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All-Star Weekend Part Two in CLT??

This past weekend the basketball world was centered around the 704 with the NBA All-Star weekend coming to town.  The streets were filled with influencers, celebrities, NBA Stars, and representatives from some of the biggest brands in the country.  The atmosphere in the city was undeniable, there was so much going on in an already busy place, and it felt great to feel like a part of something...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’5 Brandon Murray

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 this edition of our Unsigned Senior...

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Early Adversity Helps Christ School in the Long Run

The Christ School Greenies have made their way into the NCISAA 4A semifinals against Charlotte Latin for a chance to play the winner of Durham Academy and Greensboro Day for the state title.  Using simply the record book, this Christ School team has had its share of ups and downs, finishing the regular season and conference tournament with a record of 13-13, but a closer look at the context...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’0 Thomas Miles

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 this edition we’re going to take...

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Ledbetter and Caroway Shine as Bishop McGuinness Throttles Mount Airy 70-39

Last night I had the opportunity to take the drive up I-85 North to Kernersville to check out Bishop McGuinness High School on their Senior Night as they hosted rival Mount Airy and it was everything was going the Villains way in this one!  Let’s take a look at some of the standouts from last nights game. 6’2 2020 Jake Ledbetter: Bishop McGuinness (27 Points, 10/13 From the Field,...

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Live With Brandon Blakney EP. 1

On the latest release of the remastered podcast Live With Brandon Blakney, Brandon discussed an array of topics happening throughout the hoops world. Is Southwest Guilford the best in 3A? The Piedmont Triad 3A conference has been FULL of talent since its formation several years ago, this season is no different as Southwest Guilford looks like the best public school in the state. They’re blowing...

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Burlington Christian Vs Trinity Academy: Players to Watch

On Thursday Night I had the opportunity to watch round three of NC’s newest Rivalry between Burlington Christian and Trinity Academy of Raleigh.  The two schools split the first two meetings, BCA winning @ Trinity in the last of the meetings and both of the games were exciting down to the last buzzer and last night wasn’t any different with Trinity of Raleigh coming away with the win...

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6’9 2020 CJ Huntley: Poised to Break Out

Last Night, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to check out Carmel Christian Vs Davidson Day.  The Head Honcho (Rick Lewis) and myself were in the gym to see a massive win for Davidson Day as they handled a nationally ranked Carmel Christian team with relative ease in a 63-47 win on senior night.  6’9 2020 CJ Huntley of Davidson Day had an incredible performance, in front of the right...

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Concord Vs Cox Mill: Players To Watch

On Friday Night I had the opportunity to check out Cox Mill High School play host to crosstown rival Concord High School.  Cox Mill won the game with relative ease by the score of 86-60.  Let’s take a look at some of the standout performers! 6’6 2019 Wendell Moore: Cox Mill (Duke Signee) 27 Points Wendell Moore is greatest winner North Carolina has seen since Brandon Ingram and...

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Metrolina Christian Vs Northside Christian: Players To Watch

Metrolina Christian traveled to Northside Christian for a conference matchup and the home team came away with a 66-53 win, led by Glen Hubbard, Jaden Seymour, and Jalen-Hood Schifino.  Let’s take a look at these guys and a few others from their performance in this one! 6’8 2020 Jaden Seymour: Northside Christian (13 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Steals, 3 Blocks, 2 Assists) Jaden Seymour...

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GDS hands HPCA first home loss 70-59

Greensboro Day claimed an impressive road win in front of a rowdy rival crowd. High Point, North Carolina- Last night Greensboro Day went on the road in a hostile environment, at conference rival High Point Christian and came away with a crucial win. It was back and forth for four quarters, each squad exchanging blows, Greensboro Day was pushed but never gave up the lead. Standouts –...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 5’10 Bryson Childress

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 this edition of the unsigned senior...

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Hickory Grove Christian Vs Metrolina Christian: Players to Watch

6’8 2019 Stephen Clark: Metrolina Christian (22 Points, 11 Rebounds, 8 Blocks) *CITADEL SIGNEE Clark is one of the most fundamentally sound bigs that I’ve covered this season, with his high level of court awareness, and ability to eliminate any mistakes from his game, The Citadel coaching staff has to be grinning ear to ear with the fact that he’s signed to play there the next...

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New Life Christian Academy v. Elevation Prep: Players to Watch

6’6 2020 Reggie Raynor: New Life Christian (21 Points) Raynor was the best prospect on the floor the other night and it wasn’t all that close, he’s a high flying, smooth wing that attacks at will and leads his New Life squad with his strong leadership qualities and intangibles.  He holds offers from Tennessee State and Coppin State at the moment, expect that list to grow as...

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Cannon School Shines, Dominates Providence Day 75-53

I made the short drive up I-85 North to The Cannon School (13-9) as they hosted Providence Day (10-11) and it was an exciting matchup featuring some of the best young talent in the state, if not the country.  It was a tightly contested battle throughout the first half with 6’3 2021 Jarvis Moss keeping Cannon alive early with his flamethrower from beyond the arc (3-3 from deep in the 1st...

