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Twitter: @tjenkins1_ Instagram: @tjjenkins5 *Photo taken by ‘804 Varsity’ When I first started this scouting gig in August 2018, I honestly didn’t know much about high school basketball in the Richmond, VA area at all; being a resident of Fredericksburg, VA. Fast forward to today, however, and those early stages of learning how the 804 scene operates have come and gone. It’s been a...read more
I could feel the buzz and anticipation in Henrico County, VA yesterday evening immediately upon arriving to the area. It was for good reason too, as spectators would get a final look at the enormously talented 2019 class in the annual ‘804 All-Star Game.’ In its 16th year, Stephen Lewis (assistant coach at St. Christopher’s School) did an excellent job with the organization of this event...read more
Man, have I enjoyed covering high school hoops for the last several months. With the 2019 season officially coming to an end this weekend (3/9), I decided to put together a list of superlatives for the Richmond, VA area’s talent. Other members on the Phenom Hoops team plan to release features of their own respective regions as well; we’re titling this series, ‘Phenom’s Picks.’ Hope...read more
After the girls championship game had cleared, the gym started to see even more of a shift in its spectator capacity. I mean, who could blame people for wanting to come through and potentially check out the best game of the postseason in the 804? Held at Hermitage High School (Henrico, VA), the gym has plenty of seating availability, yet it got to near standing-room only as the...read more
The best time of the season has finally arrived: playoff basketball! While we can make predictions and try to use logic to argue why certain teams should win in various rounds, the postseason always comes with the unexpected. There’s no telling which upsets/surprise victories may occur once this time of the year hits. In the Richmond, VA area, I’ve seen such a great deal of talented teams...read more
mM This winter season has had its fill of exciting moments so far. The young guys in the Richmond, VA area don’t play around when it comes to on-court competition. In the case of pretty much every basketball season, this season has flown by. Each hoops season can take up to about 4-5 months, longer than most other sports, but I can’t believe we’re already in January. It’s almost like high...read more
Twitter: @BoysVarina Varina High School (Henrico, VA) Classification: Class 5, Region B 2017-18 Record: 26-2, Class 5 State Champions Colleges in Attendance: Virginia State I got a first look at the Blue Devils’ squad during CNU’s annual Fall Team Camp two weekends ago. They had a stellar tournament run to make it all the way to the championship game. Leaving from that camp, I had...read more