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South Carolina Prospects CONTINUE To Fall Under the National Radar

It doesn’t make much sense, especially now with a steady stream of players coming from the state of South Carolina who are claiming major success. In this upcoming 2019 NBA Draft there are two players who played all four years of high school projected in the TOP 5. That is not it, you have guys like Nick Claxton at Georgia, Cartier Diarra at Kansas State, Jordan Bruner at Yale, Sharone...

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Why We’re Excited About the 2nd Annual Low Country Shootout

Year one of this event was off the charts. It had Josiah James and Trae Hannibal (SCs top two prospects in 2019) facing off. It had college coaches and an incredible slate of games … of course we were most excited when the snow stopped, but that’s neither here nor there. The second version of this event has even more storylines and some incredible talent … Let’s take a look at...

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Unsigned Senior Mike Green Keeps Rolling in the Epic Accolades

It has been quite the December for Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach guard Mike Green. First he scored his 2,000 career high school point (he currently sits at 2019). He also was named All-Tournament team of the prestigious Beach Ball Classic, where he also won the 3-point shooting contest. Yes, it has been quite the December for the UNSIGNED SENIOR! It comes as no surprise for Green, who has...

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Trae Hannibal is Having a Senior Season for the Ages

This summer Trae Hannibal committed to the University of South Carolina. Just as he was starting to blow up, all the weight of the tedious recruiting process was lifted off his shoulders. Since that day, Hannibal has been playing basketball loosely, pressure free, he has been having fun. Already this season, Hannibal has scored his 1,000 career high school point, no surprise with him averaging...

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Beach Ball Classic Day 4s Names You Have to Know

6’6″ 2019 Wendell Moore (Duke signee) Cox Mill (NC) 38 Points. 12-22 FG. 2-5 3P. 12-14 FT. 14 Boards. 4 Assists. Moore came into the event as one of the higher rated players participating. He came into todays game having scored 35 and 23 points. In this one, he added 38 more giving Moore a 3 game total of 96, which puts him in the events Top 10 for 3 games. Moore plays again on...

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South Granville Holiday Classic Names & Storylines

6’7″ unsigned senior PJ Fenton Green Hope (NC) This is our second time watching Green Hope this season, and it is apparent they go as PJ goes. He is a tough cover because of his size and versatility. He, personally, outscored his opponent in the first half, doing so by a number of run outs, back door slips and jump shots. He is a very active offensive player who is able to step out...

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Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic: The Names and The Storylines

6’7″ 2019 Josiah James (Tennessee signee) Porter Gaud (SC) James is an elite prospect, capable of doing so many things on the court, there is really nothing more to say about that. In this one he showcased a repetitive jump shot, going 5-7 from 3. He also attacked the basket and scored from every way possible. We all know he can run a team, an excellent passer with vision. But to go...

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Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic: The Names and The Storylines

Championship Saturday Names to Know 6’2″ 2019 Chico Carter Jr. (Murray St) Cardinal Newman (SC) Carter Jr. was the MVP of the Crescent Moon bracket and won MVP of all three of his team’s wins. Carter Jr. is a competitive point guard who is able to score at every level, with consistency. He is more explosive that you expect and he has a tough downhill handle. Carter Jr. can...

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Greg Gantt is THE Best Defender in the Hoop State

  Providence College was at every single game Greg Gantt played in over the Summer. Jeff Battle was front and center, EVERY SINGLE TIME, while Head Coach Ed Cooley came at least once per tournament. It was truly a masterful job, as Gantt had also set visits to the likes of Texas and Florida, major programs. Providence showed the love and Gantt reciprocated with his commitment. After...

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Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic Championship Saturday Morning Standouts

6′ 2020 Kenari Jones Great Bridge Christian (VA) He went for 42, so we can start with that. It was a full on display of craft in the paint with the ability to finish at the basket. This is a tournament record and he is someone who colleges should start to look at, and really pay attention to. He was poised and he played efficiently with a great pace. He had 42! 6’2″ 2019 Trae...

