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Low Country Showcase “Final Thoughts, Takeaways and Stock Risers”

Final Thoughts, takeaways and stock risers The 3rd Annual Phenom Low Country Showcase was held at the beautiful campus of Porter Gaud in historic Charleston, South Carolina. There were many quality teams, games, players and coaches. Now, let’s take a closer look at our “Final thoughts, takeaways, and stock risers.” Carmel Christian is ready for another title run It bears repeating, Carmel...

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Player Standouts at Hoop Cities Invitational

6’3 ’22 Julius Reese (Glenn) It’s easy to see the nonstop leadership of Reese, as he epitomizes consistency with this Glenn squad. He’s comfortable at working with the ball in his hands or as an off-ball cutter, making him their most reliable and useful option on the offensive end of the floor. Reese is a willing passer and rebounder that knows how to outwork the opposition with his motor on...

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Phenom Low Country Recap: Concord First Assembly vs. Aiken

First Half It was a highly-anticipated matchup between one of the top teams in the state of North Carolina and another in South Carolina, as the players left it all out on the floor.  Concord First Assembly jumped out early to an early 14-6 lead but Aiken came back tough. From then on, it was a back-and-forth type game, with each team trading blows, as we ended in a 34-34 tie after one...

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John Wall Holiday Invitational Top 40 Scorers

Player  PTSPPGTEAMNick FARRAR9832.7APEX FRIENDSHIPDaeshun RUFFIN8829.3CALLAWAYJonathan KUMINGA7826.0PATRICK SCHOOLSamage TEEL7224.0FARMVILLELucas TAYLOR4522.5HERITAGEJustin WRIGHT6220.7FARMVILLEDontrez STYLES6220.7KINSTONJosh HALL6220.7MORAVIAN PREPMylyjael POTEAT3919.5BURLINGTONChase HAKEREM5418.0LEESVILLE ROADTerquavion SMITH5317.7FARMVILLEWilliam FELTON5317.7MILLBROOKJaDun...

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Carmel Christian prepares for Low Country Showcase

Carmel Christian prepares for Jeff Davis HS (GA) at the Low Country Showcase Head coach Joe Badgett lost four D1 scholarship players from last year’s NCISAA 3A state championship team.  Their record is now 15-3 for the season. Two of the three loses came down to the final seconds, while the last lost may have stung just a tad with the final scoring margin. That being said, coach Joe...

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Christmas Holiday Unsigned Seniors Coaches Need to Pay Attention To

Phenom Hoops was able to visit four events between Christmas and New Years. In all, we saw 60 teams from 15 different states and DC. In this article we are going to go through unsigned seniors we saw, that college coaches need to start paying attention to.

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Hillcrest Prep Shows Flashes of Dominance in The TJ Warren Bracket

Few matchups brought the anticipation and excitement of Hillcrest Prep facing off against Word of God in the championship at the John Wall Holiday Invitational. Both teams are absolutely overflowing with talent but one could legitimately argue that Hillcrest has as much as any team in the country. Word of God had their work cut out but came out of the gate ready to compete and went toe-to-toe...

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Montverde Rolls to Title Victory in The David West Bracket

Montverde has garnered a reputation as the top team in high school basketball and there’s been little resistance against that notion. Justifiably so, as they’ve beaten everyone in their path while demolishing many opponents along the way. Tonight, The Patrick School lined up in their crosshairs and was tasked with trying to stop arguably the most talent-rich squad in the country. The first half...

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Two of North Carolina’s Top Teams Collide

The bracket play has been full of excitement throughout the final day of competition at the John Wall Holiday Invitational, and Millbrook versus Farmville Central was potentially the best matchup of them all. These two teams entered this contest after each suffering their first loss of the year, both coming to nationally-ranked squads, and looked to bounce back in a big way. Millbrook came out...

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Moravian Prep Captures 3rd Place in the TJ Warren Bracket

Moravian Prep 62 Callaway 48 Moravian Prep Captures 3rd Place in the TJ Warren Bracket  Playing for 3rd place in the TJ Warren Bracket of the John Wall Holiday Invitational, we have Moravian Prep going against Callaway (MS) Both teams won opening round games, but Moravian Prep fell to national power Hillcrest Prep while Callaway lost to hometown Word of God (Raleigh).  Moravian...

