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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’2 Gabe Proctor

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, hundreds of players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Day 1 of Hoop State League (Championship Weekend)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 5’11 2022 Kyron Weil (Believe Prep)  Kyron earned my unwavering respect after his final game against Word of God. Weil, with that single game, showed me a level of toughness, composure, ball-handling, and team-orientation that proved his competence to me. I believe this is a lead guard that  coaches would fawn over. Relentless attacker that gets into the lane and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Fall Finale/ Hoop State League (Day 1, Part 2)

2023 Donovan Raymond (United We Stand): Raymond had a really strong showing in Week 3 of the Hoop State League, one of his best and most consistent performances.  He showed you a glimpse of why so many schools should be looking his way and he continues to develop and show what the end product could be.  You just don’t see too many bigs with his mobility, ability to defend out on the perimeter,...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Fall Finale/ Hoop State League

By; DeAjai Dawkins 5’11 2022 Gabe Proctor (Papa Pete’s Patriots/Apex Friendship) One of the more well-known names in NC’s 2022 class, Gabe Proctor is not a shooter you should leave open by any means. Certainly one of the most lethal shooting threats in the state, Proctor is excellent off the catch. Sound mechanics guided by repetition, and an IQ belonging to a player who I have oftentimes said...

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East Region Standouts – Hoop State League Week 2 Part 1

Game 1 Papa Pete’s Patriots 58The Loe 47 5’11 2022 Sam Gregg (Papa Pete’s Patriots) is a tough guard who makes plays on both ends of the floor. He brings a certain level of toughness to this team. He guards the ball and is active in the gap with quick hands and forces steals. In addition to his toughness, he gets into the paint where he has the ability to finish at the basket and kick out to...

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Apex Friendship: Open Gym Tour

Apex Friendship is coming off their best season in school history. Last year they went 16-1. Their only loss was an overtime heartbreaker in the NCHSAA 4A State Quarterfinals to the eventual state champions, Millbrook. Although they lose four starters from last year’s team, some things remain the same. This team shares the ball and executes at a high level, and although they may not be the...

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Team Loaded NC 2022

During last summer’s crazy travel ball season in which there were no sneaker circuits, one of the most popular teams in the country was Tea Marie Hoops, started by former Division 1 assistant coach, Thomas Carr. Tea Marie Hoops quickly took over the grassroots scene with high level players wearing colorful t-shirts reminiscent of the classic Five Star Basketball Camp shirt. Yes, they were...

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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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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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Needing a shooter? NC Class of 2022 offers a few to watch for

The class of 2022 in North Carolina is an intriguing class to look at, as there has been a lot of mix-up in rankings, new names that have come in, and players elevating their game over the last year or so.  One thing that one can see is that there are a few shooters that can be found in the class.  In this article, we are taking a look at a few of them to really watch this season but...

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TLEW’S Takeaways “November Classic”

TLEW’s Takeaways “November Classic” Dangerous Duos Northside Christian – (Glynn Hubbard & Wesley Tubbs III) These two guys are really dangerous. When the lights are on these two show up and play the game with a lot of energy and passion. Over the past two weekends they have played a lot of great competition. These two have fit right in.  Glynn Hubbard – He is a smooth guard who...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: James Baker #10: 5’8 ’22 Chris Britt (Gaston Day) Starting things off, we look at a player that continually stands out with his sharp, quick, aggressive scoring prowess, Chris Britt. He’s a tough, heady lead guard prospect with the ability to reliably and effortlessly create quality shots out of little to nothing. Britt is excellent at blowing by his man and finishing around the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Jamboree Bash/ Hoop State League (Part 2)

2022 6’6 Daniel Sanford (Cougars 704): Sanford continues to make his game known and he continues to expand with how he can operate on the court.  First off, he looks and plays like a grown man on the court, physically outmatching everyone for the most part.  But it is his work ethic on both sides that should have big-time schools calling his way. 2022 6’4 Silas Demary (Chris Clemons...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: #PhenomFallFinale (Day 1, Part 3)

2022 Gabe Proctor (Papa Pete’s): You have to love how this kid plays on the court with, especially the confidence that oozes out of him when he is knocking down shots and feeling it.  He did that once again, showing his range and floater consistently all game long. 2022 6’6 Noah Ross (Tion Burton): Ross is a long, high IQ, smooth type prospect that is showing more than his range and aggressively...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers: Names coaches need to know

6’3 2021 Umar Lawson (Upward Stars Pee Dee) Lawson should be one of the breakout names after this weekend. First off if you haven’t seen the viral clip of him going Eastbay mid-game, then proceeding to land a backflip, check it out! Aside from that, he’s a prospect that’s continued to improve, Lawson is an elite level athlete at this stage which allows him to explode past defenders and finish in...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at #PhenomChallenge (Part III)

2023 Wesley Tubbs (Charlotte Supreme): You can already see that Tubbs has the length that will catch eyes but what really stands out first is his emotion, hustle, and willingness to leave it all out there.  Such a competitor.  As far as his game goes, he is a 6’5 long, wiry prospect that can create for himself or for his teammates.  Just another big-time prospect in the 2023...

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Evening Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Challenge

6’8 ’21 Ben Burnham (Team Charlotte) There’s an obvious amount of talent within the Team Charlotte organization, and Burnham has arguably been their most consistent performer of the early season. He’s a long, wiry forward with quality athleticism and an excellent nose for the ball. Burnham plays with a nonstop motor and understands how to overwhelm opponents with his activity level. He’s a...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Session 3: Evaluation Team 9

North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 3: Evaluation Team 9   Team 9 Coach Kelvin Mills   #10: 5’11 ’23 Giovanni Nanucci (Greensboro, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that could arguably emerge as the best long-term prospect from this camp, Giovanni Nanucci. He’s a young combo-guard prospect that competed extremely well with the high school group and made a consistent impact on...

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