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Player Standouts from Blue Checks/Cold Hearts

Cold Hearts: 7’1 ’24 John Bol It’s easy to see the intrigue with someone like Bol, who already possesses an incredibly tantalizing frame and matching skillset. He possesses a unique combination of length, mobility, and overall instincts, which allows him to consistently cause problems for opponents. Bol patrols the court exceptionally well as a defender, consistently eliminating space and...

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D1 Programs looking to make a late Splash: North Carolina Class of 2024 Targets (Part 1)

It is getting to be that time of the year when there are still unsigned seniors who should clearly be targets for so many college programs.  At times, I feel like programs may overlook or overthink when it comes to some players, especially when they are looking to secure a late commitment from an unsigned senior.  Now granted, other factors come into play, especially with the transfer portal....

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Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy (Part 1)

Phenom Hoops traveled to Lincolnton to cover open gym at Combine Academy.  In only his second year at Combine, Head Coach Mike Wright has assembled talent and depth, and may be one of his most talented teams.  Last season, Combine Academy was nationally ranked and finished as a top 25 team, not to mention winning the prestigious Phenom Hoop State Championship. Combine Academy has the...

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Phenom Four Corners: ’24 Jayan Walker, ’25 Trajan Thompson, ’25 Gevonte Ware, and ’24 Rakease Passmore

2024 Jayan Walker enjoys visit to Georgia State One of the fastest rising prospects in the state, 2024 Jayan Walker will be a hot topic for many. Not only because he has joined the powerhouse of Combine Academy, but his recruitment has really taken off.  Racking up the offers this summer, Walker has shown that he could be a tremendous get for many schools.  He recently took a visit to...

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Recruitment Update with 2024 Jayan Walker (Millbrook)

A fast-rising player here in North Carolina has really elevated his play and continues to get better and better each time we see him. 2024 Jayan Walker is one that we have talked about for quite some time, but you can see that he continues to progress very well as a player. At the NC Top 80, we had this to say about his game: 'He's a big, strong, well-rounded wing prospect with an excellent...

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Summer Havoc Player Preview: Jayan Walker (1 of 1 Elite)

Given the fact that July is right around the corner, it feels like no better time to start introducing some of the players that college coaches should be monitoring. Going into the busiest recruiting month of the year, our Summer Havoc should be a hotbed for coaches and players alike. As usual, Phenom Hoops will have prospects of all levels in attendance. This series will begin by taking a...

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Having a Strong Season: Class of 2024 (NC) (Part 1)

Jaylen Sturdivant 2024 Tyler Whitehurst (Riverside-Martin) Stats: 23.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg Whitehurst, who s a 6'0 guard at Riverside-Martin, continues to play at a high level this season.  Watching him in the Outer Banks earlier in the season, Whitehurst continues to show his ability to fill it up and be a scoring threat.  Whitehurst does a terrific job in knocking down shots...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Armad Moore #4: 5'11 '26 Cameron Newman (Gaston Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player who possesses an impressive level of poise and polish for his age, Cameron Newman. He's a smart, skilled, unselfish point guard prospect with great balance and the ability to consistently make the right play with the ball in his hands. Newman displays a tight, crafty handle and...

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Player Standouts at Hoopstate Fall League

6'1 '23 Jaiden Thompson (Team Force) Although the twins receive a lot of attention (and rightfully so), Thompson is as valuable and important as anyone to the success of this team. For all intents and purposes, he could be considered the third brother. Thompson adds another reliable guard presence with IQ, vision, toughness, and scoring prowess. In this showing, he created shots, hit jumpers,...

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’24 Jayan Walker excited about opportunity at Millbrook

Millbrook has been a storied program here in North Carolina, producing some incredible talent and it doesn't look like they will be slowing down any time soon.' They have some strong talent but the Wildcats added a key piece to this year's team in 2024 6'5 Jayan Walker.' Walker has been seen and evaluated quite a bit with Phenom Hoops, as we have had this to say about his game: 'He's a smart,...

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Notable Risers in North Carolina's Class of 2024

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops released our updated rankings for North Carolina's Class of 2024. There are always a ton of subplots and headlines worthy of attention, including which players have taken the biggest jump (whether ability or recruitment) and who is still being 'slept on' according to the masses. It's always important to remind the general public that rankings have no real significance...

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Expected Breakouts in North Carolina High School Basketball

Each year, the grassroots basketball scene shifts from travel ball to the high school season. College coaches have been out for months, seen countless kids, and should be in pursuit of their priority-level prospects. That being said, there are plenty of players whose ability don't match their recruitment. Sure, most rising juniors aren't receiving a ton of offers right now. However, given the...

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Bendel's Best: G3 Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center for another exciting three-day stretch of basketball at our G3 Showcase. The field featured a ton of memorable teams, including a slew of shoe-circuit programs. Given the talent and intensity, it ultimately made for a highly competitive tournament. Like usual, this article will take a closer look at a handful...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom G3 Showcase

6'5 '23 Bryce Cash (Team Curry) There are so many quality pieces within this talented Team Curry group, but Cash is quietly as valuable as anyone on the roster. We've seen him shine as an undisputed leader on plenty of occasions, but there's something particularly impressive about his ability to produce within a role. Cash is a smart, strong, athletic guard with excellent toughness, defensive...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom G3 Showcase (Morning, Day 2)

2026 Nick Arnold (Carolina Riptide): When you watch Arnold operate on the court, you have to automatically think that he is an older, more experienced prospect. But when you come to find out that he is part of the 2026 class, Arnold is quite impressive and makes you excited about his future. Such a poised, polished point guard that sees the floor, makes the right reads, gets everyone involved,...

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G3 Showcase Team Preview: Team Curry 16U

With the June and July Live Periods on the horizon, there's no better time for teams to compete to gauge their ability against high-level opponents. Our G3 Showcase is slated to feature a heavy mix of independent organizations and shoe-circuit programs'so there should definitely be something for everyone in attendance. The circuit teams nearing their halfway point should ultimately...

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Phenom Game Report: Northern Durham vs. Jordan

Jayan Walker Phenom Hoops continues their travels around the state of North Carolina to check in on the talent around the state.' Wednesday night, we took in Northern Durham as they went over to Jordan high school.' Jordan has been a program of interest this season with the talent and their success so far, as they look to be a team to be reckoned with. 'They came out strong against Northern...

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