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Phenom Open Gym: Concord Academy

Head Coach Frank Cantadore is one of the most underrated coaches in the state, regardless of class or affiliation. Year after year, Coach Cantadore will play the toughest schedule, bar none! He isn’t afraid of the challenge and views the toughest teams as an opportunity for his team to improve and get better. Case and point, Concord Academy had a losing record heading into the NCISAA state...

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Commitment Alert: Winthrop secures commitment from 2023 Noah Van Bibber

Each and every time Phenom Hoop Report gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player. Here is the latest commitment. Player: Noah Van BibberClass: 2023Committed to: Winthrop What Was Said by Phenom...

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G3 Showcase Team Preview: Team Curry 17U

With the June and July Live Periods on the horizon, there’s no better time for teams to compete to gauge their ability against high-level opponents. Our G3 Showcase is slated to feature a heavy mix of independent organizations and shoe-circuit programs—so there should definitely be something for everyone in attendance. The circuit teams nearing their halfway point should ultimately...

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Prospects in the Class of 2023 Worthy of Offers

In order to skip any unnecessary formalities, we are going to assume you’ve been around long enough to know that the recruiting landscape is currently broken. Unless you are a transfer with college experience, your chances of receiving a scholarship from the appropriate level are extremely low. Only select high-major players are collecting offers, which allows mid-major programs to lurk in the...

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NCISAA Championship Previews

After a season full of anticipation, the wait is finally over. We’ve reached playoff time after the first (somewhat) normal season since everything crashed due to covid. Between teams playing full schedules and the decreasing amount of general hysteria throughout the country, folks clearly wanted basketball to return. While some restrictions (masks, testing, etc.) still remain in place, this...

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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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Offer-Worthy: Five Juniors Deserving of Scholarships

Although the recruiting landscape has drastically changed due to everything involved with Covid, the Class of 2023 has a chance to observe things returning back to normal. While they will still deal with an absolute bloodbath of a transfer portal and the aftermath of the NCAA rewarding an extra year of eligibility (both naturally creating positional logjams), it shouldn’t be...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Carmel Tip-Off (Day 2, Part 1)

2023 Collin Tanner (Wayne Country Day): After a 25-point performance on Day 1, Tanner came back strong once again on Day 2.  Not only did he rack up a double-double by halftime, but he continued to show just how effective he can be no matter where he is placed on the court. The 6’6 prospect can be a main ball-handler, run the offense, create for himself off the dribble, finish strong and through...

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Carmel Christan Tip-Off Storylines to Watch (Saturday, Nov. 13)

Phenom Hoops kicks off the season in a big way with the Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic, November 12-13, at Carmel Christian in Matthews/Charlotte, NC. We will be bringing some of the best teams around the region all under one building and of course, there are so many storylines to watch out for.

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Robinson #1: 5’8 ’26 Isaac Ellis (Moravian Prep) Starting things off, we look at a player who contributed nicely despite being the youngest camper on display, Isaac Ellis. He’s a young, wiry guard prospect with IQ, scrappiness, and as much shooting prowess as any player across the state. Ellis is small in stature but showcases a clear understanding of how to play to his...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2023 6’4 Noah Van Bibber (Concord Academy)

Player: Noah Van BibberSchool: Concord AcademyClass: 2023Height: 6’4 It looks to be an exciting upcoming high school season, especially with the talent around the state.  There are a few new talents though coming in that college coaches should be looking at quickly, as they have showcased early on that they can play at a high level.  One player that I’ve personally watched on a few occasions...

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New to Town: Week 1 Open Gym Tour

We spoke about players that could be in for a huge year during our Week 1 travels in our Open Gym Tour but it also brought us new names that will be making their mark here in North Carolina. Here, we have five players that should catch the attention of college coaches even more as well as implant their name here in North Carolina with some of the best. A few already hold offers but all should...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Concord Academy

Phenom Hoops hit the road again on Tuesday afternoon, first making a stop at Concord Academy.  Coach Cantadore has been a staple around the Charlotte area and in NC, bringing a team that fans and media outlets always watch out for each season and it doesn’t look any different this year. When breaking down their roster, let’s first look at the guards that will be leading the charge.  2024...

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NCISAA Team Camp Session 2: Underrated prospects/ New Names/ Teams that impressed (Day 1)

Phenom Hoops was on deck at Forsyth Country Day for the NCISAA Session 2 LIVE Period and it was great to see so many players in action playing in front of college coaches. Day 1 kicked off in what looked to be a terrific event, as we bring you a few underrated prospects, a few new names to learn, and which teams impressed us. Underrated Prospects: 2022 6’8 Sam Perez (Trinity Academy of Raleigh)...

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