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#NCPhenom150 Session Two: Freshman Standouts

#39 6’2 2022 Lebron Thomas: Lee Central High School (SC) Lebron Thomas is the kind of kid every coach would want to have on their team.  He’s a tenacious competitor, that makes his money on the defensive end of the court, with his lateral quickness, fast hands, and length.  On the offensive end, he excels in transition, using his high IQ to make the right read in those situations. ...

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South Carolina Phenom 150: Evaluation Team 7

South Carolina Phenom 150 Evaluations   Team 7 Coach: Yusuf English   #62: 5’7 ’22 Cedric Shelby (Columbia, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that made great contributions as a two-way team player, Cedric Shelby. He’s a guard prospect with solid strength and the ability to seamlessly play with or without the ball. Offensively, Shelby showcased signs of a quality midrange...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers NC Phenom 150 Session 2

Brandon’s Big Time Ballers: NC Top 150 Session II   No. 52. 5’5, 2023 Casian Richard (Walkertown Middle) Richard was one of the youngest attendees in session two but on the court he’s a baby-faced assassin, as a seventh grader Richard commands the toughest position on the floor. A pure point Richard can run the break or carve defenses up in pick N roll sets; last summer Richard proved to be...

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NC Phenom 150 – Session 2: Coach K’s Standouts (Part 3)

From the Sidelines NC Phenom 150 Session 2 Coach K’s Standouts Part 3 No. 149 6’5 ’19 RJ Yokley (North Davidson HS, Winston-Salem, NC) RJ Yokley is a 6’5 stretch forward who has size and perimeter skills. He emerged as one of the top prospects for the 2019 class. The versatile forward showed a multiple of skills. He has advanced ball handling skills and is a willing and able shooter. In...

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NC Phenom 150 – Session 2: Coach K’s Standouts (Part 2)

From the Sidelines NC Phenom 150 Session 2 Coach K’s Standouts Part 2   No. 124 6’3 ’20 Jaydon Hall (NE Guilford HS, Gibsonville, NC) At 6’3, Jaydon Hall is a physical and tough as they come. He is such a versatile player and can dominate the interior with his quick first step. He has the quickness and strength to create a total mismatch. He can hit the midrange jumper and has the ability to...

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NC Phenom 150 – Session 2: Coach K’s Standouts (Part 1)

From the Sidelines NC Phenom 150 Session 2 Coach K’s Standouts Part 1   No. 77 5’10 ’20 Steven Riley Jr. (Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC) Steven Riley thrilled the crowd the entire day. He is a very versatile player. He is able to score in transition and in the half court. Riley showed tremendous range knocking down 3-pointers, midrange, and attacking the rim. We were impressed with his...

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NC Phenom 150: Team 10

From the Sidelines NC Phenom 150 Team 10 Evaluations No. 10 5’8 ’21 Torrey Brown (Word of God, Raleigh) Torrey Brown is the epitome of a point guard. He is a pass-first floor general that has excellent court vision, makes timely passes, and get teammates in scoring positon. Torrey has a high basketball IQ and simply makes others around him better. More importantly, Torrey has the ability to...

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NC Phenom 150: Session 1 – Team 9

From the Sidelines NC Phenom 150 Team 9 Evaluations No. 9 5’8 Rashad Heggie (SE Raleigh HS, Raleigh, NC) Rashad has a great feel for the game. His attitude is excellent and he’s very coachable. He’s a capable scorer at all three levels because of his ball-handling ability. More importantly, Rashad is an excellent teammate and looked to make others better the entire day. As he matures physically,...

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NC Phenom 150: Team 8 Evaluations

From the Sidelines NC Phenom 150 Team 8 Evaluations No. 8 5’8 ’18 Matthew White (Hargrave Military, Danville, VA) Matthew White played like a seasoned veteran and showcased an all-around game for a point guard. He is one tough-nosed defender and plays with an extremely high motor. White demonstrated a terrific attitude, basketball IQ, effort and played well within the team setting. He may have...

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NC Phenom 150: Session 1 – Team 3

NC Phenom 150 Session 1 Team 3 Evaluations Coach:  Grant Hodges No. 3 5’7 ’21 Ehime Abhulimen (Mt. Tabor HS, Winston-Salem, NC) Ehime plays with good pace at the point guard position. His speed allows him to be a good on the ball defender. Ehime needs to continue to work on his off-ball defense, but that will come with age and experience. Ehime could get to the rim in transition as well as in...

