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Start Noticing More: Class of 2023 from #HoopStateLeague (West) (Part 2)

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 more players to look out for more and should be bigger priorities this upcoming high...

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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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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Zion McDuffie

Height: 6’4 Class: 2023 School: Butler Travel Team: Anthony Morrow Elite Freshman Season: N/A Sophomore Season: 8.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 2.1 BPG, 56% FG Junior Season: 17.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.7 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 50% FG What Was Recently Said (6/1/22): Although he was arguably Butler’s most productive all-around piece last season, McDuffie returns to assume even more...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Summer Finale (Day 1) (Part 2)

2025 Sadiq White (Elite 1): There is something special brewing with 2025 Sadiq White and if his trajectory continues to rise along with his game, there will be plenty of college programs lining up for him at the next level. Already knowing his is one of the most athletic prospects in the gym, you can see that he has only continued to add more pieces to his game with his jump shot, handles, and...

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Team Camp (Day 2)

2023 Jordan Butler (Christ Church): Butler came in as one of the top players at the event and has shown why all throughout, as he may be the most difficult matchup on the floor. At his 6’11 frame, along with his ability to operate around the paint, finish strong at the rim, or step out and be a true threat from outside, Butler has a lot to offer on the floor.  And no one was slowing his...

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Prospects in the Class of 2023 to Watch at Phenom Team Camp

This upcoming weekend, Phenom Hoops will host our annual June Team Camp at the Rise Indoor Facility in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. The event is slated to feature a talented mix of players and teams preparing for the month of July (in addition to the somewhat distant high school season), and this article will take a brief look at some of the prospects on display. We will first delve into some of...

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Expected Risers in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

After two long months of travel basketball, June is finally here. This period basically marks as the halfway point of the summer season, providing us with the perfect opportunity to review some of the breakout performers and ultimately make predictions going forward. Obviously, there have been more than just a handful breakout performers in North Carolina’s Class of 2023, but this article will...

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“Getting to Know” 6’4 ’23 Zion McDuffie

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Queen City Showcase (Part 2)

2025 Andrew Grimes (Raleigh Raiders): We told you about Grimes a while back and he continues to play at a high level and catch more eyes with his game and skill set as a young prospect.  The 6’7 forward has a great feel on the court, carving out space and playing big down in the paint and on the boards, but also surprising many with his ability to step out with his mid-range shot, his...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom Grassroots TOC

2025 Bryce Baker (Team Bond): If you don’t know the name Bryce Baker, you may want to start learning. The dual-sport athlete could be a player on the rise, whether it is in basketball or football.  On the court though, this is a young man that plays with a ton of confidence.  He doesn’t let the bright lights get to him, as Baker plays within himself and with what his team needs him to...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Grassroots TOC Day 1

2023 Kanye Nelson (York County Legends): Nelson came out strong and really put his name on the map out there to start his weekend.  He simply torched the nets, especially from three as he knocked down multiple threes without even hitting the rim.  He played confidently, showcasing his ability to knock down shots, create for himself at times, and attack in transition. 2023 Brock Rose (Team...

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Phenom Grassroots TOC Team Preview: Anthony Morrow Elite

The Phenom Grassroots TOC is this weekend in Rock Hill/Fort Mill, as it is the first LIVE Period with Phenom Hoops this season. The talent pool runs deep throughout and we want to give college coaches a leg up on who to watch and who will be in action. Here are a few players to check out for each team, presented by the head coach. Anthony Morrow Elite JJ Moore 5’102023 Point Guard Should...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Spring Tip-Off

6’8 ’23 Dejuan Sidney (Juice All-Stars) Commonly known for their slew of up-and-coming talent, it should come as no surprise to see Sidney as another name worth noting within the Juice All-Stars program. He’s a long, mobile forward/post prospect with nice length and an active motor. Sidney can finish as needed but doesn’t look to force the offensive action. He rebounds, blocks shots, and looks...

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Phenom Spotlight: 2023 Zion McDuffie (Butler)

Player: Zion McDuffieClass: 2023Height: 6’4School: Butler High School Every year, there are players that take the next step in their development, elevating their level of play.  One of those players this year has been 2023 6’4 Zion McDuffie at Butler high school.  The Bulldogs have been a competitive team this season and McDuffie has been one of the catalysts for his team.  After...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at Phenom Holiday Classic (Part 1)

2023 Riley Allenspach (Providence Day): The growth that we have seen in Allenspach has been impressive, as he continues to understand and use his body more and more to his advantage, while also becoming more fluid and stronger at his size.  One can see that he is becoming more active on his feet, as well as being active on the glass, and showing tremendous touch in the paint.  He...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #CHC12 (Day 1, Part 1)

2022 Joseph Serra (West Cabarrus): When his team was down, the senior stepped up in a big way to help his team get right back in the game and eventually take the lead.  Serra impacted the game on both ends, knocking down big shots from deep but also picking his spots to attack and score.  Also really liked his presence on the defensive end, playing scrappy defense and getting after his...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Butler

Phenom Hoops traveled out in the Charlotte area, this time to check in on Butler high school. Coming off a 4-5 season and going 3-4 in the Southwestern 4A, the Bulldogs are hoping they can build off from last season and make strides this upcoming season.  Let’s dive into what we saw in our latest open gym. Ty Black Butler will have a few intriguing names to watch for this season, first...

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