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DJ Burns transferring to NC State

The transfer portal has been a fascinating development over the last few weeks, with players announcing where they will be playing next and programs adding key pieces for next year’s team.  NC State has had an up and down kind of offseason, with playing transferring and others possibly entering their name into the NBA Draft.  But one thing is for sure, the Wolfpack needed talent. On...

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Illinois continuing its role on the recruiting trail

The recruiting news around the country has certainly been busy and one program has really made a big splash in the 2022 class and now even more in the future. Illinois has been a premier program, a top-25 team, on the national stage over the years and it doesn’t seem like they are slowing down, as the staff has done an exceptional on the recruiting trail. Currently, they have landed four...

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Winston-Salem State Adds Two Major Pieces

The word “rare” doesn’t even begin to describe how uncommon it is to see a player transfer from high-major to Division II. Not negative or a bad thing—just incredibly atypical. Well, that’s exactly what happened when Jaylon Gibson announced his decision to transfer from North Carolina State to Winston-Salem State. This initial domino was the first, and possibly most shocking, subplot of the...

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Transfer Portal Player Spotlight: Carter Whitt

Name: Carter WhittSchool: Wake ForestClass: Freshman 2021-22: This past season, Whitt got a full season on his belt, playing in 31 games and starting three of them.  He averaged around 12 minutes of play and averaged 1.7 points per game, 1.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 0.3 steals per game.  He came in early to Winston-Salem, as he got a chance to play in 19 games and start 10 of them in...

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Wingate Secures Two Major Commitments

On Wednesday, the Wingate University’s Men’s Basketball Team undoubtedly improved after Josh Massey and Kyle Honore announced their respective commitments to the program. The Bulldogs are coming off a (21-8) season and fourth-place finish in the prestigious South Atlantic Conference (SAC)–their highest mark in both categories since the 2016-17 season. Something has clearly changed in the...

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Transfer Portal Player Spotlight: Manny Bates

Name: Manny BatesSchool: NC StateClass: Redshirt Junior 2020-21: It was a rough year for the big man who was injured on the first play from scrimmage against Bucknell, which made him miss the entire year at NC State.  Before this season though, Bates was coming off a sophomore season in which he started 23 of 26 games and averaged 9.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and recorded 64 blocks.  Before that in...

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Phenom Hoops Alums all throughout the Final Four

The Final Four is set, with what many would and should consider four blue bloods all battling it out to be crowned a champion down in New Orleans.  North Carolina and Duke will square off on one side of the bracket for the first time EVER in the NCAA Tournament, while Villanova and Kansas battle it out on the other side once again, as Nova holds a 2-1 record against Kansas in the NCAA...

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Transfer Portal Player Spotlight: Brandon Murray

Name: Brandon MurraySchool: LSUClass: Freshman 2020-21: Though a freshman, Murray had a very strong campaign to start his college career at LSU, averaging 10 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 42 percent from the court and 34 percent from three. Murray is going to be an interesting target in the transfer portal, as I personally think he should and will be highly...

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Transfer Portal Player Spotlight: Alex Tchikou

Name: Alex TchikouSchool: AlabamaClass: Redshirt Freshman 2020-21: Ruptured his Achilles tendon prior to the start of the season and was forced to sit out the year as a medical redshirt. This past season, Tchikou only saw six minutes of play, with his last game coming in November. Though Tchikou hasn’t had the start to his college career that he would have liked, the former four-star 6’11 should...

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Transfer Portal Player Spotlight: Cam Hayes

Name: Cam HayesSchool: NC StateClass: Sophomore 2021-2022 Season: Hayes played in 32 games, starting 13 of them.  He averaged 20.9 minutes per game, averaging 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, and 0.8spg. Career: 55 games played, 27 career starts, 35.5 FG%, 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg It will be interesting to see who is able to land the former Top-100 prospect in Cam Hayes.  Hayes has...

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Showing his potential: Jonas Aidoo (Tennessee)

If you followed Phenom Hoops over the years, you had to have heard the name Jonas Aidoo from when he played at Voyager Academy to his time shining with Team Curry and Liberty Heights last year.  Now, the big man is starting to show what he could be for the Vols in the coming years and it has fans excited. Though Aidoo missed some time early on, the 7-foot freshman has been coming along...

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Queens University of Charlotte looking to go D1

It was recently announced by Jon Rothstein that Queens University of Charlotte, which has been a dominant Division II program on the basketball court, will vote this week on a possible transition to Division I.  Sources: Queens University of Charlotte (Division II) will vote this week on a possible transition to Division 1. Have received interest from the Atlantic Sun, Big South, and...

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Soph. Jalen Cone shining at Northern Arizona

Phenom Hoops continues to shed light on players having a terrific career at the next level and we now turn our focus to a guard that once played in the ACC is now shining in a big way at Northern Arizona.  Soph. 5’11 Jalen Cone is a name many will remember from his time at Walkertown high school in North Carolina, where he was a show waiting to happen every time he stepped on the court. At...

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Jr. Demetric Horton (NC A&T) continuing to prove himself

It is hard to believe how long it has been since watching Demetric Horton on the high school courts of Garner high school and with WCBA.  But he has really put in the work to get where he is now, as he is now a primary starter at North Carolina A&T. When you look at his journey after his time in North Carolina at Garner, Horton first played at Cape Fear CC where he averaged 10.5ppg,...

