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Phenom Recruitment Update: 2024 Draven Pilson (Forsyth Country Day)

Phenom Hoops continues to bring some of the latest news and updates for players in the country, as we speak to them about the latest in their recruitment. We recently spoke to 2024 Draven Pilson from Forsyth Country Day, who is a rising prospect in North Carolina and who earned his first offer recently from South Florida.  He talks about that moment and his conversation with the staff, and...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom G3 Showcase (Day 3)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2024 Austin Swartz (Team Charlotte) It’s amazing to think that Swartz has two remaining years of high school basketball. I don’t think I’ve seen a sophomore scorer with Swartz’s 6’4 frame that can put the ball in the basket like he can. Swartz embodies the impact that a true dynamic shooter brings to a team. His shot-making capabilities have reached a level where defenders...

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G3 Showcase Team Preview: Team Curry 16U

With the June and July Live Periods on the horizon, there’s no better time for teams to compete to gauge their ability against high-level opponents. Our G3 Showcase is slated to feature a heavy mix of independent organizations and shoe-circuit programs—so there should definitely be something for everyone in attendance. The circuit teams nearing their halfway point should ultimately...

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North Carolina’s Class of 2024 forwards to keep an eye on

Phenom Hoops recently released their rankings for the class of 2024 in North Carolina and it certainly is loaded. There are several names that you may recognize, as you can find the full rankings and watch list here (Click Here). There are quite a few forwards/bigs that jump off the list but we wanted to dive into a few more prospects that should be interesting to watch as they continue to...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Tourney Town Showcase

6’7 ’24 Draven Pilson (Forsyth Country Day) The Furies are as balanced as any team in the state, and Pilson’s steady growth makes them even more dangerous. While it seems rare, he truly shows progression each time he takes the floor. Pilson has drastically improved as a perimeter shooter over the last few months, and can now spot-up, attack off the bounce, or operate around the basket. He’s a...

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Player Standouts at Tyler Lewis Hoopfest

6’0 ’23 Evangelia Paulk (Asheville Christian) The Lions were the clear aggressors from the opening tip, and that was thanks, in large part, to everything Paulk brought to the table. She possesses excellent size and understands how to use it very well, both as a screener and interior presence on both ends of the floor. Paulk is extremely polished with the necessary blend of IQ, toughness, and...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Jamboree Bash (Part 1)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’5 2024 Iverson King (Forsyth Country Day)  This weekend, Iverson King appeared to be one of the clear leaders of this young group. He’s long been discussed by on-lookers as an early college priority and seems to be living up to his potential as a player that scholarship-level schools should be paying attention to right now. King is hitting with efficiency from beyond the...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Kenneth Bates #2: 5’10 ’22 Camian Shell (Winston-Salem Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player who simply understands how to properly run a team from the point guard position, Camian Shell. He’s a smart, strong, undersized floor general with a quality blend of vision, quickness, and scoring ability from all levels. Shell is an excellent defender, especially for his...

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Forsyth Country Day School

Phenom Hoops travelled to Lewisville, North Carolina for our Phenom Open Gym Tour to cover Forsyth Country Day School. Forsyth Country Day holds a special place in my heart. I was able to play there from my eight grade to eleventh grade year before transferring to Oak Hill Academy. Coach Doug Esleeck is in his second season at Forsyth Country Day and he has accumulated some special young talent...

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North Carolina’s Top 2024 Prospects Make Waves at CP3 Rising Stars Camp (Part Three)

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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“Getting to Know” 6’6 2024 Draven Pilson

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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Team Curry 15u Preview

When watching this 15 and under Team Curry squad, one thing sticks out: size. This team has height, length, athleticism and skill. Head Coach Reggie Hairston has been with the Pro Skills Basketball organization now for seven years. This will be his second season as the head coach of the 15u Team Curry team. Last season, he helped guide the team to a 21-3 record and solidified themselves as one...

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Five Standout Frosh, “Stock on the Rise,” Part 3

While it’s way too early for Phenom Hoops to calculate our North Carolina 2024 rankings, we decided to take a closer look at some of the state’s top freshmen.  In our first segment, we took a look at 6’8 Jarin Stevenson (Northwood HS), 6’5 Drake Powell (Northwood HS), 6’2 Zion Walker (The Burlington School), 6’5 Bishop Boswell (South Mecklenburg) and 6’6 Maurio Hanson (Vance HS)....

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Five More Noteworthy Names in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Each year, North Carolina reminds everyone just how much talent resides within the Hoopstate. New faces emerge, prospects transfer in to prove themselves, and dozens upon dozens of players earn opportunities to further their career at the next level. That being said, the consistent amount of young, upcoming talent is what continues to stand out across the entire state. Now, North Carolina’s...

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Open Gym Report: Forsyth Country Day School

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Forsyth Country Day School to view practice. Upon entering the gym, the energy and intensity level was high from the start. As I was sitting there watching practice, it made me want to get out there and be a part of it. It was a college level practice. Entering his first season at Forsyth Country Day, Head Coach Doug Esleeck and his staff are quickly...

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Coming on the scene: Names to Watch in NC after #PhenomFallFinale

Another event in the books and many of the names we have seen countless times but it also provided us some guys that we haven't seen before, or it has been a while since we last watched them. These players impressed us on the court this last weekend in Rock Hill and we are looking for them to make a bigger name in the state this upcoming season.

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Finale (Young Prospects Worth Noting)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for another quality event. There was plenty of talent in the gym, featuring an abundance of new faces and guys we’ve seen numerous times throughout the years. The competition level was high, which made for some excitement, and various standouts emerged. This article will take a...

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Draven Pilson Taking the Next Step

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 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 as on the...

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North Carolina Jr. Phenom Spring Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Daymond Lindell #3: 4’10 ’27 TJ Conley (Arden) Starting things off, we look at a player that stood out for his high IQ as one of the youngest performers in attendance, TJ Conley. He’s a smart, unselfish point guard prospect that looks to get downhill and make plays for himself or others. Next in his development process is working to add strength, as it will make him a better...

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