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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’3 Amari Pearson

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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Carrying the Load: Amari Pearson

Given the current structure of grassroots basketball, it’s becoming a rarity to see a player who wants to actually stick by their coach, team, or city. Most guys are opting to join national-level programs (typically) under the premise that they’ll be able to play better opponents, place increased emphasis on development, and put in the necessary work to properly prepare for the college game....

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Deserving of Offers: Five Scholarship-Worthy Seniors

The state of North Carolina is consistently filled with some of the top basketball talent across the entire nation—especially per capita. This can be a blessing and a curse. Due to the number of programs competing for kids of similar levels, it typically becomes a waiting game. Understandably, no college coach wants to reveal their hand to the competition, but there has to be a certain level of...

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July Live Period Superlatives: Part Three

Best Defender: 6’0 ’22 Mustapha Shah 6’4 ’22 Elijah Burnett 6’3 ’22 Amari Pearson Although Burnett and Pearson are legitimately phenomenal defenders, Shah’s unique ability to mirror opponents through a combination of strength, quickness, and anticipation makes him an absolute terror defensively. He plays with a high motor and gets involved in the offensive action whenever necessary, but truly...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom 757 Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled up to the Virginia Beach Sports Center in the heart of Virginia Beach for our 757 Showcase. The event featured many teams from throughout the state, but still featured many returning squads from North Carolina. There were numerous standouts over the three-day stretch, and this article will take a closer look at some personal favorites… 6’7 ’22 Davis...

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Player Standouts at Phenom 757 Showcase

5’9 ’22 Jarius Northam (Team Wall) Though undersized, Northam’s status as a useful next-level player should already be quite obvious. He’s so tough, quick, and scrappy, which allows him to consistently bother and outwork opponents with his defensive presence. Northam forces turnovers, pushes the break in transition, and showed the ability to set up others or attack the basket with ease. He also...

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