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Could 2026 Tyson Thompson (St. Paul’s) be tracking to another level'

Player: Tyson ThompsonSchool: St. Paul’sClass: 2026Height: 6’9 At the Hoops & Dreams Showcase, it was a great opportunity to view a rising big that we don’t get to see a ton of but has always impressed in 2026 6’9 Tyson Thompson from St. Paul’s.  Thompson has been one we have monitored over the years and has steadily continued to develop into a strong prospect and one that college...

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2025 Kenny Vera (Northwood Temple) putting on a show to start the season

Player: Kenny VeraSchool: Northwood TempleClass: 2025Height: 6’3 There are plenty of players who have elevated their play this season from last year, and it is hard not to talk about the improvement and development of 2025 6’3 Kenny Vera at Northwood Temple. The guard had a solid season as a sophomore, averaging 11.5ppg and 4.2pg. But he has taken the next step in his journey, as he has started...

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Phenom Heading Eastbound: 2024 Hezron Driver is one to jot down

Player: Hezron DriverSchool: Laney HSClass: 2024Height: 6’4 The Hoops & Dreams Showcase was a tremendous event once again this year down in Fayetteville (NC), as there were plenty of players who impressed with their performances. One player that grabbed our attention was an unsigned senior 2024 6’4 Hezron Driver at Laney High School. Driver has been part of a balanced attack for the...

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2024 Amari Latham continues to produce and shine

We continue to highlight players and topics from this past weekend, as we had a great weekend of basketball here in North Carolina.  One topic that we were intrigued with watching and really impressed with was the play of 2024 6’6 Amari Latham for Goldsboro. Goldsboro may have a few different leaders, but Latham has only continued and elevated his play to be the go-to guy for his team, and...

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2024 Paul McNeil (Richmond) comes out swinging to start senior season

The season is officially underway for all teams here in North Carolina, as Phenom Hoops got the opportunity to watch one of the premier seniors here in NC with 2024 Paul McNeil who is committed to NC State.  Richmond, who is a team that is looking to make yet another run at a title, tipped off their season in a big way at the Hoops & Dreams Showcase, and McNeil didn’t disappoint. McNeil...

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What We Learned: Day 1 at Hoops and Dreams Showcase

2026 Tyson Thompson has the makings of a big-time big here in NC It was fun to watch Thompson go to work and operate, as we don’t get to see too much of him out east. But even in a tough game on Day 1, the young big man really showed flashes of his potential and impact on the court. There is a lot to like about his strength and physicality, as well as being a fluid big man. He showed flashes of...

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Westover vs. New Life Christian Game Recap

The final contest of our sixth annual Hoops and Dreams Showcase took place between Westover and New Life Christian. As expected, the atmosphere was excellent for these two local squads to battle it out. Things opened up with Westover gaining clear momentum and mounting a strong lead to open the game. However, that was short-lived, as New Life Christian quickly responded to end the quarter with a...

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Millbrook vs. Richmond Game Recap

The second day of our sixth annual Hoops and Dreams Showcased continued with another notable matchup between Millbrook and Richmond. Both squads sport loaded rosters and several college prospects of varying levels, so the stage was set for an exciting battle. However, Richmond had other plans, as they mounted a 19-3 lead through the opening eight minutes of play. Their group effort was on full...

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Greenfield vs. Jordan Game Recap

The second day of our sixth annual Hoops and Dreams Showcased carried onward with a highly anticipated matchup between Greenfield School and Jordan High School. The success of Coach Salter and the Knights is widely known, and this group looks ready to contend for another title. The action got underway with Greenfield being the aggressor, quickly mounting a double-digit lead, and never looking...

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Trinity Christian vs. NC GBB Game Recap

The second day of our sixth annual Hoops and Dreams Showcase continued with a matchup between Trinity Christian and NC GBB. After thwarting their opponent yesterday, the Crusaders came out of the gate with passion and intensity. Their depth and overall balance allowed them to dictate the action for the opening two quarters, and enter halftime with a 48-26 lead. Following the break, NC GBB...

