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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Feeling Sensitive? Don’t Take it Personally.

The grassroots basketball scene is so incredibly unique, as it highly differs from that of most professional industries. Its combination of young prospects and grown adults make for an enlightening experience. Although the two groups are completely separate, it’s interesting to examine their contrasting qualities. Most kids and young prospects are somewhat expected to have hints of immaturity....

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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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Cox Mill brings depth and college-level players to the table once again

Phenom Hoops has had a chance to get out during the month of June as teams have been participating in several teams’ camps and during the live period.  One event that Phenom attended was the Catawba Team Camp, bringing in several teams from around the region and giving us an early look at what each program has to offer. Scrolling down the list of teams attending the camp, Cox Mill was...

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Gaston Day ready to make some noise this upcoming season

Phenom Hoops has had a chance to get out during the month of June as teams have been participating in several teams’ camps and during the live period.  One event that Phenom attended was the Catawba Team Camp, bringing in several teams from around the region and giving us an early look at what each program has to offer. Gaston Day was yet another program that we had marked down to check...

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“Getting to Know” 6’3 2024 Austin Swartz

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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Markdown the young talent at West Rowan as ones to watch

Phenom Hoops has had a chance to get out during the month of June as teams have been participating in several teams’ camps and during the live period.  One event that Phenom attended was the Catawba Team Camp, bringing in several teams from around the region and giving us an early look at what each program has to offer. West Rowan is coming off an impressive 15-2 season last year but when...

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Central Cabarrus not looking to slow down any time soon

Phenom Hoops has had a chance to get out during the month of June as teams have been participating in several teams’ camps and during the live period.  One event that Phenom attended was the Catawba Team Camp, bringing in several teams from around the region and giving us an early look at what each program has to offer. One of the first teams that we sat down to watch was Central Cabarrus,...

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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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Player Standouts from the NCISAA Live Period

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Jake Chisholm (Durham Academy) Jake was hot in both games he played Sunday. Started out the morning with 5 threes against HPCA, simply couldn’t be left alone. Also showed the ability to create off the dribble and finish through contact. Kept his rhythm going in game 2 with 10 straight points to start out, definitely a lethal spot up threat 2023 Isaiah Sanders (High Point...

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Player Standouts from NCHSAA Live Period

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Richard Goods (Ben L Smith) I’ve been impressed with Richard every time I’ve seen him. He’s already had a strong spring playing with Carolina Clutch and went right to work this weekend with Smith. The clear workhorse and rim protector for his team, it’s nice to see the game run through a post for a change with basketball being so guard oriented these days. Richard finished...

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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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Guard play will be intriguing to watch at Gaston Christian

Phenom Hoops headed down to the Myers Park Summer League recently, getting a glimpse of some of the talent that will be around the Charlotte area this upcoming season.  It was a fantastic event by Myers Park and was live-streamed by The Hoop State, as we uncovered some storylines to watch. Gaston Christian was one of a few programs in action that we got to watch and even though this may not be...

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Could it be a season to remember for JL Chambers?

As mentioned before in other articles, Phenom Hoops was posted up at the Myers Park Summer League, a 4-day event that brought several schools around the Charlotte area all under one roof and was live-streamed by The Hoop State Network. Giving us an early glimpse into what some of the teams may look like next season, one team, in particular, could be in for a big year.  JL Chambers, formerly...

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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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Phenom Recruitment: 2023 Scotty Middleton adds another offer; Talks first Big Ten offer

Phenom Hoops continues to bring you the latest recruiting news around the country, talking to players to learn the latest in what has been going on with them. We recently spoke with 2023 Scotty Middleton as he has now picked up a few new offers, including his first Big Ten offer. Check out the latest in what he had to say.

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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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Phenom Recruitment Update: 2023 Tre Norman (Worcester Academy)

Phenom Hoops continues to bring you the latest recruiting news around the country, talking to players to learn the latest in what has been going on with them. We recently spoke with 2023 Tre Norman from Worcester Academy/BABC, as he has added multiple offers lately to his resume. Check out the latest in what he had to say.

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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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