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NC Phenom 150: Session 1 – Team 7

Team 7 #22 5’10” 2020 Jonathan Jones of Rolesville High School (Rolesville, NC) Jones came into camp with a great attitude, giving non-stop effort from start to finish. He has a quick release on his jump shot and really takes pride in using his quickness to defend the ball. Jones’ camp coach stated, “Jonathan works his tail off. He is the first to every 50-50 ball and finishes well through...

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NC Phenom 150: Session 1 – Team 6

Team 6 #6 5’8” 2019 Benjamin Williams of Glen High School (Winston-Salem, NC) Williams is a very passionate and hard-working player who will get to the rim and finish regardless of who he needs to go through, around or over. He has great speed with the ball in his hands and his foot speed on defense is great. Williams camp coach stated, “Benjamin makes plays for himself and others. He is not one...

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Brandon’s Big Time Phenom150

Brandon’s Big Time Ballers 150 of the top unsigned hoopers in the southeast got together under one roof for our annual Phenom 150 camp. We’re going to break down some guys who impressed on and off the floor, these youngsters stood out for a plethora of reasons and showed they will play both ways. No.131, 2019’ 6’7 Garrett Hien (Hickory Ridge HS) Hien made a statement over the weekend he went...

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NC Phenom 150 Exposure Camp, 2019 Names you Need to Know

What a great day of basketball the Spring NC Phenom 150 Exposure Camp always is…2018 Session 1, which took place on March 4 at Proehlific Park brought a sold out crowd of prospects, many of them new names, to start their story. Freshmen prospects from the 2021 class, all the way to unsigned seniors from the 2018 class came to compete. Phenom Hoops had digital media in the house, national scouts...

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NC Phenom 150 Exposure Camp, 2020 Names you Need to Know

What a great day of basketball the Spring NC Phenom 150 Exposure Camp always is…2018 Session 1, which took place on March 4 at Proehlific Park brought a sold out crowd of prospects, many of them new names, to start their story. Freshmen prospects from the 2021 class, all the way to unsigned seniors from the 2018 class came to compete. Phenom Hoops had digital media in the house, national scouts...

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State of the Union (NC Phenom 150 Post event thoughts)

State of the Union (Post Phenom 150) The state is as strong in hoops as it has ever been. This past weekend we saw a great group of prospects come through the doors at the most recent Phenom 150. Several players in attendance have already seen a spike in their recruitment while others were able to serve notice that their time is now. We have several articles up detailing players of note and...

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Two Unsigned Seniors: One Common Goal

The North Carolina Phenom 150 provides an incredible opportunity for exposure for many young players trying to get their name out there, or for the case of Tomas Butkus and Andreas Wilson. one last opportunity to show what you’re capable of in front of roughly a dozen Division Two and Division 3 coaches before the end of their high school career.  Both Butkus and Wilson were extremely...

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Boston College Turned Their Program Around Mining the North Carolina Talent

People laughed at Boston College when the took Jerome Robinson, over a litany of mid-major offers. People laughed at Boston College when they took Ky Bowman late, out of Havelock, North Carolina. Two prospects, right in the middle of ACC and SEC Country who hold no offers from any school (outside of Boston College) in either of those two prominent leagues. Now, NBA analysts are talking about...

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Freddy Johnson Approaches Milestone 1000 Career Wins

Greensboro Day School’s Head Boys Basketball Coach,  Freddy Johnson, Approaches Milestone Win #1000   Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Day School’s Boys Basketball Coach, Freddy Johnson, is working towards his 1,000th career win with his next victory.  On Tuesday, November 21, the GDS boys’ basketball team defeated Charlotte Latin for Coach Johnson’s 999th career win.  With the next...

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An Insider’s Take: Nate Springs Commits to Ohio

An Insider’s Take Nate Springs Commits to Ohio  By Jamie Shaw Springs has only been playing basketball for 3 years, and once you let that sink in you begin to see the future is very bright for Springs. Springs has great length and natural athleticism that pops out at you the second he walks into the building. Even still in the infancy of his playing days, Springs has taken leaps and bounds each...

