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H3 Grind- Dungeon City Middle School League

Amarion Williams H3 Grind tuned in again this past week to the Dungeon Middle School as they continue to get after it. The Thursday night games packed a lot of excitement and intensity as the teams competed for top seeds in bracket play. We saw the Bulls upset the Hornets and the Nets continue their winning streak into the playoffs. Those victories set the stage for bracket play this weekend....

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SCHA AA State Championship (Standouts)

By: Shammond Williams Christ Church. 58 vs. Wade Hampton (B) 49 Christ Church Episcopal School John Butler (FSU)- 7’1. used his height and length to impact the game. He scored the ball from all 3 levels, and really disrupted the penetration of Wade Hampton with his ability to block shots in the first half. Finished the first half with 12 of Christ Church’s 28 points Second half John continued...

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Sad Sam’s Final Furious 5 of 20-21 Season

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the state title awaiting piedmont.  The Incredible One will now release his final F5 of the season.  Tuesday night featured the first “F5 title game” as North Meck traveled to Ardrey Kell for the regional finals.  The two teams had been ranked 1 and 2 all season respectively.  Using stellar efforts from Knoah Carver and Elijah Gray, the Knights...

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Weddington wins NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Phenom game report: NCHSAA 3A state championship game Weddington vs. Northwood By Johnathan Kirkland The first of the NCHSAA state championship games on Saturday featured the 3A game between Weddington and Northwood. Weddington came into the game undefeated at 17-0 and Northwood was 14-2. It was a great game to start the day that stayed close throughout before Weddington pulled away in the final...

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Point Guard Mentality: 2022 Marcus Morgan (Cox Mill)

Head coach Tyler Johnson at Cox Mill put together another successful season for his program and if you have had a chance to watch his team in action, you know that they play with a fun pace but also is a balanced team as well on the court. This season, the Chargers finished with an 11-3 overall record, having seven players averaging double-figure minutes and getting a little bit of everyone in...

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Sad Sam’s Regional Final Recap and State Champion Picks

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the finally sunny and clear piedmont!  The Sadster is here to recap the Regional Finals and give out his winners of the state title hardware.  The Great One is suffering through a difficult prognosticating campaign as the ol cubic zirconia ball (cant afford crystal) is having maintenance issues.  The fogginess has cleared up somewhat as he posted a mediocre...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Kanayo Nwosu

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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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A Look At The Carolina Riptide 2022

Carolina Riptide Trey Ramsey   6’8       2022    South Caldwell Trey is a player that a lot of schools should have on their radar. He is one of the most underrated players in the state. Even though his high school season had a lot of games cancelled, he still managed to take home Conference Player of the Year. Trey is...

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Phenom Alum Mark Williams earning valuable minutes at Duke

It is sometimes hard to believe how long it has been when first watching some of these prospects playing in college basketball.  One of those prospects is big man Mark Williams at Duke.  When remembering the story of how we heard about Williams, Phenom Hoops learned about a 6’10 freshman that had a ton of potential and should be one to watch. He ultimately earned an invite to the 2017 Virginia...

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Season in Review: Northside Christian

Wesley Tubbs I will say, even though Northside Christian had a tremendous season and will be losing some key pieces, the Knights still look to have a bright future.  They finished 19-8 overall and 9-3 in a loaded conference, racking up some impressive wins along the way.  They also were a regular in several Phnom Hoops events throughout the year, always impressing the scouts. Looking through...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 5’11 Isaiah Escobar

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Julian Williams

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’3 Micah Williams

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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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Phenom Spotlight: 2022 Darrin Clark (Nansemond River HS, VA)

Darrin Clark 5’9 180 2022 Nansemond River High School, Suffolk VA  Darrin is a super quick and slippery lead guard whose combination of shiftiness and quickness makes it almost impossible to stay in front of him.  Couple that with his ability to bury the jumper from all levels and you have a nightmare matchup.  Darrin is a terror in transition as his end-to-end speed is breathtaking and he’s a...

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Keep an eye on: 2023 6’5 Ma’kyi Butler (Grace Christian)

The number of sophomores that produced this season at the high school level in North Carolina is impressive.  Some of the names you may already but there are others that need to be recognized more.  One of those players is Ma’kyi Butler from Grace Christian in Sanford, North Carolina. Butler, a 6’5, 220-pound sophomore is a name to really keep an eye on. He is part of a sophomore duo...

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Weddington takes down Crest; Advances to NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Weddington Takes Down Crest  Weddington may not pass the eye test, but they simply get the job done. They play the game at a very high level. They are one of the best coached teams in the state and are willing to put their team goals above personal goals. After I graduated from Butler University, the “Butler Way” has played a huge role in my life. The Butler Way demands commitment, denies...

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Northwood Advances to the NCHSAA 3A State Championship with Overtime Win over West Carteret

Tuesday night was loaded with regional finals that couldn’t be missed. In the NCHSAA 3A East Regional, West Carteret (11-2) hosted Northwood (13-2) for the chance to go to the State Championship. The first quarter started with West Carteret’s Jaxon Ellingsworth putting his team on the board first with a drop-off finish. Ellingsworth picked up right where he left off after his...

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Heart over Height: Keenan Wilkins and Dwight Canady

Last night, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Hendersonville in the NCHSAA 2A semifinal against North Lincoln. After going 26-3 last year, the Bearcats have enjoyed an undefeated season and continue to push for their first state championship since 1992. That 1992 season was also their last appearance in the big game, arguably making this Hendersonville squad their most...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’5 Ray Bellamy

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’3 Xavion Atkinson

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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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Wilson Prep Advances to the NCHSAA 1A State Championship with Win Over Riverside Martin

By: Rod Bridgers Tonight felt normal. Almost a year into this pandemic I watched a basketball game with fans and it felt good. Even better for me, it was in my hometown as the Wilson Prep defeated Riverside Martin 66-50 to advance to the 1A NCHSAA State Championship game Saturday. The first quarter was filled with a bunch of turnovers and missed opportunities from both teams. Blame it on nerves....

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CP3 MS Media Day: 12u

Phenom Hoops went out to Winston-Salem to check in on CP3’s Middle School Media Day, giving us a nice glimpse of one of the top programs in the country but also young players that will be household names around the region.  The 12u CP3 team is one to certainly get excited about, as these young prospects will be names to remember for the Class of 2027. Check out the list of names and a few...

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H3 Grind at the Dungeon (Part 2)

Jordan James 6’1 Jordan James 7th grade is a productive prospect on the court.  When I first saw him this fall and now into the season, he continues to prove that he can be a matchup nightmare and can consistently get it done.  With his activity around the rim, showing his explosiveness to finish strong or facing up and attacking the defense, James is just a headache for defenders. He simply...

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