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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Emmanuel Black

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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Reece’s Rundown: Post LIVE Periods (Part 1)

By: Ethan Reece Now that we’re through March, April, and two Live Periods, there’s a lot to unpack and look back on. Who’s made an impression and who are important names to start tracking as we head into the summer? There’s so much to note after the first two months of the travel season, so here are some of my takeaways from Phenom’s spring events. WCBA on the Rise Looking at the 2026-2028 teams...

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Bigs To Check Out More: Phenom Rise Showcase

Ebrima Jabbi 2024 7’0 Ebrima Jabbi (Combine): Jabbi was a new name that popped onto the scene after a strong weekend at the event. A true 7-footer, Jabbi could be far from a finished product but understands what he needs to do on the court. He showed good hands, was incredibly assertive on the glass, altered and blocked shots, and displayed good touch around the basket; nothing flashy but just...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Rise Showcase (Part 3)

2024 Mason Smith (TCF Wildcats): Smith has been a name that has popped up quite a bit over the last year and still believe that he should be getting more attention. He has tremendous size, can operate from multiple levels, and can be a terrific weapon in his ability to step out and knock down multiple threes. Can be a big-time weapon on the floor with his perimeter shooting at his size. 2023...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Day 2, Part 1)

2024 Molly Burns (Ardrey Kell): Burns was a player I was interested in seeing again, knowing her impact on the floor. After a tough Day 1, she bounced back in a big way and showed why she can be a HUGE threat with her shot-making ability. If the opponent left her alone, she made them pay. Whether it was in catch-and-shoot situations or off the bounce, she has a ton of confidence in her jumper...

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Reece’s Standouts: Hoop State League (Finals: Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 AJ Parsley (Team Ville)Although the smallest guy on the court, AJ brings a gigantic presence with his scrappy nature that more than makes up for his size. He’s a crafty ball handler that will carry the majority of the decision-making for this group composed of young and older talent. What I noticed in his game that separated him from other scorers at the helm, was the...

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