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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Players to Watch

Phenom’s 5th Annual High School Jamboree has earned the reputation of the region’s best pre-season hoops jamboree. This reputation has not only grown from the exposure that has been given to players in this event, but also by the immense talent that shows out every year here. The 2017 version of this jamboree may be even more filled with talent than in the past. No less than 50 D1...

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What We’re Looking For — Part 1 (Under the Radar 2018s D1s Need to be Watching)

What We’re Looking For Phenom’s High School Jamboree By Jamie Shaw This is Phenom’s 5th Annual High School Jamboree, the region’s premier pre-season hoops jamboree filled with talent, scouts and college coaches. Every year baselines full of college coaches have attended with the last two years bringing in 60-70 college coaches from around the region. With that many coaches and scouts in tow, it...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Northwest Guilford)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview NW Guilford HS Coach Lee Reavis  NW Guilford has long been a traditional power in the NCHSAA 4A classification. Coach Lee Reavis has built a program on solid fundamentals and has done an excellent job of bringing consistency to the program. He is highly regarded as one of the nicer guys in the business and his teams are always well coached. Last year, NW...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Durham Academy)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview  Durham Academy Coach Tim McKenna  Durham Academy is coming off a 23-6 campaign during the 2016-17 season in NCISAA 3A classification and was co-TISAC Conference Champions. Coach McKenna will lose three starters from last year’s team, but does have ample depth and talent for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Coach McKenna will have a nice blend of youth and...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (High Point Christian)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview High Point Christian Coach Joseph Cooper High Point Christian plays in the most competitive basketball conference (NCISAA Piedmont Conference  and the toughest associations in the country (In our opinion).   Coach Joseph Cooper and High Point Christian had  an impressive 18-10 record and exceeded expectations during the 2016-17 season.  You see, 6 of the...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Piedmont Classical)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview  Piedmont Classical  Coach Kenneth Free Piedmont Classical is in its second year of existence and participates in the CAASC State Association and members of the Central Carolina Conference-East Division. With a school enrollment of only 420 students, Piedmont Classical posted a 29-12 record winning the CAASC State Championship and finished fourth in the...

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Phenom’s Hoop Jamboree: Greensboro Day School Team Preview

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview Greensboro Day School Coach Freddy Johnson By Rick Lewis   Greensboro Day is no longer just a state and regional power, it is now a national power and Coach Freddy Johnson has led his team to Dick’s Sporting Good National High School Tournament in 2015 and 2017. Last season, Greensboro Day won its 9th NCISAA 3A state championship defeating Wesleyan...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Greensboro Day)

Greensboro Day School Coach Freddy Johnson By Rick Lewis Greensboro Day is no longer just a state and regional power, it is now a national power and Coach Freddy Johnson has led his team to Dick’s Sporting Good National High School Tournament in 2015 and 2017. Last season, Greensboro Day won its 9th NCISAA 3A state championship defeating Wesleyan Christian 63-60. Coach Freddy Johnson is now...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (West Forsyth)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview West Forsyth High School  Coach Rusty LaRue By Rick Lewis Coach Rusty LaRue led West Forsyth to a terrific 2016-17 season going an impressive 27-3 before losing to undefeated Butler High School in the Elite 8 of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.  Playing in the Central Piedmont 4A conference, Coach LaRue will have to replace four key members off the team (6’6 KJ...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Christian Academy of MB)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview  Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach Coach Darren Gore  By Rick Lewis Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach finished the 2016-17 with a 20-12 record before losing to Zion Williamson and Spartanburg Day in the SCISA AA state championship game. Coach Darren Gore will sorely miss 6’2 Justin Busby and 6’5 Bryce Schneider who graduated. Busby averaged 16.2 PPG and...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Bertie)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview Bertie High School Coach Derrick Bond By Rick Lewis Bertie High School finished 5-21 last year in the NCHSAA 2A classification and 3-9 in the Northeastern Coastal Conference. That being said, Coach Derrick Bond knew he had to rebuild the program since he started three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior in the 2016-17 season. Now, Coach Bond has formed...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Calvary Baptist)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview Calvary Day Coach Joe Rybak By Rick Lewis Calvary Day finished with a 18-15 record in the 2016-17 season, not too shabby considering the toughness of their schedule. First of all, Calvary Day plays in the competitive NCISAA 2A classification. In addition to playing the likes of The Burlington School, Gaston Day, Carmel Christian; Calvary Day plays outside...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Lincoln Charter)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview Lincoln Charter Coach Bradley Gabriel  By Rick Lewis It’s truly amazing what Coach Bradley Gabriel has done with the Lincoln Charter basketball program in just seven short years. Lincoln Charter is now one of the state’s premier teams in the NCHSAA 1A classification. Lincoln Charter has made the regionals for the past four years and won the NCHSAA 1A...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Asheville Christian)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview  Asheville Christian (Asheville, NC) Coach Andy Ray  By Rick Lewis Last season, Asheville Christian finished a “disappointing” 6-18. For Head Coach Andy Ray, he has never been one to back down from a challenging schedule. With him, it’s not so much about wins and losses as it is to provide a platform for his players to play against the best competition....

