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Freshly Departed Prospects from North Carolina

Player movement has become a common practice within the overall grassroots landscape, and the prospects within North Carolina are no exemption. Whether for exposure, playing opportunities, or something different, guys have found ways to maneuver around various obstacles within the high school scene. The development of programs like Link Year Prep and Vertical Academy have followed somewhat in...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2022 5’11 Cedrek Mangum (Charlotte Guards) Cedrek has proven his toughness to me time and time again this weekend, establishing himself as a reliable scoring guard at his height. Magnum was effective from beyond the arc, knocking down the three-ball consistently and forcing the defense to focus on him. 6’0 2023 Derek Bradley Jr. (Gamechangers/Westminster Catawba)  Coming to...

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Noah’s Hoopers from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 2)

By: Noah Hooper 5’9 2023 Jake Baker (Riptide 2023 SC) Playing a key role on a very well-coached Riptide team, Baker showed me flashes of being able to play at the next level this morning. The first thing Baker showed me is that he has the ability to play off two feet and stop on a dime as he caught my eye with a nice finish through contact in transition. He also shot the ball at a reliable clip...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Grind

5’9 ’23 Jake Baker (Carolina Riptide) Although the Riptide consistently stands out as one of the more balanced squads on display, Baker absolutely erupted for a scoring explosion in this contest. He always finds opportunities through his quality defense and willingness to make hustle plays, but seemed to convert anything he attempted. Baker hit spot-up jumpers, attacked closeouts, and finished...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1, Part 3)

2023 Trey Green (Team EAT): Green came through Rock Hill and once again showed why he is a hot target for so many schools and that should only continue to grow.  Green’s game is absolutely mesmerizing at times, as he plays with such great pace, quick handles, change of direction, and has a high-major feel for how to operate on the floor.  He is and has been one of my favorite players...

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INTERVIEW: 2023 Trey Green Makes the MOVE to Link Year + Breaking the Top 100 + Recruitment Update!

2023 Trey Green is one of the top point guards in the state of North Carolina. He is looking and already has had a tremendous summer as far as recruitment, as he talks about the latest offers and interests. Green also talks about his transfer to his new school and breaking the Top 100 rankings.

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Bendel’s Best: Champion Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina to kick-off the loaded month of July. The two-day event featured various teams preparing for the upcoming LIVE periods, which naturally made for some exciting competition and noteworthy standouts. Let’s take a closer look at some personal favorites… 6’5 ’22 Brayden Baker (Atlanta...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Champion Showcase

5’11 ’23 Kennard Davis (Team Charlotte) Although Team Charlotte always seems to have a balanced approach, Davis regularly shined as a two-way floor general for this group. He’s slightly undersized but still knows how to harass and overwhelm opposing guards defensively at the point of attack. Davis does a terrific job of probing the defense, touching the paint, and making smart decisions with the...

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Division I talent everywhere you look for Team Charlotte 2022

It is an easy statement to make but one that you can say almost every year… Team Charlotte 17u is absolutely LOADED with talent that will have college coaches flocking their way.  Phenom Hoops got a chance to watch them start the travel ball season at the Queen City Showcase.  This is a team coached by Derius McInnis, who has done an outstanding job with this group over the years.  When diving...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Queen City Showcase Day 2 (Part 2)

2022 Tim Vaughn (Chattanooga Elite): Vaughn brings the blend of size at 6’5 but can really operate in several areas of the floor. Can battle down low but also step out and stretch the floor. Liked his overall impact as well on the boards. 2022 Amare Pearson (Team Wall): Pearson was sensational on Day 2, scoring consistently, attacking the rim and finishing strong.  Put down several...

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POB’s Eye Catchers (Day 2, HoopState Championship/PG Nationals) Part 2

2021 Jordan Wildy (WS Christian): Wildy has been incredibly consistent so far throughout the HoopState Championship, as he brings such a unique versatility to the court with his outside threat from three, his length and size to be able to battle and get on the boards, and his feel around the basket to finish over defenders. Very strong performance so far. 2022 Gerasim Bordin (WS Christian): A...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Bull City vs. NC Storm

Bull City Prep National 2022 6’3 LJ Thomas One look at his current college offers and you will see why Thomas tops the list from the first round game in the Hoop State Championship. Thomas poured in 28 points in Bull City’s win and was just as impressive dishing the ball and getting up and down the court. Early on Thomas was a man possessed and the NC Storm couldn’t do much of anything to stop...

