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Breaking Down Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025

(1) 6’8 Zymicah Wilkins (R-S Central) There are numerous guys who were in the mix for the top spot in our updated rankings, but Zymicah Wilkins ultimately walked away with the honor. His blend of IQ, size, skill, and polish makes him extremely difficult for most opponents to try and contain. Wilkins can dominate from the block, space the floor, or consistently make plays with the ball in his...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: John Campbell

John Campbell Height: 6’3 Class: 2024 School: Bishop McGuinness Travel Team: NC Spartans Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 13.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 59% FG What Was Recently Said: There’s a slew of valuable contributors on this NC Spartans roster, but Campbell always seems to stand out as their leader by example. He’s a smart, poised, unselfish point guard with length,...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Carlos Vazquez

Height: 6’5 Class: 2024 School: Wayne Country Day Travel Team: Team Wall Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 8.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 70% FG What Was Recently Said: The East Carolina Phenomz are consistently among the better independent travel ball programs in the state, and this year’s squad is no different. While their entire team is worthy of...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Nick Elliott

Height: 6’4 Class: 2023 School: Grimsley Travel Team: New Light Disciples Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: N/A Junior Season: 5.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG What Was Recently Said: Possibly the most underrated piece within this roster, Elliott is a knockdown perimeter threat who should be more commonly mentioned amongst the top three-point shooters across the...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Michael Wilson

Height: 6’6 Class: 2023 School: Metrolina Christian Travel Team: Team Hope Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 6.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG Junior Season: 10.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 46% FG What Was Recently Said: Going forward, Wilson will be as valuable as anyone on the Warriors’ roster—both in terms of production and appeal to college coaches. Although he’s a junior...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Walker Woodall

Height: 6’5 Class: 2023 School: Jordan Travel Team: Wildcats Elite Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: N/A Junior Season: 9.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 37% 3P What Was Recently Said: After undergoing as much roster turnover as any program in the state, Wildcats Elite still stand strong behind their main guy in Woodall. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing who initially...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Jordan Cooper

Height: 6’0 Class: 2023 School: Wayne Country Day Travel Team: All-Carolina Eighth Grade (JV): 19.8 PPG Eighth Grade (Varsity): 2.4 PPGFreshman Season: 6.1 PPG Sophomore Season: 9.7 PPG, 3.0 APG, 1.6 SPG, 53% FG Junior Season: 12.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.8 SPG What Was Previously Said: The Chargers have netted a lot of attention over the last calendar...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Lance Gill

Height: 6’4 Class: 2023 School: United Faith Travel Team: Team United Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 6.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 50% FG Junior Season: 9.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 1.2 BPG What Was Previously Said: Although the Royals have generated a ton of buzz throughout the last calendar year, it still feels like Lance Gill is somewhat underrated in the...

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Open Gym Report: The Burlington School

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to The Burlington School in Burlington, North Carolina for our annual open gym tour. The Spartans have turned a lot of heads over the last decade between guys like Ron Johnson, Will Robertson, and Ryan Bernardi. Now, George Marshall is at the helm and folks still have plenty to be excited about. He’s already asserted his culture, leadership presence, and...

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Open Gym Report: Quality Education Academy

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for our annual open gym tour. The Pharaohs have consistently been among the most talented teams in the state over the last five-plus years, but the hiring of Andre Gould made things even more intriguing for the program. His ability to accumulate talent has always been visible, as QEA (and...

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The Rise of 2023 Freddie Dilione

How time flies when you’re in this industry… it seems not long ago when you are watching young prospects start their journey in high school and before you know it, we are watching them on television playing either college basketball or even in the NBA.  It certainly does go by fast… That got us thinking and looking back at one player in the Class of 2023, Freddie Dilione, who has had a...

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Players to Start Tracking: 2026 6’6 Jalan Wingfield (Thomas Co. Central)

Player: Jalan WingfieldHeight: 6’6Class: 2026High School: Thomas County Central (Georgia) We are continuing to bring you new names as they start entering the high school level and one player who honestly caught my eye was 2026 6’6 Jalan Wingfield down in Georgia at Thomas County Central.  All you need really is to watch his highlight film to see that he has a chance to be something special. His...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Jordan Marsh

Height: 5’11 Class: 2023 School: Moravian Prep Travel Team: EA Prep Freshman Season: 12.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.0 SPG Sophomore Season: 17.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.9 SPG Junior Season: 18.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.8 SPG Reclassified Junior Season: N/A What Was Recently Said: There’s an abundance of talent within the PSB Larkin squad, and Marsh is as valuable as anyone. At...

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Talented Backcourt Duo Set to Lead West Forsyth

The Titans of West Forsyth have seen varying levels of success since their legendary alumni, Chris Paul, graduated from the program. They were a consistent group throughout the 2000s and even stayed afloat during the 2010s (including a three-year stretch of 66-19 from 2014-17), but eventually struggled to combat the increase in private and independent programs. For reference, their last winning...

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Brotherly Duo Set to Have Big Upcoming Season

Over the last few weeks, folks have been talking extensively about Caldwell Academy, their newest addition(s), and how they’ll fare going forward with their updated roster. While there should be a lot of excitement surrounding fresh faces like Jaylen Cross and Ayden Johnson, it’s worth noting the value in returning guys like J3 and Neal Swindell. Between these names, Coach Brandon...

