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Hoop State Fall League (West) Standouts (Week 1) (Part 2)

2024 Desmond Kent (NC Vikings): What a year or so it has been for Kent, and Phenom Hoops is just waiting for everyone else to catch on!  Kent has really seen his game evolve and it seems like he continues to show how dynamic he can be. His ability to score continues to improve but also shine, along with his confidence.  Kent is a matchup nightmare at his length and is showing he can be used in...

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Central Cabarrus “Poised for a Repeat”

Phenom Hoops traveled to Concord, North Carolina to cover the defending NCHSAA 3A state champion, Central Cabarrus. Charlotte, Elon, and UNCG were in attendance for open gym. Last season, Central Cabarrus ran the table and finished 32-0 to cap off the perfect season. The year before, Central Cabarrus lost in the NCHSAA Western Regional to the eventual NCHSAA 3A state champion, West Charlotte....

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The Summer of Perfection: BSA Supreme

The idea of being “perfect” in athletics is far from common. Outside of the NCAA, there has only been one truly undefeated season (1972 Miami Dolphins) in the history of sports. College dynasties don’t really fall under the same umbrella, as their ability to stockpile talent and thwart opponents with a revolving door of more-talented players makes the competitive superiority less impressive....

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Having a Strong Summer: Class of 2024 (NC) (Part 2)

2024 Jullien Cole (Richmond): Cole has only continued to improve and it seems that more people are taking notice. From when we first wrote about him over a year ago (Click Here) to where he is today, Cole has continued to showcase how effective he can be on the court. He looks bigger and stronger, showing more of his ability to knock down shots from outside, his ability to create and make strong...

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Defending The Title: Central Cabarrus Looking to Repeat

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Rise in Advance, North Carolina for our annual Team Camp. This event always serves as a kickstart to June, as players go back to their respective high schools and prepare for the upcoming Live periods. There’s usually a fair number of takeaways but it’s also easy to get carried away or overexcited by the sheer change of pace from travel ball....

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Will BSA Supreme Remain Undefeated?

Through the first month, the travel ball season has been full of exciting matchups, subplots, and individual performances. It’s always fun to see who emerges as the biggest threat within the state and, while it’s usually considered a shoe-circuit squad, it seems as though BSA Supreme has clearly asserted itself as the team to beat. Why? Well, they have yet to lose a single game. They’ve beaten...

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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 Summer Finale

6’4 ’24 Desmond Kent (Crossover Elite) Although there were numerous contributors for Crossover Elite, Kent really shined as a leader on both ends of the floor. He’s long, mobile, and fairly skilled, but truly just beginning to harness his long-term upside. Kent is a steady rebounder, quality finisher, reliable shot-altering presence who runs the floor well and can knock down jumpers at a...

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