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Apex Friendship vs Fuquay-Varina

On Friday night, undefeated South Wake Athletic Conference opponents faced off. Apex Friendship (3-0) travelled to Fuquay-Varina (3-0) for a matchup between the two top teams in the conference. In the first quarter, we saw a hot start from Apex Friendship as they jumped out to a quick 12-3 in the first 2:34 of the ball game. Apex Friendship did a tremendous job of executing in the half court...

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Top Unsigned Prospects in North Carolina’s Class of 2021 (Part Two)

6’3 Kenny Noland (Apex Friendship) After enjoying an extremely productive summer, Noland continues to rise up the rankings with his smooth, well-rounded skillset and approach. He plays with a calm demeanor and offers knockdown three-point shooting with creation skills and the ability to spot-up or attack closeouts. Noland moves effectively without the ball, defends nicely for his position, and...

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Open Gym Report: Apex Friendship

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops took in practice at Apex Friendship. Coming off of a big win Tuesday night at Middle Creek, Coach PJ Lowman’s team didn’t waste any time getting back to work the next day. Coach Lowman’s message to the team was clear, “Don’t be satisfied.” I remember Coach Lowman saying, “Do you walk in here with a big head because of one...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at Phenom November Classic/ Hoop State League

2022 Chancellor Morrow (The Wonders): Morrow continues to produce every time he hits the floor. Having multiple 20+ point games under his belt, he did it again with his versatility, length and skill set to score on multiple levels of the floor. He really has had a consistent summer and fall all throughout. 2021 Lucas Taylor (Raleigh’s Finest): Taylor can absolutely take over a game and that he...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Sunday Standouts

Redford Dunton 6’2 Kenny Noland ‘21 of Papa Pete’s Patriots is a vital piece for their team. He provided a great combination of scoring and passing that allows him to control the offense. His ability to attack off the bounce and get into the lane was eye-catching as he consistently finished at the rim. As the defense began to shift their focus on him, he began showcasing his ability to really...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Rod Bridgers #0: 6’2 ’22 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) Starting things off, we look at a player that has proven himself as easily one of the toughest, most prolific scorers in the state, Elijah Jamison. He’s a strong, rugged, downhill guard prospect with the ability to access and convert nearly any shot from inside the arc. Jamison is quick and crafty enough to get by...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 3)

2021 Micah Handlogten (Upward Stars 704): The long big man just continues to work and is really starting to show what he is able to do on the court.  Each time, he shows a little more in his game, something we know he has been working on. Long, plays hard and can be effective on both ends of the court. 2021 Saiquone Harris (Word of God): Harris is going to make some coach look smart down...

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Brandon’s Big time Ballers- Evening Standouts #PhenomLIVE

The action is cracking in Spartanburg and I’m here to bring you the latest from some early morning and afternoon standouts. This list is composed of players of multiple classes and positions, that stood out for various reasons, take a dive into my early takeaways and some names you may want to keep an eye on.  6’6 2022 Jonah Nesmith (CF Elite)- Nesmith is a very intriguing prospect with a...

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POB’s Eye Catchers on Day 2 at #PhenomChallenge (Part II)

2021 6’2 Lashae Johnson (Charlotte Royals 2021): Johnson was extremely aggressive on the floor, running the floor, constantly getting out and pushing the pace, but also showed his ability to knock down jumpers, hitting four 3-pointers for the Charlotte Royals. 2021 6’0 Cole Sinclair (Durham Hurricanes): A point guard that simply competes.  He is known very well for his outside shooting but you...

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6’3 2021 Kenny Noland, “Books, Basketball & the Velvet Touch”

6’3 2021 Kenny Noland (Apex Friendship)  Last season, Apex Friendship went an impressive 23-5 and 6’3 2021 Kenny Noland was the lone underclassman to start. Not only did he start, but was one of the team’s leading scorers. Noland averaged 12.1 PPG and shot an even more impressive 56% from the floor and 42% from the 3-point line. For the season, Noland also dished out 93 assists to only 38...

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Farrar Vs. Dunton Lived Up to All the Hype

Coming into the game the natural story line would be how 6’7” junior Nick Farrar would match up with 6’6” sophomore Redford Dunton, or at least that was the storyline, matchup that we were looking hard at. Boy did those two put on a show, but not only did those two play well, 6’4” junior Jayden Beloti had 30 for Friendship and 6’5” sophomore Lucas Taylor had 28 for Heritage. Yes, this game was...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 2: Evaluation Team 9

North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 2: Evaluation Team 9   Team 9 Coach: Roland Whitley   #20:5’10 ’22 Luke Trogden (Asheboro, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that worked hard to contribute during his time at camp, Luke Trogden. He’s a young guard prospect that can do a little bit of everything while operating within the team concept. Trogden doesn’t force the issue on...

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