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A Closer Look: North Carolina’s Class of 2026

6’6 Cole Cloer (Orange) Between the team’s success and his individual production, it’s easy to see why Cole Cloer is already one of the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2026. At 6-foot-6, he already has the IQ, size, and skillset to legitimately dominate a game. Cloer is a smooth all-around player who comfortably dictates the offensive action with the ball in his hands,...

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Phenom Hoops Freshman Forty Evaluations: Team 13

Team 13 Coach: Joe Adams/David Broome #55: 5’8 Malik McCotter (Chambers) Starting things off, we look at a player who made a nice impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Malik McCotter. He’s a quick, scrappy guard prospect with a useful penetration sense and the ability to finish at a solid rate. McCotter is a capable on-ball defender who utilizes his quickness to keep...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from NC Freshman 40 (Part 2)

2026 6’4 Markus Kerr (West Charlotte): Kerr is going to be a name that you hear more and more down the road. He should get some meaningful minutes this season with his talent and skill set, as the 6’4 prospect is a smooth operator on the court.  Kerr can score from multiple levels, stretch the floor, use his length to score over defenders and with touch, and competes on the defensive end. You...

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Reece’s Standouts: Hoop State League (Week 2: West Division)

By; Ethan Reece 2023 Carlos Luis (Combine Regional)What impressed me with Carlos’ play was his effectiveness to get where he wanted and use his size to play at his own pace. He has the blend of inside out play that matches the style of today’s game, being able to operate on the block with quality footwork and pose a threat outside with his shot or comfortable ability to put his shoulder down and...

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What we Learned from Week 1 at Hoop State Fall League: Guard play at West Charlotte will be fun to watch

It was great to get back on the court for the start of the Hoop State Fall League, giving us at Phenom Hoops a chance to view teams early on and check out what programs will be bringing to the court this season.  One team that should have everyone’s attention this year will be West Charlotte after the year they had.  West Charlotte lost some key guys from last year but when we watched their...

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Immediate Impact Freshmen in North Carolina’s Class of 2026

The travel ball season is finally beginning to wind down, which naturally generates a lot of buzz and excitement for the upcoming high school year. Folks are ready to see where seniors commit, what team separates themselves from the pack, and everything in-between. One of the more intriguing subplots of each season is how the freshman will ultimately fare, and this year is no different. North...

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