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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Teays Valley Christian

To finish off the Phenom Hoops’ West Virginia trip, Jamie Shaw and Patrick O’Brien headed out to one of the top and certainly upcoming programs in the country in Teays Valley Christian.  After finishing the season 23-5 last year, including wins vs. Oak Hill, now they look to not rebuild but to reload. Coach Ryan Arrowood has a few returning players but also several intriguing new names to keep...

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‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’ Session II, Day 3 Standouts (6/30/19)

  After the successful opening portion of the first-ever ‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’ the other weekend (6/21 – 6/23), I returned back to the grounds of Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA) for the event’s ‘second half’; held seven days later (6/28 – 6/30). Structure occurred in a similar way, with 18 teams participating throughout the three days and using up three different courts in the...

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The Early Stages: Heritage IJN

The Heritage IJN squad from West Virginia first began playing organized basketball together in November at our National Showcase, where they had obvious chemistry issues and looked somewhat lost on the court—both individually and as a team. Since then, Coach Justin Dempsey has made strides with this group that many folks didn’t deem possible, especially this early into the process. They’ve dealt...

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Player Standouts at Phenom’s Hoops and Dreams (Part Two)

Trinity Christian 6’8 ’19 Greg Gantt The Providence commit arguably possesses the highest ceiling of anyone on display thus far, especially given his tone-setting leadership on defense. Gantt can contain four positions on defense and is usually the most athletic player on the court. The consistency of his jumper has continued to improve over the last year, but attacking the basket and finishing...

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