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Phenom Game Report: Notre Dame vs. Sierra Canyon (CA)

Two of the top teams in California matched up on Friday night, as Sierra Canyon certainly brought a ton of talent to the court even without Bronny James not on the floor while Notre Dame gave us another view of our guy Caleb Foster. Both teams came out strong, with Notre Dame finding early success from behind the arc with multiple threes in the first quarter.  It is what helped them to gain a...

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2024 7’0 Arden Begaj breaks down his game and latest in recruitment

Player: Arden BegajClass: 2024Position: ForwardHeight: 7’0School: United Scholastic Academy Phenom Hoops continues to bring talent from up north, this time catching up with a 2024 7-footer in Arden Begaj.  The big man has been catching some eyes with a few programs, as he holds a few offers and recently took a few recent visits, including one to Princeton lately.  We dive into more...

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Having a Strong Season: Class of 2024 (NC) (Part 1)

Jaylen Sturdivant 2024 Tyler Whitehurst (Riverside-Martin) Stats: 23.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg Whitehurst, who s a 6’0 guard at Riverside-Martin, continues to play at a high level this season.  Watching him in the Outer Banks earlier in the season, Whitehurst continues to show his ability to fill it up and be a scoring threat.  Whitehurst does a terrific job in knocking down shots...

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Back on the Market: 2023 Elijah Strong (Myers Park)

There are plenty of prospects still to be found in the Class of 2023, and one is now back on the market after a recent announcement. 2023 6’8 Elijah Strong recently announced that he would be reopening his recruitment and decommitting from Wofford, and he should be a prospect for many programs to check out.  Now back on the market, Strong is a prospect that has good size and frame, plays...

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Phenom Game Report: Polk County vs. RS Central

Phenom Hoops was able to check out RS Central as they traveled to Polk County, giving us a chance to view some intriguing talent.  Wanting to view more of 2025 Zymicah Wilkins, he certainly didn’t disappoint. It was a tight game for much of the first half, as Wilkins quickly went to work and made some strong plays, to lead his team.  Wilkins finished with 16 points in the first half, showing his...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’8 Max Frazier

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

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Could Carlton Carrington be next up for Pittsburgh?

Coach Jeff Capel and Pittsburgh have had a very good year, and it seems like they have turned it around this season with their play and 14-7 overall record.  Though there is talent to be found on the roster now, a player that has been catching my eyes a lot more has been the future prospect at Pittsburgh in 2023 Carlton Carrington.  Carrington is a 6’4 shooting guard from St. Frances...

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Phenom CBB Player Watch: Sr. Jake Stephens (Chattanooga)

2022-23 Season Stats: 32.2 minutes per game/ 21.8 points per game/ 10.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.4 blocks per game/ Shooting 55 percent from the floor and 41 percent from three on 5.2 attempts 2021-22 (VMI): 33.2 minutes per game/ 19.6 points per game/ 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.0 blocks per game/ Shot 55 percent from the floor and 49 percent from three on 5.0 attempts Phenom Hoops is bringing...

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Phenom CBB Game Report: UCLA at USC

Sitting down to watch a terrific Pac-12 matchup, UCLA was looking to sweep USC as the Bruins were on the road Thursday night.  USC played well early on to gain the early edge, but UCLA was attacking down low in the paint early and finding success with Jaime Jacquez and Adem Bona.  It is what helped them regain the lead halfway through the first half, and then the guard play started to take over...

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Game Report: North Lincoln vs Hickory

On Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops traveled to Lincolnton to watch North Lincoln (13-4) take on the top team in the conference, Hickory (17-1). Both teams came out ready to play as North Lincoln’s Ty Sanders, Connor Carson and Ben Cipriano led the charge in the first half. But Hickory’s sophomore guard Jamien Little was outstanding, scoring the ball from multiple levels. In addition,...

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Commitment Alert: 2023 Fletcher Bigham continuing his play at Sewanee

Each and every time Phenom Hoops gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Fletcher BighamClass: 2023Committed to: Sewanee What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:...

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Commitment Alert: 2023 Kaleb Siler commits to Western Carolina

Each and every time Phenom Hoops gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Kaleb SilerClass: 2023Committed to: Western Carolina What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Tim Hall

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

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’10 Wyatt Mowery

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

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Under-The-Radar Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

6’8 Beckham Tharpe (North Iredell) It’s probably somewhat difficult to stay under the radar after scoring fifty points as a big man in public school basketball, but many folks are still unaware of Beckham Tharpe. After opting to forego travel ball, the fluid 6-foot-8 post prospect is still clearly enjoying the opportunity to dominate throughout the high school season. Tharpe possesses excellent...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’1 Jake Hart

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

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Five Juniors Deserving of More Offers

6’9 Clash Peters (Trinity Academy) Given everything he’s showcased over the last twelve months, Clash Peters’ lack of offers really doesn’t make any sense. The appeal of a strong, physical, highly skilled 6-foot-9 power forward should be pretty self-explanatory. Between his feel, vision, interior scoring, and perimeter shooting, Peters brings a dynamic offensive presence to a team. He can...

