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Seniors rising to the Occasion: Carmel MLK Showcase

There are plenty of unsigned seniors around the region in North and South Carolina, and a few of them were on display at the Carmel MLK Showcase.  If schools are looking for players in the Class of 2023, here are a few you may want to check out and rewind the tape with what they showed at the event. 2023 Zion McDuffie (Butler): McDuffie finally catching on with a few programs, which is...

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Unsigned Seniors Through the Rankings

6’5 Bryce Cash (Carmel Christian) It’s unclear as to why Cash doesn’t have more action within his recruitment. Between his IQ, maturity, toughness, and unselfishness, he truly does check all the boxes for being an extremely low-maintenance player who produces on both ends of the floor. He possesses a strong, physically overwhelming 6-foot-5 frame with the necessary length and athleticism to...

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Top Performances from the Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest

Here is a list of the top performances from the Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest presented by Fit for Life 24. Calvary DayJaydin Spillman – 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 4 steals on Saturday. Isaiah Ramazani – 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists on Saturday. Carmel ChristianKaleb Siler – 20 points and 6 rebounds on Friday. Jaeden Mustaf – 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5...

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Player Standouts at Tyler Lewis Hoop Fest

6’8 ’23 Tyson Barrett (Quality Education) No matter the setting or context, folks can rely on Barrett to stand out as a constant leader and tone-setter for the Pharaohs. He has a low-maintenance way of producing within the flow of the offense and capitalizing on finishing opportunities from rebounds, post-ups, and off-ball cuts. Barrett draws fouls on a consistent basis and knocks down free...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at the George Lynch Invitational

2023 Noah Van Bibber (Concord Academy): Bibber can really be a critical piece for his team because when he is clicking and stretching the defense with his shot-making ability, Concord Academy has plenty of weapons to be effective. He did that today, finding the open spots in the defense, rising up, and knocking key shots with his jumper.  When he is on along with everyone else, this team is...

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2023 Bryce Cash (Carmel Christian) talks latest offers and visits

2023 Bryce Cash has been a big-time prospect here in North Carolina and is going to be a big part of the success this season for Carmel Christian. The 6’6 senior prospect brings a lot to the table, both offensively and defensively, which is why many programs are targeting him for the future. He recently received offers from The Citadel and Hampton, which he spoke about with Phenom Hoops. But he...

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Stockrisers from Day 2 at Carmel Tip-Off

2025 Isaiah Henry (Cannon): Henry’s growth as a player can easily be seen and recognized. The sophomore prospect is continuing his play this summer and offseason, and kicked off the season in a big way on Day 2. One can see that Henry just has a different feel to his game, a better understanding of what he can do, and is taking the game more into his own hands. His combination of strength and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Carmel Tip-Off (Part 2)

2024 JJ Moore (Concord Academy): The junior guard was terrific in this game. Moore came out red hot from the outside, continuing to show his capability to be a threat from three but also using his speed to attack and create off the dribble. It was hard for defenders to stay in front as they had to respect his quickness but he made them pay multiple times from three.  Even in overtime, he...

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Stockrisers from Day 1 at Carmel Tip-Off

2023 Bryce Cash (Carmel Christian): It is great to see that more schools are catching on with what Cash offers but still believe that more offers and college programs could use a player like him for their future. His ability to be a two-way player can really impact the game.  On Day 1, he showed just that, using that college-ready frame to attack and finish through contact, and...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Steven Mims #1: 5’10 ’25 Derek Ross Jr. (Jordan) Starting things off, we look at a player who is clearly trending as one of the top floor generals in his class, Derek Ross Jr. He’s a smart, crafty, unselfish point guard prospect with sharp quickness, playmaking instincts, and three-level scoring ability. Ross understands how to properly run a team or burden a heavy scoring...

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Phenom Open Gym: Carmel Christian

Phenom Open Gym: Carmel Christian Coach Joe Badgett is one of the premier high school coaches in the country! Period. Point Blank. Winning and Coach Joe Badgett go hand in hand and the defending NCISAA 4A state champion has once again put together a roster that will be a favorite to repeat as state champions. And to take it a step further, put Carmel Christian in the national conversation as one...

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Top Available Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

The high school season is slowly approach, but that isn’t stopping players from committing early or finding new homes elsewhere within the landscape. From transfers alone, North Carolina’s Class of 2023 has lost nearly a dozen of the top prospects to out-of-state high school programs (including five to California specifically). National powerhouses have certainly weakened talent-rich states like...

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Players in New Places: North Carolina (Part 2)

The school year is quickly approaching and that just means that high school basketball isn’t far off either. So it got us thinking about teams and players, and there were plenty of intriguing moves from players that will be suiting up in a different jersey this upcoming season. That is why we are taking an early look at a few new faces in a few new places. 2023 Bryce Cash (Carmel Christian)...

