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Lake Norman High School Open Gym Report

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops also traveled to Mooresville to watch Lake Norman High School practice. Coach Grant Hodges has done an impressive job of building teams with an identity. They are fundamentally sound. They play together with one another. Although they lose several key contributors in Clay Hodges, Seth Aeschliman, Camden Kepley, and Christian Taylor, the Wildcats have added quality new...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Finale

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for another two-day stretch of basketball. Although most teams have begun winding down and getting some much-needed rest, there were still plenty of noteworthy players and teams itching to compete. Our Summer Finale featured a variety of teams across all age groups, but this...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Summer Finale (Part 3)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’3 2023 Cole Calloway (Dive On It 2023)  Cole finished his weekend with a 38 point game. He had a 34 earlier yesterday. While I can’t confirm whether or not he averaged 30+ on the weekend, he has certainly been electric. The rising junior has already established himself as one of the elite shooters in NC’s class of 2023. Provides a stellar personality along with...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Finale (Day 1, Part 2)

2022 Spencer Hairston (Gate City Grizzlies): This young man simply continues to produce and be an offensive scoring machine.  Which is why he should be one to really watch coming into North Carolina and playing at Dudley this season. He has the quickness and ability to create for himself but he can be deadly from the perimeter. Scored 29 points to lead the charge again, something he has...

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July Live Period Superlatives: Part One

Although there has been a ton of excitement swirling throughout the last few months, July is finally coming to an end. Between the NCHSAA/NCISAA events in June and the consecutive live periods across July, all levels of coaches have been traveling, evaluating, and establishing relationships with these prospects. Excluding the lone period in July, we will take a closer look at a slew of players...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 1)

Luke Lentz 2022 Lebron Thomas (FIBA): This young man continues to produce effectively and consistently every time he steps on the floor. Not sure what else needs to be seen, as the 6’3 point guard really impacts the floor in an array of ways. He scores the ball incredibly well, aggressively getting downhill and finishing through and around defenders, while also racking up the assists and...

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College Coaches Buzzing About the Carolina Riptide

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted our annual Summer Havoc at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. There was a ton of basketball between the two sessions and four total days of action, which presented college coaches of all levels to get out and evaluate prospective talent. After years of building this empire, Coach Grant Hodges gets to see the...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’23 Cole Callaway (Carolina Riptide) It’s easy to find balance with this Carolina Riptide squad, and Callaway consistently finds ways to stand out despite being one of the younger players on the roster. He’s a lethal spot-up threat with IQ, cutting instincts, and the ability to attack closeouts as needed, which allows him to make a constant impact with or without the ball in his hands....

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Lake Norman

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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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 Game Report: Mountain Island vs. Pine Lake Prep

Phenom Hoops tuned in Saturday afternoon as Mountain Island and Pine Lake Prep battled it out on the court.  A very intriguing battle between these two winning programs this year, it looked to be a close battle and it certainly was. The game started out slow, as Pine Lake Prep was able to get out to a 12-6 as JT Harper and Cole Callaway led the charge early for Pine Lake.  Mountain...

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Open Gym Report: Pine Lake Prep

Entering his fourth season at Pine Lake Preparatory, Head Coach Tony Dunbar is excited about this year’s team. In his first three seasons, Dunbar has won 60 games, averaging 20 wins per season. Coach Dunbar and his team have goals of competing for a state championship at the NCHSAA 1A level. With an experienced, upperclassmen led group, the Pride have an opportunity to do just that.  This...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: #PhenomFallFinale (Day 1, Part 3)

2022 Gabe Proctor (Papa Pete’s): You have to love how this kid plays on the court with, especially the confidence that oozes out of him when he is knocking down shots and feeling it.  He did that once again, showing his range and floater consistently all game long. 2022 6’6 Noah Ross (Tion Burton): Ross is a long, high IQ, smooth type prospect that is showing more than his range and aggressively...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts #PhenomFallFinale

6’6 Caleb Lominac of NLPB 803 is such a strong wing and uses his strength and athleticism to be relentless in the paint. He attacks the rim hard, creates contact, and finishes consistently. He rebounds very well for his size and has the IQ and handling ability to push the break and make good decisions. He has a great touch on his jumper that allows him to be a good shooter off the catch. He...

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“Get to Know” Cole Callaway

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 over the past few years 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...

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AAU Team Preview: Carolina Cavs 2023

Starting off, looking at the Carolina Cavs 2023, a grassroots team that is filled with 2023 prospects around North Carolina. Located in Charlotte, they bring a solid roster of nine players and should be a team that can score the ball well and gets after it defensively.

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Dre Simmons #63: 5’6 ’20 Alexander Jones (Phillip O’Berry) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to impact the game despite his lack of size, Alexander Jones. He’s a tough, strong, heady point guard prospect with a nice blend of scoring, defense, and playmaking. Jones is extremely quick and fast, and can leave opponents in the dust in transition. Next in...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour “Pine Lake Prep”

Phenom Open Gym Tour “Pine Lake Prep” Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Mooresville, North Carolina to cover open gym at Pine Lake Preparatory School. Head coach Tony Dunbar comes from Indiana and his deep roots to the Hoosier State is clearly etched in his coaching philosophy. Pine Lake Prep is a charter school and is aligned in the NCHSAA 1A division. Last season, Pine Lake finished...

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Western North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Dre Simmons   #38: 5’10 ’23 Caleb Senyo (Veritas Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player that understands how to effectively run a team with poise and maturity, Caleb Senyo. He’s a smart, team-first guard with a strong motor, skillset, and balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Next in his development process is working to become a craftier...

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North Carolina 2023 Watch List (Part 3)

It is a standard practice that we at Phenom Hoop Report don’t rank players until they have finished their freshman year in high school. That being said, we will take a closer look at some of the players that should make an immediate impact this coming season. In (Part 1), we took a look at Jaylen Curry, Addison Archer, Trey Green, London Johnson, and Treymane Parker. See attached link:...

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Carolina Cavs Come Away With 14U Gold Title @ #PhenomJMAC

The Carolina Cavs prevailed over Team United Floyd in the 14U championship game at the Phenom JMAC Showcase after an impressive weekend where multiple prospects from this group made names for themselves with their abilities.  In what was a hard fought battle, this resilient group showed their ability to weather the storm, maintain focus and come away with the win.  Guys like 6’1 2023 Ty...

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#PhenomJMAC: Miles Early Standouts (York Courts One and Two)

6’1 2023 Brandon Baker: Carolina Cavs 14U Baker is a really productive young wing guard that does an excellent job scoring in the mid-range, fighting for offensive boards, and just simply being in the right place at the right time.  He has arms down to his knees, indicating he will likely keep growing.  If he continues to develop, expect Baker to develop into a next level prospect over the...

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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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Bryce Cash Peyton Scott Cole Callaway have Team Loaded NC 14s Running Through Brackets #PhenomQCMSS

Phenom’s Queen City Middle School Showcase brought together some of the best 8th grade talent from the region. With a deep roster, Team Loaded NC has been able to run through bracket play. They have a nice assortment of size, skill and athleticism. They spread the floor and they shoot the ball. In this game they won by 30. Cole Callaway led all scorers with 16, Peyton Scott had 11 and...

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