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Is Isaiah Todd the Biggest Sleeper in the 2021-22 NBA Draft?

The NBA Draft is certainly amongst the most unique off-court events that takes place in any major sport. Between the kids getting draft, fanbases embracing new players, constant flux of player movement, and general unknown surrounding these prospects likelihood to pan out, it’s easy to see why. However, the evaluation process is still an imperfect system, as various players still tend to...

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Why Trey Murphy Should Be a Lottery Selection

The NBA Draft is one of the most exciting annual events in professional sports, especially in terms of non-competition buzz. No other league’s fanbase enjoys the “other stuff” as much as the NBA and their following. Even the lottery system has become a fun, slightly more “fair” way to determine who receives what pick (while also eliminating the need to tank, since the probability of tanking into...

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NBA Draft Breakdown: Day’Ron Sharpe

The tournament continues but it is also time for players to start entering their names into the upcoming NBA Draft.  The list has just started and will only grow from here on out but one player that Phenom Hoops certainly knows well about and has seen develop is 6’11, 265-pound big man Day’Ron Sharpe. Growing up in North Carolina, Sharpe was a known name for his excellent play at South Central. ...

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Vernon Carey Jr. starting off strong for Greensboro Swarm

The G-League has gotten underway and many will be tuning in this season with some exciting new players coming in. The G-League Ignite certainly is getting much of the attention with the young, rising stars they but there are others that we should be looking at. Even in our own state, we have the Greensboro Swarm that has some intriguing young talent.

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2020 NBA Draft Tracker

The NBA Draft is here, as players from around the world get to hear their names announced. They get to continue their journey on the biggest stage, something they have imagined since they were young. Many have come through the Phenom Hoops platform, so we want to give them a huge congratulations from all of us at Phenom Hoops.

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Phenom Throwback Thursday: Looking back at Grant Williams and Bam Adebayo

Working with Phenom Hoops, we get the pleasure of seeing several talented prospects at a young age and continue to watch them until their college days.  Then we get a chance to watch them become stars at the next level, putting in the same hard work we saw on the high school courts. But it continues to give us pleasure to see these young men achieving their dreams at the highest level.  That is...

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Beating the Odds: The Post-Melo Denver Nuggets Saga

The game of basketball differs so much from that of other sports, simply due to the additions, rule changes, and overall influence from the higher-ups. Arguably no professional sports league has evolved more deliberately and frequently than the NBA. Think about something like soccer, which is considered the most popular sport in the entire world. The past is clearly visible through the current...

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Welcome Back NBA…..For Now

The NBA Player’s Association approved the NBA’s 22-team restart to the regular season and playoffs on Tuesday. Since the NBA and the NBPA came together so quickly compared to the other major professional leagues, I think the NBA deserves a lot of credit for avoiding a big saga like the one we saw with the MLB.

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Appreciating Greatness: Jaden Bradley

Over the years, North Carolina has been host to a lot of impressive basketball prospects and has gradually built a reputation as one of the more talented areas for athletics. There have been 132 NBA/ABA players who were born in North Carolina, which firmly places the Hoopstate in the top fifth of all states. Upon looking deeper and only highlighting active players, we are right amongst the top...

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Will Kai Sotto Make Waves in the G-League?

Each year, the basketball community sees a new class of prospects preparing to take the next step within their respective playing careers. Typically the next step consists of advancing to the collegiate ranks, but guys like Isaiah Todd, Jalen Green, and now Kai Sotto are foregoing their amateur eligibility to play in the NBA G-League. The Filipino star became the first international prospect to...

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The 2020 NBA Draft: Cole Anthony

Although the majority of superstars in the NBA are the guys with elite size and perimeter skill (LeBron, KD, Kawhi, Paul George, etc.), it’s become more and more of a league ran by point guards. In the last five drafts, a point guard (traditional or not) been drafted inside the top five picks: Ja Morant/Darius Garland, Trae Young, Markelle Fultz/De’Aaron Fox/Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons/Kris Dunn,...

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The 2020 NBA Draft: Who Should Go First? (Part Three)

Those three are enough to headline most draft classes but the addition of Wiseman takes things to an entirely different level. Of all the listed players, he seems to receive the most mixed feelings from the general public. It’s actually pretty unusual considering that he’s arguably the most modernized big man prospect of the last five years. Wiseman is from a rare breed of powerful athletes with...

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The 2020 NBA Draft: Who Should Go First? (Part Two)

There are hundreds of players filtering in and out of the NBA on a yearly basis but arguably no prospect in the history of the league (maybe aside from the early Wilt Chamberlain or artist formerly known as Lew Alcindor) has generated as much pre-draft buzz as Lamelo Ball. Already quite infamous for a variety of things, whether it be his father’s antics, excitement with Chino Hills, or overseas...

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The 2020 NBA Draft: Who Should Go First?

From superstars like Anthony Davis to full-fledged busts like Kwame Brown, there’s no debating the amount of intrigue and excitement that surrounds the NBA Draft every single season. Each year, opinions constantly swirl about who should be the first overall selection and the ensuing draft has been no different. Right now, there are three legitimate contenders worthy of going first: Anthony...

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The Shift of an Association: From High School to the G-League

The world we live in is as fast as ever, not only with technology and social media but even with things like the pursuit of a dream or career. Specifically in the basketball community, there has been an ongoing struggle between the NBA, NCAA, and professional prospects. Nearly sixteen years removed from the last high school prospect going straight to the NBA (Dwight Howard), a loophole has...

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NBA Veteran Trevor Booker Announces His Retirement

On Tuesday, eight-year NBA veteran Trevor Booker opted to officially retire from professional basketball. Anyone who closely followed the league already knows that Booker was someone who built his career through toughness and continuous hard work…but how exactly did we get here? Well, being born in Newberry, South Carolina within a family of athletes was the first step towards what would unfold...

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NBA Trade Deadline Breakdown

Professional sports have so much in common, even if the objective isn’t always the same. Each league has their own draft, all-star game, and deadlines (trades, contract extensions, etc.) but none generate excitement quite like the NBA when it comes to these “checkpoint events.” Although teams are mostly free to trade whenever they want, the trade deadline combines sample size with...

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Virginia Tech’s Landers Nolley Quickly Becoming a Lottery-Worthy Selection

College basketball is a unique scene. The passion and overall level of unpredictability is a massive part of what makes the sport so special. Take Virginia Tech for example, who was widely considered the second-worst ACC team entering this season. There were obvious question marks surrounding this team, including a first-year coach and roster with a lot of departures. Any team that loses two...

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