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North Carolina’s Top 2024 Prospects Make Waves at CP3 Rising Stars Camp

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Sportsplex in Greensboro, North Carolina for the annual CP3 Rising Stars Camp. Typically, this event is exclusively for rising freshmen but the unforeseen circumstances over the last year prevented the Class of 2024 from the occasion. Instead of excising the class completely, they opted to combine the two classes into one enormous event. The amount...

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July Live Period Superlatives: Part Three

Best Defender: 6’0 ’22 Mustapha Shah 6’4 ’22 Elijah Burnett 6’3 ’22 Amari Pearson Although Burnett and Pearson are legitimately phenomenal defenders, Shah’s unique ability to mirror opponents through a combination of strength, quickness, and anticipation makes him an absolute terror defensively. He plays with a high motor and gets involved in the offensive action whenever necessary, but truly...

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Phenom 757 Showcase: Players to Watch in Class of 2024

What was great about the Phenom 757 Showcase, outside of giving college coaches a chance to watch and recruit some of the talent around the area but it also gave us a chance to watch some of the young rising players as well. There were a few players that caught my eye specifically in the Class of 2024 at the event, as here are a few names to start watching if you haven’t already. 2024 6’1...

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Player Standouts at Day Three of Phenom 757 Showcase

6’3 ’24 Tyler Bailey (Team Loaded VA) It’s already easy to see the appeal with a prospect like Bailey, who has possessed a poised, mature game for quite a while. He’s skilled, crafty, and has the combination of IQ, size, and athleticism to naturally cause matchup problems. Although very productive, Bailey is truly just beginning to harness his long-term upside.  6’6 ’24 Drake Powell (Team...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom 757 Showcase (Day 2)

2023 Matai Baptiste (Vaughan): It was the first game of the day but Baptiste continues to impress and catch our eyes with his play.  It is going to be interesting to watch him now in North Carolina because I think he has a chance to really take off.  The 6’7 wing prospect has such a smooth feel on the court, knocking down shots from the perimeter with ease, creating for himself off the dribble,...

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Team Loaded Trio Continues to Turn Heads

Given the overall landscape of grassroots basketball, there is arguably as much talent spread across the state as ever. More players have shown inclinations to join teams that actually fit their play style rather than just chasing reputation. That being said, Team Loaded 15U (formerly Team Thrill NC) has not only maintained their greatness but have also improved drastically as a group and...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Opening

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Virginia Beach Events Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia for another exciting event. Our Phenom Opening kicked off on Saturday morning, featuring an abundance of the top teams from the greater DMV area in addition to many familiar programs from the Carolinas. There was no shortage of talent in the gym, and the underlying subplots (like Team...

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Weddington wins NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Phenom game report: NCHSAA 3A state championship game Weddington vs. Northwood By Johnathan Kirkland The first of the NCHSAA state championship games on Saturday featured the 3A game between Weddington and Northwood. Weddington came into the game undefeated at 17-0 and Northwood was 14-2. It was a great game to start the day that stayed close throughout before Weddington pulled away in the final...

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Northwood Advances to the NCHSAA 3A State Championship with Overtime Win over West Carteret

Tuesday night was loaded with regional finals that couldn’t be missed. In the NCHSAA 3A East Regional, West Carteret (11-2) hosted Northwood (13-2) for the chance to go to the State Championship. The first quarter started with West Carteret’s Jaxon Ellingsworth putting his team on the board first with a drop-off finish. Ellingsworth picked up right where he left off after his...

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Game Report: Terry Sanford vs. Northwood

Phenom game report: Terry Sanford vs. Northwood  By Johnathan Kirkland Saturday night Terry Sanford played host to Northwood for a spot in the NCHSAA 3A final four. The top seeded Terry Sanford fell to the 13 seed Northwood 43-41 in a hard fought game that pitted two different styles of defense, but both worked out to perfection in a low scoring game.  After the first quarter Terry...

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Five Standout Freshmen “Stock On the Rise”

Five Standout Freshmen “Stock On the Rise” While it’s way too early for Phenom Hoops to calculate our North Carolina 2024 rankings, but let’s take a closer look at five standout freshmen that is making an early season impression. Be sure to check out Part 2 https://phenomhoopreport.com/five-standout-frosh-part-2-on-the-rise/ 6’8 ’24 Jarin Stevenson (Northwood HS) Jarin Stevenson is...

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Open Gym Report: Northwood High School

On Monday, Phenom Hoops travelled to Pittsboro, North Carolina to watch practice at Northwood High School. In his fourth season, Head Coach Matt Brown has quickly built a state contender. In his second season as head coach, the Chargers finished 19-10 in the 2018-2019 season with a trip to the 3A State Sweet Sixteen. Last season, Northwood won their conference with an overall record of 27-3 and...

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Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 19

Team 19 Coach: Greg Harmon #0: 5’9 ’22 Baron Williams (Clayton) Starting things off, we look at a player that performed quite well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Baron Williams. He’s a scrappy, team-first guard prospect with quickness, a nice handle, and the ability to touch the paint with regularity. Williams is a useful creator that scores effectively but also looks to...

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Northwood High School, “The Future is Now”

Last season, Northwood finished 27-3 and lost their top four scorers off the team. This upcoming season, Coach Matt Brown has to be excited about the incoming class of players. While Northwood may not match their total of 27 wins, Coach Matt Brown has plenty of optimism surrounding the talent of their underclassmen. Over time, this could become a very special group and one that could contend for...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session III Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Ryan Bernardi  #35: 5’9 ’23 Hanif Omar (Jordan) Starting things off, we look at a player that impacted the game quite well despite being among the youngest and smallest prospects on this team, Hanif Omar. He’s a smart, high-motor guard prospect with excellent quickness and phenomenal ability as a three-point shooter. Omar was able to run the team or operate without the...

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