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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom PG/Prep Nationals (Part 1)

2023 Anthony Breland (Charlotte Elite Academy): Breland really showcased his full impact on the court. We have known his ability to score the ball effectively and be a true threat, getting into the paint, creating for himself, knocking down shots, and using his strong frame well against opponents. But he also shows great body control, explosiveness, his impact on the boards, and his unselfish...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at PG Nationals (Part 1)

2022 Nordin Kapic (TSF): Kapic came out strong to start the event and really captured our scouts’ eyes with his tremendous skill set.  Kapic displayed the ability to operate and knock down shots from multiple levels, as well as finish with great touch around the basket at 6’8.  Fluid forward that can operate from multiple areas of the court and has a nice inside-out feel. Displayed his ability...

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Player Standouts at Phenom PG Nationals

6’7 ’22 Joyful Hawkins (North Florida Prep) In all honesty, Hawkins possess as much raw talent as anyone from this contest. His combination of size, length, and athleticism allows him to physically impose his will against most opposing forwards. However, Hawkins is more than an athlete. His offensive skillset has made strides since last summer, and he looks more than comfortable at making plays...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Finale (Day 1, Part 3)

2022 Jordan Crawford (DCT Elite): Crawford continues to play at a high level and we think it is only a matter of time until college coaches start coming more his way.  His ability to score on multiple levels is impressive, knocking down threes with consistency but also creating off the dribble, penetrating the lanes, and getting to the rim.  H really can fill it up quickly and did so on Day 1....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 3)

Paul McNeil 2023 Cam Oates (Garner Road): Now part of the 2023 class, Oates is an intriguing guard to keep tabs on with how he plays and how his game is maturing offensively.  He still brings a toughness to the floor and is scrappy on both ends.  But Oates is showing that he can really step up and be a consistent offensive threat from all areas. On Day 3, his perimeter game was...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 3)

2024 Paul McNeil (Garner Road): There has been a lot of talk around McNeil and his game but it is easy to see why he is regarded as one of the top players in his class for 2024.  He put on an absolute show to start his weekend, using his 6’5 frame to his advantage, finishing over defenders, showing tremendous body control, and has an excellent perimeter feel for the game.  The young...

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Combine Academy vs Lake Norman Christian

In the game that everyone has been eagerly anticipating all year, Lake Norman Christian traveled to Lincolnton to take on Combine Academy on Tuesday night. With two of the top rated sophomores in the nation, the basketball community wanted to see Mikey Williams vs Robert Dillingham. While these two young prospects were the headline, each team was filled with several talented players and coaches...

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Stars come out at Super Showcase

The Super Showcase in Greenville SC did not disappoint with two good games. The first game was between South Carolina powerhouses Dorman High School 5A and Christ Church Episcopal 2A, headlined by Jalen Breazeale of Dorman and Florida State’s signee John Butler of Christ Church. The second game between nationally recognized programs of Lake Norman Christian and Ypsi Academy, headlined by Espn 2023 Top #5 Mickey Williams of Lake Norman and ESPN 2022 Top player Emoni Bates of Ypsi Prep.

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Lake Norman Christian

A new North Carolina Power has been established at Lake Norman Christian School with a bevy of in-state and out of state talent making their way to the school for what should be an incredibly exciting season. Last week Head Coach Mason Padgett was nice enough to let my stop by and check practice out. Let’s take a look at this loaded roster! 6’3 2023 Mikey Williams Mikey is one of the most famous...

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Phenom Open Gym: Lake Norman Christian

Phenom Hoops went out on the road again, just checking in on another open gym. Always an exciting time for us, as we get to see what teams are shaping up to look like heading into the season but also learn a few new names. Lake Norman Christian has been a HOT name over the last few months and Head Coach Mason Padgett has a ton of talent for him on the floor. They brought in a lot of Division I...

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