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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Day 2, Part 1)

2024 Molly Burns (Ardrey Kell): Burns was a player I was interested in seeing again, knowing her impact on the floor. After a tough Day 1, she bounced back in a big way and showed why she can be a HUGE threat with her shot-making ability. If the opponent left her alone, she made them pay. Whether it was in catch-and-shoot situations or off the bounce, she has a ton of confidence in her jumper...

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Keep tracking this season: Class of 2023 (Part 1)

Darius Kane 2023 Caden Fitzgibbons (WS Christian): Fitzgibbons has been a name that continues to pop up with his play. He has had a strong summer and offseason so far, and he is a name to keep an eye on this upcoming season with WS Christian.  Fitzgibbons has shown that he can be a scorer on the floor, as he has had several occasions in which he posts 20+ points while also being active on...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Team Camp (Day 1, Part 2)

2024 Carlos Vazquez (Wayne Country Day): Every time I watch this young man’s game, I can just see a program finding ways to get him on the floor and for him to make plays in so many ways.  At 6’5, he shows a little bit of everything, with his ability to impact the paint and attack the glass, create off the dribble for himself and score, operate and play multiple positions, etc.  Really...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Havoc (Friday: Part 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2022 Caden Fitzgibbons (NC Spartans)Whether in transition or the half court, Caden was getting to the basket. He relentlessly attacked, utilizing his long frame and quickness, not to mention his effortless ability to elevate and play above the rim. He capitalized on a lot of opportunities created by his defensive activity as his team set up their full-court pressure. His natural...

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

2022 6’4 Tyler Gettings (Charlotte Aces): Gettings was tremendous to start his event and the overall day. The 6’4 prospect showed a nice skillset all over the floor, showing his comfort level in his jumper from outside and three, as well as playing incredibly strong around the paint and finishing at the rim.  Gettings just seemed to have a hand in everything on the court, including strong...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Grassroots TOC: Day 3

Umar Lawson 2022 Caden Fitzgibbons (NC Spartans Hartzell): Fitzgibbons continues to have a tremendous weekend, really filling up the boxscore, moving well without the ball, creating for himself, and simply putting points on the board.  His production has been consistent all throughout the weekend and should be one to really monitor throughout this summer. 2022 Jevon Long (Next Level SC):...

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Open Gym Report: NC Spartans

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Shining Light Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina for an extended preview of the NC Spartans Hartzell and Haidinger 17U rosters. Both teams feature a heavy mix of talent from throughout (and beyond) the triad area, the only difference being the Haidinger group includes multiple unsigned seniors worth noting. Founder Josh Thompson, in addition to his...

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Bishop McGuinness v. Mt. Airy

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Bishop McGuinness High School, as the Villains prepared to conclude their regular season against Mt. Airy in a rivalry matchup. Given the Covid situation, spectators have been limited all season. However, all the spectating parents who were guaranteed tickets actually gave up their seats in favor of a student section for the first time this year. The...

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Mt. Airy Tops Reagan in NCHSAA Season Opener

Mount Airy 55 Reagan 43 The wait is finally over. It was awesome to see the NCHSAA schools back on the court. In the first night of action, Phenom Hoops traveled to Winston Salem to see the match-up between Mount Airy and Reagan. Mount Airy threw the first punch and stayed in control after the first initial hit. Mount Airy jumped out to a 20-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the first...

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“Get to Know” Caden Fitzgibbons

Although Surry County isn’t typically known for their basketball talent, we’ve definitely seen some impressive players over the years. Jefferson Boaz (East Surry) has probably been the most popular and decorated athlete of the last five seasons, but guys like Carter Phillips and Mason Hawks (North Surry) were also extremely talented and previously made for one of the most electric, efficient...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Teddy Shickel #66: 5’7 ’22 Mekhi Gibson (Scotland) Starting things off, we look at a player that proved to be lightning-quick with or without the ball in his hands, Mekhi Gibson. He’s a smart, quick, slightly undersized point guard prospect with sharp penetration skills and the ability to attack the basket, set up others, or knock down perimeter jumpers. Gibson plays bigger than...

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