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

2026 Aalayja Minard/ 2026 Rayana Minard (West Cabarrus): The twin duo was something special to watch and should have the West Cabarrus program excited about the future with these two leading the charge. Both Aalayja and Rayana were strong two-way players, staying extremely active and getting into the passing lanes defensively, but also using that same motor to score the ball effectively from...

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Start Noticing More: Class of 2023 from #HoopStateLeague (West) (Part 2)

The Hoop State League has kicked off and Week 1 was off the charts, but we still have several weeks ahead that you and college coaches will not want to miss. We have been taking notes early on and we can tell you, there are a few players in the Class of 2023 that should garner more attention. Here are four more players to look out for more and should be bigger priorities this upcoming high...

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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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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Michael Wilson

Height: 6’6 Class: 2023 School: Metrolina Christian Travel Team: Team Hope Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 6.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG Junior Season: 10.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 46% FG What Was Recently Said: Going forward, Wilson will be as valuable as anyone on the Warriors’ roster—both in terms of production and appeal to college coaches. Although he’s a junior...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Phenom G3 Showcase (Part 2)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2023 Avion Pinner (Team Curry) Avion Pinner has consistently impressed me when I’ve watched him play, but it is not for his high flying ability or overall versatility. Pinner’s ability to impact the game on the defensive end specifically is an incredibly special skill. Aside from moving his feet well, Pinner shows solid timing when protecting the rim and gives opposing scorers...

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POB’s Eye Catchers on Day 2 from Phenom March Madness

2022 Will Rhodes (NC Spartans Unsigned Seniors): Rhodes came out to show a little something on Day 2.  Rhodes did a tremendous job in putting the pressure on the defense, attacking in transition, finishing well around the basket and defenders, pulling up and knocking down shots, and playing with an aggressive, downhill mentality.  Really couldn’t be stopped to start his day. 2023 Chase Harris...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: George Marshall #8: 6’0 ’23 Jordan Cooper (Wayne Country Day) Starting things off, we look at a player who continues to steadily trend upward with his reliable two-way presence, Jordan Cooper. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with the necessary combination of IQ, vision, and scoring prowess to effectively operate from either backcourt position. Cooper is arguably at his best...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Metrolina Christian

Phenom Hoops continues to hit the road this offseason to check in on programs as they prepare for the upcoming high school season.  We made a recent stop at Metrolina Christian, a program we have seen quite a few times throughout the Hoop State League as well. We took in another practice to check in on the program, and there are several names that should have your attention. Seniors Leading...

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“Getting to Know” 6’6 2023 Michael Wilson

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Dre Simmons #5: 5’6 ’25 Lucas Kimrey (Gaston Day) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Lucas Kimrey. He’s a young, slightly undersized guard prospect with an unselfish mentality and the ability to apply consistent pressure from beyond the arc. Next in his development process is working to get...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Finale (Day 1, Part 1)

2024 Richard Goods (Carolina Clutch): Goods continues to be a flourishing big this summer and production is the name of the game. The 6’8 big man moves incredibly well on the floor, has terrific hands, and makes smart decisions on the floor, not forcing much but understanding when to score.  Terrific feel around the basket and still a developing young big, which is why schools are already...

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Phenom 150 Camp Session I Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Michael Laney #131: 5’8 ’23 Zyere Edwards (St. Andrews) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a lasting impression with his toughness and defensive prowess, Zyere Edwards. He’s an extremely quick, heady guard prospect with a nice penetration sense and an unselfish mentality. Edwards handled the ball well, finished effectively for his size, and proved to be a pest...

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South Carolina Jr. Phenom: Team 1 Evaluations

South Carolina Jr. Phenom Evaluations   Team 1 Coach: Mike Rollins   #1: 4’10 ’26 Mario James (Columbia, SC) Starting things off, we look at the youngest player in attendance at our first South Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp, Mario James. He’s a solid player for his age with nice ball-handling and penetration abilities. Though James was younger than everyone else, he showed grit and...

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