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Elevating their Game: 2025 NC Stockrisers

The Class of 2025 here in North Carolina is certainly interesting and is developing quite nicely, but there are a few guys that have stuck out in my head so far this season with their play. They have elevated their play and, in my eyes, have seen their stock rise since the start of the season. Again, this is purely in the eyes of the writer and has nothing to do with rankings. But here are a few...

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2025 JD Bowden (UFCA) seeing his stock rise

Year after year, we continue to see players that elevate their game and play, taking their game to another level than years past. One player that we have been watching carefully this season and have seen his game elevate from last year has been 2025 point guard JD Bowden at United Faith. This season, Bowden has been averaging 15.7ppg, 4.1rpg, and 7.1apg in just under 27 minutes of action,...

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Phenom Hoops Player Profile:'JD Bowden

Height: 6'1 Class: 2025 School: United Faith Travel Team: Team Curry What Was Recently Said: It seems like numerous guys always stand out for this United Faith squad, and Bowden is usually among that group. Given his significance as a ball-handler and overall creator, it's easy to see why. Bowden is a great playmaker with the ability to get downhill, touch the paint, and...

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Point Guards Leading the Charge: Phenom MDC

2026 Cameron Newman (Team Charlotte) Newman continues to shine as a young rising point guard here in North Carolina, and the future looks bright for him.' Not only is he used to playing up against older players, but he also understands how to lead a team.' Newman isn't afraid of the bright lights, elevating his play to lead the charge, create his own scoring opportunities, and also knowing how...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Anthony Morrow Shootout

6'8 '23 Patrick Tivnan (Charlotte Catholic) Although there are plenty of unsigned seniors on display, Tivnan is likely the best big man available across the state. He's very skilled with the blend of touch, footwork, and perimeter shooting to cause a ton of problems for opponents. Tivnan prefers to operate from the block, but can also be featured from the high post or atop the key. He's tougher...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Anthony Morrow

2023 Patrick Tivnan (Charlotte Catholic): It was good to see the big man back in action; knowing what to expect with his game, he just sent a reminder of how dynamic he can be with his skillset. The 6’8 senior continues to show how poised he is on the court, displaying tremendous footwork and ability to create his own shot, stretch the court with his outside game, and using his frame to...

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New Names to Learn: George Lynch Invitational

What a weekend of basketball it was at the George Lynch Invitational presented by Phenom Hoops, as basketball fans were treated to some terrific basketball from teams around the region. Several players really elevated their play and we were able to learn a few more names that should be on the radar for so many. Below are a few players that really impressed and made a name for themselves. Sean...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from George Lynch Invitational (Day 1)

2024 Sean Birmingham (Cannon): Getting another chance to view the 6'8 forward and it has now been two games that he has impressed with his ability to be useful in stepping out and showcasing his fluid shot-making ability from the perimeter, but also making plays on the boards, creating and making good decisions/passes, and using his size to his advantage. He can really be a big matchup though...

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Phenom Open Gym: United Faith

United Faith has been a traditional basketball program at the NCISAA 1A level. Last season, they once again won another state championship and this year's team looks poised for a repeat. First year head coach Darion Holloway, known as 'Coach D,' has plenty to be excited about. Coach D has been with the program for four years and served as the associate head coach for the past three years. Upon...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom G3 Showcase

6'5 '23 Bryce Cash (Team Curry) There are so many quality pieces within this talented Team Curry group, but Cash is quietly as valuable as anyone on the roster. We've seen him shine as an undisputed leader on plenty of occasions, but there's something particularly impressive about his ability to produce within a role. Cash is a smart, strong, athletic guard with excellent toughness, defensive...

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