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Reece’s Standouts: Hoop State League (Week 1: Day 2, West Division)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Berni Tah (Big Dub Green)As the key returner from last year’s senior-laden state championship team, Berni came out and immediately showed how much his presence can be felt and needed. He’s built chiseled and sturdy, with natural athleticism and mobility to be a versatile threat in their system. He pushed the break off boards, found great cuts in traffic, and simply dominated...

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Phenom Open Gym: Winston-Salem Christian National

Phenom Open Gym: Winston-Salem Christian National  Coach Antonio Lowe has a proven track record of developing programs. Not too long ago, he put Moravian Prep on the map and they won the inaugural Hoop State Championship. Since then, Coach Lowe has moved on to Winston-Salem Christian and is building another successful program at the national level. First of all, Winston-Salem Christian is a...

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Schedule Announcement: George Lynch Invitational (November 18-19) #PhenomHoops

Phenom Hoops continues to roll through and announce the upcoming schedules that you will not want to miss this upcoming high school season.  Next up on our release tour, we take a look at the George Lynch Invitational, sponsored by HPT and Sport Mode One.  This is an event that has everything for you… Nationally-ranked teams, national powerhouses, state champions, Top-100 talent, and...

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2025 Miles Leaks (Piedmont) is one to start tracking early

Player: Miles LeaksClass: 2025Height: 5’10School: Piedmont The Hoop State Fall League got underway to start the short season, as Week 1 is in the books.  Not only does it give us a chance to watch a few teams early on and see what they bring, but also gives us an updated look at newer players that you will want to watch more this high school season. One player that really impressed in Week...

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NC Phenom 150 Session 2 Leading Scorers

ClassHeightNameHigh SchoolCityStateAvg.20256′6″Jake CackovicHolly Springs High SchoolHolly SpringsNC28.520246′5″Devin SimsHillside High SchoolDurhamNC22.520255′11″Jacary Noble Rocky River High SchoolCharlotteNC2120256′6″Evan DeanCardinal Gibbons High SchoolRaleighNC19.520255′10″Darnerian GibsonWinston Salem ChristianThomasvilleNA1920245′8″Bryce JamesMount Tabor High...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 1, Day 2 at #HoopStateLeague (Cox Mill)

2023 Zion McDuffie (Bulldogs): It is about time people start recognizing McDuffie and what he can provide on the court.  He is a strong, physical presence that is one of the more explosive prospects in the state.  He is terrific out in transition and getting to the basket, finishing strong and a few highlight-reel dunks.  But he also has shown that he can step out and be effective from outside,...

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NC Phenom 150 Session 2 Roster

ClassHeightNo.NameHigh SchoolCityState20275′9″34AC PressleyRidge Road Middle SchoolCharlotteNC20246′4″144Aidan CauthenMount Tabor High SchoolWinston-SalemNC20266′1″110AidanO’GaraMount Tabor High SchoolWinston SalemNC20256′2″120AJ GladieuxApex Friendship Middle SchoolHolly SpringsNC20276′0″96Alek LewandowskiBailey MiddleHuntersvilleNC20246′2″118Andrew HerringChapel Hill High...

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NC Junior Phenom Scoring Leaders

ClassHeightNo. NameHigh SchoolStateDivisionAvg.20275′9″81Jack Baker Burlington Christian AcademyNCMS2520275′9″79Cash Hall Piedmont Open IB Middle SchoolNCMS2420275′0″25Syncere CavinessAlston Ridge Middle SchoolNCMS19.520285’871Dallas Oliver  TNMS18.520275′11″133Jadon BeamBurns Middle SchoolNCMS17.520276′2″187Benjamin ReidWilliam Ellis Middle...

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NC Phenom 150 Session 1 Scoring Leaders

ClassHeightNo. NameHigh SchoolStateDivisionAvg.20246′6″217Tyler ShowatlerButler High SchoolNCHS1520245′10″87Bobby Erwin Jr. Hickory Grove Baptist NCHS14.520236’431AJ BarkervilleWest Forsyth High SchoolNCHS1420246′2″173Malaki Long Ashbrook High SchoolNCHS13.520255′9″75Kenneth Bartlett J. West Forsyth High SchoolNCHS12.520246′8″219Richard GoodsPiedmont Classical High...

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Phenom 150/ Jr Phenom Camp Award Winners

NC Phenom 150 Session 1 MVP: No. 217: 6’6 2024 Tyler Showalter (Butler HS) Offense: No. 155 Jacari Brim (West Forsyth HS) Playmaker: No. 75 Kenneth Bartlett (West Forsyth HS) Hustle: No. 216 Teyachta Harris (East Rowan HS) Defense: No. 218 Osvaldo Haynes (Providence Day) NC Junior Phenom MVP: No. 25 Syncere Caviness (Alston Ridge Middle School) Offense: No. 81 Jack Baker (Burlington Christian...

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Reece’s Standouts: Hoop State League (Week 1: Day 1, West Division)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 JJ Mata (War Eagles)Given the nature of playing with Riptide SC in the summer, it comes as no surprise that JJ carries that same relentless tough mindset to high school ball. He’s got great length at his position, a high motor to compete on both ends, and a scoring approach to make defenders wary. He constantly put guys in tough defensive positions with his constant attack,...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 1, Day 1 at #HoopStateLeague (Cox Mill)

2025 Miles Leaks (Panthers): Leaks was tremendous to start the day, as I was incredibly impressed with how the young guard operated on the floor.  He looked like a strong floor general on the floor, playing with a great pace and vision, finding his teammates and setting them up well, but also taking quality shots also.  Really enjoyed watching how he was able to operate on the court. Leaks is a...

