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Summer Grind Player Reports

Mid-State Magic Sports 17U Trey Cousins 6’4 I was really impressed with the overall game of Trey. He was just fantastic this weekend. Everyone in the gym knew he was getting the ball and he was still scoring in bunches. He can score on all three levels and doesn’t need a lot of space to get his shot off. I was also impressed with how he plays the game mentally. No matter how many shots he missed...

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Live With Brandon Blakney ft 2019 Patrick Kelly

Brandon caught up with 6’8 2019 Patrick Kelly of Team Loaded NC after a very impressive showing at Phenom Summer Grind. Kelly is committed to join Coach Chambers and Penn State next year and he could be a cornerstone for the Nittany Lions to build upon. On the floor Kelly is a big wing, he has a sweet stroke from deep that will open space up, at 6’8 Kelly has ball skills, and Kelly...

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Diving In with: Darasjot Hothi

2019 Darasjot Hothi pulled out an impressive weekend with the Bull City Silver backs and through three games this group held strong. Hothi provides toughness on both ends, offensively Hothi is scrappy he will attack the glass and collect clean up buckets, Hothi is a willing shooter but he doesn’t overextend the action, defensively Hothi is versatile with quick feet and active hands. Hothi...

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Phenom’s Summer Grind – Top 10 Performers

1. 6’10” 2020 Isaiah Todd Team Loaded NC 17s Todd is an immense talent, his upside is out of this world and he gets better each time out on the floor. What Todd really showed in this event is his defensive presence. He was a terror blocking shots and defending the passing lanes. He is fun to watch, worth the price of admission as he will turn heads each time on the floor. 2. 6’4” 2022 Freddie...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Grind

The stage was set for Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina for some quality basketball at Proehlific Park. A variety of the finest local teams came out to compete while getting a nice tune-up for the upcoming LIVE period. We will look into the prospects who stood out the most from this weekend. 6’7 ’19 Max Farthing (Word of God) The best player throughout our Summer Grind was Max Farthing, and...

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Evening Standouts at Phenom’s Summer Grind

6’2 ’21 Thomas McIntosh (Team Jumpstart) The big man displayed an exceptionally high IQ to pair with his unique skillset. He’s somewhat undersized for the position, but McIntosh has incredible feel and instincts in the paint. He finished everything in the paint and made everyone around him noticeably better. 5’11 ’21 Xavier Woods (Team Jumpstart) Though somewhat undersized, the point guard was a...

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Mid-Day Standouts at Phenom Summer Grind

6’1 ’19 Themus Fulks (PSB-Winston) The main perimeter option on this team was Fulks, a combo-guard who is wired to score on all three levels. He’s fairly quick and has the necessary IQ to make plays in tight spaces. Fulks has pretty strong vision, despite being more of a “scoring guard,” and shows a willingness to create for others. When PSB was in need of a leader, Fulks was the player who...

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Morning Standouts at Phenom Summer Grind

5’10 ’22 Cameron Oates (Team CP3) The most intriguing prospect of the first game was Oates, a quick-twitch point guard with the ability to pass and score exceptionally well. Offensively, he scores from all three levels and makes intelligent decisions with the ball. Oates has terrific upside on both ends of the floor, but already showcases a quality foundation. 5’11 ’22 James Wilkins (Team CP3)...

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Phenom’s Summer Grind — Early Morning Standouts

5’11” 2022 James Wilkins CP3 14s Wilkins has always been a noted scorer, and he showed that in this one. Great off the bounce both in the mid range and attacking the rim. In this one he showed excellent vision, really threading the needle in the half court. Very intrigued with his development moving forward. 6’8” 2019 Justin McKoy Team Loaded NC McKoy is one of the more skilled players around,...

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Phenom’s Summer Grind Storylines We’re Watching

July is almost here, and the Live Period is right around the corner. Travel ball programs have been idol over the last month as many players have been traveling around to team camps with their high schools. Now they are back, trying to shake the rust off. We will host a sold-out field of teams with some top prospects in tow. This Saturday, June 30 at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, NC will be the...

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Freddy Johnson Approaches Milestone 1000 Career Wins

Greensboro Day School’s Head Boys Basketball Coach,  Freddy Johnson, Approaches Milestone Win #1000   Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Day School’s Boys Basketball Coach, Freddy Johnson, is working towards his 1,000th career win with his next victory.  On Tuesday, November 21, the GDS boys’ basketball team defeated Charlotte Latin for Coach Johnson’s 999th career win.  With the next victory,...

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Phenom Summer Grind Team Breakdown: Team All or Nothing

It was a fantastic event to kick off the July period, in what should bring new names and offers to the table for several prospects.  On this one-day event, the talent was on full display, as Phenom Hoops brings what was said about players on display from our analysts. Team: Team All or Nothing Record: 1-2 6’4″ 2018 Darren Grainger Great frame, good athlete. Downhill guy. Solid in the...

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Phenom Summer Grind Team Breakdown: Charlotte Nets 16u

It was a fantastic event to kick off the July period, in what should bring new names and offers to the table for several prospects.  On this one-day event, the talent was on full display, as Phenom Hoops brings what was said about players on display from our analysts. Team: Charlotte Nets 16u Record: 1-2 Tre’von Barnes, 6’4 2019 F – Absolutely love the game on this kid. He is a junkyard dog type...

