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Is Ben L. Smith Greensboro’s Top Public School Team?

Prior to our Tourney Town Showcase, we discussed the possibility of the Golden Eagles starting the new year with an undefeated record. After two wins at the event, that scenario is still certainly in play. However, the viewings of this group also provided us with a more concrete idea of what they’ll look like from game to game.  Every Coach Partee-led group has been balanced, and this squad...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Challenge (Day 1, Part 1)

2023 Angelo Alexander (CC Elite 17u): Alexander did a nice job in mixing it up, creating off the dribble, finding ways to get inside the paint, and knocking down shots.  Mixed it up nicely from multiple levels with his game and showed a confident pull-up game. 2024 Carlos Vazquez (Eastern Carolina Phenomz): Vazquez continues to be a name that pops up over the last year with his production level....

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Grassroots TOC (Day 3, Part 1)

2024 Gage Lattimore (Carolina Clutch): Lattimore came into Day 3 with something to show and prove, and he did as he put on an impressive scoring show.  Lattimore is a smooth and unselfish type of player, but he had it going; picking his spots well, pulling up for his jumper, getting to his spots off the ball from three, and just simply being a playmaker on the court. Impressive showing from the...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Grassroots Tip-Off Classic (Day 2)

Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Grassroots Tip-Off Classic (Day 2) by: Ethan Reece 2024 Gage Lattimore (Carolina Clutch)Ben L Smith High reloads every year with a loaded roster, and their 2024 class is no different. Gage is one of the lead guards and really intrigues with his versatility and willingness to produce for wins over points. He’s an athletic lefty that is at his best when getting downhill,...

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Open Gym Report: Ben L. Smith

On Friday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to another quality open gym session with one of the Triad’s top public-school programs in Ben L. Smith. Coach Derrick Partee is entering his tenth season at the helm, maintaining their success while consistently getting his players to the next level. Just in the last five years, he’s put over a dozen prospects into the collegiate ranks. Although they were...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 5’7 2025 Q Williams (Team CP3 2025)I want to start by simply saying, Q Williams is the most skillful 2025 lead guard I’ve seen in North Carolina’s 2025 class. I believe that it shouldn’t take longer than 3 full offensive possessions for you to see key differences in the IQ of Williams in comparison to his peers. Winning plays come second nature for...

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Queen City Showcase Standouts: Day 1

By; Noah McKenzie 6’0 Gage Lattimore 2024 is an extremely well-rounded player. Defensively, he plays with fantastic anticipation and energy. On both ends, he rebounds well due to fundamentals combined with freaky athleticism. On offense, the variety of ways he can score should scare every defense. Mande has a confident, smooth jumper, and can knock down shots consistently off the dribble, but...

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