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Wake Co Hoops: Watchlist (Class of 2023) (Part 2)

Continuing our Watchlist series with the players that we are keeping a close eye on, that are in our top 25. These guys are all established pieces of their teams, and should all contribute heavily this season, but these few stood out to us as ones to keep an extra eye on. Sam Martin – Apex (3) I have touched a lot on what Sam brings to the table as a player so I will link those...

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Commitment Alert: New Orleans grabs another NC prospect in 2023 Jah Short

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: Jah ShortClass: 2023Committed to: New Orleans What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:...

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NC Phenom 150 Session 1 Camp Roster

ClassHeightNo. NameHigh SchoolCityStateDivision20294′5″1Dante CavinessCreekside Elementary SchoolDurhamNCMS20294’73Terrell Thomas Jr. Liberty Christian AcademyLynchburgVAMS20294′8″11Carson GladieuxApex Friendship Middle SchoolHolly SpringsNCMS20294′8″13Jamir KnightRiver Bend Elementary SchoolRaleighNCMS20294′10″15Stephen MontoyaHuntington Middle SchoolHuntingtonWVMS20204′10″17Ty...

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Breaking Down Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025

(1) 6’8 Zymicah Wilkins (R-S Central) There are numerous guys who were in the mix for the top spot in our updated rankings, but Zymicah Wilkins ultimately walked away with the honor. His blend of IQ, size, skill, and polish makes him extremely difficult for most opponents to try and contain. Wilkins can dominate from the block, space the floor, or consistently make plays with the ball in his...

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Phenom Open Gym: Mallard Creek

Phenom Hoops continues to bring elite coverage before the season, as we are out and about covering teams, getting an early look at what programs will be bringing to the court this upcoming season.  One team that we were able to view recently was Mallard Creek.  Here is what we saw on the floor, as things still may continue to shake up before the season. When you talk about Mallard...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: John Campbell

John Campbell Height: 6’3 Class: 2024 School: Bishop McGuinness Travel Team: NC Spartans Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 13.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 59% FG What Was Recently Said: There’s a slew of valuable contributors on this NC Spartans roster, but Campbell always seems to stand out as their leader by example. He’s a smart, poised, unselfish point guard with length,...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Carlos Vazquez

Height: 6’5 Class: 2024 School: Wayne Country Day Travel Team: Team Wall Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 8.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 70% FG What Was Recently Said: The East Carolina Phenomz are consistently among the better independent travel ball programs in the state, and this year’s squad is no different. While their entire team is worthy of...

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Phenom Open Gym: United Faith

United Faith has been a traditional basketball program at the NCISAA 1A level. Last season, they once again won another state championship and this year’s team looks poised for a repeat. First year head coach Darion Holloway, known as “Coach D,” has plenty to be excited about. Coach D has been with the program for four years and served as the associate head coach for the past three years. Upon...

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Phenom Open Gym: Charlotte Catholic

Phenom Open Gym: Charlotte Catholic Playing in the super competitive NCHSAA Southwestern 4A conference,  last season, Charlotte Catholic finished the conference regular season with an 8-4 record and won the conference tournament championship to advance to the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs.  Charlotte Catholic ended the season with a 17-11 record. Coach Mike King returns a core nucleus...

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Phenom Open Gym: Concord Academy

Head Coach Frank Cantadore is one of the most underrated coaches in the state, regardless of class or affiliation. Year after year, Coach Cantadore will play the toughest schedule, bar none! He isn’t afraid of the challenge and views the toughest teams as an opportunity for his team to improve and get better. Case and point, Concord Academy had a losing record heading into the NCISAA state...

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Underrated Guards to Watch More: Class of 2024

The class of 2024 is loaded with talent and there are players that could and should be targets for many programs at multiplel levels. The players at the top of the class are certainly gaining the recognition and eyes of college coaches but I believe that there are guards in that class that may be considered a bit underrated but could be in for big season this upcoming high school season. Here...

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Wake Co Hoops: Watchlist (Class of 2023) (Part 1)

Watchlist is a series we are starting where we talk about players from across the county that we find extra intriguing going into the 2022-23 season. Part 1 will be players that are in the lower half of our top 40 or off the list entirely, and part 2 will be guys that are higher up in the rankings. Check out our rankings for the 2023 class below. Full '23 Rankings below! 2 months until...

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College Basketball Preview: SMU Mustangs

SMU Mustangs 21-22 Record: 24-9Conference Record: 13-4 (AAC) Last Year’s Stats:Scoring: 73.8Scoring Defense: 67.1Rebounding Margin: +0.7Turnover Margin: -0.5Assists: 13.8Shooting Percentage: 44.03-pt Percentage: 35.4Free Throw Percentage: 75.0 What To Look Out For: New look team under head coach Rob LanierTim Jankovich announced his retirement from the program after six seasons and Coach Rob...

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Commitment Alert: 2023 Randall Pettus heading to Northern Kentucky

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: Randall PettusClass: 2023Committed to: Northern Kentucky What Was Said by...

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