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Five Names College Coaches Need to Pursue in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

After an incredibly bizarre calendar year of question marks and high school prospects suffering the negative effects of covid, we finally return to some semblance of normalcy. There is no denying the impact for guys in the Class of 2021, and even 2022. The combination of on-court restrictions and additional year of eligibility would ultimately hurt the kids still in high school—not the college...

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July Live Period Superlatives: Part Two

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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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers from Phenom Hardwood Classic (Day 1)

6’6 2022 Nolan Hodge (NC Gators)- Hodge already committed to Unc Wilmington came in today in full attack mode, and it seemed like he had a message to send. Hodge, always a team player, was more aggressive than we’re used to seeing. Hodge completely took over the game at times and showed he can score anywhere on the floor when he feels like it. Hodge was also locked in on the defensive end. 6’6...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Havoc

Finally, after nearly two years, Phenom Hoops returned to host our first LIVE period event of the travel ball season. Although most college coaches (D2/D3/NAIA/JUCO) have already been allowed to travel for the last calendar year, this is only the second opportunity (aside from the NCHSAA/NCISAA session) for Division I coaches to see prospects in-person. While there were plenty of standouts...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 1) (Part 3)

2022 Dontavius Paige (Ace Elite): Paige is a smaller guard but a quick one, making decisive reads and decisions on the floor and showing a nice blend of scoring ability on multiple levels of the floor.  He continues to play strong with the ball, knowing when to create for himself or to get others involved in the action. 2022 Chase Lowe (CC Elite): One can see why D1 schools are coming his...

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Summer Havoc Team Previews: NC Gaters Black

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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Piedmont Classical’s Core Becoming a Priority for College Coaches

Aside from the highest level of basketball, the concept of assembling a balanced core grouping of players seems to be more advantageous than building around a “star” or two. Again, the theory of accumulating as many stars as possible is clearly the best method to succeed in the NBA. That being said, folks should definitely be intrigued by Coach Johnnie Richardson and his blueprint over at...

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Bendel’s Best: Stay Positive Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to North Carolina for our first debut at the newly built Rise Indoor Facility in Advance for our Stay Positive Classic. In lieu of everything opening back up, that area is going to see a massive increase in basketball traffic heading into the upcoming LIVE periods. There was an abundance of talented teams and individuals on display between the two-day...

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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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Open Gym Report: Team BOND 17U

On Sunday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina to preview some quality talent within one of the top up-and-coming programs in Team BOND. There was an abundance of appeal and intrigue inside the gym, featuring an interesting variety of prospects from 17U and 16U squads. Although we were able to watch both teams, this article will take a closer look at their 17U...

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Piedmont Classical v. High Point Christian

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to High Point Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina, as the Cougars prepared to host the Bobcats of Piedmont Classical. Both teams entered this contest with winning records (coming against quality competition) and each sought out to separate themselves from the pack. Anyone who has followed HPCA should know about the leadership of KJ Garrett,...

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Holiday Classic: Piedmont Classical vs. Anderson Christian (Recap/Standouts)

Piedmont Classical took on Anderson Christian in the third game on Sunday, two teams that have performed well and played hard so far at the Holiday Classic.  It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the first quarter, but Piedmont Classical was able to give themselves a little space at half with a 36-25 lead, led by Julius Harrison.  Anderson Christian was able to chip away at the...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQbYtYJtevOueCfbkO4M0Zsl Coach: Dre Simmons #0: 5’5 ’25 Aiden Martin (Greensboro) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest and youngest camper on this team, Aiden Martin. He’s a smart guard prospect that displays toughness, unselfishness, and a well-rounded skillset. Next...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Early Standouts Day 1

6’4 Julius Harrison 2023 has great size and frame accompanied by a good amount of strength which allows him to be terrific attacking and finish at the rim. He has a quick explosive first step that allows him to get defenders on his hip and gives him plenty of opportunities to score in the paint. He has a nice stroke in which he consistently knocks down open jumpers. He is an active defender and...

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“Get to Know” Julius Harrison

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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NC Gaters Starting to Hit Their Stride

Over the past few months, we’ve covered the NC Gaters program quite extensively—both at their open gyms and during our events. They started the summer season with some struggles but have since played their way back into relevance. This is certainly not coincidental, but more of a direct result of uptick in play from numerous individuals. While their entire roster is worth noting, this article...

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Early Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’0 ’22 Kory Davis (1Carolina) The 1Carolina program possesses a ton of intriguing prospects within their program, and Davis has performed well with both squads in attendance. Playing up an age group, he really stood out with his defensive prowess and ability to really harass opposing guards for 94 feet. Davis is also very quick and fast in the open floor, which allows him to consistently get by...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Early Standouts (Day 1)

Chas Stinson 6’3 Chas Stinson of QCAA 17U  has played well so far today showing that he can be a very effective three-level scorer. Really attacked the basket well and finished around the rim consistently. Showed that he is a really efficient shooter off the catch. Uses his quickness to be active on defense and pressure the ball. His stock will continue to rise! 6’8 Peyton Gerald of QCAA 17U is...

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Early Standouts at Day One of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’7 ’21 Earl Burgess (Team 864) It’s easy to appreciate someone like Burgess, who is so noticeably effective without ever needing to be the primary focus on either end of the floor. He simply makes plays and understands how to maximize his presence. Burgess is long, wiry, and moves very well for his size. He runs the floor properly in transition, makes smart decisions with or without the ball,...

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Queen City Showcase Preview: NC Gaters

Despite all the unusual circumstances throughout the last few months, the travel ball season is in full swing. With that, Phenom Hoops is traveling down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for our Queen City Showcase. Even from afar, one can see the obvious amount of talent slated to be on display from Friday through Sunday. These articles will offer a brief...

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Open Gym Report: NC Gaters 2022

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Greensboro for a special open gym feature on the NC Gaters, a program with some of the top up-and-coming talent from the area. We had the privilege of seeing their teams for the classes of 2022 and 2024, and there was a lot to unbox. This article will take a closer look at the makeup of their 16U roster and what we can expect of them throughout the...

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#PhenomTeamCamp: Miles Day Two Early Standouts

6’2 2020 Jaheim McCathern: Newton-Conover High School (NC) McCathern was arguably the most steady two way performer for this Newton Conover team, his ability to rebound and play as a bruiser at his size is nothing to look over, playing much bigger than his listed 6’2 height.  He showed the potential to be a smooth outside shooter while showing the ability to face up and create his own shot off...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 2: Evaluation Team 14

North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 2: Evaluation Team 14   Team 14 Coach: Brian Cousin     #10:5’8 ’22 William Ham Jr. (Denver, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that is just beginning to scratch the surface of his long-term potential, William Ham Jr. He’s a young point guard prospect with a tight handle and the ability to navigate the floor pretty well. Ham offers a...

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Morning Standouts at NC Phenom 150 Camp

#5-Kadyn Dawkins- Really intelligent point guard prospect that created a ton of scoring opportunities in this contest. He consistently took defenders off the dribble, touched the paint, and displayed terrific vision as a playmaker while applying solid pressure as a scorer.   #21-Smoke Hodges- High IQ floor general with natural playmaking skills and solid scoring ability. He has an...

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