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Underrated Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2021

Although rankings are clearly meant to be discussed and debated, it feels like there are numerous noteworthy prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2021 that are still underrated. Obviously, the term “underrated” is a subjective one and completely based on opinion and preference. However, there’s an argument to be made for each of these prospects, especially since most of them hold zero...

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Freedom Christian: A Darkhorse Contender?

With all the constantly circulating discussions about teams and rankings, it’s become clearer that Freedom Christian is one of the most underrated and overlooked teams in North Carolina. They might not have the storied history and recent success like some, but their talent is plenty rich. This group has quickly jetted out to a 10-2 start and, although they haven’t necessarily played the toughest...

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Is North Carolina’s Private School Basketball an Open Race?

After writing an in-depth look at some of the top public school teams in the state, it only felt appropriate to do the same thing for private schools. However, there are even fewer clear-cut favorites and only one undefeated team remaining (Davidson Day) within the NCISAA. Right now, Concord First Assembly, Durham Academy, Greensboro Day, Trinity Christian, and Wayne Country Day have each lost...

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Who is North Carolina’s Best Public School Team?

Nothing seems to excite folks more than the weekly debate surrounding which teams fall into the upper echelon of rankings. Whether public, private, or both, everyone has a case to represent their cause. That being said, public school basketball in North Carolina has been as impressive as ever through the first month of the season. Three programs, Farmville Central, Millbrook, and North...

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Apex Friendship Takes Down Lee County Behind Farrar’s 18

Apex Friendship hosted Lee County in a little Pre-Thanksgiving regular season matchup last night. Friendship was in total control throughout the contest and ended up leaving the gym with a   75-47 victory. Let’s take a look at the magical five performers from the game! 6’7 2020 Nick Farrar: Apex Friendship/NC State Signee (18 Points, 7-9 FG) Farrar was a one man wrecking crew in his limited...

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UNC Pembroke spoils WSSU Home Opener 75-64

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke invaded the Gaines Center, and earned an impressive road win against a retooled Winston Salem State squad.Winston Salem, North Carolina- This contest went down in front of a packed house. The Rams student section got after the visiting Braves all night, I have to say the energy was emphatic throughout the gymnasium! The Braves captured a double digit...

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Four Takeaways for Hargrave after their Matchup with Oak Hill

Hargrave Military and Oak Hill Academy had their annual exhibition matchup last night at West Wilkes High School. The game was full of firepower with high level prospects on both sides as these two powers prepare for a rigorous season ahead. Let’s take a look at some of the takeaways that Hargrave can take from this matchup. KD Johnson and Ashley “AJ” James are dynamic at the top of the press...

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#NCPhenom150 Session Two: Miles Magical Five (Early Slate)

#112 6’11 2021 Cooper Land: Middle Creek High School Having had the opportunity to watch Land in multiple settings over the course of the last year and a half, seeing his progression up close was really good to see. He’s starting to figure out how to translate his size into consistent productivity while never forcing the issue on either end of the court. He has nice timing and anticipation on...

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#SCTop80: Miles Magical Five (Late Slate)

#108 6’6 2020 Keyon Mims: Fort Mill High School Mims is a really versatile player due to his ability to defend multiple positions on the perimeter and interior. His offensive skillset is diverse. He can handle the ball, post up, shoot it from 3, and get above the rim for high flying finishes. He brings a lot to the table on the wing with the lineage of things he does well. He maintains a...

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#PhenomOpenGymTour: Bishop McGuinness

The latest stop on the Phenom Hoops Open Gym Tour was at Defending NCHSAA 1A Champions Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville, North Carolina. This group lost some key pieces from last years team including guys like Cam Caroway and Mac McAlhany, Gus O’Hale, and Ty Cressman. They bring back some key pieces from last years team including a couple of new pieces that make the...

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Setting The Lines: Handicapping Phenom Hoops 2020 Fantasy Draft

Jamie Shaw, Jeff Bendel, Patrick O’Brien, and Rick Lewis recently went through North Carolina’s absolutely loaded 2020 class in a really unique fashion. They held a 10 round fantasy draft with each of the guys selecting who they thought would lead them to victory. Fantasy sports are based strictly upon production, but let’s take a closer look at these fantasy matchups and see...

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Class of 2019 Prospects We Cannot Wait To Watch In College

Every year a new batch of kids head off to college where they can achieve their dreams both in the classroom, and on the basketball court. North Carolina’s 2019 class was filled with special basketball talent, but also a special group of people, let’s take a look at some of the 2019 kids we can’t wait to see flourish at the next level. 6’3 CG Caleb Mills: University of...

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From the Eyes of a Parent: NCAA College Basketball Academy

On May 31, 2019 I received an email from the NCAA College Basketball Academy titled “Congratulations!” on my son’s acceptance to participate. Full disclosure, he read on Twitter weeks before that this opportunity required only a self-nomination. The email from the NCAA went on to provide the session assignment (Session 1, Grand Canyon University) as well as provide a high-level overview of what...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt 2 #PhenomSummerFinale

Time flies when you’re having fun, another season of AAU is almost in the books!Greensboro, North Carolina– The Phenom Hoops crew is going out with a bang here at the Summer Finale! The stars came out for one last go around, coaches at multiple levels flooded the sidelines in search of a late boost to 2019, and others got the jump on some classes of the future. 6’2 2022 LeBron Thomas (FIBA)...

