SOUTHERN JAM FEST I + II EVENT RECAPS

6’8 2022 Jeremy Gregory, “Mr. Production.”

Jeremy Gregory Jeremy Gregory is the epitome of productivity. He quietly goes about his work each and every game. Whether it is for his high school team, North Mecklenburg, or for Team Charlotte, his travel ball team. Gregory is the type of player that plays well within the framework of the game. He has the ability to post up or step out and hit the midrange jumper or occasionally knock down a...

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PHENOM FOCUS: AJ Smith to COMBINE ACADEMY! 6’5″ Guard Tells Us WHY The MOVE + RECLASSIFICATION!

AJ Smith is regarded as one of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina and made headlines when he announced that he would be transferring to Combine Academy and reclassing to the 2022 class. He discusses more about his decision, his time at Hickory Grove Christian, and his relationship with the Coach McInnis. Smith also breaks down the latest in his recruitment; which schools are coming strong and which high-major schools are showing interest his way

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Bendel’s Best: Teammate Nationals

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops traveled down to cover Teammate Nationals at the new Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There was quality talent from every direction, and numerous prospects worth noting for the future. This article will take a closer look at some personal favorites from the event… 6’0 ’25 Arael Jones (Grind Academy) Grind Academy has always been able to...

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COACH’S CORNER: Former UNC Shammond Williams JOINS PHENOM + Favorite Career Memories!

Rick Lewis of Phenom Hoop Report sits down with a legend and a new member of the Phenom Family, Shammond Williams. He discusses his journey in high school, his time at North Carolina, and hearing his name called on NBA Draft night, Williams shares it all with us at Phenom Hoops. Listen to some of his great stories he has and the lessons he has learned over the years.

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Next Level Basketball Prospects, “Fun, entertaining and talented”

At the Teammates Nationals at the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Phenom Hoops were able to check out Next Level Basketball Prospects (NLBP) coached by John Mobley. This is a team that composed of young players from the western part of North Carolina. NLPB has a unique blend of size, length, skill and athleticism. In the impressive opening day win, NLPB is a fun,...

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6’5 ’25 Zymicah Wilkins, “Promising Future”

Zymicah Wilkins It’s easy to get excited about the future of rising eight grader Zymicah Wilkins of Rutherford-Spinwell Middle School. Yes, he’s still in middle school, but Wilkins is blessed with height, length, athleticism and an advanced skill set for his age and grade. More importantly, he is an outstanding young man with excellent manners off the court, not to mention he is also...

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5’10 ’23 Micah Jones, “Books, Basketball, and the Keys to the Car”

 As the old saying goes, Coach Jim Ryan has given 5’10 ’23 Micah Jones “the keys to the car.” Last year as a freshman, Jones averaged 12.6 PPG and shot 37% from the 3-point line for Cardinal Gibbons. Jones gained valuable experience as a freshman and Coach Ryan is expecting big things for his talented playmaker.  In speaking to coach Ryan, he stated the following, “Micah Jones started...

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COACH’S CORNER: Catawba HC Rob Perron on Transition from HS to College + Perception of DII vs DI!

Rick his the college coach landscape, now being joined by Catawba head coach Rob Perron. We dive into multiple topics including what it was like to make the transition from a high school coach to a college coach and his experience as a D2 player at St. Andrews. He also discusses his journey through several opportunities at the college level, including some great memories at Charlotte. Now, he is at Catawba and has continued to find success. What has it been like coaching there, scheduling against D1 schools, and his expectations and goals for the upcoming season.

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Wakefield’s 1-2 Scoring Punch (Harper Strickland & Jaxon Brown)

Wakefield went 17-10 last season, but Coach Garrett Stevens returns two of the leading scorers off a senior laden team and is expected big things out of 6’6 rising senior Harper Strickland and 6’2 rising junior Jaxon Brown. Strickland will provide valuable senior leadership and should assume the role of the team’s “go to” scorer. 6’6 2021 Harper Strickland Strickland started all 26 games for...

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6’2 ’22 Julien King, “Books, Basketball and Leadership”

6’2 2022 Julien King (Broughton HS) “Books, Basketball and Leadership” Julien King has been a leader for Broughton High School the past two seasons and has led the team in scoring, while being one of the top rebounders and assist leaders. During his freshman JV season at Broughton, he was the leading scorer and recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the Year. During his sophomore season on...

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Oliver O’Brien Maximizing His Role

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 series on some players who have attended events over the past few years 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...

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COACH’S CORNER: Lexington HC Elliott Pope on 1st Year Experience + What His Team Taught Him!

Check out today's segment with Lexington HC Elliott Pope of Lexington HS. Originally from the "Hoopstate", Pope found his way down to South Carolina after coaching stints at West Davidson and Mountain Island Lake Academy. Pope took over a young team this year after Lexington graduated 9 seniors following a 29-1 season. Hear about his experience playing and what got him into coaching.

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Prashant Hill Preparing to Expand his Role

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 series on some players who have attended events over the past few years 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...

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6’6 2022 Yashiya Crespin, “Looking for Breakout Season”

6’6 2022 Yashiya Crespin, Looking for Breakout Season Back in 2018, Yashiya Crespin made the move to North Carolina from New Mexico. Playing for Garner Road 15U team, we wrote the following. “Crespin brings an ability to defend multiple positions while being a really smart offensive player, always playing within himself, making smart, efficient decisions on that end of the court.” Last season,...

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6’3 2021 Kenny Noland, “Books, Basketball & the Velvet Touch”

6’3 2021 Kenny Noland (Apex Friendship)  Last season, Apex Friendship went an impressive 23-5 and 6’3 2021 Kenny Noland was the lone underclassman to start. Not only did he start, but was one of the team’s leading scorers. Noland averaged 12.1 PPG and shot an even more impressive 56% from the floor and 42% from the 3-point line. For the season, Noland also dished out 93 assists to only 38...

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Draven Pilson Taking the Next Step

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 series on some players who have attended events over the past few years 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...

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Dee Barnett Continuing to Shine

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 series on some players who have attended events over the past few years 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...

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Poised to Breakout: 6’0 Davion Cunningham

The North Carolina basketball landscape is arguably unlike any other, given the constant flux of talent across the state. Whether through public or private school, prospects seem to emerge each and every season. In looking at the public school side of things, few teams have been as successful as North Mecklenburg during the Duane Lewis era. Their reputation has withstood the test of time through...

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5’9 2022 Chris Britt “Quick on Quick”

As the old saying goes, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” and you can’t judge a player by his size. For Chris Britt, the super quick point guard is simply terrific in the open court. Last season, Britt had a superb sophomore season. He averaged 20.0 PPG, 4.23 RPG, 4.2 APG and 2.1 SPG. The “do it all” point guard was also selected to the NCISAA 2A All...

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