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Day 2 of Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic was Great

The Names You Got to Know 6’2″ 2019 Trae Hannibal (South Carolina) Hartsville HS (Hartsville, SC) There is not much more to say about Hannibal. He has been absolutely dominant this entire event, and that continued in his acrobatic ariel assault today. He finished with 31 points. 6’11” 2019 Kadin Shedrick (Virginia) Holly Springs HS (Holly Springs, NC) Shedrick proved to...

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The Game of the Year … Morgan County Vs. Ridge View

The 2018 Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic has had some incredible games, however this one took the cake. You got to see this, this game had everything. It had buzzer beaters, it had incredible plays, it had high flying acrobatics. All in all, it was a great game, which ended up going into double overtime. Both Morgan County, out of Madison, Georgia and Ridge View, out of Columbia, South...

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Coaches … Don’t Miss Out

This time of year, after the early signing period, college coaches are readjusting their recruiting boards. They have two parts in play, as they missed on their initial targets and they see what their team has and what they need after game play. The late signing period has seen kids come from out of no where and elevate to multiple offer players. It also allows the kids to play through the...

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Day 1 of Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic

Best Game: Ridge View Vs. Morgan County H/T: AC Flora Vs. Hartsville On a day that was filled with highly competitive games, two games really stood out. The deciding factor goes to the game that went into double overtime. Ridge View unsigned senior Crosby James hit the shot that sent the game into overtime. Crosby was great throughout the game, but so was the backcourt from Morgan County. Stevin...

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South Carolina Basketball at an All-Time High

Two players who hail from the State of South Carolina, who call South Carolina “home”, are currently being projected in the lottery of next year’s NBA draft. Both Ja Morant, Murray State by way of Dalzell, SC and Zion Williamson Duke by way of Spartanburg, SC, it is a humbling experience, but one that is bringing light to a secret that is getting out across the country. On the...

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What to Watch For at Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic (Part 3)

The Guards Guards, guards and more guards. They are the engine that makes winning basketball teams, as they ball is in their hands for 90% of the game. Without question, this event is not short of guards, by any measure. This event will have incredibly quick guards, highly explosive guards, nationally ranked guards and heady IQ guards, whatever your thing is, this event will have it at a high...

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Why Everyone in the Low Country Needs to Attend Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic

After taking two years off, Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic is back in full force. This year they guys at Porter Gaud teamed up with Phenom Hoop Report and will be bringing a star studded event for everyone in the Low Country to enjoy. The last time Porter Gaud’s Holiday Classic took place, players such as Zion Williamson, Josiah James, Trey McGowens, Aaron Nesmith and others took the...

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What to Watch For at Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Classic (Part 2)

The Bigs If big men is your thing, if you’re a sucker for the high flying, rim protecting power 5 bigs, boy do we have a show for you. Not only do you have a number of nationally ranked guys who are 6’10” and up, but you also have a host of high-flying small ball bigs who look to tear the rim off while being incredibly switchable on defense. Phenom’s Palmetto Winter...

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Phenom’s Crowd Ratings — Week of December 17

Jamie Shaw Cape Fear Academy at Durham Academy Rating: 9.3/10 This one was pretty electric, despite the pace of play on the floor. Certainly things were boosted when Coach K walked in with Zion Williamson, Jack White and Joey Baker (Coach K’s grandson Michael Savarino plays for Durham Academy). The student section had a Christmas theme and they stretched from the floor to the top row of...

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High School Hot Takes — Week of December 17

Jeff Bendel Mikey Dukes is the Top Available Senior in the Carolinas After this weekend, it became increasingly clear that Mikey Dukes should be the most coveted unsigned senior in the Carolinas. He’s a terrific all-around point guard that recently decided to place his main emphasis on basketball, despite being a high-major football player. That being said, there are really no holes within...

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Phenom’s Capital City Jam Breakouts — They Did What We Thought They Would

5’11 Unsigned Senior Mikey Dukes First Baptist (Charleston, SC) VCU came in earlier in the week to watch Dukes, and loved him. This comes as no surprise as Dukes is good enough to garner early playing time at a VCU. It is a wonder why he doesn’t already carry 15-20 D1 offers. He is the best available point guard in the Carolinas right now, and (Josiah James aside) he may be the best...

