HOOPS AND DREAMS EVENT RECAPS

Why Ari Fulton Should Appeal to Division I Coaches

Since Covid, the high school recruiting landscape has changed drastically. Guys who would’ve been given a chance to prove themselves at level “X” are still being pushed aside for players who, theoretically, can contribute right away. Now, whether those guys (often older, more experienced transfers or JUCO products) actually move the needle is largely inconclusive. The point is: high school...

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Takeaways from Hoops and Dreams Showcase: Justin Caldwell is Worth Noting

Being a freshman is such a unique time in a basketball player’s journey. Gone are the days of middle school ball, where having the best athlete or tallest player on the court is a near-guaranteed recipe for success. Instead, the real adventure begins (typically) with a myriad of goals and expectations being set in place for these young prospects. Some kids are capable of contributing right away,...

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Hoops & Dreams Top Performances

Here is a list of the top performers from the Hoops & Dream Showcase presented by Lucas Moore Realty. Please note these top performers are in alphabetical order by school. Fayetteville Academy6’5 2024 Xavier Johnson: 31 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists & 2 steals on Friday. 19 points, 1 rebound & 1 assist on Saturday. 6’4 2026 Jossiah Johnson: 22 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist...

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Takeaways from Hoops and Dreams Showcase: Richmond Ready to Dominate

Anyone plugged into the grassroots basketball scene should already be well aware of Paul McNeil’s sudden return to North Carolina and Richmond High School. The news sent shockwaves throughout the state, as last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year had been enjoying a pretty strong start to his season at Prolific Prep. Regardless, McNeil comes back to join a Raiders squad that is even better than...

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Takeaways from Hoops and Dreams Showcase: Quality Education is Legit

Accumulation of talent has become the biggest priority for a vast majority of high school programs over the last few years. Sure, every coach aims to put out the best possible on-court product but the rapid increase in private/independent school popularity has turned the landscape into mayhem. Too many coaches are determined to build the most talented teams instead of hunting for cohesion and...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Hoops and Dreams Showcase

6’4 ’24 Jullien Cole (Richmond) There was a ton of buzz surrounding the Raiders and the return of their star, but Cole was arguably the most notable performer in this showing. He set the tone early on offense, largely carrying the load as a scorer through his ability to get downhill, finish, and convert at the line. Cole rebounded the ball at a consistent rate, forced a ton of turnovers, and...

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Hoops and Dreams Recap: Hopewell vs. Wayne Country Day

WCDS started the game in a “Box & 1” looking to take Quay Watson out of the game. The first quarter was rightly contested. Great team basketball from both teams as they trade making stops and baskets. Playing inside-out, WCDS was able to jump out in front. Timely shot making from Hopewell resulted in bringing the game back within 1 as the first half came to a close. Quay Walker got off to a...

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Hoops and Dreams Game Recap: Seaforth vs. Seventy-First

From the opening tip 71st took over the game by controlling the boards. Their willingness to rebound provided many second chance opportunities. 71st took those opportunities and turned them into points. Seaforth played zone making 71st proved they can make shots. Due to a collective effort from beyond the arc, 71st was able to pull away from Seaforth and make a run. Seaforth trying to chip their...

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Hoops and Dreams Game Recap: Richmond vs. Trinity Christian

Richmond jumped off to a fast start. The Raiders displayed a defensive identity to start the game. With long athletic wings like Julien Cole and Paul McNeil they were consistently in the passing lanes. Steals seemed to come easy for Richmond. They were able to create fast break opportunities by pushing off rebounds and steals. Their run was matched by the grit and heart on the part of the...

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Hoops and Dreams Game Recap: Pine Forest vs. Wayne Country Day

Action packed first half filled with big plays. There was a lot of back and forth fast paced action from the tipoff. Blow for blow these teams  showed the ability to take and deliver hits. Pine Forest taking an early lead due to a couple big three point buckets combined with scrappy team defense. Jordan Jones leading the way for Pine Forest with a 13pt first half. WCDS fueled by the play of...

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Player Standouts at Hoops and Dreams Showcase

6’7 ’24 Isaiah Otyaluk (NC GBB) It’s easy to see the appeal with a blossoming prospect like Otyaluk, who possesses a ton of ability and long-term upside. He’s a long, wiry wing/forward prospect with great size, athleticism, and an enticing level of skill (especially for his position). His insane length is an obvious asset, and he actually understands how to use it as a finisher,...

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Hoops and Dreams Game Recap: Terry Sanford vs. Fayetteville Academy

In the sixth contest of the day, the inner-Fayetteville showdown between Terry Sanford and Fayetteville Academy took place. Both teams entered this contest with a definite chip on their shoulder, and it made for a fairly competitive battle. Things kicked off in close fashion, as neither team was able to gain much separation until the closing minutes of the first half—where Fayetteville Academy...

