SC PHENOM 150 EVENT RECAPS

Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy

Phenom Hoops travelled to Lincolnton to cover Combine Academy’s open gym. ACC head coaches Steve Forbes of Wake Forest and Mike Young of Virginia Tech were in attendance along with assistant coaches from VCU, Western Carolina and College of Charleston.  Head Coach Mike Wright has assembled a team that will be in the conversation as one of the premier high school teams in the country. Combine has...

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’23 Silas Demary Jr. recaps USC visit, talks upcoming NC State trip

2023 Silas Demary Jr., one of the premier guards in North Carolina and in the country, recently made a visit to Southern California to check out the Trojans more, a program that has already offered him.  Making the trip out to California, we got an in-depth interview of how the trip went, what he was able to see and do while there, and his thoughts after the visit. He also has an upcoming...

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Players in New Places: North Carolina (Part 1)

The school year is quickly approaching and that just means that high school basketball isn’t far off either. So it got us thinking about teams and players, and there were plenty of intriguing moves from players that will be suiting up in a different jersey this upcoming season. That is why we are taking an early look at a few new faces in a few new places. 2024 Bishop Boswell (Myers Park)...

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2023 Silas Demary Jr. setting up official visits; earning new interests

2023 Silas Demary Jr. has been one of the premier guards in the state of North Carolina, leading Liberty Heights to a tremendous season and now helping lead the way once again for Team Curry. We spoke with Demary to check in on all the latest, seeing how this past season and summer has been going, his excitement about joining Combine Academy, and the latest in his recruitment. The junior guard...

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2023

It’s that time of year again. The high school season has nearly concluded and postseason play is set to begin very soon. As exciting as it is to chase and potentially win a state championship, the subsequent six months of travel ball will be the time for prospects to really shine. Whether positive or not, college coaches simply have more time and resources to properly evaluate (and offer) kids...

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Phenom Recruiting Roundup: January 3

We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and we know many would be busy over the last few days so you may have missed some of the latest recruiting news involving some Phenom Hoops prospects. So, check out what you may have missed over the last few days or so.

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Way Past Due: Liberty Heights National Worthy of Offers

Just a few weeks ago, we put out a feature piece on Liberty Heights primarily detailing the trials and tribulations of Coach Mike Wright, his staff, and the incredibly talented collection of players throughout his tenure. In pivoting, their current roster is arguably more impressive than any previous group—yet their individual recruitments don’t echo this notion. Sure, college coaches are going...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Tourney Town Showcase

6’7 ’24 Draven Pilson (Forsyth Country Day) The Furies are as balanced as any team in the state, and Pilson’s steady growth makes them even more dangerous. While it seems rare, he truly shows progression each time he takes the floor. Pilson has drastically improved as a perimeter shooter over the last few months, and can now spot-up, attack off the bounce, or operate around the basket. He’s a...

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 from Phenom November Classic (Part 2)

2022 Cade Tyson (Carmel Christian): It was an absolute battle between Carmel and Providence, it was Tyson that led the charge and kept his team in the game in the first half, and also made big plays in the second to help secure the win.  Tyson though showed just how effective he can be from anywhere on the floor. He can score outside, he can use his 6’8 size against smaller defenders to score...

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Matchups to Watch at Phenom November Classic (Friday)

After coming off a tremendous event at the Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic, it is only right to get excited about this weekend's event in the Phenom November Classic, presented by Ivester Jackson Christie. The talent on the court is going to be fun to watch, as we have some tremendous matchups coming your way. That is why we are looking at a few player showdowns for each game, ones you will not want to miss.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Ezra Ausar & Elijah Jamison Lead Liberty Heights over Bull City Prep at #CarmelTipOff!

To start the Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic, Liberty Heights National and Bull City National came together. Bringing some intriguing talent that you will see at the next level, it really started off the event in a big way. Check out all the highlights from the...

