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Phenom Hoops Throughout the NBA

After many years of working in grassroots basketball, one begins to realize just how many players you ultimately see playing in the NBA, G-League, or professionally overseas. Just last week, we took a closer look at the participants who were selected for the All-Star contest—and five of the 24 previously played in Phenom Hoops events. While there is no correlation between the two, it’s just a...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’0 Eli Clark

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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A Closer Look: North Carolina’s Class of 2026

6’6 Cole Cloer (Orange) Between the team’s success and his individual production, it’s easy to see why Cole Cloer is already one of the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2026. At 6-foot-6, he already has the IQ, size, and skillset to legitimately dominate a game. Cloer is a smooth all-around player who comfortably dictates the offensive action with the ball in his hands,...

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Sad Sam’s Weekly Furious 5 for Week Ending 2/5

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the college hoops watching Piedmont!  The Great One is here to release his latest Furious 5 rankings.  Last week saw several upsets that produced major changes in the 5.  There is also a new member on the DSO list as Lake Norman clinched their regular season conference title by taking out Hickory Ridge and Cox Mill.  Mallard Creek also...

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2024 Trent Perry playing at a high level at Harvard-Westlake; recruitment picking up more

Player: Tyler PerryClass: 2024Position: Point GuardSchool: Harvard-Westlake Phenom Hoops introduced our readers this past weekend to a player on our own platform, but certainly, one that has the attention of national outlets and college coaches everywhere. Writing recently about 2024 Trent Perry from Harvard-Westlake, this is a junior point guard that has been playing at an extremely high level...

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DJ Burns Jr. playing at a high level for NC State

NC State has had one of the best turnarounds from last season to this year, as they sit at 19-5 overall and 9-4 in the ACC.  Several players have stepped up for the Wolfpack, and the return of Terquavion Smith certainly helped.  But NC State has also seen a big lift in play from its big man DJ Burns, one of the key transfers this season in the ACC. It took a little time for him to...

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Time to start recognizing Florida Atlantic more on a national level

It has been a great year for college basketball so far, and there have been plenty of surprise teams that have been making their mark. One team that the world of college basketball needs to start recognizing must be the FAU Owls, who sit at 22-2 and are ranked in the Top 25 by many outlets.  Though the Owls are coming off a tough road loss last week, the Owls have proven to be a tough outing....

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Phenom Game Report: Harvard-Westlake vs. Notre Dame (CA)

Phenom Hoops was out in California as well on Friday night, as two of the top teams met up between nationally-ranked Harvard-Westlake and Notre Dame.  Both teams were coming off great wins on Wednesday, and both were looking to go home with a title.  Both teams started out well, knocking down shots, making plays, scoring well in a variety of ways, as we were all tied up at 15 at the...

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Phenom Game Report: Chambers at North Meck

It was a conference battle between two of the top teams in the state, as Chambers hit the road to take on North Meck. Round 1 was off the charts, and Game 2 brought a packed house.  Early on, it was more of a defensive battle for each team, as Chambers was able to get out to a narrow 11-9 lead at the end of the first. 2024 Jordan Patton was the one leading the charge with seven early points,...

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Lake Norman captures Greater Metro 4A Regular Season Championship

For head coach, Grant Hodges, it’s been a nice roller coaster season. Starting the season as one of the teams in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16, Lake Norman promising season got off to a rocky start after 6’9 sophomore Trent Steinour injured his ankle during the “Fall League.” With high expectations, Lake Norman lost four of their first six games for a 2-4 record. Although the loses came to...

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Phenom Game Report: St. Sebastian’s School vs. Rivers (MA)

We went up north Friday night for some basketball, as two teams that came in undefeated battled it out in what was a great game with a ton of talent.  St. Sebastian’s was at home and looking to remain undefeated, but Rivers was hoping to spoil that.  St. Sebastian got going hot with their leaders leading the way, as 2023 Trevor Mullin came out incredibly strong and star freshman (and possibly...

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Phenom Hoops Represented at the 2023 NBA All-Star Game

Everyone who follows the NBA knows that the middle of February marks the “halfway” point of the regular season and serves as the checkpoint for All-Star Weekend. Between personal pride, contract incentives, and individual legacies (in addition to the entertainment for fans), this game is meaningful to a ton of players. Phenom Hoops has been fortunate enough to see a variety of players make their...

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Phenom Game Report: Calvary Christian vs. Roselle Catholic

Phenom Hoops tuned in Thursday night to watch a very intriguing matchup between two strong teams in Roselle Catholic vs. Calvary Christian.  Two teams loaded with talent everywhere you look, it was Roselle Catholic who jumped out early to a 12-point lead early in the first quarter, as shots were falling early.  Ultimately leading 19-10 at the end of the first quarter, Calvary Christian...

