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Dylan Twitty Rapidly Becoming a Name to Know

Development in basketball is an interesting thing. On one hand, it takes a lot of work for the vast majority of players to understand the game and how to produce within a team structure. However, there are some rare cases of a player simply possessing natural instincts and ability. After watching him for multiple viewings, it’s clear that Dylan Twitty is one of those uncommon prospects. Although...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’6 Brayden Venable 

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and...

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Young Prospects Worth Noting from Phenom G3

5’10 ’28 Christian Hargett (FBP Elite) There were a lot of impressive young guards on display, and Hargett was quietly as notable as any of them. He’s a smart, smooth, dynamic floor general with an excellent balance between scoring and playmaking. Hargett consistently generated clean looks for himself and others and made smart decisions with the ball in his hands. He scored the ball from all...

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Three More Unsigned Seniors from Phenom G3 Live

6’7 Dylan Mann (Strong Center) Given his impressive growth over the last few months, Mann has clearly vaulted himself into being a next-level prospect. He doesn’t do anything flashy, simply provides a steady, reliable presence on both ends of the floor. Mann displays nice touch and an understanding of how to score with his back to the basket. He moves well for his size and runs the floor...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Stay Positive (Part Two)

6’5 ’26 Cameron Thompson (Team Charlotte) After a strong showing throughout the weekend, it should come as no surprise to see Thompson’s name listed here. He’s always made a lasting impression through his defense, rebounding, and general athleticism. However, it’s clear that Thompson is making strides as an offensive cog. He highlighted improvements as a ball-handler, passer, and all-around...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Stay Positive (Part One)

6’0 ’27 Brayden Gatling (SW15H Elite) It doesn’t take long to recognize Gatling as a leader for SW15H Elite’s 2027 group. Although they’ve clearly grown as a collective, he’s simply the guy that makes them go. Gatling is a natural leader whose combination of IQ, toughness, and competitiveness allows him to set the tone in a variety of different ways. He possesses the necessary quickness and...

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Players to Watch at Phenom G3 Live: Taky Prosper

On May 17-19, Phenom Hoops will host our first Live period of the spring season with our G3 Showcase in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The event is set to have dozens of college players from multiple states and various areas throughout the Carolinas. Over the next week, we will be taking a closer look at some of the players that college coaches should be prioritizing. In this article, we will be...

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Players to Watch at Phenom G3 Live: MJ Williams

On May 17-19, Phenom Hoops will host our first Live period of the spring season with our G3 Showcase in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The event is set to have dozens of college players from multiple states and various areas throughout the Carolinas. Over the next week, we will be taking a closer look at some of the players that college coaches should be prioritizing. In this article, we will be...

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Four Underclassmen to Know in North Carolina

5’11 ’27 JJ Short (NC Rise) Between the IQ, poise, and overall balance, it’s easy to see what Short brings to a team. He understands how to properly dictate the pace while consistently taking care of the ball and creating opportunities for himself and others. Short is an efficient scorer from all levels, but does a terrific job of picking his spots and making smart decisions off the bounce. He’s...

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Stat Stuffers: Phenom May Madness

It was another strong weekend with Phenom Hoops in Bermuda Run (NC), as the Phenom May Madness offered our scouts another viewing of several players.  We have been shedding light on several of them, but we have two prospects that fill up the stat sheet and play with tremendous energy.  Make sure you continue to watch them this summer. 2025 Raheim Misher (BYBD Elite): Misher is one that we have...

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Player Standouts at Phenom May Madness (Part Two)

6’9 ’26 Julian Adigun (Durham Hurricanes Every updated viewing of Adigun leaves more and more optimism about his growth as an overall player. At 6-foot-9, he’s an incredibly long, fluid athlete with the ability to anchor the paint or reliably space the floor. Adigun shoots the ball at an extremely high level for his size and position. He’s a quality finisher and applies pressure from midrange,...

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Player Standouts at Phenom May Madness (Part One)

6’0 ’26 Tyrin Graham (Mint Hill Lakers) After watching him throughout the weekend, it’s difficult to be anything other than impressed with Graham and his impressive offensive prowess. He’s a polished creator with a terrific combination of quickness, craftiness, and perimeter shooting. Graham breaks down opponents and applies downhill pressure as a penetrating threat, but is arguably at his best...

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Champions of Champions: Phenom May Madness

Phenom Hoops had a tremendous weekend of basketball at the Phenom May Madness, as teams were able to walk away crowned champions of the event. There were several heated battles and intriguing matchups, but these teams were champions down in Bermuda Run (NC). 17U Blue: Truth Elite17U Orange: Mint Hill Lakers Purple16U: Durham Hurricanes15U: CP3 DLee14U: Durham Hurricanes Liles13U: CP3BA Select...

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Bigs to Track More: Phenom May Madness

2026 Julian Adigun (Durham Hurricanes): Adigun continues to be a big man making his presence felt and is one that sees his stock rising each time we watch him on the court. Jeffrey Bendel highlighted him before on several occasions, as the 6’9 forward shows promise in his game.  He backed that up again this weekend, as he continues to shine in a variety of areas and still has potential left...

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New Names to Learn: Phenom May Madness

2025 Camron Myers (Truth Elite): Myers is a prospect that left an impression on several of our scouts at the event, as the 6’5 prospect brings versatility and size to the court at his position. With his ability to make plays in an array of ways along with using his athleticism, Myers effectively was able to get to the basket, knock down shots from multiple levels, step out to score off the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom May Madness (Day 1)

2026 Julian Adigun (Durham Hurricanes): Adigun is one we have highlighted countless times, and the 6’9 continues to garner attention his way. A very intriguing prospect that still has room for development but was able to be effective in an array of ways. Brings size that helps alter shots, finish around the rim, and be a force on the boards, but is also one that is comfortable in spacing the...

