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Tuesday Standouts from The John Wall, Part 2

Game 5Combine vs. Virginia Episcopal In the fifth game of the day, North Carolina’s top ranked Combine Academy took on Virginia Episcopal (VES) in their opening round matchup of the TJ Warren Bracket. VES jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game, but Coach Jeff McInnis brought in his second unit and turned up the pressure. Antonio Hamlin got things going offensively for Combine as they were...

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Is Moravian Prep the Top Team in North Carolina?

The last few years at Moravian Prep have been very interesting. Two years ago, they won the Hoopstate Championship and advanced their core grouping (Josh Hall, Shakeel Moore, Javarzia Belton, Jamahri Harvey, etc.) to the next level. Shortly thereafter, Coach Antonio Lowe departed for his own program—putting Coach Jeremy Ellis back in complete charge of the Lions’ day-to-day operation. Last...

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HIGHLIGHTS: 2025 Eli Ellis Scores 31 PTS vs W-S Christian at Phenom Hoops #CarmelTipOff!

Winston Salem Christian vs. Moravian Prep... The storylines were there and it also gave fans a view of some very intriguing talent. The young players of 2025 Eli Ellis, 2026 Isaac Ellis, 2024 Isaiah Washington, and 2024 Lewis Walker all showed up, while 2022 Christ Essandoko, 2022 Quante Berry, and others stepped up also. Check out the full highlights from an intense game.

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Robinson #1: 5’8 ’26 Isaac Ellis (Moravian Prep) Starting things off, we look at a player who contributed nicely despite being the youngest camper on display, Isaac Ellis. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with IQ, scrappiness, and as much shooting prowess as any player across the state. Ellis is small in stature but showcases a clear understanding of how to play to his...

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HoopState Fall League Standouts (Week 1, West Division)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2023 6’5 Isaac Holmes (Papa Pete’s Patriots/Apex Friendship) Isaac has been one of the more skilled players that I’ve watched today. The hybrid forward carries a trait of skillful, intelligent basketball with him at all times. He plays a very crafty game, highlighting both his ability to shoot the ball as well as facilitate. Holmes is difficult to match up with, given his...

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Notable Young Prospects from Grassroots Tip-Off Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops held our annual Grassroots Tip-Off Classic at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The event was loaded with an abundance of entertaining programs from throughout the region and beyond. While most of the excitement was centered around the debuts various shoe-circuit teams and specific matchups between older squads, there were also a...

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Young Prospects Worth Noting from Phenom Hoops’ MLK Showcase

5’0 ’26 Justyn Whitfield (Victory Christian) Despite being one of the younger players on this list, Whitfield certainly stood out as one of the more impressive performers in Victory Christian’s win over Gaston Christian. He’s undersized and just beginning to develop physically, but already possesses excellent shooting abilities and displays nice IQ on both ends of the floor. Whitfield handles...

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Western North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Smith   #2: 5’0 ’26 Isaac Ellis (Granite Falls) Starting things off, we look at a player that is already advanced well beyond his years, Isaac Ellis. He’s a young, small, high IQ guard with playmaking skills and the ability to dominate a game with his three-point shooting. Ellis moves extremely well without the ball and, although somewhat unassuming, plays with intensity and...

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Coach Rick’s WNC Phenom 150 Super Six and More (Part 2)

Coach Rick’s WNC Phenom 150 Super Six and More (Part 2) Phenom Hoop Report traveled to Cherokee, North Carolina for the inaugural WNC Phenom 150 camp. The camp was a huge success and the gym was filled with talent at every level. Now, let’s take a closer look at the standout players for the day. In our first segment, we wrote about De’Ante Green, Eli Ellis, Austin Johnson, Solomon...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Tyrone Smith   #2:4’11 ’25 Dionte Neal (Reidsville, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that stood out with his ability to run a team, especially at his age, Dionte Neal. He’s a young, intelligent point guard prospect with exceptional quickness and a tight handle, which allows him to enter the paint and make plays with ease. Neal displayed great footwork to go with...

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Early Standouts at Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp

#11- 5’8 ’25 Eli Ellis- The strong-bodied guard was among the youngest players from the first set of games, but more than held his own. He’s a leader with a tight handle and strong two-way feel for the game. Ellis effortlessly creates scoring opportunities and has the three-level ability to apply constant pressure as a penetrator or shooting threat from the perimeter. He sees the floor well and...

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