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Phenom Game Report: Oak Ridge vs. Caldwell Academy

Phenom Hoops reviewed the tape from Thursday’s game between Caldwell Academy and Oak Ridge Military Academy, checking in on a few players we have our eyes on but also learning about a few others.  Oak Ridge came out firing and built a double-digit lead early in the first few minutes, but Caldwell started to settle down with its starters and eventually was able to take the lead back by the...

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“You would be a great fit here” – 2024 Austin Swartz on newest offer from Vols

Player: Austin SwartzClass: 2024School: Cannon HS 2024 Austin Swartz continues to be a hot topic for many around the country, and is a prime target in the class of 2024 for several college programs.  His recruitment continues to rise week after week, and Phenom Hoops discusses with him on the latest offer from Tennessee.  We previously talked to him about his offer from NC State, which you can...

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Illinois starting to click, and Freshman Jayden Epps is helping lead that charge

Let’s hit the rewind button… as we scroll back to the 2021-2022 season here in North Carolina.  Coming into the Hoop State, 2022 Jayden Epps already had the attention of so many at Phenom Hoops (watching him countless other times during travel ball season) and national scouts all around the country.  Epps came in and joined Combine Academy, and he quickly showed why he was one of the...

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Intriguing Class to Watch Out For: Maryland (Class of 2023)

The recruiting landscape for the Class of 2023 is starting to come to an end, as players continue to announce where they will be playing next.  Some of the premier programs sit at the top of the recruiting rankings for several outlets, such as Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, UConn, and others. But one program that has actually really intrigued me has been the class coming into...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’9 Jaydin Spillman

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: 6’6 Michael Wilson

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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Phenom CBB: Sr. Jalen Pickett (Penn State) worth looking at

The college basketball season continues to roll on, as we dive more into teams and players throughout the landscape of all levels.  Getting a chance to dive more into the production of players, senior Jalen Pickett from Penn State is one that continues to stand out with his overall impact on the court.  Pickett is putting up outstanding numbers and has been named to the Wooden Award...

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2025 Davion Hannah (Nicolet, WI) already earning high praise

Up in Wisconsin, 2025 6’5 Davion Hannah (Nicolet HS) is a name that you should be jumping onto early, as the sophomore is leading the charge for his school this season in impressive fashion and filling up the stat sheet.  On the season, Hannah is averaging nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, as Nicolet is sitting at 16-2 overall.  We caught up with the sophomore prospect to...

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Bringing that same energy: Fr. Brandon Lavitt (Susquehanna)

Shedding more light on players finding success at the next level, we now take a look at freshman Brandon Lavitt who is making his presence felt once again, this time at Susquehanna. We remember watching Lavitt a few times at Charlotte Latin, as he played with tremendous energy, played extremely hard, and just produced without being flashy.  When talking about his game at Charlotte Latin,...

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Congrats Coach: Greenfield’s Rob Salter earns 600th win

Phenom Hoops wanted to recognize a huge accomplishment in the state of North Carolina recently.  Back on December 12th, Greenfield’s head coach Rob Salter was able to secure his 600th win, as Coach Salter has been able to rack up the wins and compete for championships throughout his tenure. Though a little bit late on the recognition, this is an accomplishment that can’t go unnoticed. ...

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2025 Landon Vanderwarker talks latest visits

Player: Landon VanderwarkerClass: 2025Height: 6’7High School: Northside ChristianAAU team: Midwest Basketball Club 3SSB 16u A prospect to keep an eye on out in Ohio should be 2025 6’7 Landon Vanderwarker, who is a 6’7 prospect that is garnering more attention and could see an uptick in his recruitment.  The sophomore prospect has already been able to get a look at a few programs and they...

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2024 Marcus Adams Jr. announces Top 5

Just over a week ago, Phenom Hoops introduced on our platform 2024 Marcus Adams Jr from Narbonne high school in California.  Adams has been a hot topic throughout the recruiting world as of late, and he is now making even more news with his latest announcement of his Top 5 schools. Adams announced that Texas, Syracuse, UCLA, Oregon, and Mississippi State all made his list, as each program...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’9 Asa White

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: 6’0 Jaiden Thompson

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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2024 Zion Walker talks about visit to East Carolina; recruitment update

Player: Zion WalkerClass: 2024School: The Burlington School 2024 Zion Walker has been having a terrific season so far at The Burlington School, and schools have been taking notice of his game. Walker has seen his recruitment remain strong, as schools continue to stay strong with him.  The 2024 prospect recently made a visit this past weekend to East Carolina, and Phenom Hoops was able to...

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Starting to thrive: MJ Armstrong (Pfeiffer)

Phenom Hoops continues to track players throughout the college level that have come through our platform, as we want to continue to shed light on their success.  We continue to bring players to the forefront, as we look at MJ Armstrong at Pfeiffer. The 6’3 guard has played 17 games this season, and now has started 10 games in total this season, as his numbers, production, and impact on the...

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