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Blossoming Power Forward Calls it for Bucknell University

Watching a prospect go from unknown to coveted can be a windy, emotional road, and that’s exactly how Jake van der Heijden describes his experience over the past few years. Over the past year, van der Heijden collected offers from College of Charleston, Columbia, Leigh, Lipscomb, Presbyterian, Western Carolina, and of course, Bucknell. He committed on Sunday to Bucknell and we caught up with the...

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NC Top 80 Player Recaps – Team 12

Team 12 No. 12 6’ 2019 Derrick “DJ” Robertson of Athens Drive HS (Raleigh, NC) Robertson is a jet-quick lead guard who seemingly has the ball on a string. With a tight handle he was able to get into the paint. He has good length and nice court vision. Robertson’s camp coach stated, “DJ is an explosive scorer, quick off the floor. He has a nice pull-up jump shot and has a lot of flash and...

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NC Top 80 Player Recaps – Team 11

Team 11 No. 11 6’ 2019 Davier Dixon of Liberty Heights (Charlotte, NC) Dixon carries a high basketball IQ. He is a quick lead guard who is a good ball handler and a great ability to change speed. Dixon has good vision and court sense and is good in drive and kick situations. Dixon’s camp coach stated, “Davier is a true point guard who can create space when he needs it. He makes up for his size...

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NC Top 80 Player Recaps – Team 10

Team 10 No. 10 6’ 2020 Callin Randolph of Mountain Heritage HS (Burnsvillle, NC) Randolph is a high IQ lead guard who plays with a great attitude and has the ability to shoot from all areas on the floor. He has great mechanics on his shot and exceptional court vision. His footwork and ability to move off the ball is very good as well. Randolph’s camp coach stated, “Callin makes others better and...

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Storylines We Now Know from NC Top 80

Jaden Springer is the jewel of the HoopState You can watch all the film you want but until you see this dude live you just have no idea, Springer has the upside to be the top player in the 2020 class nationally. Springer is a 6’4 teenager trapped in a man’s body, and his game matches, Springer can do it all offensively at this stage. At fifteen there is always room for improvement; but...

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NC Top 80 Junior Standouts

From the Sidelines NC Top 80 Junior Standouts   6’8 ’19 Patrick Williams (West Charlotte) As crazy as this sounds, Patrick Williams may be the best player not being talked about on the national level. We’re talking about a long and athletic wing that is oozing with upside and potential. He is extremely young for his grade. Last year, we wrote, “He is the next big star to come out of West...

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NC Top 80: Where Dreams Become Realities

The NC Top 80 collects an abundance of talent in the Hoop State every year and puts them in a competitive camp atmosphere where the best of the best go at it to prove themselves in front of the eyes of the entire state.  For the hoop heads like myself I like to look at the top 80 as a fantasy land for different player combinations coming together to write poetry in motion on the hardwood.  Some...

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NC Top 80 Sophomore Standouts

From the Sidelines NC Top 80 Sophomore Standouts The 5th Annual NC Top 80 camp was simply filled with a wealth of talent in all age divisions. While the underclassmen usually have more difficulty in making an impact at such an elite level camp in regards to overall talent. However, the North Carolina 2020 class has a chance to be really special and one that translates well on the national...

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NC Top 80 Freshman Standouts

From the Sidelines NC Top 80 Freshman Standouts The 5th Annual NC Top 80 camp was simply filled with a wealth of talent in all age divisions. While the underclassmen usually have more difficulty in making an impact at such an elite level camp in regards to overall talent. That being said, the freshman class (2021) proved that they will be in the talk of discussion. No. 32 6’1 Terquavion Smith...

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NC 150: Team 2 Write Up

Team #2 #2 5’6 2020 Josh Miller of Langtree Charter Academy (Mooresville, NC) Miller is cat quick and makes floor general plays on both ends of the floor. He made excellent decisions during the game and helps his teammates with his great energy. Miller’s leadership and athleticism will make him an asset to any team he is on. Miller’s camp coach stated, “Josh leads his team with gusto. He is a...

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NC 150: Team 1 Write Up

Team 1 #1 5’6” 2021 Donovan Vinson of Neuse Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC) Despite being the smallest player in camp, Vinson showed a great attitude and played very well within a team concept. He has a good basketball IQ to go with nice shooting mechanics and a quick release on his jump shot. Vinson’s camp coach stated, “Donovan has a great feel for the game and played really well once he got...

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Porter’s Picks Part 5

The Phenom Top 80 event is the top showcase in the state, if not one of the more talent packed ones in the nation. Every year Phenom brings the best freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the state under one roof and let them measure themselves versus the best of the best. Look on the rosters of college programs all over the nation and you will find kids that have played in this prestigious event....

