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From the Scouts Eyes — Brady O’Connell Commits to Old Dominion

Brady O’Connell is a 6’7″ wing out of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He played his summer travel ball with Team Felton on the UAA Circuit. At the time of his commitment to ODU, O’Connell also entertained offers from the likes of Elon, Samford, Western Carolina and Mercer. Last season, O’Connell averaged 9.3 points per game for the 18 win Ravenscroft...

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Is Aaron Wiggins the Big Ten’s Most Lethal Shooter in 2019-20?!

When you are able to get players who can move their feet and have good positional size, to go along with high-level shooting, then you have an incredibly valuable player at the NBA level.

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From the Scout’s Eyes — Jadyn Parker Commits to North Florida

On Friday, 6'8" 2020 Jadyn Parker of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, North Carolina committed to the University of North Florida.

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt 2 #PhenomSummerFinale

Time flies when you’re having fun, another season of AAU is almost in the books!Greensboro, North Carolina– The Phenom Hoops crew is going out with a bang here at the Summer Finale! The stars came out for one last go around, coaches at multiple levels flooded the sidelines in search of a late boost to 2019, and others got the jump on some classes of the future. 6’2 2022 LeBron Thomas (FIBA)...

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Storylines from the #NCISSALivePeriod

The weekend was action packed with big time hoops all weekend long throughout the Triad! It's the first go around in this newly structured live period run by state officials and local high schools.

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Brandon’s Big time Ballers #NCISAASummerShowcase

The Hoop States Top Private schools gathered at Greensboro Day School for a star studded summer showcase.Greensboro, North Carolina- This Live Period event gives the Coaches, Scouts, and Media, an opportune chance to checkout some of the best prospects in the state under a controlled team setting. 6’3 2022 Jaden Bradley (Cannon)- Bradley looks the part of a high major floor general, he’s got the...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers #PhenomDavidRoseMDC

The annual Phenom Hoops David Rose Memorial Day Classic delivered us some big-time performances, key story lines, and collection of breakout prospects coaches need to put some eyes on. Greensboro North Carolina– The David Rose Memorial Day Classic is an event that carries a message and meaning deeper than competition on the hardwood. It’s the story of ultimate sacrifice and selflessness than...

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Truth Generation Crowned Champs

In Sunday’s finale on court three at Proehlific Park A very deep and balanced Truth Generation Team over matched a talented Team Renegades squad 92-79, they built up and an early lead and continually wore this group out with their platoon approach.   Greensboro, North Carolina- Truth Generation set the tone in this contest from the jump, they survived a strong push late in the second, but...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers PT.1 #PhenomChallengeLive

The lone Spring live period is upon us and we wouldn’t want to spend it anywhere other than the great city of Spartanburg, hundreds of players from rising freshmen to unsigned seniors are coming in with something to prove! Spartanburg, South Carolina- The Phenom Hoops crew is back at it again for another action-packed live period, two things you can count on players will be tested competition...

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Brandon’s Friday Night Lights Standouts: #PhenomChallengeLive

The lone Spring live period is upon us and we wouldn’t want to spend it anywhere other than the great city of Spartanburg, hundreds of players from rising freshmen to unsigned seniors are coming in with something to prove! Spartanburg, South Carolina- The Phenom Hoops crew is back at it again for another action packed live period, two things you can count on players will be tested...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers: NCTop80

The prestigious NC Top 80 has hosted the top talent in all of the Hoop State the last several years, this years edition didn’t disappoint. Greensboro, North Carolina- Phenom Hoops NC Top 80 camp is unique in it’s own right, due mostly in part to the amass of talent assembled together under one roof for competition. This camp provides coaches, media and, spectators alike an...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers: NC Phenom 150

The Phenom NC 150 Camp continues to provide a springboard platform for young unknown prospects to break onto the scene, as well as a stage for unsigned seniors to draw some eyes late in the signing stages. Greensboro, North Carolina- High school prospects from multiple states gathered this past Sunday to battle it out in front of an energized crowd appreciative of camp competition. A diverse...

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Calvary Looks to Survive and Advance

Tuesday night Calvary Day opened up post season play against a very scrappy Cary Christian group.Winston Salem, North Carolina- The Cougars used a nice fourth quarter run due to some amped up defensive efforts and hot shooting, to pull away firmly in this contest. Calvary has a veteran core and this group as a whole played one of the toughest slates in the entire state, the team has pretty much...