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Carmel Christian looking like a powerhouse once again

Phenom Hoops went over to Queens University recently to check out Session 2 of the NCISAA Showcase, giving us a chance to get an early viewing of a few teams and what they have to offer.  One team that was certainly on our radar to check out was Carmel Christian, a program that is coming off a state title and has a chance to add another from what we saw.  Let’s dive into what we saw. Carmel...

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The Ultimate Teammate: Bryce Cash

After a long, winding road of waiting, the everchanging landscape of grassroots basketball seems to be slowly getting back to normal. Of course, the NIL, transfer portal, and free year of college eligibility during covid still have effects spanning throughout the community. Everyone knew it wouldn’t change overnight, but we get closer to normalcy with each passing year. Why is this information...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom G3 Showcase

6’5 ’23 Bryce Cash (Team Curry) There are so many quality pieces within this talented Team Curry group, but Cash is quietly as valuable as anyone on the roster. We’ve seen him shine as an undisputed leader on plenty of occasions, but there’s something particularly impressive about his ability to produce within a role. Cash is a smart, strong, athletic guard with excellent toughness, defensive...

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G3 Showcase Team Preview: Team Curry 17U

With the June and July Live Periods on the horizon, there’s no better time for teams to compete to gauge their ability against high-level opponents. Our G3 Showcase is slated to feature a heavy mix of independent organizations and shoe-circuit programs—so there should definitely be something for everyone in attendance. The circuit teams nearing their halfway point should ultimately...

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Five Names Who Should Be Bigger Priorities for Division I Programs

Each year, there are always plenty of prospects who are overlooked by the appropriate-level coaches. Examples are evident from each respective class, but perhaps Ricky Council IV is the best representative in recent memory. Sure, he collected ten total offers during his high school career, but Wichita State was clearly his highest offer. He went there, asserted himself as a major piece, hit the...

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Sharpening his Game: 2023 Bryce Cash (Charlotte Christian)

Player: Bryce CashSchool: Charlotte ChristianClass: 2023 If you have been around the scene in North Carolina for high school basketball, you have heard the name of 2023 Bryce Cash from Charlotte Christian. This is a young man that has produced since day one in high school and has only continued to elevate his game, now leading the charge as a junior. When you talk about this young man’s game,...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #CHC12 (Day 1, Part 2)

2022 Ji’meion Brown (York Prep): Brown brings good size and versatility to the floor at 6’7, being effective in an array of ways and showing off his mobility at his size. Brown helped in an array of ways to help secure the big win, scoring down low, running the floor well, being active on defense with five steals, and helping on the boards; just a glimpse of all that he can do on the court. 2023...

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Top Players in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

Ranking prospects is an interesting method to try and encapsulate the fluidity of overall player movement. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who tend to form these ranking lists typically opt to make updates on a periodic basis rather than monthly or bi-weekly. Two important points need to be made. First (for those who oppose the aforementioned fluidity of rankings), all major “rankings”...

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Five Prospects Trending Upward in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

Unlike the Classes of 2021 and 2022, who will undoubtedly suffer from the aftermath of Covid, the Class of 2023 could be the first group of prospects able to restore normalcy to college athletics. The recruiting attention of scholarship-level coaches has been primarily centered on pursuing players who already have collegiate experience—rather than hunting for uncovered high school gems. As the...

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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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Charlotte Christian v. High Point Christian Academy (Recap/Standouts)

The fourth game for day four of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two quality programs in Charlotte Christian and High Point Christian Academy. Although they entered this contest as one of the better private school programs in Charlotte, the Knights showed definite signs of vulnerability. Their struggles were thanks, in large part, to how well HPCA came out of the gate and established...

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Start learning the name: 2023 Bryce Cash (Charlotte Christian)

Even though it has been a weird time, basketball continues to go on for several programs, as their season has officially kicked off.  One program of interest around Charlotte this year should Charlotte Christian; it is a growing program that has a lot of young talent that could quickly make a name for themselves. One player though that many should know about and if you don’t, should quickly...

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Prospects Worth Noting in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

North Carolina’s Class of 2023 has arguably generated as much buzz as any class in recent memory, especially this early within the process. While most of the attention has been directed to guys like Robert Dillingham, Mikey Williams, Aden Holloway, and Trey Green, there are plenty of names worth being mentioned amongst those in the spotlight. While others like Treymane Parker, Mekhi Grant, and...

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T-Lew’s Takeaways

Top Leaders  Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) – Strong / physical guard. He has done a tremendous job leading the way for Coach Wright and Liberty Heights. He has shown the ability to really lead a team. The guard is extremely explosive and I have yet to see anyone keep him out the lane.   Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School) – It is amazing to me that no Division 1 school has...

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers for Team Curry Practice (17u,16u,15u)

Phenom Hoops traveled down to Rock Hill on Wednesday afternoon to take in Team Curry's practice, getting a glimpse of talent of all ages in action. Though there were several names that we have seen on multiple occasions, it was a great chance to check-in on the talent once more.

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