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Porter’s Picks Part 4

The Phenom Top 80 event is the top showcase in the state, if not one of the more talent packed ones in the nation. Every year Phenom brings the best freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the state under one roof and let them measure themselves versus the best of the best. Look on the rosters of college programs all over the nation and you will find kids that have played in this prestigious event....

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Porter Picks Part 3

The Phenom Top 80 event is the top showcase in the state, if not one of the more talent packed ones in the nation. Every year Phenom brings the best freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the state under one roof and let them measure themselves versus the best of the best. Look on the rosters of college programs all over the nation and you will find kids that have played in this prestigious event....

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Porter’s Picks Part 1

The Phenom Top 80 event is the top showcase in the state, if not one of the more talent packed ones in the nation. Every year Phenom brings the best freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the state under one roof and let them measure themselves versus the best of the best. Look on the rosters of college programs all over the nation and you will find kids that have played in this prestigious event....

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Porter’s Picks Part 2

The Phenom Top 80 event is the top showcase in the state, if not one of the more talent packed ones in the nation. Every year Phenom brings the best freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the state under one roof and let them measure themselves versus the best of the best. Look on the rosters of college programs all over the nation and you will find kids that have played in this prestigious event....

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Storlines to monitor ahead of NCTop80

Can Jalen Cone continue to close the gap on Jaden Springer for number one? Cone finished the year as the Hoop States leading scorer with an average of 34.9 points per game, he led Walkertown HS (NC) to their first ever conference championship on the hardwood and earned conference POY. Cone also broke the all time scoring record at the prestigious Frank Spencer Holiday Classic previously held by...

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Top 80 Primer

The Phenom Top 80 event is the top showcase in the state, if not one of the more talent packed ones in the nation. Every year Phenom brings the best freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in the state under one roof and lets them measure themselves versus the best of the best. Look on the rosters of college programs all over the nation and you will find kids that have played in this prestigious...

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Not Ranked Nationally, But The 6’6″ Junior’s Recruitment Will Say Top 100

Through his play this year, Trinity Christian’s 6’6″ junior Audiese Toney has more than stepped out of the shadows of his more well-known (and deserving) teammates. It is about time that the nation and college coaches take notice of Toney and all the production he brings to every game played as well. Originally from Alabama, the 6’6″ junior moved up to Fayetteville...

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North Carolina’s All-Time Leading Scorer

It took 14 years for someone to approach JamesOn Curry’s, seemingly unapproachable, scoring record. It was a record that was held (prior to Curry) since 1959 by Cotton Clayton and Curry broke that 45 year old record by 549 points. Now North Carolina’s All-Time Leading Scorer is Coby White. With the likes of Michael Jordan, Chris Paul, James Worthy, Antawn Jamison and many others having...

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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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From the Sideline: Five Impact Juniors

From the Sideline Five Impact Juniors One thing is for certain, the state of North Carolina is loaded with tremendous basketball talent at every level and class. This year, the freshman class of 2019 is no exception. This class is especially deep and talented. Today, let’s take a look at five impact juniors. 6’6 Wendell Moore (Cox Mill, Concord, NC) The evolution of Wendell Moore continues one...

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Unsigned Seniors Pt 3: Names Coaches need to know

As we get deeper into the season and approach the late signing period for the 2018 cycle coaches at every level will be on the lookout for late gems to boost incomplete recruiting classes. With so much unsigned talent to cover we’re gonna go a little more in depth in part three and look at some seniors really hooping as we near the holidays. 1. Kyron Gray 6’7 Position: Forward School: Hartsville...

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Chick-Fil-A Day 3-Part 4 – THE REMATCH Providence Day vs. Cox Mill

From the Sideline Chick-fil-A Day 3 “The Rematch” Part 4 When you have a great tournament with great teams the result is often a day of great games and that’s exactly what we had at the third day of competition at the Chick Fil A. Three games went into overtime and the action was fast paced, intense, and exciting. Providence Day had its rematch with nationally unbeaten Cox Mill. Now, let’s take...

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From the Sideline – Chick-fil-A

From the Sideline Chick-fil-A Day Looking for Respect and Offers 6’3 ’18 Isaac Suffren Isaac Suffren has enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign and his play at the Chick Fil A Classic has proved why he should be a high priority among mid-major schools. Suffren is an intense competitor who plays with toughness, grit, and sense of purpose. He has shown consistently the ability to be an effective...

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Phenom’s Quick Take

Phenom’s Quick Take 6’5” Unsigned Senior Jamarius Burton 6’7” junior Matthew Smith Independence HS (Charlotte, NC) Multiple Schools in to See Independence Prospects Following a Monday which saw an Oregon State Assistant Coach and Temple’s Head Coach Fran Dunphy come in to see Jamarius Burton, he had Clemson and Winthrop by to watch. In a monster 67-40 win over defending NCHSAA state champion...

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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 victory,...

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