PHENOM CHALLENGE EVENT RECAPS

Logan Blair Preparing to Lead

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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Ryan Roberts Steadily Rising

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the...

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COACH’S CORNER: FCDS HC Doug Esleeck on His New Challenges + What His College Experience Will Bring!

We want to welcome in the new head coach of Forsyth Country Day, Doug Esleek, as he joins us on our latest episode of the Coach's Corner. He graduated from UNC and became the Director of Operations at UNCG, then a college assistant at Gardner-Webb, and then an assistant at Mercer. He talks about his time at each journey, including a few upsets he witnessed. Esleek talks about his journey to FCDS and what made the job so appealing to him. What also does he have planned for the program and what makes the program so intriguing? We discuss it all.

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Patrick Paul and Khalil Shakir to Join Phenom Hoops

 Phenom Hoops is excited to announce the addition of Patrick Paul and Khalil Shakir as we expand our coverage in South Carolina. The state of South Carolina is becoming a hotbed for basketball and Patrick and Khalil will provide coverage at the grassroots level. With the recent success of Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, college coaches are paying more and more attention to the talent in the...

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Austin Hatfield, “Keeping the Dream Alive”

For Austin Hatfield, basketball has been in his blood since he was five years old. He was your typical gym rat, constantly playing hoops and like most young players, wanted to play Division One basketball. Hatfield played high school basketball for legendary coach Andy Muse. He scored over 2300 career points in high school and graduated from Mt. Tabor in 2014.  After receiving only one D2...

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6’3 2022 Jalen West, “Following in Brother’s Footsteps”

Back in 2016, we wrote about an article, Name to Know: 6’1 2017 James West IV. James was a talented player that committed to Mount St. Mary’s. James played two years at Mount St. Mary’s and will finish his college basketball career at Tusculum University in Tennessee.  Fast forward to 2020, and Jalen hopes to be following in his big brother’s footsteps. Jalen is a slender and skilled 6’3 combo...

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Jordan Simpson, “A Team Player”

6’4 Jordan Simpson, “A Team Player”  Jordan Simpson has already enjoyed tremendous success. As a rising junior, Simpson has collected offers from North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Claflin, Miles and Denmark Tech. He is also getting interest from the College of Charleston, Nicholls State, Wake Forest and Winthrop. He participated in the prestigious SC Top 80 last September and...

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Jackson Hartzell Set to Play Big Role for the Vikings

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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Stars of the ACC: Players leading the way in the conference (2020-21 season) (Part I)

Getting into the college basketball spirit, Phenom Hoops is looking around conferences for some of the top players that should lead the charge. In a 2-part series, we first take a look at a few players that should be the stars of the ACC in the coming year.

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Natural glue guy: Adonijah Whitley

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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Showcasing his skills on the hardwood: Kamell Smith

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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“Get to Know” Daniel Cooper

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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COACH’S CORNER: Riverside Martin HC Bobby Williams

Rick Lewis brings you another great interview with Riverside-Martin head coach Bobby Williams, as he breaks down his journey in becoming a head coach. He certainly has paid his dues but he has such a passion for coaching. What made him get into coaching and what is the biggest impact he wants to leave on his players? He also discusses some of his talent. That and much more!

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“Get to Know” Smoke Hodges

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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Carmel Christian Team Preview

Carmel Christian  Last season, Carmel Christian finished with a 22-6 record. For most teams, that’s an impressive season. However, Coach Joe Badgett has raised the bar extremely high for the program after leading them to three straight NCISAA state championship appearances, winning the last two in back to back fashion. Carmel was headed for another title run last season, but got upset by...

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“Get to Know” Callahan Reed

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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Keep an eye on 2021 6’4 Davion Everett

We really got our first true look at Everett when he participated in the Savage Academy run in Columbia the other week. He grabbed our attention with all the hustle, extra-effort plays he was able to create. He rebounded well for his size, hustled to loose balls, and showed nice touch and ability to be productive when the opportunity was there.

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COACH’S CORNER: QEA’s Andre Gould Speaks on New Challenge + What He’ll Bring from CHAMPS WSSP!

We talk to a legend in North Carolina, a head coach that has won six state titles as a head coach and three championships as an assistant coach. Coach Andre Gould was born and raised in New York, so he dives what it was like to move to North Carolina and his time at WSSU. He then dives into his journey up to the top, winning several titles and then eventually becoming the head coach at W-S Prep. Now he is at Quality Education and looking to showcase the talent at the program. What made him change to QEA and what is he excited about? And how does he want to be remembered as a coach? We discuss it all.

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“Get to Know” Myles Williamson

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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“Get to Know” Alex Gruber

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well...

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