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Top Players in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

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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The blow-up has arrived: 2022 MJ Collins (Westminster Catawba/Team Curry)

It is a funny thing to see at times.  When watching players in a profession like ours, you get a chance to see a ton of talent that you just know or you have a gut feeling on, that it is only a matter of time before their recruitment starts taking off. 2022 6’4 MJ Collins from Westminster Catawba and Team Curry is one of those guys.  You could see his potential as early as his time at...

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Team Curry 17U Preview

Last summer, Pro Skills Basketball introduced their newest team to the lineup, Team Curry, part of the Under Armour Association. Head Coach Sim Frazier helped build this team into one of the most recognizable teams in the country. In a summer with so much uncertainty, Team Curry finished with a 23-4 record.  What’s even more impressive is that every single player on their roster earned a...

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Five Prospects Deserving of More Attention from College Coaches (2022)

It basically goes without saying, but the 2020-21 high school basketball season has been among the more unusual situations to occur within basketball or high school sports over the recent years. Obviously due to Covid, majority of programs were forced to maintain extremely low attendance numbers which, in turn, only hurt the kids and their overall chances to advance to the next level. Many...

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College coaches starting to recognize 2022 MJ Collins (Westminster Catawba)

You may want to start watching out and learning the name… we are just going to warn you. But 2022 6’4 MJ Collins from Westminster Catawba could be in for a blow-up as far as recruitment and should be considered one of the top players in the state of South Carolina. Collins has steadily improved his game over the years, from when we were watching him at Northside Christian and is now playing at a...

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Northwood Temple Knocks Off Westminster Catawba to Advance to the NCISAA 2A State Championship

The NCISAA 2A division was arguably the deepest division in the state this year. On Wednesday night, Northwood Temple hosted Westminster Catawba in the semifinals. Northwood Temple (26-7) entered the game on a 15-game win streak. Westminster Catawba entered the game with a 14-2 record. Both teams have played at a high level consistently all year. The first quarter started with Northwood...

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Phenom Game Report: Westminster Catawba vs. Northside Christian

Playoff basketball, there is nothing like it in North Carolina. This was a battle to go to the Final Four, as Westminster Catawba and Northside Christian had a ton of storylines coming into this one.  Two very well-coached teams went at it to start in the first quarter, and both offenses seemed to make plays. Northside found success from the perimeter while Westminster attacked and got to the...

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Deserving of More Offers: Noteworthy Names in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Every year, the grassroots landscape is overflowing with capable college-level prospects—many of which fall under the radar and don’t receive appropriate attention. North Carolina’s Class of 2022 is no different given the sheer depth of talent. Add in the unique effects from Covid, and it’s even tougher to earn scholarships than before.  However, this group should get an extended viewing with...

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Calvary Day v. Westminster Catawba (Recap/Standouts)

We kicked off another day at the Phenom Holiday Classic on Tuesday, as Westminster Catawba and Calvary Day started the day off in a great fashion.  I would say it was a pretty tight battle throughout the first half but it was Calvary Day that was able to produce offensively, getting inside the paint, making the extra hustle plays, and scoring effectively.  It helped them retain a lead throughout...

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Holiday Classic: Providence Day vs. Westminster Catawba (Recap/Standouts)

Providence Day and Westminster Catawba brought us another intriguing matchup and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  It was going to be interesting to see who would be able to gain control in this one; Providence Day came out really strong early on with Bryce Scott and Jaquava Propst-Allison making plays.  Those two helped Providence earn the early edge and held it for much of the first quarter and...

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South Pointe v. Westminster Catawba (Recap/Standouts)

The sixth game for day two of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two teams whose respective reputations have trended upward over the last few years in South Pointe and Westminster Catawba. Things kicked off in favor of South Pointe, but quickly turned into a neck-and-neck contest. After numerous lead changes and neither team able to gain much separation Westminster Catawba ended the...

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Battle at the Rock – Saturday Session 1 Standouts

Game 1:Winston-Salem Christian 60Aiken High School 58 Quante Berry 6’4       2022    (Winston-Salem Christian) Berry finished with 20 points and 6 assists in a 60-58 win over Aiken High School. The 6’4 combo guard continues to improve and improve his game as the primary ball handler and facilitator for this Winston-Salem Christian team....

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South Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Drae Rice #0: 5’10 ’21 AJ Thompson (Northwestern) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to successfully run a team on either side of the ball, AJ Thompson. He’s a smart, quick, heady point guard prospect with an excellent balance between scoring and playmaking. Thompson is great in the open floor but also more than comfortable within the half-court...

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Phenom Open Gym: Westminster Catawba

Phenom Hoops went down to Rock Hill to hit the gym and check out the talent at Westminster Catawba and does this program have a bright future ahead of them. Loaded with talent on multiple levels, along with young talent that will for sure be names to remember, Westminster will be a must-see team to watch.

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Northside Christian Heading in a Youthful Direction

Heading into next season, the North Carolina high school landscape appears to be a completely open race—both in private and public schools. Public powerhouses, like North Mecklenburg, lost major pieces in Tristan Maxwell, Trayden Williams, and Shamann Artis. The same thing is happening at private schools. Concord First Assembly was the clear-cut top private school team last season and returns...

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Northside Christian returns to NCISAA 2A seminfinals

Northside Christian returns to the NCISAA 2A semifinals  Northside Christian 70 Fayetteville Academy 34 Phenom Hoops travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina to cover the NCISAA 2A quarterfinal game between Fayetteville Academy and Northside Christian. Fayetteville Academy came into the contest as the defending state champions. While they sported an 8-15 record, Fayetteville Academy has...

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Phenom Hoops Game Report: Concord First Assembly vs. Northside Christian

Phenom Hoops took the road again to check in one of the top matchups not only in the area but in the state, as Concord First Assembly traveled to take on Jaden Seymour and Northside Christian. The energy was outstanding and both teams were ready for a battle.

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Battle at the Rock Standouts: Day 3 (Part II)

2020 6’9 Obinna Anochili-Killen (Chapmanville): What do you not like about Obinna!  His offensive game is tough to defend due to his mobility and ability to handle/put it on the floor.  He has good footwork and runs the floor really well, usually beating his opponents down the floor.  O the defensive end, Obinna has fantastic timing as a shot blocker, altering shots left and right...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Northside Christian Academy

Rick and Patrick both headed out just a few miles down the road to check out the latest surrounding Northside Christian Academy, a program with a great history of intriguing talent for the next level.  It looked to be the same once again, as Phenom Hoop Report continues to dominate their coverage with the Phenom Open Gym Tour. We also want to thank coach Erasto Hatchett for his hospitality. He...

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