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Chip off the Block: Lauren “Coach G” Galvani

Chip off the Block Lauren “Coach G” Galvani You have often heard the old expression, “like father like son,” but for Lauren Lewis Galvani, we can actually say, “like father like daughter. Coach Galvani is the daughter of highly successful high school boys’ varsity basketball coach Duane Lewis of North Mecklenburg. Known has “Coach G” by her players at Independence High School, it’s easy to see...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Henrico HS

Henrico High School (Henrico, VA) Classification: Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 5, Region B 2018-19 overall record: 18-5 Whenever a new season emerges for any sport, there’s always a case of predictions that happen from any and everywhere. Honestly, it’s become such a natural act nowadays that we, as fans and/or athletes, wouldn’t even know how to react if those same lines of...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Osbourn Park HS

Twitter: @TheParkBball                     Instagram: @opjacketsbasketball Osbourn Park High School (Manassas, VA) Classification: Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 6, Region B District: Cedar Run I tell you, this preseason for high school basketball sure has been a blur up to this point. Halloween will be here next Thursday and then less than two weeks remain until most teams hold...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Varina HS

Twitter: @BoysVarina   Varina High School (Henrico Co., VA) Classification: Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 5, Region B 2018-19 overall record: 24-2     They won the 2018 VHSL Class 5 state championship over Wakefield High School (Arlington, VA) for their first-ever title in school history. They followed that feat with a repeat as back-to-back regional champions and a...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Hopewell HS

Twitter: @HHS_HOOPS_VA   Hopewell High School (Hopewell, VA) Classification: Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 3, Region A 2018-19 overall record: 18-5     One of only three schools in VHSL Class 3 to again represent the 804 area, I’m expecting greater attention to soon center on the Hopewell Blue Devils. Honestly, it’s a thought that crossed my mind well before I even...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: J.R. Tucker HS

Twitter: @JRT_Hoops   J.R. Tucker High School (Henrico, VA) Classification: Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 5, Region B     This past 2018-19 high school hoops season on the public school side saw plenty of action throughout the Virginia High School League (VHSL) classification. In the eyes of mine and others, some of the best competition emerged out of the Class 5,...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: UNC-Greensboro

It is no secret, UNC-Greensboro is in the midst of an unbelievable run, a run that has seen them go 80-22 over the past 3 years (44-10 in SoCon play) and reach two NIT tournaments and one NCAA tournament. In fact, last season UNC-Greensboro finished 28-6 and was the last team out of the NCAA tournament. Crushing news at the time, but locker room clippings for now. UNC-Greensboro has quickly...

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#PhenomOpenGymTour: North Rowan High School

North Rowan is looking to make another deep run in the NCHSAA 1A playoffs and they have a bevy of young talent despite losing a handful of valuable seniors from last years team. Let’s take a look at some of the guys looking to lead the charge this season! 6’9 2022 Brandon White White has a legitimate shot to be a high major prospect. At 6’9 White tries to rip the rim off the...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Huguenot HS

Twitter: @Huguenot_Hoops Instagram: @huguenot_hoops   Huguenot High School (Richmond, VA) Classification: Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 4, Region B 2018-19 overall record: 12-13     Well, the October breeze has indeed started to pick up, indicating that this 2019-20 high school season is approaching closer and closer. Only a couple of weeks remain until teams start...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Charlotte Catholic

Phenom Hoop Report got back on the road once again, continuing our Open Gym Tour.  Heading a little south of downtown Charlotte, we checked out Charlotte Catholic, a team that is coming off a 21-9 season and finished 13-1 in conference play. Even though the Cougars lost some solid pieces from last year, they still return critical players that should have them competing for another 20+ win season...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Benedictine College Preparatory School

Twitter: @bcphoops Instagram: @benedictine_basketball   Benedictine College Preparatory School (Richmond, VA): Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I 2018-19 overall record: 14-22     Having been deemed one of Richmond, VA’s storied varsity programs for decades now, it shouldn’t take long for 804 residents to recognize the significance...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Highland School

Twitter: @Highland_Hoops Instagram: @highland_hoops   Highland School (Warrenton, VA) Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II Conference: Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) 2018-19 overall record: 25-6 (12-0 in conference) 2018-19 season achievements: DAC regular season champions, DAC tournament champions     Whenever I find myself...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Huntington Prep

Phenom Hoop Report continued their West Virginia road trip and one spot that was a must-see what Huntington Prep, who is once again LOADED with talent at every position.  With Top-100 prospects all over the court and in several classes, they certainly have the makings as being one of the top programs in the country once again, just like Jamie Shaw wrote here (Click Here). But let’s dive into the...

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Week 3 Open Gym Recap: West Virginia’s Got Dudes!

