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East Meck Wins Silver Division at HoopState Fall League

This past weekend, all the teams from our East and West Fall Leagues came together for the final two days of competition to determine champions for each division. In the gold bracket, Central Cabarrus (yet again) claimed victory. However, the silver bracket offered a lot of intrigue and excitement in its own regard. The Charlotte Eagles (East Meck) and Papa Pete’s Patriots (Apex Friendship)...

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Player Standouts at Hoopstate Fall League Championship

6’5 ’26 Markus Kerr (Cougars) Although the Cougars were missing one of their key pieces, it simply gave Kerr an opportunity to shine as a focal point. He’s a skilled, athletic guard with an all-around skillset and the ability to dominate opponents on both ends of the floor. Kerr is a reliable creator, both for himself and others, and mixes it up from all three levels offensively. He’s a quality...

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East Meck claims Silver Bracket Championship at Phenom Hoop State Fall League

The Phenom Hoop State Fall League was certainly one to remember, and it was an awesome four weeks from teams all around the state.  And what we have noticed as well, is that teams use this opportunity to build upon heading into the upcoming season. So, with the Charlotte Eagles/ East Meck putting a strong showing on during the championship weekend, they hope to build upon that this upcoming...

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Back-to-Back Champs: Central Cabarrus takes the Hoop State Fall League Championship

What a month of basketball it was for Phenom Hoops with the Phenom Hoop State Fall League, and it all ended this past weekend in Bermuda Run (NC). Several teams look to end the league with a championship, but Central Cabarrus/ NC Vikings proved once again why they are one of the top teams in the state. Now winning back-to-back Fall League Championships, the NC Vikings have solidified themselves...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Hoop State League (Championship, Day 1)

2024 Caden Caskey (Purple Knights): Caskey had a strong summer and continued on championship weekend at the Fall League. He continues to flourish as a scoring option, knocking down shots with confidence, creating, making high IQ decisions and reads, and understanding how to be an effective option. He averaged over 20+ points on Day 1 of the weekend. 2025 Darnerian Gibson (WS Christian): Gibson...

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POB’s Thoughts: Best of the Best from Phenom Hoop State League (Forward/Centers)

The Phenom Hoop State Fall League has been tremendous, and we are heading into championship weekend. But there have been plenty of storylines and players that have grabbed my attention. Even though this list could go on a lot longer, here are the top players who have left their mark on me so far at the Fall League at the forwards/centers position. 2024 Makoi Mabor Marier (Gabby Mabor) (Gaston...

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POB’s Thoughts: Best of the Best from Phenom Hoop State League (Wings)

The Phenom Hoop State Fall League has been tremendous, and we are heading into championship weekend. But there have been plenty of storylines and players that have grabbed my attention. Even though this list could go on a lot longer, here are the top players who have left their mark on me so far at the Fall League at the wing position. 2025 Tre McKinnon (Lake Norman): McKinnon had a strong...

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Three Notable Performers from Hoopsate Fall League

6’4 ’25 Matija Moravcevic (The Burlington School) Given the general value of three-point shooting, someone like Moravcevic should be a major target for various college coaches. Between his size, athleticism, and understanding of how to produce within a role, the appeal should be obvious. Moravcevic can make the extra pass and attack closeouts as needed, but knows his strength as a spot-up...

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POB’s Thoughts: Best of the Best from Phenom Hoop State League (PG)

The Phenom Hoop State Fall League has been tremendous and we are heading into championship weekend. But there have been plenty of storylines and players that have grabbed my attention. Even though this list could go on a lot longer, here are the top players who have left their mark on me so far at the Fall League at the point guard position. 2026 Cameron Newman (Gaston Christian): Newman is one...

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POB’s Thoughts: Best of the Best from Phenom Hoop State League (SG)

The Phenom Hoop State Fall League has been tremendous, and we are heading into championship weekend. But there have been plenty of storylines and players that have grabbed my attention. Even though this list could go on a lot longer, here are the top players who have left their mark on me so far at the Fall League at the shooting guard position. 2024 Langston Boyd (Cox Mill): Boyd had a very...

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Keep an eye on Combine Regional with talent that can help programs

Combine Regional is a team that may go a bit under the radar but we are here to tell you that there is talent to be found.  When watching them during the Hoop State Fall League, multiple players have been able to shine in different situations, and we believe that they could be sneaky pick-ups for college programs.  Here are three guys to really look out for this season with his team....

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The Burlington School is going to be able to hurt you in several ways this season

The Hoop State Fall League continues, as we finished up with Week 3 of action and getting a better view of teams and what they have to offer this upcoming season.  One team that I was able to check out in Cox Mill was Team Push, who represents The Burlington School.  Under head coach George Marshall this year, TBS certainly should have their eyes on the prize once again. And even...

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Watch out for Bull City Prep National this year

At the Phenom Hoops Fall League, I had my first chance to check out Bull City Prep and I walked away incredibly impressed as they look like a team that could make some noise this season. They have talent, multiple weapons, and they are looking to lock in as a team that will certainly bring the fight.  When you look at the roster, there are multiple players that you should start hearing more...

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East Meck looking to continue the success from last year into this upcoming season

The Eagles at East Mecklenburg had a strong season last year in which they racked up 21 wins, led by a strong duo of Jordon Nevill and Jonah Lawrence, both of which averaged 20ppg.  However, those two are now gone, with Nevill graduating and playing college basketball and Lawrence now at Providence Day. The Eagles though have been an interesting team to watch at the Hoop State Fall League,...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 3 (Day 1, West)

2025 Trey Shephard (Bull City Prep): A new name from Atlanta now in North Carolina with Bull City, Shephard may have had the most eye-opening performance in Week 3 with what he showed. The 6’6 prospect was effective all throughout the game, filling up the stat sheet and making play after play. He was able to display his athleticism in getting to the rim, attacking the defense, and scoring in a...

