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Commitment Alert: 2022 Cinque Lemon commits to Western Carolina

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: Cinque LemonClass: 2022Committed to: Western Carolina  What Was Said by...

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Top Available Unsigned Wings in North Carolina

6’4 AJ Smith (Combine Academy) While he’s probably more of a guard, AJ Smith’s versatility allows him to be labeled as a wing whenever necessary. He’s strong, physical, and well-rounded with the ability to thrive as a role player or expand his production as needed. Smith is an exceptional defender with the blend of size, athleticism, and overall instincts to comfortably contain three positions...

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The Most Under-Recruited Prospects in North Carolina

Being overlooked is a definite possibility within the grassroots scene. Whether by scouts, spectators, or college coaches, plenty of worthy prospects have been brushed aside through no fault of their own. It’s not uncommon, but it is disheartening. Understandably, there are more scholarship-worthy kids than available scholarships to offer, but there still seems to be some disconnect. It’s...

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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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Way Past Due: Liberty Heights National Worthy of Offers

Just a few weeks ago, we put out a feature piece on Liberty Heights primarily detailing the trials and tribulations of Coach Mike Wright, his staff, and the incredibly talented collection of players throughout his tenure. In pivoting, their current roster is arguably more impressive than any previous group—yet their individual recruitments don’t echo this notion. Sure, college coaches are going...

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The Development of a Powerhouse: Liberty Heights Climbing the Mountain

Given all the constant movement and overall flux within the high school landscape, it can be difficult for someone who isn’t especially involved in the scene to understand its nuances. What does this mean? Think specifically about the group over at Liberty Heights. Their coaching staff of Mike Wright, Ben Johnson, DaQuan Santos, and Robert Shuler has been around for quite a while, but the...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Ezra Ausar & Elijah Jamison Lead Liberty Heights over Bull City Prep at #CarmelTipOff!

To start the Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic, Liberty Heights National and Bull City National came together. Bringing some intriguing talent that you will see at the next level, it really started off the event in a big way. Check out all the highlights from the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Carmel Tip-Off (Day 1)

2022 Cinque Lemon (Liberty Heights): One thing about this Liberty Heights team, on any night they can have someone step up and lead the charge. On Day 1, it was 2022 Cinque Lemon that stepped up for his team. Lemon continued to show what he has shown over and over; the ability to knock down shots from multiple levels with a confident jumper.  But what was also impressive was the...

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Top Available Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Upon concluding the travel ball season, dozens of prospects look to enter the final stage of the recruiting process and ultimately start making their college decision about where to further their journey. While the Class of 2022 is seeing some restoration of normalcy, they are still suffering a lot of unwarranted consequences as a direct result of covid. About twenty prospects in North Carolina...

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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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Is Cinque Lemon the Most Underrated Prospect in North Carolina?

Although the word “underrated” is coined with regularity throughout the grassroots landscape, it still holds merit within the proper context. Underrated can specifically be aimed at one of two possible groups, college coaches or the general public. In regards to college coaches, it simply means a kid does not have the appropriate recruitment for their respective abilities. As far as the masses...

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Versatile Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Given the way basketball has trended over the last decade or so, versatility has become more valuable than ever—especially at the highest levels of play. Sure, there were older players like Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and even Anthony Mason among countless others who embraced versatility before it became popular. However, it’s gradually become a necessity for a successful modernized brand of...

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Trending Upward: Five Obvious Targets for College Coaches

With the travel ball season in full swing, it’s only appropriate that we take a closer look at some notable targets across the state. Usually, countless offers are being thrown around at every turn. However, majority of programs have opted to hold onto their scholarships for as long as possible and ultimate play the waiting game with the Class of 2022. Although coaching staffs are moving and...

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Team Loaded NC 2022

During last summer’s crazy travel ball season in which there were no sneaker circuits, one of the most popular teams in the country was Tea Marie Hoops, started by former Division 1 assistant coach, Thomas Carr. Tea Marie Hoops quickly took over the grassroots scene with high level players wearing colorful t-shirts reminiscent of the classic Five Star Basketball Camp shirt. Yes, they were...

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2022 Cinque Lemon earns offer after tough performance at Phenom Opening

Team Loaded this year, no matter where you look, well… is loaded. And one of the prospects who played really well this past weekend in Virginia Beach was 2022 6’6 Cinque Lemon.  A player that has certainly been making some noise throughout North Carolina in his class, Lemon has just continued his strong play from this past season at Cape Fear Christian and is now showcasing it more during...

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Game Recap: Cape Fear Christian at Northwood Temple

One thing is for certain, basketball in Fayetteville is high level and the NCISAA Sandhills Conference is one of the toughest conferences in the state from top to bottom. Every single game is a dog fight. You have to bring it every single night. Last night’s conference opener between Cape Fear Christian and Northwood Temple lived up to the hype. Even with limited seating capacity, the...

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Holiday Classic: Cape Fear Christian vs. Franklin Prep Regional (Recap/Standouts)

Second game of the day brought us Franklin Prep Regional and Cape Fear Christian. Both teams were coming off losses on Tuesday and they were looking to bounce back on the final day of the Holiday Classic. It took a few minutes for teams to adjust on the court but it was Cape Fear Christian that took the early lead midway through the first, as it was their pressure defense that created easy...

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TLPS v. Cape Fear Christian (Recap/Standouts)

The third game for day four of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two very intriguing programs in TLPS and Cape Fear Christian. TLPS has improved considerably since the beginning of the event, steadily progressing with each viewing and highlighting an unselfish approach. On the other side, Cape Fear Christian has quietly opened the season as one of the better teams in the state....

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Holiday Classic: Bull City National vs. Cape Fear Christian (Recap/Standouts)

Last game on the night, viewers and fans got themselves a treat as Bull City National, loaded with talent, went up against Cape Fear Christian, a team that has started off the season in tremendous fashion and looking to make a statement in Rock Hill. It wasn’t the highest scoring game in the first half but it was more of a balanced attack for Bull City Prep National, as he had several players...

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