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Counting the Numbers: Phenom Hoops scattered throughout the college basketball landscape

It is that time of year again, college basketball is starting up. This is a time we like to go through to open gyms, see all the high school talent in our region, but also make stops through the colleges, see the players, sit through practices and overall get the feel of the season for each of them. Also during this time, college releases their rosters for the upcoming season. We like to go...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Hickory Ridge High School

  Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Harrisburg, North Carolina to cover the Hickory Ridge High School open gym. Last year, Hickory Ridge finished .500 with a 13-13 record in one of the toughest basketball conferences in the state, the NCHSAA Southwestern 4A. Coach Robert Machado looks to improve upon that 7-7 conference record last season and has plenty of reasons to be optimistic.   Hickory...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — The Fayetteville Swing

Yesterday we took the drive down 95 to hit up Fayetteville, NC, always a hotbed for talent, that you can most of the time find under the radar. On this day, we made stops at Freedom Christian and Northwood Temple. It was an interesting day, both teams have entirely revamped rosters, filled with new kids. Northwood Temple built their roster with local Fayetteville kids while Freedom has a slew of...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — What is All the Buzz Surrounding Word of God?!

Over the past 10 years, Word of God Christian Academy (the Holy Rams) has built itself into a national entity. With putting top-level talent on its roster, year in and year out, like John Wall, Dez Wells, CJ Leslie, TJ Warren, Torian Graham, Zach Newkirk, etc..etc..etc…every gym the Holy Rams walked into, they garnered your attention. Well, the start of the 2019-20 season has them right...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: A.L. Brown

Continuing to hit the road for Phenom Hoop Report, Patrick O’Brien headed to Kannapolis, NC to check out A.K. Brown, a team that finished 21-8 last season under head coach Shelwyn Klutz.  Now, the Wonders look to build off that season and look to make noise in the state of North Carolina once again. When watching this team, one can see that they have a nice blend of talent but they will also be...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Lake Norman Charter

Phenom Open Gym Tour: Lake Norman Charter   Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Huntersville, North Carolina to watch Lake Norman Charter. First year head boys’ basketball coach Chet Korczynski has plenty to be excited about this upcoming season. Last season, Lake Norman Charter finished with a 10-13 record in the NCHSAA 2A division. Although, Lake Norman Charter lost their leading scorer Ian...

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2019 ‘Super Select Girls Showcase’ (9/15/19) Standouts

  Following Meadowbrook High School’s (Chesterfield, VA) Saturday fall league games (9/14), I got right back on the road less than 24 hours later; this time making my commute up North. That orange ball seems to never stop bouncing, even in the preseason, and I had a Sunday showcase next up on my schedule that would allow me to scout some East Coast high school lady hoopers for the first...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Tony Johnson   #45: 5’4 ’24 Logan Cassell (Kingsport) Starting things off, we look at a young player that showcased his identity and ability to compete with older competition, Logan Cassell. He’s a wiry, high-motor guard prospect that typically thrives as an off-guard given his phenomenal perimeter shooting. Cassell is very unselfish and looks to make the right pass whenever...

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#PhenomOpenGymTour: Liberty Heights Athletic Institute

Liberty Heights Athletic Institute led by Head Coach Mike Wright will look to compete on a national level schedule yet again. They play in numerous major national events including a handful of Phenom Hoops High School events this upcoming season. Be sure to catch this loaded roster The Carmel Christian Tip-Off, Phenom National Showcase, Phenom Gate City Classic, Hoops and Dreams, Battle At The...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 7

Team 7 Coach: Justin Dempsey   #44: 5’7 ’23 Ty Hopson (Tennessee High) Starting things off, we look at a player that impacted the game well on both ends of the court despite his lack of size, Ty Hopson. He’s a smart, young guard prospect that plays with a high motor and scores the ball effectively from all three levels. Hopson has a nice playmaking sense and rebounds particularly well for...

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Tyler Gill “The Quest for Academic, Athletic and Spiritual Greatness”

Tyler Gill “The Quest for Academic, Athletic and Spiritual Greatness” 5’11 2021 Tyler Gill is everything you like about a basketball player,  student athlete, and as a young man. We’ve had numerous opportunities to watch, evaluate and observe Tyler Gill and each time we have come away impressed. Last season as a sophomore, Gill averaged 14.2 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4.3 RPG, and an...

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PHR Recruitment Update: 2021 6’6 Jadun Michael

Michael is already regarded as one of the top players in the state and should be regarded higher by other outlets as a national player. The 6’6 prospect from The Burlington School is looking to have himself a spectacular junior season and many college coaches will be watching.  Already holding 15+ offers from schools around the country, Michael will be taking a few visits coming up and that...

