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2023 Matai Baptiste (Vaughan): It was the first game of the day but Baptiste continues to impress and catch our eyes with his play. It is going to be interesting to watch him now in North Carolina because I think he has a chance to really take off. The 6’7 wing prospect has such a smooth feel on the court, knocking down shots from the perimeter with ease, creating for himself off the dribble,...read more
We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...read more
This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned back to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for another exciting grassroots event. Given the sheer amount of talent, there were quality teams across all divisions and age groups—which ultimately resulted in rugged competition from start to finish. Things are getting steadily more intense and meaningful for these players, as...read more
In a Saturday afternoon matchup, Phenom Hoops traveled to Raleigh to see Trinity Academy (11-1) host Wayne Country Day (22-2) for the NCISAA 2A State Quarterfinals. The winner would advance to the state semifinals. We were in for a treat. Both teams came into the matchup averaging 79 points per game, so it was expected to be a high scoring back and forth game. For the first quarter and a half,...read more
The stage was set for the NCISAA Coastal Plain Conference Championship. Wayne Country Day (20-2) hosted Greenfield (11-4) for the conference title on Friday night in Goldsboro. It’s never easy to beat a team three times in a single season. So you knew it was going to be a battle all night. Columbia signee, Jaden Cooper started the game off with a drive and a basket. Wayne Country Day...read more
Often times, balance is the recipe for success in the game of basketball—particularly at the high school level. It’s become somewhat of a rarity at all levels during the modern era, but there are still plenty of programs who subscribe to this approach. But why is this mentality so underutilized? Well, simply because having three of the top five players on the court is sexier and easier than...read more