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Commitment Alert: UNC-Pembroke not done yet, earns another commitment from 2023 Will Gray

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Will GrayClass: 2023Committed to: UNC-Pembroke What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:...

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Standouts at Reynolds Jamboree

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to R.J. Reynolds for their high school jamboree, which featured a variety of competitive teams throughout the area. There were numerous standouts during the event, and this article will take a closer look at each… 6’1 ’23 Will Gray (East Forsyth) After writing a pretty lengthy dissertation about Gray from this past weekend, he goes out and continues to...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Team Camp

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility in Bermuda Run, North Carolina for our annual June Team Camp. The two-day event featured a ton of the top public and private teams throughout the state. There were plenty of noteworthy takeaways from the event, both in terms of individual performances and overall team showings, and this article will take a closer look at...

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Storylines from Phenom Team Camp

Jayden Harris should be entering the national picture 2024 Jayden Harris has certainly been a popular name over the last few weeks, especially with college programs.  He now holds double-digit offers from an array of schools, and it is easy to see why when you watch his game.  Getting an updated viewing of the young man, Harris has not only continued to develop his game but he has also...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Team Camp (Day 1)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Will Gray (East Forsyth)As one of the most highly regarded prospects in the area heading into his senior year, Will is proving he’s hardwired to be a multidimensional leader for the Eagles. He’s the pulse of their offense, providing quality ball control with a quick handle to navigate defenses, efficient creation of his own looks with shotmaking ability, and natural lead...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Team Camp

6’1 ’23 Kobe Parker (Ragsdale) Although they lost multiple key pieces, Ragsdale should still be one of the more competitive programs in Greensboro behind the leadership of Parker. He’s clearly the focal point of this group, but understands how to dictate the action in a poised, unselfish, methodical manner. Parker has maintained his status as a lethal perimeter shooter, especially from beyond...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Team Camp (Day 1, Part 1)

2024 Xavier Johnson (Fayetteville Academy): Johnson came out strong to start his weekend at the Phenom Team Camp, using his 6’5 frame well, being active on the floor, creating second-chance opportunities for his team, attacking the glass, and getting downhill to make plays. Loved the energy and motor that he set for his team. 2023 Will Gray (East Forsyth): Gray continues to be a staple here in...

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Prospects in the Class of 2023 to Watch at Phenom Team Camp

This upcoming weekend, Phenom Hoops will host our annual June Team Camp at the Rise Indoor Facility in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. The event is slated to feature a talented mix of players and teams preparing for the month of July (in addition to the somewhat distant high school season), and this article will take a brief look at some of the prospects on display. We will first delve into some of...

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Five Players to Watch at Phenom Challenge LIVE

6’1 ’23 Will Gray (NC Spartans) While college coaches should be prepared to recruit this entire roster, Will Gray is clearly the tone-setter of this group. He’s an intelligent floor general who loves to get downhill, where he’s proven to be a reliable finisher, playmaker, and pull-up shooter from midrange. Gray is a great athlete, leader, and overall decision-maker who understands how to offer a...

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College coaches need to be looking more toward 2023 Will Gray (NC Spartans)

Player: Will GrayClass: 2023Height: 6’2High School: East ForsythAAU: NC Spartans Haidinger Each and every year, there are players that start making their own mark on the court and are new names for college coaches to start looking at more.  To start the travel ball season, 2023 Will Gray from East Forsyth/ NC Spartans Haidinger.  Gray is a familiar name around the state for what he has...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom Grassroots TOC

2025 Bryce Baker (Team Bond): If you don’t know the name Bryce Baker, you may want to start learning. The dual-sport athlete could be a player on the rise, whether it is in basketball or football.  On the court though, this is a young man that plays with a ton of confidence.  He doesn’t let the bright lights get to him, as Baker plays within himself and with what his team needs him to...

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Bendel’s Best: Grassroots TOC

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center for the first LIVE period of the season. The three-day stretch featured a ton of notable teams and prospects, in addition to onlooking college coaches. Although we’ve previously seen and documented a vast majority of the talent on display, next-level opportunities remain scarcer than ever before. Games were...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Grassroots TOC

6’1 ’25 Hayes Oxendine (East Carolina Elite) Though we’ve consistently seen his foundation as a lethal shooter, Oxendine showcased a lot of ability as the primary creator and overall leader for this group. He’s a smart decision-maker and understands how to make plays with the ball in his hands. Oxendine is comfortable at setting up others while finding scoring opportunities from all three...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Grassroots TOC Day 1

2023 Kanye Nelson (York County Legends): Nelson came out strong and really put his name on the map out there to start his weekend.  He simply torched the nets, especially from three as he knocked down multiple threes without even hitting the rim.  He played confidently, showcasing his ability to knock down shots, create for himself at times, and attack in transition. 2023 Brock Rose (Team...

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Phenom Grassroots TOC Team Preview: NC Spartans 17u Haidinger

The Phenom Grassroots TOC is this weekend in Rock Hill/Fort Mill, as it is the first LIVE Period with Phenom Hoops this season. The talent pool runs deep throughout and we want to give college coaches a leg up on who to watch and who will be in action. Here are a few players to check out for each team, presented by the head coach. NC Spartans 17u Haidinger Will Gray – 2023 6’1 PG East Forsyth...

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POB’s Eye Catchers on Day 2 from Phenom March Madness

2022 Will Rhodes (NC Spartans Unsigned Seniors): Rhodes came out to show a little something on Day 2.  Rhodes did a tremendous job in putting the pressure on the defense, attacking in transition, finishing well around the basket and defenders, pulling up and knocking down shots, and playing with an aggressive, downhill mentality.  Really couldn’t be stopped to start his day. 2023 Chase Harris...

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Open Gym Report: NC Spartans 17U Haidinger

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops (Jeff Bendel, Tyler Lewis, and Colby Lewis) traveled out to Bishop McGuinness High School for the NC Spartans Media Day. The Spartans should be well-known as one of the better independent programs across the Carolinas, and their current group is no exception. Josh Thompson is the director, but Herb Liles, Kerry Graves, Curtis Patton, Ryan Haidinger, Michael Bowers, and...

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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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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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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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NCBCA All-District Teams Announced: Who Got Snubbed?

Regardless of context or situation, there is guaranteed to be controversy surrounding whenever individuals are named to an all-accolade team. The topic of snubs is in constant circulation for those who closely follow sports, as every All-Star/All-Pro team seems to cause debate. Did the most deserving players make the team? Were there more deserving players who were too low or overlooked...

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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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East Forsyth v. Bishop McGuinness

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville, North Carolina, as the Villains prepared to host the Eagles of East Forsyth. Both teams entered this contest with quality records against tough competition, which set the stage for an absolute battle. Bishop McGuinness has talent, coaching, and always seem to be relevant within the bigger picture of North Carolina high...

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Glenn v. East Forsyth

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Glenn High School in Kernersville, North Carolina, as the Bobcats prepared to host the Eagles of East Forsyth. Despite losing a key piece in Julius Reese due to transfer, the Bobcats have been excellent to start their season. Coming into this game, they faced adversity against quality opponents but consistently maintained their undefeated status. On the...

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Storylines from the #NCISAASummerShowcase

The second consecutive weekend of the June Live period was down in Concord, North Carolina this weekend, Cannon School was the site and they welcomed this talented field of teams into a highly competitive atmosphere.Concord, North Carolina- Saturday I was locked in on the action at Cannon school covering the second weekend of the NCISAA Summer Showcase, the day started off with an offensive...

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