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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — Village Christian (Fayetteville, NC)

Phenom’s Open Gym Tour Village Christian (Fayetteville, NC) By Jamie Shaw Head Coach Kurtis Darden is the reigning 2-time NCISAA 2A State Champion at Village Christian Academy. With Jordan Ratliffe going to VMI, that was his ninth player he has sent to a Division 1 program with numerous others signing D2 and D3 financial packages. This year Darden has reloaded with talent. He has skill, length...

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Phenom’s open Gym Tour — Porter Gaud (Charleston, SC)

Phenom’s Open Gym Tour Porter Gaud (Charleston, SC) By Jamie Shaw Porter Gaud is right in the middle of a special thing as a program. They are in the middle of a run of two straight state championships, so there is incredibly talent on the team. They also have a great alumni base of college and professional players, who all come back. Open gyms are incredibly intense with current, past and...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour – Northwood Temple (Fayetteville, NC)

Phenom’s Open Gym Tour Northwood Temple (Fayetteville, NC) By Jamie Shaw In Head Coach Corey Baker’s first season he carried the Northwood Temple program to the 1A state semi-finals where the dropped to eventual NCISAA State Champion The Burlington School by only a couple points. Well Baker’s team is now a year older, more experienced and they have some high level impact transfers who will play...

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6’10” 2018 Manny Bates — No More Upside Talk, The Time is Now

6’10” 2018 Manny Bates – No More Upside Talk, The Time is Now Northwood Temple (NC) By Jamie Shaw The time is now, Manny Bates is a late arriving big man who is just starting to scratch the surface of his immense potential. That is the scary part of the equation, Bates is already one of the most intimidating shot blocking forces in our region, if not the nation and it is clear is best basketball...

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6’7” 2019 Imajae Dodd – The Production Speaks Volumes

6’7” 2019 Imajae Dodd – The Production Speaks Volumes Greene Central (NC) By Jamie Shaw Finishing 26-2 and making it to the NCHSAA 2A Eastern State Finals, Greene Central experienced their best season in school’s history last season. This was in no small part to then 6’7” sophomore Imajae Dodd, who led the way with a double-double. It was quite an accomplishment to break out from under the...

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6’2” 2018 Malik Johnson – Now is the Time, the Blow Up is Coming

6’2” 2018 Malik Johnson – Now is the Time, the Blow Up is Coming Terry Sanford (NC) By Jamie Shaw By all accounts, Malik Johnson is a natural born winner. As a freshman, sophomore he played in two NCHSAA 3A state championships (winning one) and now as a senior he will be the starting point guard for Terry Sanford, vying for a third trip to the state championship game. He has an innate toughness...

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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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David Rose Memorial Day Classic Preview — 6’5″ 2019 Jace McKenney (Carolina Wolves NC 16s)

David Rose Memorial Day Classic Previews 6’5” 2019 Jace McKenney Carolina Wolves NC 2019 By Jamie Shaw The second the ball is tipped you notice 6’5” sophomore Jace McKenney. His strength and explosion are immediately apparent as he plays a very loud and very powerful game. McKenny, blessed with long arms and an explosive vertical leap plays in non-stop attack mode and above the rim both...

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David Rose Memorial Day Classic Preview — 6’1″ 2021 Carter Whitt (Team Loaded NC 15)

David Rose Memorial Day Classic Player Previews By Jamie Shaw 6’1” 2021 Carter Whitt of Team Loaded NC 15s It doesn’t take much court time until you notice that Carter Whitt is something special. The way he leads his team, navigates traffic, plays with poise beyond his years, there is something special about the young man and he shows it in every setting against all age groups he plays against....

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David Rose Memorial Day Classic Preview — 6’5″ 2018 Stephen Edoka (Charlotte Aces – Ligon)

David Rose Memorial Day Classic Player Previews By Jamie Shaw 6’5” 2018 Stephen Edoka of Charlotte Aces – Ligon Edoka effects the game in all facets, across the board. During this high school season, his first in the United States, he averaged 15 points, 9 boards, 2 assists, 1.5 blocks and almost 2 steals per game. The 6’5” hyper-athletic wing is very long and carries great explosion. However,...

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Bendel’s Best: Feast of Champions Part I

Jeff Bendel, Phenom Hoops Analyst, talks about his standouts from each team at the Feast of Champions Charlotte Christian 6’9 ’18 Blake Preston Over the last five or so years jump shooting has become much more prominent in all levels of basketball, however, more recently the shooting trend began to lose its appeal and capable big men are becoming increasingly sought after; Blake Preston is that...

