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Coach Rick’s Early Season Thoughts & Predictions

Coach Rick’s Early Season Thoughts: 12-14-18       Six weeks has already passed since we cranked up the 2018-19 basketball season with the Phenom High School Jamboree on Saturday, November 3rd. 40 teams participated in this event and we at Phenom Hoop Report has been going full throttle each and every weekend. We’ve seen a tremendous amount of games and teams. Week two in the...

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‘Off the Radar’ : Jaden Frazier

Instagram: @j_frazier32   The men’s varsity squad of Blue Ridge School has kicked off this season successfully with a 4-0 start. As the weeks continue on, obviously games will become tougher as teams start to gain a stronger on-court chemistry. Regardless, I feel Blue Ridge’s chances to keep piling up victories remains strong due to several key points I acknowledged in my season preview of the...

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North Carolina Stockrisers in the Class of 2020

The high school basketball season has already been loaded with excitement, intensity, and anticipation, and we aren’t even halfway. Various players have been emerging throughout the month of November and should be noted accordingly, which is the main purpose of this article. We’ve hosted jamborees and showcases every weekend since the start of November, featuring an abundance of talent from...

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Rangy Wing Prospect Becoming a Potential High-Major Player

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Columbia, South Carolina for the prestigious Bojangles Bash at Ridge View High School. There was an influx of talented teams and players on display from all around the country, but few guys were more impressive than Asanti Price of Keenan High School. At a long, wiry 6-foot-5, he’s starting to gain traction as one of the top available prospects in the...

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#AmateurHour (Ep33): BoBash Recap and A Preview of the Capital City Jam

Jamie Shaw, Rick Lewis, and Miles Masercola break down some major takeaways from the Bojangles Bash (Start-13:00) and everything leading into this weekends Capital City Jam (13:10-End). Be sure to subscribe and leave a...

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The Talent in Phenom’s 2nd Annual Capital City Jam has Made it a Big Hit with College Coaches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Talent in Phenom’s 2nd Annual Capital City Jam has Made it a Big Hit with College Coaches will take place at Ben Lippen School on Saturday, December 15   Columbia, SC – Ben Lippen School will hold host to the 2nd Annual Phenom’s Capital City Jam, set to take place this Saturday, December 15. The event is set to host eight of the premier teams from...

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The New NCAA Ruling: What does it mean?

The New NCAA Ruling: What does it mean?  Jeff Borzello of ESPN broke a news story about the new NCAA rule that limits coaches access to a  large number of recruits in the month of June. See attached link. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/25518419/new-ncaa-rule-limits-coaches-access-some-recruits-june Unfortunately, it stated what we already knew. Back in September, Phenom...

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Phenom Hoop Report – Cheyenne Alston

Cheyenne Alston 5’11 150 2019 Churchill Academy, Richmond VA Cheyenne is an explosive athlete who combines his elite athleticism with very good skills and a natural feel. He has tremendous end to end speed and a quick handle. A blur in transition he has the ability to weave through traffic and make a dribble move mid stride and not lose a step. Keeps his head up and can fire a full court pass...

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Live with Brandon Blakney ft Josh Nickleberry

Fayetteville, North Carolina- On the latest segment of Live With Brandon Blakney Extra, Northwood Temple senior, and Louisville signee Josh Nickleberry joined the podcast. Nickleberry is one of the hottest names in prep hoops at the moment, he’s got a chance to break 3,000 career points this season. Phenom Hoops Analyst Jamie Shaw described Nickleberry as “ the best scorer in North Carolina...

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ARS Rescue Rooter Washington DC HoopFest (12/8/18) Recap

  Finally… I can check it off the list that I attended the annual ‘DC National Hoopfest.’ I’ve heard SO much about this event for the last several years but never had the opportunity to go and watch due to my own college basketball career. This past Saturday, it felt pretty surreal to walk into the historic Wooten gymnasium on DeMatha Catholic High School’s campus and prepare for media coverage....

