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Wendell Moore Steps into Rarified Air, Climing into North Carolina History

Wendell Moore has already reached incredible status for a high school basketball player. The 5-star senior at Cox Mill High School, who has started for Team USA and committed to play at Duke University added another notch in his belt when he became the all-time leading scorer in Cabarrus County history. Not only did Moore become the county’s all-time leading scorer, he is only the second...

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High School Hot Takes for the Week of January 14

Jamie Shaw The 2019 Class May be the Best North Carolina Has Seen in Many Years Looking at the rankings there are six players who are deserved of Top 75 rankings with another host looking at Top 150 rankings. Of course the natural thought is to go back to the 2016 class, which featured Dennis, Harry and Bam along with the likes of Jalen Harris, Deshawn Corprew, Grant Williams, Jay Huff and many...

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Names and Storylines from the LIT City of Oaks Classic

Check out the Top 10 Plays from the Event … Try to Stay in Your Seat!! 6’11” 2019 Kadin Shedrick (Virginia signee) Holly Springs HS You can tell that Shedrick had a chip on his shoulder for this one. It showed clearly as he came out of the gates with 12 points and 8 boards at the half. He didn’t slow down much as he finished the game with 21 points and 14 boards, to go with 5...

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The Storylines That are Getting Us Ridiculously Excited About Saturday’s City of Oaks Classic

Kadin Shedrick Vs. Isaiah Todd This is the main attraction, the headliner of the loaded event. Isaiah Todd is North Carolina’s best junior big man while Kadin Shedrick is North Carolina’s best senior big man. The 6’10” Todd is a Top 15 prospect in the country and a Team USA guy while Shedrick is a consensus Top 75 guy, and committed to Top 5 Virginia. The two players...

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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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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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South Carolina Prospects CONTINUE To Fall Under the National Radar

It doesn’t make much sense, especially now with a steady stream of players coming from the state of South Carolina who are claiming major success. In this upcoming 2019 NBA Draft there are two players who played all four years of high school projected in the TOP 5. That is not it, you have guys like Nick Claxton at Georgia, Cartier Diarra at Kansas State, Jordan Bruner at Yale, Sharone...

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Why We’re Excited About the 2nd Annual Low Country Shootout

Year one of this event was off the charts. It had Josiah James and Trae Hannibal (SCs top two prospects in 2019) facing off. It had college coaches and an incredible slate of games … of course we were most excited when the snow stopped, but that’s neither here nor there. The second version of this event has even more storylines and some incredible talent … Let’s take a look at...

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Unsigned Senior Mike Green Keeps Rolling in the Epic Accolades

It has been quite the December for Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach guard Mike Green. First he scored his 2,000 career high school point (he currently sits at 2019). He also was named All-Tournament team of the prestigious Beach Ball Classic, where he also won the 3-point shooting contest. Yes, it has been quite the December for the UNSIGNED SENIOR! It comes as no surprise for Green, who has...

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Trae Hannibal is Having a Senior Season for the Ages

This summer Trae Hannibal committed to the University of South Carolina. Just as he was starting to blow up, all the weight of the tedious recruiting process was lifted off his shoulders. Since that day, Hannibal has been playing basketball loosely, pressure free, he has been having fun. Already this season, Hannibal has scored his 1,000 career high school point, no surprise with him averaging...

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Beach Ball Classic Day 4s Names You Have to Know

6’6″ 2019 Wendell Moore (Duke signee) Cox Mill (NC) 38 Points. 12-22 FG. 2-5 3P. 12-14 FT. 14 Boards. 4 Assists. Moore came into the event as one of the higher rated players participating. He came into todays game having scored 35 and 23 points. In this one, he added 38 more giving Moore a 3 game total of 96, which puts him in the events Top 10 for 3 games. Moore plays again on...

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South Granville Holiday Classic Names & Storylines

6’7″ unsigned senior PJ Fenton Green Hope (NC) This is our second time watching Green Hope this season, and it is apparent they go as PJ goes. He is a tough cover because of his size and versatility. He, personally, outscored his opponent in the first half, doing so by a number of run outs, back door slips and jump shots. He is a very active offensive player who is able to step out...

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Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic: The Names and The Storylines

6’7″ 2019 Josiah James (Tennessee signee) Porter Gaud (SC) James is an elite prospect, capable of doing so many things on the court, there is really nothing more to say about that. In this one he showcased a repetitive jump shot, going 5-7 from 3. He also attacked the basket and scored from every way possible. We all know he can run a team, an excellent passer with vision. But to go...

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Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic: The Names and The Storylines

Championship Saturday Names to Know 6’2″ 2019 Chico Carter Jr. (Murray St) Cardinal Newman (SC) Carter Jr. was the MVP of the Crescent Moon bracket and won MVP of all three of his team’s wins. Carter Jr. is a competitive point guard who is able to score at every level, with consistency. He is more explosive that you expect and he has a tough downhill handle. Carter Jr. can...

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Greg Gantt is THE Best Defender in the Hoop State

  Providence College was at every single game Greg Gantt played in over the Summer. Jeff Battle was front and center, EVERY SINGLE TIME, while Head Coach Ed Cooley came at least once per tournament. It was truly a masterful job, as Gantt had also set visits to the likes of Texas and Florida, major programs. Providence showed the love and Gantt reciprocated with his commitment. After watching him...

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Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic Championship Saturday Morning Standouts

6′ 2020 Kenari Jones Great Bridge Christian (VA) He went for 42, so we can start with that. It was a full on display of craft in the paint with the ability to finish at the basket. This is a tournament record and he is someone who colleges should start to look at, and really pay attention to. He was poised and he played efficiently with a great pace. He had 42! 6’2″ 2019 Trae...

