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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 12u/13u Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowed champions. To start the day off, we had the 12/13u Division tipping off as Garner Road and the Vikings battled it out.  Both came in with...

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Player Standouts from Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive

Kaleb James by: Ethan Reece 2023 Trenton Jackson (PinPoint Elite)Every team needs a guy like Trenton.  Whenever his team needed anything, he provided offensively or defensively.  He got bucket after bucket in the clutch while locking up on the other end, without a doubt the best performance I saw from a player today! He just wanted it more than everybody else on the court 2026 Austin Jackson...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 5’7 2025 Q Williams (Team CP3 2025)I want to start by simply saying, Q Williams is the most skillful 2025 lead guard I’ve seen in North Carolina’s 2025 class. I believe that it shouldn’t take longer than 3 full offensive possessions for you to see key differences in the IQ of Williams in comparison to his peers. Winning plays come second nature for...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’4 2021 Lureon Walker (NC Wildcats 2022)When speaking on 2021 Lureon Walker, I struggle to find words that will prevent me from sounding like a broken record. There are few unsigned seniors that have surprised me in the way Walker has, and the surprise only seems to grow every game I watch him play. The surprise factor is simple; Walker is a combo guard standing around...

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POB’s Eye Catchers at Phenom Stay Positive (Day 1, Part 2)

Jaheim Taylor 2022 Kendrell Brooks (Brothers Basketball): Brooks has been a consistent threat on the court, as the 6’2 prospect has scored consistently in an array of areas on the court, pulling up and knock down shots but also getting to the basket.  But also enjoyed his vision and floor sense, making some terrific passes to set up his teammates for easy shots. 2021 Jaheim Taylor (Hart Select):...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Stay Positive

6’5 ’23 Trey Barbee (Strong Center) Despite Strong Center’s extremely balanced two-way approach, Barbee consistently found ways to emerge as a leader for this group. He possesses nice size and displays a fairly versatile offensive game with the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Barbee applies constant pressure in the midrange, but also attacks the basket and positions...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Stay Positive (Day 1, Part 1)

Rakease Passmore 2024 6’6 Rakease Passmore (NLPB 828): Talk about a star in the making. Watching him on multiple occasions, you can see that this young man has the “it” factors in his game that is going to make him a big-time target in North Carolina and one of the top prospects in his class. He has the athleticism that will get you out of your seat and he excels at getting downhill.  But he...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’5 Juwelz Hargrove

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned seniorprospects. 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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Versatile Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Given the way basketball has trended over the last decade or so, versatility has become more valuable than ever—especially at the highest levels of play. Sure, there were older players like Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and even Anthony Mason among countless others who embraced versatility before it became popular. However, it’s gradually become a necessity for a successful modernized brand of...

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2022 NC point guards that could see an uptick in their recruitment this summer (Part 2)

North Carolina’s class of 2022 brings a lot of intrigue and depth for college coaches, which is why there are a few players to really watch this summer and their recruitment, as they could see an uptick with their play. The point guard position is one area that has several players that could help a program down the road, which is why we are going to take a look at a few players that have slid under the radar or have been a little quiet coming into this summer but could really see more attention with the summer they put together. Check out Part 2 of our list of players to watch.

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2022 NC point guards that could see an uptick in their recruitment this summer (Part 1)

North Carolina's class of 2022 brings a lot of intrigue and depth for college coaches, which is why there are a few players to really watch this summer and their recruitment, as they could see an uptick with their play. The point guard position is one area that has several players that could help a program down the road, which is why we are going to take a look at a few players that have slid under the radar or have been a little quiet coming into this summer but could really see more attention with the summer they put together.

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Five Prospects Trending Upward in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

Unlike the Classes of 2021 and 2022, who will undoubtedly suffer from the aftermath of Covid, the Class of 2023 could be the first group of prospects able to restore normalcy to college athletics. The recruiting attention of scholarship-level coaches has been primarily centered on pursuing players who already have collegiate experience—rather than hunting for uncovered high school gems. As the...

