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Commitment Alert: 2022 Chase Lowe heading to William and Mary

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: Chase LoweClass: 2022Committed to: William & Mary What Was Said by Phenom...

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What More Do Coaches Want from Chase Lowe? 

Alright folks, it’s time we sit down for the umpteenth time and openly discuss the travesty that is Chase Lowe’s recruitment. Before we delve into the specific details of the situation, we must genuinely ask, “what more does he need to do or prove?” Yeah, the transfer portal. Whatever. It’s becoming really tired and played out at this point. Do coaches not understand that every team...

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The Most Under-Recruited Prospects in North Carolina

Being overlooked is a definite possibility within the grassroots scene. Whether by scouts, spectators, or college coaches, plenty of worthy prospects have been brushed aside through no fault of their own. It’s not uncommon, but it is disheartening. Understandably, there are more scholarship-worthy kids than available scholarships to offer, but there still seems to be some disconnect. It’s...

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Who Will Claim North Carolina’s Gatorade POY Honors? Class of 2022 Candidates

The debate surrounding Gatorade Player of the Year candidates returns every single year. Each group has their own list of evidence to support their specific player. While various guys within the independent school ranks would be in contention for this noteworthy award, everyone knows that the committee does not recognize these programs when selecting. So, before asking why there are no...

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Top Unsigned Public-School Seniors in North Carolina

Given the shift into the new calendar year, this period always serves as a meaningful time for prospects and college coaches alike. On one hand, these high school seniors have already gotten somewhat of a feel for how their recruitment is going to unfold during the second half of the season. Most kids are still in the process of fielding offers and accumulating opportunities while college...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom Holiday Classic

2022 Marcus Kell (Legion Collegiate): I will have to say this, Western Carolina seems to have gotten them a steal, and can’t wait to see what he is able to do at the next level. Really tough to match up with a 6’8 prospect with one of the smoothest shots around, stepping in and showing his range, but also being effective in all areas and helping on the boards.  Simply uses his size to his...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Holiday Classic

6’1 ’22 Brandon Morgan (Forsyth Country Day) Although one could pick a variety of standouts for this Forsyth Country Day squad, Morgan is definitely deserving of recognition for what he brings to the table. He’s a long, wiry off-guard prospect with an understanding of how to maximize his role on both ends of the floor. Morgan is a terrific shot-maker, especially of the catch, and primarily looks...

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Weddington vs Ardrey Kell Game Summary

Phenom Hoops travelled to Ardrey Kell to cover one of the premier high school early season matchups. Weddington is coached by Gary Ellington and led them to their first ever NCHSAA 3A state championship last season. Year in, year out, Ardrey Kell is considered one of the top teams in the area and is coached by Mike Craft. Coach Gary Ellington and Coach Mike Craft are outstanding high school...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Kyree Bethel #13: 6’1 ’24 Jermaurhiyun Anderson (Quality Education) Starting things off, we look a player who should be among the top new additions to the state, Jermaurhiyun Anderson. He’s a tough, heady guard prospect with a strong penetration sense and the ability to consistently finish or make plays within the paint. Anderson absorbs contact well, sets up others as needed,...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Havoc Session 1 (Day 1) (Part 3)

2022 Dontavius Paige (Ace Elite): Paige is a smaller guard but a quick one, making decisive reads and decisions on the floor and showing a nice blend of scoring ability on multiple levels of the floor.  He continues to play strong with the ball, knowing when to create for himself or to get others involved in the action. 2022 Chase Lowe (CC Elite): One can see why D1 schools are coming his...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: CC Elite 2022

July is going to be fun, especially with Phenom Hoops.  That is why we are getting just a small head-start on the teams and players that will be in attendance for the Summer Havoc.  Here, we look to preview just a few names to watch for throughout the weekend in Rock Hill, with many others stepping up their game in front of college coaches. CC Elite 2022 2022 7’0 Patrick Wessler...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom MDC (Day 1)

2023 Emanuel Richards (Upward Stars 3SSB 2023): Richards continues to show his production on the floor, as I believe he is one of the more underrated prospects in the state of South Carolina for his class.  Every time he comes out, he makes an impact on the floor.  Before, he did an incredible job in getting downhill and finishing through contact and he continues to do so, but you can...

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Beyond Underrated and Underrecruited: Class of 2022 from Phenom G3 Showcase

At the Phenom G3 Showcase, it really started to come to light how these three players are some of the more underrated and underrecruited players in the state for the Class of 2022. 2022 6’5 Chase Lowe, 2022 6’1 Xavier McKelvy, and 2022 6’5 Karon Boyd all bring something unique to the floor with their game but one thing they all have in similarity… production.

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Player Standouts at Phenom G3 Showcase

6’5 ’22 Chase Lowe (CC Elite) It would be extremely difficult for anyone who watched this contest to say anything other than positives in regards to Lowe. His leadership is evident through his seemingly nonstop all-around production. Lowe runs a team exceptionally well, and utilizes his playmaking and size advantage to cause a ton of matchup problems for opponents. He displays great defensive...

