PHENOM’S LOW COUNTRY SHOWCASE EVENT RECAPS

Takeaways from HPU VS EKU

On a day Tubby Smith was honored for his 600th win in the pregame, fans also received an absolutely exhilarating assortment of hoops. It was truly a tale of two halves for High Point as they dropped a 24- point lead to Eastern Kentucky, in a 70-69 dog fight. High Point, North Carolina- The Colonels used an inspirational second half comeback and a dagger from beyond the arc at the buzzer to steal...

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Diving in with: James Wilkins III

In his first season at Calvary Day School 6’1 2022 James Wilkins III has been focused on carving out a role to help this talented and experienced back court flourish this season, he has come in early and provided a spark off the bench. Lewisville, North Carolina- Wilkins has more varsity experience than your average frosh, last season he was a starter as an eighth grader averaging 20 points,...

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NC talent fuels Houston Baptist to statement win over ACC opponent

Houston Baptist got a statement 93-91 win over the weekend but it felt like a homecoming to five players on the Huskies roster. The Huskies took down Acc school Wake Forest at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum on Black Friday, this was a game where HBU found themselves heavy underdogs. HBU was down 14 points with nine minutes left in regulation before utilizing a late run and stall worth...

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Atkins has strong outing in Bobby Martin Classic

Atkins put on a dominant performance over the weekend in the Bobby Martin Classic against Lee County HS. It was a total team effort in the 80-41 triumph for the Camels they set the tone with exceptional guard play and superb ball movement. Winston Salem, North Carolina- Atkins (1-1,0-0), came into the game looking to bounce back from a sluggish performance in their season opening loss vs Reagan...

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Diving in With: Paul Hudson Baller and future Prosthetist

Paul Hudson is a senior leader on the Charlotte Christian Basketball team, he has taken that talent to earn a free Ivy League education at Dartmouth and the opportunity to pursue his dream as a Prosthetist. Charlotte, North Carolina- The ball stops bouncing for everyone at some point and one has to have a plan or passion to pursue when that chapter comes. Hudson is a man with a plan for the next...

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Diving In With: Elias King

Elias King recently put on a show at the Phenom National Showcase and proved why he was one of the most sought after recruits in the Southeast. King will be taking his talents to Starkville Mississippi, to join the Mississippi State Bulldogs, a team currently ranked 15th in the nation according to ESPN, that features several upperclassmen.   Suwannee, Georgia- King is the type of high level...

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Diving in With: DJ Nix and Cannon

As a freshman in high school it is challenging to make any varsity team, but to start and excel in that sport early on is an entire different thing. That is exactly what DJ Nix is doing with Cannon School (NC), out of Concord. Concord, North Carolina- Nix isn’t built like a typical freshman and he certainly doesn’t play like one. Nix has a grown man game down low, he’s athletic and physical on...

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Brandon Lee’s Standouts: Day 1 Phenom National Showcase

Day one of the annual Phenom National Showcase didn’t disappoint, we had both gyms rocking at Greensboro Day School well into Friday Night, there was competitive basketball, live student sections, and of course more storylines! Greensboro, North Carolina-  A total of 18 teams from six different states gathered on opening night to battle it out, a handful of players did themselves serious...

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Greensboro College claims battle in the Boro over Guilford College

The atmosphere was intense and the energy was big in this inner city battle between two proud hoops programs. For the first time in eight years the Pride of Greensboro College edged out The Quakers of Guilford College 73-72 in an absolute dog fight.   Guilford County, North Carolina- Fans packed the Campus of Guilford College for the annual matchup between the two schools and the players...

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Diving in with: Kheni Briggs

The first time I saw 6’3 2022 Kheni Briggs he was an eighth grader playing with Team CP3 and he was literally playing all five positions, it’s rare for a kid that young with size to already have a hold on the skillset and mobility. Greensboro, North Carolina- Briggs doesn’t possess the build of a typical freshman he’s got a slender stocky build at 6’3, he’s physical enough to match up on the...

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Brandon Lee’s mid day Jamboree Standouts

High school hoops are officially back and we’re kicking things off with a bang this season with session one of  Phenom Hoops High school Jamboree. Forty teams from six different states gathered in Greensboro to start their seasons with high level hoops, the competition was stiff and the college coaches were watching. Greensboro, North Carolina- Dozens of college coaches flocked to the...

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NC 2021s Poised To Break Out (Part Two)

Last week I started a pre-season series of articles about some of the guys within the HoopState that have a major chance to breakout that can be read here.  Here is part two of the series and the final featuring 2021s that should have huge sophomore seasons.  Lets take a look at the young stars! 6’0 2021 Khalil Marshall: Pender High School Marshall is a supremely talented young guard that...

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Brandon Lee’s Breakout Watch

With an abundance of talent throughout the state of North Carolina it’s hard sometimes to keep track of all the prospects. Teams lose players to graduation and transfers, in retrospect other players find themselves in different situations.   Young guys will be expected to grow up a year older now, and some role players will be counted on to step into leadership positions. With the stage set...

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Diving in: With Myles Tate

Myles Tate has won a championship every year of his high school career, he’s made game winners, he’s sacrificed on and off the court, and Tate has been ranked the top point guard in South Carolina’s 2020 class since day one.   Roebuck, South Carolina- None of the hype has gotten to Tate he sits back and appreciates all the work it took to reach this point, most guys would be content with...

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Wake Forest is officially in the running for Brice Williams

Two weeks ago it was announced Wake Forest had extended an offer to 2019 6’7 wing Brice Williams of(Hopewell HS) NC. Williams is a prospect whose stock has been on the rise over the last year, his combination of size and scoring ability are ideal for the next level.   Winston- Salem, North Carolina- At 6’7 Williams can play the two or the three; Williams can seriously fill it up, he’s got a...

