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What Does Tristin Harkins to Cape Fear Christian Mean?

Opportunity is one of the most surefire methods for determining how effective a player can be, both in the present day and into the future. With public schools having uncertainty about games or outright cancelling their season, guys like Tristin Harkins are strapped in terms of options. However, the guard prospect recently made his move from Pine Forest to Cape Fear Christian Academy, and it...

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Ian Thomson Calls it for Anderson

For years, there has been an overlooked amount of basketball talent within the Palmetto State of South Carolina. Their top grouping usually receives a quality amount of attention while the majority of the class gets brushed aside. Think of someone like Cooper Fowler, who folks watched and acknowledged overwhelming opponents—only to get scooped up late by Lenoir-Rhyne. Each class possesses guys...

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Freshman Watch: 2024 6’8 Michael Marcus Jr. (Covenant Day)

A new year in high school basketball brings new names to the court around the region. Several freshmen will be quickly making a name for themselves this season and one big that we got a chance to see at our Phenom All-American Camp and then again recently in a game, 2024 6’8 Michael Marcus Jr. is one to start learning and watching.

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Amari Odom: A Rising Star

While basketball is a game surrounded by circumstance, there are dozens of outside variables that can ultimately sway or determine how a player will progress. Genetics are a promising factor, especially for those with tall/athletic parents, which is part of what makes someone like Amari Odom a can’t-miss prospect. His mother, Trisha Stafford-Odom, was a former WNBA player and the current head...

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Is Jamal Townsend a Top Prospect in the Class of 2023?

Most folks (non-parents) tend to enter a travel ball event and typically gravitate towards the oldest age group or “whoever is on the main court.” While there is nothing wrong with this situation, there is arguably more value in finding out who will be the next noteworthy prospect on the 14U and 15U courts. Coincidentally, that’s where Jamal Townsend and Team Trezz could be found dominating a...

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Unsung Heroes: Evan Ashe and Justin Monden

Throughout the last six months, Phenom Hoops was fortunate to see multiple different variations of Raleigh’s Finest and Heritage High School. While Lucas Taylor (Clemson commit) is an obvious draw in terms of recognition, this team goes far beyond just a single star prospect. They were consistently short-handed in terms of depth, usually running with only seven, six, or sometimes even five...

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Veteran Leadership: Omazeon Tinsley

It doesn’t seem like that long ago when Phenom Hoops was hosting our annual CP3 Live/JMAC Showcase and the 15U Upward Stars group shined as one of the top teams. This group consisted of various noteworthy names like Joshua Beadle, Cesare Edwards, Bryce McGowens, and others. However, while so many of them remained in the spotlight and with the organization for the foreseeable future, the path was...

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Size and Shooting: Marcus Kell

Over the last decade or so, basketball has really transitioned into a perimeter-oriented game—especially at the highest level. No other era (coaches, players, and fans alike) would be able to cope with the thought that Jahlil Okafor can barely find minutes while Davis Bertans just signed a 5-year/$80 million deal. That’s the current value of three-point shooting. Though it is the most evident in...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2021 6’1 Matthew Pennell and 2021 6’4 Josh Reimer (RNS Prep)

2021 PG/SG 6’1” Matthew Pennell Description: Matt is a crafty guard that has tremendous range on his 3-ball. He is capable of hitting gaps on the attack and finishing over length. In the open court he has a great IQ and typically makes the right decision albeit pass or take. A solid defender that knows how to maximize on his body and positioning. He was voted captain and is a gritty leader...

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Striking Gold: Lewis Duarte and Randi Ovalle

Each year, North Carolina basketball welcomes a varying amount of incoming transfers from all over the globe. Often times, these prospects are unheard of or have little to no traction behind their names. However, guys like Lewis Duarte and Randi Ovalle have been established within the states for quite a while, and are arguably as enticing as ever before. Both guys represent the Dominican...

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A True Point Guard: Hamilton Campbell

With the direction basketball has shifted over the last decade, traditional point guards are becoming something of a dying breed. Someone like Rajon Rondo, for example, came through at the perfect time to maximize his NBA production. Had he gone through high school in 2020 rather than 2004, things would’ve likely been drastically different for the multi-time All-Star. Is Hamilton Campbell...

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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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United Faith Christian Academy: Loaded with Talent

While everyone is talking about high-profile teams like Liberty Heights, Winston-Salem Christian, Lake Norman Christian, Moravian Prep, Bull City Prep, Word of God, The Burlington School, and others, folks should be reminded about the surplus of talent at United Faith Christian Academy. This is nothing out of the ordinary, as this program has seen dozens of noteworthy players come through their...

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Prospects Trending Upward in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

The North Carolina grassroots landscape is overflowing with talent, especially with the new transfers and incoming freshman class. However, this article will take a closer look at guys who should be familiar to most, as they’ve remained within the state throughout their playing careers. For one reason or another, their recruitment just recently picked up or is set to take off in the near future....

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Five Noteworthy Names in North Carolina’s Class of 2024 (Part Three)

Each year, North Carolina reminds everyone just how much talent resides within the Hoopstate. New faces emerge, prospects transfer in to prove themselves, and dozens upon dozens of players earn opportunities to further their career at the next level. That being said, the consistent amount of young, upcoming talent is what continues to stand out across the entire state. Now, North Carolina’s...

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Five More Noteworthy Names in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Each year, North Carolina reminds everyone just how much talent resides within the Hoopstate. New faces emerge, prospects transfer in to prove themselves, and dozens upon dozens of players earn opportunities to further their career at the next level. That being said, the consistent amount of young, upcoming talent is what continues to stand out across the entire state. Now, North Carolina’s...

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Five Noteworthy Names in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Each year, North Carolina reminds everyone just how much talent resides within the Hoopstate. New faces emerge, prospects transfer in to prove themselves, and dozens upon dozens of players earn opportunities to further their career at the next level. That being said, the consistent amount of young, upcoming talent is what continues to stand out across the entire state. Now, North Carolina’s...

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Phenom Player Spotlight: 2023 Leland Coleman (Trinity Episcopal)

Not the physical presence his Duke Blue Devil brother Henry is, but Leland brings a different style as a slasher type who can create off the bounce and knock down jumpers even from beyond the arc with good consistency. Leland has a smooth offensive game sound shot mechanics and a fluid stroke. He is extremely athletic and runs the floor well, very good mobility.

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Phenom Player Spotlight: 2024 Damon Thompson (John Marshall HS)

Damon is one of the most impressive freshman guards I’ve had the opportunity to see over the last several months. His combination of high-level shot-making skills and blow-by quickness makes him a nightmare matchup and his endless supply of energy especially on the defensive end where he is a disruptive on-ball defender makes for an exciting prospect oozing with upside!

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