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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Low Country Showcase Names and Storylines

6’7″ 2019 Josiah James (Tennessee) Porter Gaud (SC) James was a purely dominating force. The lefty point guard shot the ball, distributed the ball and brought the crowd to its feet with game changing dunks. There is not much more James can do to solidify himself as a National Top 10 guy, he is elite. 6’4″ 2021 Josh Beadle Cardinal Newman (SC) Beadle, only a sophomore,...

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‘2019 William W. Lawson, Jr. Classic’ (1/5/19)

  The athletics department of Petersburg High School sure has stayed busy these past two weeks. After covering the three-day ‘Tri-City Holiday Classic’ last week, I once again made my way down to the school yesterday for another hosted event: the annual ‘William W. Lawson Jr. Classic.’ Only a one-day event, a good mix of programs from mostly the 804 and 757 area codes, along with two teams from...

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Low Country Showcase Scoreboard

Second Annual Phenom Low Country Showcase   Davidson Day (NC)  69 Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach 50 6’5 2020 Jackson Threadgill led the way with a game high 21 points, while teammates 6’8 2020 CJ Huntley and 6’4 2021 Bryce Alfino tallied 18 and 17 points respectively. 6’6 unsigned senior Davis Guyton finished with 21 points including five 3-pointers. Teammate and...

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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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Storylines From #TheJohnWall Holiday Invitational: Part One

I had the wonderful opportunity to work the single greatest high school event in the country; The 47th Annual John Wall Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School, Inside the Beltline, in downtown Raleigh.  There was an abundance of talent in this years event leading to four consecutive days of sold out crowds.  3500+ fans from the #HoopState filled the stands creating the single greatest...

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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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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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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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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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