PHENOM’S LOW COUNTRY SHOWCASE EVENT RECAPS

6’3 2021 Kenny Noland, “Books, Basketball & the Velvet Touch”

6’3 2021 Kenny Noland (Apex Friendship)  Last season, Apex Friendship went an impressive 23-5 and 6’3 2021 Kenny Noland was the lone underclassman to start. Not only did he start, but was one of the team’s leading scorers. Noland averaged 12.1 PPG and shot an even more impressive 56% from the floor and 42% from the 3-point line. For the season, Noland also dished out 93 assists to only 38...

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Former UNC Standout Joins Phenom Hoops

Shammond Williams will be joining Phenom Hoops as a scout analysis for the South Carolina Upstate area. Williams played for legendary and Hall of Fame Coach Dean Smith. While at UNC, Williams played in three Final Fours, his freshman, junior and senior season. In addition, he was named team captain both his junior and senior season. After graduating from UNC, Williams was drafted no. 34 by the...

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Draven Pilson Taking the Next Step

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the...

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Dee Barnett Continuing to Shine

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the...

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Poised to Breakout: 6’0 Davion Cunningham

The North Carolina basketball landscape is arguably unlike any other, given the constant flux of talent across the state. Whether through public or private school, prospects seem to emerge each and every season. In looking at the public school side of things, few teams have been as successful as North Mecklenburg during the Duane Lewis era. Their reputation has withstood the test of time through...

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5’9 2022 Chris Britt “Quick on Quick”

As the old saying goes, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” and you can’t judge a player by his size. For Chris Britt, the super quick point guard is simply terrific in the open court. Last season, Britt had a superb sophomore season. He averaged 20.0 PPG, 4.23 RPG, 4.2 APG and 2.1 SPG. The “do it all” point guard was also selected to the NCISAA 2A All...

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Jaiden Thompson, “Books, Basketball & High Character”

Last season, we got a chance to watch then freshman point guard Jaiden Thompson during our Phenom Open Gym Tour. We wrote the following, “Jaiden Thompson will be a welcomed new addition to the Central Cabarrus team. The freshmen point guard will be asked to play huge minutes and be the team’s undeniable team leader. Thompson has the ball on a string and is terrific at reading and coming off ball...

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COACH’S CORNER: Lincoln Charter HC Bradley Gabriel on Most Memorable Moments + 2017 State Champ SZN!

Coach Bradley Gabriel has built something special at Lincoln Charter but he also has a tremendous story in how he got there. Coaching at South Iredell, he was able to change the entire program around and then headed to Bandy's before eventually going to Lincoln Charter. What has been his formula for success? What has been some of his favorite moments as a coach? And what was it like winning a state championship in 2017? That and much more in another great interview with Phenom Hoops.

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6’8 2023 Samuel Martin (Apex HS) “One to Watch”

Samuel Martin enjoyed a solid freshman season. He averaged 4.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 1.0 BPG. He played in every game and started twice. Martin was usually the 6th man in the rotation and is looking forward to having a breakout sophomore season. In addition, Martin sports an impressive 3.6+ GPA taking primarily honors in his core classes.  At our most recent NC Phenom 150 camp held this past March,...

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Logan Blair Preparing to Lead

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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Ryan Roberts Steadily Rising

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the...

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COACH’S CORNER: FCDS HC Doug Esleeck on His New Challenges + What His College Experience Will Bring!

We want to welcome in the new head coach of Forsyth Country Day, Doug Esleek, as he joins us on our latest episode of the Coach's Corner. He graduated from UNC and became the Director of Operations at UNCG, then a college assistant at Gardner-Webb, and then an assistant at Mercer. He talks about his time at each journey, including a few upsets he witnessed. Esleek talks about his journey to FCDS and what made the job so appealing to him. What also does he have planned for the program and what makes the program so intriguing? We discuss it all.

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Patrick Paul and Khalil Shakir to Join Phenom Hoops

 Phenom Hoops is excited to announce the addition of Patrick Paul and Khalil Shakir as we expand our coverage in South Carolina. The state of South Carolina is becoming a hotbed for basketball and Patrick and Khalil will provide coverage at the grassroots level. With the recent success of Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, college coaches are paying more and more attention to the talent in the...

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Austin Hatfield, “Keeping the Dream Alive”

For Austin Hatfield, basketball has been in his blood since he was five years old. He was your typical gym rat, constantly playing hoops and like most young players, wanted to play Division One basketball. Hatfield played high school basketball for legendary coach Andy Muse. He scored over 2300 career points in high school and graduated from Mt. Tabor in 2014.  After receiving only one D2...

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6’3 2022 Jalen West, “Following in Brother’s Footsteps”

Back in 2016, we wrote about an article, Name to Know: 6’1 2017 James West IV. James was a talented player that committed to Mount St. Mary’s. James played two years at Mount St. Mary’s and will finish his college basketball career at Tusculum University in Tennessee.  Fast forward to 2020, and Jalen hopes to be following in his big brother’s footsteps. Jalen is a slender and skilled 6’3 combo...

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Jordan Simpson, “A Team Player”

6’4 Jordan Simpson, “A Team Player”  Jordan Simpson has already enjoyed tremendous success. As a rising junior, Simpson has collected offers from North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Claflin, Miles and Denmark Tech. He is also getting interest from the College of Charleston, Nicholls State, Wake Forest and Winthrop. He participated in the prestigious SC Top 80 last September and...

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Jackson Hartzell Set to Play Big Role for the Vikings

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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Stars of the ACC: Players leading the way in the conference (2020-21 season) (Part I)

Getting into the college basketball spirit, Phenom Hoops is looking around conferences for some of the top players that should lead the charge. In a 2-part series, we first take a look at a few players that should be the stars of the ACC in the coming year.

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Natural glue guy: Adonijah Whitley

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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Showcasing his skills on the hardwood: Kamell Smith

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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“Get to Know” Daniel Cooper

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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