PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Bendel’s Best: Josh Level Classic

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Dudley High School for the annual Josh Level Classic, an event that has kept the memory of Josh Level very much alive since his tragic passing. They’ve grown tremendously over the years and continually raise the bar in terms of talent, with this year’s field being arguably the strongest in the history of the event. Obviously, these games that resemble the...

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Josh Level Classic Preview: Team Shavers

Over six years ago, Josh Level tragically passed away on the basketball court when his heart stopped from a viral infection. Since then, the folks within the Josh Level Classic and SmileForJosh Foundation have done a valiant job to keep his memory alive while raising money for a truly great cause. This game seems to grow tremendously each year and is now arguably set to have the most talented...

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JaDun Michael Vs. Josh Nickelberry/Jamahri Harvey … ALL GO FOR OVER 20!

What a matchup, you have the future vs. the present. Josh Nickelberry is one of the best scorers North Carolina has seen in recent years. He is a smooth shooter going to Louisville. Jamahri Harvey’s name is one that is quickly on the rise. Always a tough defensive presence, he is showing a lot of creation and shot making ability this year. Michael, only a sophomore, is a Top 5 prospect in...

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Phenom Hoops NC All-Star Lineups, including Dunk Contest and 3-point Contest

It was All-Star weekend in the state of North Carolina.  The stars were out in Charlotte, with names comes from the Hoop State of North Carolina.  So, Phenom Hoops wanted to have a little fun of our own with a little All-Star flavor.  Each of our scouts had a chance to state who would be in their All-Star lineup from the state of North Carolina, no matter if they were in the senior or freshman. ...

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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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Josh Nickelberry IS the Best Scorer in North Carolina Right Now … PERIOD

Watch 2:47 of Raw Footage of Nickelberry’s 7 Games So Far: Josh Nickelberry is scoring the ball at an absolutely prolific rate. In fact, the senior hooper at Northwood Temple has a chance to be one of the most prolific scorers, on record, in North Carolina high school basketball history. Currently, the 4-star Louisville commit is sitting on 2.281 career points, which in itself is good for...

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Northwood Temple Beats Northwestern at the Buzzer 86-84

In yet another close game, Northwood battled back with over 11 lead changes throughout the game including 4 in the final two minutes and came away with a much needed close win over a really intriguing Northwestern High School team out of Rock Hill, South Carolina after Travon Jackson’s lay in at the buzzer.  Northwood was led by the dynamic duo of Josh Nickelberry and Jamahri Harvey, the...

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Coach Rick’s Fab 5: Battle at the Rock Day 1

The inaugural Battle at the Rock was an instant success. Great venue, great teams, great hospitality, but most of all great action on the basketball court. There was no shortage of talent and high level play. Now, let’s take a closer look at the standouts on opening day. Gray Collegiate Starting Five  This was my first time watching Gray Collegiate, but came away completely impressed. Five...

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Battle At The Rock: Night 1 Recap

I’ve been looking forward to this event all week… the ‘Battle at the Rock’ showcase, presented by our service. A handful of talented teams will swing by Nation Ford High School (Fort Mill, SC) for Friday night and Saturday games. To kick things off, three games took place on Friday night, featuring several next-level prospects.   Game 1: Gray Collegiate Academy...

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Player Standouts at Battle at the Rock (Day One)

Gray Collegiate: 6’4 ’19 Jalil Robinson There are an abundance of talented South Carolina prospects that seem to get overlooked during the recruitment process, which certainly includes Robinson. He and various other underrated guys joined together on the Carolina Pressure, which was one of the top non shoe-circuit programs in the state last summer. Robinson did a great job of doing everything in...

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Jalil Robinson Leads Gray Collegiate by Northwood Temple 90-63 in Battle At The Rock Opener

In the opening game at the Battle At The Rock Gray Collegiate handled Northwood Temple 90-63.  A strong first quarter from 6’0 2019 Tommy Bruner and 6’4 2019 Jalil Robinson, Gray led 18-8 with Robinson attacking at will offensively and the entire team handling their business defensively, keying in on Josh Nickelberry, making him work for every inch early on.  They held an 18-8 lead...

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Coach Rick’s Top Ten Performances from the Hoops and Dreams

The Second Annual Hoops and Dreams was filled with quality and nationally ranked teams and players. To put it mildly, there was an over abundance of talent. While some of the bigger named players did what big time players should do, there was also a list of players that used the Hoop and Dreams platform to elevate their recruitment and stock. Today, we want to take a closer look at the players...

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Player Standouts at Phenom’s Hoops and Dreams Showcase

Player Standouts at Hoops and Dreams   Freedom Christian 6’5 ’19 Brandon Murray The wing prospect was arguably the most consistent two-way performer for Freedom Christian, given his scrappiness on defense and ability to apply scoring pressure from all three levels. Murray is known for his shooting, but his penetrating and finishing was actually his most reliable scoring avenue for most of...

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Must Watch Storylines for Hoops and Dreams Showcase (Part 1)

The first annual Hoops and Dreams Showcase was one of the most live events Eastern North Carolina saw last year. This year will have a deeper field. It will have incredible talent and the match ups are off the charts. With 3 teams ranked among the nation’s top programs, 9 players ranked among the nation’s Top 100 prospects and 11 players who have signed to play college basketball …...

