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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Stacey Palmore #6: 6’6 ’24 Antoine Hurns (Word of God) Starting things off, we look at a player who possesses a lot of intrigue and enticing tools, Antoine Hurns. He’s a long, explosive forward prospect who can overwhelm opponents with his physical presence on both ends of the floor. Hurns is a great finisher who can play well above the rim, attack off the bounce, and knock...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: HoopState League (Week 3, East)

2026 Cole Cloer (Durham Hurricanes): Cloer has been a favorite of mine since the summer and he was off the charts today with what he showed.  Early on, you must like his size and his feel for the game, as he was making spectacular decisions and passes to set up his teammates, created well and found ways to score around defenders, displayed good athleticism and body control, as well as being...

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Cooper’s HoopState League East Division Awards Semifinalists

By; Cooper Hart After two weekends of the HoopState League East, I’ve created a list of names that are in contention for awards. The list will be cut down after pool play finishes, and winners will be announced after the finals on the 23rd. There will be a Most Outstanding Player, 3 all-east teams, and 2 all-defense teams. Most Outstanding Player Semifinalists Colt Langdon (’25) – 6’8” Wing –...

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Hoop State Fall League: Week 2 Thoughts & Storylines

Hurricane Ian closed down the school systems in Cabarrus County and unfortunately we were unable to host the Hoop State Fall League-West Division at Cox Mill High School. That being said, our Phenom staff headed down to Raleigh to the Hoop State Fall League-East Division at the JD Lewis Center. While the two-court facility has “tight quarters,” it’s the perfect venue to host a high school fall...

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Breaking Down Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025

(1) 6’8 Zymicah Wilkins (R-S Central) There are numerous guys who were in the mix for the top spot in our updated rankings, but Zymicah Wilkins ultimately walked away with the honor. His blend of IQ, size, skill, and polish makes him extremely difficult for most opponents to try and contain. Wilkins can dominate from the block, space the floor, or consistently make plays with the ball in his...

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2025 Jackson Keith ready to show his full game and lead once again

The class of 2025 in North Carolina is shaping up quite nicely early on and 2025 Jackson Keith is going to be a name you hear more and more in the coming years if you haven’t done so already.  Keith is coming off a strong freshman campaign at Southern Durham and is looking to make even BIGGER noise this year in leading the charge.  And from what we have seen this summer, he is fully...

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The Carolina’s Class of 2025: CP3 Rising Stars Top 20

After months and months of travel ball, camp season is finally upon us. Although our (Phenom Hoops) camps don’t start until September, there’s no better way to kick things off than the prestigious CP3 Rising Stars Camp. It’s widely regarded as the top collection of talent among rising young prospects throughout the country (since they started doing multiple classes last August). Each year, the...

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025

(1-5) (1) 6’0 Eli Ellis (Moravian Prep) While many prospects are capable of playing up a level or two, it seems like Eli Ellis has been playing up numerous age groups for quite a while. It would be shocking if anyone was uninformed about the tough, shot-making guard, given how popular he and Moravian Prep have been over the recent memory. Regardless, Ellis is a lethal shooting threat with...

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2025 Jackson Keith (Southern Durham) already securing big offers

If you haven’t heard the name yet, you will want to start learning it quickly as 2025 Jackson Keith from Southern Durham has the attention from college coaches all around the country early on.  Keith, who is just coming off his freshman campaign, has found early success on the court and it doesn’t look like he is slowing down.  He is coming off a season in which he nearly averaged 17...

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Phenom Game Report: Southern Durham vs. Granville Central (Boys)

Phenom Hoops was in the state of North Carolina again to check out the talent, as we looked at Southern Durham and Granville Central.  Two teams that battled it out and have some new names to learn, it was a great eye-opening game for us. As far as the game, Southern came out strong to take an early lead but Granville Central was able to end the first quarter well to take a 15-13...

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Jackson Keith Solidifying Himself as an Elite Prospect

Following the release of our latest rankings for the Classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025, there’s no better time to reflect on specific individuals and project forward–especially for the younger players. That being said, calling Jackson Keith a “special” type of prospect is similar to proclaiming that the sky is blue. It’s simply common knowledge at this point. Given the abundance of...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Joseph Adams #3: 5’10 ’22 Justin Monden (Heritage) Starting things off, we look at a player who understands how to play to his strengths in every possible setting, Justin Monden. He’s a wiry, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to operate as a floor general or capable off-ball threat. Monden loves to attack the midrange for quality pull-up jumpers, but can also knock down...

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Putting Them on Notice: NC Top 80 (Class of 2025)

It was a special weekend in Charlotte, as Phenom Hoops had their annual North Carolina Top 80 event which brought some of the top players from the state all under one building. We had several top seniors, juniors, sophomores, and even freshmen attend the event, as we dive more into the players that impressed. It was great to see several freshmen on the floor and they put themselves on the map...

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The Stars of Tomorrow: North Carolina’s Class of 2025

Each summer season, the grassroots basketball community is presented with an opportunity to reevaluate the eighth-grade prospects as the begin the start of their high school journey. While it’s typically too early to place levels on prospects, we can certainly identify the players who are already worth noting as potential stars. Some kids received varsity experience while others stood out for...

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Bendel’s Best: Grassroots Tip-Off Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for another entertaining event. Although most of the attention centered around Team CP3, Team Teague, and various other noteworthy programs, there was plenty of underrated talent within the building. This article will take a closer look at some personal favorites from the three-day...

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Dawkins’ Day 2 Standouts: Grassroots TOC

By; DeAjai Dawkins 2023 6’2 Jai’son Williams (WBC Elite 2023) Jai’son has passed an unspoken test of consistency, as he’s performed with the same level of scoring dominance that he did last weekend. Williams is averaging over 20 points for the weekend, and has done an exceptional job of sharing the wealth despite the fact that he’s asserted himself as a scorer. His length allows for easy...

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