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An Insider’s Take: Hunter Tyson Commits to Clemson

An Insider’s Take Hunter Tyson Commits to Clemson By Jamie Shaw Clemson first saw Tyson at the 2016 Summer Havoc Live in Spartanburg, SC. Head Coach Brad Brownell followed him around to multiple games, playing with PSB Elite, and offered Tyson soon thereafter loving what he saw. From that point, Tyson claimed offers from the likes of Michigan, Butler, Tennessee, DePaul, Wake Forest, Providence...

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6’9″ 2018 Jaylen Gainey Commits to Brown

6’9″ 2018 Jaylan Gainey Commits to Brown By Rick Lewis Back in 2016, we wrote, “Jaylan Gainey is a Diamond in the Rough.” Just think, in 2015, Gainey was a young 6’5 freshman weighing 135 pounds. He is young for his age and has only been playing organized basketball since the eight grade. Now, he is 6’9 and sports an enormous 7’2 wingspan, but more importantly carries an even more...

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An Insider’s Take: Manny Bates Commits to NC State

An Insider’s Take Manny Bates Commits to NC State By Jamie Shaw 6’10” 2018 Post – Ranked #7 in NCs 2018 Class Make no mistakes about it, Manny Bates is one of the premier shot blocker/rebounders in the country. That statement goes toward the impressive upside of Bates, seeing he is only 17 years old and been playing basketball for only a couple of years. The upward trajectory of Bates has been...

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Kody Shubert Commits to Presbyterian

There’s an old saying, “Go where you are wanted and where you are wanted.”  5’11 senior guard, Kody Shubert pulled the trigger and committed to Presbyterian and first year head coach Dustin Kerns. For Presbyterian College, this is a major recruiting coup. First of all, Kody Shubert has constantly got it done on the basketball court and in the classroom. He played on Team Charlotte, which has won...

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An Insider’s Take: Adrian Delph Commits to Appalachian State

An Insider’s Take Adrian Delph Commits to Appalachian State By Jamie Shaw 6’3” 2018 SG – Adrian Delph came out of no where last season and really took off this summer. Last year at Kings Mountain High School, his first season at the school, Delph filled up the stat sheets averaged 20 points (50% field goals), 7.7 boards and 5.3 assists per game. He is a tough player who provides defensive...

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An Insider’s Take: Elijah McCadden Commits to Georgia Southern

An Insider’s Take Elijah McCadden Commits to Georgia Southern By Jamie Shaw 6’6” 2018 Guard – Ranked #17 in NCs 2018 Class McCadden is good, we know this. However, I think what gets lost is how good McCadden really is. He first walked through our doors as a freshman, playing in the prestigious North Carolina Top 80. That event is invite-only and brings together the best players in the state of...

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An Insider’s Take: Jaylen Alston Commits to Gardner Webb

An Insider’s Look Jaylen Alston Commits to Gardner Webb By Jamie Shaw 6’3” 2018 Wing – Ranked #27 in North Carolina’s 2018 Class (CLICK HERE TO See NCs Entire 2018 Rankings) It has been a big year for Alston. First off he led his Eastern Guilford High School Team to the North Carolina 3A State Championship Game. Alston averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. He...

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6’5″ 2018 Trey Wertz — Finishing On The Highest Note

6’5” 2018 Trey Wertz Providence Day (NC) By Jamie Shaw Wertz has attended Phenom Hoops’ events for years. Year after year, he has continued his upward climb getting better and better. This has prompted National Analyst Rick Lewis to use the old statement, “it’s not where you start, but where you finish”. Heading into his senior year at Providence Day School, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wertz’...

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Three NC Phenom Alum Named to USA Men’s basketball U16 Team

Three NC Phenom Alum Named to USA Men’s basketball U16 Team The pinnacle of an athlete’s career, the highest level of achievement, is when you put on your nation’s colors and are afforded the opportunity to represent your country in international play. National championships, state championships, All-American status, they are all incredible accomplishments (and not to be taken lightly) however,...

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Phenom Hoops Rankings: A Look at the 2018 Class

The updated 2018 rankings were released and we saw lots of changes.  Some players moved up the top 100, while others saw their positions slip after subpar spring performances. This class has many prospects who will go on to be extremely productive at the next level.  To give a little retrospect, majority of players in the top 50 are receiving strong interest from D1 programs across the nation....

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