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Brandon Lee’s mid day Jamboree Standouts

High school hoops are officially back and we’re kicking things off with a bang this season with session one of  Phenom Hoops High school Jamboree. Forty teams from six different states gathered in Greensboro to start their seasons with high level hoops, the competition was stiff and the college coaches were watching. Greensboro, North Carolina- Dozens of college coaches flocked to the...

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NC 2021s Poised To Break Out (Part Two)

Last week I started a pre-season series of articles about some of the guys within the HoopState that have a major chance to breakout that can be read here.  Here is part two of the series and the final featuring 2021s that should have huge sophomore seasons.  Lets take a look at the young stars! 6’0 2021 Khalil Marshall: Pender High School Marshall is a supremely talented young guard that...

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Brandon Lee’s Breakout Watch

With an abundance of talent throughout the state of North Carolina it’s hard sometimes to keep track of all the prospects. Teams lose players to graduation and transfers, in retrospect other players find themselves in different situations.   Young guys will be expected to grow up a year older now, and some role players will be counted on to step into leadership positions. With the stage set...

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Diving in: With Myles Tate

Myles Tate has won a championship every year of his high school career, he’s made game winners, he’s sacrificed on and off the court, and Tate has been ranked the top point guard in South Carolina’s 2020 class since day one.   Roebuck, South Carolina- None of the hype has gotten to Tate he sits back and appreciates all the work it took to reach this point, most guys would be content with...

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Wake Forest is officially in the running for Brice Williams

Two weeks ago it was announced Wake Forest had extended an offer to 2019 6’7 wing Brice Williams of(Hopewell HS) NC. Williams is a prospect whose stock has been on the rise over the last year, his combination of size and scoring ability are ideal for the next level.   Winston- Salem, North Carolina- At 6’7 Williams can play the two or the three; Williams can seriously fill it up, he’s got a...

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Clemson has local top young guard on their radar

2021 6’1 Jacobi Wright (Fort Mill Hs) has been making serious noise over the last year, first as a freshman averaging 15 ppg with York Prep, and on the EYBL circuit with Team CP3.   Rock Hill, South Carolina-  Wright is widely considered the top point guard in the class of 2021 for the state of South Carolina, he is both a playmaker and capable scorer. Wright is at his best with the ball in...

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North Carolina 2021s Poised to Breakout (Part One)

Every year in the #HoopState there’s a crop of fresh faces making names for themselves on the court.  Although camps and AAU give these kids an opportunity to create exposure for themselves, but there’s absolutely nothing like the High School season.  Students, fans, and sometimes the entire city will fill the gym in hopes of seeing basketball in its purest form and the hoopers get a...

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Live with Brandon Blakney ft Greensboro Day

On the latest episode Live With Brandon Blakney Extra we pull up to Greensboro day school for an early morning practice session. The Bengals feature a nice combination of talented youth and experienced veterans. Greensboro, North Carolina, The two- time defending state champs have seemingly reloaded after losing a couple program pillars. There may be some bumps early but coaches feel this group...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Mount Pleasant High School (Mount Pleasant, NC)

Mount Pleasant High School (Mount Pleasant, NC), NCHSAA 2A, 2017-18 record: 17-10 (7-3 In Conference) (P.S. 3rd most wins in school history) I made my way over to Mount Pleasant High School on Wednesday night to watch them at their open gym and walked away thoroughly impressed with the direction of their young program.  They feature a unique blend of size and skill that should have them slotted...

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Live With Brandon Blakney extra ft Southwest Guilford open gym

On this latest episode of Live With Brandon Blakney Extra, we visited 3A state champion hopeful Southwest Guilford during open gym workouts! The Cowboys are coming into the season with as much hype as any team in the state, and there is a lot of excitement amongst the coaching staff and fan base surrounding this group. The team is led by a catalyst of seniors that have been together for a long...

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Four to Watch: NC Phenom 150

The NC 150 camp has always served as a platform specifically for underclassmen looking to break onto the scene, and unsigned seniors looking to prove their worth for last minute offers. Greensboro, North Carolina- This years camp was no different it was chalk full of youngsters in what seems to be talented 2021 and 2022 classes, the game continues to evolve at great speeds, and these young...

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Brandon Lee’s Transfer Watch: Pt 1 the Intro

Transfers have become a big part of off season chatter in recent years with prep hoops news adapting the year round model. Every season we see a host of prospects swap jerseys for various reasons in search of new opportunities, or sometimes to rekindle old success of the past. This year is no different so I have taken on the responsibility of catching you up on some of the latest changes and...

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Phenom Hoop Report Hurricane Florence Relief Fund

COLUMBIA, SC – In the wake of the disaster that Hurricane Florence left behind in the state of South Carolina, Phenom Hoops will be partnering with the Americares Foundation in donating proceeds from the South Carolina Top 80 to their efforts in South Carolina. The Americares Foundation’s mission statement is to save lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they...

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Houston Baptist Secures a Diamond in the Rough

Houston Baptist Secures a Diamond in the Rough   The Class of 2019 is arguably the most intriguing group of prospects in recent memory, given its lack of a clear-cut superstar. That being said, this recruiting class is extremely thorough and full of quality, under-the-radar prospects. Guys outside of the national rankings often get pushed aside, but many players within that mold tend to...

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South Carolina Jr. Phenom: Team 2 Evaluations

South Carolina Jr. Phenom Evaluations   Team 2 Coach: Michael Wilson   #6: 5’2 ’24 Ladontae Felton (Aiken, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that turned some heads with his offensive approach, Ladontae Felton. He’s a guard with great quickness, able to break down opponents off the bounce and effectively enter the paint. Felton scored the ball fairly well, but his vision and...

