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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’3 Micah Williams

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one 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 are overlooked and...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2022 Darrin Clark (Nansemond River HS, VA)

Darrin Clark 5’9 180 2022 Nansemond River High School, Suffolk VA  Darrin is a super quick and slippery lead guard whose combination of shiftiness and quickness makes it almost impossible to stay in front of him.  Couple that with his ability to bury the jumper from all levels and you have a nightmare matchup.  Darrin is a terror in transition as his end-to-end speed is breathtaking and he’s a...

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Keep an eye on: 2023 6’5 Ma’kyi Butler (Grace Christian)

The number of sophomores that produced this season at the high school level in North Carolina is impressive.  Some of the names you may already but there are others that need to be recognized more.  One of those players is Ma’kyi Butler from Grace Christian in Sanford, North Carolina. Butler, a 6’5, 220-pound sophomore is a name to really keep an eye on. He is part of a sophomore duo...

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Weddington takes down Crest; Advances to NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Weddington Takes Down Crest  Weddington may not pass the eye test, but they simply get the job done. They play the game at a very high level. They are one of the best coached teams in the state and are willing to put their team goals above personal goals. After I graduated from Butler University, the “Butler Way” has played a huge role in my life. The Butler Way demands commitment, denies...

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Northwood Advances to the NCHSAA 3A State Championship with Overtime Win over West Carteret

Tuesday night was loaded with regional finals that couldn’t be missed. In the NCHSAA 3A East Regional, West Carteret (11-2) hosted Northwood (13-2) for the chance to go to the State Championship. The first quarter started with West Carteret’s Jaxon Ellingsworth putting his team on the board first with a drop-off finish. Ellingsworth picked up right where he left off after his...

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Heart over Height: Keenan Wilkins and Dwight Canady

Last night, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Hendersonville in the NCHSAA 2A semifinal against North Lincoln. After going 26-3 last year, the Bearcats have enjoyed an undefeated season and continue to push for their first state championship since 1992. That 1992 season was also their last appearance in the big game, arguably making this Hendersonville squad their most...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’5 Ray Bellamy

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one 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 are overlooked and...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’3 Xavion Atkinson

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one 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 are overlooked and...

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Wilson Prep Advances to the NCHSAA 1A State Championship with Win Over Riverside Martin

By: Rod Bridgers Tonight felt normal. Almost a year into this pandemic I watched a basketball game with fans and it felt good. Even better for me, it was in my hometown as the Wilson Prep defeated Riverside Martin 66-50 to advance to the 1A NCHSAA State Championship game Saturday. The first quarter was filled with a bunch of turnovers and missed opportunities from both teams. Blame it on nerves....

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CP3 MS Media Day: 12u

Phenom Hoops went out to Winston-Salem to check in on CP3’s Middle School Media Day, giving us a nice glimpse of one of the top programs in the country but also young players that will be household names around the region.  The 12u CP3 team is one to certainly get excited about, as these young prospects will be names to remember for the Class of 2027. Check out the list of names and a few...

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H3 Grind at the Dungeon (Part 2)

Jordan James 6’1 Jordan James 7th grade is a productive prospect on the court.  When I first saw him this fall and now into the season, he continues to prove that he can be a matchup nightmare and can consistently get it done.  With his activity around the rim, showing his explosiveness to finish strong or facing up and attacking the defense, James is just a headache for defenders. He simply...

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2022 Josh Reed earns first Big-12 offer

Down in Georgia, the playoffs are continuing and giving fans around the state to see some impressive talent on the big stage.  One of those talents that have been racking in some impressive offers and interests is 2022 Josh Reed from Pace, who actually just earned his first Big-12 offer in the last week. “It’s great because it’s my first Big-12 offer and I know it is a really good program with a...

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Ardrey Kell advances to the NCHSAA 4A championship

Ardrey Kell advances to the NCHSAA 4A championship  In a game that absolutely lived up its billing. North Mecklenburg and Adre Kell played at a high level for the opportunity to play for the state championship. You have two of the best high school coaches in the state. Both teams are well coached and as expected, the game came down to the final possession. It was one of the best high school...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 5’11 Tyreik Leach

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one 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 are overlooked and...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’4 Daniel Cooper

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one 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 are overlooked and...

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Open Gym Report: Team BOND 16u

On Sunday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina to preview some quality talent within one of the top up-and-coming programs in Team BOND. There was an abundance of appeal and intrigue inside the gym, featuring an interesting variety of prospects from 17U and 16U squads. Although we were able to watch both teams, this article will take a closer look at their 16U...

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Phenom Alum John-Michael Wright proving himself in a big way at High Point

Up and down the roster at High Point University, you can find Phenom Alums.  Over the years, the coaching staff has had their eyes on players throughout the state, securing some impressive talents that have helped them.  But there might not be a more impressive prospect than what sophomore John-Michael Wright has been doing in his first two seasons for the Panthers. If you don’t remember the...

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2021 Christian Moore earns state championship; recruitment staying strong

The VISAA championships have come and gone from this past weekend.  In the DI championships of the VISAA, Cape Henry Collegiate matched up with Catholic and Cape Henry finished off the undefeated season with a championship, winning 58-48. One of the key contributors and captains for Cape Henry Collegiate this season was 2021 6’2 Christian Moore.  In the championship game alone, Moore finished...

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Sad Sam’s Weekly Furious 5 (Week ending 2/27/21)

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the Seattle-like piedmont!  The Sadster is here to release his latest Furious 5 rankings.  Last week saw the rise of South Meck into the standings as they went 2-1 in the playoffs.  Meanwhile, neither Independence nor Rocky River wanted any part of a rematch as both lost in the 1st round.  Coupled with Myers Park’s 1st round loss, the SW 4A went 0-3...

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Sad Sam’s 3rd Round Recap and Regional Final Picks

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the wet and soggy piedmont!  The Sadster will now lament over his stunningly awful 6-10 upset strewn debacle in the regional semis.  That is traditionally a tough round but The Woeful One does not make excuses.  His mark stands at 38-23 so he may resort to the BMTD (Blind Monkey Throwing Darts) technique for the regional finals.  To recap the 4A West…...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’0 Owen Griffith

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one 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 are overlooked and...

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Open Gym Report: Team BOND 17U

On Sunday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina to preview some quality talent within one of the top up-and-coming programs in Team BOND. There was an abundance of appeal and intrigue inside the gym, featuring an interesting variety of prospects from 17U and 16U squads. Although we were able to watch both teams, this article will take a closer look at their 17U...

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