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Open Gym Report: Calvary Baptist Day School

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Calvary Baptist Day School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for another addition of our open gym tour. Coach Joe Rybak led the Cougars to a 21-15 record last season and will return six players from their previous roster. Optimism should certainly be in the air, as this group is as talented as any group from recent memory. This article will take a closer...

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Open Gym Report: United Faith Christian Academy

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Charlotte, NC to watch practice at United Faith Christian Academy. Head Coach Josh Coley is excited about this year’s group. The practice was very efficient. The players were constantly active and competing. There was no down time in between drills, and the players maintained their level of effort and focus throughout. Coach Coley said something to his...

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Open Gym Report: Lake Norman Guys

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Lake Norman High School for an open gym tour dual feature, capitalizing on the opportunity to evaluate both (boys and girls) varsity squads. Most of the boys’ team consisted of familiar faces, including numerous guys we’ve seen throughout the summer. In just one season, Coach Hodges has already done a great job of establishing his culture within the...

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Phenom Open Run: Cannon

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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Open Gym Report: Lake Norman Girls

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Lake Norman High School for an open gym tour dual feature, capitalizing on the opportunity to evaluate both (boys and girls) varsity squads. While most of the boys’ team consisted of familiar faces, this was our first full viewing of the Coach McKenzie Graham’s team—and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Though the sample size was limited, it’s clear that...

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Phenom Open Run: Lincoln Charter

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area.  Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court.  It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event....

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Phenom Open Gym: Independence

Continuing our Phenom Open Gym Tour, Patrick O’Brien went down to Independence high school who is coming off a 22-8 season last year. Coach Davis will have a different looking team than last year, as they will be more of a guard-oriented team that looks to play fast, create havoc defensively, and attack. But it will also be a team mentality, as they have options as far as scorers and will have to help get on the boards.

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Open Gym Report: Forsyth Country Day School

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Forsyth Country Day School to view practice. Upon entering the gym, the energy and intensity level was high from the start. As I was sitting there watching practice, it made me want to get out there and be a part of it. It was a college level practice. Entering his first season at Forsyth Country Day, Head Coach Doug Esleeck and his staff are quickly...

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Phenom Open Run: Ardrey Kell

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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Phenom Open Gym: Winston-Salem Christian

Phenom Hoops was back on the road once again, continuing their Phenom Open Gym Tour. We checked in on Winston Salem Christian, as Coach Antonio Lowe is looking to bring a talented group to the court. A program that is relatively unknown, WS Christian immediately stands out with the amount of size they bring and skill, as they should be one of the premier teams in the state.

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Phenom Open Gym: Covenant Day

A program that really is starting to make waves around the western part of the state, Covenant Day looks to be heading in the right direction. Coach Marty Parrish has done a tremendous job and is coming off a 17-win season but this may be his most talented team he has had. A blend of star power, skill, size, and ability, the Lions seems to be a program that many will want to get out and watch this year, as they are loaded with talent this year.

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Carmel Christian

Phenom Hoops continues their Open Gym Tour, heading down to Matthews to check in on Carmel Christian. Coach Joe Badgett has himself looking for another title, as many names return from last year but they have also added some very intriguing and special talent this season. We dive into their roster from what we saw on the court. Check out the names we were impressed by.

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Phenom Open Gym: Mallard Creek

Mallard Creek brings in a new coach in Coach McNeil, as they look to get back on the winning track and make their mark in the Charlotte area. Getting a chance to watch this team during their open gym, this is a program that will look to be faster, pushing the pace and scoring in transition. They will have a chance to spread the floor with the number of guards on the court, but they will have to have a team mentality on the defensive end and on the boards with the lack of size.

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Phenom Open Run/ Gym: Cuthbertson

Phenom Hoops went out on a late Friday night to check in on another fall league, getting a chance to watch the talent that will once again be on display during the high school season. Coach Caputi will be kicking off his first season at Cuthbertson and hopes to make a big splash early on. We break down a few players we were able to get our eyes on, as Caputi will be returning a few key starters from last year.

