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2019 Meadowbrook HS Fall League; Week 1 Recap (9/14/19)

  Well, for the next several Saturdays, basketball audiences in Richmond, VA will have the opportunity to catch some early high school hoops, if yearning for the 2019-20 season to soon get here. The Monarchs of Meadowbrook High School (Chesterfield, VA) are back to host their annual preseason fall league; bringing in multiple public and private school programs from around the 804. This same...

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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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‘The Unsung Heroes’: Logan Washington

Twitter: @logan_ballout Instagram: @logan.ballout   *Photo taken by Phenom Hoops’ co-worker Frank Bennett. Let’s go ahead and put it out there bluntly: players who can score well in basketball will always get the first look. It’s a notion that has existed ever since the game first came into formation and will likely persist for as long as we know. Scoring rests as the sport’s most valuable...

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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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‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’ Session I, Day 1 Standouts (6/21/19)

  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 players to...

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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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Phenom Hoops AAU Open Gym Tour: Team Loaded 804 17u (4/30/19)

  Acknowledged as one of Richmond, VA’s renowned AAU grassroots organizations, it’s safe to say most know plenty about Team Loaded when it comes to talks about travel ball. The program features many different teams of age divisions and produces next-level talent on a yearly basis. On Tuesday night, I made an evening drive down to the U-Turn Sports Performance Academy facility (Henrico...

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VISAA Division III 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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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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SPIRE Institute vs. Life Christian Academy (12/5/18)

  Final Score: SPIRE – 91 Life Christian – 79   The news broke out several weeks ago that widely-known high school prospect, LaMelo Ball, would bring his talents to Ettrick, VA in early December. Immediately after hearing word on the street, residents in the area knew they had to get their tickets in advance. Held at Virginia State University (a smart tactic in my opinion),...

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