PHENOM’S CAROLINA SHOWCASE EVENT RECAPS

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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Player Standouts at SC Phenom 150 Camp

#65- Jordan Blue- No point guard has been a better true floor general than Blue, who makes up for his lack of size with incredibly heady, unselfish play. He’s very smart and it’s evident on both ends of the floor, given his unwavering consistency as a defender and decision-maker. Blue exudes leadership in basically everything that he does and should emerge as a vital piece this season.  ...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from South Carolina Phenom 150 (Part II)

Athleticism, versatility, and skill set has always been just a few words to describe the state of South Carolina.  That is why we were so excited to continue a weekend full of talent, this time looking at players at the high school level. Coming back to Lexington high school, Phenom Hoops got a first look at quite a few new names around the state and they didn’t disappoint. — 2022 6’4...

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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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Jamie’s 6 You Got to Know: SC Junior Phenom

What a day of basketball at the South Carolina Junior Phenom 150 Exposure Camp at Lexington High School in Lexington, South Carolina. So much talent was in the gym, some of which we knew, but others that used the platform to start their resume.  South Carolina is no longer a football state.  The athleticism and competition were off the charts. Here are six players that you will have to...

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South Carolina Junior Phenom Top 50 Scorers

Class Height No. Name City State PPG 2025 5′4″ 22 Bryson Drummond Simpsonville SC 19 2024 5′8″ 45 Jashad Mclean Spartanburg SC 14.3 2025 5′2″ 15 Ramani Bruton Greenville SC 14 2024 5′8″ 44 Dylan Evans North Augsuta SC 13.7 2024 5′10″ 55 Bryson Heath Matthews NC 13.3 2025 5′6″ 32 Jamisen Wilds Timmonsville SC 12.7 2024 5′9″ 50 Kito Douglas Florence SC 12.3 2025 5′0″ 10 Kyri Wilson Mooresville NC...

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Afternoon Standouts at SC Jr. Phenom 150 Camp

#10- Kyri Wilson- The quick, extremely fast point guard was one of the most reliable performers from his camp team. Wilson is a quality ball-handler with unselfishness and the ability to control a game in transition. He made consistently smart decisions with the ball in his hands and was able to attack the basket almost whenever he desired.   #15- Ramani Bruton- There’s so much to like with...

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Early Standouts at SC Jr. Phenom 150 Camp

#5- Kingston Brown- Though somewhat undersized, Brown has stood out as one of the most polished floor generals in attendance. He’s so sharp and alert at all times, especially with the ball in his hands, and has the ability to carve up opposing defenses with his pristine passing. Brown is also quite tough and finishes well through contact at the basket. He has the ball on a string and leads by...

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Tennessee Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Nick Whitmore   #36: 5’5 ’23 Abby Smith (Cave Spring) Starting things off, we look at a player that competed hard and made an abundance of plays during camp, Abby Smith. She’s a smart, unselfish guard prospect with a high motor and strong team-first mentality. Smith is a capable perimeter shooter, but also does a terrific job of impacting the game without the ball in her...

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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’s Open Gym Tour: Lake Norman High School

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, North Carolina to preview one of the more under-the-radar teams across the state. After going 10-15 last season, the Wildcats hired Grant Hodges to serve as the new head coach. He’s not necessarily the most decorated coach, but any respected figure within the grassroots scene is already well aware of his vocal style...

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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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2021 6’3 Justin Taylor could be in for a HUGE season at Carmel Christian

Taylor is a very skilled guard with tight handles, excellent vision, and has the ability to score whenever he wants.  Right now, he is currently ranked No. 12 in the Phenom Hoops 2021 rankings but his stock could continue to rise as well as his recruitment.

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