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Emerging as a Noteworthy Name: CP Perry

Young prospects are usually much easier to evaluate than older players. Although it can be challenging to project four years into the future, there are a lot of indicators that separate the top middle-school kids from the rest of the pack. Sure, size, strength, and athleticism are the obvious traits to stand out at this specific age, but even things like IQ, toughness, and skill level are able...

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Don’t Forget About: 2023 Jakwon Moore (1of1 Prep)

Player: Jakwon MooreClass: 2023School: 1-of-1 Prep Players in the class of 2023 are quickly making their decisions and commitments but there are still plenty of players that are on the board that can help a program.  One player that I believe is being overlooked though still ranked as a Top-20 player in the state is 2023 Jakwon Moore.  Moore has had to battle through some injuries as...

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Let’s Talk About Rankings…Again

Whether positive or negative, we grow up to become byproducts of our environment. The world is obviously in a state of constant change, and we are forced to be adaptable to these shifts at a moment’s notice. Regarding the sport of basketball, some great things have occurred over the last decade. Recruiting has become objectively easier, more accessible, and more convenient than ever—both for...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Ryan Mackinnon

Height: 6’4 Class: 2023 School: Chapel Hill Travel Team: Durham Hurricanes Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 2.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG Junior Season: 11.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 40% 3P What Was Recently Said: MacKinnon is s a wiry, long-bodied wing prospect with a useful motor, specifically as a rebounder on either end of the floor. MacKinnon shows useful versatility...

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Notable Risers in North Carolina’s Class of 2025

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops released our updated rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2025. There are always a ton of subplots and headlines worthy of attention, including which players have taken the biggest jump (whether ability or recruitment) and who is still being “slept on” according to the masses. It’s always important to remind the general public that rankings have no real significance...

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New Faces to Learn: 2026 Tyris Crowell (Texas High)

Player: Tyris CrowellClass: 2026Height: 6’7High School: Pleasant Grove (TX)AAU: BCAT Global Phenom Hoops continues to bring you new names that you will want to get to know sooner rather than later.  We had a chance to view several incoming freshmen at the CP3 Rising Stars and we are bringing you another name to remember.  2026 6’7 Tyris Crowell is another young prospect that can make...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Zion McDuffie

Height: 6’4 Class: 2023 School: Butler Travel Team: Anthony Morrow Elite Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 8.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.1 BPG, 56% FG Junior Season: 17.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.7 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 50% FG What Was Recently Said (6/1/22): Although he was arguably Butler’s most productive all-around piece last season, McDuffie returns to assume even more...

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Notable Risers in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops released our updated rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2024. There are always a ton of subplots and headlines worthy of attention, including which players have taken the biggest jump (whether ability or recruitment) and who is still being “slept on” according to the masses. It’s always important to remind the general public that rankings have no real significance...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: John Baldwin

Height: 6’11 Class: 2023 School: Northwood Temple Travel Team: Team Wall Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 4.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG Junior Season: 7.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.1 BPG What Was Recently Said: After some flashes for Northwood Temple earlier this season, Baldwin has looked considerably better since the travel season began. He’s currently with the Team Loaded...

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Notable Risers in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops released our updated rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2023. There are always a ton of subplots and headlines worthy of attention, including which players have taken the biggest jump (whether ability or recruitment) and who is still being “slept on” according to the masses. It’s always important to remind the general public that rankings have no real significance in...

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New Faces to Learn: 2026 Yeabsera Aklog (Eastside Catholic)

Photo Credit: Made Hoops Player: Yeabsera AklogClass: 2026Height: 6’10High School: Eastside CatholicAAU: Seattle Rotary Phenom Hoops continues to bring you new names that you will want to get to know sooner rather than later.  We had a chance to view several incoming freshmen at the CP3 Rising Stars and we are bringing you another name to remember.  2026 6’10 Yeabsera Aklog is an intriguing...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Chase Dawson

Height: 5’11 Class: 2023 School: Cary Academy Travel Team: Team United Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 25.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 2.1 SPG, 50% FG, 43% 3P  Junior Season: 20.0 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 50% FG, 39% 3P What Was Previously Said:  Dawson is a tough, scrappy, extremely fast lead guard prospect with solid vision and excellent penetration...

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Prospects to Know in North Carolina’s Class of 2025

The last few days have been flooded with discussions about rankings, their value, and what it entails for these young prospects. Whether justified or not, the crosshairs are currently being aimed at those making decisions within the national spotlight. Understandably, saying “rankings don’t matter” isn’t quite as applicable as before (simply due to money and newly introduced...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Jaiden Thompson

Height: 6’1 Class: 2023 School: Central Cabarrus Travel Team: Team United Freshman Season: 6.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.7 SPG Sophomore Season: 12.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 2.4 SPG  Junior Season: 19.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 3.6 SPG, 55% FG What Was Recently Said (2/28/22): Winning is simply impossible to ignore, and Thompson has clearly been a main catalyst for...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Wyatt Harbaugh

Height: 6’6 Class: 2023 School: Northwest Guilford Travel Team: NC Spartans Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 3.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG Junior Season: 4.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG What Was Recently Said (7/15/22): Given his status as the lone interior presence, Harbaugh is as valuable as anyone to the Spartans’ game plan. He’s a big, strong, physical, high-motor post prospect...

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