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2022 NC point guards that could see an uptick in their recruitment this summer (Part 2)

North Carolina’s class of 2022 brings a lot of intrigue and depth for college coaches, which is why there are a few players to really watch this summer and their recruitment, as they could see an uptick with their play. The point guard position is one area that has several players that could help a program down the road, which is why we are going to take a look at a few players that have slid under the radar or have been a little quiet coming into this summer but could really see more attention with the summer they put together. Check out Part 2 of our list of players to watch.

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Trending Upward: Five Obvious Targets for College Coaches

With the travel ball season in full swing, it’s only appropriate that we take a closer look at some notable targets across the state. Usually, countless offers are being thrown around at every turn. However, majority of programs have opted to hold onto their scholarships for as long as possible and ultimate play the waiting game with the Class of 2022. Although coaching staffs are moving and...

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Showing his feel for the game: 2022 Chase Lowe (CC Elite/ Weddington)

It is all about opportunities for players, especially with what has been going on over the past year or so outside of basketball. This past weekend, coming into the weekend in Rock Hill, there was one player that was going to be interesting to watch in 2022 6’5 Chase Lowe for CC Elite.  Why? He was playing in some terrific showcase games against high-major talent to start his tournament...

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Special K’s Superstars from Phenom Grassroots TOC

This weekend, Phenom Hoops took it to the great city of Rock Hill to host the Phenom Grassroots Tournament of Champions. Teams from all over the country came to participate and college coaches were in attendance. The talent level was through the roof, and these are the top players that I saw: 6’2 Jaden Bradley of Team CP3 17U was perhaps the most impressive player in the gym. Sometimes when...

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Weddington wins NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Phenom game report: NCHSAA 3A state championship game Weddington vs. Northwood By Johnathan Kirkland The first of the NCHSAA state championship games on Saturday featured the 3A game between Weddington and Northwood. Weddington came into the game undefeated at 17-0 and Northwood was 14-2. It was a great game to start the day that stayed close throughout before Weddington pulled away in the final...

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Phenom Game Report: Weddington vs. Central Cabarrus

The playoffs continued on Thursday night throughout North Carolina, as we checked in at Weddington as they welcomed in a tough Central Cabarrus. However, Central Cabarrus had their work cut out for them, as they had a big task in taking down one of the favorites on their home floor.

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Start Recognizing: Weddington proving they are one of the top teams in the state

Head coach Gary Ellington seems to be having the Warriors rolling along once again this season and to put it simply, they have proven they are one of the top teams in the state.  The winning ways shouldn’t come as any surprise, as this program and team have been playing quite some time together and are very familiar with each other. They showed it over and over again this fall as CC Elite...

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Player Profile: 6’4 2022 Chase Lowe

The last ten months have been absolutely crazy for travel and high school basketball between the constantly changing Covid protocols, kids infecting others, and cities/states being shut down for extended periods of time. We can pretend that everyone is at an equal disadvantage this season, but folks can easily see know how public-school programs are having much more difficulty overall than the...

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Big, athletic point guard: 2022 Chase Lowe (Weddington)

A player that has continued to produce and could be in for another big year, 2022 Chase Lowe brings a unique game to the floor.  Helping lead Weddington to a 22-8 overall record last year, Lowe led the charge with 16.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.4 steals per game, filling up the box score on a nightly rate. It was a slight improvement from his freshman campaign and he is...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Patrick King A foreword from Coach King: “This team was absolutely STACKED. I was blown away with how coachable, cohesive, and team-centric these guys played. Every single one of them bought into the unselfish brand we wanted to play, and our bench was live the entire day. It seemed repetitive to mention their coachability in every blurb, so I’ll say it about all of them right off...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Early Standouts

Chase Lowe 6’4 Kheni Briggs 2022 of The Wonders Varsity was very impressive in his first game today. His unique ability to balance creating for his teammates and scoring was something to be intrigued by. Offensively, his overwhelming ability to attack the rim and covert through contact was on full display. The part of his game that really stood out to me was his ability to really pass the ball...

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CC Warriors: Proving their Ability

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled down to the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for another exciting weekend of basketball. We’ve seen a lot of teams over the past month and the CC Elite organization has been on full display throughout the process. At our Phenom Stay Positive, they constructed a Weddington-based group that certainly outperformed expectations with their...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts at Stay Positive

6’0 Brock Bowen of CC Warriors 17U is an elite shooter. Very efficient and shoots the ball from three with a very high percentage. Has a quick smooth stroke that allows him to get his shot off with very little space; doesn’t force anything and takes really smart shots. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for his teammates. Plays within the offense and is someone who can...

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Noteworthy Storylines for Phenom Summer Havoc: Team Curry Preparing for Battle

Right now, there are various opinions about the “who’s who” of grassroots basketball—specifically within North Carolina. Throughout the summer, Team Curry has been at the forefront of those conversations due to their crossroads between success and a roster full of appealing prospects. This upcoming weekend, their 16U group will be in attendance at our Summer Havoc and should have the opportunity...

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