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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’9 Ahmed Jawo

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 or...

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Bendel’s Best: Gate City Classic (Part One)

6’4 ’25 Jaylen Cross (Caldwell Academy) Given his status as the top prospect and performer in the event, it came as no surprise to see Cross continuing to showcase the full arsenal. Few players of his caliber are truly comfortable at doing what is best for the team, but Cross’ team-oriented approach seemingly never wavers. Throughout the event, he was at his best when attacking the...

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Needing a Big' ' Seniors to look at Immediately in NC/SC (Part 2)

2024 Isaiah Sutherland (United Faith): Sutherland is looking for a big senior season, as the 6'9 big man brings a lot to the table. Not only has he continued to show he can be a dominant figure in the paint, he also can impact the game in other ways. With his athleticism, mobility, ability to operate in the paint, and also be a defensive presence.' He is one of the most athletic bigs in the...

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Open Gym Report: Caldwell Academy

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Caldwell Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina for an exciting open gym session. Entering their third season under Coach Brandon Clifford, the Eagles appear more talented than ever. They have a nice mix of young prospects, veteran pieces, and under-the-radar guys who will inevitably play pivotal roles during the upcoming season. In terms of sheer depth,...

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Three Under-The-Radar Prospects in North Carolina's Class of 2024

6'7 Josh Randolph (The Burlington School) Given the consistent value of shooting, someone like Josh Randolph should be a bigger priority for college coaches. He likely would've already collected scholarships and captured the attention of next-level programs, but lost the majority of his summer season due to injury. That being said, Randolph is a long, wiry wing prospect with a great blend of...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile:'Ahmed Jawo

Height: 6'8 Class: 2024 School: Caldwell Academy Travel Team: Basketpoint What Was Recently Said: At a long, fluid 6-foot-8, Jawo possesses a great blend of instincts, toughness, and physical attributes. He understands how to protect the rim, apply scoring pressure as needed, and rebound the ball on both ends. Right now, Jawo mainly thrives as a rim-runner who...

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Taking the Next Step: Caldwell Academy

The summer is coming to an end, and that just gets us excited about the high school season, even though we still have some time before we tip off here in North Carolina.  But that doesn't mean we aren't already looking at teams, as we dive into teams early with Phenom Hoops. One team that will have plenty of attention its way will be Caldwell Academy.  Under head coach Brandon...

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Taking Notice of More: Phenom Rise Showcase (Part 2)

2024 Mason Smith (TCF Wildcats): Smith is a player that continues to attract my eyes with his play. We have watched him on countless occasions, and with his game and size, there is a lot of intrigue.' Smith is a 6'6 prospect that can be effective from so many levels; whether it is stepping out and being a threat from three (hit multiple threes throughout the event), or using his 6'6 frame to...

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Rise Showcase (Day 3)

by: Ethan Reece 2025 Brady Dunn (Team Hope) Very rarely anymore do you get to talk about a guard and focus on his off ball nature. But with the makeup of this team, Brady finds himself splitting PG duties and showcasing good feel and IQ both with and without the ball in his hands. He's a gifted passer, reliable shooter, and solid creator that doesn't waste dribbles. He understands how to stay in...

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POB's Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom Rise Showcase

2025 Shamarius Peterkin (Team Official): Peterkin has been a name that Phenom Hoops has been impressed with over the last year. And you can see that he only continues to get better on the court. A two-sport athlete in football and basketball, Peterkin should have the attention of D1 schools with his long athletic frame, his ability to get to the rim and finish, consistently fills it up, but also...

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Ahmed Jawo Becoming a Prospect Worth Noting

There was a lot of buzz surrounding Southeast Guilford coming into the season. They received numerous transfers (in addition to keeping the talent already on the roster) and looked likely to emerge as one of the top teams in Guilford County. The Falcons have already surpassed their best season during Coach Muirfield's eight-year tenure at the school, currently standing at 17-7 (including a...

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Put On the Radar: Phenom New Year's Bash

2023 Tim Hall (Westminster Catawba): One of the most memorable performances at the event was how dominant 2023 Tim Hall Jr. was, putting up an impressive 31-point, 15-rebound showing in a tough loss.  Hall was simply unstoppable throughout the game, using his size, showing his athleticism, and his overall impact on both sides.  Hall seems to be going under the radar, as when you dive...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom New Year’s Bash

2024 Miles Beard (Hickory Ridge): Beard was at it again in leading his team, finishing with 19 points and five rebounds. Beard continues to be a force offensively with his ability to knock down shots from outside and his pull-up game, but also excels in penetrating and getting to the basket.' Beard just has a natural ability to find ways to score and does so consistently. 2023 Luke Brigman...

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Game Report: Southeast Guilford vs Grimsley

On Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops traveled to undefeated Southeast Guilford as they hosted conference opponent Grimsley. The first half was back and forth as Grimsley held onto a 15-12 lead at the end of the first, but Southeast Guilford was able to regain the lead at 25-22 heading into halftime. Freshman guard, Jerry Sims, was terrific in the first half for Southeast Guilford, scoring 13 of his 15...

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