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Versatile Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Given the way basketball has trended over the last decade or so, versatility has become more valuable than ever—especially at the highest levels of play. Sure, there were older players like Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and even Anthony Mason among countless others who embraced versatility before it became popular. However, it’s gradually become a necessity for a successful modernized brand of...

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Stars of Tomorrow come out at the Phenom Grassroots TOC (Part 2)

The amount of talent on the court this weekend at the Phenom Grassroots TOC was outstanding but the stars of tomorrow really stole the show. High-major talent could be found all around, especially watching the big-time matchups that happened on the arena court. We want to review some of the top guys that grabbed our attention and should be earning the national spotlight from this event. Check...

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Special K’s Superstars from Phenom Grassroots TOC

This weekend, Phenom Hoops took it to the great city of Rock Hill to host the Phenom Grassroots Tournament of Champions. Teams from all over the country came to participate and college coaches were in attendance. The talent level was through the roof, and these are the top players that I saw: 6’2 Jaden Bradley of Team CP3 17U was perhaps the most impressive player in the gym. Sometimes when...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Grassroots TOC Day 2 (Part 1)

2022 Nate Brafford (Team Swish): Brafford continues to be a mismatch on the court with his 6’8 frame and his ability to score anywhere on the court.  He has a confident jumper and release, stretching out to three-point line but also uses that length to finish well over and around defenders. He continued to show why more schools are recruiting him. 2021 Darius Sibert (Metro Commandos): The...

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Western North Carolina All Star Games

Phenom Hoops traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to cover the Western North Carolina All Star game hosted by Jake Senyo of the Ranking Report. 60 of the top players were divided into three groups, freshmen/sophomore, juniors and seniors. It was a great opportunity to see some of the young and promising players in the western part of the state. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the...

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Rabun Gap v. Charlotte Christian Recap/Player Standouts

The second day of Phenom’s Tip-Off Classic carried on with an underrated matchup between Rabun Gap and Charlotte Christian. After opening the game with a 13-3 run, Charlotte Christian maintained their steady approach and ended the first quarter with a 18-11 lead. The following quarter only led to more of the same, as 6’4 ’23 Bryce Cash was the best player on the floor and was a major catalyst in...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Gary Hall #0: 5’9 ’23 Trey Green (Lake Norman Christian) Starting things off, we look at one of the most complete floor generals throughout North Carolina, Trey Green. He’s a smart, decisive, extremely well-rounded point guard prospect with an incredible understanding of how to run a team on both ends of the floor. Green offers a strong balance between playmaking and...

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Phenom Team Preview: Rabun Gap

Rabun Gap went (16-13) last year winning the regular-season conference championship. They lost 4 seniors but have built a new roster with great size & speed. Including the number 1 scorer in North Carolina. Coach Cox and his Eagles look to bring home a conference championship with their new and improved roster.

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How High Will Nate Brafford Ascend?

Anyone who has followed North Carolina high school basketball throughout the last year should know about Nate Brafford and his absolutely absurd averages from last season at Tuscola. He finished with a nightly stat line of 33.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.9 SPG, and 2.0 BPG while shooting 53% from the floor, 39% from distance, and 81% from the free-throw line. Not only was he arguably the most...

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2019-20 Phenom Hoops All-State team (Class of 2021)

It was a spectacular year no matter how you look at it. Players really made a name for themselves and had an impressive season on the court, producing on so many levels. Phenom Hoops brings you their All-State teams for the 2021 class. A huge congrats to all players and teams this season.

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Underrated Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2021

Although rankings are clearly meant to be discussed and debated, it feels like there are numerous noteworthy prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2021 that are still underrated. Obviously, the term “underrated” is a subjective one and completely based on opinion and preference. However, there’s an argument to be made for each of these prospects, especially since most of them hold zero...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Champion Showcase

6’6 ’22 Elijah Gray (Team Synergy) In many ways, Gray was among the most impressive players from day two of Phenom Champion Showcase. He showcased a newfound aggression and actually played his best two-way game while nearly angry. Gray handles the ball quite well, especially for his size, and scored the ball in a variety of different ways. He worked from the block, displayed footwork, finished...

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Team Charlotte 16U claims Gold

   A short handed Team Charlotte handled business Greensboro, North Carolina- Team Charlotte was able to capture the 16U championship Sunday without two noticeable pieces. Five star Jalen Hood- Schifino was off with Team USA, and high scoring combo guard Kris Robinson was also absent from this weekends showcase. None the less it was next man up for this  Team CLT squad, and the guys present...

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Early Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Stay Positive

Team Winston 5’11 ’21 Camian Shell- The point guard was arguably Team Winston’s best performer to open the second day of Phenom Stay Positive. He’s such an excellent leader that sets the tone on both sides of the ball. Shell is so smart and steady on offense, which allows him to highlight his phenomenal balance between scoring and playmaking. He’s extremely tough, especially when attacking the...

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Phenom’s North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Will Roberson   #6: 5’11 ’22 Cameron Oates (Trinity Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player that already looks quite comfortable at running a high-level offense, Cameron Oates. He’s a very quick point guard prospect with quality instincts and the ability to effortlessly set up his teammates. Oates scores the ball pretty well from all levels, but typically looks to...

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Phenom Opening Team Preview: Team Charlotte 16u

It is finally here.  The AAU season kicks off in style with Phenom Hoops, as we head to Greensboro to open the season with the Phenom Opening. Players of all ages will come to North Carolina in hopes to compete and start the season off. This will be a CAN’T MISS EVENT, as we may have never started off the season with this much talent on so many levels.  That is why we are hoping to get...

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NC Top 80 2021 Breakouts: Names to jump on TODAY

For the previous six years, Phenom Hoops has been honored to host the North Carolina Top 80, however (as we always say) this is NOT Phenom Hoop’s event, this is North Carolina’s event. This is the event where players get together to compete and see what the state and other classifications have to offer. However, this is also the event where the very best in the Hoop State get together and show...

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Tennessee Phenom 150: Evaluation Team 3

Tennessee Phenom 150 Evaluations   Team 3 Coach: Zachary Crawford   #32: 5’10 ’20 Brody Hunley (Mount Carmel, TN) Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to make solid contributions on both sides of the ball, Brody Hunley. He’s a guard prospect with the ability to slide off-ball and make plays within the flow of the game. Offensively, Hunley knocked down shots from all...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Exposure Camp Recaps — 2021 Names to Know

6’8” Nate Brafford Tuscola HS (Waynesville, NC) No one at the high school level left more of an impression than Brafford. Standing 6’8”, was 6’3” at this time last year, Brafford showed guard skills. He pushed the break with a great handle and control and finished the play with a deft pass or controlled at the rim. He showed good length and timing on the defensive end and showed a competitive...

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