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Jamie’s List of Five — Phenom’s National High School Showcase Day 2

6’10” 2020 Moussa Diabate DME Academy (Dayton Beach, FL) Diabate has all the tools you look for in a long term prospect. His frame is off the charts and he has a natural fluidity and athleticism in his cadence. Already, Diabate is a high level defender with the ability to block shots, rebound and switch on the perimeter. He has some Jaren Jackson, Jr. in him on that side of the floor....

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Jamie’s List of Five — Carmel Christian Tip-Off Classic

Jamie’s List of Five Carmel Christian Tip Off Classic It was a pretty spectacular two days. The crowd was incredible, thanks to the fans of Charlotte, North Carolina for showing out. The play on the court warranted a raucous crowd, as the big time players made big time play after big time play. Here is who we saw as the event’s top performers… 6’5” 2019 Josh Nickelberry (Louisville) Northwood...

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Miles Magical Five: #CCSTOC2018

The inaugural Carmel Christian Tip Off Classic was filled with an abundance of talent from future top 5 NBA Draft Selections to high level D3 hoopers.  Narrowing this list down to five was extremely difficult, I had to base this list off of their performance in this event, and not sheer potential.  Here’s my magical five from an awesome weekend in Charlotte! 5. 6’3 2020 Tyler...

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Coach Rick’s Fab 5 Performances Carmel Christian Tip Off Classic

The inaugural Carmel Classic Tip Off Classic presented by Phenom Hoop Report jumpstarted the 2018-19 North Carolina high school basketball season, not to mention the first time the 35 second shot clock was used in the state of North Carolina. While the use of the shot clock created a buzz and excitement, it wasn’t anywhere close to the enthusiasm and excitement that was generated on the...

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Northwood Temple Vs Carmel Christian Game Recap: #CCSTOC2018

The Skinny: This game was an absolute electric factory from start to finish, one of the most entertaining atmosphere’s I’ve ever been a part of for a high school basketball game/event.  The first half was super tight throughout, 6’5 2019 Louisville Commit Josh Nickelberry was lights out in the 1st Half, scoring 18 points and keeping his team in it throughout the 1st half. ...

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Phenom High School Jamboree: Coach Rick’s Fab Five

The 6th Annual Phenom High School Jamboree has enjoyed a history of outstanding teams and players and this year’s jamboree was no exception. In all, we had 40 teams and a total of 60 games that were played throughout the day. Proehlific Park and Northwest Guilford High School were the venues being used. While this was a great way to kick off the 2018-19 season, the Phenom High School...

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Phenom HS Jamboree Session I (11/3/18): K-Rob’s ‘Seven’

  Over 40 high school programs had the opportunity to get in some early season action as we kicked off Session I of our annual ‘Phenom High School Jamboree.’ With an abundance of talent and plenty of college coaches filling up space in our two hosted locations, Proehlific Park and Northwest Guilford High School, the day resulted in successful fashion. Assigned for coverage on Court 3 at...

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Player Standouts at Phenom’s High School Jamboree (Afternoon Session)

Central Cabarrus: 6’4 ’21 Christian Cornish Long and athletic, Cornish knows how to impose his will on both ends of the floor pretty regularly. He utilizes his high motor to attack the rim on offense and make plays on defense. Cornish has upside as a creator and looked fairly competent when creating off the dribble, able to touch the paint and make the correct pass whenever possible. He...

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Open Gym Tour: Northwood Temple

6’4 2019 Josh Nickelberry Josh Nickelberry, an ESPN 4-Star who recently committed to the Louisville Cardinals under newly employed head coach Chris Mack, is as-advertised! Nickelberry as we all know, possess a smooth shooting stroke and can score in bunches whether in transition or in the half court. The biggest challenge for Nickelberry this year will be transitioning into an on-ball guard and...

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Five Released in USA Today’s 2019 “Chosen 25” will Compete in Battle at the Rock

USA Today High School Sports came out with their high school Chosen 25 rankings and it carried a Battle at the Rock feel to it. Each year, Jason Jordan will put out his “Chosen 25” of the senior class and this year five players who are competing in the Battle at the Rock made their way onto the list. In fact, all five of the players are in the Top 20 of the ranking. Topping the list, at number...

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Coach Rick “North Carolina 2019 Dream Team”

If you look at the August 14th update of the North Carolina 2019 class, one thing is crystal clear. It is absolutely loaded with talent and has tremendous depth. Like so many classes in North Carolina, it is certainly blessed with some high level talent and today we will take a closer look at what we consider to be a “Dream Team” for any college program....

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Even The Nationally Ranked Prospects Used the NC Top 80 Platform to Raise Their Stock

The North Carolina Top 80 is a major platform for kids throughout the state of North Carolina. The best of the best come to stake claim among the top prospects in the country. However, it also has allowed many players, who are not nationally ranked, to boost their stock in front of national media and college coaches alike. Here is a look at some of the guys already on the national radar who...

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Jamie’s NCISAA All State First Team and Player of the Year

The NCISAA tournament is one of the most talked about state tournaments across the region. Without fail there are 2-4 nationally ranked teams who are battling for state titles throughout the three classifications. Also, without fail, there are numerous highly ranked national level kids participating. By the time it gets down to the Final Fours of each classification, every team has “a dude” and...

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