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Deserving of More Attention: Quenton Flood

Right now, there is an impressive amount of talent flowing through the state of South Carolina and, specifically, within the Class of 2021. There are players that already hold high-major offers, others trending upward, and some that are completely under the radar. However, the unique makeup of the talent is something worth noting. John Butler is obviously an uncommon specimen, given the fact...

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Why the NAIA is an option to build your game

Special Guest: Jeremy Wright NAIA schools are often overlooked and given the cold shoulder by athletes for bigger name schools. However, to any player or parent reading this, I hope you look into all of your choices before making the decision of committing to the school with the biggest name, and look for the school that gives you the best opportunity to grow and develop. The NAIA is outside of...

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Deserving of More Attention: Cohen Gaskins

The basketball scene in South Carolina has been widely overlooked and underappreciated for (at least) the last five years. Neither Ja Morant nor Zion Williamson single-handedly changed this notion, but they certainly opened eyes to the idea that legitimate prospects could emerge from this state. Morant’s situation was a little more common as an under-the-radar guard who continually got better...

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COACH’S CORNER: Hickory Grove’s Jim Rhodes From KANSAS to NC; His Journey + Season Outlook!

Head coach Jim Rhodes from Hickory Grove Christian sits down with Rick Lewis for another coach's chat. Growing up in Kansas, Rhodes played D2 ball for Fort Hays State and ended up the all-time 3-point percentage leader in a tremendous career. From there, he came to NC and started as the JV coach at Independence before becoming the head coach at Hickory Grove. We dive into his rich history as well as breaking down some of his players, including star AJ Smith. We also get his opinions on a few matters, including the 3-point line and others.

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Deserving of More Attention: Keeyan Itejere

Each year in North Carolina, we see at least one prospect come out of nowhere and really burst onto the scene. The most recent example is Keeyan Itejere, who surfaced about this time last summer and began rapidly trending upward. Our first viewing came during travel ball season with the UC27 Dreamchasers. There were multiple next-level prospects on that team, but Itejere was clearly on another...

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Is Something Special Brewing at Lancaster?

In looking at the young talent spread across South Carolina, it became increasingly obvious that Lancaster should start trending upward as much as any program in the state. They’ve had some struggles over the past few years but should have optimism about the foreseeable future, especially given their young, talented roster. They have a pair of productive, reliable senior veterans in Omazeon...

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Is Jordyn Surratt Ready to Take the Next Step?

Anyone who has followed South Carolina high school basketball over the last five years should be well aware of Dorman and their nonstop success. However, things are guaranteed to change with Myles Tate (Butler) and PJ Hall (Clemson) set to depart. It’s difficult to even imagine a team without Tate at this point, given that he’s been a key varsity contributor since his freshman season and...

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COACH’S CORNER: Bishop’s Josh Thompson Speaks on Coaching HS, Running an AAU Program + USA Camp!

Rick Lewis sits down once again with another rising coach in the ranks North Carolina, this time sitting down with Bishop McGuinness Josh Thompson. Starting his coaching career in 2004, he has secured over 275 wins, won multiple state championships, served as the court coach for USA basketball youth development camp, and is also the NC Spartans founder and program director. He dives into it all, his program's culture around books and basketball, and much more.

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Is Christian Reeves Approaching a Breakout Season?

In the basketball world, sample size is a true, worthwhile indicator to understand the ins and outs of a given prospect. The concept should be fairly easy to grasp: the more viewings, statistics, and information on a player should naturally allow for a stronger understanding of who they are now and what they could potentially become in the future. Our purpose of this article is to take a closer...

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Bryce Harris Brings Versatility and a High Motor

6’5 2021 Bryce Harris (Greensboro Day) Brings Versatility and a High Motor  Last year, Bryce Harris enjoyed an outstanding season at Greensboro Day. Playing for legendary coach Freddy Johnson, Harris saw his stock rise throughout the course of the season. He went from get mid-major offers from the likes of Lafayette, Howard, Rice, NC A&T, Elon to UNC-Wilmington. Recently, Harris picked...

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Is Mason Padgett Assembling the Next Powerhouse?

It’s been stated before, but the high school basketball scene has transformed into something comparable to NBA free agency. On one hand, the kneejerk reaction is to pose an argument for why/how transferring or reclassifying could have a positive effect on said player. The other side of the token typically points to the lack of loyalty, structure, or overall negative effects that could...

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Previewing the Triad High School Basketball Landscape: North Davidson

It’s been stated before, but the high school basketball scene has transformed into something comparable to NBA free agency. On one hand, the kneejerk reaction is to pose an argument for why/how transferring or reclassifying could have a positive effect on said player. The other side of the token typically points to the lack of loyalty, structure, or overall negative effects that could...

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Early look at the 2020-21 Duke Blue Devils roster

Once again, the Blue Devils will have a new look with new names on the court this upcoming season. Bringing some key pieces back but also adding another impressive Top-5 recruiting class, Duke should yet again start in the Top-25 rankings. It will be interesting to see how this team meshes early on. Lets get an early look at the roster for the Blue Devils here.

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2021 Jayvon Mercer took a huge leap this past season at East Wake

It was time to shine this season for Jayvon Mercer, as the junior took advantage of the opportunity in front of him. Without a senior on the roster this past season and multiple players graduating the year before, 2021 6’5 Javon Mercer took charge to lead his team at East Wake to a 16-10 record, and big things could be on the horizon for this young man.

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COACH’S CORNER: Rocky River’s Donald Kirby Speaks on NEW ROLL + Goals/Expectations For the Season!

Phenom Hoops welcomes in the new head coach at Rocky River, as coach Donald Kirby will take over the basketball program. We dive into his past, talking about his playing days in Virginia, his time at West Meck, and the lessons from his time at Carmel Christian under Coach Badgett. He also dives into what his goals and expectations are at Rocky River, as they bring some intriguing talent to the table. We welcome him into the coaching world in NC and coach will certainly be looking to make his mark in the state.

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Is Isaiah Ray Preparing to Take the Next Step?

Phenom Hoops has seen hundreds upon thousands of players come through our doors over the years, which naturally allows us to see all types of different situations and circumstances. Take an unusual path for example, like Isaiah Ray, who has been a noteworthy name throughout the last two years. Originally at Dudley High School, Ray saw very limited playing opportunities prior to his junior...

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Previewing the Triad High School Basketball Landscape: Mount Tabor

It’s been stated before, but the high school basketball scene has transformed into something comparable to NBA free agency. On one hand, the kneejerk reaction is to pose an argument for why/how transferring or reclassifying could have a positive effect on said player. The other side of the token typically points to the lack of loyalty, structure, or overall negative effects that could...

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Previewing the Triad High School Basketball Landscape: Thomasville

It’s been stated before, but the high school basketball scene has transformed into something comparable to NBA free agency. On one hand, the kneejerk reaction is to pose an argument for why/how transferring or reclassifying could have a positive effect on said player. The other side of the token typically points to the lack of loyalty, structure, or overall negative effects that could...

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