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Top Performances from the Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest

Here is a list of the top performances from the Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest presented by Fit for Life 24. Calvary DayJaydin Spillman – 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 4 steals on Saturday. Isaiah Ramazani – 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists on Saturday. Carmel ChristianKaleb Siler – 20 points and 6 rebounds on Friday. Jaeden Mustaf – 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5...

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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 2)

2023 Kirsten Lewis-Williams (Lake Norman): Lewis-Williams was off the charts on Day 1 and she really filled it up in all areas of the court. Whether it was her defensive presence, racking up seven steals which eventually helped lead to points. But she also was tremendous in creating for herself, weaving through defenders and finishing with touch as well as through contact.  That doesn’t...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Chris Goodman #2: 5’10 ’23 Justin Monden (Word of God) Starting things off, we look at a player who offers a very steady, reliable two-way presence, regardless of setting, Justin Monden. He’s a smart, unselfish, well-rounded point guard prospect with excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Monden displays pace, patience, and great vision when initiating...

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Stepping Up More: Class of 2025 from #HoopStateLeague (Week 1)

2025 Miles Leaks (Piedmont): Leaks is a name that we have mentioned quite a few times after this and we are going to continue to mention more. We have spoken plenty about his game and if you missed it, you can check out our article earlier this week here (Click Here). But Leaks showed poise in running the show, showed flashes of his vision and playmaking ability, and looks to clearly be the...

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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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Phenom Open Gym Tour: “Lake Norman, the future looks bright.”

Phenom Open Gym Tour: “Lake Norman, the future looks bright” Phenom Hoops travelled to Lake Norman High School to kick start the 2022-23 basketball season to cover open gym. To put it mildly, Coach Grant Hodges has plenty to be excited about, and the “The Lake Show” should be one of the favorites in the Greater Metro 4A Conference. Last season, Lake Norman finished 17-11 overall, 5-7 in...

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Top July Performers in North Carolina’s Class of 2025 (Part Two)

The month of July is finally concluding, which should provide these young players with an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from days of nonstop basketball. Given the significance of the actual month, we decided to take a closer look at some of the top standouts from each class. Obviously, we can only speak on what we have seen, so the names listed will be based on their performances at...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 from Phenom Summer Havoc (Catawba Ridge, Part 3)

2023 Cole Callaway (Carolina Riptide): Callaway continues to be one of the leaders for his team, being an effective scorer from deep but also adding more depth to his game, especially with his ability to create more for himself and get to the basket. Callaway also impressed with how he battled on the boards, not being afraid to mix it up and securing 11 boards in the win on Day 2.2025 Tre...

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025 (6-10)

(6) 6’4 Zion Collins (Word of God) Although his previous high school season was somewhat lost due to injury, Zion Collins has come back and continued to show flashes of high-level ability. In terms of tools, he pretty much possesses them all. His blend of athleticism, positional size, and overall feel for the game make his appeal quite obvious. Collins can reliably handle the ball, create his...

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Phenom Game Report: Lake Norman wins thrilling 61-59 win over Cox Mill

In the nightcap of the inaugural Greater Metro 4A conference tournament semifinal, it was the No.1 seed, Cox Mill (18-6; 11-1) vs. the No. 4 seed, Lake Norman (15-10; 5-7). For Cox Mill, coached by Ty Cox, they have already secured the No. 1 seed from the Greater Metro 4A conference. As for Lake Norman, coached by Grant Hodges, it’s win or go home scenario. Lake Norman must win the conference...

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Freshman Duo Making Noise at Lake Norman

The last few years have resulted in unchartered territory within the high school basketball landscape, due to both Covid and the increased amount of player movement. While this definitely poses some challenging obstacles for public school programs, many schools have shown adaptability to the current times. Think about how many freshmen play significant minutes in comparison to three, five, or...

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Phenom Game Report: Cox Mill vs. Lake Norman

Phenom Hoops travelled to Mooresville, North Carolina to cover the NCHSAA 4A Conference 57 match-up between Lake Norman and Cox Mill High School. Lake Norman entered the contest with a 11-2 record while Cox Mill sported an 8-5 record. With the new conference realignment, Cox Mill was the pre-season favorite while Lake Norman is an up and coming program. Cox Mill came out hot knocking down six...

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Lake Norman High School Open Gym Report

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops also traveled to Mooresville to watch Lake Norman High School practice. Coach Grant Hodges has done an impressive job of building teams with an identity. They are fundamentally sound. They play together with one another. Although they lose several key contributors in Clay Hodges, Seth Aeschliman, Camden Kepley, and Christian Taylor, the Wildcats have added quality new...

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“Getting to Know” 6’4 2025 Tre McKinnon

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...

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Bendel’s Best: Summer Grind

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina to conclude the month of July with our annual Summer Grind. While the vast majority of programs are utilizing this period to rest and recover, there were still plenty of guys who couldn’t resist another weekend of competition. Although not with their normal teams, there was still a...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1, Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 6’5 2023 Brock Rose (Team Synergy/Ardrey Kell)  Brock Rose has consistently proven himself to be one of the more talented scorers in almost every single event I’ve ever watched him play in. I heavily take that into account when speaking about him to others. He’s someone who I believe could easily lead a varsity program in scoring, but plays on a team full of talent. I believe...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Grind

6’2 ’25 Jerron Blackwell (Charlotte Nation) Despite not playing with his usual group, Blackwell still found ways to stand out and operate as a leader for this squad. He’s smart, poised, and extremely mature, especially at this stage in his development. Blackwell is a reliable scorer with a well-rounded skillset, but doesn’t even need to chase point totals in order to make a consistent impact....

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Lake Norman

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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