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Leader By Example: Cam Flippen

Now that we’ve reached the month of July, basically every game represents the opportunity for players to be seen, evaluated, and offered by college coaches. While this notion is more applicable to seniors, several juniors and multiple sophomores will inevitably put themselves on the radars of next-level programs. Over the few months, we will take a closer look at various players who should...

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Phenom Team Camp: Five Players Worthy of an Uptick in Recruitment

The past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted our annual Team Camp in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Between the individual talent, collection of teams, and overall competition, there were a lot of meaningful takeaways. College coaches were in attendance from start to finish, and several players made lasting impressions with their play. This article will take a closer look at five prospects who are...

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North Carolina Top 80 Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Tre Smith Game Film:Team 1 vs Team 2Team 1 vs Team 3Team 1 vs Team 4NC Top 80 Semi-Final (1/4 vs 5/8) #3: 5’11 ’25 Derek Ross Jr. (Jordan) Starting things off, we look at a player who is arguably the most dynamic floor general in the state, Derek Ross Jr. He’s a smart, unselfish point guard prospect with incredible quickness and open-floor speed. Ross utilizes his tight handle and...

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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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POB’s Strockrisers at the Coach Rick TOC (Part 1)

2025 Cam Flippen (Team PUSH): When talking about players that really impressed me at the event, Flippen is one that continued to pop up in my head and he was consistent all weekend long. When you talk about this young man’s game, you know what you are going to get; a player that competes brings a strong defensive presence, plays with a physical feel, attacks well off the dribble, helps run the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Coach Rick’s TOC (Part 2)

2027 Sean Nix (Team Dominate): What a showing this young man had, going for 42 points to lead the charge and doing all he could for his team. He was able to score in a variety of ways, creating off the dribble, finishing strong, showing his jumper, and also finding ways to get to the line. But I like what Cooper Hart also said, as he played within the offense and looked to get others involved as...

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Player Standouts at Coach Rick’s TOC

7’0 ’24 Chol Machot (Winston-Salem Christian) There were a lot of impressive performers on display, but Machot was arguably above the rest. He’s an extremely long, mobile big man with touch, athleticism, and interior instincts on both ends of the floor. Machot finishes above the rim, rebounds with consistency, and alters shots at a high volume. He also spaces the floor and runs well in...

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The Burlington School Continues to Roll

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to various different locations for the June Live Period. Between the talent in Advance and Greensboro, there was plenty of buzz about the NCHSAA and NCISAA competition throughout the weekend. Although the public-school event was at capacity for most of the weekend, Greensboro Day School (as expected) hosted an extremely entertaining three-day slate of...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 1 at Phenom MDC

2025 Jake Benham (Mint Hill Lakers): Benham continues to find his name on our standout lists. But it is hard not to have him on the list with the consistent play he has been showing this summer. Benham is having a breakout-type year, showing how he can be a game-changer with his shot-making, his quick release, and his ability to make plays in a variety of ways. Another outing in which he filled...

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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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New names to put on your radar from Carmel Tip-Off

2024 Kyrell Shaw (Northside Christian): Coming from Mooresville and now being a big part of Northside Christian, Shaw is a player that could garner more eyes his way. The younger brother of KC Shaw, Kyrell showed this weekend that he can be a big threat from outside if someone was looking for a shooter with range. He runs the floor and gets to his spots well, but also finished out in transition...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Carmel Tip-Off (Part 2)

2024 JJ Moore (Concord Academy): The junior guard was terrific in this game. Moore came out red hot from the outside, continuing to show his capability to be a threat from three but also using his speed to attack and create off the dribble. It was hard for defenders to stay in front as they had to respect his quickness but he made them pay multiple times from three.  Even in overtime, he...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Jabarr Adams #3: 5’11 ’24 Quay Watson (Hopewell) Starting things off, we look at a player who possesses a really balanced skillset and approach, Quay Watson. He’s a smart, polished point guard prospect with the ability to run a team, get others involved, and apply efficient scoring pressure from all three levels. Watson handles the ball with poise, creates clean looks for...

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Open Gym Report: The Burlington School

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to The Burlington School in Burlington, North Carolina for our annual open gym tour. The Spartans have turned a lot of heads over the last decade between guys like Ron Johnson, Will Robertson, and Ryan Bernardi. Now, George Marshall is at the helm and folks still have plenty to be excited about. He’s already asserted his culture, leadership presence, and...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom Hardwood Classic

2025 Martin Giant (Basketpoint USA): Giant played extremely well to start his day. Already sporting great size at his age, Giant showed a little bit of his pull-up game in knocking down shots but was really putting it on the deck to either get to the line or to finish strong at the rim. Really like his blend of playmaking, finishing/scoring, and athleticism. 2025 CJ Purdie (Combine Academy...

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The Expected Rise of Dudley Basketball

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Haeco Invitational. Formerly the Timco Little Four, this post-Christmas event has been a staple in the city over the last 45 years. During a thrilling first day of games, Dudley narrowly fell to Smith and found themselves in the consolation bracket. Regardless, the Panthers have shown consistent flashes throughout the...

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Page v. Dudley

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the “Big Four” at Ben L. Smith High School, as Page and Dudley prepared to kick off their season with a neutral site contest. Given their talent, leadership, and coaching staff, the Pirates entered this contest with their highest expectations in recent memory. Meanwhile, Dudley quietly trended upward as one of the Triad’s more underrated teams throughout...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Rise Showcase (Day 1: Part 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2023 Dallas Gardner (Flight 9)If you didn’t think he was the best player on the court before tip, Dallas will change your mind very quickly. Plays with a chip on his shoulder as if there’s always something new to prove and backs it up with his playmaking ability. Has the ultimate confidence and swagger out on the court, smooth as can be just going out and getting things done with...

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Ben L. Smith captures win over rival Dudley

Phenom Hoops traveled to Greensboro to watch a rivalry between Ben L. Smith and Dudley. These two programs have had tons of success and have built a winning culture. This match-up last night did not disappoint. The game came down to the very end. Maurice Hines knocked in two free throws for Ben L. Smith to take a one-point lead and secured a 64-63 win. Top Performers Nashaun Hale 2022 Ben L....

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