The Virginia Squires 17U

Really attacked the boards with some intriguing prospects down low. Three guys that really intruiged me from the squad were the three big men down low. Ronald Young and Jordan Binter… They fought hard on the glass in the game we watched them. Really helped them battle back before losing a heartbreaker in Game 1 of the Summer Grind.

Durham Hurricanes

Two names stand out early on, as Carter Collins and Andrew Freeman continued to show that these were two guards to watch down the road. Only part of the 2017 class, Both Collins and Freeman chipped in 20+ points in Game 1 of the Summer Grind. In the second game for, Collins certainly showed that he can get to the rim and cause contact when his shot might not be falling, finishing with 17 points.

PSB Elite 17U

This is a team that you won’t want to miss on the circuit. The talent is all over the place with players like Raekwon Long, Michael Buckland, Jordan Shepherd, Ben Robertson, David Reynolds, and more. Several will play on the Division I level in the future and they certainly are a team to watch this July Period.

WCBA Elite Blue 17U

If you want a chance to look at dynamic, athletic guards around North Carolina, look no further than WCBA Elite Blue 17U. They are a familiar face for Phenom Hoops, as they have attended several events throughout the year, so we are quite familiar with them. But they continue to impress us every time they roll into the gym with how athletic their guards are. Andrews Evans, Josh Peacock, Colin Molden, Kevin Quinn, and others get the job done and certainly impressed early on at the Summer Grind at Proehlific Park. They had a very impressive win against PSB Select, as they were had to overcome the size to get the win.

Team Flight 22

Intriguing prospect to watch is Tremond Wright, who is a long athlete the is all over the place on the defensive side of the ball. Wright continued to show that he is there to do the dirty work on defense, on the boards, or anything else that is asked of him. Really liked what he showed and is a guy that a team needs. Another player is Nick Joyner, who as a guard, has a big frame and can get up to block shots.


If you two guys to watch and enjoy, watch out for two young studs that undoubtedly be hearing their name again. 2019 Dwight Burns dominated the post with his 6’8 frame, scoring 21 points in their first game. Another hustle-all-around type of guy is 2018 Damon Early; he blocked shots, really worked hard on the boards, and showed the ability to put the ball in the basket. Another play that is looking like he could be a stud down the road is 2019 guard Jamarius Burton, as he has terrific size, scores the ball all over the court, and very strong with the ball.

UBA Red and Blue 17U

Both teams finished the Summer Grind 3-0 and the games weren’t close for the most part. Starting with Blue, they had so many different players that can put the ball in the basket. Players like Marley Pittman, Amir Henry, Cayse Minor all impressed at the Summer Grind in different fashions. For the Red squad, The players that really put up points on the board were 2016 Frankie Johnson, 2017 Jalen Cameron, and 2016 Justin Ford. Throw in a 2016 Tyriq Smith as well and it was hard to stop the guards for UBA Red, as several Phenom Hoops analyst were highly impressed with the group of talent.

Team United 14u and 15U

Both teams put on a great showing at the Summer Grind. Team United 14U played up and finished 3-0 with some very hard fought victories, while Team United 15U played well and might have been in the “Game to Watch” for the day when they went up against QCAA 15U (eventually lost 55-47). They continued to impress us and we look forward to watching them down the road.

Other Teams that Stood Out

WCBA Elite Blue 16U – finished the day 3-0
Durham Hurricanes – won their three games by a combined 85 points
Metrolina Havoc 16U – finished with a 3-0 record

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