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6’9 Josh Hall to reclassify to 2020

Josh Hall will reclassify to 2020    Per coach Antonio Lowe (Moravian Prep), 6’9 Josh Hall will reclassify to the graduating class of 2020. Josh Hall has seen his stock rise dramatically with his play at Moravian Prep this season and continues to be one of the hottest prospects for his size and position. . We’re talking about a mobile, fluid, agile and multi-talented wing. Hall has...

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North Stanly Vs West Stanly: Players to Watch

Last week I took a little drive outside of the city limits to Stanly County to check out a big time rivalry matchup between North Stanly and West Stanly.  The gym was sold out about 30 minutes before the tip off and the court was filled with next level talent on both sides of the ball.  West Stanly got the win at home by the score of 65-55, here are some players to watch. 6’6 2019 Hayden...

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Elite Basketball Teams Competing in 3rd Annual Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Showcase

Elite Basketball Teams Competing in 3rd Annual Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Showcase will take place at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC on December 20-22 Columbia, SC – On the heels of this Saturday’s Phenom’s Capital City Jam, Ben Lippen School (7401 Monticello Rd, Columbia, SC 29203) will host another major high school boys basketball tournament, set to take place from December 20-22. The 3rd...

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Charlotte Christian vs. Ardrey Kell Game Recap

Game Recap: Charlotte Christian vs. Ardrey Kell Charlotte Christian 73 – Ardrey Kell 60 Game Recap Both teams made small runs to start the first quarter, going back and forth.  Seth Bennett for Charlotte Christian came out ready to play, getting his team out early, hitting three’s and attacking the basket.  Ardrey Kell struggled in the second quarter, allowing Charlotte Christian to get out to a...

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Carmel Christian vs. Comenius Game Recap

Game Recap: Carmel Christian vs. Comenius Final Carmel Christian 90 – Comenius 49 In the first quarter, it seemed like both teams were looking to play their style of offense and defense, figuring each other out.  In doing so, both started out slow in the first half.  Comenius took advantage early against the full court press but Carmel Christian picked it up a notch, creating turnovers and...

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Phenom Hoop Report – Zion Davis

Zion Davis 6’4 200 2019 TPLS Christian Academy, Richmond VA Zion is a talented and crafty guard with a powerfully built frame, athletic and agile. He is capable of playing either guard position and small forward at the high school level as he combines bullish drives to the rim with a crafty handle and a deft shooting touch with range beyond the arc. Not necessarily explosive, Zion is ball quick...

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Phenom Hoop Report – Travon Gray

Travon Gray 6’4 170 2021 Jamestown High School, Williamsburg VA A long athletic frame, great bounce, versatility and a nonstop motor; that’s what Travon Gray brings to the floor and that’s why he’s averaging double figures in points and rebounds one month into his sophomore year. Travon offers versatility on both ends of the floor. He can knock down shots off the dribble or sprint down the floor...

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Liberty Heights: Overcoming Adversity

Liberty Heights: Overcoming Adversity    For Coach Mike Wright, he has endured a tremendous amount of difficulty and adversity over the past six months. He lost two players in James Hampton and Mikey Maddox. James Hampton (Team United)  collapsed and died at a Nike EYBL basketball game in Hampton, Virginia. A few months later, Mikey Maddox died from a bicycle accident. Maddox was enrolled at...

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Phenom Hoop Report – Samuel Brannen

Samuel Brannen 5’11 150 2023 Portsmouth Christian School, Portsmouth VA Samuel is a strong and confident guard with powerful strides, sound ball handling skills, excellent shot making consistency and strong scoring instincts. I could analyze the aesthetics of his perfect shooting form and sound mechanics but suffice it to say he is a natural shooter and a creative scorer. Sam is a high...

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Lakewood Duo Becoming Worthy of National Recognition

There are a lot of meaningful subplots for Phenom’s upcoming Capital City Jam at Ben Lippen High School, but few will be more intriguing than the tandem of Quentin Hodge and Juwan Perdue. It seems like not too long ago that we were talking about how Perdue was starting to become overlooked and should be getting courted by an abundance of Division I programs. Somehow only Radford, Austin Peay,...

