SC PHENOM 150 EVENT RECAPS

Becoming Under-Recruited: Collin Tanner

Back in September (when he already held his current two offers from Campbell and Coastal Carolina), we said that Collin Tanner should be expected to become a priority for college coaches. Nearly three months later, nothing has changed. Tanner is still dominating on a nightly basis while shining as the clear leader for Wayne Country Day. Before looking at anything else, the appeal of a 6-foot-6...

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Carrying the Load: Amari Pearson

Given the current structure of grassroots basketball, it’s becoming a rarity to see a player who wants to actually stick by their coach, team, or city. Most guys are opting to join national-level programs (typically) under the premise that they’ll be able to play better opponents, place increased emphasis on development, and put in the necessary work to properly prepare for the college game....

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Salisbury v. Northwest Guilford

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Oak Ridge, North Carolina, as Northwest Guilford prepared to host Salisbury High School. Between the two squads, there were more than enough storylines to justify excitement about this contest. Coach Reavis and the Vikings have effortlessly maintained their status as one of the better teams in the Triad throughout the last decade. On the other side,...

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The Development of a Powerhouse: Liberty Heights Climbing the Mountain

Given all the constant movement and overall flux within the high school landscape, it can be difficult for someone who isn’t especially involved in the scene to understand its nuances. What does this mean? Think specifically about the group over at Liberty Heights. Their coaching staff of Mike Wright, Ben Johnson, DaQuan Santos, and Robert Shuler has been around for quite a while, but the...

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Why Isaiah Evans Is a Top-Five Player in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Although rankings are an extremely arbitrary practice, they are still a useful tool for discussion points and general debate. As it’s been stated countless times before: rankings do not matter. However, they do exist. Folks love to get excitable to lend their personal perspective on a given player or situation, but context and sample size simply outweigh most of these anecdotes. If James Posey...

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The Future of Trinity Christian

While it probably goes without saying, Coach Heath Vandevender has seen an abundance of talent come through the doors during his time at Trinity Christian. From the likes of Dennis Smith to Josh Nickelberry, Joey Baker, Greg Gantt, and countless others, there has been no shortage of accomplishments for the Crusaders. Even recently, he’s won a lot of games behind the leadership of Freddie...

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Worthy of More Attention: Brent Randleman

Each year, there are dozens of prospects who seem to fall through the cracks at no fault of their own. It seems like, generally speaking, college coaches understand and can quickly identity the difference between someone who belongs at the next level and someone who does not. Alas, Brent Randleman absolutely has the makings of a scholarship-worthy prospect—yet his current recruitment doesn’t...

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Player Standouts at Hoops and Dreams Showcase (Day 1)

Presented by LucasMoore Realty, IncCheck out all the standouts from Day 1 of the Hoops & Dreams Showcase in Fayetteville, NC 6’4 ’22 Tajuan Simpkins (Liberty Heights Varsity) In watching the twins perform, it’s extremely perplexing as to why Tajuan Simpkins is so under-recruited. He’s clearly shown the ability to operate as a lead guard and very effective playmaker with the ball in his...

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Smith v. Grimsley

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the “Big Four” at Ben L. Smith High School, as the Golden Eagles prepared to host Grimsley High School as both squads kick off the start to their respective seasons. There’s an obvious amount of excitement surrounding each team. Smith has a healthy mix of talented veterans and young, up-and-coming talent, in addition to their notable coaching staff led by...

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Page v. Dudley

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the “Big Four” at Ben L. Smith High School, as Page and Dudley prepared to kick off their season with a neutral site contest. Given their talent, leadership, and coaching staff, the Pirates entered this contest with their highest expectations in recent memory. Meanwhile, Dudley quietly trended upward as one of the Triad’s more underrated teams throughout...

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Phenom 150 Session II Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Austin Collins  #43: 5’7 ’26 Dionte Neal (Reidsville) Starting things off, we look at a player who already possesses poise well beyond his years, Dionte Neal. He’s a tough, crafty guard prospect with excellent creation skills and a dynamic scoring arsenal from all levels. Neal can effortlessly get wherever he wants off the bounce, and displays the combination of scoring...

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Phenom 150 Session II Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Dre Simmons  #34: 5’5 ’25 Dean Ruthstrom (Lake Norman Charter) Starting things off, we look at a player who continues to highlight steady improvement within his progression, Dean Ruthstrom. He’s a young, wiry, unselfish guard prospect with an active motor and the ability to apply pressure as a spot-up threat from beyond the arc. Ruthstrom moves well without the ball, hits...

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Phenom 150 Session II Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Tyler Lewis  #25: 5’4 ’26 Grant Jacques (Grace Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player who performed very well despite being the youngest and smallest camper on this team, Grant Jacques. He’s a wiry, unselfish, high-motor guard prospect with an excellent spot-up presence along the perimeter. Jacques is fairly quick and understands how to find opportunities...

