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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’11 Derrick Quansah

The state of North Carolina is blessed with an over abundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the collegiate level. In our unsigned senior spotlight, we want...

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Southwest v. Mount Tabor

On Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops traveled to Southwest Guilford to see the Cowboys host the Mount Tabor Spartans. There was an incredible amount of quality basketball on display, especially given the key matchups from this contest. Quest Aldridge is the heart and soul of this Tabor team, so we were excited to see how the Langleys handled him defensively. The first half was fairly close and left...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’3 Dhieu Deing

The state of North Carolina is blessed with an overabundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the collegiate level. In our unsigned senior spotlight, we want...

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Carmel Christian MLK Showcase: The Battle for Charlotte

Folks in the Charlotte area should be well-informed about Phenom’s Carmel Christian MLK Showcase, especially after releasing the schedule and revealing that two of the local powerhouses will be going head-to-head. We are referring to the matchup between Carmel Christian and Independence, which is certain to be full of excitement from start to finish. Both programs are headlined by high-level...

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Carmel Christian MLK Showcase: Battle of Contrasting Styles

This Saturday, Phenom Hoops is slated to travel to Carmel Christian in Charlotte, North Carolina for another terrific day of high school basketball. There are so many exciting stories and subplots throughout this upcoming event, but few that are more intriguing than the first evening matchup between Moravian Prep and Concord First Assembly. There’s no debating that these two teams are in the...

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Session II Player Standouts at Phenom’s City of Oaks Classic

Heritage: 6’6 ’21 Redford Dunton The wiry forward prospect was extremely useful today and continues to display promise on both ends of the floor. He can play three positions comfortably at the high school level and causes problems for opponents with his offensive versatility. Dunton has such an impressive array of scoring moves and counter moves. He’s still developing physically and should...

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Session I Player Standouts at Phenom’s City of Oaks Classic

Louisburg: 6’3 ’21 Elijah Jamison The point guard was simply exceptional during the opening contest of Phenom’s City of Oaks Classic. He displayed the ability to create space against any assignment and relentlessly scored the ball from all levels. Jamison has an excellent frame and absorbs contact really well on penetration chances. He also possesses an incredible feel for the game. There’s a...

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Northwest v. High Point Central

Phenom Hoops traveled to Summerfield, North Carolina for a terrific battle between Northwest Guilford and High Point Central. It was a great midseason test for both teams, as it featured phenomenal matchups and a lot of high-level basketball. Northwest entered this contest at 11-2 while High Point Central stood at 7-7. The Vikings have hit their stride and looked increasingly tough as the season...

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The Game of Intrigue: Ravenscroft vs. Athens Drive

This Saturday, Phenom Hoops will be traveling to Trinity Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina for our second annual City of Oaks Classic. We’ve reached our final preview in the series, but it’ll be exciting, as it’s going to have the potential to shut the gym down. These two teams share few similarities, but both squads have something to prove. Each team contains a senior committed to a Division I...

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An Absolute Bloodbath: Durham Academy vs. Granville Central

This Saturday, Phenom Hoops will travel to Trinity Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina for our second annual City of Oaks Classic. We’ve already previewed three of the five matchups, but this one could arguably be the most exciting game on tap. There’s going to be no shortage of talent or high-level basketball this weekend, as each of these ten teams is certainly worth viewing. Durham Academy...

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The Game of Unpredictability: Heritage vs. Word of God

In the basketball world, some things are simply impossible to predict, even when the odds are stacked in the opposite direction. That’s a big part of what makes this matchup so riveting. This game is going to be a must-see for basketball savants, as there are so many gems and diamonds in the rough within these two teams. So folks need to attend Saturday, as Phenom Hoops will be traveling to...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’0 PG John Michael Wright

The state of North Carolina is blessed with an over abundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the collegiate level. In our unsigned senior spotlight, we want...

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The Early Stages: Heritage IJN

The Heritage IJN squad from West Virginia first began playing organized basketball together in November at our National Showcase, where they had obvious chemistry issues and looked somewhat lost on the court—both individually and as a team. Since then, Coach Justin Dempsey has made strides with this group that many folks didn’t deem possible, especially this early into the process. They’ve dealt...

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Southern Durham Meets Elijah Jamison

This weekend, Phenom Hoops will host our second annual City of Oaks Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina. The field is absolutely brimming with talent and each game features an entirely new set of storylines. Yesterday, we wrote about the highly anticipated matchup between Holly Springs and the host team Trinity Academy, but one could truly argue that the opening matchup will make for the most...

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Battle of the Stars: Holly Springs v. Trinity Academy

Phenom Hoops’ City of Oaks Classic is set to be in Raleigh, North Carolina this upcoming weekend and will feature an unbelievable amount of talent within this five-game field. The hosting Trinity Academy squad should have their hands full with Holly Springs, a program that has emerged as one of the top public schools in the state. There’s going to be numerous high-level matchups at every...

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Blossoming Power Forward Calls it for the Catamounts

Over the last few years, it seems like more and more student-athletes are placing an increased emphasis on fit and relationship as opposed to forcing themselves to the highest possible level. That’s becoming a major part of how programs build success, as it cuts down on outgoing transfers and allows players to comfortably develop their game. It’s a contributing factor that has vaulted teams like...

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Reopening the Conversation for Top-Ranked Senior in North Carolina

The Hoopstate continues to reign supreme as one of the country’s top recruiting pipelines, and for good reason, with guys like Brandon Ingram, Bam Adebayo, Dennis Smith Jr., Harry Giles, Grant Williams, Coby White, and Devon Dotson all emerging within the last four to five years. Now, the senior class is arguably as top-heavy as ever and appears to be littered with potential star prospects at...

