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Dawkins’ Standouts from Day 1 of Hoop State League (Championship Weekend)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 5’11 2022 Kyron Weil (Believe Prep)  Kyron earned my unwavering respect after his final game against Word of God. Weil, with that single game, showed me a level of toughness, composure, ball-handling, and team-orientation that proved his competence to me. I believe this is a lead guard that  coaches would fawn over. Relentless attacker that gets into the lane and...

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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 Day 2 at Fall Finale/ HoopState League

2024 Paul McNeil (Richmond Jammers): McNeil is already regarded as one of the top prospects not only in the state but in the country and it is easy to see why at his age.  We are talking about a 6’6 prospect that can be a huge threat from deep, knocking down tough jumpers from all levels, a player that can create for himself and can operate from all positions on the floor.  What is scary to...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Finale (Day 1, Part 3)

2022 Jordan Crawford (DCT Elite): Crawford continues to play at a high level and we think it is only a matter of time until college coaches start coming more his way.  His ability to score on multiple levels is impressive, knocking down threes with consistency but also creating off the dribble, penetrating the lanes, and getting to the rim.  H really can fill it up quickly and did so on Day 1....

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2024 6’5 Paul McNeil already earning the attention of high major programs

If you haven’t quite dived into the talent pool in the class of 2024 for North Carolina, one player that you will want to quickly learn about is 2024 6’5 Paul McNeil from Richmond Senior high school.  Why is that? This kid is simply special and it can be easily seen once you watch him on the court.  McNeil has taken huge steps and elevated his game over the last year or so to now put...

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Coach Rick’s TOC: Bright future for young prospects

The Coach Rick's TOC was off the charts with talent. One thing is for sure is that the future around the region looks to be bright, as there were several young prospects that really captured our eyes and should be household names. Check out a few young players that will be ones you will want to know.

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

Paul McNeil 2023 Cam Oates (Garner Road): Now part of the 2023 class, Oates is an intriguing guard to keep tabs on with how he plays and how his game is maturing offensively.  He still brings a toughness to the floor and is scrappy on both ends.  But Oates is showing that he can really step up and be a consistent offensive threat from all areas. On Day 3, his perimeter game was...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3, Part 1)

By: Sean Halloran 2025 Chris Rivens (Team EAT 2025 National) Rivens was impressive today, showing off his natural athleticism once he was in transition. He gave everybody a glimpse of what he is capable of once he develops into his body, and grows as a basketball player. He already has the intangibles to be a great guard at the next level. With a good frame and natural athleticism, his potential...

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Player Standouts at Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

JaKobe Hood By: Heath Gulledge 2024 6’1 Justin Skelton (Columbia Hoopers Elite 15u) Skelton showed an impressive ability to score the ball from beyond the arc in the 8:00 am game this morning. He came out of the gate letting it fly and it was paying off for him. I like his ability to stretch the floor and make the defense respect his shot. He uses his skill from beyond the arc to draw the...

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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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POB’s Rising Stars of Tomorrow: Phenom Stay Positive

At the Phenom Stay Positive, it was a great opportunity to view some of the younger prospects in the Class of 2024 and 2025 in the region and there were certainly plenty of standouts. So, we look back at a few names that really impressed us over the weekend and ones that you should start monitoring NOW, as they could be the next rising stars around the area.

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Bendel’s Best: Stay Positive Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to North Carolina for our first debut at the newly built Rise Indoor Facility in Advance for our Stay Positive Classic. In lieu of everything opening back up, that area is going to see a massive increase in basketball traffic heading into the upcoming LIVE periods. There was an abundance of talented teams and individuals on display between the two-day...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Stay Positive

6’5 ’24 Paul McNeil (Garner Road) There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding McNeil over the last calendar year, and rightfully so, as he has the chance to be a special prospect. He’s extremely advanced for his age, both physically and in terms of skill, and already understands how to overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. McNeil possesses phenomenal length and fluidity, which allows him to...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Pinecrest Keeps Chipping Away & COMES BACK at Richmond HS!

Phenom Hoops went out to the southern part of North Carolina to check in on Richmond Senior HS, as they took on Pinecrest. It was a terrific battle with Richmond taking the early lead and holding it throughout most of the game. Pinecrest though chipped away late and eventually took the lead with seconds remaining to earn a gritty lead. There was a ton of talent on the court, so check out all the...

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Phenom Game Report: Pinecrest vs. Richmond Senior

Phenom Hoops traveled down south in the state of North Carolina on Wednesday night, to check in on the action between Richmond and Pinecrest, two teams having a successful season but at times, don’t get the recognition they deserve.  Early on, it looked like Richmond wanted to come out and make a statement, clinging to an early 10-0 lead behind a few early three-pointers but Pinecrest...

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Five Standout Frosh, “Stock On The Rise.” Part 2

Five Standout Frosh Part 2 “On the Rise” 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 featured 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...

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Five Noteworthy Names in North Carolina’s Class of 2024 (Part Three)

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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