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Recruits enjoy visit to Appalachian State

What a weekend it was in Boone, North Carolina as the Mountaineers opened up the football season against an in-state foe in the Tar Heels of North Carolina.  It was one of the biggest events in the state and Boone was rocking with excitement, as the program also brought in some big-time basketball recruits as well. 2023 Jakel Powell, 2024 Maurio Hanson, and 2024 Austin Swartz are all North...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Hoop State Championship

2022 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights): Jamison, who is still one of the top unsigned seniors in the state of North Carolina, really showcased his ability to lead the charge for his team. He played at a great pace, got out in transition, knocked down shots from multiple levels, and really controlled the game as a point guard should. He finished the game with 16 points, hitting a few threes,...

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2023

It’s that time of year again. The high school season has nearly concluded and postseason play is set to begin very soon. As exciting as it is to chase and potentially win a state championship, the subsequent six months of travel ball will be the time for prospects to really shine. Whether positive or not, college coaches simply have more time and resources to properly evaluate (and offer) kids...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 1)

2023 Riley Allenspach (Providence Day): The growth that we have seen in Allenspach has been impressive, as he continues to understand and use his body more and more to his advantage, while also becoming more fluid and stronger at his size.  One can see that he is becoming more active on his feet, as well as being active on the glass, and showing tremendous touch in the paint.  He...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Robinson #1: 5’8 ’26 Isaac Ellis (Moravian Prep) Starting things off, we look at a player who contributed nicely despite being the youngest camper on display, Isaac Ellis. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with IQ, scrappiness, and as much shooting prowess as any player across the state. Ellis is small in stature but showcases a clear understanding of how to play to his...

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East Region Standouts – Hoop State League Week 2 Part 2

Game 5 Strong Center Hart – 53Team Wall 2024 – 58 6’4 2024 Jayden Harris (Team Wall) led the way for Team Wall, finishing with 19 points and the game-winner in overtime. Harris is a gifted scorer who can create his own shot off the bounce. He showcased his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter and get into the paint, finishing in a variety of ways.  6’6 2024 Ari Fulton...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: NC GBB Academy

Thursday afternoon last week, Phenom Hoops was in the Raleigh area to check in on the talent.  After our stop at Word of God, we drove just minutes down the road to check in on NC GBB Academy, a new program that will certainly bring eyes their way this year.  Many of these guys we saw this summer and will look to have themselves a big upcoming high school season.  Let’s dive into...

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The Start of Something Special: NC Good Better Best Academy

Over the last five years or so, various sports-based programs and academies have become increasingly popular landing spots for transfers. While there are many examples throughout the region, but one could argue Combine Academy and Moravian Prep are the two main representatives in North Carolina. However, a new challenger has approached in Good Better Best Academy. Could they be the next major...

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The Burlington School vs South Granville: Game Recap

Friday night in Creedmoor, NC, we were all in for a treat. There’s something about these public versus private school matchups that get everyone excited. We had one of the top public school teams in North Carolina in South Granville, led by Louisville commit, Bobby Pettiford Jr. Their opponent, The Burlington School (TBS), one of the top private school teams in the state, led by UNCW...

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Phenom Game Report: Burlington School vs. Henderson Collegiate

Back in Rock Hill, as we bring you two teams that have winning pedigrees and were looking for a strong win on Tuesday night, as The Burlington School and Henderson Collegiate took the court. Henderson came out strong and looking to prove themselves, playing hard on the defensive end and looking to be aggressive offensively.  It took The Burlington School a few minutes to get settled but started...

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The Burlington School Tops Greensboro Day

In a battle of titans in the NCISAA, The Burlington School travelled to Greensboro Day and came away with an impressive 67-51 win. TBS threw the first punch and never looked back. Coach Ryan Bernardi had an excellent game plan and TBS executed it too perfection. It’s not easy beating a Hall of Fame Coach like Freddy Johnson, especially on his home court. Now, let’s take a closer look...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Ryan Bernardi #0: 6’2 ’21 Demar Anderson (Victory Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply possesses a natural feel and understanding as a scorer, Demar Anderson. He’s a strong, tough, smart wing prospect with the ability to assert himself from all three levels while being an effective defender and two-way rebounder. Anderson can create for himself with...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: The Burlington School

Phenom Hoops tuned in virtually to a few practices for the Burlington School, a program that certainly is brining a lot of excitement and talent to the floor this season. With a blend of new names, returning players, and young prospects, Coach Ryan Bernardi should have the eyes of many this season. We dive into names that we saw and should watch this year.

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2023 6’5 Jakel Powell earns first offer after tremendous weekends in Rock Hill

Being in Rock Hill this past weekend, Phenom Hoops had another chance to see the development of 2023 6’5 Jakel Powell, just another name that will be part of a loaded 2023 class in North Carolina. When watching his game, you can’t help but see a prospect with great size and a game to back it up.  Recently at the Phenom Challenge, Patrick O’Brien had this to say about his game.  “The blend...

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2019-20 Phenom Hoops All-State team (Class of 2023)

It was a spectacular year no matter how you look at it. Players really made a name for themselves and had an impressive season on the court, producing on so many levels. Phenom Hoops brings you their All-State teams for the 2023 class. A huge congrats to all players and teams this season.

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North Carolina Freshmen Making a Difference on Varsity

The talent in North Carolina is at an all-time high, and that is throughout all the classes in the state. The freshman (2023) class this season had some impressive showings, with some standout performances.

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JMAC Showcase Team Preview: Team United Floyd 14u

It is the start of the month of June and Phenom Hoops is INCREDIBLY excited about putting on the JMAC Showcase this weekend!  High-level teams will be coming to the Fort Mill area, looking to compete and gear themselves up for a big few upcoming months.

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