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Moravian Prep High School: Always up to the challenge

Moravian Prep High School: Always up to the challenge Back in September, Phenom Hoop Report travelled up to Lenoir, North Carolina to watch the Moravian Prep open gym. After watching the collection of talent, we proceeded to ask coach Antonio Lowe if he would be interested in playing Oak Hill Academy at the inaugural Carmel Christian Tip Off Classic presented by Phenom Hoop Report. Immediately,...

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Northside Christian: Hitting their Stride

Northside Christian: Hitting their Stride   There is no question, coach Erasto Hatchett has plenty to be excited about. His team has a current 9-3 record heading into the Phenom Capital City Jam that will be held Saturday, January 15th at Ben Lippen High School in Columbia, South Carolina. He has a nice blend of youth, talent and experience, but most of all optimism. Leading the way is fast...

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SAD SAM’S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 12/8/18

SAD SAM’S FURIOUS 5 FOR WEEK ENDING 12/8 Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the pre-maturely snowy piedmont!  Now that bread and milk are sold out in the area, The Great One is here to give you this week’s Furious 5.  Independence nipped fellow F5 member Olympic but there were no other changes that affected the pecking order.  Conference play begins next week so shifts in the 5...

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‘Sleepy Thompson Basketball Tournament’ (12/6 – 12/8/18) Recap

  Every year around this time, in early December, the upper campus of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (SSSAS) knows to expect both some new and familiar faces arriving for a weekend stay in the Alexandria, VA area. This completely has to do with SSSAS hosting their annual ‘Sleepy Thompson Basketball Tournament,’ one of the most prestigious high school hoops events in the Northern VA region....

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Phenom Hoop Report – Made Hoops Winter Session I Recap

The MadeHoops (Maximizing Athletes Development & Exposure) provides a competitive, high profile platform not only for top talent to compete against one another but to give fans an opportunity to see tomorrow’s stars today! The 5th annual MadeHoops Winter Circuit made its first stop on the 2018-2019 tour at Boo Williams in Hampton Virginia; Phenom Hoop Report recaps the 8th grade event and...

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High School Hot Takes — week of December 10

Rick Lewis North Mecklenburg better than expected Last season, North Mecklenburg finished 27-2 and was upset in the NCHSAA 4A Regional Sectionals. They lost three year starter point guard Vaud Worthy to graduation. Nationally ranked 6’8 Jaelyn Withers (Louisville commit) moved to Ohio and Myles Hunter transferred to Carmel Christian. The Vikings are much smaller than previous years, but after...

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6’4 2020 Jordan Yarrell: Gaining Traction

6’4 2020 Jordan Yarrell: Gaining Traction 6’4 2020 JordanYarrell (John Paul II Catholic) in Greenville has been creating a lot of buzz. We first watched Jordan at our NC Phenom 150 camp back in 2016. At the time, we stated, “Jordan is a tough guard that does a little bit of everything on the basketball court. He plays with great energy and intensity at all times.  He is the...

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Why Phenom’s Capital City Jam is the Can’t Miss Ticket in Columbia for December 15

Juwan Gary Vs. Quentin Hodge is a Passing of the Torch from 2019s Best Wing to 2020s Best Wing Juwan Gary has been a known commodity since his 8th grade year. He burst on the scene that year and quickly became a national level recruit. He spent his first three seasons at Gray Collegiate Academy prior to committing to Alabama. After committing to Alabama he transferred to Charlotte based Liberty...

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Phenom’s Capital City Jam Features Numerous Unsigned Seniors Primed for D1 Scholarships

The early signing period has come and the college coaches recruiting boards have reshuffled. They are out on the prowl looking for players who are still available to fill their roster spots. This cycle has seen many players slip through the cracks, high level prospects who, for whatever reason, aren’t getting the love they should. The great things about Phenom’s Capital City Jam is a...

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Cox Mill “X Factors,” They’re more than just role players

Cox Mill “X Factors,” They’re more than just role players  For head coach Jody Barbee and Cox Mill, they have won back to back NCHSAA 3A state championships and will once again be in the conversation as favorites to repeat. They have Duke signee Wendell Moore returning and ever improving Charlotte signee Caleb Stone-Carrawell. Moore has secured the lofty number one ranking in...

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