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NC Junior Phenom- Coach Ed’s Thoughts

NC Junior Phenom Camp Coach Ed’s Thoughts   No. 45 5’6 ’23 Matthew Joines (Kernersville Middle School, Kernersville, NC) Matthew Joines of Kernersville Middle was the best player on the floor for this first game of the day.  He was able to score the ball from the three-point line as well as taking the ball to the rim. He would pass up a shot to get his teammates a better shot. He would draw...

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NC Junior Phenom Camp Standouts

From the Sidelines NC Junior Phenom Class of 2022 Standouts The 15th Annual NC Junior Phenom camp took place at Fayetteville Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It was another sold out event and the camp produced a wealth of young talent and there were plenty of names that will be making plenty of noise for years to come. There is no question, the city of Fayetteville has become a hotbed of...

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Coach K’s Specials – NC Junior Phenom Camp

No. 97 5’9 ’23 Caleb Hall, (Fayetteville NC)  This young man is a diamond in the rough. For a young player, he has an exceptional basketball IQ.  He plays the game with understanding purpose. He needs to work on developing his off hand, which will set him apart at the next level also he needs to be more aggressive on Office                    To take full of advantage of his quickness and...

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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: Larry McLeod Commits to Arkansas State

An Insider’s Take Larry McLeod Commits to Arkansas State By Jamie Shaw McLeod is ridiculously explosive. He has been that since he was at Southern Lee, with Team Loaded NC and then on to Bull City Prep. He has always had that game changing type of leaping ability that can flip the momentum of a game on its head. However, during his time at Palm Beach State Junior College, McLeod’s game has...

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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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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach Hodges Michael Henderson (#4, Guard) “Michael is a quick crafty point guard.  He got to the basket with ease all day long.  Michael passes the ball well, especially in transition.  His effort was outstanding in all three games.  One of Michael’s best attributes is his ability to penetrate.  He makes good decision when he gets into the lane but his best attribute is that he didn’t...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: Demarcus Oliver #12: 5’0 ’22 Josh Scales of Southeast MS (Winston-Salem) Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to perform on both ends of the floor, Josh Scales. He’s a lead guard that looks to create for others whenever possible but is also capable of creating for himself. Offensively, Scales is a solid penetrator and does a pretty nice job knocking down shots...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 10

Team 10 Coach: Myron Prescott #7: 5’0 ’22 Howard Brooks of St. David’s School (Raleigh) Starting things off, we look at a player that constantly looked to create open shots for the team, Howard Brooks. He’s a guard that can play with or without the ball; his ability to shoot and finish around the basket are both solid. Offensively, Brooks is good at creating for others and knocks down open shots...

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Junior Phenom Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: Ben Stywall #8: 5’0 ’22 Corey Brown of Gray’s Creek MS (Hope Mills) Starting things off, we look at a player that consistently looked to create open looks for his teammates, Corey Brown. He’s a true point guard with great pride in being a quality floor general and works incredibly hard on both sides of the floor. Brown gets into the paint well and scores on a variety of looks...

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Junior Phenom Evaluations: Team 11

Team 11 Coach Scott Miller Jordan Nelson 36, 5’5 Hickory Grove, NC, 2021 Nelson had a great weekend. What stood out about him was his knowledge of the gam; plays hard, nice handle, and coachable. Coach Miller on Jordan Nelson: “He needs to continue to play to get up his confidence. Jordan is a solid player. His offense and basketball IQ is his strength. If Jordan works on his confidence he will...

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Junior Phenom Evaluations: Team 12

Team 12 Coach Eddie Rogosich Easton Ostert 37, 5’5 West Pine MS, NC, 2021 Easton is a very coachable kid with a lot of talent; scores it on all three levels, high IQ, good team player. Coach Royosia Easton on Easton Ostert: “ is a hard nosed hustle player. He is a very heady player who dribbles with his eyes up. He is a good solid guard who goes to open areas of the court. He can do a lot of...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: Bronal Gary #1: 4’5 ‘24 Kenton Stewart of Lake Carolina (Columbia) Starting things off, we look at a player whose activity without the ball made him a constant threat to score, Kenton Stewart. He’s a lead guard that actually plays better off-ball, as it allows him to pick and choose his spots more selectively rather than forcing up jumpers. Offensively, Stewart’s game is still...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Johnny Hill #9: 5’0 ’22 Aydan Drake of Piedmont (Monroe) Starting things off, we look at a player that showed to be an intriguing prospect as a true point guard, Aydan Drake. His ability as a lead guard consists of creating shots for teammates, but also knocking down the open look whenever available. Drake shot the ball well throughout camp and played hard at all times. He proved...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Dwayne Cherry #16: 5’1 ’22 Elijah Johnson of Calvary Day (Winston-Salem) Starting things off, we look at a player that ran the team fairly well and has a skillset that is destined to grow, Elijah Johnson. He’s a lead guard that plays with a high IQ, motor and looks to make winning plays on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Johnson is able to handle and distribute the ball at a...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Gerroid Daughty #5: 4’11 ’24 Josiah Peeples of Killian (Columbia) Starting things off, we look at a player that has the innate ability to create and distribute to others, Josiah Peeples. He’s a guard that brings intangibles to his team on both sides of the floor, including vocal leadership on the defensive end. Offensively, he shoots the ball quite well and has a slithery ability...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Reginald Mosley #6: 5’0 ’23 Angelo Alexander of Francis Bradley (Charlotte) Starting things off, we look at a player whose passion was far ahead of most campers, as he was willing to do anything to put his team in a winning position, Angelo Alexander. He’s a lead guard that does many things at a solid rate, on both sides of the ball, and projects to only get better from here....

