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Columbia, SC (Dec 28-30) – Major event organizer Phenom Hoop Report is bringing a nationally recognized holiday basketball tournament to Ben Lippen School in Columbia, South Carolina. Phenom's Palmetto Winter Showcase will take place December 28-30 and will feature 6 teams from South Carolina against 6 of the top teams from North Carolina and Virginia.

Last year Phenom Hoops held their Winter Classic in Wilmington, NC and it was one of the most talked about events throughout the region. In partnering with Ben Lippen, the City of Columbia was able to bring this national level event to the Midlands area. With the visibility and success of the Bojangles Bash and the Chick-Fil-A Classic, bringing an event with the profile of Phenom's Palmetto Winter Classic to Columbia only made sense for all parties.

This is a national level event with the eyes of college coaches and media across the country glued to the results. Rightfully so, Phenom's Palmetto Winter Classic has earned that recognition with alums of this young event who are committed to and/or playing at the likes of South Carolina, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, Southern California, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Missouri and many others.

Not only are elite players in this event, but great teams will be playing as well. The competition should be stiff as last season Miller School (VISSA 2A), Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach (SCISA 2A) and Blythewood (SCHSL 5A) each made it to their division's state championship game. Village Christian (NCISAA 2A) won their second consecutive state championship.

Thursday's Schedule
12 – Village Christian Vs. Ben Lippen

1:30 – Hammond Vs. Christian Academy of MB

3 – Conway Vs. Freedom Christian

5 – West Charlotte Vs. Independence

6:30 – Miller School Vs. United Faith

8 – AC Flora Vs. Blythewood

Take a look at this Field!

List of Teams
AC Flora (Columbia, SC)
Blythewood (Blythewood, SC)
Hammond School (Columbia, SC)
Ben Lippen (Columbia, SC)
Conway (Conway, SC)
Christian Academy (Myrtle Beach, SC)
West Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
United Faith Christian (Charlotte, NC)
Independence (Charlotte, NC)
Freedom Christian (Fayetteville, NC)
Village Christian (Fayetteville, NC)
Miller School (Croznat, VA)

Here is some of the top talent
Top 150 Ranked Prospects
Aundre Hyatt (Miller School)
Patrick Williams (West Charlotte)
Jimmy Nichols (Conway)

’19 Aundre Hyatt: (20+) FSU, Providence, St John’s, Va Tech, Rutgers, SoCal, Oregon, LSU, etc…
’19 Tariq Balogun: Old Dominion, Hampton, Norfolk St
’18 Milos Stajcic: Murray State, Arkansas State, Campbell
’19 Jamahri Harvey: Longwood, SC State, Hampton
’19/’18 Khuath Gatkuath: Campbell
’19 Travion McCray: Longwood, Stetson, SC State
’19 Jason Thompson: Eastern Washington, Longwood
’18 KC Hankton: (15+) Utah St, Hofstra, E Washington, UNCC, Toldeo, Kent St, etc…
’18 Jomarius Burton: East Carolina, LaSalle, Hampton, Kent State
’19 Matthew Smith: Appalachian St, Hampton, Presbyterian
’19 Cartier Jernigan: Mercer, Hampton, Liberty
’19 Patrick Williams: (15+) NC St, FSU, Florida, TAMU, Cincy, Wake, Va Tech, etc…
’18 Robert Braswell: (10) Oklahoma St, Fordham, Old Dominion, JMU, Charlotte, etc…
’19 Tre Jackson: Coastal, So Miss, SC State

Committed Players
Jimmy Nichols (Providence)
Nate Springs (Ohio U)
Jaylen Sims (UNC-Wilmington)
Deshaun Wade (East Carolina)
Teemu Temonof (Charleston)
Zack Foulks (Lees McRae)
Darren Grainger (Furman) – football

Also of note Jordan Burch (Hammond) and Tonka Hemmingway (Conway) are Top 100 ranked football prospects…

**Games will start at noon each day
**Click Here for Brackets
**Tickets will be $10 per person at the door
**On Social Media Use and Follow the Hashtag #PhenomWinterClassic

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