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Josiah James Makes it Look Easy … He DOES IT ALL as Porter Gaud CRUISES in SCISA Playoff Win!

McDonald’s All American Josiah James is one of the best players in the country. Tabbed as a 6’7″ Point Guard, he has the skills to dominate on both ends of the floor, all over the court. This week James, and his Porter Gaud team, is vying for their 4th consecutive state championship. This is something unparalleled, however “unparalleled” seems to be what Porter Gaud...

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Low Country Showcase Standouts Part 2

Low Country Showcase Standouts Part 2 Before reading about the Low Country Showcase Standout Part 2, be sure to check out Part 1 https://www.phenomhoopreport.com/low-country-showcase-standouts-part-1/   6’5 2019 Preston Crisp (Woodville Tompkins HS-GA) Woodville Tompkins came into the event undefeated and ranked the number one team in the Georgia 2A division. In the game vs. First...

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Low Country Showcase Names and Storylines

6’7″ 2019 Josiah James (Tennessee) Porter Gaud (SC) James was a purely dominating force. The lefty point guard shot the ball, distributed the ball and brought the crowd to its feet with game changing dunks. There is not much more James can do to solidify himself as a National Top 10 guy, he is elite. 6’4″ 2021 Josh Beadle Cardinal Newman (SC) Beadle, only a sophomore,...

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Why We’re Excited About the 2nd Annual Low Country Shootout

Year one of this event was off the charts. It had Josiah James and Trae Hannibal (SCs top two prospects in 2019) facing off. It had college coaches and an incredible slate of games … of course we were most excited when the snow stopped, but that’s neither here nor there. The second version of this event has even more storylines and some incredible talent … Let’s take a look at...

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South Carolina’s Most Explosive Players Preparing for Battle

Phenom Hoops’ Low Country Showcase continues to be a January staple in Charleston, South Carolina, and this field might be the best collection of talent yet. The slate is littered with noteworthy contests from top to bottom, but the most anticipated matchup will be between CJ Felder and Josiah James, as Sumter versus Porter Gaud will conclude the evening with a flurry of highlight plays. Though...

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Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic: The Names and The Storylines

6’7″ 2019 Josiah James (Tennessee signee) Porter Gaud (SC) James is an elite prospect, capable of doing so many things on the court, there is really nothing more to say about that. In this one he showcased a repetitive jump shot, going 5-7 from 3. He also attacked the basket and scored from every way possible. We all know he can run a team, an excellent passer with vision. But to go...

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Evening Standouts at Phenom’s Porter Gaud Holiday Classic

Village Christian: 6’1 ’19 Travion McCray It should come as no surprise by now, but McCray is an absolute dog that makes winning plays on both ends of the floor. He’s strong, tough, and does a great job of creating scoring chances for his teammates. McCray is able to get by most opponents and finish strong around the basket, but can also knock down perimeter jumpers whenever necessary. His...

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Porter Gaud Holiday Classic Friday Night Standouts

There’s nothing like spending time in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina and to make it even more enjoyable than to cover the Porter Gaud Holiday Classic presented by Phenom Hoop Report. Fort Dorchester (SC), Trinity Byrnes (SC), United Faith (NC), Greenville Charter (SC), Legacy Charter (SC), Village Christian (NC) Goose Creek (SC), Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach (SC), Porter...

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Why Everyone in the Low Country Needs to Attend Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic

After taking two years off, Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic is back in full force. This year they guys at Porter Gaud teamed up with Phenom Hoop Report and will be bringing a star studded event for everyone in the Low Country to enjoy. The last time Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic took place, players such as Zion Williamson, Josiah James, Trey McGowens, Aaron Nesmith and others took the...

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Miles Magical Five: #BattleAtTheRock Night One

5. 6’10 2019 Armando Bacot Jr: IMG Academy (UNC Signee) 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 6/7 From The Field Bacot was excellent in this contest at taking advantage of mismatches on the offensive end and making the right reads when the United Faith zone collapsed on him, kicking it out to his shooters or dropping it off to cutters.  He uses his length on defensive end to effect every shot at the rim and...

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Coach Rick’s Fab 5: Battle at the Rock Day 1

The inaugural Battle at the Rock was an instant success. Great venue, great teams, great hospitality, but most of all great action on the basketball court. There was no shortage of talent and high level play. Now, let’s take a closer look at the standouts on opening day. Gray Collegiate Starting Five  This was my first time watching Gray Collegiate, but came away completely impressed. Five...

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Battle At The Rock: Night 1 Recap

I’ve been looking forward to this event all week… the ‘Battle at the Rock’ showcase, presented by our service. A handful of talented teams will swing by Nation Ford High School (Fort Mill, SC) for Friday night and Saturday games. To kick things off, three games took place on Friday night, featuring several next-level prospects.   Game 1: Gray Collegiate Academy...

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Player Standouts at Battle at the Rock (Day One)

Gray Collegiate: 6’4 ’19 Jalil Robinson There are an abundance of talented South Carolina prospects that seem to get overlooked during the recruitment process, which certainly includes Robinson. He and various other underrated guys joined together on the Carolina Pressure, which was one of the top non shoe-circuit programs in the state last summer. Robinson did a great job of doing everything in...

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Porter-Gaud Takes Care of Business, Handling York Prep 60-52 Behind a Near Triple Double From Josiah James

Porter-Gaud is looking to get their 4th consecutive State Title and they showed that they’re primed for another championship campaign led by 5 Star Tennesee Signee 6’7 Josiah James.  York Prep is in their first year under a new coaching staff, but 6’2 2019 Deuce Dean is still at the helm, providing a high level of toughness with a diverse offensive skillset. The First Quarter...

