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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Life Christian Academy

  Life Christian Academy (Chester, VA) Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division III 2018-19 overall record: 21-3 2018-19 notable accomplishments: VISAA Division III state champions   Months past their memorable winter season, I’ve actually had the chance to come across most of Life Christian’s players in frequent back-to-school showcases and...

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2019 ‘ASSIST 804 Top 48 Camp’; Boys’ Standouts (8/17/19)

Saturday (8/17) saw the annual ‘ASSIST 804 Top 48 Camp’ happen in Prince George High School’s (Prince George, VA) gymnasium. Two split sessions, girls in the morning to early afternoon followed by boys from mid-afternoon to evening, made up the entire hoops-filled day.

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‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’ Session I, Day 2 Standouts (6/22/19)

    Ah, an event I’ve been anticipating all month has finally tipped off: The first ever ‘Virginia Live Period Shootout.’ Taking place here on the beautiful campus of Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA), around 18 teams from both in and out of the state constitute the three days full of hoops. Being a break from travel ball, I see this two-part showing as a great opportunity for the...

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‘Zero Gravity Southern Showdown’ Tournament Standouts (4/6/19 – 4/7/19)

  A past weekend full of frequent whistle-blowing, filled up standing sections, numerous recognizable faces, and long hours spent in the gym all served as indication that AAU basketball tournaments are now in full swing. It felt unique providing coverage of my first spring tournament in the U-Turn Sports Performance Academy (Richmond, VA); I remember playing games in that same building...

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‘Phenom’s Picks’: K-Rob’s 804 Edition (2018-19 HS Season)

    Man, have I enjoyed covering high school hoops for the last several months. With the 2019 season officially coming to an end this weekend (3/9), I decided to put together a list of superlatives for the Richmond, VA area’s talent. Other members on the Phenom Hoops team plan to release features of their own respective regions as well; we’re titling this series, ‘Phenom’s Picks.’ Hope...

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VHSL 5B Regional Boys Championship: L.C. Bird HS vs. Varina HS (2/22/19)

  After the girls championship game had cleared, the gym started to see even more of a shift in its spectator capacity. I mean, who could blame people for wanting to come through and potentially check out the best game of the postseason in the 804? Held at Hermitage High School (Henrico, VA), the gym has plenty of seating availability, yet it got to near standing-room only as the...

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Mid-Season Thoughts (2018-19 804 HS Hoops)

mM   This winter season has had its fill of exciting moments so far. The young guys in the Richmond, VA area don’t play around when it comes to on-court competition. In the case of pretty much every basketball season, this season has flown by. Each hoops season can take up to about 4-5 months, longer than most other sports, but I can’t believe we’re already in January. It’s almost like high...

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Phenom Hoops Open Gym Tour: Varina HS (10/4/18)

Twitter: @BoysVarina   Varina High School (Henrico, VA) Classification: Class 5, Region B 2017-18 Record: 26-2, Class 5 State Champions Colleges in Attendance: Virginia State   I got a first look at the Blue Devils’ squad during CNU’s annual Fall Team Camp two weekends ago. They had a stellar tournament run to make it all the way to the championship game. Leaving from that camp, I had...

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