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College programs should be ALL OVER 2023 6’8 Matai Baptiste

Player: Matai BaptisteClass: 2023Height: 6’8School: Orangeville PrepSocial Media: Twitter As a basketball scout, there are plenty of times that we come across players that many haven’t heard of, but it doesn’t take long to see that they are a player that can play at the next level.  Back in July of 2021, we got our first viewing of 2023 6’8 Matai Baptiste, who was playing for Vaughn and part of...

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Phenom Prospect Spotlight: 2024 Shamel Baker (East Carteret)

2022-23 Stats: Baker continues to build upon a terrific high school career. Coming off a sophomore campaign in which he averaged 23.0ppg, he has continued to find success in leading his team. As a junior, Baker is averaging 24.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg, and 2.4spg. What Has Been Said by Phenom: “Baker continues to be a name that pops up event after event with Phenom Hoops.  This is a very young...

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2023 Alyssa Lewis (Hickory Ridge) adds another offer; decision coming soon

Player: Alyssa LewisClass: 2023High School: Hickory RidgeAAU: Team United 2023 Alyssa Lewis has been a prospect that has captured our attention on multiple occasions this season so far, and her recruitment continues to see an uptick.  When talking about her game, Lewis continues to show how crafty she can be as a playmaker and scorer, displaying her vision, pace, and shot-making ability.  Lewis...

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Phenom Game Report: Pinecrest at Richmond

Final: Richmond 82 – Pinecrest 55 Pinecrest: 7 – 10 – 16 – 22 : 55Richmond: 17 – 21 – 28 – 16 : 82 Phenom Hoops was on deck for what looked like an intriguing matchup between Pinecrest and Richmond, getting a chance to watch 2024 Paul McNeil and company in action going up against a scrappy Pinecrest team.  McNeil came out strong early in the first half, imposing his will against Pinecrest...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’1 Nigel Vincent

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

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’3 Markquan Gilbert

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

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Freshman Duo Dominating for Undefeated Reidsville

As times have changed, the idea of giving huge minutes to a star freshman has become more and more widely accepted. Veteran pieces are very valuable and important, but seniority doesn’t necessarily override talent. Look at Reidsville and the success they’ve had behind the two youngest players on their roster. Following the legacy left by the Breon Pass is a tall task for anyone, but Dionte Neal...

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2026 Jayden Johnson talks recent trip to Indiana

2026 Jayden Johnson is going to be a name you will want to know if you don’t already, as he is looking to be one of the top players in his class in Kentucky.  The 6’5 combo guard from Trinity High School will be a target for so many schools, and he is already getting a first-hand look at a few schools. Johnson recently made a trip to Indiana, as the Hoosiers took down Michigan State in...

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2024 Ella Hobbs (1of1) breaks down Top 5 schools

Player: Ella HobbsClass: 2024School: 1of1 Prep One of the top players in the Class of 2024 here in North Carolina and nationally has been 2024 6’4 Ella Hobbs, a prospect that has racked up a ton of offers and recognition with her play over the years.  Leading the charge once again, Hobbs has been strong with her play for 1of1 Prep, and recently announced her Top 5 schools. She broke it all...

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2025 Spencer Ahrens is a player you need to know quickly

Canada has had plenty of talent come through and 2025 Spencer Ahrens looks to be another name to jump on and start taking notice.  The 2025 6’9 prospect brings a lot of intrigue and versatility with his size and skillset, and it looks like he is really starting to garner much more attention his way, both on a national level and with big-time college programs. Phenom Hoops spoke with Ahrens...

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2024 Amari Latham continues to remind everyone he is one to watch out for more

Player: Amari LathamHeight: 6’5Class: 2024School: GoldsboroAAU: East Carolina Elite We continue to highlight players around the state of North Carolina that college coaches should be paying attention to more, and one player that we have talked about numerous times and continues to play at a high level is 2024 6’5 Amari Latham. Latham has been one that has really captured our eyes over the summer...

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Lady Phenom Recruitment Update: 2023 Joimarie Williams (Virginia Academy)

Player: Joimarie WilliamsClass: 2023School: Virginia AcademyAAU: Fairfax Stars Offers: Radford, Maryland-Eastern Shore, St. Peter’s, St. Bonaventure Up in Virginia, Lady Phenom Hoops looks to shed light on a senior guard that has the attention of college programs and recently added a new offer.  2023 Joimarie Williams is a 5’7 prospect that has helped her team to a strong season, as we learn...

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Dual Sport Athletes in North Carolina

There is just so much talent throughout the state of North Carolina, and Phenom Hoops is wanting to shed some light on a few players who not only have shown they can get it done on the court but are also big-time prospects on the football field. They are already getting offers and looks on the field, but these are a few players that have shown they can be prospects on the basketball court. 2026...

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