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Prospect Talk: Alphonzo Billups

Twitter: @AlphonzoBillups                 Instagram: @fatsgocrazzy To all of the younger athletes out there, this statement should sound familiar: “Stay patient…your time is coming.” Yes, I’m aware it’s a cliché assertion that typically brings some eye-rolling with it. Sometimes words of that nature go in one ear and out of the other, especially when detecting all of the youthful talent making...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Varina HS

Twitter: @BoysVarina   Varina High School (Henrico Co., VA) Classification: Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 5, Region B 2018-19 overall record: 24-2     They won the 2018 VHSL Class 5 state championship over Wakefield High School (Arlington, VA) for their first-ever title in school history. They followed that feat with a repeat as back-to-back regional champions and a...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Benedictine College Preparatory School

Twitter: @bcphoops Instagram: @benedictine_basketball   Benedictine College Preparatory School (Richmond, VA): Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I 2018-19 overall record: 14-22     Having been deemed one of Richmond, VA’s storied varsity programs for decades now, it shouldn’t take long for 804 residents to recognize the significance...

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2019 Hoop Group ‘DC Jam Fest’; Day 2 Standouts (7/21/19)

  Man, July sure has flown by this summer. Frankly, I feel like I find myself reiterating that each year. The increased amount of exposure events taking place within the travel basketball scene serves as one of the main reasons, typically, and this past weekend in Northern Virginia proved as anything but different. The ‘Hoop Group’ organization arrived to town to host their ‘DC Jam Fest’...

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‘Zero Gravity Southern Showdown’ Tournament Standouts (4/6/19 – 4/7/19)

  A past weekend full of frequent whistle-blowing, filled up standing sections, numerous recognizable faces, and long hours spent in the gym all served as indication that AAU basketball tournaments are now in full swing. It felt unique providing coverage of my first spring tournament in the U-Turn Sports Performance Academy (Richmond, VA); I remember playing games in that same building...

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Phenom Hoops AAU Open Gym Tour: VA Havoc 15u (4/2/19)

Twitter: @VAHavoc Instagram: @vahavoc   During the high school season, I remember interviewing and conducting articles on a few 2019 players who touched upon how they had spent the previous spring/summer playing in the VA Havoc AAU program. Their words reflected nothing short of praise about the organization, as they explained it playing a role conducive to their overall development and...

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