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The Future Backcourt of Lake Norman High School

Between coaching changes and player movement, there is constant flux and change throughout the high school basketball landscape—especially in North Carolina. With so many programs operating as revolving doors for players, it’s almost become a rarity to see kids remain patient, properly develop, and seize their opportunity when it’s time. However, the disciplined, somewhat old-fashion method is...

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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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Open Gym Report: Lake Norman High School

Not many teams across the state practiced at 8:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day, let alone really attacked the day and improved. One team did. Lake Norman High School.  One of my biggest pet peeves that I look for when I attend a practice, is whether or not the players arrive early to get in extra shots and are actually in a sweat ready to go at the actual start of practice. If practice starts at...

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Open Gym Report: Lake Norman Guys

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Lake Norman High School for an open gym tour dual feature, capitalizing on the opportunity to evaluate both (boys and girls) varsity squads. Most of the boys’ team consisted of familiar faces, including numerous guys we’ve seen throughout the summer. In just one season, Coach Hodges has already done a great job of establishing his culture within the...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQYAaxAFm8S0K11TvsGIgIUK Coach: Drew Bombick #0: 5’2 ’25 Tyler Daughtridge (Archdale) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impact despite being the youngest and smallest prospect on this team, Tyler Daughtridge. He’s a young, high-motor guard prospect with a reliable spot-up presence from beyond...

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“Get to Know” Alex Gruber

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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Bendel’s Best: David Rose MDC (Part Two)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops had our annual David Rose Memorial Day Classic, an event that honors wounded veterans and supports the Wounded Warrior Project. Each year, some of the toughest teams from around region come together for this loaded event. This year’s field lived up to the event’s reputation and delivered some high-level competition, which featured numerous standout performers. We...

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Evening Standouts at Phenom David Rose MDC

Carolina Riptide 6’2 ’21 Christian Taylor- The undersized big man was among the most productive hustle players for this Riptide team. He’s willing and ready to take whatever role his team needs and maximizes it. Taylor doesn’t require offensive touches to make an impact and does a phenomenal job of outworking opponents for rebounds on both ends of the floor.   RDC Lakers 6’3 ’21 Po’Boigh...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Dre Simmons   #4:5’0 ’24 Xavian James (Maryville, TN) Starting things off, we look at a player that already possesses an advanced skillset and overall feel for the game, Xavian James. He’s a smart, young, undersized point guard with great instincts and the ability to dictate the offensive action. Next in his development process is simply working to add strength in order to...

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Tennessee Junior Phenom 2019 Spring Award Winners

    Tennessee Junior Phenom Camp MVP: 5’7 2025 Eil Ellis      Tennessee Junior Phenom Playmaker Award: 5’0 2024 Xavian James (Maryville, TN)     Tennessee Junior Phenom Station Award: 5’9 2024 Sydney Maines      Tennessee Junior Phenom Mr. Defense: 6’1 2024 Trent Noah (Baxter, KY)     Tennessee Junior Phenom Hustle Award:...

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North Carolina Junior Phenom Session 2: Evaluation Team 2

North Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp Session Two Evaluations   Team 2   #9:5’0 ’23 Jaydyn Sowell (Pageland, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to consistently highlight a strong two-way presence at camp, Jaydyn Sowell. He’s a point guard prospect that can handle the ball and generate scoring chances for himself and others. Sowell was able to effectively touch the...

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