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Covenant Day bringing firepower to the court

Searching around the state of North Carolina, Covenant Day will be a team Phenom Hoops, and others will be seeing quite a bit this upcoming season and they will certainly be a team of interest to look out for. Why' When you start looking down at the roster, this is a team that offers an interesting set of talent that will bring a strong balance to the court. Diving into this group, you have to...

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2024 Maurio Hanson needs to be on several coaches’ radars

The Class of 2024 here in North Carolina is certainly a special one, and that has been noted on several occasions before. Looking through our Phenom Hoops rankings, there are plenty of names that are still available that college coaches need to make a prime target. One forward that I believe should continue to receive attention from college coaches is 2024 6’7 Maurio Hanson from Chambers. He has...

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Clayton’s duo needing more recognition; expect big season

The Comets of Clayton will be a school of interest for me personally, as I believe they will be offering a duo that will be making their mark a lot this upcoming season.  But I also believe that they don’t get talked about enough, as Clayton could be a very dangerous team in the area. The duo of 2025 Andrew Grimes and 2025 Justice Mitchell have my attention, and I believe that they could be...

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Learning New Names at the Hoop State League

The Hoop State League presented by Phenom Hoops has given us a great opportunity to learn a few new names that we will be looking out for more this year and down the road.  These four names were ones I wasn’t quite familiar with or have yet to see and should be on the radars down the road from what we saw so far. 2027 Julian Lowe (Wildcats): I hadn’t had a chance to watch Lowe in action...

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Putting Them on Notice: Hoop State League

2024 Caden Bell (NC GBB): If you want to talk about a player who has been putting people on notice, Bell is one of those players. Bell has been off the charts so far, and our scouts have been noticing. He looks bigger and stronger, as he has put the work in the weight room. But he is showing how dynamic of a scoring weapon he can be, as he has been able to score any way he wants; getting to the...

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GRACE Christian has the tools to make this a dangerous team

Phenom Hoops and GRACE Christian are quite familiar with each other over the years, as this is a program under head coach DeShannon Morris that has not only built something special but has developed terrific young men and student-athletes. This is a program that comes to compete every time they step on the court, and never back down from the challenge. We had a chance to watch them recently at...

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POB’s Thoughts: Top Forwards/Bigs at Hoop State League (Through 2 Weeks)

The Hoop State League has been tremendous so far… a lot of talent, a great chance to watch these teams in action early on, and players are competing. Trust me, there are a lot of names that have been catching my eye so far, which is why I wanted to share JUST A FEW NAMES that have really stood out to me through two weeks at the Hoop State League. Check out the forwards/bigs that have...

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POB’s Thoughts: Top Wings at Hoop State League (Through 2 Weeks)

The Hoop State League has been tremendous so far… a lot of talent, a great chance to watch these teams in action early on, and players are competing. Trust me, there are a lot of names that have been catching my eye so far, which is why I wanted to share JUST A FEW NAMES that have really stood out to me through two weeks at the Hoop State League. Check out the wings that have impressed me...

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POB’s Thoughts: Top Guards at Hoop State League (Through 2 Weeks)

The Hoop State League has been tremendous so far… a lot of talent, a great chance to watch these teams in action early on, and players are competing. Trust me, there are a lot of names that have been catching my eye so far, which is why I wanted to share JUST A FEW NAMES that have really stood out to me through two weeks at the Hoop State League. Check out the guards that have impressed me...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Week 2 (East) at Hoop State League

2025 Trevor Best (Word of God): Best really had a tremendous showing; he backed up the talk with his game in Week 2, creating extremely well off the dribble, creating space for his shot from multiple areas, showing his range and confident release, as well as being a true energy player that competes on both ends of the floor. His team needed every point from the guard today and he stepped up big...

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Player Standouts at Hoopstate Fall League (West)

5’9 ’24 AJ Parsley (Team Ville) Playing hard has gradually become an obsolete skill, which is why it’s always refreshing to watch AJ Parsley push the limits on what “high motor” actually means. No matter the context or setting, he plays with a full-throttle approach. What Parsley lacks in height or vertical athleticism, he makes up for with speed, quickness, and general peskiness. He’s a heady...

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Cooper’s Notes: HoopState League East Week 1

By: Cooper Hart 6’5” ’24 D’Marquez Rochelle (BSM Waka Flocka) Rochelle was impressive all Sunday, controlling the game with his defensive versatility, rebounding ability, and shot-making prowess. He has a long frame with good strength that he used to get to his spots at will. He scored the ball within the flow of offense, attacking closeouts wells, hitting catch-and-shoot jumpers, and finishing...

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2024 Jared Taylor (NCL National) continues to perform well

Back in 2022, Phenom Hoops brought a spotlight on 2024 6’8 Jared Taylor as one to watch, and late this summer and in the fall league, Taylor continues to prove that he could be one to watch even more.  He has been playing extremely well and bringing production to the table. If you want to read what we said over a year ago, you can find it here:...

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Youngsters looking to build something at Carson

The Hoop State Fall League gives us a great chance at Phenom Hoops to get an early look at several teams early on, and we are looking to dive into a bit of what we have seen on the court. One team that I was interested in checking out again was Carson, as this is a program that has some good young prospects who will be stepping up early to help lead the charge. We actually wrote about this top...

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A Duo to Watch Out for at Weddington

The Hoop State Fall League gives us a great chance at Phenom Hoops to get an early look at several teams early on, and we are looking to dive into a bit of what we have seen on the court. Weddington is a very well-known program around the state of North Carolina, as they have produced some strong talent over the years as well as racked up plenty of wins.  But I believe there is a new duo...

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