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Lady Standouts at Phenom Hoop State Finale

5’10 ’25 Justice Zimmerman (Carolina All-Stars) There are several different ways to earn recognition on the basketball court, and Zimmerman does so through her incredible motor, unselfishness, and low-maintenance approach. She’s a strong, physical player who simply battles on both ends of the floor. Zimmerman possesses a nice IQ and overall knack for making plays within the flow of the action....

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Player Standouts at Phenom Hoop State Finale

6’1 ’26 Darius Whitner (SW15H Elite) It’s easy to see the strides SW15H Elite has made throughout the spring season, and that certainly includes Whitner. Clearly their most productive guy, he shines as a focal point in seemingly every contest. Whitner is a dynamic guard with scoring polish, sharp vision, and a tight handle. He has the right balance between scoring and playmaking, and comfortably...

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Coming Home: Cade Tyson Commits to UNC

On Sunday, Cade Tyson sent shockwaves throughout the college basketball landscape after announcing his commitment to the University of North Carolina. The former Carmel Christian star just concluded his second season at Belmont, where he averaged 16.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG while posting 49/47/86 splits and earning All-MVC second team honors. It doesn’t take long to notice that...

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Five Young Prospects from Phenom Hoop State Challenge

6’8 ’27 Niko Bratton (Team United) After getting our first viewing of Bratton, it’s easy to see his path towards being a noteworthy prospect. At 6-foot-8, he’s already strong, fluid, and athletic with the necessary motor and nose for the ball to cause constant problems for opponents. Bratton possesses an excellent frame and moves like a perimeter player on the court. That...

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Destined for Stardom: 1-on-1 with CJ Rosser

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted our annual Hoop State Challenge in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. The event proved to be loaded with talent from all ages and highlighted several of the top teams/players in the state. Among those players, CJ Rosser was as appealing as anyone on display. Yesterday, we wrote, “Although there were a lot of enticing young players, CJ Rosser the most impressive...

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Name to Know: Bentley Lusakueno (Alabama Fusion/Pace Academy)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to watch some young, up-and-coming stars from the Jr. EYBL. Despite only a few game slots, there were a ton of notable prospects on display. It’s arguable that evaluating these kids prior to the start of their respective high school careers is the most important time to project potential growth. We could create a long list of prospects we...

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Unsigned Senior Standouts from Phenom Hoop State Challenge

6’6 Jeff Clark (NC Spartans) Given his continued production into the travel ball season, it’s shocking Clark hasn’t captured the attention of more college coaches. He’s a long, mobile wing/forward who simply finds ways to impact a game. Clark finishes, rebounds at a constant rate, and defends multiple positions. He’s a useful shooter and threat off the bounce. Clark...

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Bendel’s Best: Hoop State Challenge

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Bermuda Run (and Spartanburg) to host another event loaded with next-level talent. Between the prospects, competition, and college coaches in the building, there was a lot of notable takeaways. We were able to get our first look at several programs while getting more familiar with those who have already played over the last month. The three-day stretch...

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Walking His Own Path: 1-on-1 with Prince Nwokemodo

Last weekend at our Phenom Gate City Showcase, we had the opportunity to get an updated viewing of Prince Nwokemodo. The 6-foot-11 sophomore big man continues to showcase the makings of a noteworthy prospect. His combination of length, fluidity, athleticism, and interior ability on both ends of the floor makes him a real problem for opponents. Right now, Nokemodo finds a ton of success through...

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Team Takeover 2030 Dominates at Phenom 757 Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops made the trip up to Virginia Beach for our third annual 757 Showcase. The event featured a ton of notable teams, players, and offered several takeaways from the two-day stretch. Among those storylines, arguably none stood out more than Team Takeover 2030 (yes, sixth grade) and their pure annihilation of every opponent in their path. For those who have followed our...

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Bendel’s Best: 757 Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops made the journey up to Virginia Beach to host our third annual 757 Showcase. The event featured a ton of new faces and noteworthy talent across all age groups. Several guys stood out across the two-day stretch, and this article will take a closer look at a few personal favorites… 5’10 ’25 Derek Ross Jr. (Wildcats Elite) Between social media and...

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Player Standouts at Phenom 757 Showcase

6’7 ’25 Jeremiah Morris (Virginia Havoc) It doesn’t take long to be enticed by Morris, as he’s a long, strong, athletic forward who offers versatility on both ends of the floor. At 6-foot-7, he possesses IQ, skill, and a terrific build. Offensively, Morris is comfortable posting up around the basket, moving without the ball, or attacking off the dribble. He finishes above...

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NC Spartans Neisler Continues to Roll

This past weekend, NC Spartans Neisler claimed the 16U Championship at our annual Gate City Showcase. They’ve been nothing short of impressive to start the summer season, and that only continued here. Beyond the phenomenal coaching and chemistry, it’s worth noting that they found success despite only having six players available. Let’s take a look at their six… 6’2...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Gate City (Part Two)

6’2 ’25 CJ Jackson (Truth Elite) Although the entire Truth Elite roster is worthy of attention from college coaches, Jackson clearly stands out as their leader. At 6-foot-2, he’s almost a completely positionless player. Jackson is legitimately capable of running the offense while controlling the glass and defending any opponent on the court. He possesses an impressive blend of...

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