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The Future of Basketball in NC: Class of 2027 (Part 1)

2027 Adam Grier (High Point Christian): Grier is a name that we have talked about in the past and now that he is part of the Class of 2027, it makes him even more intriguing, and should be a freshman that really makes stands out this year. He already has the experience, and he has a tremendous skill set for his age and position. He is an unselfish playmaker, creates well for himself and others,...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Summer Grind

2027 Seth Woodard (Dillard Elite): Woodard has a very good showing on Day 2, as he helped big time for his team to a victory. His sheer presence down in the paint, his activity on the boards on both sides, creating second-chance opportunities, and finishing with touch is what helped his team in a HUGE way to a victory. 2027 Jack Gruendel (Upward Stars Carolina): Gruendel is one that played well...

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High Point Christian is Overflowing with Talent

Over the past few weekends, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to travel out to the NCISAA Live Period and get a closer look at the private school landscape. The gym was filled with countless notable teams and individuals at every turn. College coaches were in attendance and extending offers to deserving prospects. While there were various standouts, storylines, and takeaways, few topics are more...

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A Closer Look: North Carolina’s Class of 2026

6’6 Cole Cloer (Orange) Between the team’s success and his individual production, it’s easy to see why Cole Cloer is already one of the top players in North Carolina’s Class of 2026. At 6-foot-6, he already has the IQ, size, and skillset to legitimately dominate a game. Cloer is a smooth all-around player who comfortably dictates the offensive action with the ball in his hands,...

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High Point Christian Full of Young Talent

Though it’s probably not acknowledged much as it should be, high school coaches are given the massive challenge of restructuring their roster following the departure of prospects—whether transferred or graduated. Look at how effectively Coach Cooper is transitioning after replacing guys like Thomas McIntosh, Ethan Smith, Jack Garner, and others. The Cougars have endured some ups and downs thus...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Tourney Town

5’9 ’24 Morgan Smith (Ben L. Smith) It’s easy to see the value Smith brings to this Golden Eagles squad, especially given her status as their primary ball-handler and overall creator. She’s a very tough, rugged, polished lead guard with a quick first step and the ability to fill it up as a scorer or create for others. Smith attacked the basket and finished, but also hit pull-ups at a high...

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Learning a few new names: Phenom Tourney Town Showcase

The Phenom Tourney Town Showcase, sponsored by Healthy Blue NC, has an outstanding event that brought players and fans to the Greensboro area. There was plenty of talent that we have seen countless times before, but there were a few new names that you may want to jot down and learn a little bit more about. Here are a few new names to watch out for. 2026 Adam Grier (HP Christian): Grier is a...

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Phenom Hoops Freshman Forty Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: DeAngelo Spruill #51: 5’7 Ezekiel Kelly (Hickory Ridge) Starting things off, we look at a player who knows how to properly dictate the action with the ball in his hands, Ezekiel Kelly. He’s a smart, shifty point guard prospect with excellent quickness and a balanced offensive approach. Kelly handles the ball well, sets up others at a steady rate, and applies scoring pressure...

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Phenom Grassroots TOC Team Preview: CSB Elite 2024

The Phenom Grassroots TOC is this weekend in Rock Hill/Fort Mill, as it is the first LIVE Period with Phenom Hoops this season. The talent pool runs deep throughout and we want to give college coaches a leg up on who to watch and who will be in action. Here are a few players to check out for each team, presented by the head coach. CSB Elite 2024 Adam Grier2026Point Guard**Adam is a floor...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Spring Tip-Off (Day 1)

Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Spring TipOff (Day 1)by: Ethan Reece2026 Adam Grier (CSB Elite)The difference you’ll find with Adam and any other 2026 PG is his physical maturity and IQ. He blends right in with the 2024s he was playing with and was actually the leader of his squad and had himself a game in a quality win over Carolina Riptide. Lefty with a pull-up game and a good understanding of how...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts #PhenomJamboreeBash

Brendon Watley 2026 of Save Sports has the potential to be a well known and sought after player. His size and ability along with his overall feel for the game is super advanced for his age. His ability to probe gaps and get inside the lane was eye catching; he was able to attack the rim and score at will. His frame and body did not match his age as he is well developed already and will still...

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North Carolina Junior Phenom Session 2: Evaluation Team 5

North Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp Session Two Evaluations   Team 5 Coach Williams   #1:4’7 ’24 Daisean Kelley (Greenville, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to make his presence felt on both sides of the ball, Daisean Kelley. He’s a point guard prospect with excellent quickness and a team-first approach to the game. Kelley can operate nicely with or without the...

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