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Phenom Open Gym: South Meck

We have heard the early buzz around South Meck and it starts with head coach Gary Hall, one of the top coaches in the country who is now looking to make his mark in North Carolina with the Sabres. He has the winning pedigree and knowledge of the game, and it seems that he has earned some early traction with the program now.

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Phenom Open Run/Gym: United Faith

Phenom Hoops went out on a late Friday night to check in on another fall league, getting a chance to watch the talent that will once again be on display during the high school season. We take a look at the players we saw, making notes of what each team could potentially look like once the season starts.

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Phenom Open Gym: Lake Norman Christian

Phenom Hoops went out on the road again, just checking in on another open gym. Always an exciting time for us, as we get to see what teams are shaping up to look like heading into the season but also learn a few new names. Lake Norman Christian has been a HOT name over the last few months and Head Coach Mason Padgett has a ton of talent for him on the floor. They brought in a lot of Division I...

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Phenom Open Gym: Myers Park

Heading to another gym, we hit the road to Myers Park to check out a very intriguing team. This is a program that has been a staple in the Charlotte area under head coach Scott Taylor, winning several big games and having big-time players that produce. Some of those players have now left but there is a lot of young and talented prospects coming through the gym at Myers Park. Let’s dive...

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Phenom Open Gym: Mooresville

KC Shaw Mooresville is a program that is looking to find more success and Coach Moore is looking to change the culture.  When watching the open gym, you can see that coach is looking to teach these young men and help them learn the little things that are needed to win games and be competitive.  The players seem to be buying in and are excited about what is happening with this program. Overall,...

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Phenom Open Gym: Dorman looking to reload

Phenom Hoops headed down to Dorman high school, a powerhouse program that has brought home titles after titles, and is also coming off their best season in program history! Now, with several of those names now gone to the next level, Dorman looks to reload with the next round of talent, as we dive into what we saw.

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Open Gym Report: Concord Academy (formerly Concord First Assembly)

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Concord to watch the defending NCISAA 3A State Champions, Concord Academy (formerly Concord First Assembly). Coach Frank Cantadore has done a remarkable job over the past nine years building Concord Academy into a perennial NCISAA power. In nine seasons, their overall record is 220-65 and they’ve won over 22 games per year for eight straight seasons....

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Liberty Heights

Coach Mike Wright and his staff have consistently fielded some of NC’s most competitive teams in recent years at Liberty Heights and this year’s team might be his best yet. Liberty Heights has set a standard when it comes to success on the court and the recruiting trail so it comes to no surprise that they were able to load up on talent once again as they feature some of The...

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Phenom Open Gym: Gaston Day

Phenom Hoops has been hitting the road, checking in on open gyms, open practices, and fall leagues to get a glimpse of teams this upcoming season.  We went out to Spartanburg for the Fall League, getting a chance to watch players from Gaston Day compete.  After finishing 10-16 last year and 4-8 in the league, the Spartans are looking to take another step as a program.  They had some strong...

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Phenom Open Gym: Northside Christian

Northside Christian was fun to watch last year and came up just short in their hopes of a state championship.  Now, Coach Hatchett has lost a few key seniors and players from last year’s team but is excited about what the future holds with this year’s group.  A blend of scoring, quickness, versatility, and experience, Northside Christian is going to certainly be a team to watch once...

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Phenom Open Gym: Winston Salem Christian (Post Grad)

Heading to another gym, we hit the road to Wiinston Salem on Wednesday to check out the post grad teams, both the purple and black team, at Winston Salem Christian. These are two teams that have talent that D2 and D3 schools will surely want to keep an eye on and look at. Let’s dive into the two teams, as these are a few names that caught our eyes. Kenny Hodges 6’6 Kenny Hodges: Probably...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Greensboro Day

Phenom Hoops continued to hit the road for the most exciting time of the year (to some). Part of the Open Gym tour, Patrick O'Brien headed out to the Greensboro area to watch the talent the Bengals of Greensboro Day School will be bringing this season.

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Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy (Part II)

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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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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Open Gym Tour: Team CP3 16U

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for another special open gym feature on Team CP3’s 15s, 16s, and 17s. This organization is consistently one of the most talented programs in the state and home to numerous NBA players and overseas professionals. Since basically every player on the roster is a noteworthy name, we will be taking a closer look at some personal...

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