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Day 2 of Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic was Great

The Names You Got to Know 6’2″ 2019 Trae Hannibal (South Carolina) Hartsville HS (Hartsville, SC) There is not much more to say about Hannibal. He has been absolutely dominant this entire event, and that continued in his acrobatic ariel assault today. He finished with 31 points. 6’11” 2019 Kadin Shedrick (Virginia) Holly Springs HS (Holly Springs, NC) Shedrick proved to...

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The Game of the Year … Morgan County Vs. Ridge View

The 2018 Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic has had some incredible games, however this one took the cake. You got to see this, this game had everything. It had buzzer beaters, it had incredible plays, it had high flying acrobatics. All in all, it was a great game, which ended up going into double overtime. Both Morgan County, out of Madison, Georgia and Ridge View, out of Columbia, South...

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Coaches … Don’t Miss Out

This time of year, after the early signing period, college coaches are readjusting their recruiting boards. They have two parts in play, as they missed on their initial targets and they see what their team has and what they need after game play. The late signing period has seen kids come from out of no where and elevate to multiple offer players. It also allows the kids to play through the...

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Day 1 of Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic

Best Game: Ridge View Vs. Morgan County H/T: AC Flora Vs. Hartsville On a day that was filled with highly competitive games, two games really stood out. The deciding factor goes to the game that went into double overtime. Ridge View unsigned senior Crosby James hit the shot that sent the game into overtime. Crosby was great throughout the game, but so was the backcourt from Morgan County. Stevin...

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South Carolina Basketball at an All-Time High

Two players who hail from the State of South Carolina, who call South Carolina “home”, are currently being projected in the lottery of next year’s NBA draft. Both Ja Morant, Murray State by way of Dalzell, SC and Zion Williamson Duke by way of Spartanburg, SC, it is a humbling experience, but one that is bringing light to a secret that is getting out across the country. On the...

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What to Watch For at Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic (Part 3)

The Guards Guards, guards and more guards. They are the engine that makes winning basketball teams, as they ball is in their hands for 90% of the game. Without question, this event is not short of guards, by any measure. This event will have incredibly quick guards, highly explosive guards, nationally ranked guards and heady IQ guards, whatever your thing is, this event will have it at a high...

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Why Everyone in the Low Country Needs to Attend Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic

After taking two years off, Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic is back in full force. This year they guys at Porter Gaud teamed up with Phenom Hoop Report and will be bringing a star studded event for everyone in the Low Country to enjoy. The last time Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic took place, players such as Zion Williamson, Josiah James, Trey McGowens, Aaron Nesmith and others took the...

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What to Watch For at Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic (Part 2)

The Bigs If big men is your thing, if you’re a sucker for the high flying, rim protecting power 5 bigs, boy do we have a show for you. Not only do you have a number of nationally ranked guys who are 6’10” and up, but you also have a host of high-flying small ball bigs who look to tear the rim off while being incredibly switchable on defense. Phenom’s Palmetto Winter...

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Phenom’s Crowd Ratings — Week of December 17

Jamie Shaw Cape Fear Academy at Durham Academy Rating: 9.3/10 This one was pretty electric, despite the pace of play on the floor. Certainly things were boosted when Coach K walked in with Zion Williamson, Jack White and Joey Baker (Coach K’s grandson Michael Savarino plays for Durham Academy). The student section had a Christmas theme and they stretched from the floor to the top row of...

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High School Hot Takes — Week of December 17

Jeff Bendel Mikey Dukes is the Top Available Senior in the Carolinas After this weekend, it became increasingly clear that Mikey Dukes should be the most coveted unsigned senior in the Carolinas. He’s a terrific all-around point guard that recently decided to place his main emphasis on basketball, despite being a high-major football player. That being said, there are really no holes within...

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Phenom’s Capital City Jam Breakouts — They Did What We Thought They Would

5’11 Unsigned Senior Mikey Dukes First Baptist (Charleston, SC) VCU came in earlier in the week to watch Dukes, and loved him. This comes as no surprise as Dukes is good enough to garner early playing time at a VCU. It is a wonder why he doesn’t already carry 15-20 D1 offers. He is the best available point guard in the Carolinas right now, and (Josiah James aside) he may be the best...

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North Carolina Sophomore Averaging 38 Points per Game

Yes, you read that correctly, 6’3″ sophomore Elijah Jamison is averaging 38 points per game so far this season. With his 46 point outburst last night, Jamison now has scored 49, 46 and 44 points in games already this season and has led his 1A team to come out the gates with a scorching 5-1 record. To add context to this, Jamison is not a new name. He is an alum of the prestigious...

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The Talent in Phenom’s 2nd Annual Capital City Jam has Made it a Big Hit with College Coaches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Talent in Phenom’s 2nd Annual Capital City Jam has Made it a Big Hit with College Coaches will take place at Ben Lippen School on Saturday, December 15   Columbia, SC – Ben Lippen School will hold host to the 2nd Annual Phenom’s Capital City Jam, set to take place this Saturday, December 15. The event is set to host eight of the premier teams from...

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The New NCAA Ruling: What does it mean?

The New NCAA Ruling: What does it mean?  Jeff Borzello of ESPN broke a news story about the new NCAA rule that limits coaches access to a  large number of recruits in the month of June. See attached link. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/25518419/new-ncaa-rule-limits-coaches-access-some-recruits-june Unfortunately, it stated what we already knew. Back in September, Phenom...

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