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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Jalik Nicholls

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 or...

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NC GBB is Full of Next-Level Pieces

Each season, the calendar turns to a new year and the grassroots landscape is reflooded with available senior prospects. Even after travel ball and several months of the high school season, there are still plenty of college-level players who have little to no traction within their recruitment. This isn’t a new trend, but the increased emphasis of the transfer portal has inevitably hurt guys...

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Phenom Open Gym: Moravian Prep National

6'1 2025 Eli Ellis' Eli has proven himself to be one of the best players in the country. He is a player you would want to go to battle with. Eli is extremely skilled and has a great frame at the PG position. He has the ability to create for himself and his teammates. He proves the haters/doubters wrong every time he touches the floor. Eli plays the game at his own pace and does a tremendous job...

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Talent to Watch Out For: NC GBB

We continue to cover this past week's Phenom high school team camp, as we had a great opportunity to get an early view of teams and what they may be bringing to the table this upcoming season.  Let's look at NC GBB, as they have been a program that has built a strong foundation and brings talent that college coaches should take notice of.' Phenom Hoops got an early look at what they could...

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Cooper's Notes: Phenom Team Camp Day 1

By: Cooper Hart 5'11' '25 Drew Johnson (Jordan) Johnson acted as the secondary ball handler for Jordan and impressed with his ability to create shots for himself as well as his teammates. He was poised when facing pressure, almost seeming to thrive off high defenses as he consistently leveraged that positioning into paint touches and open looks for his team. He has a real future as a shot maker,...

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Player Spotlight: 2024 6'6 Jalik Nicholls

NC GBB was an interesting team to watch with talent all over the court.  One player that was intriguing to watch was 2024 6'6 Jalik Nicholls.  When we first watched NC GBB during their open gym, we had this about his game: 'Jalik on the other hand is a young 6'5 prospect that has more of that perimeter feel to his game. Can stretch the floor with his perimeter game, comfortable...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Hoopstate Championship

6'8 '22 Ezra Ausar (Liberty Heights) Though his status as one of the state's top prospects should already be widely acknowledged, the unsigned Ausar continues to perform at a high level. He's a long, explosive forward/post with a strong frame and the ability to simply dominate opponents with his physical two-way approach. That being said, Ausar also hit jumpers, attacked off the bounce, and...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Tyler Lewis Hoopfest

6'9 '24 Isaiah Sutherland (Quality Education) Few players across the entire state of North Carolina possess as much upside as Sutherland, and he's clearly beginning to tap into his potential. He's long, athletic, and extremely fluid, especially for his size, and offers a quality blend of inside-out ability. Sutherland finishes well, shoots the ball at a respectable clip from the perimeter, and...

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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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Watch out' Sheed Wallace Select is quickly making noise

One team that really got our scouts and fans excited this past weekend was Rasheed Wallace Select 17u (formly known as Boo Williams Carolina), a program that has some new, intriguing talent and one that is quickly making some noise in North Carolina. They were in action at the Phenom Stay Positive and will be once again in the Phenom G3 Showcase and with Phenom Hoops during the live period, as...

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