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Combine Academy Captures 5th Place in the TJ Warren Bracket

Combine 71 Leesville Road 46 Combine Academy Captures 5th Place in the TJ Warren Bracket  Playing for 5th place in the TJ Warren Bracket of the John Wall Holiday Invitational, we have Combine Academy going against Leesville Road. Combine Academy loss a heartbreaker to nationally ranked Hillcrest Prep on opening night. Then proceeded to beat a very good NCHSAA 2A power Kinston to advance to the...

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Apex Friendship Captures 5th Place in the David West Bracket

Apex Friendship 71 Durham Academy 50 Playing for 5th place in the David West Bracket of the John Wall Holiday Invitational, we have Durham Academy 16-3 pitted against Apex Friendship 9-3. Durham Academy, playing without the services of MJ Rice, advanced to the 5th place game by upsetting defending NCISAA 1A state champion Greenfield. Durham Academy’s 6’0 junior Cole Sinclair erupted for 27...

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Kinston Captures 5th Place of the TJ Warren Bracket

Kinston 58 Holly Springs 47  The second game on Championship Monday at the 48th Annual John Wall Holiday Invitational was the 7th place game of the TJ Warren Bracket between Kinston and Holly Springs.  Kinston came into the contest with an unfamiliar two game losing streak and are currently 7-2 for the season. On the other hand, Holly Springs comes into the game with a 5-7 record. No team...

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Greenfield Captures 7th Place in the David West Bracket

Greenfield 62 Broughton 44 Greenfield Rebounds to Capture 7th Place in the David West Bracket  Starting things off for Championship Monday at the 48th Annual John Wall Holiday Invitational was the 7th place game of the David West Bracket between Greenfield and Broughton. Greenfield came into the contest with an uncharacteristic two game losing streak and are currently 14-5 for the season. On the...

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34th Annual Pepsi Carolina Classic Champion Saturday

Best Game of the DaySouth Florence (68) vs. Marion (65)South Florence took a 10 point lead (37-27) into halftime, then Marion used a 23-12 third quarter, behind 8 points from TJ Sanders and 9 from Mac Washington to make this an incredibly tight ending. South Florence pulled away in the fourth and ended up winning 68-65. The stars shone brightly in this one in what ended as a three-point win....

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Montverde Maintains Top Tier Status

The stage was set at the John Wall Holiday Invitational for another potentially competitive contest between a local squad in Millbrook and a national powerhouse in Montverde. However, this battle opened up and Montverde immediately took control of the pace and scoreboard. Everyone who logged minutes finished with points but Cade Cunningham, Caleb Houstan, and Moses Moody really shined the...

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Farmville Central Shocks The Patrick School?

Few people expected the John Wall Holiday Invitational to unfold with such an unbelievably competitive streak between “local” North Carolina teams and the national powerhouses. Farmville Central has built a reputation with their ability to not only compete but also beat any type of team in the country. They play their style and at their own pace. On the other side, The Patrick School has an...

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National Powerhouses Collide at John Wall Holiday Invitational

Everything fell in place during bracket play for Hillcrest Prep and Moravian Prep to compete in a star-studded matchup at the John Wall Holiday Invitational. Hillcrest entered this game with a ton of talent, the coaching of Mike Bibby, and a strong reputation over the last handful of years. Meanwhile, Moravian just recently found national relevance behind Josh Hall, Antonio Lowe, and the...

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Farrar’s 35 points propel Apex Friendship against Broughton

The early morning game on Day Three featured the consolation bracket of the David West bracket. Apex Friendship and Broughton both lost hard-fought games. Broughton lost to NCHSAA 2A state champion Farmville Central by the score 72-67 while Apex Friendship lost to nationally-ranked Patrick School by the score of 70-64.

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Montverde Takes Care of Business

There’s no real debate about the current best team in high school basketball, as the census seems to be set on Montverde. Durham Academy is arguably one of the top two or three teams in North Carolina, but they had an obvious uphill battle with MJ Rice sidelined. It was supposed to be a blowout in the eyes of many but Durham Academy came out with a clear game plan and hung around for the...

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