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Team Loaded 15U claims the Silver bracket 93-89 in overtime

In an absolute thriller Team Loaded went blow for blow with a scrappy Charlotte Supremes squad, in the end regulation wasn’t enough time to decide a winner.Greensboro, North Carolina- Team Loaded utilized a second half run, and some halftime defensive adjustments to claim the title on championship Sunday. This was the most competitive game on court three it was a contest of runs, both teams...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt 1 #PhenomSummerFinale

Time flies when you’re having fun, another season of AAU is almost in the books!Greensboro, North Carolina- The Phenom Hoops crew is going out with a bang here at the Summer Finale! The stars came out for one last go around, coaches at multiple levels flooded the sidelines in search of a late boost to 2019, and others got the jump on some classes of the future. 6’3 2021 Elijah Jamison (Team...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers at Phenom All-American Camp (Pt. 2)

The inaugural Phenom All American camp came into the weekend as somewhat of an enigma.Greensboro, North Carolina- The Triad played host to the first-ever Phenom All American Camp, our brand and product are recognizable, but until Saturday we hadn’t conducted a true All American Camp. This was another prime opportunity for prospects in the classes of 2020-2024, to get better and boost their...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers #PhenomAllAmerican

The inaugural Phenom All American camp came into the weekend as some what of an enigma. Greensboro, North Carolina- The Triad played host to the first ever Phenom All American Camp, our brand and product are recognizable, but until Saturday we hadn’t conducted a true All American Camp. This was another prime opportunity for prospects in the classes of 2020-2024, to get better and boost...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt III #PhenomSummerHavoc

It’s that time of the year and July is here once again, it’s the busiest time In the Travel Ball scene, the Live Period!Fort Mill, South Carolina- We’ve reached the fourth day of Summer Havoc, there have been offers earned and attention grabbed so far. Teams have competed hard for three days and now we’ve arrived at the home stretch, all these prospects and coaches will...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers #PhenomSummerHavoc Pt 2

It’s that time of the year and July is here once again, it’s the busiest time In the Travel Ball scene, the Live Period! Fort Mill, South Carolina- The Phenom Crew is back at it again in the other Carolina, for the annual Summer Havoc Live Period Showcase. Competitiveness is at its highest, prospects competed in front of dozens of college coaches in search of their next program...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt 1 #PhenomSummerHavoc

It’s that time of the year and July is here once again, it’s the busiest time In the Travel Ball scene, the Live Period! Fort Mill, South Carolina- The Phenom Crew is back at it again in the other Carolina, for the annual Summer Havoc Live Period Showcase. Competitiveness is at its highest, prospects competed in front of dozens of college coaches in search of their next program...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Part III

It’s July which means travel ball is back and in action, the Phenom Crew has invaded the other Carolina for a weekend full of hoops and storylines!Fort Mill, South Carolina- The action didn’t waste any time picking up here at Comenius School, we had the pleasure of getting a jump on the new wave of talent 13U-15U, at this stage a lot of these underclassmen are relatively unknown and...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers pt 2 #PhenomChampionShowcase

It’s July which means travel ball is back and in action, the Phenom Crew has invaded the other Carolina for a weekend full of hoops and storylines! Fort Mill, South Carolina- The action didn’t waste any time picking up here at Comenius School, we had the pleasure of getting a jump on the new wave of talent 13U-15U, at this stage a lot of these underclassmen are relatively unknown and...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt 1 #PhenomChampionShowcase

It’s July which means travel ball is back and in action, the Phenom Crew has invaded the other Carolina for a weekend full of hoops and storylines!Fort Mill, South Carolina- The action didn’t waste any time picking up here at Comenius School, we had the pleasure of getting a jump on the new wave of talent 13U-15U, at this stage a lot of these underclassmen are relatively unknown and...

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Final Thoughts from the #NCHSAALivePeriod

The new NCAA Live Period blew past all expectations and, most importantly provided a platform for a vast amount of talent to be displayed in front of dozens of college programs, but there are always improvements to be made in the future. Charlotte, North Carolina- What Year one did was brought in a lot of exposure, and offered the states best a legitimate chance to hoop in front of college...

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Storylines from the #NCISSALivePeriod

The weekend was action packed with big time hoops all weekend long throughout the Triad! It's the first go around in this newly structured live period run by state officials and local high schools.

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers #NCHSAATOP100

Over the weekend 100 of the top players from all over the Hoop State in the Public School ranks, the competition was top notch, it attracted dozens of college coaches far and wide looking to find the next stars of their programs.   Davie County, North Carolina- The NCHSAA sponsored elite camp kicked things off with a bang, energy was high and college coaches flooded the sidelines to take in...

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Brandon’s Big time Ballers #NCISAASummerShowcase

The Hoop States Top Private schools gathered at Greensboro Day School for a star studded summer showcase.Greensboro, North Carolina- This Live Period event gives the Coaches, Scouts, and Media, an opportune chance to checkout some of the best prospects in the state under a controlled team setting. 6’3 2022 Jaden Bradley (Cannon)- Bradley looks the part of a high major floor general, he’s got the...

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Burlington Christian Academy Open Gym Notes

Last Week Ryan Bernardi (Head Coach at BCA) invited me to attend an open gym as his team was preparing for the June Live Period.  He has invited numerous local former/current college basketball players into the gym to help his team adapt to playing against tough competition and it did not disappoint.  Here are some notes on the six BCA players present for the workout. 6’0 2021 Brock...

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