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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Combine Academy National

Combine Academy comes in once again as one of the top teams, not only in the state but in the country, and it is easy to see why.  The depth is all there, the talent is all there, and the coaching staff is there for this program to make a TON of noise.  We said last year after the open gym that this program looked like a Top-10 team coming in and they finished that way.  Now, they look even...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Grind

6’2 ’25 Jerron Blackwell (Charlotte Nation) Despite not playing with his usual group, Blackwell still found ways to stand out and operate as a leader for this squad. He’s smart, poised, and extremely mature, especially at this stage in his development. Blackwell is a reliable scorer with a well-rounded skillset, but doesn’t even need to chase point totals in order to make a consistent impact....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1, Part 2)

Will Jenkins 2022 Will Jenkins (Team EAT): Jenkins simply plays with a fire in his game.  He always plays hard, is a vocal leader, and absolutely love how he gets after it on the defensive end. He is an in-your-face, scrappy, hard-nosed defender that likes to be a pest for an opponent.  Offensively, Jenkins is strong with the ball in creating space while finding his teammates.  He...

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Phenom Summer Havoc Team Preview: CP3 2023

July is going to be fun, especially with Phenom Hoops.  That is why we are getting just a small head-start on the teams and players that will be in attendance for the Summer Havoc.  Here, we look to preview just a few names to watch for throughout the weekend in Rock Hill, with many others stepping up their game in front of college coaches. Team CP3 2023 Do you want to talk about a team that is...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at the Phenom Summer Showcase

2022 Austin Ball (WV Generals): Ball played really well on Day 2, scoring the ball effectively, whether it was rising from behind the arc or his mid-range shot, as well as using his 6’5 long frame to finish over defenders with a little bounce to his game. Ball is tremendously active, making those little plays, using his hands well to keep the ball active, and has a soft touch with his...

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Does Team CP3 Have the Top Backcourt Trio in America?

Given the way basketball has trended over the last decade, it’s no secret that guard play now largely dictates on-court success at most levels. Whether it be a traditional “point guard” or more of a modernized floor general, the ball-handler position has more power and responsibility than ever before. The ideology of stockpiling size is important, especially for younger age groups, but it’s not...

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Gillespie’s Thoughts: Day 1 at the Spring Tip-Off Classic

‘ By: Chick Gillespie With the High School season coming to a close I was able to finally make it down to the Rock Hill Sports & Events Center for a Phenom Hoops Event and with several different divisions being played I was awash in talent to evaluate and I took advantage over the three days to check out the Hoop State Championships featuring some of the best prep programs in the...

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Combine Academy vs Lake Norman Christian

In the game that everyone has been eagerly anticipating all year, Lake Norman Christian traveled to Lincolnton to take on Combine Academy on Tuesday night. With two of the top rated sophomores in the nation, the basketball community wanted to see Mikey Williams vs Robert Dillingham. While these two young prospects were the headline, each team was filled with several talented players and coaches...

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Combine Academy vs The Burlington School: Game Recap

On Saturday afternoon, Phenom Hoops traveled to Lincolnton to watch Combine Academy take on The Burlington School. TBS was facing a nationally ranked Combine Academy for their second game in two days after getting a close road win Friday night at South Granville. The first half was a defensive battle. Both teams were doing a really good job of pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers. Robert...

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Word of God Takes Down Combine Academy

In a matchup of two of the top teams in the state, Combine Academy travelled to Raleigh to take on Word of God. The anticipation and hype surrounding this game was real. Combine won the first meeting by four points on November 20th at Combine. You knew both teams would be ready. Each have played a national schedule and have notable wins on their resume. The ball was tipped and from then on out,...

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T-Lew’s Fantastic Four From the Phenom Holiday Classic

Best Performances BJ Freeman 2021 (Moravian Prep) – BJ had one of the best performances we have seen all year vs Combine Academy. From the tip he had complete control of the game. He was making an impact on both sides of the ball. He was scoring in a variety of ways, knocking down shots, and attacking the rim. No one was able to keep BJ Freeman out of the lane. Not only is he a great basketball...

