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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Ryan Bernardi #7: 6’0 ’23 Jaiden Thompson (Central Cabarrus) Starting things off, we look at a player who showcased a scrappy, high-motor presence throughout camp, Jaiden Thompson. He’s a tough, heady guard prospect with a nice feel and the ability to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Thompson is a quality three-point shooter, but also attacks the basket...

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Guards looking to have a big high school season: NC Top 80 (Class of 2023)

It was a special weekend in Charlotte, as Phenom Hoops had their annual North Carolina Top 80 event which brought some of the top players from the state all under one building. We had several top seniors, juniors, sophomores, and even freshmen attend the event, as we dive more into the players that impressed. It was great to see several juniors on the floor and they put themselves on the map for...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Hoop State League (Week 4)

Phenom Hoops was back in town in Rock Hill for Week 4 action in the Hoop State League.  Teams continue to make progress and prepare for the upcoming seasons, as well as players.  There were several standouts from the event but these three players really played at a high level in Week 4.  2022 Evan Smith (Team Purple) Smith has been a known name throughout North Carolina for some...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 of Hoop State League (Week 4) (Part 1)

2022 Evan Smith (Team Purple): Really do believe this is just the start of a terrific season for Smith.  He is going to have to pick up his offensive scoring and is showing that during the Hoop State League.  He plays with such a smooth feel, is patient in his attack, and handles contact extremely well. Continues to be consistent offensively on the floor. 2022 Liam Craven (Combine...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Fall Finale/ Hoop State League (Day 1)

2022 Takai Simpkins (Liberty Heights): Both Simpkins twins are strong and play hard but Takai was especially strong and continuing to show why more schools are starting to look their way.  Takai does a tremendous job is using his length at a guard, covering a ton of ground, and finishing over defenders and at the rim, while also being able to step out. 2022 Syncere Lynch (Bull City Prep):...

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Player Standouts from Hoop State Fall League (Week 1: Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Chase Daniel (Team Force)Every time I watch Chase he provides something a little different. But no matter what, whatever role he fills ultimately leads to a win. Today his niche was finding the chinks in the armor and settling in the soft spot of the defense. He found it so often and naturally, at times getting shots off the same read 2 or 3 possessions in a row. Along with...

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Central Cabarrus Open Gym Report

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops had the pleasure of watching Central Cabarrus workout. Former Catawba College Head Coach, Jim Baker, has a talented group of young guards leading the way for his team this season. Although they may not be the biggest team, they are one of the toughest and scrappiest teams you’ll watch. Let’s take a look at some of their key players. 6’0 2023 Jaiden Thompson is coming...

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Central Cabarrus not looking to slow down any time soon

Phenom Hoops has had a chance to get out during the month of June as teams have been participating in several teams’ camps and during the live period.  One event that Phenom attended was the Catawba Team Camp, bringing in several teams from around the region and giving us an early look at what each program has to offer. One of the first teams that we sat down to watch was Central Cabarrus,...

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Player Standouts from Day 3 at the Phenom MDC

By: Heath Gulledge 2024 5’10 Chase Daniel (CC Elite Blue) Hamilton does it all for CC Elite. Whatever he’s asked to do, he’s going to do it and do it well. He’s a player that can score on all three levels. He can handle the ball and break down defenders and then makes the right play when he gets by them. He gets down hill extremely well and finishes through contact with great body control. He...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom MDC (Day 1)

2023 Emanuel Richards (Upward Stars 3SSB 2023): Richards continues to show his production on the floor, as I believe he is one of the more underrated prospects in the state of South Carolina for his class.  Every time he comes out, he makes an impact on the floor.  Before, he did an incredible job in getting downhill and finishing through contact and he continues to do so, but you can...

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Phenom Game Report: Weddington vs. Central Cabarrus

The playoffs continued on Thursday night throughout North Carolina, as we checked in at Weddington as they welcomed in a tough Central Cabarrus. However, Central Cabarrus had their work cut out for them, as they had a big task in taking down one of the favorites on their home floor.

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Jaiden Thompson, “Books, Basketball & High Character”

Last season, we got a chance to watch then freshman point guard Jaiden Thompson during our Phenom Open Gym Tour. We wrote the following, “Jaiden Thompson will be a welcomed new addition to the Central Cabarrus team. The freshmen point guard will be asked to play huge minutes and be the team’s undeniable team leader. Thompson has the ball on a string and is terrific at reading and coming off ball...

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