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Sophomore PJ Hall stepping up and helping lead Clemson

College basketball is well underway and we are in conference play for most teams, as we continue to watch and check in on some of the Phenom Hoops alums in action.  One player that we are quite familiar with over the years is 6’10 sophomore PJ Hall, who was a start down in South Carolina at Dorman high school and is now leading the charge at Clemson. Last year as a freshman, Hall was able to get...

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Sr. Darius McGhee putting up big numbers at Liberty

The Liberty Flames are off to a solid start this season, sitting at 9-6 on the season and getting ready to start conference play in the ASUN.  One of the biggest reasons why they sit in that position (and could have been more with a few narrow losses) has been the play of senior guard Darius McGhee, who is putting some outstanding numbers up this year. On the season, McGhee is averaging...

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Junior Antonio Daye Jr. continuing to find success

Rewinding back a few years ago, fans had a chance to watch an under-valued prospect in Durham, North Carolina in Southern’s Antonio Daye Jr. Daye played his first three years at Southern high school, putting up some impressive numbers late (averaged 19 points per game as a junior) before heading down to Florida for a season.  Daye ultimately grabbed the attention of FIU, where he was one of the...

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Stepping up Early: Fr. Bryce McGowens (Nebraska)

Playing down in South Carolina, it was easy to see that Bryce McGowens was one of the top players in not only the state but in the country with his game. An absolute star at Legacy Early, McGowens put on a show day in and day out, showing just how prolific of a scorer he could be on the floor.  And with his long, wiry frame to go along with his skillset, whoever was going to get him was for sure...

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College Lineup: Games to Watch (12.2.21)

College basketball is here and Phenom Hoops is increasing their coverage this season.  This is why we bring you our daily schedule of games to watch for and break down a few key games that should have your attention.  Check out today’s lineup. Washington vs. #11 Arizona Arizona has started off really well, both with their offense and on the defensive side.  They are averaging nearly 92ppg and...

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College Lineup: Games to Watch (12.1.21)

College basketball is here and Phenom Hoops is increasing their coverage this season.  This is why we bring you our daily schedule of games to watch for and break down a few key games that should have your attention.  Check out today’s lineup. #24 Michigan at North Carolina Michigan hits the road to take on North Carolina; UNC has struggled slowing down opponents defensively but has seen their...

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College Lineup: Games to Watch (11.29.21)

Jayden Gardner College basketball is here and Phenom Hoops is increasing their coverage this season.  This is why we bring you our daily schedule of games to watch for and break down a few key games that should have your attention.  Check out today’s lineup. Notre Dame at Illinois Both teams come in with two losses already on the season and statistically, these two teams match up pretty well. ...

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Soph. Obinna Anochili-Killen quickly blossoming at Marshall

Phenom Hoops has made their mark in the state of West Virginia in the past, checking out some of the premier talents that don’t always get the attention they deserve.  Looking back not long ago, we stumbled across a highly intriguing forward at Chapmanville High School in Obinna Anochili-Killen.  The 6’8 athletic forward possessed a ton of intriguing talent to go along with upside with his game,...

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Phenom College Ball Talk: Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky) continuing to show his dominance down low

It is always great to watch Phenom Hoops alums in action and finding success at the college level.  One player though has absolutely been dominating early on this season and putting up incredibly strong numbers so far to start the season. Oscar Tshiebwe, who we first viewed at Mountain Mission back around 2016, has been an absolute MONSTER for the Wildcats of Kentucky, putting up numbers...

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Phenom Game Report: Mount Olive vs. High Point

The college basketball season is quickly approaching and several teams are gearing up with a few exhibition games.  One game that I was curious in tuning into was Mount Olive vs. High Point, as this was a game loaded with familiar faces.  High Point came out strong and quickly went up by double-digits just a few minutes into the game.  They were able to make several key runs to...

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Phenom Game Report: Dodge City CC vs. Kansas Wesleyan JV

Phenom Hoops tuned into the action on Monday night, as Dodge City CC and Kansas Wesleyan JV tipped off.  Why tune in for this game? Well, there are plenty of Phenom Hoops alums that were in action including one of the hottest players in the country. Players like Nick Pringle, BJ Freeman, Kahari Rogers, Jordan Love, Jonathan Breeland, Jacquez Shuler, and Themus Fulks all have been on the...

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Vital ACC Players (Players to Watch) (Part 1)

College basketball is quickly approaching, as we are just weeks away from the start of the season. Phenom Hoops continues their coverage and content talking about different topics before the season starts. The latest topic we look at is the vital players to watch for each team in the ACC, as we bring you part 1 here. These are the players that may not be the stars of a team but are going to...

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Phenom College Basketball Preview: Pittsburgh

It is going to be here before you know it.  The college basketball season is right around the corner and Phenom Hoops wants to take their shot at previewing teams around the country for this upcoming season. All throughout the upcoming weeks, we will be previewing teams for this upcoming season, so be sure to check out all the latest talk. Pittsburgh Panthers 2020-21 Season:Record: 10-12...

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Phenom College Basketball Preview: Notre Dame

It is going to be here before you know it.  The college basketball season is right around the corner and Phenom Hoops wants to take their shot at previewing teams around the country for this upcoming season. All throughout the upcoming weeks, we will be previewing teams for this upcoming season, so be sure to check out all the latest talk. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2020-21 Season:Record:...

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Phenom College Basketball Preview: North Carolina

It is going to be here before you know it.  The college basketball season is right around the corner and Phenom Hoops wants to take their shot at previewing teams around the country for this upcoming season. All throughout the upcoming weeks, we will be previewing teams for this upcoming season, so be sure to check out all the latest talk. North Carolina Tar Heels 2020-21 Season:Record:...

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