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Prospect Talk: Jaden House

Twitter: @jhondo_ Instagram: @yooohouse   Anyone who’s followed my work with Phenom Hoops for the past year has more than likely noticed this particular motto I like to reiterate for high school players listening: Don’t become too content with yourself. This goes for all hoopers, whether they find success early on in their careers or not. Personally, I’ve always deemed the best players as...

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Prospect Talk: Xzavier Long

Twitter & Instagram: @xzavierr1   Frankly, I really like what I’ve seen out of Virginia’s 2021 high school basketball class up to this point in the preseason. Now, as official upperclassmen, this particular group has matured nicely throughout the past year to touch up upon strengths within their own game and think things more thoroughly with a higher IQ. The results have led to a big...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Middleburg Academy

Middleburg Academy (Middleburg, VA) Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II 2018-19 overall record: 17-8 Colleges in Attendance: University of Delaware, Richmond, Liberty, Howard, and Virginia State.     Ok, from what I’ve deemed thus far, basketball folks are in for a treat this year if they come across VISAA private school competition....

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2019 ‘ASSIST DMV Top 100 HS Showcase’ (8/18/19)

  Classes for high school students either already have or will start back up in the next week or so, which means we can expect a couple of ‘back-to-school’ fall basketball showcases taking place. The ‘Assist Student Athletes’ team, led by CEO William Carter, specifically stayed busy this past weekend in hosting two separate events within the regions of Northern and Central Virginia,...

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Prospect Talk: Isaiah Folkes

Twitter: @FlyBoyy_Zay Instagram: @zayhndrx   *Photo taken by Middleburg Academy assistant coach Mario Foster     This past Sunday saw a first-ever summer event come to a close: the ‘Virginia Live Period Shootout.’ Personally one of my favorite showcases I’ve covered this year, I deemed the two-part weekend sessions as a highly important opportunity for the participating private...

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‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’ Session II, Day 3 Standouts (6/30/19)

  After the successful opening portion of the first-ever ‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’ the other weekend (6/21 – 6/23), I returned back to the grounds of Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA) for the event’s ‘second half’; held seven days later (6/28 – 6/30). Structure occurred in a similar way, with 18 teams participating throughout the three days and using up three different courts in the...

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‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’ Session I, Day 3 Standouts (6/23/19)

  An event I had been anticipating all month finally tipped off this past weekend: The first ever ‘Virginia Live Period Shootout.’ Held on the beautiful campus of Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA), around 18 teams from both in and out of the state constituted the three days full of hoops. Being a break from travel ball, I saw the first session of this two-part showing as a great...

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2019 ‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’; Session I (6/21/19 – 6/23/19) Showcase Preview

  I have to be honest, this ‘dead period’ of travel basketball during June gives off a weird type of vibe. Other scouts will probably agree with me, considering how we’ve been so accustomed to attending weekly tournaments. However, excellent news surfaced on my Twitter feed last month when I read that Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA) had put their own plans of hosting a ‘live period...

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‘Off the Radar’: Ben Li

Twitter: @benli_ Instagram: @benli_8 *Photo taken by ‘North Pole Hoops’   Well, with the Class of 2019 having picked up their diplomas and departed from the high school scene, I guess we can officially acknowledge 2020 students as the new ‘top dogs’ on school grounds. There’s a lot of talent in this Virginia high school basketball rising senior group; very likewise to the 2019 prospects....

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VISAA Division II State Tournament Final Four (3/1/19 – 3/2/19)

  The 2018-19 season for Virginia private school basketball officially wrapped up this past weekend in Chesterfield, VA, as the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) held its Final Four of the state tournament at Virginia State University. During the last two seasons, I’ve been able to check out this event as a spectator (during spring breaks in college), but found more...

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‘Blue Ridge Fall Shootout’ Recap

  For the past two seasons, I’ve had the chance to watch the Blue Ridge men’s basketball team compete in the state tournament; they took home the VISAA Division II crown in 2017 when I saw the program in live play for the first time. This past Saturday, I finally made the trip up toward St. George, VA for a visit to the private boarding school. The Barons acted as hosts for the day, as...

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