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Phenom Alum: Soph. Blake Preston (Liberty)

Player: Blake PrestonSchool: LibertyHeight: 6’9High School: Charlotte Christian The North Carolina native really showed improvements in his game as a sophomore this past season at Liberty.  As a redshirt freshman, Preston played in 14 games but only averaged five minutes a game and 2.4 points.  As a sophomore though, he saw the jump that he had hoped, playing in 29 games and averaging...

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List continues to grow for the talents of former ECU star Jayden Gardner

The number of schools that should be lined up for former East Carolina star Jayden Gardner continues to grow and deservingly so.  For a player from Wake Forest, North Carolina, Gardner has simply produced from Day 1 in Greenville, playing in 81 games and averaging 18.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists throughout his career. To simply put, Gardner has been a star in the AAC.  He was...

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Murray State transfer Chico Carter becoming a hot target by many

If you remember recently, we wrote an article called “Recognize the Name: Soph. Chico Charter Jr.”  The reason why is just what the South Carolina native had been doing with the program through two years.  Playing in 48 total games so far through his young career, Carter has been averaging 9.7ppg and 2.1apg, while shooting nearly 49 percent from the floor and 43 percent from three. That is over...

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Phenom Alum: Grad Transfer J.P. Moorman brings a unique game to the court

Taking a glance around the country at the transfer portal, there are so many names that college coaches should have their eyes on.  One player in particular that will be interesting to see where he ends up is now grad transfer J.P. Moorman, a Phenom hoops alum that we had plenty of chances to watch at Greensboro Day and throughout his time at Temple. Moorman was one of our favorite players...

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Phenom Alum: Ricky Council IV has a bright future ahead

It finally is NCAA Tournament time, as teams get a chance to compete for a national title.  It also gives us a chance to watch players that have come through the Phenom Hoops landscape in the past; as we say, the stars of tomorrow. One player from Durham, North Carolina, really made himself known in his first season at the collegiate level, as Ricky Council IV is going to be quite a...

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Phenom Alum: Jr. Michael Durr controlling the paint at USF

The year has come to an end for some on the basketball court, but it is always nice to look back at the seasons that a few Phenom Alums have had.  We move down to South Florida this time around, taking a look at a 7-foot big man that had a solid season for the Bulls. Junior Michael Durr has been a consistent presence down in the paint, now playing in 87 games and starting 85 games in his...

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Jayden Gardner puts up another impressive season at East Carolina

It is simply time to recognize the stellar career so far for Jayden Gardner at East Carolina. The Pirates haven’t always found the same success in wins over the past years but that doesn’t mean that this is a program that doesn’t deserve the attention.  This season, finishing 8-10 and 2-10 in conference play, 6’7 junior Jayden Gardner hasn’t been slowing down from when we first saw him as a...

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ACC Tournament Storylines (March 9-13)

The regular season has come and gone and now we head to Greensboro for the ACC Tournament, an event that surely will bring us more memories in the college basketball world. Below, you get a chance to check out the bracket and it brings us some potential storylines, which is why we want to take a crack at it. Check out some of the storylines and thoughs we have this week.

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Phenom Alum Mark Williams earning valuable minutes at Duke

It is sometimes hard to believe how long it has been when first watching some of these prospects playing in college basketball.  One of those prospects is big man Mark Williams at Duke.  When remembering the story of how we heard about Williams, Phenom Hoops learned about a 6’10 freshman that had a ton of potential and should be one to watch. He ultimately earned an invite to the 2017 Virginia...

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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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Despite Cyclones’ struggles, Phenom Alum Rasir Bolton having strong season

The state of Virginia doesn’t always get recognized for the amount of talent they produce.  But if you remember a few years back, you may remember the name Rasir Bolton.  He was regarded as one of the top guards on the East Coast and was one of the premier talents throughout the state.  We got a glimpse of him when he played at Bishop Sullivan and then he prepped at Massanutten before heading...

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Freshman K.D. Johnson bringing that tough mentality to Georgia

Getting a glimpse of K.D. Johnson from Hargrave Academy just last year, you could see that this young man brought something different to the table.  Whether it was his confidence in his game, always going at and attacking opponents, or bringing that killer-mentality, Johnson never seemed to lack what was needed for him to find success at the next level. And he is putting the SEC on notice...

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Recognize the name: Soph Chico Carter Jr. (Murray State)

Cardinal Newman has had success in producing talent that can play at the next level.  One of those success stories has to be Murray State sophomore guard Chico Carter Jr., who has really opened up eyes with his play this season.  At Cardinal Newman, Carter consistently showed that he was a polished player that had a nice blend of strength and quickness on the floor.  He always displayed that he...

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Ole Miss senior guard Devontae Shuler playing his best basketball

What a year it has been for senior guard Devontae Shuler of Ole Miss.  Looking back at when we watched him during his high school time, back at Oak Hill, Shuler was a gifted prospect and a highly-regarded recruit.  Phenom Hoops got one of our first glimpses of Shuler back at the North Carolina Phenom 150 camp in 2014, where this was said about his game. “Perhaps no one took as much advantage of...