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Clemson has local top young guard on their radar

2021 6’1 Jacobi Wright (Fort Mill Hs) has been making serious noise over the last year, first as a freshman averaging 15 ppg with York Prep, and on the EYBL circuit with Team CP3.   Rock Hill, South Carolina-  Wright is widely considered the top point guard in the class of 2021 for the state of South Carolina, he is both a playmaker and capable scorer. Wright is at his best with the ball in...

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North Carolina 2021s Poised to Breakout (Part One)

Every year in the #HoopState there’s a crop of fresh faces making names for themselves on the court.  Although camps and AAU give these kids an opportunity to create exposure for themselves, but there’s absolutely nothing like the High School season.  Students, fans, and sometimes the entire city will fill the gym in hopes of seeing basketball in its purest form and the hoopers get a...

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Live with Brandon Blakney ft Greensboro Day

On the latest episode Live With Brandon Blakney Extra we pull up to Greensboro day school for an early morning practice session. The Bengals feature a nice combination of talented youth and experienced veterans. Greensboro, North Carolina, The two- time defending state champs have seemingly reloaded after losing a couple program pillars. There may be some bumps early but coaches feel this group...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Mount Pleasant High School (Mount Pleasant, NC)

Mount Pleasant High School (Mount Pleasant, NC), NCHSAA 2A, 2017-18 record: 17-10 (7-3 In Conference) (P.S. 3rd most wins in school history) I made my way over to Mount Pleasant High School on Wednesday night to watch them at their open gym and walked away thoroughly impressed with the direction of their young program.  They feature a unique blend of size and skill that should have them slotted...

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Live With Brandon Blakney extra ft Southwest Guilford open gym

On this latest episode of Live With Brandon Blakney Extra, we visited 3A state champion hopeful Southwest Guilford during open gym workouts! The Cowboys are coming into the season with as much hype as any team in the state, and there is a lot of excitement amongst the coaching staff and fan base surrounding this group. The team is led by a catalyst of seniors that have been together for a long...

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Four to Watch: NC Phenom 150

The NC 150 camp has always served as a platform specifically for underclassmen looking to break onto the scene, and unsigned seniors looking to prove their worth for last minute offers. Greensboro, North Carolina- This years camp was no different it was chalk full of youngsters in what seems to be talented 2021 and 2022 classes, the game continues to evolve at great speeds, and these young...

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Brandon Lee’s Transfer Watch: Pt 1 the Intro

Transfers have become a big part of off season chatter in recent years with prep hoops news adapting the year round model. Every season we see a host of prospects swap jerseys for various reasons in search of new opportunities, or sometimes to rekindle old success of the past. This year is no different so I have taken on the responsibility of catching you up on some of the latest changes and...

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Phenom Hoop Report Hurricane Florence Relief Fund

COLUMBIA, SC – In the wake of the disaster that Hurricane Florence left behind in the state of South Carolina, Phenom Hoops will be partnering with the Americares Foundation in donating proceeds from the South Carolina Top 80 to their efforts in South Carolina. The Americares Foundation’s mission statement is to save lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they...

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Houston Baptist Secures a Diamond in the Rough

Houston Baptist Secures a Diamond in the Rough   The Class of 2019 is arguably the most intriguing group of prospects in recent memory, given its lack of a clear-cut superstar. That being said, this recruiting class is extremely thorough and full of quality, under-the-radar prospects. Guys outside of the national rankings often get pushed aside, but many players within that mold tend to...

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South Carolina Jr. Phenom: Team 2 Evaluations

South Carolina Jr. Phenom Evaluations   Team 2 Coach: Michael Wilson   #6: 5’2 ’24 Ladontae Felton (Aiken, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that turned some heads with his offensive approach, Ladontae Felton. He’s a guard with great quickness, able to break down opponents off the bounce and effectively enter the paint. Felton scored the ball fairly well, but his vision and...

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South Carolina Jr. Phenom: Team 1 Evaluations

South Carolina Jr. Phenom Evaluations   Team 1 Coach: Mike Rollins   #1: 4’10 ’26 Mario James (Columbia, SC) Starting things off, we look at the youngest player in attendance at our first South Carolina Jr. Phenom Camp, Mario James. He’s a solid player for his age with nice ball-handling and penetration abilities. Though James was younger than everyone else, he showed grit and...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour: Oak Hill Academy

For the sixth consecutive year, Phenom Hoop Report travelled up to Oak Hill the first Monday of the fall NCAA viewing period. Legendary coach Steve Smith is entering his 34th season at Oak Hill. Coach Smith has complied an unprecedented 1118-72 record. In other words, Coach Smith has won 94% of his games and has won nine national high school championships. Year after year, Oak Hill is competing...

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Diving in With: Jackson Gabriel

Recently 6’2 2019 guard Jackson Gabriel committed to Lees McRae College, the Lincoln Charter star is a big addition to the 2019 class for Dunk Mountain.   Gabriel will come in with a winning pedigree, he’s a state champion, and currently he ranks third all time in three- pointers- made in the state. Gabriel has been known as one of the elite snipers in the state for years, but he’s...

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Diving in With: Isaiah Wilkins

Recently I caught up with 6’5 Virginia Tech freshman Isaiah Wilkins at Reynolds Park Recreation Center, Wilkins was a guest speaker at the camp and  it was held just days before his departure to Blacksburg, Virginia.   The event served as a homecoming for Wilkins, he’s ending his time in Winston on the court where it all began. The kids look up to him and are eager to battle Wilkins...

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