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Team Loaded Trio Continues to Turn Heads

Given the overall landscape of grassroots basketball, there is arguably as much talent spread across the state as ever. More players have shown inclinations to join teams that actually fit their play style rather than just chasing reputation. That being said, Team Loaded 15U (formerly Team Thrill NC) has not only maintained their greatness but have also improved drastically as a group and...

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Start Tracking: 2024 Zion Collins (Hillside HS)

It has been an exciting year to finally get a chance to see some of these very intriguing freshmen on the courts at their high schools.  It has given them a chance to start their story with the program but also finally get a chance to watch them in a high school setting. 2024 6’4 Zion Collins from Hillside high school in North Carolina is going to be one of the big-time talents to watch for...

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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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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts #PhenomJamboreeBash

Brendon Watley 2026 of Save Sports has the potential to be a well known and sought after player. His size and ability along with his overall feel for the game is super advanced for his age. His ability to probe gaps and get inside the lane was eye catching; he was able to attack the rim and score at will. His frame and body did not match his age as he is well developed already and will still...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQYAaxAFm8S0K11TvsGIgIUK Coach: Drew Bombick #0: 5’2 ’25 Tyler Daughtridge (Archdale) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a pretty strong impact despite being the youngest and smallest prospect on this team, Tyler Daughtridge. He’s a young, high-motor guard prospect with a reliable spot-up presence from beyond...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts

6’3 Zion Collins 2024 has all the physical tools and intangibles to become a high-level guard. He is a terrific playmaker who has the IQ and passing ability to really create for his teammates and put them in a great position to score. He showed a great blend of scoring ability from all three levels on the court. He shoots the ball well and knocks down tough shots. He attacks the basket and gets...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers: #PhenomAllAmerican

It’s officially camp season, the competition and talent haven’t been lacking this weekend! My first list of standouts is a versatile group made up of multiple classes and positions. There are some scholarship level guys here programs need to buy stock in now, with no further ado let’s get to it! 6’8 2021 Peyton Gerald- I was thoroughly impressed with Gerald’s overall impact on the game. He is an...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’23 Jah Short (Garner Road) There’s a lot to like about this Garner Road roster, and Short has absolutely shined as their leader on both sides of the ball. He’s long, athletic, and quite skilled with impressive defensive prowess. Short has undergone a lot of physical development over the last calendar year, but still looks likely to continue improving. He has no glaring weaknesses and...

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