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Red Springs vs. Northwood Temple Game Recap

The second day of our sixth annual Hoops and Dreams Showcased continued with a matchup between Red Springs and Northwood Temple. Both squads enter this contest looking to prove themselves, and it ended up being a pretty entertaining affair. The Eagles came out of the gate playing unselfish, team-oriented basketball and quickly took the lead as a direct result. Kenny Vera set the tone and the...

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Westover vs. Seventy-First (Girls) Game Recap

The second day of our sixth annual Hoops and Dreams Showcase kicked off with a girls contest between Westover and Seventy-First. Things got started with Westover taking complete control of the action behind the high-level play of Rmani Robinson. She immediately asserted herself as the clear two-way leader and never relinquished her grasp—single-handedly outscoring the opposition in the first...

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Hoop and Dreams Showcase: Richmond vs. Fayetteville Academy

Final game of the night had two extremely strong teams going at it with Richmond vs. Fayetteville Academy squaring off.  This was a game that had the crowd buzzing and certainly plenty of fans in the stands watching.  Fayetteville Academy punched first, going inside and attacking down in the paint, which allowed them to jump a double-digit lead at the end of the first quarter. ...

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Hoop and Dreams Showcase: Trinity Christian vs. Terry Sanford

Game 5 went underway here at the Hoops & Dreams Showcase, as Trinity Christian and Terry Sanford tipped it off in Fayetteville. Trinity Christian made a strong early push, jumping out to an early double-digit lead and making quick work to start the game. The size and guard play came out strong, with 2026 Justin Caldwell being an early force. It allowed Trinity Christian to jump out to a 29-7...

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Hoop and Dreams Showcase: NC GBB vs. Northwood Temple

Heading into the night session, NC GBB and Northwood Temple matched up on the court in Game 4. Early on it was a tight battle, with Northwood Temple holding the 14-9 lead after the first quarter and maintaining that lead heading into halftime. 2025 Kenny Vera led the charge early on for Northwood Temple, leading his team to a 26-20 halftime lead. 2024 Caden Bell was the go-to guy early on for NC...

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Hoop and Dreams Showcase: Laney vs. Jordan

Moving on to Game 3, Laney and Jordan really brought a ton of energy and the offense with them as they were both aggressive and got things going. Jordan fell behind at the end of the first quarter 17-13, but Zion Wells had a strong first half, being the most effective scoring option through inside and out.  For Laney though, they were able to expand on their lead in the second quarter,...

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Hoop and Dreams Showcase: Harrell’s Christian vs. New Life Christian

Game 2 on the day here in Fayetteville, as Harrell’s Christian and New Life Christian squared off in an intense battle.  It was a low-scoring game to start, as New Life was able to take an 11-5 first-quarter lead in this one.  2025 O’Dell Goodman and 2024 Kaleb James led the charge for New Life, who extended their lead to 23-14 by halftime. Harrell’s struggled to find their offense, as...

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Hoop and Dreams Showcase: St. Pauls vs. Goldsboro

We kicked off a great event down in Fayetteville, as Goldsboro and St. Pauls squared off the start.  Goldsboro came out strong, led by their leader in 2024 Amari Latham to grab an early lead early in the first but St. Pauls was able to battle back and tie the game in the second quarter.  2026 Tyson Thompson was the go-to guy for St. Pauls, being a physical being down low in the paint...

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What I Have My Eyes on at Hoops and Dreams Showcase

Paul McNeil/Richmond vs. Colt Langdon/Millbrook showdown There is no doubt that one of the top storylines heading into this event is the matchup between NC State Commit Paul McNeil and Richmond, going up against 2025 Colt Langdon. Two of the top players that will either be going to a high-major program or are going to a high-major program, square off as both teams have aspirations of making a...