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Hoops and Dreams Game Recap: Westover vs. Trinity Christian

In the fifth game of the day, Trinity Christian of Fayetteville took on Westover. The first quarter saw Westover take a 14-8 lead with 5 different players scoring. The Wolverines also had 4 assists from 4 different players in the quarter as well. After a scrappy second quarter in which both teams were outstanding defensively, the Wolverines were able to bring a 23-15 lead into the half. Both...

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Hoops and Dreams Game Recap: Seventy-First and The Burlington School

In the fourth game of the day, highly ranked The Burlington School took on one of the premier Fayetteville public school programs in Seventy-First. After a chippy first quarter, in which 12 fouls were called, Seventy-First finished the quarter on a 5-0 run to make the score 13-12 TBS. Zion Walker led the Spartans with 5 and Jared Davis led the Falcons with 7. The Falcons continued their late...

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Hoops and Dreams Game Recap: Quality Education v. Northwood Temple

In the third game of the day, Quality Education used their length and athleticism to press from the tip, leading to a 12-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Bobby Cannon and Nigel Okwakol scored all of the Pharoah’s first quarter points.  The Pharoah’s continued to expand their lead in the second as Bobby Cannon began to impose himself on the defensive side of the ball, collecting...

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Hoops and Dreams Game Report: Terry Sanford v. St. Paul’s (Girls)

In the second game of the day, the Terry Sanford Lady Bulldogs got off to a strong start behind a balanced scoring attack and strong zone defense. They took a 15 lead into the half, getting 7 girls into the scoring column along to way. In the third, led by Breonna Roaf’s play, Terry Sanford only strengthened their lead and took a 26-point advantage into the fourth. Full-court pressure from St....

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Hoops and Dreams Game Recap: NC GBB v. New Life Christian

In the first game of the day, NC GBB used full-court pressure to jump out to a 13-point lead at the half. They were led by Isaiah Otyaluk, Louis Couch, and Caden Bell who combined for 28 of their 39 first-half points. New Life Christian’s Jaheim Fasion had 16 at the half. In the third quarter, NC GBB extended their lead to 21 as they handled the NLCA press well and dominated in transition. The...

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Talent to be found all around at the Hoops and Dreams Showcase (Nov. 25-26)

Fayetteville (NC) – One of the premier high school basketball events is back again for another year, as the Hoops and Dreams Showcase presented by LucasMoore Realty is coming to Fayetteville over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Brought to you by Phenom Hoops, the Hoops and Dreams Showcase has been regarded as one of the top events in the country over the holidays, as it looks to be no different...

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Schedule Release: Hoops & Dreams Showcase highlights Thanksgiving weekend in Fayetteville

Another week goes by, and another schedule is released for Phenom Hoops high school season, as we now head down to Fayetteville for the Hoops & Dreams Showcase presented by LucasMoore Realty on November 25-26.  We will be back at Fayetteville State for what looks to be another great lineup in the state of North Carolina.  Every year, this has been a great event for the area, really...

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Day 2 Recaps/Stats from Hoops & Dreams Showcase

Day 2 was off the charts down in Fayetteville, as we brought fans another year of the Hoops & Dreams Showcase. If you missed the action, make sure you tune in or come check out all the talent at Fayetteville State University. Here are the stats and recaps from Day 2. This event is sponsored by LucasMoore Realty, Inc. NC GBB 71 – North Raleigh Christian 21 NC GBB: Broderick Ellis 15...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Hoops and Dreams

6’9 ’23 Asa White (NC GBB) Although various guys have improved since joining this roster, arguably no one has progressed as much as White. He’s always been a talented player but his mentality has visibly shifted, and he now stands out as a very reliable, unselfish piece on both ends of the floor. White finishes, rebounds, alters shots, and runs the floor hard in transition. The difference in...

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Day 1 Recaps/Stats from Hoops & Dreams Showcase

Day 1 was off the charts down in Fayetteville, as we brought fans another year of the Hoops & Dreams Showcase. If you missed the action, make sure you tune in or come check out all the talent at Fayetteville State University. Here are the stats and recaps from Day 1. This event is sponsored by LucasMoore Realty, Inc. Liberty Heights Varsity 77 – Bull City Varsity 58 Liberty: Takai Simpkins...

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Player Standouts at Hoops and Dreams Showcase (Day 1)

Presented by LucasMoore Realty, IncCheck out all the standouts from Day 1 of the Hoops & Dreams Showcase in Fayetteville, NC 6’4 ’22 Tajuan Simpkins (Liberty Heights Varsity) In watching the twins perform, it’s extremely perplexing as to why Tajuan Simpkins is so under-recruited. He’s clearly shown the ability to operate as a lead guard and very effective playmaker with the ball in his...

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Hoops and Dreams Schedule IS OUT!!

Phenom Hoops continues their travel to bring some of the best events to the state of North Carolina. We have done it again with another fantastic event as we bring you the Hoops & Dreams Presented by LucasMoore Realty, Inc. We head down to Fayetteville on November 26-27, as we will be playing in Felton J. Capel Arena at Fayetteville State University. Make sure you get your tickets as soon as...

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