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Hickory Grove)

Hickory Grove Christian Coach Jim Rhodes Hickory Grove finished 14-12 during the 2016-17 season in the brutal NCISAA 2A classification and a 6-4 record in the Metrolina Basketball standing. Coach Rhodes will have a nice blend of veterans in seniors 6’3 Austin Hadden and 6’1 KJ Freeman, junior 6’5 junior Regin Larson and a pair of freshman in 6’3 AJ Smith and 6’6 Jacori Owens. While Coach Rhodes...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Western Alamance)

Western Alamance Coach Michael Graves Last year, Western Alamance finished slightly below .500 with a 11-12 overall record and a 7-9 Mid State 3A conference record. Coach Michael Graves has senior Tre Harvey to lead the charge for Western Alamance this upcoming season. Harvey has improved immensely over the summer and is definitely one to watch. Coach Graves will rely heavily upon his senior...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (North Mecklenburg)

Phenom High School Jamboree Team Preview North Mecklenburg High School Coach Duane Lewis By Rick Lewis Head Coach Duane Lewis is what North Mecklenburg High School basketball is all about. Lewis played there and wouldn’t coach anywhere else. You see, for Coach Duane Lewis, he eats, sleeps, and lives North Mecklenburg basketball. Last season, the Viking finished 24-4 in the NCHSAA 4A...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Voyager Academy)

Voyager Academy Coach Mike Huff Coach Mike Huff and Voyager Academy enjoyed a banner 2016-17 season finishing with an overall record of 25-8 and going 16-2 in the North Central Athletic 1A classification of the NCHSAA. This year’s roster is filled with senior leadership and big things are expected for Coach Huff this upcoming 2017-18 season. Now, let’s look at the seniors that will be making the...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Concord)

Concord High School – Coach Jason Stowe Concord endured a challenging season in 2016-17. They finished with a 10-16 record in the NCHSAA 3A.  Coach Jason Stowe had a lineup of youth and mostly inexperienced varsity players. Now, Coach Stowe has reason to be more optimistic. His players are a year older and will bring a much-needed experience to 2017-18. We believe he is...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Concord 1st Assembly)

Concord First Assembly – Coach Frank Cantadore Concord First Assembly enjoyed a banner year during the 2016-17 season. They finished with an overall record of 22-11 and 8-2 in the conference. Concord First Assembly lost a tough 69-66 game to Carmel Christian in the NCISAA 2A semifinals. 6’5 Stephen Edoka and 6’4 Strah Rajic are now seniors and will anchor down another run...