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NBA2k20 puts out Player Ratings

NBA2k created quite a stir recently when they released their player rankings for the 2k20 game. Every year they have an annual release, and for gamers, it is a cause of excitement as it means a new 2k is about to come out. For others it is fun to look at how good they view these players, heading into the upcoming season. This year, NBA 2k20 put 520 players into the game. There were 36 players...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Greensboro Day

On an early Friday morning, Phenom Hoop Report traveled to Greensboro to check out one of the premier teams in the state.  Greensboro Day has been known as one of the top winning programs in the state under head coach Freddy Johnson and they look to solid once again. Check out the roster heading into the season, as Phenom Hoop Report sat baseline for their open gym. 2020 G Cam Hayes Checking out...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 6

Team 6 Coach: James Belt   #43: 5’2 ’26 Isaac Ellis (Granite Falls) Starting things off, we look at a player that seems to always be the best shooter in the gym, regardless of competition, Isaac Ellis. He’s a young, smart, wiry guard prospect with a pretty advanced array of skills for his age. Ellis can reliably handle the ball and create for himself or others, but also has the ability to...

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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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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Terry Jones   #42: 5’2 ’25 Bereket Evans (Morristown) Starting things off, we look at a player that displayed polished and a fairly advanced skillset during camp, Bereket Evans. He’s a young, smart, unselfish point guard prospect with a quality balance between playmaking and three-level scoring. Evans handles and passes the ball well, but also proved to be a reliable...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 4

Team 4 Coach: James Roberts   #37: 5’6 ’24 Dorothy Mills (Clyde) Starting things off, we look at a player competed and made her presence felt on both ends of the floor, Dorothy Mills. She’s a smart, team-first guard prospect that plays with a strong motor and looks to make the right play whenever possible. Mills knocked down open shots from the perimeter but also showcased her ability to...

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Does Patrick Williams Have What it Takes to Be a One and Done Lottery Pick?!

The playmaking wing, with size, is everything that is vogue in the NBA right now. In taking a quick look at last year’s NBA Draft you have the likes of RJ Barrett, Deandre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, Cam Reddish, Cam Johnson and Romeo Langford who are all players taken in the Draft Lottery who fit this archetype of a player. Taking a look at Bleacher Report’s Ranking of the Top 100 players in the...

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Open Gym Tour: Combine Academy

Late this summer, Jeff McInnis was named the head coach at Combine Academy. The move sent ripples throughout the Hoop State and it was just a matter of time before McInnis was given an opportunity to coach at the high school level. You see, Jeff McInnis has one of the most impressive resumes for a basketball player. His junior and senior season, McInnis played for legendary high school coach...

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Phenom Opening Gym Tour: Oak Hill Academy

Phenom Hoop Report made its annual journey to Mouth of Wilson, Virginia to cover the Oak Hill Academy open gym. For head coach Steve Smith, he is truly a living legend as a high school basketball coach or at any level. Coach Smith is entering his 35th year as head coach and has accumulated an impressive resume. He has won 1151 games to only 79 loses for an overall win percentage of 94%. In...

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South Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp: Prospects to keep an eye on

When Phenom Hoop Report holds an event like the Junior Phenom, not only does it provide a chance for young prospects to start their story and resume with us and coaches, but is provides an opportunity for everyone to get a glimpse of the future. South Carolina has started to pick up steam when it comes to being recognized as a basketball state and watching the young talent rise to the occasion....

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Phenom 1-on-1: Unranked 2021 G Josh Beadle attracting the eyes of Power-5 programs

Down in South Carolina at Cardinal Newman, 6’4 Josh Beadle has been able to make a name for himself over the years with his impressive play. He brings a unique skill set to the table with a blend of athleticism, poise, and versatility.  Phenom Hoops’ founder Rick Lewis described him best this summer, when he was one of the standouts at the Elon Elite camp, saying: “He can play and guard multiple...

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PHR Recruitment Update: 2021 Russell “RJ” Felton

RJ Felton, a 6’4 prospect part of the 2021 class, impressed Phenom Hoops over the summer playing for Team United.  Now, he looks to carry that same momentum into the upcoming high school season at Aiken HS. Over the last few months, Felton has been catching the eyes of college coaches, earning three offers in the last three months.  Here is the latest surrounding Felton’s recruitment. Latest...

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SC Phenom 150 Top 50 Scorers

Class Height Name City State High School AVG. 2021 6′3″ Nicholas Thiele Lyman SC Byrnes Highschool 20 2024 6′4″ Cameron Scott Lexington SC Lexington High School 16.8 2021 6′2″ Tyler Schaafsma Charleston SC Bishop England High School 16.4 2021 6’2″ Dustin Gillum Spartanburg SC Byrnes High School 14.4 2022 6’4″ Marvin Hires Columbia SC Dreher 14 2023 5′8″ Jordan Frazer...

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