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Poised to Breakout: Five Players Slated for an Uptick in Production

One of the most exciting parts about watching notable players graduate is getting to see how their teammates respond to said departure. Naturally, the show must go on, but there are usually structural kinks to work out within the bigger scheme of things. This article concept has appeared twice before, and largely represented guys who were somewhat under the radar. Now, after the entire summer...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

Maki Johnson 2022 Kusamae Draper (SPO Sports): A new name to the scene for Phenom Hoops, the 6’8 big man grabbed some attention early on Day 2 with his productivity and activity down low on both sides. Draper has a good feel offensively, sealing in the post and taking contact to help get to the line.  But you also like his length that helps in on the boards on both sides.  Draper also...

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Sean’s Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 1)

By: Sean Halloran 2022 Nygie Stroman (RDC Lakers 17U) Stroman was a player that caught my eye this morning. The 6’5 strong, athletic forward displayed the versatility he has in his offensive game. He poured in a smooth 20 points in this morning’s game and he did so in a variety of ways. Using his strong body to dominate the glass on both ends and converting on easy putback opportunities....

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Farmville Central

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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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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East Carolina jumps on 2023 Jah Short early with an offer

Farmville Central has produced some incredible talent as of late and certainly will be names you will be hearing more at the collegiate level.  With the likes of Terquavion Smith, Justin Wright, and others, Farmville Central has had the talent that has helped them secure multiple state championships and it doesn’t seem like the pipeline of talent is going to end any time soon. Next up for...

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The Returning Core of Garner Road 2023

Each year, many players filter in and out of travel ball programs on a pretty regular basis. It’s widely become the new norm to see key pieces depart from their respective teams for the next best situation. However, Garner Road has always taken pride on being a program with the ability to keep most of their main pieces. While there will always be exceptions to the rule, the core within their...

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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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Farmville Central rolls to third straight 2A state championship

Farmville Central rolls to third straight 2A state championship  By Johnathan Kirkland Farmville Central came into the NCHSAA 2A tournament as the nine seed despite their undefeated record. They blew through their four opponents heading into the state championship game, with their closest game being an 18-point win in the opening round over Hertford County. Saturday afternoon was no...

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Game Report: Farmville Central vs. Hertford County

Phenom game report: Farmville Central vs. Hertford County By Johnathan Kirkland The NCHSAA high school basketball tournament kicked off on Tuesday night, and the 2A reigning state champions Farmville Central were in action against Hertford County. Farmville is the nine seed in the east bracket and Hertford County is the eight seed. Both teams entered Tuesday night with perfect regular season...

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Farmville Central vs South Granville: Game Recap

On Saturday night, South Granville travelled to Farmville Central for a rematch of last year’s NCHSAA 2A Regional Finals. The hype surrounding the game was real. Both teams feature ACC signees in Terquavion Smith (NC State) and Bobby Pettiford (Louisville). Farmville Central threw the first punch, starting the game on a 6-0 run. From that point on, both teams were trading baskets....

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Don’t Forget About Jah Short

Since the travel ball season concluded, folks have been constantly buzzing about the excitement surrounding all the programs who have begun their seasons. Unfortunately, that statement only holds true for independent and private schools—which can lead to months of unnecessary player movement. We’ve seen more players transfer this summer than ever before, simply in hopes of being able to salvage...

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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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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Havoc

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops continued what has been an unusual, yet exciting summer season at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In terms of talent, this event was as loaded as any within our schedule over the last month. Some programs made their debut while others continued to separate themselves from the pack. This article will take a closer look at some...

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Early Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’0 ’22 Kory Davis (1Carolina) The 1Carolina program possesses a ton of intriguing prospects within their program, and Davis has performed well with both squads in attendance. Playing up an age group, he really stood out with his defensive prowess and ability to really harass opposing guards for 94 feet. Davis is also very quick and fast in the open floor, which allows him to consistently get by...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’23 Jah Short (Garner Road) There’s a lot to like about this Garner Road roster, and Short has absolutely shined as their leader on both sides of the ball. He’s long, athletic, and quite skilled with impressive defensive prowess. Short has undergone a lot of physical development over the last calendar year, but still looks likely to continue improving. He has no glaring weaknesses and...

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Jah Short: The Next Star Out of Farmville Central

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things, whether by spectators or college coaches. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done...

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Who is North Carolina’s Best Public School Team?

Nothing seems to excite folks more than the weekly debate surrounding which teams fall into the upper echelon of rankings. Whether public, private, or both, everyone has a case to represent their cause. That being said, public school basketball in North Carolina has been as impressive as ever through the first month of the season. Three programs, Farmville Central, Millbrook, and North...

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