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Hoopers on the rise after Phenom Grind

With the July period in full swing this is a great time of year for prospects to up their recruiting buzz while playing in front of coaches and scouts. MJ Armstrong Height- 6’3 Year- 2018 Club- Team QCAA This guy is rising fast, a sharpshooter from deep in all three games Armstrong shot the three ball well. At 6’3 Armstrong is a solid slasher, as he utilizes ball fakes and a quick first...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Grind Session I

Phenom Hoops was at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, North Carolina this past weekend for the first session of our Summer Grind. As we are on the eve of this summer’s LIVE period, events like this are a nice tune-up to prepare for the bigger stage. Next, we will look at some of the players that made a noticeable impact on the court. Ben L. Smith Smith has as much talent as any team in Greensboro,...

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Breakout Players College Coaches Will Need to Take Note of This July (Part II)

One of the main points for Phenom Hoops July tune-up events is for teams and players to get their names circulating back around for college coaches. Build some momentum in recruiting. In an earlier article we documented Today’s 5 to Know, which are the events standouts. Rest assured, those players will see college coaches at most of their July games (or at least they should). Phenom’s Summer...

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Forecasting Players College Coaches Will Need to Take Note of This July

One of the main points for Phenom Hoops July tune-up events is for teams and players to get their names circulating back around for college coaches. Build some momentum in recruiting. In an earlier article we documented Today’s 5 to Know, which are the events standouts. Rest assured, those players will see college coaches at most of their July games (or at least they should). Phenom’s Summer...

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Today’s 5 to Know Phenom’s Summer Grind

his was one of our very first AAU events created. It started off with a bang and the event has not slowed down yet. Phenom’s Summer Grind provides programs a great opportunity to get ready for the July Live Period. Not only are they able to play, as a team, against competition but they also can start getting their names circulating in front of college coaches. At every Phenom Hoops event (both...

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Under the Radar: 6’0 ‘18 Jacob Crutchfield (Ben Smith High School, NC)

For Jacob Crutchfield, he has waited patiently in the wings at Ben L. Smith High School. Last year in the NCHSAA 4A playoffs, Crutchfield came off the bench and finished with 17 points in the win over Alexander Central. He went 3-8 from the floor, 3-5 from the 3-point line and an impressive 8-9 from the free throw line. In addition, Crutchfield recorded two timely steals in the fourth quarter...

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Eye Catchers: Phenom Summer Grind

2021 Aaron Hall and 2021 Xavier Jones caught the eyes early on in Greensboro Action started for the Phenom Summer Grind and two young players made an immediate impression. These two players are currently in the eight grade and will be rising freshman the next calendar school year and will definitely be ones to monitor and track over the summer and their high school career. 6’6 ’21 Xiaver Jones...

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Eye Catchers: Phenom Summer Grind (Part 2)

2020 Avery Keller and 2019 David Mosley made caught the scouts eye at the Summer Grind The second round of games for the Phenom Summer Grind featured two “eye catchers” this morning. 6’4 ’20 Avery Keller (Team Vision) What’s not to like about a young player that fills up the stat sheet. Keller finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists. He has an unique blend of skill and...

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Taking the Next Step: 6’2 ’19 Drew Greene (High Point Havoc)

Fresh off an offer from Campbell University, we got a chance to watch Drew Greene in the early morning game against Carolina Stars Select. 6’2 ’19 Drew Greene (High Point Havoc) Fresh off an offer from Campbell University, we got a chance to watch Drew Greene in the early morning game against Carolina Stars Select. The one thing that stood out was how much bigger, stronger and more athletic he...

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Player To Know: 2020 6’3 Zyrail Mitchell (Lake Taylor HS, VA)

Player: Zyrail Mitchell Class: 2020 HT: 6’3, 155 High School: Lake Taylor High School, Norfolk VA AAU Club Name: Norfolk Titans AAU Coach Evaluation: Zyrail has a tremendous amount of confidence and competitiveness, which separates him from other players. Those attributes you cannot teach are important and Zyrail has those! From a skill standpoint, I am most impressed with Zyrail’s vision and...

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Bendel’s Best: HS Summer Jam Player Standouts

Phenom Analyst Jeff Bendel breaks down player and team standouts from the HS Summer Jam Lincoln Charter 6’0 ’18 Kody Shubert- Full-throttle lead guard with innate feel for the game; Shubert has incredible vision that is highlighted in transition. He gets downhill so easily, able to change a game with his speed/quickness on both ends. Shubert is an uncontainable scorer on all three levels. 6’2...

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Phenom Hoops June Breakouts (Part 3)

Five more players that made a name for themselves this June Phenom Hoops had 40 teams come through our doors in June as we ran our annual Summer Jams. A series of high school team camps we do, Session 1 in Greensboro, NC and Session 2 in Columbia, SC. These events are held so that high school teams are able to get competition during the June team camp season. It is also so these teams can gain...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Wrap-Up (Part 2)

Team Phoenix 16U To get things started we will be discussing one of the most intriguing prospects that attended our events over the summer, 6’7 Ibrahim Dodo (2018). He’s got all the physical tools to be successful at the next level, especially for a wing player: size, speed, strength, leaping ability, and great length. Dodo can score really well inside the three-point line, as he’s almost...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Wrap-Up Part 1

Queen City Thunder 17U 6’4 Jordan Diggs (2017) is a player that has stood out on multiple occasions over the summers’ course due to his clear grit and versatility. It is almost shocking how much Diggs can do on the basketball floor; his game is an ideal fit at either the three or four but his quirky frame makes him position-less. He’s armed with a strong and sturdy build, yet is still quite...

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#PhenomGrind Player Reviews Part 5 – Jason Porter/AllStar Preps

Luke Romeo Phenom Hoop Report always seems to have the best events in the area. Phenom’s Grind event was another in a long line of those top events as the talent was out in force for this one. Over the next few days I will be bringing you some of the talent you may have missed out on. Names you need to know are as follows: Luke Romeo, 6’ 2016 G at Green Hope HS – I love watching shooters and...

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