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Jaden Springer playing huge for Vols as a freshman

Jaden Springer is quite a familiar name around this area of North Carolina, as he was star around the state with his play. He was one of the top players in his class, eventually won North Carolina Top 80 at Phenom Hoops, was then a star at IMG Academy, and ended up being a big recruit for the Tennessee Volunteers.

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Future NC State Wolfpack duo bringing a ton of firepower

Last year, coach Kevin Keatts was able to secure two impressive guards from North Carolina in Shakeel Moore and Cam Hayes, both of which are helping the Wolfpack this season early on. But it seems that NC State is going to continue to bring in firepower at the guard position, as Terquavion Smith and Breon Pass have been putting it all together in their senior season.

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Phenom Alum: Damian Dunn having a stellar season

Hey! Guess What!  Another Kinston product is producing at the college level! He also was outstanding at Meadowcreek in Georgia as well. Damian Dunn has found success everywhere he has gone and it seems to be continuing. Many may have not seen or have noticed what the redshirt freshman has been doing this season at Temple, but they should start.  After only playing 18 minutes before facing...

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Freshman Justin Amadi proving he can produce at the college level

Dorman made history last year and they were simply loaded with talent that you can find all over the court at the college level. However, one of those players continued to be overlooked at times with his recruitment. Justin Amadi brought a physical, athletic presence to Dorman while he was on the court and was a critical piece to the program's impressive record last year. But with players like PJ Hall and Myles Tate on the team, Amadi did get overlooked at times.

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Phenom Alum: Darius McGhee leading the way at Liberty

Many people might remember the name Darius McGhee, a born scorer from Roxboro, North Carolina.  At Roxboro Community high school, McGhee was putting up astonishing numbers, even as a freshman. He started off averaging nearly 22 points per game as a freshman, then went to 27 points as a sophomore, and then led the state in scoring as a junior, averaging nearly 37 points per game.  He...

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Freshman Ricky Council IV putting everyone on notice at Wichita State

When looking back at the recruitment of Ricky Council IV, it seems a little perplexing why more schools didn’t enter the picture but that ultimately served well for Wichita State in the end. The Shockers secured themselves a 6’6 athletic prospect that can simply produce and put on a show, as the freshman has really carved himself a name in the AAC early on.

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Phenom Podcast: NC State’s Freshmen making noise early (with Miles Masercola from Pack Pride)

Phenom Hoops brings you another interesting podcast, this time bringing in a special guest from Pack Pride, Miles Masercola. Patrick and Miles sit down to discuss the latest surrounding NC State basketball, which includes quite a few HoopState prospects that are quickly making a name for themselves. Miles dives into more from what he has seen from Shakeel Moore, Cam Hayes, Jaylon Gibson, and...

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Phenom Podcast: Winthrop off to a hot start in the Big South (Listen)

Phenom Hoops' Patrick O'Brien was getting the urge to talk some college basketball, especially after watching Winthrop on ESPN+. The Eagles are off to a tremendous start and are looking like the top team in the Big South early on. They are using a balanced offensive attack, getting on the boards, and stepping up on the defensive end, Winthrop is playing incredibly strong. It is one of several podcasts in which we talk about some college basketball.

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Bridgewater College Recruiting Starting to Turn Heads

Often times, it seems that most folks don’t truly understand the challenges and difficulties of recruiting players at the Division III level. Coaches can be the first to recruit a kid and establish a quality relationship, and will still lose out to Division II (or even JUCO) programs in 99% of situations. It’s an absolute bloodbath, and that notion rings especially true for Bridgewater...

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Marshall’s Taevion Kinsey living up to the hype and more

Courtesy: Herdzon.com Last year, Phenom got a terrific chance to head up to West Virginia to check in on Marshall and what they were bringing in during the 2019-20 season. One player that simply caught our eyes immediately and coaches were raving about was then rising sophomore Taevion Kinsey, who we pegged as a rising star.  This is coming off a freshman season in which he was named to the...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Lincoln Memorial TOO MUCH For Catawba Behind 3PT Shooting; Railsplitters WIN 109-76

Lincoln Memorial traveled to Catawba recently for a showdown, as it turned into a fast-paced type of game. Both teams got up and down, but it was the three-point shooting from LMU that helped them secure the 109-76 victory on the road. Check out all the highlights from the game with Phenom Hoops.

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Phenom Game Report: Lincoln Memorial at Catawba

Phenom Hoops went out to Salisbury Wednesday afternoon to check in on a college showdown between Lincoln Memorial, who came in undefeated, and Catawba.  Even in a limited setting, these two teams brought a lot of energy early on.  Both teams were mostly trading baskets for the first 10 minutes of the game, with LMU holding a narrow lead early on.  But then the three-ball started...

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A story to remember: Georgia Tech’s Moses Wright

Watching teams on the court in college, there are several players that we have an opportunity to watch grow up and take everyone by surprise in what they have ultimately become and accomplished. Moses Wright from Georgia Tech is one that many could say has surprised with his production and when you look back at where he was years ago in high school to where he is today, players around the country could easily learn something from him.

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