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North Carolina Sophomore Averaging 38 Points per Game

Yes, you read that correctly, 6’3″ sophomore Elijah Jamison is averaging 38 points per game so far this season. With his 46 point outburst last night, Jamison now has scored 49, 46 and 44 points in games already this season and has led his 1A team to come out the gates with a scorching 5-1 record. To add context to this, Jamison is not a new name. He is an alum of the prestigious...

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The Talent in Phenom’s 2nd Annual Capital City Jam has Made it a Big Hit with College Coaches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Talent in Phenom’s 2nd Annual Capital City Jam has Made it a Big Hit with College Coaches will take place at Ben Lippen School on Saturday, December 15   Columbia, SC – Ben Lippen School will hold host to the 2nd Annual Phenom’s Capital City Jam, set to take place this Saturday, December 15. The event is set to host eight of the premier teams from...

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The New NCAA Ruling: What does it mean?

The New NCAA Ruling: What does it mean?  Jeff Borzello of ESPN broke a news story about the new NCAA rule that limits coaches access to a  large number of recruits in the month of June. See attached link. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/25518419/new-ncaa-rule-limits-coaches-access-some-recruits-june Unfortunately, it stated what we already knew. Back in September, Phenom...

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Live with Brandon Blakney ft Josh Nickleberry

Fayetteville, North Carolina- On the latest segment of Live With Brandon Blakney Extra, Northwood Temple senior, and Louisville signee Josh Nickleberry joined the podcast. Nickleberry is one of the hottest names in prep hoops at the moment, he’s got a chance to break 3,000 career points this season. Phenom Hoops Analyst Jamie Shaw described Nickleberry as “ the best scorer in North Carolina...

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Elite Basketball Teams Competing in 3rd Annual Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Showcase

Elite Basketball Teams Competing in 3rd Annual Phenom’s Palmetto Winter Showcase will take place at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, SC on December 20-22 Columbia, SC – On the heels of this Saturday’s Phenom’s Capital City Jam, Ben Lippen School (7401 Monticello Rd, Columbia, SC 29203) will host another major high school boys basketball tournament, set to take place from December 20-22. The 3rd...

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High School Hot Takes — week of December 10

Rick Lewis North Mecklenburg better than expected Last season, North Mecklenburg finished 27-2 and was upset in the NCHSAA 4A Regional Sectionals. They lost three year starter point guard Vaud Worthy to graduation. Nationally ranked 6’8 Jaelyn Withers (Louisville commit) moved to Ohio and Myles Hunter transferred to Carmel Christian. The Vikings are much smaller than previous years, but after...

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Why Phenom’s Capital City Jam is the Can’t Miss Ticket in Columbia for December 15

Juwan Gary Vs. Quentin Hodge is a Passing of the Torch from 2019s Best Wing to 2020s Best Wing Juwan Gary has been a known commodity since his 8th grade year. He burst on the scene that year and quickly became a national level recruit. He spent his first three seasons at Gray Collegiate Academy prior to committing to Alabama. After committing to Alabama he transferred to Charlotte based Liberty...

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Phenom’s Capital City Jam Features Numerous Unsigned Seniors Primed for D1 Scholarships

The early signing period has come and the college coaches recruiting boards have reshuffled. They are out on the prowl looking for players who are still available to fill their roster spots. This cycle has seen many players slip through the cracks, high level prospects who, for whatever reason, aren’t getting the love they should. The great things about Phenom’s Capital City Jam is a...

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The Best Individual Performances Seen at the 2018 Bojangles Bash

6’3″ 2019 Chico Carter (Murray State) Cardinal Newman (Columbia, SC) Game 14 Vs. Gray Collegiate 39 Points, 13-22 FG, 6 Boards In a game with a lot of eyes on it, pitted against two highly thought of guards, Carter was nothing short of spectacular. He got to the free throw line 12 times, he knocked down 3 threes and finished 10-12 from 2-point. Carter is the next point guard in line...

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