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Player Standouts at Hoops and Dreams Showcase (Day 1)

Presented by LucasMoore Realty, IncCheck out all the standouts from Day 1 of the Hoops & Dreams Showcase in Fayetteville, NC 6’4 ’22 Tajuan Simpkins (Liberty Heights Varsity) In watching the twins perform, it’s extremely perplexing as to why Tajuan Simpkins is so under-recruited. He’s clearly shown the ability to operate as a lead guard and very effective playmaker with the ball in his...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: NC GBB Academy

Thursday afternoon last week, Phenom Hoops was in the Raleigh area to check in on the talent.  After our stop at Word of God, we drove just minutes down the road to check in on NC GBB Academy, a new program that will certainly bring eyes their way this year.  Many of these guys we saw this summer and will look to have themselves a big upcoming high school season.  Let’s dive into...

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The Start of Something Special: NC Good Better Best Academy

Over the last five years or so, various sports-based programs and academies have become increasingly popular landing spots for transfers. While there are many examples throughout the region, but one could argue Combine Academy and Moravian Prep are the two main representatives in North Carolina. However, a new challenger has approached in Good Better Best Academy. Could they be the next major...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’5 Laureon Walker

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and...

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Bendel’s Best: Unsigned Seniors from Phenom Stay Positive Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the travel ball scene with another exciting grassroots event. We were stationed at the new Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina, which already seems more than likely to become a major basketball hub over the foreseeable future. The combination of atmosphere and overall talent led to a ton of standouts, competitive battles, and general buzz...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’4 2021 Lureon Walker (NC Wildcats 2022)When speaking on 2021 Lureon Walker, I struggle to find words that will prevent me from sounding like a broken record. There are few unsigned seniors that have surprised me in the way Walker has, and the surprise only seems to grow every game I watch him play. The surprise factor is simple; Walker is a combo guard standing around...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Stay Positive

6’5 ’23 Trey Barbee (Strong Center) Despite Strong Center’s extremely balanced two-way approach, Barbee consistently found ways to emerge as a leader for this group. He possesses nice size and displays a fairly versatile offensive game with the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Barbee applies constant pressure in the midrange, but also attacks the basket and positions...

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The Burlington School vs South Granville: Game Recap

Friday night in Creedmoor, NC, we were all in for a treat. There’s something about these public versus private school matchups that get everyone excited. We had one of the top public school teams in North Carolina in South Granville, led by Louisville commit, Bobby Pettiford Jr. Their opponent, The Burlington School (TBS), one of the top private school teams in the state, led by UNCW...

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