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Daymond Lindell #2: 4’11 ’24 Jordan Barr of North Springs (Blythewood) Starting things off, we look at a player whose ability to lead his team on both sides of the ball stood out immediately, Jordan Barr. He’s a lead guard that constantly looks to make the high IQ play but also knows when to go for his own shot. Offensively, he was able to do whatever he wanted on all three levels...

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Phenom Alums Throughout ESPNs 2017 Top 100

It’s well known that Phenom Hoops Brings in the nation’s elite talent through their doors each year. We thought that 2016 was a banner year as there were over 20 prospects ranked in the final ESPN Top 100, who we were able to call Phenom Hoops alums. In the 2017 we carried just as much fire power, even though the talent level could be considered a down year on the highest level nationally....

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NC Junior Phenom Team Evaluations – Team 4

#54 Emmanule Gordon Areas of Success: Attitude, Effort, Range of Shot (3pt), Release Time, Shooting Mechanics, Quickness, Acceptance of Criticism Areas of Improvement: Basketball IQ, Back to the Basket Moves, Use of off hand, Penetration ability, Ability to finish, Ball handling, Vision and Court Sense, Moving without ball Comments: “Emmanule has a solid attitude.  His effort was great good all...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations – Team 3

#99 Christian Horn Areas of Success: Attitude, Basketball IQ, Range of shot (2pt), Shooting off the dribble, Penetration ability, Defense on and off the ball, Quickness, Footwork, Vision and Court Sense, Rebounding. Areas of Improvement: Range of shot (3pt), Catch and Shoot, Release time, Ability to finish, Ball handling skill, transition defense, Passing skills Comments: “Christian is a heck of...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations – Team 8

#13 5’ Sebastian Atkins Atkins has a good handle on the ball and showed great confidence with the ball in his hands. He is high level scorer from multiple areas around the floor. Atkins’ camp coach Bronal Gary stated, “Sebastian has a great ability to put the ball through the basket. He can score going toward the basket and has a great mid-range game.” #14 5’ Alex Margulis Marquis has a great...

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NC Junior Phenom Camp Evaluations – Team 10

No. 4 4’9 ’23 Amari Evans (Elgin, SC) Amari is a commander and chief on the court as he leads by example. He is a vocal leader as he attempts to keep the team organized on both ends of the court. Amari is able to use both hands effectively and finishes well in traffic. He plays with a high motor and has little to no fear for his size and grade. More importantly, Amari is a great teammate and...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations – Team 11

No. 5 4’10 ’23 Michael Dipasquale (Cary, NC) Michael was one of the youngest players in attendance, but played like a much older player. He is very energetic and showcased outstanding leadership for his age/grade. He was very vocal throughout camp and took charge of his team. The next step in his development is to work on his off hand and be more conscious of his shot selection, which will come...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations – Team 12

No. 7 4’10 ’22 Luke Brewington (Greensboro, NC) Luke is a fiery and gritty young guard. He demonstrated an excellent attitude and is a pass first PG. He is going to exert maximum effort and knows how to make his teammates better. Luke competes at a high level and simply won’t back down from any challenge. He is constantly pushing himself and his teammates to be the best they can be.   No. 8...

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Junior Phenom Evaluations: Team 2

No. 110 Terrell Sharp Areas of Excellence: Attitude, Acceptance of Criticism, Effort, Team Play, Shooting off the dribble, Range of shot, Release time, Shooting mechanics, Defense on and off the ball, Quickness Comments: “Terrell is a sharp shooter, hence his last name!  He has a tremendous perimeter presence, moving with and without the ball.  Terrell is in constant motion on offense and also...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations – Team 7

#1 4’6” Darius Robinson – 2023 Robinson played with great hustle and passion throughout the day. He really got after the ball on defense and was able show his ability to make shots at multiple levels. Robinson’s camp coach Toby Williams stated, “Darius challenged every shot and competed for every 50/50 ball. He was able to make shots, showing touch in the paint and beyond the arc.” #11...

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Junior Phenom Evaluations: Team 1

It was a great event this year in Greensboro, as Phenom Hoops were able to get a look at some of the upcoming talent around the area as they competed in the Junior Phenom Spring Camp.  At the end of the day, each coach provided their evaluation of each player, which can be found below. Team 1 Evaluations   Brandon Thomas – No. 96 Areas of Success: Attitude, Acceptance of Criticism, Effort,...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations – Team 5

#34 5’3” Gary Locklear – 2021 Throughout camp Locklear displayed a team first attitude, distributing the ball very well. Locklear showed good shooting mechanics and a nice release on his jumper. Locklear’s camp coach Richard Daniels stated, “With Gary’s strength and vision he knows where people are on the court and is able to get them the ball when needed.” As he continues to improve, we...

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Junior Phenom Team Evaluations – Team 9

No. 3 4’9 ’23 Razavier Carter (Danville, VA) Only a fifth grader, Razavier is ahead of his peers. He loves the game and wants to win. Razavier has a competitive attitude and has the ability to make his teammates better. He looks to penetrate yet knows when to take the open shot. As he continues to improve and get older, he will be very difficult guard with his advanced skillset. He has a nose...

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