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Commitment Alert: Catawba add another key piece in 2022 Justin Banks

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Justin BanksClass: 2022Committed to: Catawba What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:...

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The Most Under-Recruited Prospects in North Carolina

Being overlooked is a definite possibility within the grassroots scene. Whether by scouts, spectators, or college coaches, plenty of worthy prospects have been brushed aside through no fault of their own. It's not uncommon, but it is disheartening. Understandably, there are more scholarship-worthy kids than available scholarships to offer, but there still seems to be some disconnect. It's...

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Tuesday Standouts from The John Wall, Part 2

Game 5Combine vs. Virginia Episcopal In the fifth game of the day, North Carolina's top ranked Combine Academy took on Virginia Episcopal (VES) in their opening round matchup of the TJ Warren Bracket. VES jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, but Coach Jeff McInnis brought in his second unit and turned up the pressure. Antonio Hamlin got things going offensively for Combine as they were...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6'8 Justin Banks

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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Is Moravian Prep the Top Team in North Carolina'

The last few years at Moravian Prep have been very interesting. Two years ago, they won the Hoopstate Championship and advanced their core grouping (Josh Hall, Shakeel Moore, Javarzia Belton, Jamahri Harvey, etc.) to the next level. Shortly thereafter, Coach Antonio Lowe departed for his own program'putting Coach Jeremy Ellis back in complete charge of the Lions' day-to-day operation. Last...

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from #TylerLewisHoopfest (Day 1, Part 1)

2022 Christ Essandoko (WS Christian): Essandoko had a strong showing, ultimately finishing with a double-double for WS Christian.' He played strong and physical, was active down in the paint, and showcased his touch around the basket and ability to finish.' Also liked his activity level on the boards, as well as getting his opponent Somto in foul trouble.' The big man played really well and was...

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Player Standouts at Hoops and Dreams Showcase (Day 1)

Presented by LucasMoore Realty, IncCheck out all the standouts from Day 1 of the Hoops & Dreams Showcase in Fayetteville, NC 6'4 '22 Tajuan Simpkins (Liberty Heights Varsity) In watching the twins perform, it's extremely perplexing as to why Tajuan Simpkins is so under-recruited. He's clearly shown the ability to operate as a lead guard and very effective playmaker with the ball in his...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Kyree Bethel #13: 6'1 '24 Jermaurhiyun Anderson (Quality Education) Starting things off, we look a player who should be among the top new additions to the state, Jermaurhiyun Anderson. He's a tough, heady guard prospect with a strong penetration sense and the ability to consistently finish or make plays within the paint. Anderson absorbs contact well, sets up others as needed,...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Halloween Havoc

6'0 '23 TJ Cave (Winston 76ers) The Winston 76ers simply understand how to outwork opponents, and Cave is a massive part of their overall identity. He's a heady guard prospect with athleticism, defensive prowess, and a strong, sturdy frame. Cave's combination of quickness and physicality allows him to reliably defend opposing ball-handlers at the point of attack. He's also a smart passer and...

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