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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Steven Mims #1: 5’10 ’25 Derek Ross Jr. (Jordan) Starting things off, we look at a player who is clearly trending as one of the top floor generals in his class, Derek Ross Jr. He’s a smart, crafty, unselfish point guard prospect with sharp quickness, playmaking instincts, and three-level scoring ability. Ross understands how to properly run a team or burden a heavy scoring...

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Stockrisers from NC Top 80 (Class of 2023)

Another outstanding North Carolina Top 80 event has come and gone, and the talent was fun to watch. Some of the biggest names were all under one building and so many players could be found making this list, but these are a few players from the Class of 2023 that really popped off with their play at the event. 2023 6’8 Torey Alston (Winston Salem Christian): Alston had a great day of basketball,...

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Length and Strength: Max Frazier and Kenan Parrish

Being overlooked has become a commonality within the grassroots community, especially since the start of covid nearly two years ago. It doesn’t even seem to matter if you play for a talent-laden roster and college coaches are constantly filtering through the building, offers are simply being distributed at an incredibly low rate. Think about Northwood High School, for example. They have plenty...

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Player Standouts at Phenom MDC

6’2 ’24 Jordan Williams (Gate City Grizzlies) It’s easy to appreciate the balance within this Gate City Grizzlies roster. They had many contributors but Williams arguably stood out as their main leader on both ends of the floor. He’s a strong, athletic wing with a high motor and unselfish approach. Williams naturally finds production through playing hard, making hustle plays, and filling in the...

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Five Names Who Should Be Bigger Priorities for Division I Programs

Each year, there are always plenty of prospects who are overlooked by the appropriate-level coaches. Examples are evident from each respective class, but perhaps Ricky Council IV is the best representative in recent memory. Sure, he collected ten total offers during his high school career, but Wichita State was clearly his highest offer. He went there, asserted himself as a major piece, hit the...

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Bendel’s Best: Stay Positive

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Sports Indoor Facility for our annual Stay Positive Classic. The two-day event featured a variety of entertaining teams and players, and allowed for numerous takeaways. Rosters are starting to get more solidified, players are finding their individual comfort zone, and teams appear to be (generally) improving each week. The month of May...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Stay Positive

6’3 ’24 Keveon Rodgers (Big Business Ballerz) Although there are a ton of quality contributors on this Big Business Ballerz squad, Rodgers seemed to stand out as the primary leader on countless occasions. He’s a strong, physically overwhelming wing/forward prospect with the necessary IQ and versatility to dominate a game. Rodgers is an excellent passer who looks to set up others at every...

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Still Relevant: Durham Hurricanes

Optics is such a major part of the grassroots landscape. It can literally dictate whether kids deem a program valuable or relevant enough to play for. While somewhat understandable, it’s also pretty unfair. The shift in player movement over the recent years has been well-documented, but folks still don’t seem to understand the worth in actually doing their research. Let’s be candid: the Durham...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Spring Tip-Off (Day 2)

2027 Braxten Dubose (Garner Road Gipson): Getting an early start looking at the young guys, Dubose is a familiar name that we have seen quite a few times pop over the weekend as he continues to produce on the court. The young man carves out space in the paint, is active on the boards, and continues to make his mark in the paint offensively, scoring efficiently. 2025 Hayes Oxendine (Go Hard):...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Spring Tip-Off

6’7 ’24 Edgar Escobedo (BSA Supreme) It’s easy to see the appeal with this BSA Supreme squad, and Escobedo is arguably among their most underrated pieces. He’s a high-motor big man who truly doesn’t require the ball to make an impact. Escobedo is a reliable finisher, rebounder, and shot-altering presence with an understanding of how to run the floor in transition. Escobedo does whatever the team...

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The intrigue is there: 2023 6’8 Max Frazier (Northwood)

One of the best parts about our job at Phenom Hoops is not just finding elite talent but also new talent, or talent that seems to be sliding up the rug a little.  Recently watching the showdown between West Carteret and Northwood, one player continues to attract my attention with what he provides on the court. 2023 6’8 Max Frazier from Northwood high school is a player that brings intrigue with...

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Phenom Game Report: Northwood vs. West Carteret

Playoff basketball, there is nothing like it in North Carolina as we continued with the public schools.  Phenom Hoops was on deck for an intense showdown between Northwood and West Carteret, two strong teams that have won 20+ games on the year.  Coming out, it was Northwood that made their mark, playing their pace, creating havoc on the defensive end and jumping out to a quick lead.  But West...

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Phenom Game Report: Panther Creek at Northwood (Boys)

Phenom Hoops was able to get back and tune in to some of the action on Wednesday night, as we watched Northwood and Panther Creek battle it out on the court.  They are two very good teams that you should certainly start paying attention to if you haven’t, as they have had strong starts to the season but only one team could walk away with a victory.  Panther Creek jumped out early to...

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Phenom Game Report: Wakefield at Northwood

Phenom Hoops was at it again, checking on talent around the state.  Tuesday night, we took in Northwood again, as they welcomed in Wakefield coaches by Garrett Stevens.  An interesting matchup, as 2024 Drake Powell certainly had the attention of many but you can’t look past the experience on Wakefield’s roster. Early, it was Northwood that had it rolling on both ends. They were getting out on...

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Game Report: Seaforth vs. Northwood

On Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops traveled to Pittsboro as Seaforth hosted Northwood. It was a matchup that the entire city and state was looking forward to. It was a packed house, which was a reminder of just how special high school sports are with fans in the building. From the opening tip, Northwood set the tone on the defensive end, pressuring the ball and turning defense to offense. They...

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