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Player Standouts at Phenom Gate City (Part Two)

6’2 ’25 CJ Jackson (Truth Elite) Although the entire Truth Elite roster is worthy of attention from college coaches, Jackson clearly stands out as their leader. At 6-foot-2, he’s almost a completely positionless player. Jackson is legitimately capable of running the offense while controlling the glass and defending any opponent on the court. He possesses an impressive blend of...

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Crowned Champions: Queen City and Gate City

Phenom Queen City: 17U: Tennessee Impact16U: WCBA 202615U: Upward Stars CSRA 15u – Shine14U: CP3BA Select Russell13U: Pasadena Stars – 7th Red12U: Chosen One11U: CSA Phenom Gate City: 17U Blue: Big Shots NC Elite17U Orange: Truth Elite16U Blue: NC Spartans Neisler16U Orange: Kernersville Bulls15U: Team Curry East Sommers14U: Team United GSO13U: Carolina Elite12U: SW1SH Elite11U:...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Gate City (Part One)

6’1 ’28 Nick Brooks (MAF Elite) The only underclassmen on this list, Brooks was undeniably impressive as a focal point for a dominant MAF Elite group. He possesses an excellent combination of length, skill, and athleticism with the necessary IQ and toughness to consistently overwhelm opponents. Brooks applied constant, yet efficient scoring pressure from all levels while still...

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Lady Standouts at Gate City Classic

5’9 2024 Azahreya Drayton-Gill (Smith) Given everything she’s shown over the years, it should come as no surprise to see Drayton-Gill continuing to stand out as a productive leader for this group. She’s a smart, versatile wing/forward prospect with the motor, toughness, and well-rounded skillset to dominate a game. Drayton-Gill is a terrific rebounder for her size/position and...

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Bendel’s Best: Gate City Classic (Part Two)

6’3 ’24 Gage Lattimore (Smith) It doesn’t take long when watching the Golden Eagles to notice Lattimore’s significance and overall involvement as a leader. Widely known for his lethal three-point shooting, the 6-foot-3 guard does legitimately everything for this group. Sure, he still applies constant pressure as a marksman from beyond the arc, but his defense, rebounding,...

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Bendel’s Best: Gate City Classic (Part One)

6’4 ’25 Jaylen Cross (Caldwell Academy) Given his status as the top prospect and performer in the event, it came as no surprise to see Cross continuing to showcase the full arsenal. Few players of his caliber are truly comfortable at doing what is best for the team, but Cross’ team-oriented approach seemingly never wavers. Throughout the event, he was at his best when attacking...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Gate City

5’9 ’24 Azahreya Drayton-Gill (Smith) The Lady Golden Eagles have excellent balance and a ton of useful pieces, but Drayton-Gill was easily the most impactful player on either team. Her combination of size, length, and overall feel naturally allows her to cause problems for opponents on both ends of the floor. Drayton-Gill does a terrific job of applying pressure in the midrange,...

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Phenom Gate City Holiday Classic Previews: Wheatmore

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops will kick off our annual Gate City Classic at Ben L. Smith High School. The event features 15 different teams, including six girls’ teams and two out-of-state programs (Lead Academy and Green Run). This collection of talented squads will do battle across a three-day stretch with several noteworthy matchups taking place. Let’s take a closer look at each of...

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Phenom Gate City Holiday Classic Previews: Southern Guilford

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops will kick off our annual Gate City Classic at Ben L. Smith High School. The event features 15 different teams, including six girls’ teams and two out-of-state programs (Lead Academy and Green Run). This collection of talented squads will do battle across a three-day stretch with several noteworthy matchups taking place. Let’s take a closer look at each of...

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Phenom Gate City Holiday Classic Previews: NC GBB

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops will kick off our annual Gate City Classic at Ben L. Smith High School. The event features 15 different teams, including six girls’ teams and two out-of-state programs (Lead Academy and Green Run). This collection of talented squads will do battle across a three-day stretch with several noteworthy matchups taking place. Let’s take a closer look at each of...

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Phenom Gate City Holiday Classic Previews: Caldwell Academy

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops will kick off our annual Gate City Classic at Ben L. Smith High School. The event features 15 different teams, including six girls’ teams and two out-of-state programs (Lead Academy and Green Run). This collection of talented squads will do battle across a three-day stretch with several noteworthy matchups taking place. Let’s take a closer look at each of...

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Phenom Gate City Classic Previews: First Flight

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops will kick off our annual Gate City Classic at Ben L. Smith High School. The event features 15 different teams, including six girls’ teams and two out-of-state programs (Lead Academy and Green Run). This collection of talented squads will do battle across a three-day stretch with several noteworthy matchups taking place. Let’s take a closer look at each of...

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Gate City Holiday Showcase: Players to Watch

Boys: 2024 Caden Bell (NC GBB): Bell has been putting on a show in helping lead the charge for this team, and he will once again look to prove that he is an unsigned senior guard that warrants attention. Strong, physical creator that can score in a variety of ways and levels. Has had multiple big performances this season. 2024 Kaleb Spencer (First Flight): A forward that many may not know about,...

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Phenom Schedule Announcement: Gate City Holiday Showcase

Heading into the end of the year 2023, we look at the Gate City Holiday Showcase that will be taking place on December 28-30. A 3-day event in the Greensboro area, we will be having some terrific matchups with several local teams along with a few out-of-state teams participating as well.  Check out the full schedule below and the event link, as well as mark your calendar. Event Link:...

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Ending the year with a bang in Greensboro with the Gate City Holiday Classic (Dec 28-30)

Phenom Hoops is ending the year with a bang, with one of our events being in Greensboro with the Gate City Holiday Classic on December 28-30. In this event, this will be a chance to check an array of talent from around the region, including Virginia and Tennessee. So if you are in the area and want to check out some incredible matchups for this three-day event, make sure you put it down on your...

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Gate City Showcase “Breakout Performers”

Gate City Showcase “Breakout Performers” At the inaugural Gate City Showcase, the talent level was off the charts. While many of the players were known on the national level, there were also a handful of players under the radar that used the Gate City Showcase as their own personal platform to elevate their stock and recruitment. 6’9 2021 Dante Kiesenhofer (Holly Springs HS) What’s not to like...

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Bendel’s Best: Gate City Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina for another loaded high school showcase. The field featured an abundance of talent from every pocket in the state, which made for two full days of high-level basketball. Four of the competing teams were state champions last season (Greensboro Day, Carmel Christian, Piedmont Classical, and Moravian Prep) but every program in...

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Gate City Showcase “Final Thoughts, Takeaways, and Stock Boosters”

Gate City Showcase “Final Thoughts, Takeaways, and Stock Boosters” The inaugural Gate City Showcase held at Greensboro Day School was a huge success. There were many storylines and some great early season games that helped define what is going to be another exciting basketball season in the Hoop State. Now, let’s take a closer look at our final thoughts, takeaways, and stock boosters. Moravian...

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