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Holiday Classic: Combine Academy National vs. Bull City Prep National

Last game of the event and fans were in for a treat, as there were over 15 D1 players on the court between Combine Academy National and Bull City Prep National.  Bull City brought the energy early and played with something to prove and that they did, getting out to a double-digit lead early, eventually leading 26-16 at the end of the first. But Combine started to pick up the energy in the...

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Holiday Classic: Combine Academy vs. Cape Fear Christian (Recap/Standouts)

Last game of the night, Combine Academy National and Cape Fear Christian got after it in Rock Hill.  Combine Academy came out with a lot more energy and looked early to make a statement, creating turnovers, getting out in transition, and getting downhill for baskets.  They also were able to get to the line to help the matter, as they looked to play their game to get out to an early...

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Battle at the Rock – Saturday Session 2 Standouts

Game 1           Combine Academy 76          Blythewood 45 Robert Dillingham    6’2       2023    (Combine Academy) Every single time Dillingham steps on the floor, he is nothing short of electric. The quick, shifty guard is a big-time shot maker who can get going at any moment. He has a unique ability to create off the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Battle at the Rock (Day 2)

2021 Bryce McGowens (LEC): McGowens looked strong once again, showing his full arsenal from the perimeter like he has shown countless times but also getting to the rack.  His blend of length, skillset, and versatility on the floor is highly impressive. 2021 Tay Burton (Byrnes): Though he was undersized, Burton played extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He had to go up against bigger...

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TLEW’S Takeaways “November Classic”

TLEW’s Takeaways “November Classic” Dangerous Duos Northside Christian – (Glynn Hubbard & Wesley Tubbs III) These two guys are really dangerous. When the lights are on these two show up and play the game with a lot of energy and passion. Over the past two weekends they have played a lot of great competition. These two have fit right in.  Glynn Hubbard – He is a smooth guard who...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Robert Dillingham Leads Combine to Opening Season WIN vs Carolina Basketball Academy!

Combine Academy and Carolina Basketball Academy squared off at the Phenom Tip-Off Classic, both looking to make their mark early in the season. Combine Academy used a balanced attack, led by their young guards and talented squad. Check out all the highlights from the game.

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T-Lew’s Takeaways

Top Leaders  Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) – Strong / physical guard. He has done a tremendous job leading the way for Coach Wright and Liberty Heights. He has shown the ability to really lead a team. The guard is extremely explosive and I have yet to see anyone keep him out the lane.   Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School) – It is amazing to me that no Division 1 school has...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Jamboree Bash/ Hoop State League (Part 2)

2022 6’6 Daniel Sanford (Cougars 704): Sanford continues to make his game known and he continues to expand with how he can operate on the court.  First off, he looks and plays like a grown man on the court, physically outmatching everyone for the most part.  But it is his work ethic on both sides that should have big-time schools calling his way. 2022 6’4 Silas Demary (Chris Clemons...

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Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy

It is getting close to that time of the year, where Phenom Hoops hits the road to check out teams and get an early glimpse of the talent around the area. We first started out heading to Lincolnton, to check in on Jeff McInnis and Combine Academy who is loaded once again.

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POB’s Stock Risers (Part 3)

It certainly hasn’t been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, let’s start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several part...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Robert Dillingham (56 PTS) x Aden Holloway (30 PTS) Look UNSTOPPABLE in Semi-Finals WIN!

Check out highlights from the Game Changers semi-final game Saturday afternoon at the Phenom Summer Havoc. Robert Dillingham was locked in going for a game-high 56 points while fellow 5 star guard Aden Holloway went from 30 points himself in the blowout win. Both 2023 guards currently hold multiple HM offers and look for their lists to only continue.

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