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Recruitment finally taking off for 2022 Noah Clowney (Dorman)

Rolling back to two seasons ago at Dorman, when Phenom Hoops was watching Myles Tate and PJ Hall in action, we also were introduced to 2022 Noah Clowney coming off the bench.  When on the court, this young big showed flashes of athleticism on both ends and screamed potential with his game. Fast forward to today, he is now dominating the paint and a future star on the court for both Dorman and...

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Why is Malachi Reeves Still Available?

Each year, there are always prospects who seem to slide through the cracks and receive less than appropriate attention from college coaches. Well, that notion pretty clearly applies to Malachi Reeves, a 6-foot-3 unsigned senior from River Bluff High School and Upward Stars Columbia. Usually there is some type of reason or drawback surrounding these available players, but there’s really nothing...

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The Future Backcourt of Lake Norman High School

Between coaching changes and player movement, there is constant flux and change throughout the high school basketball landscape—especially in North Carolina. With so many programs operating as revolving doors for players, it’s almost become a rarity to see kids remain patient, properly develop, and seize their opportunity when it’s time. However, the disciplined, somewhat old-fashion method is...

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Expected Rise in Production: Four Potential Breakout Candidates

Although the travel ball season just recently got underway, there are a lot of interesting subplots swirling around the upcoming high school season. Sure, it’s pretty early to be discussing this topic while the Class of 2021 is still approaching their graduation. However, basketball has basically turned into a year-round sport that stops for absolutely no one. That being said, various prospects...

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Phenom Spotlight: Is it time for 2023 Grady Whitt to shine?

Next man up is a motto that everyone has heard and rings loudly every year.  At Leesville Road, the Pride has been blessed with some incredible talent such as Carter Whitt who is at Wake Forest now, Jalen McDonald, Wesley Johnson, and others.  Now, a few of those talents are gone, and like mentioned above, it is the next man up. 2023 Grady Whitt could be one of those guys.  Yes, the younger...

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Finally earning some attention: 2023 6’9 James Scott (NLPB/ Seventy-First)

Length, size, and mobility are always a few factors in a player’s game that can help grab your immediate attention, which is why Phenom Hoops said back months ago that 2023 6’9 James Scott was going to be one to watch. He is a developing talent that played in 11 games at Seventy-First and averaged 5.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.  When watching him on the court this...

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Mike Dudley: A Steal Waiting to Happen

As we’ve stated countless times over the recent months, the overall recruiting landscape is somewhat of a disaster. Beyond the ridiculously high, record-breaking number of transfers taking place, there’s also been a ton of movement from coaching staffs. While this might seem less significant to individual players, it’s actually caused somewhat of a negative trickle-down effect. Take Mike Dudley...

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Coaching and playing the right way: NLPB TN 15u

Sitting on the sidelines recently at the Phenom Challenge, we got a chance to watch the NLPB TN 15u team in action and we came away impressed.  First off, coach Joe Cassell plays and teaches the right way and in talking to him, he understands the importance in teaching team mentality but loves to compete.  He also teaches and wants his players to know the importance of doing the little things on...

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William Gray Getting Noticed on a Bigger Stage

Throughout the last calendar year, William Gray has finally begun to receive some attention as one of the premier prospects within North Carolina’s Class of 2023. While most of the focus still remains on a variety of flashy, more widely discussed guards, he’s more than shown next-level ability on either side of the ball. After an extremely productive freshman season at Forsyth Country Day, Gray...

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A rising name in NC: 2023 Dallas Gardner

One player that continues to have impressive performance after impressive performance is 2023 6’2 Dallas Gardner. Gardner was a key piece at Myers Park this past season as a sophomore, averaging 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.6 steals per game and he has only continued to progress with his game this summer playing with Team HOPE.

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Trending Upward: Five Obvious Targets for College Coaches

With the travel ball season in full swing, it’s only appropriate that we take a closer look at some notable targets across the state. Usually, countless offers are being thrown around at every turn. However, majority of programs have opted to hold onto their scholarships for as long as possible and ultimate play the waiting game with the Class of 2022. Although coaching staffs are moving and...

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Dual-sport star 2022 Chance Morrow recruitment blowing up

Being a scout for a high school basketball site, we don’t get too many chances to write about players in other sports as well but this opportunity was too good to pass up.  2022 6’6 Chance Morrow is an absolute stud on both the basketball court and football field, as he has shown that he can really be a dynamic athlete no matter where he is. We have seen Morrow on the basketball countless times,...

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Versatile and Productive: 6’5 2023 Truman Claytor

With the recent start of travel ball, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding players who are beginning to finally receive the appropriate amount of recognition for their abilities. While most college programs have approached the Class of 2023 with caution, it’s clear that Truman Claytor will ultimately become a priority for next-level coaches. Given everything he’s done with Team Loaded...

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Riley Allenspach Secures First Division I Offer

Despite the uncertainty and overall mass hysteria within the current recruiting landscape, it appears college coaches have become comfortable enough to start laying groundwork with the Class of 2024. Sure, guys like Bishop Boswell, Jordan Vick, Jahseem Felton, and various other freshmen have already collected offers, but Riley Allenspach arguably became the representative for big men within...

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Shooting Translates: Michael Zanoni Worthy of More Offers

Each year around this time, at least a dozen college coaches start bringing up the topic of shooting and their desperate need for high-level threats from beyond the arc. Rather than getting involved at an early stage, these programs would rather make someone like Michael Zanoni legitimately battle for (what should be) obvious scholarship opportunities. Given their respective combination of size,...

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Coach Grant Hodges, “Seeing the Big Picture.”

Coach Grant Hodges, “Seeing the Big Picture” When you think of true “Grassroots” travel ball teams, one has to think of the Carolina Riptide. Five years ago, Coach Grant Hodges formed the Riptide program with one single team. Now, he has five teams and continue to grow. More importantly, they have done it the right way and have become one of the favorite teams of D2 and D3 coaches, especially...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’7 Eric Wynn

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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Special K’s Standouts: Summer Kick-Off Open Run

The Summer Kick-Off was an invite-only all-girls open run hosted by 2Smooth Hoops & Graphics started by the rising young coaching star, Ayshia Scott. She is very well connected with some of the top high school and collegiate talent in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas. The open run featured some of the top collegiate and high school talent in the Pee Dee Area! The open run was well put...

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Steadily Progressing: 6’1 2023 Kevon Vanderhorst

In basketball, every player develops at their own pace. Specifically physical attributes, from size, muscle definition, and even athleticism, it’s equally as likely for a player to be capped out in eighth grade as hitting their progression as a senior in high school. It’s unpredictable, but absolutely part of the process. Take someone like Kevon Vanderhorst, who was physically underdeveloped...

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2022 Cade Tyson (Carmel Christian/Team Curry) continues to grow his game

2022 6’7 Cade Tyson is one of the premier talents in the state of North Carolina and he certainly showed that and more this past season at Carmel Christian.  It was interesting to see how he would handle the change and competition from Piedmont HS to Carmel Christian but Tyson made a statement of his own and is now hoping to carry that into this summer. Averaging 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5...

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The future is bright for 2025 Isaiah Henry (Team EAT)

You don’t always see too many articles about a rising freshman but at times, you just see that a young player has the game that could quickly be a topic of discussion down the road.  One of those players that high school basketball fans around North Carolina should start learning is 2025 6’3 Isaiah Henry. If that last name sounds familiar, you may also know KJ Henry who was a dual-sport...

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