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Phenom 150 Session II Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Gerroid Doughty  #15: 5’0 ’28 Gideon Mount (Lewisville) Starting things off, we look at a player who continues to perform well despite his young age, Gideon Mount. He’s a sturdy, high-motor guard prospect with an unselfish approach and the understanding of how to consistently make an impact without necessarily requiring the ball in his hands. Mount provides excellent...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Jamboree Session II

6’1 ’23 Will Gray (East Forsyth) It should be unsurprising at this point, but Gray continues to be easily identifiable as the clear leader of this East Forsyth group. He consistently sets the tone on both ends of the floor, highlighting a smart, unselfish offensive game while overwhelming opponents defensively. Gray is excellent at getting downhill and attacking the basket, where he’s able to...

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Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Bronal Gary  #105: 5’6 ’26 Ashton Arthur (Independence) Starting things off, we look at a player who competed extremely well despite being the youngest camper on this team, Ashton Arthur. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with vision, perimeter shooting, and a terrific off-ball presence. Arthur plays hard and understands how to maximize his presence on both ends of the...

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Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Jermaine Williams  #106: 5’6 ’25 Jalon Bailey (Shady Spring) Starting things off, we look at a player who made a quality impact despite his somewhat unassuming nature, Jalon Bailey. He’s a young, wiry, well-rounded guard prospect with useful creation skills and the ability to operate with or without the ball in his hands. Bailey is a nice shooter, passer, and overall...

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Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Kelvin Mills  #104: 5’5 ’25 Dean Ruthstrom (Lake Norman Charter) Starting things off, we look at a player who simply knows how to make his presence felt despite his lack of size, Dean Ruthstrom. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with an excellent off-ball presence and the ability to pose problems as a shooter from midrange and beyond the arc. Ruthstrom plays with an...

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Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Austin Collins  #102: 5’3 ’25 Brylee Austin (Cox Mill) Starting things off, we look at a player who consistently found ways to make an impact despite being the smallest camper on this team, Brylee Austin. He’s a young, wiry point guard prospect with nice vision, solid craftiness as a creator, and the ability to score in a variety of different ways. Austin positions...

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Asheville School v. High Point Christian

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of High Point, as the Cougars of High Point Christian prepared to start their season against the Asheville School. Structurally, both squads look quite different from last season, yet still possess an abundance of next-level talent The stage was set for an exciting, competitive contest, and each squad delivered. Things kicked off in a hurry, as...

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Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Gerroid Doughty  #100: 5’0 ’28 Gideon Mount (Forsyth Country Day) Starting things off, we look at a player who contributed quite nicely despite being the youngest camper on display, Gideon Mount. He’s a young, sturdy, high-motor prospect with excellent perimeter shooting abilities and a clear willingness to make hustle plays whenever possible. Mount worked well within the...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Jamboree Bash

6’5 ’24 Elijah Kelly (Gata Academy) After showcasing his abilities with both squads over the weekend, Kelly has an obvious amount of appeal. He’s very skilled, especially for his size, and possesses the necessary versatility to cause a ton of matchup problems for opponents. Kelly is excellent at grabbing defensive rebounds, pushing the break, and making plays with the ball in his hands. Scores...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Jamboree Bash

6’0 ’22 Maxwell Coles (North Meck) Although other players on this roster might receive more attention, Coles is legitimately as valuable as anyone for North Meck. His steady, reliable three-level scoring presence allows him to consistently assert himself within the flow of the action. Coles can operate without the ball or create for himself and others, simply based on team need. He’s a quality...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: George Marshall #8: 6’0 ’23 Jordan Cooper (Wayne Country Day) Starting things off, we look at a player who continues to steadily trend upward with his reliable two-way presence, Jordan Cooper. He’s a smart, wiry guard prospect with the necessary combination of IQ, vision, and scoring prowess to effectively operate from either backcourt position. Cooper is arguably at his best...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Erik Whaley #5: 6’0 ’24 Carson Daniel (Central Cabarrus) Starting things off, we look at a player who already stands out as one of the more reliable, productive floor generals in the state, Carson Daniel. He’s a smart, skilled, unselfish point guard prospect with an excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Daniel typically looks to set up the offense and...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Ryan Bernardi #7: 6’0 ’23 Jaiden Thompson (Central Cabarrus) Starting things off, we look at a player who showcased a scrappy, high-motor presence throughout camp, Jaiden Thompson. He’s a tough, heady guard prospect with a nice feel and the ability to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Thompson is a quality three-point shooter, but also attacks the basket...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Dre Simmons #6: 6’0 ’23 Chase Dawson (Cary Academy) Starting things off, we look at a player who continues to embrace his identity as a quick, heady floor general, Chase Dawson. He’s a tough, scrappy, extremely fast lead guard prospect with solid vision and excellent penetration instincts, both in the half-court and open floor. Next in his development process is working on his...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Kyree Bethel #13: 6’1 ’24 Jermaurhiyun Anderson (Quality Education) Starting things off, we look a player who should be among the top new additions to the state, Jermaurhiyun Anderson. He’s a tough, heady guard prospect with a strong penetration sense and the ability to consistently finish or make plays within the paint. Anderson absorbs contact well, sets up others as needed,...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Joseph Adams #3: 5’10 ’22 Justin Monden (Heritage) Starting things off, we look at a player who understands how to play to his strengths in every possible setting, Justin Monden. He’s a wiry, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to operate as a floor general or capable off-ball threat. Monden loves to attack the midrange for quality pull-up jumpers, but can also knock down...

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