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Stockrisers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Part 1)

The first-ever Phenom Lakesgiving was a huge success, as teams came out and really showcased their talent, and several players should see their stock rise after their performances at the event. Here are four players that college coaches should take a look at more with what they have shown early on. 2024 Desmond Kent (Central Cabarrus): It was a nice showing from the 6’5 junior, as Kent seems to...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Lakesgiving (Day 2, Part 2)

2023 Rashad McCormick (Hough): McCormick is a player that has been going under the radar here in North Carolina but his stock should start rising even more with college programs. The 6’6 prospect continues to show that he can be a force around the basket with his athleticism and length, but he also shows that he be a mismatch with his ability to step out.  McCormick did a great job in finishing...

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Reece’s Rundown: Hoop State League

By: Ethan Reece The Hoop State League came to an end this past weekend with our Gold and Silver Championships bringing together the East and West Divisions for final bracket play. There are many great things about fall leagues. Teams get to lay early work down in building chemistry, certain matchups get to play out that you may never see during the season, and with it being during football...

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Keep tracking this season: Class of 2023 (Part 2)

2023 Jaden Lyles (Rocky River): Lyles is one that I believe goes under the radar around the Charlotte area but he had a strong season last year for Rocky River in leading the charge with 18.1ppg, 4.2rpg, and 3.7apg while shooting 57 percent from the floor.  We had a chance to see an updated viewing of him at the Summer Finale, and he continues to show that he can be a productive scorer, getting...

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Start Noticing More: Class of 2023 from #HoopStateLeague (West) (Part 1)

The Hoop State League has kicked off and Week 1 was off the charts, but we still have several weeks ahead that you and college coaches will not want to miss. We have been taking notes early on and we can tell you, there are a few players in the Class of 2023 that should garner more attention. Here are four players to look out for more and should be bigger priorities this upcoming high school...

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Reece’s Standouts: Hoop State League (Week 1: Day 2, West Division)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Berni Tah (Big Dub Green)As the key returner from last year’s senior-laden state championship team, Berni came out and immediately showed how much his presence can be felt and needed. He’s built chiseled and sturdy, with natural athleticism and mobility to be a versatile threat in their system. He pushed the break off boards, found great cuts in traffic, and simply dominated...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 1, Day 2 at #HoopStateLeague (Cox Mill)

2023 Zion McDuffie (Bulldogs): It is about time people start recognizing McDuffie and what he can provide on the court.  He is a strong, physical presence that is one of the more explosive prospects in the state.  He is terrific out in transition and getting to the basket, finishing strong and a few highlight-reel dunks.  But he also has shown that he can step out and be effective from outside,...

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Under-The-Radar Names for College Coaches

5’10 ’23 Corey Gaines (Team Relentless) Between his time at Chambers and Gaston Christian, folks should already know about Gaines and everything he brings to the table. He’s a tough, scrappy, high-motor guard prospect who hits jumpers at a high clip and understands how to effectively set the tone on both ends of the floor. Gaines clearly stood out as a leader for this group, dictating the...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Team Camp

6’2 ’23 Andrew Schrage (Bishop McGuinness) The Villains opened their day with a huge matchup against a noteworthy opponent, and Schrage was arguably their best player from start to finish. He’s a tough, scrappy, steadily developing point guard prospect who seems to get better with each viewing. Schrage attacks the basket well and finishes or makes the proper pass to an open teammate. He...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Fall Finale/ Hoop State League (Oct 3)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Camden Edmonds (Winston 76ers)Camden seems poised for a break out year at West Stokes. After a quality freshman year on varsity, he looks ready to take the charge and lead as a sophomore. Well equipped with an offensive skillset to make shots from anywhere on the court, but he’s best at getting downhill and rising up to finish. He uses his length to adjust and stretch out...

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South Mecklenburg Advances to NCHSAA 4A Quarterfinals

On Thursday night, South Mecklenburg traveled to Hough in a NCHSAA 4A Sweet 16 matchup. South Mecklenburg entered the game with a 5-2 record, while Hough came in with a 7-2 record. Both teams have built a reputation for executing on the offensive end and playing great team basketball, so we knew it was going to be a great game to watch.

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Open Gym Report: Hough High School

Hough High School “Open Gym Report” Phenom Hoops travelled to Cornelius, North Carolina to cover Hough High School as part of our “Open Gym Tour.” To put it mildly, it will be tough and challenging season for coaches at every level during the COVID pandemic. That being said, look to Hough to be in the upper tier of the I-Meck 4A conference. Last season, Coach Jason Grube led Hough to an...

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