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Full Breakdown: ’24 Drake Powell heading to Chapel Hill, commits to UNC

North Carolina landed one of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina and a nationally ranked prospect in 2024 Drake Powell on Thursday, giving the Tar Heels their first commitment for the Class of 2024.  We have seen Powell countless times and it was a big get for UNC, as we dive into more about his game, why he is such an important get, and much more. Why was Powell such an...

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Commitment Alert: 2024 Drake Powell commits to North Carolina

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Drake PowellClass: 2024Committed to: North Carolina What Was Said by Phenom...

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POB’s Player Thoughts: 2024 Drake Powell

Looking to bring a new segment to Phenom Hoops, as we dive into thoughts on players around the country.  Phenom continues to bring you all the latest content, including player reports and profiles that we have been seeing on our platforms and throughout the entire year.  Well, I’m hoping to dive into more about players, bringing you more into what we have seen and my thoughts. Again, these are...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at LaMelo Ball Invitational

2024 Brandon Jennings (Team PUSH VA): Jennings was strong all game long to start the day on Day 3.  The long-framed guard blended his game very well, whether it was creating and getting in the paint to finish or stepping out to knock down some key shots from outside.  Really liked his balance on the floor, picking his spots to be aggressive and finish strong through contact or get to...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from LaMelo Ball Invitational (Day 2, Part 1)

2025 Melvin Teal Jr. (SHOTS United): Teal continues to impress and is a young player to watch out for in South Carolina.  He sports a strong frame and really love his activity level on either end.  On Day 2 early, he was able to play with tremendous energy, showing he can make an impact on the defensive end but also be a strong finisher and get to the basket. 2022 Devon Slagle (NLPB 2022 Best):...

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A Closer Look: Team CP3 16U

6’6 Drake Powell There are so many appealing prospects in the state, but Powell should be as well-liked and highly regarded as anyone. He’s already a clear leader with this group, despite being the newest addition to the roster. Powell continues to stand out as a premier defender against all levels of competition, and is able to legitimately shut down any opponent in his crosshairs. He’s a...

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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2024

(1) 6’6 Paul McNeil (Richmond) Even for those who don’t closely follow high school basketball, McNeil should already be a well-known name throughout the country. After winning North Carolina’s Gatorade POY award, he became just the second men’s player of the millennium to receive the honor two full seasons removed from his graduation year (joining Jaden Bradley). He posted insane per-game...

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Jump on board NOW for 2024 6’6 Drake Powell

Player: Drake PowellClass: 2024Height: 6’6High School: Northwood HSAAU: CP3 Some may wonder why we are looking at such a big-time prospect in the class of 2024 and saying that people need to jump on board now.  Yes, Powell is one of the top prospects in his class and has the attention of many fans around the state of North Carolina.  But what we mean is that college programs at all...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Stay Positive

6’3 ’24 Keveon Rodgers (Big Business Ballerz) Although there are a ton of quality contributors on this Big Business Ballerz squad, Rodgers seemed to stand out as the primary leader on countless occasions. He’s a strong, physically overwhelming wing/forward prospect with the necessary IQ and versatility to dominate a game. Rodgers is an excellent passer who looks to set up others at every...

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POB’s Eye Catchers on Day 2 from Phenom March Madness

2022 Will Rhodes (NC Spartans Unsigned Seniors): Rhodes came out to show a little something on Day 2.  Rhodes did a tremendous job in putting the pressure on the defense, attacking in transition, finishing well around the basket and defenders, pulling up and knocking down shots, and playing with an aggressive, downhill mentality.  Really couldn’t be stopped to start his day. 2023 Chase Harris...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Spring Tip-Off

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Rise Indoor Sports in Advance, North Carolina to continue onward with the early stages of the summer season. The event was loaded with a ton of next-level talent, and though plenty of folks were enamored with March Madness, there was more than enough excitement swirling throughout the facility. There were multiple highly anticipated matchups on...

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INTERVIEW: 2024 Drake Powell on Soph. SZN & Playoff Run + AAU Outlook with CP3 + Talking Offers!

Phenom Hoops caught up with 2024 wing Drake Powell of Pittsboro Northwood High School. Powell is a 6'6" forward that competed with CP3 2024 this past weekend at the Phenom Opening. He caught up with Patrick O Brien about his sophomore season at Northwood, the upcoming AAU season with CP3, along with offers and schools that have been in touch recently.

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Early Look: Team CP3 2024

It is that time of the year, as players from all around start getting together with their travel ball team and prepare for an exciting spring and summer.  Phenom Hoops started the season off with the Phenom Opening, giving us a glimpse of several of those teams which also included a very talented young group with CP3 2024. Watching this team in action, you can see there is no shortage of...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Opening

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a three-day stretch of very entertaining competition. We had a trio of different events taking place from the Hoopstate Championship to the Post Grad Nationals to the Phenom Opening, and each offered its own collection of standouts. Although we still plan to highlight...

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Phenom Game Report: Northwood vs. West Carteret

Playoff basketball, there is nothing like it in North Carolina as we continued with the public schools.  Phenom Hoops was on deck for an intense showdown between Northwood and West Carteret, two strong teams that have won 20+ games on the year.  Coming out, it was Northwood that made their mark, playing their pace, creating havoc on the defensive end and jumping out to a quick lead.  But West...