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Breakout Performers: Feast of Champions

Five names that really performed well this past weekend at Cox Mill HS There was so much known talent in the gym. It was a gym full of talented players who competed. Another beautiful thing is when you play in front of a lot of fans and have the type of platform that Phenom’s Feast of Champions provided, prospects seem to come out of the woodworks. As with most of Phenom Hoops’...

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POB’s Standouts: Feast of Champions Day 1

Forsyth Country Day 2018 Tripp Greene: Greene has been someone we have been familiar with for some time now.  Young man is wired to score, strong with the basketball, and has excellent basketball IQ.  He scored 20 points on Day 1 but what really was impressive was his vision on the court.  Dishing out eight assists, he really had some great highlights with his passing ability in the win. 2017...

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Phenom’s Feast of Champions Preview 6’6” 2018 Quan McCluney of Gaston Day

Standing 6’6” McCluney carries a wing span of 6’11”. The lefty’s game is sneaky and slithery, much like current East Carolina sophomore Kentrell Barkley. Much like Barkley, McCluney fills the stat sheet across the board. As a sophomore for Gaston Day last year, McCluney averaged 22.5 points, 10 boards, and 2.5 assists per game. Again, as a sophomore, McCluney led his team in all 3 major...

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Phenom’s Feast of Champions Preview 6’6” Unsigned Sr Rob Peterson of Charlotte Christian

Production is the name of Rob Peterson’s game. Last season, he finished in the top 2 on his team in points, rebounds, and assists with 13 points, 8.5 boards, and 2 assists per game. Peterson comes by his basketball acumen honestly as his dad is Buzz Peterson. Buzz played at UNC, has been a college head coach at the highest level, and is now in the front office of the Charlotte Hornets. So it...

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Phenom’s Feast of Champions: Michael Hueitt (Northwood Temple)

6-foot-3 Michael Hueitt of Northwood Temple is an absolute lights out shooter. The Old Dominion signee led the Nike EYBL in three pointers (most made and best percentage) shooting at 48%. During the Peach Jam journey, he shot 53% from the field and 54% from the three. Off the court, Hueitt sports an outstanding 3.5GPA After the Phenom Hoops National Showcase, we wrote, “Hueitt is wired to score....

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Phenom Feast of Champions Preview: Immanuel Bates

6-foot-10 Immanuel Bates of Northwood Temple will be someone to look out for in the Phenom’s Feast of Champions (Nov. 25-26). He currently carries offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, DePaul, Tulsa, Tulane, Charlotte, Northern Arizona, Middle Tennessee State, VCU, Cincinnati, and James Madison. After the NC Phenom 150 Session 2 last year, we wrote: “Bates is definitely one to put in the memory...

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6’ 2018 Kody Shubert of Lincoln Charter (NC) Phenom’s Feast of Champions Preview

There may not be a more productive player in the state of North Carolina than Kody Shubert. He currently carries 7 Division 1 offers and has already scored 1,000 career points in only 2 years of varsity basketball. Last season Shubert averaged 20.1 points, 6.7 assists, 6.2 boards, and 3.1 steals per game, he did all of this while maintaining a 4.5 GPA in the classroom. As with most of the elite...

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Phenom’s Feast of Champions Preview 6’4” 2018 Nate Hinton of Gaston Day

6’4” Junior Nate Hinton now carries 10 offers. The 3.8 GPA student is a full throttle, lengthy guard who continues to get better and better with each outing. After watching Hinton in the 2015 Phenom’s National Showcase we wrote, “He combines athleticism and a skill set that will project him as a hot prospect. He has also made improvements to his jump shot although he will need to more...

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Phenom’s Feast of Champions Preview 6’ 2017 Jordan Ratliffe of Village Christian

Ratliffe has committed to VMI. With Ratliffe, VMI got an absolute steal and Ratliffe will show that this season as he is sure to put up some ungodly numbers, across the board. Last season, the Ratliffe led Village Christian (of Fayetteville, NC), won the NCISAA 2A State Championship. After his performance in the state championship game we wrote, “Looking at the recent trend of D1 guards, the...

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Preview: 6’3” 2018 Adrian Delph of Kings Mountain (NC)

At this point many people may not have heard of Adrian Delph, however this year the 6’3” junior will have many college coaches who are speaking fondly of his name. Phenom’s NC High School Jamboree Preview 6’3” 2018 Adrian Delph of Kings Mountain (NC) At this point many people may not have heard of Adrian Delph, however this year the 6’3” junior will have many college coaches who are speaking...

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Phenom’s Offers, Transfers, and Commitments August 23-August 24

We at Phenom Hoops are fortunate to provide an early stage for a lot of prospects to begin their personal recruiting narrative. It is one of our great pleasures to watch each kid come in as wide eyed and bushy tailed youths and build themselves into multiple offer college prospects. We want to be there along the entire process for the kids, which includes celebrating their offers and...

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