PHENOM’S CAROLINA SHOWCASE EVENT RECAPS

Chisom Okpara: Ready to Take the Next Step

Photo Courtesy of Vermont Academy There are a bevy of prospects around the country that are really missing out on their opportunity to blow up due to COVID-19 effectively closing the door on all travel basketball for the foreseeable future. One of those guys is Chisom Okpara, a 2022 forward from Vermont Academy and The New York Rens EYBL. Okpara is a unique prospect due to his two way...

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Greensboro Day Handles High Point Christian on Senior Night

In what was another excellent showing from Greensboro Day the bengals got a quality win over a short handed High Point Christian team by the score of 76-43. Greensboro Day had 4 players in double figures in the win. Let’s take a look at some of the standouts.  6’6 2021 Bryce Harris: Greensboro Day (17 Points) Harris is a high level inside/outside scorer that showed he can be a go to option when...

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Davidson Day Handles Carmel Christian 65-53

Davidson Day defeated Carmel Christian last night by the score of 65-53 and it was an exciting matchup. The two teams were neck and neck throughout the first half with an excellent back and forth battle between the two NCISAA powers. Bryce Alfino came up big with some outside shooting in the first half and Myles Hunter did a little bit of everything for Carmel Christian as the teams headed into...

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#TheJohnWall: Day Two Thoughts and Takeaways, Day Three Game to Watch

The Battle of the Titans, Jonathan Kuminga and… Nick Farrar The entire country knows about Jonathan Kuminga, he’s the consensus number one prospect in 2021 and is widely considered the best prospect in all of high school basketball. Nick Farrar, an NC State signee is known within in the state of North Carolina as a workhorse forward that is difficult to contain and these two had a battle that...

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Marc Raye: A Modern Floor General

Each year, it seems like undersized players emerge and continuously outperform any possible expectations. Chris Clemons was obviously the most noteworthy example of this, but many others have followed in his footsteps. Guys like Kody Shubert, DJ Thomas, Stephen Minor, Camian Shell, and Kadyn Dawkins have maintained the standard of being a dominant, undersized guard. However, Marc Raye is someone...

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Harding University Preparing for the Perfect Storm?

The North Carolina high school landscape is as fluid and unpredictable as ever. New programs are emerging, teams progressing, and players relocating all across the state. Take the So. Meck 7 4A conference, which consists of Olympic, Ardrey Kell, Harding University, South Mecklenburg, West Mecklenburg, Phillip O’Berry, and Providence. Aside from Trevon Williams, Olympic graduated most of their...

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COACH’S CORNER: Terry Sanford’s Karl Molnar Speaks on Past Championships + Coaching His Son Now!

Down in Fayetteville, Coach Molnar started out coaching girls basketball and won three state titles at Fayetteville Academy from 1999-2001. Now he leads his son and the Terry Sanford program on the men's side. He has had a wild ride, from playing soccer in high school and Charlotte, working as a pharmaceutical salesman, and also being a head coach. What brought him back to coaching and coaching his son now? Also, what are his goals and expectations for the upcoming season? A great interview overall.

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How High Will Nate Brafford Ascend?

Anyone who has followed North Carolina high school basketball throughout the last year should know about Nate Brafford and his absolutely absurd averages from last season at Tuscola. He finished with a nightly stat line of 33.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.9 SPG, and 2.0 BPG while shooting 53% from the floor, 39% from distance, and 81% from the free-throw line. Not only was he arguably the most...

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COACH’S CORNER: Forest Hill’s Matt Sides Talks 2018-2019 Championship Teams + NCAA Team Comparison!

What a resume Coach Sides has put together over his time at Forest Hills, winning a championship in 2018 and runner-up in 2019. With his success, we had to find out more about his secrets as a coach. He talks about his code of ethics, the daily goals he has for his team, the challenges he faces today, and what college team best resembles how his team at Forest hills plays like.

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Is Dawson McAlhany Ready to Take the Next Step?

Although folks might be unsuspecting, the Villains of Bishop McGuinness have been a model of consistent success under the coaching regime of Josh Thompson. He was notably young upon first taking over the program, but has since established himself among the smartest and most charismatic coaches in the state. Unlike many others, Thompson has shown a willingness to adjust to his personnel rather...