West Virginia loves its basketball, and while the talent there is a little more spread out than other players, there is a lot of talent there. We took this past week to travel around West Virginia to see some of the teams who will be playing in our events this coming season. No surprise to us, we saw so much talent. College coaches, take in these notes (also be sure to subscribe to THE Phenom...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour “United Faith”

Phenom Open Gym Tour “United Faith” Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Matthews, North Carolina to cover open gym at United Faith. Last year, United Faith finished with a 17-13 overall record and loss the services of Marcus Henderson (Evansville), Ford Cooper (Missouri State), Jason Thompson (Houston Baptist), Sam Wolfe (VMI), and AJ Morris (Coastall Alabama Community College) As you...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour “Pine Lake Prep”

Phenom Open Gym Tour “Pine Lake Prep” Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Mooresville, North Carolina to cover open gym at Pine Lake Preparatory School. Head coach Tony Dunbar comes from Indiana and his deep roots to the Hoosier State is clearly etched in his coaching philosophy. Pine Lake Prep is a charter school and is aligned in the NCHSAA 1A division. Last season, Pine Lake finished...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour – Beckley Prep IJN

Phenom Hoop Report continued to hit the road on their West Virginia tour, getting an early glimpse at a few teams that will be representing the state.  Already taking a look at Chapmanville, Jamie Shaw and Patrick O’Brien got an early glance at Beckley Prep IGN, as head coach Justin Dempsey leads the new program with an array of intriguing talent. Dempsey has a few talented seniors as well...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour “Calvary Day School”

Phenom Open Gym Tour “Calvary Day School” Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to cover open gym at Calvary Day School. Last season, Calvary Day finished with a 11-19 season and loss seniors Jackson Gammons (16.9 PPG), Cliff Harris (6.7 PPG), and Jaeden Lanning (5.5 PPG) For most coaches, this would seem like a very challenging year with replacing the senior...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour “Winston-Salem Prep”

Phenom Open Gym Tour “Winston-Salem Prep” Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Winston-Salem to cover open gym of Winston-Salem Prep. Coach Andre Gould is in his 15th year as head coach and he is quietly building one of the NCHSAA most successful programs in the state. Coach Gould was named head coach back in 2004 when the school opened and only fielded a freshman team. During this time...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Chapmanville (West Virginia)

Phenom Hoop Report hit the road and headed to the state of West Virginia, checking out some fantastic talent.  Early on, Jamie Shaw and Patrick O’Brien went to Chapmanville high school, a program that has produced incredible talent and have secured two straight state titles. Now, the seniors look to once again finish what they have started.  Phenom Hoops caught the Tigers in action for their...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: The Steward School

The Steward School (Richmond, VA) Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II Conference: Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools (TCIS) 2018-19 overall record: 24-7 Colleges in Attendance: Iowa State and University of Richmond     It’s been over six months since the 2018-19 high school season ended but I still feel I’ve seen The Steward...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour “Central Cabarrus”

“Phenom Open Gym Tour “Central Cabarrus” Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Concord, North Carolina to cover open gym for Central Cabarrus. Central Cabarrus finished 6-19 last season and look to rebound from a disappointing season. Playing in the tough and competitive NCHSAA 3A South Piedmont Conference, Central Cabarrus had few opportunities for wins against the likes of Cox...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — College Edition: NC State

Coming into the season, the buzz surrounding NC State is middle of the pack ACC team and an NCAA birth. However, there is not much talk as there are still a good amount of unknowns here. That said, this team only lost one starter, the 14-point, 7 rebound production of Torin Dorn and returns 6 of its top 8 guys with a couple of notable incomers. Last year’s team was a mix and match for the...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour “Concord First Assembly”

Phenom Open Gym Tour “Concord First Assembly”   Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Concord, North Carolina to cover open gym at Concord First Assemly. Head coach Frank Cantadore is entering his ninth season at Concord First Assemly and is quietly building a basketball dynasty in the area. Coach Cantadore has led Concord First Assembly to an impressive 185-62 record during his...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Victory Christian

Heading out for an early morning practice, Phenom Hoop Report hit the gym once again in Charlotte, traveling to Victory Christian to get a glimpse of what head coach Marcus Dilligard was working with this year for the Kings. It seems that they will have a nice blend of athleticism, size, and experience this year, as they look to improve from their 18-12 record last year.  Check out the roster...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Charlotte Christian

There may not be a team that lost so much from last year than Charlotte Christian.  The roster was loaded with experienced seniors and talent at every position, that helped secure a 27-2 overall record. Now, a few names return but there are a few new, young names to watch out but that doesn’t mean this will be a rebuilding year.  Charlotte Christian looks to be a sneaky team that will look to...

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2019 Phenom Hoops High School Open Gym Tour: Trinity Episcopal School

Twitter: @TES_BBasketball Instagram: @tesmbb   Trinity Episcopal School (Richmond, VA) Classification: Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I Conference: Virginia Prep League (VPL) 2018-19 overall record: 20-11 2018-19 season achievements: VPL tournament champions     Whenever a sports program has remained at the top for a good deal of time,...

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Phenom Hoops’ Thursday’s Open Gym Tour

We started the day off bright and early in Burlington, North Carolina to check out The Burlington School. Fresh on a Wednesday night practice which saw the likes of Virginia, Penn State, and Louisville in the gym alongside High Point, we caught the 6:15 AM practice. Still, with coaches along the sideline, Wofford sent 2, Mount Olive and UMBC all in attendance, we watched them get after it. The...

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