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Phenom Game Report: Panther Creek at Northwood (Boys)

Phenom Hoops was able to get back and tune in to some of the action on Wednesday night, as we watched Northwood and Panther Creek battle it out on the court.  They are two very good teams that you should certainly start paying attention to if you haven’t, as they have had strong starts to the season but only one team could walk away with a victory.  Panther Creek jumped out early to...

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Tuesday Standouts from The John Wall, Part 1

Game 1Callaway vs. Northwood  First game of the day and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Northwood came away with a 61-52 win in overtime. Each team had their chances to win the game at the end of regulation. Callaway played without their leader and playmaker (Keiveon Hunt) for most of the 4th quarter and overtime. Keiveon has the ability to create plays for himself and his teammates....

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Phenom Game Report: Wakefield at Northwood

Phenom Hoops was at it again, checking on talent around the state.  Tuesday night, we took in Northwood again, as they welcomed in Wakefield coaches by Garrett Stevens.  An interesting matchup, as 2024 Drake Powell certainly had the attention of many but you can’t look past the experience on Wakefield’s roster. Early, it was Northwood that had it rolling on both ends. They were getting out on...

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Game Report: Seaforth vs. Northwood

On Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops traveled to Pittsboro as Seaforth hosted Northwood. It was a matchup that the entire city and state was looking forward to. It was a packed house, which was a reminder of just how special high school sports are with fans in the building. From the opening tip, Northwood set the tone on the defensive end, pressuring the ball and turning defense to offense. They...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Joseph Adams #3: 5’10 ’22 Justin Monden (Heritage) Starting things off, we look at a player who understands how to play to his strengths in every possible setting, Justin Monden. He’s a wiry, scrappy guard prospect with the ability to operate as a floor general or capable off-ball threat. Monden loves to attack the midrange for quality pull-up jumpers, but can also knock down...

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North Carolina’s Top 2024 Prospects Make Waves at CP3 Rising Stars Camp

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Sportsplex in Greensboro, North Carolina for the annual CP3 Rising Stars Camp. Typically, this event is exclusively for rising freshmen but the unforeseen circumstances over the last year prevented the Class of 2024 from the occasion. Instead of excising the class completely, they opted to combine the two classes into one enormous event. The amount...

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July Live Period Superlatives: Part Three

Best Defender: 6’0 ’22 Mustapha Shah 6’4 ’22 Elijah Burnett 6’3 ’22 Amari Pearson Although Burnett and Pearson are legitimately phenomenal defenders, Shah’s unique ability to mirror opponents through a combination of strength, quickness, and anticipation makes him an absolute terror defensively. He plays with a high motor and gets involved in the offensive action whenever necessary, but truly...

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Phenom 757 Showcase: Players to Watch in Class of 2024

What was great about the Phenom 757 Showcase, outside of giving college coaches a chance to watch and recruit some of the talent around the area but it also gave us a chance to watch some of the young rising players as well. There were a few players that caught my eye specifically in the Class of 2024 at the event, as here are a few names to start watching if you haven’t already. 2024 6’1...

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Player Standouts at Day Three of Phenom 757 Showcase

6’3 ’24 Tyler Bailey (Team Loaded VA) It’s already easy to see the appeal with a prospect like Bailey, who has possessed a poised, mature game for quite a while. He’s skilled, crafty, and has the combination of IQ, size, and athleticism to naturally cause matchup problems. Although very productive, Bailey is truly just beginning to harness his long-term upside.  6’6 ’24 Drake Powell (Team...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom 757 Showcase (Day 2)

2023 Matai Baptiste (Vaughan): It was the first game of the day but Baptiste continues to impress and catch our eyes with his play.  It is going to be interesting to watch him now in North Carolina because I think he has a chance to really take off.  The 6’7 wing prospect has such a smooth feel on the court, knocking down shots from the perimeter with ease, creating for himself off the dribble,...

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Team Loaded Trio Continues to Turn Heads

Given the overall landscape of grassroots basketball, there is arguably as much talent spread across the state as ever. More players have shown inclinations to join teams that actually fit their play style rather than just chasing reputation. That being said, Team Loaded 15U (formerly Team Thrill NC) has not only maintained their greatness but have also improved drastically as a group and...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Opening

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Virginia Beach Events Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia for another exciting event. Our Phenom Opening kicked off on Saturday morning, featuring an abundance of the top teams from the greater DMV area in addition to many familiar programs from the Carolinas. There was no shortage of talent in the gym, and the underlying subplots (like Team...

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Weddington wins NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Phenom game report: NCHSAA 3A state championship game Weddington vs. Northwood By Johnathan Kirkland The first of the NCHSAA state championship games on Saturday featured the 3A game between Weddington and Northwood. Weddington came into the game undefeated at 17-0 and Northwood was 14-2. It was a great game to start the day that stayed close throughout before Weddington pulled away in the final...

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Northwood Advances to the NCHSAA 3A State Championship with Overtime Win over West Carteret

Tuesday night was loaded with regional finals that couldn’t be missed. In the NCHSAA 3A East Regional, West Carteret (11-2) hosted Northwood (13-2) for the chance to go to the State Championship. The first quarter started with West Carteret’s Jaxon Ellingsworth putting his team on the board first with a drop-off finish. Ellingsworth picked up right where he left off after his...

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