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Battle at the Rock Friday Night Storylines We’re Watching For

Can Josh Nickelberry Continue at his Torrid Pace It has been no secret how great Josh Nickelberry has been to start this season. He is the second leading scorer in North Carolina high school right now, putting up close to 30 points per game. Nickelberry has been playing like a Top 50 player in the country should, a player who has signed with Louisville (who currently has the #1 class in the...

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If You Were Paying Attention, Tennessee is a Perfect Fit for 5-Star Josiah James

South Carolina’s most sought-after prospect in the 2019 class came off the board today as he spurned traditional powers Duke and Michigan State as well as the local favorite Clemson to choose Rick Barnes and the Tennessee Volunteers. At the end of the day, the decision is not much of a surprise if you knew much about the recruitment. Tennessee was the first high major program to offer Josiah,...

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Coach Rick On Josiah James “Setting the Standard”

We at Phenom Hoop Report have been following and covering 6’6 2019 Josiah James since he was in 8th grade, starting, at Porter Gaud and playing for local travel ball team TMP. Going into his senior season, not much as really changed with the high profile 6’6 point guard. Yes, he has climbed the national rankings and is considered one of the top 10 prospects in the 2019 class. James...

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Coach Rick “South Carolina is no longer just a football state”

The state of South Carolina has been traditionally known as the “football state.” It sounds to reason with the love and passion the state has for Clemson and the University of South Carolina football. Clemson is a national powerhouse and the South’s “USC” has enjoyed their fair of moments, but the fan base and passion is as good as it gets. For the longest time,...

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Brandon Lee’s Big Three: Phenom CP3 Showcase story lines

Greensboro, North Carolina- Greensboro was the place to be this weekend for Phenom Hoops CP3 Live showcase. The weekend drew in some of the nations top coaches and programs alike, offers were earned and interest was given, now lets recap some action! Eric Van Der Heijden is a real  Prospect. At 6’7 Van Der Heijden has nice perimeter skill and he’s an inside presence on the defensive end for Team...

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Phenom’s JMac Showcase and CP3 Live Storylines (Part 1) — Blue Blood Coaches in the Stands Closing Elite Prospects

Phenom’s JMac Showcase and CP3 Live are known year after year in the basketball community as the top Live Period event through our region and as one of the top events in the country. Coaches from all over are in attendance watching, with head coaches from some of the most notable blue blood programs across the basketball landscape in attendance. Here are some storylines we are watching for this...

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USA U18 FIBA Americas Team Announced … We Look at Our First Articles About 3 of the Members

What great news to receive, you were selected to represent your country as one of the very best in your field. USA Basketball brought together 32 of the nation’s top prospects and have them battle it out for the final 12-man roster, which was announced on Tuesday. Be sure you watch Team USA U18s next week as they play in the 2018 FIBA FIBA Americas Championships in Canada. The team will be...

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Phenom’s Challenge LIVE (April 20-22) Has Major Draws … Here are the Players the Blue Bloods are Coming to See

Anytime you gather hundreds of teams and put them in front of hundreds of coaches something great is bound to happen. This upcoming weekend’s Phenom Challenge Live will bring in teams from seven different states to compete in front of hundreds of coaches. In fact around 300 college coaches showed up to the 2017 version of this event with countless players earning offers and getting put on the...

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Phenom Hoops’ SCISA All State Team and Play of the Year Awards

They say the power of talent lies in public schools in the state of South Carolina, and to some extent that is true, but the independent schools are rapidly catching up. There are some immensely talented players, top players nationally, playing South Carolina private school basketball. One of the most slept on events of the year are the SCISA playoffs, the semi-finals and finals held at Sumter...

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THE LIST — Today’s 5 to Know from Phenom’s Low Country Showcase

What a great day of basketball. The games were buzzing with a gym full of fans streaming through to watch throughout the day. Coming into the event, there were players who were garnering major attention on a national scale, however as with most of Phenom Hoops events, this showcase provided a platform for players to breakout. Who made today’s 5 to know… THE LIST Phenom’s Low Country...

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The List – Players You Must Watch at Phenom’s Low Country Showcase

Phenom’s Low Country Showcase will take place on January 20 in Charleston, South Carolina (at Porter Gaud School) and as expected, the event is loaded with talent. There will be a number of high level players competing against one another, not only competing for pride but competing for status. THE LIST The Players You Must Watch – Part 1 Phenom’s Low Country Showcase (January 20) Nationally...

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Porter Gaud Duo Finally Getting Their Just Due at the National Level

It has been a long time coming for the Porter Gaud pair, but senior Aaron Nesmith and junior Josiah James are finally getting their due on the national level. The pair has long been thought of among the top prospects in the state, by Phenom Hoops but it has taken the national writers far too long to catch up. When Rivals.com came out with their updated rankings for the 2019 class on Wednesday...

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The National Ascension of TMP Elite

Biggest Subplots of July   TMP Elite Players Finally Receiving Due Diligence This was an extremely underrated storyline of the summer, as we saw prospects from TMP start to pop up on a national scale. This is in reference, more specifically, to their top five: 6’7 ’19 Josiah James (PG), 6’6 ’18 Aaron Nesmith (SG), 6’7 ’18 Shaq Davis (F), 6’8 ’18 Jalen Slawson (F), and 6’9 ’18 Jake Lanford...

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A Star in the Making: Aaron Nesmith

A Star in the Making: Aaron Nesmith  Phenom Hoop Report has consistently sought to put college coaches in front of college-worthy players and it has led to the emergence of next-level opportunities, both at the collegiate and professional ranks. We have the honor of calling over a half-dozen NBA players “Phenom Alumni” while placing that same label on hundreds of current collegiate athletes....

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