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Live With Brandon Blakney EP. 1

On the latest release of the remastered podcast Live With Brandon Blakney, Brandon discussed an array of topics happening throughout the hoops world. Is Southwest Guilford the best in 3A? The Piedmont Triad 3A conference has been FULL of talent since its formation several years ago, this season is no different as Southwest Guilford looks like the best public school in the state. They’re blowing...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7″ PJ Fenton

Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7″ PJ Fenton The state of North Carolina is blessed with an overabundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’11” David Elien

Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’11” David Elien The state of North Carolina is blessed with an overabundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Rev Tholel

Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Rev Tholel The state of North Carolina is blessed with an overabundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the collegiate...

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Wake Forest makes statement in Non Conference finale

Wake Forest closed out non conference play in style vs the Cornell Big Red last night, the Deacs have been up and down this season but the new year may bring new fortunes.   Winston Salem, North Carolina- Wake played a complete team game on both ends, tie dye nation came out with a noticeable sense of urgency. There was a lot of hype around this freshmen class, and the versatility Wake...

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Brandon Lee’s Frank Spencer Classic Story lines

Well Christmas is officially over and we need something to carry us into the new year, what better way than to dive in to some Frank Spencer Winter Classic story lines! Winston Salem, North Carolina- The Frank Spencer is one of the most prestigious high school holiday hoops tournaments in the entire state, over the years we’ve witnessed McDonald’s All Americans, College All...

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Greg Gantt is THE Best Defender in the Hoop State

  Providence College was at every single game Greg Gantt played in over the Summer. Jeff Battle was front and center, EVERY SINGLE TIME, while Head Coach Ed Cooley came at least once per tournament. It was truly a masterful job, as Gantt had also set visits to the likes of Texas and Florida, major programs. Providence showed the love and Gantt reciprocated with his commitment. After...

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Live with Brandon Blakney ft Josh Nickleberry

Fayetteville, North Carolina- On the latest segment of Live With Brandon Blakney Extra, Northwood Temple senior, and Louisville signee Josh Nickleberry joined the podcast. Nickleberry is one of the hottest names in prep hoops at the moment, he’s got a chance to break 3,000 career points this season. Phenom Hoops Analyst Jamie Shaw described Nickleberry as “ the best scorer in North Carolina...

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Dunk Mountain not afraid to Flex on the big boys

With their latest recruitment class Dunk Mountain have made it absolutely clear they aren’t afraid to recruit against bigger schools at the division one level, and with their recent track record why would they? Banner Elk, North Carolina- Tucked away in the Mountains of a modest town in North Carolina, Banner Elk boasts one of the top division two hoops programs in the state and they love their...

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NCAA Hot Takes — Week of December 3

Each Wednesday we hold a round table where we give our guys are given the platform to give their “NCAA Hot Takes”. **The Week of December 3 Rick Lewis Recruit in-state players and you will be successful There is no secret that the state of North Carolina is a hot bed for collegiate basketball prospects. Last year, 70 plus players committed to D1 programs. Coach Wes Miller of UNC-Greensboro has...

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Takeaways from HPU VS EKU

On a day Tubby Smith was honored for his 600th win in the pregame, fans also received an absolutely exhilarating assortment of hoops. It was truly a tale of two halves for High Point as they dropped a 24- point lead to Eastern Kentucky, in a 70-69 dog fight. High Point, North Carolina- The Colonels used an inspirational second half comeback and a dagger from beyond the arc at the buzzer to steal...

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Diving in With: Paul Hudson Baller and future Prosthetist

Paul Hudson is a senior leader on the Charlotte Christian Basketball team, he has taken that talent to earn a free Ivy League education at Dartmouth and the opportunity to pursue his dream as a Prosthetist. Charlotte, North Carolina- The ball stops bouncing for everyone at some point and one has to have a plan or passion to pursue when that chapter comes. Hudson is a man with a plan for the next...

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Five under the radar to Watch: Phenom National Showcase

The National Showcase has been headlined by some of the top players to come through the prep ranks in recent years, but there have also been sleepers to break onto the scene and really make a name for themselves.   Greensboro, North Carolina-  The Phenom National Showcase is upon us once again and this year may be bigger than ever, hoops media giant Slam Magazine is partnering up this year...

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Greensboro College claims battle in the Boro over Guilford College

The atmosphere was intense and the energy was big in this inner city battle between two proud hoops programs. For the first time in eight years the Pride of Greensboro College edged out The Quakers of Guilford College 73-72 in an absolute dog fight.   Guilford County, North Carolina- Fans packed the Campus of Guilford College for the annual matchup between the two schools and the players...

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Diving in with: Dean Reiber

Dean Reiber has been praised for his upside for years now, at 6’9 he does a lot of things well prospects that size can’t usually do. It seems Reiber is putting it all together, after a huge travel season and continued production throughout the preseason for Northwest Guilford, local university High Point is the latest in state school to offer.   Guilford County, North Carolina- Overall Reiber...

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