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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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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Providence Day

Providence Day and head coach Brian Field gears up for another year of basketball in Charlotte, as Phenom Hoop Report hit the road and sat on yet another open gym.  After a season in which the Chargers finished 13-16 overall and 4-6 in conference play, they look to bounce back and compete for a conference championship. Getting a first-hand look at the roster this upcoming season, here are some...

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Phenom Open Gym: Jay M. Robinson

Lavar Batts Sr. and Jay M. Robinson was one of our next gyms Phenom Hoop Report headed out to, part of our Open Gym Tour.  After finishing last year 9-17, the Bulldogs look to show improvement with more experience. Watching this team, they show tremendous versatility on the floor, with everyone being able to push the ball, defend, and be a primary ball-handler on offense.  But looking at each...

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Coach Freddy Johnson “One of the greatest of all time”

Coach Freddy Johnson “One of the greatest of all time” Coach Freddy Johnson of Greensboro Day is one of the greatest coaches of all time. Coach Johnson was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, graduated from Greensboro Grimsley in 1972 and from Greensboro College in 1977. He played two years at Greensboro College and starting coaching at the YMCA when he was 15 years old....

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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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#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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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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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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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: St. Anne’s Belfield School

Twitter: @ STABHoops   St. Anne’s Belfield School (Charlottesville, VA) Conference: Virginia Prep League (VPL) Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I 2018-19 overall record: 17-11 (9-3 in conference)   Being one of the primary private school conferences that I scouted last season, the VPL contains seven programs within Central/Southern...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Monacan HS

Twitter: @MonacanHoops   Monacan High School (Chesterfield, VA) Classification: Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 4, Region B  2018-19 overall record: 14-9   When I made my trip to the nice athletic facilities of Monacan last October for this same ‘preseason tour,’ the Chiefs put on an enjoyable open gym that mainly had them play full-court games for two hours. This year,...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — Week 1 Review

This is one of our favorite times of the year, traveling across the region to various Open Gyms, it means the basketball season is just around the corner. We join college coaches from across the country, in scouring our region to find players. Some gyms we walk in have 10+ coaches sitting, watching the practice, other gyms with no one (those are the favorite gyms!). It’s also great to...

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Phenom Hoops Open Gym: Kings Mountain

About 40-50 minutes outside of Charlotte, Kings Mountain high school sits and has been one of the premier programs in western North Carolina for some time now.  Last year, the Mountaineers finished 21-7 under head coach Grayson Pierce.  This year though, Pierce has several underclassmen that are looking to make a big splash this season, as they look to continue their winning traditions. With...

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Phenom Hoops Open Gym: Moravian Prep

Starting his second season at Moravian Prep, head coach Antonio Lowe had changed the direction of the program. Less than a year ago, Moravian Prep was looking for notoriety and respect. Fast forward and now Moravian Prep has become a destination for a multitude of D1 prospects and has quickly become one of the hot teams in the state.

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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 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: The Carmel School

  The Carmel School (Ruther Glen, VA) Colleges in Attendance: Hampden-Sydney College Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division III 2018-19 overall record: 12-16   It took me no more than 15 minutes for my Tuesday afternoon drive to the Carmel Wildcats’ school gymnasium, where they held a sharp focus on detail-oriented drills and competition for...

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#PhenomOpenGymTour: Cox Mill High School

There’s a lot of turnover for the Chargers of Cox Mill. Duke Freshman Wendell Moore, UNC Charlotte Freshman Caleb Stone Carrawell, and Charleston Southern Freshman (Football) Cody Cline all carried the program to new heights in their time at the school. Head Coach Jody Barbee has moved on as well, leaving former West Brunswick Coach Ty Johnson to take the reins in Concord as Cox Mill looks...

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Rebuilding year for Butler High School

Rebuilding year for Butler High School Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Matthews, North Carolina to cover Butler High School on opening day of the Phenom Open Gym Tour. For head coach Myron Lowery, the 2019-2020 basketball season will be a rebuilding season. Coach Lowery loses 72% of its scoring punch and four seniors who contributed to a highly successful 20-7 record playing in the tough NCHSAA...

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Phenom Hoops Open Gym: North Meck

One of the final stops Patrick and Rick made on Monday was at North Meck, a team that brings a lot of firepower, guard play, and intriguing young talent this season.  After finishing 23-5 last year, the Vikings look to fill the stands once again this year, especially with the talent we saw at the open gym.

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Paul VI Catholic HS

Well, it’s about that time again for one of my favorite occasions, being a part of the Phenom Hoops team: our annual high school preseason open gym tour.

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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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