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Final: Richmond 82 – Pinecrest 55 Pinecrest: 7 – 10 – 16 – 22 : 55Richmond: 17 – 21 – 28 – 16 : 82 Phenom Hoops was on deck for what looked like an intriguing matchup between Pinecrest and Richmond, getting a chance to watch 2024 Paul McNeil and company in action going up against a scrappy Pinecrest team. McNeil came out strong early in the first half, imposing his will against Pinecrest...read more
Anyone plugged into the grassroots basketball scene should already be well aware of Paul McNeil’s sudden return to North Carolina and Richmond High School. The news sent shockwaves throughout the state, as last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year had been enjoying a pretty strong start to his season at Prolific Prep. Regardless, McNeil comes back to join a Raiders squad that is even better than...read more
6’4 ’24 Jullien Cole (Richmond) There was a ton of buzz surrounding the Raiders and the return of their star, but Cole was arguably the most notable performer in this showing. He set the tone early on offense, largely carrying the load as a scorer through his ability to get downhill, finish, and convert at the line. Cole rebounded the ball at a consistent rate, forced a ton of turnovers, and...read more
2024 Jullien Cole (NC Jayhawks): Cole has really opened some eyes this summer with his play, showing what the 6’4 prospect can do and his impact on the court. He did so one more time on Day 2, using his body to get downhill and create, but also making sure his impact was felt in an array of other areas including on the boards, finding teammates, and on the defensive side. 2024 Isaiah...read more
2024 Jullien Cole (Richmond Jammers): I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from Cole to start the summer. Cole brings great size to the position, along with the ability to create for himself, using his frame to go through defenders and get to the basket, but also showcases his ability to score in a variety of other ways. Make sure to watch for him more this high school season, as he could...read more
Collin Kuhl by: Ethan Reece 2023 Collin Kuhl (Strong Center)Personally my first viewing of Collin, and I can’t remember another guy his size that looks so comfortable operating out on the perimeter. His coordination and fluid mobility is off the charts and has the ability to make instinctual reads and passes as he gets downhill. Not to ignore his post-game, which he also excels in, but this is a...read more
Just a few weeks while roaming the courts at one of our events, we sat down to watch the Sandhills Machine 2024 team and after watching for some time, we quickly realized that this is a program that should be earning more attention with the talent they have. So let’s dive into a few names that we saw that could be players for college programs to check out. First off, we take a look at 2024...read more