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Amateur Hour Podcast: Episode 35

Jamie Shaw, Miles Masercola, and Jeff Bendel go through their favorite players from the different Christmas tournaments they attended, recapped some key storylines from The City of Oaks Classic, Preview what’s ahead for the Carmel Christian MLK Showcase, and talk about what to expect from Phenom Hoop Report in...

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Miles Magical Five: #PhenomCityOfOaks Session Two

6’10 2020 Isaiah Todd: Trinity Academy of Raleigh Isaiah Todd willed his Trinity Academy of Raleigh team to victory over Holly Springs after knocking down a walk off free throw with no time on the clock.  Todd is in the unicorn mold considering there really aren’t many predecessor’s to his blend of size, skill, tenacity, and moxie.  At 6’10 he is capable of creating his...

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Miles Magical Five: #PhenomCityOfOaks Session One

6’3 2021 Elijah Jamison: Louisburg High School (28 Points) Jamison is one of the best pure scorers in North Carolina regardless of class, showing a wide array of moves in his arsenal while he was looking to score.  He has great size and length for a lead guard that’s always looking to score.  For a right handed player he’s incredibly confident going left, and in fact he goes...

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Wake Forest makes statement in Non Conference finale

Wake Forest closed out non conference play in style vs the Cornell Big Red last night, the Deacs have been up and down this season but the new year may bring new fortunes.   Winston Salem, North Carolina- Wake played a complete team game on both ends, tie dye nation came out with a noticeable sense of urgency. There was a lot of hype around this freshmen class, and the versatility Wake could...

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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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Brandon Lee’s Frank Spencer Classic Story lines

Well Christmas is officially over and we need something to carry us into the new year, what better way than to dive in to some Frank Spencer Winter Classic story lines! Winston Salem, North Carolina- The Frank Spencer is one of the most prestigious high school holiday hoops tournaments in the entire state, over the years we’ve witnessed McDonald’s All Americans, College All...

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Jay M Robinson Vs Mount Pleasant: Players to Watch

Last week I had the opportunity to check out Mount Pleasant as they hosted Jay M Robinson and Jay M Robinson got the upset win by the score of 69-59.  There was a lot of talent on the court on both sides and both teams should have college coaches of all levels rolling through the gym as the season progresses.  Let’s take a look at some of the standouts! 6’2 2020 Devante Patterson:...

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#AmateurHour (Ep33): BoBash Recap and A Preview of the Capital City Jam

Jamie Shaw, Rick Lewis, and Miles Masercola break down some major takeaways from the Bojangles Bash (Start-13:00) and everything leading into this weekends Capital City Jam (13:10-End). Be sure to subscribe and leave a...

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Live with Brandon Blakney ft Josh Nickleberry

Fayetteville, North Carolina- On the latest segment of Live With Brandon Blakney Extra, Northwood Temple senior, and Louisville signee Josh Nickleberry joined the podcast. Nickleberry is one of the hottest names in prep hoops at the moment, he’s got a chance to break 3,000 career points this season. Phenom Hoops Analyst Jamie Shaw described Nickleberry as “ the best scorer in North Carolina...

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North Stanly Vs West Stanly: Players to Watch

Last week I took a little drive outside of the city limits to Stanly County to check out a big time rivalry matchup between North Stanly and West Stanly.  The gym was sold out about 30 minutes before the tip off and the court was filled with next level talent on both sides of the ball.  West Stanly got the win at home by the score of 65-55, here are some players to watch. 6’6 2019 Hayden...

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Sun Valley High School Vs Cox Mill High School: Players to Watch

The Cox Mill Chargers (4-0) absolutely throttled the Sun Valley Spartans (2-3) 80-40 on Tuesday night behind the play of Duke Signee Wendell Moore and UNC Charlotte Signee Caleb Stone-Carrawell.  Let’s take a look at some of the standouts from the nights action. 6’5 2019 Wendell Moore: Cox Mill High School (Duke Signee) (26 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk, 8/11 From the Field, 4/5...

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Dunk Mountain not afraid to Flex on the big boys

With their latest recruitment class Dunk Mountain have made it absolutely clear they aren’t afraid to recruit against bigger schools at the division one level, and with their recent track record why would they? Banner Elk, North Carolina- Tucked away in the Mountains of a modest town in North Carolina, Banner Elk boasts one of the top division two hoops programs in the state and they love their...

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Takeaways from HPU VS EKU

On a day Tubby Smith was honored for his 600th win in the pregame, fans also received an absolutely exhilarating assortment of hoops. It was truly a tale of two halves for High Point as they dropped a 24- point lead to Eastern Kentucky, in a 70-69 dog fight. High Point, North Carolina- The Colonels used an inspirational second half comeback and a dagger from beyond the arc at the buzzer to steal...

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