SUMMER FINALE EVENT RECAPS

“Getting to Know” 6’0 2023 Jordan Cooper

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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Is Cinque Lemon the Most Underrated Prospect in North Carolina?

Although the word “underrated” is coined with regularity throughout the grassroots landscape, it still holds merit within the proper context. Underrated can specifically be aimed at one of two possible groups, college coaches or the general public. In regards to college coaches, it simply means a kid does not have the appropriate recruitment for their respective abilities. As far as the masses...

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“Getting to Know” 6’7 2023 Kahlif Barnes

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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“Getting to Know” 6’2 2025 Jerron Blackwell

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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The Next Potential Star of a Historic Program

Regardless of area, it seems like every high school program within North Carolina was previously home to some type of noteworthy athlete or famous celebrity. Well, imagine the list for a place like Grimsley High School—which was founded in 1899. Although the Whirlies have seen some incredible talents come through their school, like DJ Reeder and Travis Shaw, it seems like just as many noteworthy...

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Underrated Senior Prospects Worthy of Attention from College Coaches

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to cover the NCHSAA LIVE Periods at the Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina. There were a ton of notable prospects on display, and coaches watched accordingly. Although D2, D3, JUCO, and NAIA coaches have already been in the gym for quite a while, this was the first opportunity for Division I programs to lay groundwork following an...

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Ready to Collect Offers: Dawson McAlhany

The evaluation process in basketball tends to differ from one person to the next, and that’s perfectly fine. Most folks have their own individual preferences in what they want from players, whether defense, shooting, athleticism, or something completely different. Regardless, identifying a scholarship-worthy prospect really shouldn’t be too difficult of a task for anyone who closely follows...

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Is Jaylen Cross Emerging as a Top Prospect in 2024?

The Triad is consistently filled with some of the best athletes across North Carolina, which rings especially true in regards to the historic amount of basketball talent over the years. While the number of noteworthy players is encouraging, the competitive balance is also a massive part of what makes this area so entertaining to follow. Just look at a few examples over the last few years: Ahmil...

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Cox Mill

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Lake Norman

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Ardrey Kell

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Northwest Guilford

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Farmville Central

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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Prospects Worth Noting in North Carolina’s Class of 2024

Each year, the travel ball season is absolutely filled with storylines, subplots, and various different avenues for excitement. At this point, most folks have begun making their opinions heard regarding the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2024. While it’s probably too early to make any aggressive conclusions about rankings, or even offers, guys like Jarin Stevenson, Rakease Passmore,...

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Name to Watch: 2025 Dane Cassada (PSB Cassada)

Phenom Hoops gets to see a lot of players over the summertime during travel ball season.  One player that has caught my eye on multiple occasions and continues to be a name that pops up on the MVP list and as one of the top scorers for his team is 2025 Dane Cassada for PSB Elite.  I got to see him in person first at the Phenom Challenge, where he was off the charts in scoring the ball,...

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Introducing to North Carolina: 2022 6’5 Jayden Brewer

Each year, there seem to be new names that pop up in the state of North Carolina and Phenom Hoops likes to stay on top of it all and introduce everyone to these new players.  We have already introduced a few your way but we have another that will be a name to remember as well. 2022 Jayden Brewer recently announced that he will be coming to North Carolina and joining Combine Academy, as he...

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Northern Guilford

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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The Start of Something Special: NC Good Better Best Academy

Over the last five years or so, various sports-based programs and academies have become increasingly popular landing spots for transfers. While there are many examples throughout the region, but one could argue Combine Academy and Moravian Prep are the two main representatives in North Carolina. However, a new challenger has approached in Good Better Best Academy. Could they be the next major...

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What Does Jaydin Spillman to Calvary Day Mean?

Over the last few years, player movement has become somewhat of a commonality within the grassroots and high school scene. Hundreds of prospects opt to transfer in hopes of putting themselves in a better basketball situation, whether defined as expanded role, improved coaching, or something completely different. On the other side of things, these articles highlighting the positives surrounding...

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The Time Has Come: 2024 Austin Swartz (Cannon)

Head Roth and Cannon are coming off a state championship run and times look to be good.  Though they will be losing a tremendous talent in Jarvis Moss who will be heading to Stanford, we think it is officially time for many to start jumping on the 2024 Austin Swartz train before it is too late. Swartz is a 6’3 prospect that is going to quickly become a popular and well-known name throughout the...

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Piedmont Classical’s Core Becoming a Priority for College Coaches

Aside from the highest level of basketball, the concept of assembling a balanced core grouping of players seems to be more advantageous than building around a “star” or two. Again, the theory of accumulating as many stars as possible is clearly the best method to succeed in the NBA. That being said, folks should definitely be intrigued by Coach Johnnie Richardson and his blueprint over at...

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Top Players in North Carolina’s Class of 2023

Ranking prospects is an interesting method to try and encapsulate the fluidity of overall player movement. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who tend to form these ranking lists typically opt to make updates on a periodic basis rather than monthly or bi-weekly. Two important points need to be made. First (for those who oppose the aforementioned fluidity of rankings), all major “rankings”...

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Top Players in North Carolina’s Class of 2022

Ranking prospects is an interesting method to try and encapsulate the fluidity of overall player movement. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who tend to form these ranking lists typically opt to make updates on a periodic basis rather than monthly or bi-weekly. Two important points need to be made. First (for those who oppose the aforementioned fluidity of rankings), all major “rankings”...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Summer Showcase

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina for another exciting two-day stretch of basketball. There were over one hundred teams on display, including a few high school groups preparing for the upcoming LIVE periods, which ultimately led to quality competition. We saw various new faces, but also got updated viewings of countless prospects....

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Player Watch: 2025 6’2 Keenan Arcega-Whiteside

A young player to really keep an eye on in South Carolina could be 2025 6’2 Keenan Arcega-Whiteside.  If the last name sounds familiar, it should because he is the younger brother of NFL wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who is currently with the Philadelphia Eagles.  JJ was a star football player at Dorman high school and then moved on to Stanford before playing in the NFL. ...

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