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Phenom Open Gym: North Meck

Phenom Hoops traveled to Huntersville, North Carolina to cover the opening day of public high school open gym/workouts. For Head Coach, Duane Lewis, the future is now and he has another absolutely loaded roster, including Duke commit Isaiah Evan. Last season, North Mecklenburg finished with a 29-3 overall record and a 11-1 conference record, before losing in the NCHSAA 4A Western Regional final...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Peach Jam Championship

Photo Courtesy: Nike EYBL 2026 Dionte Neal (CP3): Neal was superb and it is time to give this young man credit for what he does on the court. Though he is a smaller guard, Neal can be an absolute difference-maker on the floor on both sides. He can strap up and create a ton of havoc defensively, putting a ton of pressure on opponents but he also is terrific in his ability to create and set up his...

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Five Notable Young Prospects from Phenom MDC

6’9 ’26 Cody Peck (CC Elite) There are plenty of high-upside prospects in the state of North Carolina, and it feels like Peck is deserving of more buzz. His physical appeal is obvious from a mere glance, but his skillset and ability to impact the game should also be turning heads. Peck is a long, fluid big man with an incredible blend of IQ, skill, athleticism, and timing. Despite his lack of...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom Rise Showcase (Part 2)

2026 Trey Beamer (Team United): Beamer is an exciting young prospect to really watch out for. Recently watched him in the VISAA playoffs where he filled it up, and did so again today to lead the charge for his team. When you talk about his game, you immediately notice his poise and feel for the game. He has a strong ability to create and make plays from all levels, find ways to get to his spots,...

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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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Phenom Hoops Freshman Forty Evaluations: Team 12

Team 12 Coach: Jordan Parris #54: 5’8 Darnarius Gibson (Winston-Salem Christian) Starting things off, we look at a player who offers a pretty balanced approach as a floor general, Danarius Gibson. He’s a smart, wiry point guard prospect with quickness and the ability to create for himself and others. Gibson handles the ball well against pressure, touches the paint at a solid rate, and can...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from NC Freshman 40 (Part 3)

2026 6’0 Aziz Aljurhanni (Westover): Coming from New Jersey, Aljurhanni is a new name to start monitoring at Westover high school in the coming years. He had a solid showing at the NC Freshman 40 and when you talk about his game, Aljurhanni is a strong-frame, physical prospect at his age, showing his ability to play hard, can bully opponents on both sides of the ball, and finish through contact....

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2026 Ashton Pierce looking poised to make a statement this upcoming season

Ashton Pierce You probably have been seeing us at Phenom Hoops role out some tremendous content from the CP3 Rising Stars camp and we will continue to do so for quite some time, as it was a great opportunity to watch the future talents all on a big stage. Many names were familiar but there were tons of new names that also caught our eyes. But there was one player in our own backyard that really...

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The Carolina’s Class of 2026: CP3 Rising Stars Top 20

After months and months of travel ball, camp season is finally upon us. Although our (Phenom Hoops) camps don’t start until September, there’s no better way to kick things off than the prestigious CP3 Rising Stars Camp. It’s widely regarded as the top collection of talent among rising freshmen throughout the country. Each year, the event hosts a slew of eventual pros (with even more former NBA...

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Immediate Impact Freshmen in North Carolina’s Class of 2026 (Part Two)

The travel ball season is finally beginning to wind down, which naturally generates a lot of buzz and excitement for the upcoming high school year. Folks are ready to see where seniors commit, what team separates themselves from the pack, and everything in-between. One of the more intriguing subplots of each season is how the freshman will ultimately fare, and this year is no different. North...

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Bendel’s Best: Battle at the Lake

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Carolina Courts in Concord, North Carolina for a closer look at some of the young up-and-coming talent from around the area. We attended both Saturday and Sunday, and this article will list some personal standouts from the event… 6’4 ’25 Sadiq White (Underrated Athletes) There were a lot of enticing standouts on display, but White was...

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Phenom Open Gym: Lake Norman Christian

Phenom Hoops went out on the road again, just checking in on another open gym. Always an exciting time for us, as we get to see what teams are shaping up to look like heading into the season but also learn a few new names. Lake Norman Christian has been a HOT name over the last few months and Head Coach Mason Padgett has a ton of talent for him on the floor. They brought in a lot of Division I...

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