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2022 Patrick Wessler playing on another level this summer

Currently ranked as a Top-5 player by Phenom Hoops, 2022 7’0 Patrick Wessler seems to be showing even more of his game and looks to be a big man on a mission this summer.  Playing with CC Elite, Wessler has been putting up some impressive numbers in multiple events and it now seems that everything is starting to come together. Wessler was already known as the top big in the 2022 class for North...

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Keep an eye on 2024 6’3 Trenton Sherrill (East Gaston)

Looking back this season, there are quite a few new names that had a tremendous season and deserve a little exposure.  One of those was actually a freshman in 2024 6’3 Trenton Sherrill, as he put up some impressive numbers and continued to impress recently at the Phenom Challenge in Spartanburg. This past season, Sherrill led the charge for East Gaston as he averaged 19.9 points, 7.4...

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Commitment Alert: An immediate connection between ’21 AJ Williams and UNCG

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: AJ WilliamsClass: 2021Committed to: UNC-Greensboro What the Player Said:...

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Commitment Alert: East Carolina nabs commitment from 2022 Elijah Jamison

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Elijah JamisonClass: 2022Committed to: East Carolina What the Player Said:...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’4 Greg Moore

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 the region 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 underrated,...

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Soaring Under the Radar: Xavier Tubbs

With programs like Combine Academy, Moravian Prep, and Winston-Salem Christian (among others) undergoing drastic changes over the last few years, it seems like folks have begun to forget about Trinity Christian and their prolonged success under Coach Keith Vandevender. Although their last state championship came in 2017-18, it’s not like they’ve been struggling to maintain relevance. In the...

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2022 Jack Seidler building strong relationships with schools

Phenom Hoops continues to bring you content surrounding the recruitment of players around the country. Team Final has had a tremendous season so far with a ton of talent. We recently spoke with one of their players in 2022 Jack Seidler, who is a 6’5 wing that holds an offer from Drake and more could be coming. Check out the latest with him.

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Long, Mobile, and Fluid Forward: 2023 6’8 Beckham Tharpe

A young forward to keep an eye on in North Carolina is 2023 6’8 Beckham Tharpe, who has been playing extremely well this summer with the Carolina Riptide and had a good high school at North Iredell.  Whether it was with the Riptide or North Iredell, Tharpe has consistently been a standout on the court and one that many would say could be a special type of player.  He is a long, mobile, and fluid...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 5’11 Khalil Brantley

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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Page Guard Duo Steadily Producing

Given their long, storied history over the last 63 years, the number of talented athletes to go through Page High School should come as no surprise to anyone. While majority of their “notable alumni” list consists of NFL players, the basketball program has seen an abundance of success in its own regard. In looking at the structure of last year’s team, the Pirates really relied on the production...

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Team Loaded Trio Continues to Turn Heads

Given the overall landscape of grassroots basketball, there is arguably as much talent spread across the state as ever. More players have shown inclinations to join teams that actually fit their play style rather than just chasing reputation. That being said, Team Loaded 15U (formerly Team Thrill NC) has not only maintained their greatness but have also improved drastically as a group and...

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Something to prove and show: 2022 6’8 Ethan Marlowe (St. Charles North/Meanstreets)

Phenom Hoops continues to bring you content surrounding the recruitment of players around the country. We recently spoke with 2022 Ethan Marlowe with Meanstreets, as he is hoping this summer is a big one for him on the court and with his recruitment. He holds one offer already but could more be joining down the road? Marlowe discusses the latest with us.

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Playing with Composure and Balance: 2022 Corey Gaines

In all of the thought-provoking conversations I’ve had with Coach Frasier, Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach at Julius L. Chambers High School, there’s one in particular that I’ll always find myself revisiting. I asked him a question in which I’d been searching years for a clear answer; “what is the key to a state championship?”. His answer, a reliable lead guard. In all honesty, I was shocked that I hadn’t considered that as the answer beforehand.

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