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Stockrisers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Part 2)

The first-ever Phenom Lakesgiving was a huge success, as teams came out and really showcased their talent, and several players should see their stock rise after their performances at the event. Here are four players that college coaches should take a look at more with what they have shown early on. 2025 Tre McKinnon (Lake Norman): It may be the start of things turning for the 6’5 sophomore, as...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Day 1, Part 1)

2026 Aalayja Minard/ 2026 Rayana Minard (West Cabarrus): The twin duo was something special to watch and should have the West Cabarrus program excited about the future with these two leading the charge. Both Aalayja and Rayana were strong two-way players, staying extremely active and getting into the passing lanes defensively, but also using that same motor to score the ball effectively from...

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Reece’s Rundown: Hoop State League

By: Ethan Reece The Hoop State League came to an end this past weekend with our Gold and Silver Championships bringing together the East and West Divisions for final bracket play. There are many great things about fall leagues. Teams get to lay early work down in building chemistry, certain matchups get to play out that you may never see during the season, and with it being during football...

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Reece’s Standouts: Hoop State League (Week 1: Day 1, West Division)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 JJ Mata (War Eagles)Given the nature of playing with Riptide SC in the summer, it comes as no surprise that JJ carries that same relentless tough mindset to high school ball. He’s got great length at his position, a high motor to compete on both ends, and a scoring approach to make defenders wary. He constantly put guys in tough defensive positions with his constant attack,...

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Phenom All-American Camp Session II Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Colby Lewis #2: 5’3 ’25 Zanquel Baldwin (North Charleston) Starting things off, we look at a player who competed and produced quite well despite being the smaller camper on this team, Zanquel Baldwin. He’s a smart, unselfish guard prospect with a balanced skillset and team-first approach on both ends of the floor. Baldwin is a reliable passer and shooter who consistently...

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Player Standouts at Phenom All-American Camp Session II

#126- Neeko Taylor- It’s easy to appreciate Taylor’s identity and overall approach to the game, as he will always be able to carve out a role with any collection of teammates. He’s a knockdown three-point shooter with IQ, playmaking ability, and nice defensive instincts. Taylor makes a quality impact with or without the ball in his hands.  #181- Camden Jernigan- There were a ton of standouts in...

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Phenom 150 Camp Session I Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Michael Wilson #129: 5’8 ’24 Malaki Baker (West Johnston) Starting things off, we look at a player who stood out as a strong finisher, especially for his size, Malaki Baker. He’s a young, slightly undersized guard prospect with a nice motor and overall feel for the game. Baker displays a useful midrange jumper and the understanding of how to move without the ball in his hands....

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