upward Stars 69-63 with 1:47 left in the game. Synergy was able to get a couple of baskets with the momentum to get within one point with 32 seconds left in the game. But Upwards Stars Drayton Canty was able to know down a one and one and a bonus to seal the game 73-71 for the Upward Stars Upstate White.

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Team CP3 Claims 15U Championship at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

The amount of talent at our Queen City Showcase has been tremendous, but few teams have been more impressive than the eighth-grade Team CP3 group that played up and fought their way to the championship. They don’t necessarily have one particular star, but rather a team of studs that work together to control the action on both ends of the floor. They were led in this contest by their ridiculous...

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CC Elite Claims 15U Championship at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

This CC Elite group has been very difficult for opponents throughout the weekend, given the way they’ve executed and shared the ball. They showcase a pretty balanced approach, but one could argue that AJ Cook has been their main leader, especially on offense. He utilized his tight handle to navigate through traffic and made an abundance of high-quality passes, both in transition and the...

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Mooresville Wolfpack Claim 15U Championship at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

By: Antonio Threadgill In the 15U SEC Championship Bronze Game Moorseville WolfPack was able to pull away from Taking it by force in the second half of the game picking up the presser and forcing them into making turnovers. The Wolfpack was led by Christian Herring with a game-high of 15 points. They were able to turn up the pressure and get easy steals for run out layups. The final score was...

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Early Standouts from Day Two at Phenom’s Queen City Showcase

Upward Stars Lakelands 5’5 ’24 Nate Moore- The lead guard was arguably the most consistent performer for this Upward Stars team, given the way he passed and scored the ball. Moore was able to score on all three levels, but also showed a willingness to make plays for others whenever possible. He was great at entering the paint and making the correct read.   Grindhouse Lakers 6’0 ’24 Ahkym...

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Carolina Pressure Making Their Mark as a Program

South Carolina is filled with talent right now, left and right you have players coming out from everyone. With the lack of support from shoe companies in the state (by comparison, NC has 7 shoe sponsored teams, Georgia also with 7 and Tennessee with 4 … South Carolina has 1, the Upward Stars), it is up to the grassroots programs to really develop the talent and put it toward the forefront. TMP...

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