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Which Scoring Duo Will Emerge Victorious?

Tomorrow, Phenom Hoops will travel to Charleston, South Carolina for our second annual Low Country Showcase. This ten-team field features a ton of talent from the Carolinas and should be an exciting day of quality basketball competition. We’ve recently discussed some of the key matchups, from Berkeley versus Cardinal Newman to Sumter versus Porter Gaud, but the showdown between Christian Academy...

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Things Shaking Up North Carolina’s Class of 2020 Rankings

As we’ve stated before, rankings are subjective and meant to constantly change. Players are either improving, plateauing, or getting worse, simply put. That being said, two specific, currently unranked prospects are about to cause hysteria after vaulting themselves into the upper echelon for North Carolina’s Class of 2020. Both of these players absolutely belong in the top ten, but could...

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Unsigned Seniors Who Showed Out During the Holidays (Part Two)

The early signing period has come and gone, but an abundance of Division I prospects remain unclaimed from the Carolinas. Many of these guys made a noteworthy impression on college coaches throughout the holiday break and this article will take a closer look at some of the top standouts.   5’11 Mikey Dukes (First Baptist) What more is there to say about Mikey Dukes? At this point, it’s time for...

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Palmetto State Unsigned Seniors “Stock on the Rise”

Palmetto State Unsigned Seniors “Stock on the Rise” We have often stated, “South Carolina isn’t just a football state.” As a matter of fact, the Palmetto state is fast becoming a hotbed for basketball recruiting at the collegiate level and even the BLUE BLOODS have taken notice. In the 2018 class, Zion Williamson (Duke), Aaron Nesmith (Vanderbilt), Jimmy Nichols...

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Unsigned Seniors Who Showed Out During the Holidays

The early signing period has come and gone, but an abundance of Division I prospects remain unclaimed from the Carolinas. Many of these guys made a noteworthy impression on college coaches throughout the holiday break and this article will take a closer look at some of the top standouts.   6’5 Asanti Price (Keenan) The last calendar year has been a roller coaster for Asanti Price. He’s gone from...

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Hoop State Unsigned Seniors: Stock on the Rise

Hoop State Unsigned Seniors: Stock on the Rise   The state of North Carolina has a wealth of talent. The 2019 class is extremely deep. 38 prospects have already committed or signed with D1 schools while eight have committed or signed with D2 schools. Like every year, there is a tremendous amount of unsigned seniors going into new calendar year and this year is no exception. The month of December...

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Berkeley versus Cardinal Newman: Dunkfest or Shootout?

Yesterday, we talked about Ishan White and the intrigue that he’s bringing to the state of South Carolina. However, he’s going to have his hands full for the upcoming contest against Cardinal Newman during our Low Country Showcase this weekend in Charleston. These two teams play contrasting brands of basketball, so it’ll be particularly interesting to see which powerhouse program comes out on...

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Phenom’s Low Country Showcase to Feature South Carolina’s Best Hidden Gem

Every year, it seems that a new prospect miraculously emerges from the state of South Carolina. Just in the last three seasons, we’ve seen guys like Ja Morant, Aaron Nesmith, and Robert Braswell go from relative unknowns to must-have prospects. Now, Morant is set to be a lottery selection, Nesmith is preparing to breakout at Vandy, and Braswell is still just scratching the surface of his...

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South Carolina’s Most Explosive Players Preparing for Battle

Phenom Hoops’ Low Country Showcase continues to be a January staple in Charleston, South Carolina, and this field might be the best collection of talent yet. The slate is littered with noteworthy contests from top to bottom, but the most anticipated matchup will be between CJ Felder and Josiah James, as Sumter versus Porter Gaud will conclude the evening with a flurry of highlight plays. Though...

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Bendel’s Best: Chick-Fil-A Classic

Every year around the holidays, the city of Columbia hosts one of the biggest must-see events across the country in the Chick-Fil-A Classic. This year’s field is arguably the best in the event’s history, headlined by names like Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman, and Kyree Walker, among many others. This is also probably the best in-state group of teams since Zion Williamson shut down the gym and...

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Brandon Lee’s Frank Spencer Storylines PT 2

Day two was full of some surprises Parkland came out and made a statement last night, they wanted all the smoke with the higher seeded Phoenix.   Winston Salem, North Carolina- Both these programs and their staffs are very familiar with one other, the intensity level truly had the feel of a rivalry game. Two teams in very different positions, Parkland (4-3),  young and hungry, they were looking...

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Evening Standouts at Day Three of Phenom’s Porter Gaud Holiday Classic

First Baptist: 5’11 ’19 Mikey Dukes It might sound like a broken record, but Mikey Dukes is incredibly impressive and absolutely possesses the necessary ability to be a high-level Division I basketball player. He’s an elite athlete with a terrific two-way skillset. Dukes is able to get by opposing guards with ease, which allows him to make an abundance of plays inside the paint–both for...

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Early Standouts at Day Three of Phenom’s Porter Gaud Holiday Classic

Liberty Heights: 6’4 ’20 Christian Koonce One could argue that Koonce was Liberty Heights’ most important contributor during their contest against Greenville Tech Charter. He scored the ball very efficiently from all levels and made one big shot after another when they desperately needed it. Koonce was especially lethal from beyond the arc and was able to get downhill or spot-up effectively. He...

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