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POB’s Best of the Best: Hoop State Championship

2022 Jayden Epps (Combine Academy): What else can be said than JAYDEN EPPS; the senior showed up one last time on the year for Combine Academy, hitting the game-winner in the championship game and fully taking over in the fourth quarter. Scoring all the team’s points and securing the title was just the icing on the cake for a special weekend from Epps. He continues to be the go-to leader and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Hoop State Championship

2022 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights): Jamison, who is still one of the top unsigned seniors in the state of North Carolina, really showcased his ability to lead the charge for his team. He played at a great pace, got out in transition, knocked down shots from multiple levels, and really controlled the game as a point guard should. He finished the game with 16 points, hitting a few threes,...

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Commitment Alert: Simpkins twins heading to Illinois State

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Takia Simpkins/ Tajuan SimpkinsClass: 2022Committed to: Illinois State What the...

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Friday Standouts from Relentless Hoops Military Circuit

6’9 2022 David Dixon (Speights Academy)Dixon was arguably the top 2022 prospect in attendance at the event. In my humble and honest opinion, Dixon is a player who is being vastly under-recruited. He’s a player that could without question play in leagues like the A-10 or the American. At 6’9, he has a great mix of size, skill and athleticism. He has the ability to beat you from...

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Don’t Forget About Liberty Heights Varsity

The new era of regional/varsity teams being formed to complement these national-level squads has led to a lot of player movement over the last few years. Generally speaking, these groups are often overlooked by college coaches and brushed aside in favor of the more “highly touted” prospects. However, Liberty Heights Varsity has the perfect blend of depth, talent, style, and coaching to compete...

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Ten of the Top Unsigned Seniors in North Carolina

Given the shift into the new calendar year, this period always serves as a meaningful time for prospects and college coaches alike. On one hand, these high school seniors have already gotten somewhat of a feel for how their recruitment is going to unfold during the second half of the season. Most kids are still in the process of fielding offers and accumulating opportunities while college...

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Impressive Performers: Chick-Fil-A Classic

The Chick-fil-a Classic was an outstanding event once again down in South Carolina, as it brought some of the top teams and talent from around the country all under one building. There were several memorable performances throughout the event, and these were just a few names that captured our eyes in certain areas.

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Chick-Fil-A (Tuesday, Part 2)

Dream City Christian vs Legacy Early College It wasn’t the prettiest of games on the afternoon but two big-time programs matched up for this one, as Dream City Christian and Legacy Early hit the court.  It was a low-scoring affair early, with DCC holding the narrow 4-point lead at halftime.  Second half though, the offense came alive for DCC while Legacy struggled to get in a rhythm. It allowed...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 4 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 1)

2022 Niccolo Moretti (DME Academy): This being my second viewing of this young man, I’m starting to become a big fan of what he provides and how he operates on the court.  He may have the best vision and touch in finding his teammates at the event, delivering precise dimes to his teammates, showing a shifty game as a ball-handler, really plays at a great pace, and also can create his own...

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

2022 Takai Simpkins (Liberty Heights): Takai came out strong and never let up with his attack and he continues to show he can score in a variety of ways.  He uses his body very well and has the ability to create for himself while getting to the rim but also showcased his perimeter game, knocking down multiple threes for his team. 2022 Tajuan Simpkins (Liberty Heights): The duo of the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Hoop State League (Championship Weekend)

2025 Miles Leaks (Panthers): When you watch a freshman prospect like Leaks, you have to look for the flashes in his potential.  Leaks showed that on several occasions, showing that he understands the game, plays under control and at a terrific pace, and that he possesses the IQ.  He plays his game, gets to his spots to score, and doesn’t force anything, playing well within the...

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 2 of HoopState Fall League (West)

2025 Tayeshaun Smith (Team 1 of 1): Smith is a young prospect that should have more eyes his way, especially with the activity level he has in the paint and on the boards.  Smith does an exceptional job in getting on the boards, creating extra opportunities, and showing his ability to get to the line. He is a young, strong, 6’8 forward that plays with a great motor and effort down low. 2025...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Liberty Heights (National and Varisty)

Phenom Hoops checked in on Wednesday morning down around the Charlotte area, as Liberty Heights and Coach Mike Wright was back in action. Now having two teams on display, both national and varsity, Phenom was able to get a glimpse of an array of talent on the court, as we break down all the players to know and watch this season. Both teams should be fun to watch for sure and looking to make some...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 3)

2024 Paul McNeil (Garner Road): There has been a lot of talk around McNeil and his game but it is easy to see why he is regarded as one of the top players in his class for 2024.  He put on an absolute show to start his weekend, using his 6’5 frame to his advantage, finishing over defenders, showing tremendous body control, and has an excellent perimeter feel for the game.  The young...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’7 2022 Marcus Kell (Upward Stars 3SSB 17U/Legion Collegiate Academy)  Marcus has a beautiful jump shot, one of the best shot forms I’ve seen today. His mechanics are consistent and he must be focused on at all times. Kell could serve as a spot-up shooting option for a variety of college programs. He’s likely due for a very promising season at Legion. 2022 6’4 Takai and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers at Phenom Stay Positive (Day 1, Part 2)

Jaheim Taylor 2022 Kendrell Brooks (Brothers Basketball): Brooks has been a consistent threat on the court, as the 6’2 prospect has scored consistently in an array of areas on the court, pulling up and knock down shots but also getting to the basket.  But also enjoyed his vision and floor sense, making some terrific passes to set up his teammates for easy shots. 2021 Jaheim Taylor (Hart Select):...

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Holiday Classic: Victory Christian vs. Legion Academy (Recap/Standouts)

Game 2 was an exciting one to watch for sure, as this brought over 10+ players that could play at the next level and had our scouts and fans excited.  It didn’t disappoint, as these two teams battled early and often in this one.  Victory Christian started off by running and looking to get out and run, but Legion didn’t back down and make it tough defensively while Marcus Kell came out...

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Victory Christian is a program college coaches should be all over

We have talked about multiple programs that have the attention of college coaches around the country.  But one program that might not be getting the attention they deserve this season, Victory Christian should be one that college coaches are all over and watching, on all levels. This is a program that is loaded with talent that can play at the next level, whether it is D3, D2, or D1.  When...

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Holiday Classic: Victory Christian vs. Elevation Prep

Victory Christian and Elevation Prep was the second game to headline Thursday night.  But it was Victory Christian that came out and made a statement early on both ends of the floor.  Their defense led to their offense, creating turnovers and pushing in transition, using their size and multiple weapons to create an early double-digit lead. It was eventually as 21-0 lead before...

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Northwood Temple v. Victory Christian (Recap/Standouts)

The second day of Phenom’s November Classic carried onward between two premier programs in Victory Christian and Northwood Temple. Both teams are missing major pieces, namely 6’2 ’22 Jaquantae Harris for Northwood Temple along with 6’8 ’22 Randi Ovalle and 6’7 ’23 Addison Archer for Victory Christian. That being said, the Eagles quickly asserted themselves in control, dictating the action well,...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Victory Christian

Phenom Hoops continues their open gym tour, this time getting a treat to check in on Victory Christian, as Coach Dilligard brings in new names along with seniors with experience. There should be a lot of excitement around the program this year and they will have their chance to shine against a national schedule. Check out who we watched in the open gym, as this is going to be a program college coaches will want to get on quickly.

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