PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Elevating their Game: 2025 NC Stockrisers

The Class of 2025 here in North Carolina is certainly interesting and is developing quite nicely, but there are a few guys that have stuck out in my head so far this season with their play. They have elevated their play and, in my eyes, have seen their stock rise since the start of the season. Again, this is purely in the eyes of the writer and has nothing to do with rankings. But here are a few...

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POB’s Best of the Best: Phenom Holiday Classic

2025 KJ Younger (Weddington): Talk about a breakout-type showing at the Holiday Classic for many who haven’t watched him, but he has been doing this all season long so far for Weddington. We wrote about him more as of late, but he continued to shine throughout as he may have been the best player throughout the event.  Younger brings such physicality and demand to the court, as he is assertive,...

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Phenom Open Gym: Davidson Day

2024 Mason Smith Smith is one that has blown up over the last year, but also one can say that he is finally getting the attention he deserves. There is a lot to like about this young man, but he can be a big weapon with 6'7 frame and the ability to knock down shots with range. Quick release, is always ready to go, and shoots the ball with a ton of confidence. He had a big summer and should only...

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Isaiah Denis Clearly Taking the Next Step

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops concluded the travel ball season in Rock Hill, South Carolina with our annual Summer Finale. These events always end up being more interesting than anticipated, as circuit teams have already shut down and kids are playing with other organizations. This usually results in high-level players teaming up and putting on a show. Unsurprisingly, Elite One easily had one...

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2025 Isaiah Denis calls Arizona State a 'big' offer in his eyes

2025 Isaiah Denis has been a hot topic late this summer and his recruitment has really taken a turn as multiple schools have been coming his way, including a big one from a school in the Pac-12.  Denis announced back on July 19 that he had earned an offer from the Sun Devils at Arizona State, as they also join Georgia State, Radford, UNCG, and High Point in schools that have offered in the...

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Watch out for Davidson Day this upcoming season with new additions

Though we are right in the middle of the travel ball season, it seems that Davidson Day has been making some noise this offseason as well.  Several players this month have been announcing that they will be heading to the program this upcoming high school season, as the Patriots will be looking a bit different. After coming off a season in which they finished 5-17 overall, Davidson Day will...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Ricky Moore #5: 5'11 '25 Mason Dobie (First Flight) Starting things off, we look at a player who showcased a very steady, reliable presence, Mason Dobie. He's a tough, unselfish guard prospect with a high motor and the ability to produce from either backcourt position. Dobie handles the ball well, gets others involved, and can create off the bounce, but is also capable of...

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Breaking Down Phenom Hoops' Rankings for North Carolina's Class of 2025

(1) 6'8 Zymicah Wilkins (R-S Central) There are numerous guys who were in the mix for the top spot in our updated rankings, but Zymicah Wilkins ultimately walked away with the honor. His blend of IQ, size, skill, and polish makes him extremely difficult for most opponents to try and contain. Wilkins can dominate from the block, space the floor, or consistently make plays with the ball in his...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom MDC (Day 1, Part 1)

2024 Jullien Cole (Richmond Jammers): I've been impressed with what I've seen from Cole to start the summer.' Cole brings great size to the position, along with the ability to create for himself, using his frame to go through defenders and get to the basket, but also showcases his ability to score in a variety of other ways.' Make sure to watch for him more this high school season, as he could...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from PG Nationals (Day 2)

2023 Anthony Breland (Charlotte Elite Academy): We have known about Breland's ability to score the basketball, and he has only continued to show that with his ability to create, get around defenders, knock down shots from multiple levels, etc. But also really liked his ability to get others involved, drive and dish, and be an unselfish player to help his team. 2023 Bryce Wilkins (Franklin Prep):...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Holiday Classic (Day 2, Part 1)

2022 Takai Simpkins (Liberty Heights): Takai came out strong and never let up with his attack and he continues to show he can score in a variety of ways.  He uses his body very well and has the ability to create for himself while getting to the rim but also showcased his perimeter game, knocking down multiple threes for his team. 2022 Tajuan Simpkins (Liberty Heights): The duo of the...

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Phenom 150 Session I Camp Evaluations: Team 2

Team 2 Coach: Colby Lewis  #101: 5'1 '26 Braydon Temple (Raleigh) Starting things off, we look at a player who competed extremely well despite being the smallest camper on this team, Braydon Temple. He's a small, young guard prospect with a quality motor and the ability to knock down midrange jumpers at a reliable percentage. Temple handled the ball well and looked to set up others...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: George Marshall   #9:'5'8 '24 Braylon King (Wake Forest-Rolesville) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a pretty nice two-way foundation during camp, Braylon King. He's a young, wiry point guard prospect that displayed the ability to operate in a variety of different offensive roles. King handled the ball well and proved to be an excellent passer with the...

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