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Carmel Christan Tip-Off Storylines to Watch (Friday, Nov. 12)

Phenom Hoops kicks off the season in a big way with the Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic, November 12-13, at Carmel Christian in Matthews/Charlotte, NC. We will be bringing some of the best teams around the region all under one building and of course, there are so many storylines to watch out for. Event Information:Event Page:...

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Overtime Elite Prep Challenge (Monday Games)

If you missed the news, the three programs from Overtime headed to North Carolina Monday and Tuesday, to take on some of the premier programs in North Carolina (Liberty Heights, Winston-Salem Christian, and Combine Academy). Phenom Hoops was on deck Monday afternoon for all the action.

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 1 of Phenom Open Gym Tour

We have been hitting the road over the last week, touching base with teams around the state of North Carolina and seeing the talent that will be on display this high school season. There have been new names and rising stars that have caught our attention, as in this article, we focus on a few players that could be in for BIG seasons with their program. If you don’t know them yet, you will...

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Interests starting to pick up for 2023 Silas Demary Jr.

What a year it has been for a guard that could quickly become a bigger name around the country.  Not only helping lead the charge to a state title this year, now 2023 Silas Demary is getting a chance to showcase his talents even more on the big stage this summer. Rewind to a months ago and into the last offseason, then 2022 Silas Demary Jr. was a hot name in what he showed with his...

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Team Curry 16u Preview

Head Coach Nick Jones is entering his fifth season with Pro Skills Basketball. This is his second year as the 16u head coach. I was extremely impressed with Coach Jones last season while watching his Team Curry team play. His teams are always locked in. There is an acute attention to detail. They share the ball and execute on both ends of the floor.  In talking with Coach Jones about this year’s...

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Five Prospects Deserving of More Attention from College Coaches (2022)

It basically goes without saying, but the 2020-21 high school basketball season has been among the more unusual situations to occur within basketball or high school sports over the recent years. Obviously due to Covid, majority of programs were forced to maintain extremely low attendance numbers which, in turn, only hurt the kids and their overall chances to advance to the next level. Many...

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Game Report: Fuquay Varina vs. Millbrook

The second round of the 4A NCHSAA tournament featured two teams from the Raleigh area going at it for a chance to make it to the elite eight. Millbrook, a perennial powerhouse was playing in their 14th straight second-round tournament game, and Fuquay Varina was in the tournament for the first time since 1996.

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Game Recap: Millbrook vs Leesville Road

Last night, Millbrook travelled to conference rival Leesville Road. The first quarter started off with both teams getting after it. Leesville Road took an early 9-3 lead as Jalen McDonald came out strong to start. But just like that, Millbrook answered as Eric Van der Heijden knocked down back to back three-pointers to tie the game at 9-9. Millbrook finished the opening quarter with a 17-13...

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Coming on the scene: Names to Watch in NC after #PhenomFallFinale

Another event in the books and many of the names we have seen countless times but it also provided us some guys that we haven't seen before, or it has been a while since we last watched them. These players impressed us on the court this last weekend in Rock Hill and we are looking for them to make a bigger name in the state this upcoming season.

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Raleigh’s Finest Rapidly Becoming a Priority for College Coaches

Each year, the grassroots community is blessed with various teams that possess more talent than initially meets the eye. There are many examples from past seasons, and teams like NC Gaters and Anthony Morrow Elite (among various others) have represented that sentiment over the current summer. However, arguably no program has done a better job of putting forth a legitimate squad with talent,...

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Major Breakout Candidates for North Carolina’s Class of 2022 (Part Two)

The high school/grassroots development process differs greatly from that of any other level in basketball. Obviously these young players are going through physical changes, some for better and some for worse, which will ultimately help sculpt their overall basketball identity. However, there are also more critical checkpoints during this journey as opposed to the higher levels. This isn’t meant...

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Special K’s Superstars (Top 10 from #PhenomQCShowcase)

Shakir sat baseline all throughout the weekend, covering a ton of talent. There were several names that stood out to him, which can be found in our previous articles. But here are his Top-10 guys from the weekend in Rock Hill. Check out the impressive list.

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