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Time to Recognize: 2022 AJ Cook is one of the top shooters in NC

College coaches always need shooters and one place you can find one is at Weddington high school, as 2022 AJ Cook has continued to capture the eyes of many.  And why wouldn’t he… if you have watched his game over the summer and school year, he doesn’t lack any confidence in his shot-making capabilities. Over the years though, he has put in the work to get where he is today.  From coming off...

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NCBCA All-District Teams Announced: Who Got Snubbed?

Regardless of context or situation, there is guaranteed to be controversy surrounding whenever individuals are named to an all-accolade team. The topic of snubs is in constant circulation for those who closely follow sports, as every All-Star/All-Pro team seems to cause debate. Did the most deserving players make the team? Were there more deserving players who were too low or overlooked...

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Weddington takes down Crest; Advances to NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Weddington Takes Down Crest  Weddington may not pass the eye test, but they simply get the job done. They play the game at a very high level. They are one of the best coached teams in the state and are willing to put their team goals above personal goals. After I graduated from Butler University, the “Butler Way” has played a huge role in my life. The Butler Way demands commitment, denies...

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Phenom Game Report: Weddington vs. Central Cabarrus

The playoffs continued on Thursday night throughout North Carolina, as we checked in at Weddington as they welcomed in a tough Central Cabarrus. However, Central Cabarrus had their work cut out for them, as they had a big task in taking down one of the favorites on their home floor.

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Start Recognizing: Weddington proving they are one of the top teams in the state

Head coach Gary Ellington seems to be having the Warriors rolling along once again this season and to put it simply, they have proven they are one of the top teams in the state.  The winning ways shouldn’t come as any surprise, as this program and team have been playing quite some time together and are very familiar with each other. They showed it over and over again this fall as CC Elite...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 20

Team 20Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJSuI1FGChQaoiynjd_Hd7T1X2Z4LPibL Coach: Yusuf English #0: 5’5 ’24 MJ Armstrong (Rock Hill) Starting things off, we look at a player that contributed well despite being the smallest camper on this team, MJ Armstrong. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with a nice perimeter jumper and solid vision as a playmaker. Armstrong operates...

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“Get to Know” AJ Cook

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 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 basketball...

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CC Warriors: Proving their Ability

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another exciting weekend of basketball. We’ve seen a lot of teams over the past month and the CC Elite organization has been on full display throughout the process. At our Phenom Stay Positive, they constructed a Weddington-based group that certainly outperformed expectations with their...

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Early Standouts at Day One of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’7 ’21 Earl Burgess (Team 864) It’s easy to appreciate someone like Burgess, who is so noticeably effective without ever needing to be the primary focus on either end of the floor. He simply makes plays and understands how to maximize his presence. Burgess is long, wiry, and moves very well for his size. He runs the floor properly in transition, makes smart decisions with or without the ball,...

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5’11 2022 AJ Cook, “From Sixth Man to Starter”

For AJ Cook, he has played the role of the perfect teammate, patiently binding his time and doing whatever is necessary to help his team win. Last season, Cook was named the Union County Hoops Sixth Man of the Year for Weddington High School, which went 22-8. While Cook averaged a modest 5.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.2 APG and even 1.1 SPG. This season, Cook will be expected to be a major contributor to...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Jordan Washington #62: 5’9 ’23 Khamani Wertz (Providence Day) Starting things off, we look at a player that possesses a nice crossroads between productivity and long-term upside, Khamani Wertz. He’s a young, smart, slightly undersized guard prospect with a terrific three-point stroke and blossoming offensive skillset. Wertz can reliably handle and pass the ball but typically works...

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Afternoon Standouts at NC Phenom 150 Camp

#82- AJ Cook- Though somewhat unassuming, Cook has easily been one of the most memorable performers from camp. He’s smart, crafty, and an incredibly smooth three-level scorer with a knockdown jumper from beyond the arc. Cook handles and distributes the ball very well, but is arguably even better as a scoring threat. He also gives great effort on defense and the glass.   #115- Noah Hooper-...

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#NCPhenom150 Session One: Miles Magical Five (Early Slate)

#82 5’11 2022 AJ Cook: Weddington High School (NC) Cook was absolutely lights out in his first game of the day, knocking down shots from way beyond the arc at a really high rate. He’s a savvy player with the ball in his hands, making good decisions and finding his guys in the right place at the right time. He’s a true combo guard due to his ability to absolutely kill teams with...

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KennyO’s #PhenomSummerHavoc Baller Alert

These 25 players stood out at some point in this scouts eye. In no particular order.

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Dre Simmons   #33: 5’7 ’21 Kabe Ellis (Andrews, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that was among the most impressive playmakers on display, Kabe Ellis. He’s a somewhat small point guard prospect with incredible IQ and craftiness, which allows him to simply carve the opposition whenever he desires. Ellis takes care of the ball very well and sees the entire floor at...

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