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Phenom Open Gym: Rocky River

Phenom Hoops continues to make their way around the state of North Carolina, checking in on teams before the season starts.  One stop that we recently made was at Rocky River, as this is a program that will have some fresh faces coming in and looking to make their mark.  Let’s dive into what we saw on the court during their open gym. Senior Leadership Rocky River had to replace several...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Metrolina Christian

Phenom Hoops continues to hit the road this offseason to check in on programs as they prepare for the upcoming high school season.  We made a recent stop at Metrolina Christian, a program we have seen quite a few times throughout the Hoop State League as well. We took in another practice to check in on the program, and there are several names that should have your attention. Seniors Leading...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Ardrey Kell

Ardrey Kell had a special season last year, making a deep run in the playoffs before ultimately falling just short in taking home the championship.  But now the Knights are back under Coach Craft and though they may look a little different than last season, they are still a very dangerous team.  Let’s dive into what we saw on the court. When you talk about Ardrey Kell, you have to start with...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Porter Ridge

Phenom Hoops continues to make it a point to check out teams around the region, as we had a busy Thursday afternoon on the road.  One stop we made was also Porter Ridge high school, as the Pirates are looking to replace a senior-led team from last year with a few new names and players looking to step up.  Let us dive into the roster a little bit more. When you talk about leaders for...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Providence Day

It was a wild Thursday hitting the road for Phenom Hoops, traveling all around the state.  But the first stop that we had to make in the early morning was Providence Day, a program that has produced some incredible talent and is looking to get back in making its mark on the state of North Carolina.  Head coach Ron Johnson is looking to lead the charge and get the Chargers back near the top. ...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: North Meck

Phenom Hoops was in for a treat Wednesday night, as we went back out on the road to check in on another open gym.  This time, we went down the road to North Meck to check in on what the Vikings had going on this season.  They lost a few key players but if you have followed the tradition at North Meck, you know that this is still going to be a talented program… and they will be once...

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Open Gym Report: Grimsley High School

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of Greensboro for an exciting open gym session at Grimsley High School. Being the oldest and longest-standing school in the city, everyone should already know about the historic program and the nonstop success they’ve enjoyed over the last century (and beyond). Regardless, Coach Darren Corbett is entering his third season since returning to the...

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Wayne Country Day Open Gym Tour

Last week, Phenom Hoops travelled to Goldsboro NC to watch Wayne Country Day. The Chargers roster is filled with talent and youth. Coach Faulk and his team will make a ton of noise this year in North Carolina. Even with the loss of Jaden Cooper, this team still has a chance to make a run to the state title game again this year.  Players To Watch  6’5 2023 Collin Tanner  Collin is...

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Phenom Open Gym Report: Gaston Christian

We continue to make our rounds around the state, recently heading over to Gaston Christian to check out the talent that will be on the court this year.  After a strong season last year, this is a program that will have a few new names coming in but have the talent to really make some noise.  Let’s dive into what we saw and who will be the players to watch. To start, you have to look at one of...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Cox Mill

Phenom Hoops went back out on the road on Thursday to check out more teams throughout the Charlotte area, with our next stop being Cox Mill.  Coach Johnson has done a tremendous job with this program and they look to be making a deep run in the playoffs once again.  But let us dive into what we saw on the court as this will be a fun team to watch. 2022 Marcus Morgan looks to be the...

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Phenom Open Gym Report: Catawba College

Phenom Hoops got a special treat on Wednesday afternoon, checking in on a little college ball action.  Patrick O’Brien went out to Catawba to check in on the talent they will be having on the court this season.  What makes this group so interesting is that it is full of Phenom Alums and players that played in the state of North Carolina, along with a few other talented prospects. ...

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Phenom Open Gym: Mooresville

After checking at Catawba College on Wednesday, we headed just about 30 minutes down the road to check in on Mooresville high school.  It is a program led by Coach Moore and is one that continues to put in the work to get better each year.  When watching this team during practice, you can see that they are going to have some nice pieces this year in hopes of making some noise. ...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Butler

Phenom Hoops traveled out in the Charlotte area, this time to check in on Butler high school. Coming off a 4-5 season and going 3-4 in the Southwestern 4A, the Bulldogs are hoping they can build off from last season and make strides this upcoming season.  Let’s dive into what we saw in our latest open gym. Ty Black Butler will have a few intriguing names to watch for this season, first...

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Open Gym Report: Dudley High School

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of Greensboro for another quality open gym session at Dudley High School. The Panthers have seen a variety of talent come through their doors over the years, including some of the best athletes in North Carolina’s history. This program has never struggled with getting kids to the next level, as evidenced by their slew of college players in the...

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Open Gym Tour: Louisburg High School

Last season was a weird one for just about everybody. It was especially difficult for public schools with their limited schedule and for Louisburg High School essentially nothing went right and a lot of it was beyond their control. This group struggled but you take into account players being quarantined and the fact that Head Coach Michael Sheldon was only able to coach in 3 of his teams 13...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: JL Chambers

Phenom Hoops continues their road trip around the region, this time checking in on a very talented group in Charlotte and certainly one that has big aspirations coming into the season.  We traveled out to check out the talent JL Chambers had and there was plenty to go around. 2022 Daniel Sanford looks to be the leader once again for this squad, as the senior is a known prospect around the state...

