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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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Gillespie’s Thoughts: Day 1 at the Spring Tip-Off Classic

‘ By: Chick Gillespie With the High School season coming to a close I was able to finally make it down to the Rock Hill Sports & Events Center for a Phenom Hoops Event and with several different divisions being played I was awash in talent to evaluate and I took advantage over the three days to check out the Hoop State Championships featuring some of the best prep programs in the...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Bull City National vs. Combine Academy

Last game of the night, as Combine Academy and Bull City National brought us a rematch for a chance to compete for a championship.  In the first matchup, it was an absolute slugfest, with Combine grabbing the narrow win.  Now these two met again and it brought the same energy level.  Combine was able to gain the edge after the first quarter, as they looked focused and ready to compete.  2022 AJ...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Bull City vs. NC Storm

Bull City Prep National 2022 6’3 LJ Thomas One look at his current college offers and you will see why Thomas tops the list from the first round game in the Hoop State Championship. Thomas poured in 28 points in Bull City’s win and was just as impressive dishing the ball and getting up and down the court. Early on Thomas was a man possessed and the NC Storm couldn’t do much of anything to stop...

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POB’s Eye Catchers (Day 1, HoopState Championship) Part 3

2022 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights): The growth that Jamison has made in showing that he can be a complete point guard.  He continues to do an impressive job in staying aggressive and getting into the paint but also scoring the ball with good, high quality shots.  Plays incredibly strong with the ball and finishes well with his body. 2021 Isaac Farah (Liberty Heights): Really do...

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Game Recap: Oak Hill Academy wins over Bull City National

Oak Hill Academy 90 Bull City National 67 Phenom Hoops traveled to Mouth of Wilson, Virginia for a Saturday afternoon contest between Bull City National and Oak Hill Academy. Playing in its first home game in over three months, Oak Hill was eager to play on the court named after their Hall of Fame coach, Steve Smith. It’s always tough to beat Oak Hill at Turner Gymnasium. Matter of fact,...

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The Burlington School v. Bull City Prep

The final game of Phenom Hoops’ MLK Showcase took place between two of the top teams throughout North Carolina in The Burlington School and Bull City Prep. It definitely took some time for these teams to get warmed up, as evidenced by the low-scoring first quarter and Bull City Prep’s lead of 10-8. In the second period, it remained evenly matched and both teams struggled to score or gain much...

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Phenom MLK Showcase: What to Watch (Part 1)

Phenom Hoops is bringing fans from around the region one of the top high school basketball events over the MLK weekend, as some of the top talent will be under one building. The storylines for some of these games are easy to see and don't need much introduction, but we are going to dive into a few things you will want to watch to get you excited about the event in Rock Hill.

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Holiday Classic: Combine Academy National vs. Bull City Prep National

Last game of the event and fans were in for a treat, as there were over 15 D1 players on the court between Combine Academy National and Bull City Prep National.  Bull City brought the energy early and played with something to prove and that they did, getting out to a double-digit lead early, eventually leading 26-16 at the end of the first. But Combine started to pick up the energy in the...

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Bull City Prep v. New Faith Christian (Recap/Standouts)

The second day of Phenom’s November Classic kicked off with Bull City Prep and New Faith Christian. Bull City Prep came out of the gate and established themselves early, securing the lead, mounting a run, and genuinely clicking on all cylinders. However, New Faith Christian turned things around and ended the first quarter only trailing 20-16. Despite excellent leadership from 6’1 ’21 Cynicer...

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T-Lew’s Takeaways

Top Leaders  Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) – Strong / physical guard. He has done a tremendous job leading the way for Coach Wright and Liberty Heights. He has shown the ability to really lead a team. The guard is extremely explosive and I have yet to see anyone keep him out the lane.   Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School) – It is amazing to me that no Division 1 school has...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Dwayne Cherry #0: 5’9 ’21 Kadyn Dawkins (Eastern Guilford) Starting things off, we look at a player that simply knows how to offer an excellent balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. He’s a smart, tough, unselfish point guard prospect with great timing as a passer, both in transition and the half-court setting. Dawkins makes the best possible play with unwavering...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Jamboree Bash/ Hoop State League (Part 3)

LJ Thomas 2021 6’3 Knoah Carver (AK Knights): Carver really showed a nice scoring ability, knocking down shots at several levels but staying aggressive and attacking. He just has a nice ability and understanding of how to put the ball in the basket. 2021 6’3 Nick Green (Team ELI): Green has been the leading producer for Team ELI in multiple games, finishing in double-figures.  He really...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80

2022 Jai Smith (Bully City Prep): Smith continues to show why he is going to be regarded as one of the top players in the Class of 2022.  There aren’t many out there that brings such energy and ability to run rim-to-rim, where he makes a living.  Smith was consistent in getting out in transition and finishing strong with several dunks.  Whoever gets him at the next level, he certainly is going...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomOpenRun (Friday) (P.3)

2021 6’6 Kenny Hodges (WS Christian): Hodges is one that just captures the eye with his physical stature, his athleticism, and ability to defend and play multiple positions on the court.  He works well around the rim but is also someone that coaches could really mold at the next level. Donivan Peoples (Moravian Prep PG): Peoples grabbed the attention immediately with his 6’5 frame, leading...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Open Run Session 1

6’6 Sean Rose of Young Gunz (Varsity) is a very impressive prospect with an abundance of potential and upside. He is a super long and wiry athlete who can really produce in the paint. He tends to flourish when around the rim with his soft touch around the rim. He really attacks the boards and comes up with a ton of rebounds. Uses his length to be a good rim protector; changes and blocks shot...

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