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Final Thoughts from the #NCHSAALivePeriod

The new NCAA Live Period blew past all expectations and, most importantly provided a platform for a vast amount of talent to be displayed in front of dozens of college programs, but there are always improvements to be made in the future. Charlotte, North Carolina- What Year one did was brought in a lot of exposure, and offered the states best a legitimate chance to hoop in front of college...

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Brandon’s “Big Time Ballers” #NCHSAALivePeriod

A number of the top Public schools throughout the state gathered to battle it out at Queens University of Charlotte campus under the bright lights, teams are far from a finished product but this gives us something to build on.   Charlotte, North Carolina- There was a surplus of talent on display at every position in every grade cycle, colleges from far and wide at every level came out,...

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Coach Rick’s NC 2020 Biggest Stock Movers Part 2

Rankings are fluid by nature. There are many changes along with the way and adjustments are made based upon improvements by players and at times when we just miss out on a prospect. As players get older and we have more quality viewings of a player, rankings have a tendency to level out. We won’t get them all right all the time, but our track record over the years have been pretty darn good. In...

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Tommy’s Ten from JMAC Showcase (Part 1)

By: Tommy Michaels This weekend at the JMAC Showcase in Fort Mill, SC there was an immense talent pool ranging from 12U to 17U. I was stationed at Nation Ford High School and took in over 15 games throughout the weekend. Here are some of the standouts, in no particular order, that made an impression on me. Let’s get into it! Yaturi Bolton (6’4 2021 G – Lowcountry Bulldogs) Bolton’s length and...

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Team Charlotte Claims 17U Championship at Phenom’s JMAC Showcase

The final game of the day pitted Team Charlotte 17U up against the Greensboro Warriors in the 17U Blue Division Gold Championship game. 6’4 2021 G AJ Smith was tough to handle in this one as the sophomore playing up for Team Charlotte has a muscular build and can get hot from deep as he finished with 13 points. Team Charlotte dominated the first half thanks to some tough defense all around...

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Teams and players make good impressions on Day 1 of the JMAC Showcase

The first day of the Phenom Hoops JMAC Showcase was nothing short of electric.   High energy, high scores, and high crowd engagement added to the already competitive atmosphere.  In post-game interviews, many players confirmed that this is a high caliber tournament with tough teams and great opportunities for exposure.   A matchup worth noting Is the 17U showcase between the Juice All-Stars...

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#PhenomOpening: Miles Early Standouts

5’10 2021 Clay Hodges: Carolina Riptide Hodges is an incredibly smooth operator at the PG position, constantly willing his way into the teeth of the defense and making the right play.  He’s a tough competitor that is always willing to get his hands dirty if it means creating something positive for his team.  He and his backcourt mate Callahan Reed are always in sync with one another, making this...

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Kevin’s Player Standouts at NC Top 80

2020 #59 6’4 Ahmil Flowers (Greensboro) Ahmil is one of the most athletic kids in the state that nobody talks about. Flowers was a terror in transition and on the boards, he also has the potential to be a lockdown defender. Flowers does an excellent job of utilizing his body to navigate through traffic. Ahmil best basketball is ahead of him with his ability to fill the stat sheets up. #47 6’3...

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Open Gym Tour: North Mecklenburg High School

Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Huntersville, North Carolina to cover North Mecklenburg open gym. When one thinks of North Meck basketball, coach Duane Lewis comes to mind. He’s the fixture of the program. He attended and played at  North Meck. He has coached at North Meck for 20 years and has built a perennial powerhouse program. Last year, North Meck finished 27-2 and was returning the nucleus...

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