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Open Gym Tour: Henderson Collegiate

Last week I made the trip to Henderson to check out Henderson Collegiate as they get ready to stake their claim in the NCHSAA 1A classification yet again this upcoming season. This group lost a few program mainstays, including Akhiris Holden and Javonte Waverly who both moved onto the next level at Cape Fear Community College and UNC Pembroke respectively. This group has the pieces to help carry...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Under the Radar Players (Part 2)

With all the trips we have been making during our Phenom Open Gym Tour, it has shed some light on a few players that have been going under the radar and should be ones to watch this season with their play. Coaches could certainly use players like these in their program to help their winning ways. Here is Part 2 of the series, as these players will play pivotal parts for their team. 2022 Tyrone...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Under the Radar Players (Part 1)

With all the trips we have been making during our Phenom Open Gym Tour, it has shed some light on a few players that have been going under the radar and should be ones to watch this season with their play. Coaches could certainly use players like these in their program to help their winning ways. Here is Part 1 of the series, as these players will play pivotal parts for their team. 2023 Derek...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Mallard Creek

Phenom Hoops continues to make it a point to get out and watch the talent around North Carolina.  Last week, we went down the road to Mallard Creek to check in on what the Mavs will be bringing to the court this year.  Though a heavy guard team, expect this team to get after it and look to create havoc on both ends.  There will be a few key leaders that will need to step up along...

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Open Gym Report: Ben L. Smith

On Friday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to another quality open gym session with one of the Triad’s top public-school programs in Ben L. Smith. Coach Derrick Partee is entering his tenth season at the helm, maintaining their success while consistently getting his players to the next level. Just in the last five years, he’s put over a dozen prospects into the collegiate ranks. Although they were...

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Grace Christian: Open Gym Report

Tuesday night, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to workout the team and watch open gym at GRACE Christian in Raleigh. Coach DeShannon Morris is entering his 7th season with the Eagles. He took over and rebuilt the program. During his tenure at GRACE Christian, he has had several players play at the next level including Keeyan Itejere, Jaylon Gibson, Olsbey Mercer, Messiah Pankey, Stefon McLeod,...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Charlotte Catholic

We continue around the state of North Carolina, checking into gyms to get a glimpse of what teams will be bringing this upcoming high school season.  Recently, we went to Charlotte Catholic to see what they may have.  They have some very nice pieces that you may have already heard of and a few new names that should be receiving more attention.  Let’s dive into the roster. Young...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Lake Norman Christian

Head coach Pat McCarthy is back with Lake Norman Christian and looking to put this program back on the map. After playing a national schedule last year, Lake Norman Christian went through some changes and added some key pieces to this year’s team.  We were able to get a great glimpse of this team during Phenom Hoops’ Open Gym Tour, so let’s dive into what we saw. The VeteransLake Norman...

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Apex Friendship: Open Gym Tour

Apex Friendship is coming off their best season in school history. Last year they went 16-1. Their only loss was an overtime heartbreaker in the NCHSAA 4A State Quarterfinals to the eventual state champions, Millbrook. Although they lose four starters from last year’s team, some things remain the same. This team shares the ball and executes at a high level, and although they may not be the...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Legion Collegiate Academy

Phenom Open Gym Tour: Legion Collegiate Academy Phenom Hoops travelled to Rock Hill, South Carolina to cover the Legion Collegiate Academy team coached by Twuan Wilson. Entering their third year of existence, Head Coach Twuan Wilson has done an amazing job in just a short period of time. Legion went 8-9 in its first year and finished with an 11-7 record last season before losing a heartbreaking...

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Open Gym Tour: Northwest Guilford

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Oak Ridge for an open gym session with one of the Triad’s top programs in Northwest Guilford. The Vikings were somewhat disappointing last season, especially by their standards, but look likely to bounce back in aggressive fashion. Structurally, this group is very well-defined. They have a clear rotation with cohesive individual pieces from top to bottom....

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Greensboro Day

Nothing like waking up for a 6 am practice, starting your day off right. That is what Phenom Hoops did Friday morning, this time heading over to Greensboro Day to check in on the Bengals and what they would be bringing to the table.  Of course, you start with the winningest coach in North Carolina, Coach Freddy Johnson, who looks to bring in another talented group and hoping to secure another...

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Open Gym Tour: Myers Park High School

Myers Park has established themselves as consistent contenders in the NCHSAA 4A classification over recent years with well rounded teams that blend high level talent with glue guys that buy into the programs values and this year’s squad is a perfect representation of this program. The combination of high level division one talent with guys that know how to win despite not being major recruits...

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Forsyth Country Day School

Phenom Hoops travelled to Lewisville, North Carolina for our Phenom Open Gym Tour to cover Forsyth Country Day School. Forsyth Country Day holds a special place in my heart. I was able to play there from my eight grade to eleventh grade year before transferring to Oak Hill Academy. Coach Doug Esleeck is in his second season at Forsyth Country Day and he has accumulated some special young talent...

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