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COACH’S CORNER: HC’s George Marshall on Building a TITLE CONTENDER + Coaching D1 Athletes!

Coach George Marshall has done an excellent job since starting the basketball program at Henderson Collegiate. Starting his first season with a 13-13 record, he has now put together a championship-caliber team over the last two seasons. What made him decide to take over a program and build it from the ground up? Did he lose any confidence after his first season and what big expectations did he have for this program? What was it like to have success the last two seasons, including being named co-champs this past season? Rick Lewis discusses it all!

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Jeremy Dixon: The Next Great Kinston Product?

Though still early, North Carolina’s Class of 2022 is shaping up to be one of the most talented classes in recent memory. There is truly a prospect for every level of college coaches. It ranges from Team USA participants all the way to Division III gems. However, there are numerous guys who are full of intrigue preparing to break out of their shell. So, it only seems fitting that one of the most...

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Is Aaron Murphy Poised for a Breakout Season?

Each year in North Carolina, there are numerous prospects that exceed expectations and (typically) alter the general perception surrounding them. This usually applies to those who have changed location, rapidly developed, or find themselves a newfound role/situation. In just looking at the three most recent high school classes (2018, 2019, and 2020), we’ve seen the likes of Hunter Tyson, Nate...

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A Potential Rivalry: Quality Education versus Winston-Salem Christian

The spring/summer of 2020 has been nothing short of bizarre. A virus has halted all sports and any possible grassroots activity, but there is still plenty of movement happening across the landscape. Take two of the most recent coaching moves, Antonio Lowe returning to Winston-Salem after his dominant two seasons at Moravian Prep and Andre Gould moving to Quality Education after being the most...

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What Does Elijah Gray to Ardrey Kell Mean?

Opportunity is one of the most surefire methods for determining how effective a player can be, both in the present day and into the future. There’s an abundance of former players who saw limited opportunities and then seized control of their fate when the timing was right. Well, that time is rapidly approaching for Elijah Gray, a skilled, versatile, 6-foot-8 forward who is absolutely brimming...

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PHENOM FOCUS: Nicolet’s James Graham is Wisconsin’s HOTTEST Prospect! Recruiting Update + Visits

Up in Wisconsin, 2021 James Graham has been one of the hottest prospects, gathering several high-major offers over the last month or so. Patrick O'Brien sat down with Graham to talk about how this season went for him and what changed in his game. With offers from Georgetown, Auburn, Vandy, Michigan State, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Cincinnati, Missouri, FSU, Wake Forest, and Maryland all in the last month, has he been able to take it all in and what has he been looking at with these programs when talks to the coaches and takes his virtual visits? Graham also has intentions of narrowing his list down soon and possibly knowing when he may want to commit. Listen to the latest.

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Rob Salter Advances Guard Trio to Next Level

Anyone who has seen Greenfield over the past five years should understand the greatness they’ve achieved as a 1A school out of Wilson, North Carolina. Coby White will likely go down as the best player in school history, but many folks seem to forget how much he developed under Coach Rob Salter. The state is full of so many talented coaches, but Salter deserves to be mentioned amongst the top...

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COACH’S CORNER: Cannon’s Che Roth Speaks on Winning STATES & Coaching the No. 1 PG in the COUNTRY!

What a year it has been for head coach Che Roth from Cannon, now coming off an NCISAA 4A State Title this past season. Rick Lewis sits down with a good buddy of his to chat it up. Roth talks about some of the biggest challenges he has had to face, the process behind #Earnit, and cruising down memory lane of some of the ups and downs from this past season, ending with a state title in North Carolina.

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 5’11 Isaac Boothe

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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 and...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’6 Aiden McLaurin

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred 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 and...

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COACH’S CORNER: Hoggard’s Brett Queen’s Journey to Coaching + Keeping 15 Year Playoff Streak Alive!

Hoggard head coach Brett Queen brings fans another episode of the Coach's Corner. Coach didn't play basketball in high school but it didn't stop him from becoming a head coach. From coaching at the collegiate level to the high school level, he has built himself a reputation, including 15 consecutive years of making the playoffs at Hoggard. He also discusses some of the changes he has seen with the game and what advice he would give to the young players on getting to the next level.

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