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POB’s Eye Catchers (Day 1, HoopState Championship) Part 3

2022 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights): The growth that Jamison has made in showing that he can be a complete point guard.  He continues to do an impressive job in staying aggressive and getting into the paint but also scoring the ball with good, high quality shots.  Plays incredibly strong with the ball and finishes well with his body. 2021 Isaac Farah (Liberty Heights): Really do...

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Combine Academy vs Lake Norman Christian

In the game that everyone has been eagerly anticipating all year, Lake Norman Christian traveled to Lincolnton to take on Combine Academy on Tuesday night. With two of the top rated sophomores in the nation, the basketball community wanted to see Mikey Williams vs Robert Dillingham. While these two young prospects were the headline, each team was filled with several talented players and coaches...

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Lake Norman Christian v. High Point Christian

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to High Point Christian in High Point, North Carolina for another quality matchup between a pair of talented opponents. The Cougars entered this game as slight underdogs, but both teams came in with something to prove. On the other side, the Storm of Lake Norman Christian has found some consistency within their overall structure. The stage was set, and...

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Lake Norman Christian beats Victory Christian in thrilling overtime game

Lake Norman Christian beats Victory Christian in thrilling overtime win Lake Norman Christian 60Victory Christian 57 Lake Norman Christian travelled to Victory Christian and came away with a thrilling 60-57 overtime win. This was supposed to be a home game for Lake Norman Christian, but a broken backboard moved the game to Victory Christian. Earlier in the month, Victory Christian beat Lake...

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INTERVIEW: 2023 Trey Green on NEW School/Teammates + Talking Improvements in HIS GAME!

Tyler Lewis from Phenom Hoops sits down for another fantastic interview, this time with a fast-rising 2023 prospect in North Carolina in Trey Green from Lake Norman Christian. He discusses what it has been like at his new program, playing with his new teammates, and where he has improved with his game. Make sure to subscribe to the Phenom Hoops YouTube channel for more interviews and highlights.

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Battle at the Rock – Saturday Session 2 Standouts

Game 1           Combine Academy 76          Blythewood 45 Robert Dillingham    6’2       2023    (Combine Academy) Every single time Dillingham steps on the floor, he is nothing short of electric. The quick, shifty guard is a big-time shot maker who can get going at any moment. He has a unique ability to create off the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Battle at the Rock (Day 2)

2021 Bryce McGowens (LEC): McGowens looked strong once again, showing his full arsenal from the perimeter like he has shown countless times but also getting to the rack.  His blend of length, skillset, and versatility on the floor is highly impressive. 2021 Tay Burton (Byrnes): Though he was undersized, Burton played extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He had to go up against bigger...

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TLEW’S Takeaways “November Classic”

TLEW’s Takeaways “November Classic” Dangerous Duos Northside Christian – (Glynn Hubbard & Wesley Tubbs III) These two guys are really dangerous. When the lights are on these two show up and play the game with a lot of energy and passion. Over the past two weekends they have played a lot of great competition. These two have fit right in.  Glynn Hubbard – He is a smooth guard who...

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POB’s Tidbits: Lake Norman Christian vs. Oak Hill

Phenom Hoops was excited to tune into ESPN 2 to watch Lake Norman Christian travel to Oak Hill in a game loaded with talent. Both teams battle throughout the game, but it was Oak Hill that came away with the home win. But here are a few of our thoughts from the game.

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Gary Hall #0: 5’9 ’23 Trey Green (Lake Norman Christian) Starting things off, we look at one of the most complete floor generals throughout North Carolina, Trey Green. He’s a smart, decisive, extremely well-rounded point guard prospect with an incredible understanding of how to run a team on both ends of the floor. Green offers a strong balance between playmaking and...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Lake Norman Christian

A new North Carolina Power has been established at Lake Norman Christian School with a bevy of in-state and out of state talent making their way to the school for what should be an incredibly exciting season. Last week Head Coach Mason Padgett was nice enough to let my stop by and check practice out. Let’s take a look at this loaded roster! 6’3 2023 Mikey Williams Mikey is one of the most famous...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: NC/SC Top80 Standouts

Christ Essandoko 6’11 Christ Essandoko 2022 was unbelievable today as he showcased his dominance on the offensive end scoring in a wide variety of ways. His presence in the paint is so overwhelming as he scores at will around the basket and overpowers his defender. He rebounds the ball at a very high level and runs the floor pretty well. He showcased a unique ability to attack from the high post...

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