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Lady Phenom: What to Watch between Westover vs. Seventy-First (G) at Hoops and Dreams Showcase

Westover: When looking at this roster, one of the first things you notice is just how young they are overall on the court.  That should always be fun for scouts to watch as the next wave of talent comes through.  But when you talk about this team, you first have to start with the senior Rmani Robinson, who started off the season strong with a 15pt, 9reb, 2ast, and 2stl game.  She...

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Enjoy the Holiday Weekend with Phenom Hoops: Lakesgiving and Hoops and Dreams Showcase

We are gearing up for a great week heading into a great weekend of basketball with the Phenom Lakesgiving and Hoops and Dreams Showcase. Two Events and a Ton of Talent in both, check out just a FEW names you will want to check out at each event. Just A Few Names To Watch: Hoops and Dreams: https://www.phenomhoopreport.com/phenom-hoops-events/hoops-and-dreams-showcase-details-page/ 2024 Amari...

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MUST-SEE Games in the month of November with Phenom Hoops (Part 2)

The month of November with Phenom Hoops will certainly be one to remember, as we have a loaded month of matchups that will be very intriguing to watch for all fans around the region. This was a tough list, but one that could certainly be a lot longer. However, here are some of the MUST-SEE games coming up with Phenom Hoops in the month of November. 1of1 Academy vs. Winston Salem Christian...

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Phenom Schedule Announcement: Hoops and Dreams Showcase

The Thanksgiving holiday will be here before you know it, but before you make all your plans, let us make a case on why you should spend your weekend with Phenom Hoops.  One of two loaded events on the weekend, the Hoops and Dreams Showcase sponsored by LucasMoore Realty will be taking place at Fayetteville State, as we have some incredible matchups.  Check out the full schedule for...

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Hoops and Dreams back again with premier programs on display

We continue to roll through the Phenom Hoops high school season, as we now head toward the end of November for the Hoops and Dreams presented by LucasMoore Reality, which will be taking place at Fayetteville State University. Being back in the Fayetteville area, Phenom Hoops has a great chance to highlight some of the premier talent more towards the east side of the state, as we will have a...

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Why Ari Fulton Should Appeal to Division I Coaches

Since Covid, the high school recruiting landscape has changed drastically. Guys who would’ve been given a chance to prove themselves at level “X” are still being pushed aside for players who, theoretically, can contribute right away. Now, whether those guys (often older, more experienced transfers or JUCO products) actually move the needle is largely inconclusive. The point is: high school...

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Takeaways from Hoops and Dreams Showcase: Justin Caldwell is Worth Noting

Being a freshman is such a unique time in a basketball player’s journey. Gone are the days of middle school ball, where having the best athlete or tallest player on the court is a near-guaranteed recipe for success. Instead, the real adventure begins (typically) with a myriad of goals and expectations being set in place for these young prospects. Some kids are capable of contributing right away,...

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Hoops & Dreams Top Performances

Here is a list of the top performers from the Hoops & Dream Showcase presented by Lucas Moore Realty. Please note these top performers are in alphabetical order by school. Fayetteville Academy6’5 2024 Xavier Johnson: 31 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists & 2 steals on Friday. 19 points, 1 rebound & 1 assist on Saturday. 6’4 2026 Jossiah Johnson: 22 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist...

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Takeaways from Hoops and Dreams Showcase: Richmond Ready to Dominate

Anyone plugged into the grassroots basketball scene should already be well aware of Paul McNeil’s sudden return to North Carolina and Richmond High School. The news sent shockwaves throughout the state, as last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year had been enjoying a pretty strong start to his season at Prolific Prep. Regardless, McNeil comes back to join a Raiders squad that is even better than...

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Takeaways from Hoops and Dreams Showcase: Quality Education is Legit

Accumulation of talent has become the biggest priority for a vast majority of high school programs over the last few years. Sure, every coach aims to put out the best possible on-court product but the rapid increase in private/independent school popularity has turned the landscape into mayhem. Too many coaches are determined to build the most talented teams instead of hunting for cohesion and...

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