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A Closer Look: Phenom Hoops’ Rankings for North Carolina’s Class of 2023

It’s that time of year again. The high school season has nearly concluded and postseason play is set to begin very soon. As exciting as it is to chase and potentially win a state championship, the subsequent six months of travel ball will be the time for prospects to really shine. Whether positive or not, college coaches simply have more time and resources to properly evaluate (and offer) kids...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 2)

2022 DJ Nix (Cannon): Even in a loss, Nix was incredibly productive and just seemed to be everywhere on the court. No matter where you put him, Nix was able to create havoc and simply produce. He showed his full arsenal, creating for himself, getting to the basket to score, knocking down shots on all levels, and getting on the boards.  He finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, in one of...

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

2025 John Lash (Charlotte Christian): Hard to believe that this young man is only a freshman, as he plays more like a veteran on the court.  Really like his size and his motor on the floor, being assertive on the boards but also plays with such poise and touch.  Great frame already for his age, has a smart IQ in how to score around opponents, and has good touch with his shot. 2022 Logan Blair...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Ryan Bernardi #7: 6’0 ’23 Jaiden Thompson (Central Cabarrus) Starting things off, we look at a player who showcased a scrappy, high-motor presence throughout camp, Jaiden Thompson. He’s a tough, heady guard prospect with a nice feel and the ability to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Thompson is a quality three-point shooter, but also attacks the basket...

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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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North Carolina Top 80 All Star Team Class of 2023

Note: Players had to play in all three games ClassHeightNo.NameHigh SchoolCityState20236′2″17Jaylen CurryJ.L. ChambersCharlotteNC20236′5″43Truman ClaytorWord of GodErwinNC20236′5″37Isaiah WashingtonPine ForestFayettevilleNC20236′6″49Freddie DilioneWord of GodFayettevilleNC20236′0″6Chase DawsonCaryDurhamNC20236′0″8Jordan CooperWayne Country DayGoldsboroNC20236’6″48Dylan PurnellWord of...

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The Time Is Now: 2023 6’9 Donovan Raymond (West Charlotte)

The Hoop State League has brought us all a great chance to preview teams and see what these high schools’ teams will be working with this season.  One team that I was personally intrigued in watching was West Charlotte, as they have a few known names that will be taking the court. Getting another glimpse of them in action, gave us just yet another chance to watch 2023 6’9 Donovan Raymond. ...

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 2 of HoopState Fall League (West)

2025 Tayeshaun Smith (Team 1 of 1): Smith is a young prospect that should have more eyes his way, especially with the activity level he has in the paint and on the boards.  Smith does an exceptional job in getting on the boards, creating extra opportunities, and showing his ability to get to the line. He is a young, strong, 6’8 forward that plays with a great motor and effort down low. 2025...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: Team United 2023

July is going to be fun, especially with Phenom Hoops.  That is why we are getting just a small head-start on the teams and players that will be in attendance for the Summer Havoc.  Here, we look to preview just a few names to watch for throughout the weekend in Rock Hill, with many others stepping up their game in front of college coaches. Team United 2023 Size, on top of size, on top...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Phenom Summer Showcase (Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 5’11 2025 Cayden Martin (Piedmont Classical HS 15U)  Cayden is a conscienceless scorer with consistent mechanics on his jumpshot. His confidence and general maturity for his age gives him a mental advantage Active hands defensively, shows all the signs of a player who will one day be an important piece for PCHS.  2024 6’0 JJ Fullwood (Greensboro Day JV)  JJ plays the game...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Summer Showcase (Day 1, Part 1)

2026 6’4 Kendre Harrison (CSB 2026): Harrison is a young big that captures your eye with his frame and body early on.  You also have to like his solid hands at an early age, Harrison can really make a presence known down in the paint and it will be interesting to watch him develop down the road. A new name to put on the watch list. 2025 Trevor Best (NLPB): Best is going to be a name that you...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Showcase

6’3 ’24 Austin Swartz (CB Hoops) Although CB Hoops is fairly balanced as a group, Swartz was arguably their most reliable performer throughout their first contest of the day. Between his IQ, size, and well-rounded skillset, he understands how to consistently affect all facets of the game. Swartz displays a pretty advanced feel for his current age, and should only continue to get better with...

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College Coaches, Team United 2023 has the talent you are looking for

The Phenom Queen City Showcase was simply off the charts. The amount of talent of all levels was exceptional, along with the competition.  There was one team that, personally, I couldn’t wait to watch and they certainly proved themselves.  Team United 2023 EYBL is one that college coaches, of ALL levels including high-majors everywhere, should be watching all summer long. First off, if you are...

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Deserving More Attention: Prospects in North Carolina’s 2023 Class

The class of 2023 in North Carolina is going to be an exciting one and fans are already talking about much of the talent.  You already hear some of the top names from around the state, playing on a national scene day in and day out, but many don’t realize just how deep this class could be and the amount of talent.  I’m going to look at six players (and there could be several more names...

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Phenom Game Report: Vance vs. West Charlotte

A highly-anticipated matchup in the Charlotte area, as public schools were getting back on the court.  West Charlotte, who came in with one loss to North Meck, welcomed in undefeated Vance on Thursday night.  Both teams brought a lot of talent to the court and it looked to be a battle in Mecklenburg County.  West Charlotte though came out strong, picking up and putting pressure on Vance with a...

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