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HS Jamboree Team Preview: Southern Guilford

Southern Guilford High School Head Coach:  Evan Fancourt   Last year, Southern Guilford had an overall record of 14-11. They finished 9-3 in the NCHSAA 3A Mid-Piedmont conference and are once again is the team to beat. Coach Evan Fancourt returns All-Conference Tyler Dearman and has a surrounding cast that will enable them a deep run into the state 3A playoffs. Now, let’s take a closer look...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Schedule

Time Court 1 Court 2 Court 3 9:00 AM Calvary vs. East Forsyth Carolina Day vs. Southern Guilford Hickory Grove vs. Northern Guilford 9:50 AM Bertie vs. Caldwell Durham Academy vs. Greensboro Day Western Alamance vs. To Piedmont Classical 10:40 AM Carlisle vs Concord Kings Mountain vs. Myrtle Beach Christian Northside Christian vs. Voyager 11:30 AM Carolina Day vs. Calvary Northern Guilford vs....

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Caldwell Academy)

Caldwell Academy Coach Michael McDuffie Caldwell Academy finished with a 17-5 record last season and Coach Michael McDuffie has reason to be enthusiastic for the upcoming season. Playing in the NCISAA 2A classification, Caldwell Academy is ready to make the next jump for the 2017-18 season. Coach McDuffie will start the season off at the Phenom High School Jamboree on Saturday, November 4th at...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Rabun Gap)

Rabun Gap  Coach Roger Cox  Rick Lewis While Rabun Gap has a Georgia address, it plays in the NCISAA 3A classification. Last year, Rabun Gap finished with a 14-13 record; going 6-2 in the Carolina Athletic Association. Even though Rabun Gap did not get into the NCISAA 3A tournament, the team finished strong by winning 10 of its last 15 games. With three seniors returning, Coach Roger Cox has...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Kings Mountain)

Kings Mountain looks to make deeper run into NCHSAA 3A playoffs Last season, Kings Mountain loss in the 3rd round of the NCHSAA 3A playoffs to eventual state champion Cox Mill with a 19-10 record. Coach Grayson Pierce is optimistic about the upcoming season. Kings Mountain has a nice blend of veterans and youth and is geared for another run. Coach Pierce returns 6’3 senior point guard Adrian...

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Phenom’s High School Jamboree — Team Previews (Carlisle)

Carlisle School Coach Brandon Smith For Coach Brandon Smith, he’s been in a rebuilding process for the Carlisle School. Coming into the new basketball season, Coach Smith is looking for improvements on the court and now has more veteran players. With the Phenom High School jamboree a few weeks away, we wanted to take a look at some of the key players for Carlisle and Coach Brandon Smith. 6’6 ’18...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — Lincoln Charter (Denver, NC)

Phenom’s Open Gym Tour Lincoln Charter (Denver, NC) By Jamie Shaw   Phenom Hoop Report travelled down to Denver, North Carolina to cover Lincoln Charter’s open gym. Coach Brad Gabriel has done a fabulous job in building Lincoln Charter into a NCHSAA 1A powerhouse. The school has only had a basketball program for seven years and has made the regionals for the past four years, not to...

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Isaiah Bigelow Commits to Charlotte

6’6” 2018 Isaiah Bigelow Commits to Charlotte By Rick Lewis We’ve been a fan of 6’5 Isaiah Bigelow of Ben L. Smith for quite some time. We’re talking about a long, lengthy skilled wing guard that can flat “light it up” from deep. And to make matters even better, Bigelow is just starting to scratch the surface on his long range potential. What’s impressive about the highly efficient scoring wing...

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6’9″ 2018 Jaylen Gainey Commits to Brown

6’9″ 2018 Jaylan Gainey Commits to Brown By Rick Lewis Back in 2016, we wrote, “Jaylan Gainey is a Diamond in the Rough.” Just think, in 2015, Gainey was a young 6’5 freshman weighing 135 pounds. He is young for his age and has only been playing organized basketball since the eight grade. Now, he is 6’9 and sports an enormous 7’2 wingspan, but more importantly carries an even more...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour – Asheville Christian (Asheville, NC)

Phenom’s Open Gym Tour Asheville Christian (Asheville, NC) By Rick Lewis Phenom Hoop Report stopped by Asheville Christian to talk hoops with the staff of Asheville Christian. Head coach Andy Ray and assistants coach Jonathan Bennett, and coach Mike Woods spent quality time to discuss the upcoming season. For Asheville Christian, the 2017-18 season will be a challenging one to say the...

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