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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts

6’8 Trey Ramsey of Carolina Riptide 2022 is a very intriguing prospect with a lot of potential. He has a unique combination of length, height, and skillset that allows him to be very productive on both ends of the floor. He has a great touch to go along with good footwork that makes it easy for him to score in the paint. He has the ability to also stretch the floor with his ability to shoot it...

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Player Standouts at Day One of Phenom Finale

6’3 ’21 Glynn Hubbard III (CC Elite) There were many standouts for CC Elite during their lopsided win, but Hubbard was arguably their most impressive piece. He possesses a skillset that seems to naturally affect all facets of the game on both sides of the ball. Hubbard is a capable ball-handler and playmaker with the ability to effectively score from multiple levels. He also contains his...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Carolina Riptide 17U Shooting the LIGHTS OUT at Phenom Challenge!

Check out highlights from the Carolina Riptide at the Phenom Challenge. The Carolina Riptide are based out of Lake Norman and are led by some sharpshooting guards in Callahan Reed, Trace Forrest, and Jacob Morgan. Here are some highlights from a few of their games from this past weekend.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 3 Early Standouts

6’9 Jai Smith of Tea Marie 16U has been phenomenal this weekend. Shows that he is a HM Division 1 talent. Very long, athletic, and superfluid on the court. Tenacious rebounder who attacks the boards every possession. Uses his length to be a great rim protector for his team. Shows the ability to attack from the wings and get out in transition. Killer mindset, looks to dunk on you every single...

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Trace Forest: Nonstop Effort

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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Coach Rick’s All State “Team Before Self Award”

Coach Rick’s Team Before Self Award 5’10 2021 Trace Forest (Pine Lake Prep) We’ve had the opportunity to watch 5’10 2020 Trace Forest (Pine Lake Prep) in several settings. Whether it is travel ball, camp, or playing on his high school team, one thing is crystal clear. Trace Forest is the ultimate “team first” player. Last summer at the David Rose Memorial Day Classic, we wrote the following. “In...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour “Pine Lake Prep”

Phenom Open Gym Tour “Pine Lake Prep” Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Mooresville, North Carolina to cover open gym at Pine Lake Preparatory School. Head coach Tony Dunbar comes from Indiana and his deep roots to the Hoosier State is clearly etched in his coaching philosophy. Pine Lake Prep is a charter school and is aligned in the NCHSAA 1A division. Last season, Pine Lake finished...

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A Closer Look: Carolina Riptide

At Phenom Hoops, we’ve seen a considerable amount of programs come through our doors, but none that represent the team concept better than the Carolina Riptide. For starters, this group has been together throughout the entire process and possesses chemistry that other teams simply can’t match. It all starts with their fiery head coach, Grant Hodges, who has proven to be one of the modest, yet...

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Early Player Standouts at Phenom David Rose MDC

Capital City Pacers 6’2 ’21 Donavon Martin- The long, athletic wing prospect was pretty productive throughout this contest. He stood out as a primary scoring option on offense and played with consistent aggression on defense. Martin attacked the basket whenever possible and was able to thrive in transition.   Carolina Riptide 5’10 ’21 Trace Forest- In many ways, Forest is one of the unsung...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 2: Evaluation Team 13

North Carolina Phenom Session 2: Evaluation Team 13   Team 13 Coach: Needham Cheely   #14:5’9 ’21 Joshua McClary (Charlotte, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that provided his team with a calm two-way presence at camp, Joshua McClary. He’s a wiry point guard prospect that offers a solid mix between penetrating and shooting while constantly looking to get others involved....

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