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LJ Smith’s Historic Freshman Campaign

Each high school season, few things are more exciting than watching the next wave of young prospects emerge. Over the recent years, there have been noteworthy phenoms such as Jarin Stevenson, Coby White, Wendell Moore, Robert Dillingham, and countless others who have warranted a ton of buzz as freshmen. It’s not always easy to predict who’s going to set the world ablaze, but it...

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Notable Standouts at North Carolina Freshman 40

6'3 Seth Harris (Caldwell Academy) As evidenced during camp, Harris has clearly put forth a lot of time and effort in developing his overall game over the last few months. He already possesses a nice blend of IQ, skill, and athleticism for his age. Harris is a reliable shooting threat who understands how to attack closeouts, defer to others, and operate within the team structure. He's an engaged...

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Phenom Open Gym: Hickory Christian Academy

Phenom Hoops continues to bring elite coverage before the season, as we are out and about covering teams, getting an early look at what programs will be bringing to the court this upcoming season.  One team that we were able to view recently was Hickory Christian Academy.  Here is what we saw on the floor, as things still may continue to shake up before the season. When talking about...

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POB's Eye Catchers from Rare Fall League

2025 Gevonte Ware (1of1): After not getting a chance to play much of the summer, it was great to see the young big man back in action and he looked strong.' Ware was a dominant fixture down in the paint, back to where we saw him before.' He was strong in the post and with his back to the basket, has strong hands and touch around the basket, and is an absolute monster on the boards.' Ware was all...

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NC Junior Phenom Session 1: Evaluation team 3

North Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp Evaluations   Team 3 Coach Reid   #4: 4'8 '26 Jacob Mills (Salisbury, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that effortlessly scored the ball while displaying a quality IQ on both ends of the court, Jacob Mills. He's a young guard prospect with great overall feel for the game. Mills scored efficiently from all three levels and highlighted his...

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NC Jr. Phenom 150; Games 4 & 5

Game 3, Court 1: No. 44, 5'5' 2023 Casian Richard ' Walkertown Middle School (Winston Salem, NC) Richard has a string on the ball, allowing him to get to wherever he wants on the floor. His most impressive skill, however, is his vision. He consistently finds teammates under the rim for finishes. His full-court passes appeared reminiscent of Lonzo Ball in a way. If he adds in a reliable jump shot...

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Miles Magical Five: #NCJrPhenom Early Day Standouts

It’s always great to get back in the gym for some camps and today’s #NCJrPhenom Session One has a ton of talent featuring some of the top 5-8th graders from seven states/provinces from two provinces.  Let’s take a look at some of the early day standouts! 5’0 2026 LJ Smith: Battleground Elementary (Lincolnton) Smith did an excellent job early on asserting his presence...

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