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South Carolina Jr. Phenom: Team 1 Evaluations

South Carolina Jr. Phenom Evaluations   Team 1 Coach: Mike Rollins   #1: 4’10 ’26 Mario James (Columbia, SC) Starting things off, we look at the youngest player in attendance at our first South Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp, Mario James. He’s a solid player for his age with nice ball-handling and penetration abilities. Though James was younger than everyone else, he showed grit and...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour: Oak Hill Academy

For the sixth consecutive year, Phenom Hoop Report travelled up to Oak Hill the first Monday of the fall NCAA viewing period. Legendary coach Steve Smith is entering his 34th season at Oak Hill. Coach Smith has complied an unprecedented 1118-72 record. In other words, Coach Smith has won 94% of his games and has won nine national high school championships. Year after year, Oak Hill is competing...

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Diving in With: Jackson Gabriel

Recently 6’2 2019 guard Jackson Gabriel committed to Lees McRae College, the Lincoln Charter star is a big addition to the 2019 class for Dunk Mountain.   Gabriel will come in with a winning pedigree, he’s a state champion, and currently he ranks third all time in three- pointers- made in the state. Gabriel has been known as one of the elite snipers in the state for years, but he’s...

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Diving in With: Isaiah Wilkins

Recently I caught up with 6’5 Virginia Tech freshman Isaiah Wilkins at Reynolds Park Recreation Center, Wilkins was a guest speaker at the camp and  it was held just days before his departure to Blacksburg, Virginia.   The event served as a homecoming for Wilkins, he’s ending his time in Winston on the court where it all began. The kids look up to him and are eager to battle Wilkins...

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Diving in With: Michael Wynn

There has been a lot of recent buzz directed at impact freshmen in a loaded ACC conference and it’s well deserved, among these groups the Wake Forest Demon Deacons brought in a class ranked 23rd nationally and fourth in the ACC according to 247Sports.   The class is headlined by two versatile wing prospects, five star Jaylen Hoard, and four star Isaiah Mucius. The combo guard duo of Jamie...

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Diving in with: Chance Carter

6’2 2020 guard Chance Carter will transfer to Forsyth Country Day and rejoin his former Coach Monty Gray. Carter spent the first two seasons of his prep career at Glenn High School, where he shined at moments as an underclassmen for a rebuilding program. During that time Carter established a rapport with coach Gray, who was previously the Bobcats head coach. The two built trust within one...

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Introducing the Madison Dark Hype Film

The official Hype Film for 5’6 2019 Providence Grove point guard Madison Dark is here, and she is expecting a breakout senior season after some major strides last year!Dark averaged 16 points, four assists, one rebound, and a block per game, for the Patriots a year ago. Dark is a fierce floor general capable of scoring from all three levels, she shoots it well off the dribble, and Dark can stop...

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Diving in With: Justin Matthews

The ability to multi task is something Justin Matthews knows all too well, throughout July he balanced a busy live period with NC Top Flight and competitive 7on7 football competitions with Eastern Guilford high school.Matthews had a solid showing with Top Flight through a very competitive slate of games during the live period. Matthews was a consistent presence at point guard he ran the offense...

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Flomo’s Fab Five+ : #PhenomSouthernJam II Championship Sunday PT. 1

Championship Sunday is always the most exciting day for me, it’s a chance to see which players can still perform at a high level after competing in 5-6 games in a short time span. With that being said, here are the players who stepped up and stood out: 2020 6’0 Jeremy mull – Team Invasion 16U Mull is a shot creator and a shot maker, he led his team with a smooth 26 pts in their 9am...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt 1

The Phenom Southern Jam Showcase was a picking grounds for low major division ones to the NAIA schools in attendance. With all the big boys out of town this was a prime week for staffs to discover diamonds in the rough and get the jump on some sleepers. This time of the year coaches are always looking to add a spark to the lineup. A handful of players did their stocks serious justice so lets...

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Diving in with: Jaeden Lanning

Jaeden Lanning isn’t a stranger to the underdog role, at a slender six- feet it’s easy to overlook him but that would be a mistake. It might be fair to say this July has been the most productive month of Lanning’s basketball career on the floor. Lanning has elevated his play to new heights most recently yesterday, he went off for 29 points, six assists, and five boards to lead PSB Winston Salem....

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Flomo’s Fab Five: #PhenomSouthernJam II Afternoon Standouts

Their is still plenty of opportunity for players to prove themselves today. Currently, here are the players that stood out so far: 2019 6’3 Trevon Bell – Fayetteville Spurs 17U Bell has the ability to do a variety of things on the offensive end of the floor. At 6’3 when playing the point he can see over the defense and create opportunities for others. When on the wing, he showed he can...

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Flomo’s Fab Five: #PhenomSouthernJam Day 2

Today I had the opportunity of covering the action on Court 3 of #PhenomSouthernJam Day 2. After another great day of hoops, here are the players who stood out the most for me: 2020 5’9 PG Troy Clement – Team Vision 16U Lefty Guard that can score in a variety of ways. Had a good showing in the 11am game vs SCBA 16U. Troy is capable of hitting jumpers in defenders faces if they contest...

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Flomo’s Fab Five Plus One: #PhenomSouthernJam Day 1 Recap

Tonight was the opening night of the #PhenomSouthernJam Session 1. Players competed at a high level, everyone brought their A games setting the tone for the rest of the week. Here are my top performers from Day 1: 2021 6’1 PG Justin Taylor – Team Loaded CVA 15U Taylor was extremely impressive in game 1. He is listed at 6’1 but looks to be more in the 6’3-6’4 range. He is a floor general...

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