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Smooth Operator: 2023 Caleb Foster (Oak Hill Academy)

Phenom Hoops was on deck Wednesday night for the annual Oak Hill vs. Hargrave showdown, a game that just seems to kick off the high school season in a great way.  You can check out the full recap here: Phenom Game Report: Oak Hill vs. Hargrave While watching these two titans battle it out, it was clear that 2023 Caleb Foster (Oak Hill) was the best player on the court.  It was an...

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SC Top 80 Player Breakdown: 2024 Jamarie Brown (South Florence)

Player: Jamarie BrownClass: 2024Height: 5’11School: South Florence The South Carolina Top 80 really opened some eyes with the talent that was on the court.  There were several new names that jumped out on the court with their play and evaluations will be coming out shortly, but we wanted to continue our coverage of the event as we look at a few players that impressed. 2024 Jamarie Brown is...

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Phenom All-American Camp Session II Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Phil Watson #6: 5’6 ’26 Lucas Kimrey (Gaston Day) Starting things off, we look at a player that continues to showcase clear progression within his overall development, Lucas Kimrey. He’s a young, wiry, fairly well-rounded guard prospect with a nice combination of scoring prowess and ability to run a team as the floor general. Kimrey is a crafty (visibly improved) ball-handler...

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Phenom All-American Camp Session II Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Greg Harmon #4: 5’5 ’25 Dean Ruthstrom (Lake Norman Charter) Starting things off, we look at a player that found various opportunities despite being the smallest camper on this team, Dean Ruthstrom. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with a solid spot-up presence and a willingness to play hard on both ends of the floor. Ruthstrom passes the ball well, makes unselfish decisions,...

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Phenom All-American Camp Session II Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Colby Lewis #2: 5’3 ’25 Zanquel Baldwin (North Charleston) Starting things off, we look at a player who competed and produced quite well despite being the smaller camper on this team, Zanquel Baldwin. He’s a smart, unselfish guard prospect with a balanced skillset and team-first approach on both ends of the floor. Baldwin is a reliable passer and shooter who consistently...

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Phenom All-American Camp Session II Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Tyler Lewis #1: 4’6 ’26 Zion King (Charleston Charter) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a consistent impact despite being the youngest and smallest camper on this team, Zion King. He’s an active, quick guard prospect with a tight handle and strong penetration sense. King hit shots, attacked the basket, and worked very hard for extra opportunities whenever...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2022 Titus Cunningham (Mallard Creek)

Player: Titus CunninghamClass: 2022Height: 6’5School: Mallard Creek Hitting the road around North Carolina, checking on teams during our Open Gym Tour, Phenom Hoops gets a great chance to watch some young men that have a chance to really make a statement this year and should start getting on college coaches’ radar.  One player that we recently checked out was Mallard Creek’s 2022 6’5 Titus...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2022 Liam Craven (Combine Academy)

Player: Liam CravenSchool: Combine AcademyClass: 2022Position: Guard Combine Academy has been producing a lot of talent, but many may only look and think of the national team at times.  That shouldn’t be the case, as the regional and post-grad teams both have some tremendous talent to watch out for as well.  One of those prospects is 2022 Liam Craven. You hear time and time again… college...

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“Getting to Know” 5’8 2022 Isaiah Jackson

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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Top Available Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Upon concluding the travel ball season, dozens of prospects look to enter the final stage of the recruiting process and ultimately start making their college decision about where to further their journey. While the Class of 2022 is seeing some restoration of normalcy, they are still suffering a lot of unwarranted consequences as a direct result of covid. About twenty prospects in North Carolina...

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“Getting to Know” 6’2 2024 Ezra Jamison

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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“Getting to Know” 6’4 2024 Trace Moffit

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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Deserving of More Respect: Jamori McDougald

Each year, it seems like dozens of prospects are left in an unfavorable position while simply trying to receive appropriate recruitment from college coaches. Understandably, there are more college-level players than college opportunities available. However, that simply does not excuse the massive oversight that continues to carry over from season to season. While there are plenty of applicable...

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“Getting to Know” 6’0 2024 Damani Day

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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“Getting to Know” 6’8 2024 Landon Johnson

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 Spotlight: 2023 Titus Ivy (Cox Mill)

Player: Titus IvySchool: Cox MillClass: 2023Height: 6’5 When a player faces a tough injury and misses an entire high school season, it can be hard to remind people of one’s potential. That is what 2023 Titus Ivy is facing but he isn’t taking long to give everyone a reminder of his game.  Ivy is a 6’5 prospect that missed the entire season last year for Cox Mill, a big loss for the program...

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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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Five More South Carolina Seniors Worthy of Offers

Although North Carolina is regularly advertised as the “Hoopstate”, South Carolina is notorious for putting some of the best athletes (across all sports) into the professional ranks on a yearly basis. The state doesn’t generally receive as much attention as it probably should, and players often soar below the radar as a direct result. Even prior to all the covid restrictions, college coaches...

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The Time Is Now: 2023 6’9 Donovan Raymond (West Charlotte)

The Hoop State League has brought us all a great chance to preview teams and see what these high schools’ teams will be working with this season.  One team that I was personally intrigued in watching was West Charlotte, as they have a few known names that will be taking the court. Getting another glimpse of them in action, gave us just yet another chance to watch 2023 6’9 Donovan Raymond. ...

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“Getting to Know” 6’1 2023 Malin Allard

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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“Getting to Know” 6’0 2024 Connor Salyer

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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Five South Carolina Seniors Worthy of Offers

Although North Carolina is regularly advertised as the “Hoopstate”, South Carolina is notorious for putting some of the best athletes (across all sports) into the professional ranks on a yearly basis. The state doesn’t generally receive as much attention as it probably should, and players often soar below the radar as a direct result. Even prior to all the covid restrictions, college coaches...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2024 AJ Parsley (Mooresville)

Player: AJ ParsleyClass: 2024Position: Point GuardSchool: Mooresville Recently heading up just above the Charlotte area to check in on Mooresville high school, we had a chance to check in on a new member with the team but a familiar face with Phenom Hoops. 2024 AJ Parsley looks to be a key piece for the future of Mooresville and while watching, the small point guard really impressed with his...

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Four Seniors D3s Should Be Prioritizing

The desire for high school prospects to reach the collegiate ranks is something we’ve become accustomed to seeing throughout the years. Every kid wants to make that leap, but only a select grouping even possess the ability to do so. Playing in college at any level should be considered an achievement. However, so many kids are still focused on the “D1 or bust” mentality, or believe that a...

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“Getting to Know” 6’5 2022 Jarrod Small

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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“Getting to Know” 6’8 2022 Ryan Bottomley

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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“Getting to Know” 6’2 2022 TJ Ragland

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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The Makings of Something Special: Zymicah Wilkins

Each year, the grassroots landscape sees hundreds upon thousands of players who look to make the transition from the middle school game to the high school ranks. The Carolinas are well-known for producing a ton of noteworthy kids at such an early age. Think about guys like Jaden Bradley, London Johnson, Carter Whitt, and countless others, and it’s easy to appreciate the sheer number of prospects...

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Open Gym Report: Dudley High School

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of Greensboro for another quality open gym session at Dudley High School. The Panthers have seen a variety of talent come through their doors over the years, including some of the best athletes in North Carolina’s history. This program has never struggled with getting kids to the next level, as evidenced by their slew of college players in the...

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