PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Phenom Grassroots TOC Team Preview: Riptide 2023 NC

The Phenom Grassroots TOC is this weekend in Rock Hill/Fort Mill, as it is the first LIVE Period with Phenom Hoops this season. The talent pool runs deep throughout and we want to give college coaches a leg up on who to watch and who will be in action. Here are a few players to check out for each team, presented by the head coach. Riptide 2023 NC 6’4 Cole Callaway2023GuardCole is coming...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Spring Tip-Off

6'7 '24 Edgar Escobedo (BSA Supreme) It's easy to see the appeal with this BSA Supreme squad, and Escobedo is arguably among their most underrated pieces. He's a high-motor big man who truly doesn't require the ball to make an impact. Escobedo is a reliable finisher, rebounder, and shot-altering presence with an understanding of how to run the floor in transition. Escobedo does whatever the team...

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'Getting to Know' 6'8 2024 Landon Johnson

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 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 basketball...

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Phenom All-American Camp Evaluations: Team 5

Team 5 Coach: Ricky Rich #6: 5'7 '25 Blue Simmons (Christ School) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcased a pretty adaptable identity within the flow of the action, Blue Simmons. He's a young, unselfish, team-first guard prospect with a high motor and the ability to create for himself and others. Simmons is a capable penetrator with vision and useful ball-handling...

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Player Standouts from Phenom Summer Havoc (Friday: Part 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2024 Landon Johnson (NC Rim Runners)Typically with younger posts, they get in a rush and don't necessarily have the feel for the game yet. Not the case with Landon. Standing at 6'8 and with a long frame to put to work, he did just that by spreading the floor. His team did a good job of feeding him down low to accompany his offensive putbacks, but he also was able to step out and...

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Open Gym Report: West Stokes

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops travelled to West Stokes to watch practice. Head Coach Rhett Bonner enters his first year at West Stokes, replacing Dan Spainhour who retired in March. Rhett Bonner has spent the last 10 years in the college ranks, coaching at Rice, Virginia Wesleyan, Charlotte, and Randolph-Macon. Bonner is excited for the opportunity to continue to build upon a program with a history...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session III Camp Evaluations: Team 9

Team 9 Coach: Kevin Dawkins #31: 5'9 '23 Colin Fayed (Gaston Day) Starting things off, we look at a player that was able to run a team very effectively, especially for his age, Colin Fayed. He's a young, wiry point guard prospect with polish and a high IQ on both sides of the ball. Fayed is a great creator that plays bigger than his size would imply on defense and on the glass. He knows how to...

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#NCPhenom150 Session Three: Miles Magical Five (Early Slate)

#100 6’4 2022 Kheni Briggs: AL Brown (NC) Briggs is a really high level young player that has continued to make strides since our last viewing. He’s a strong bodied 2-guard that is always in attack mode on the offensive end, consistently going around or through his man to the basket. His outside shot is consistent and his above the rim capabilities allow him to create an abundance of...

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NC Junior Phenom Session 1: Evaluation Team 6

North Carolina Jr. Phenon Camp Evaluations   Team 6 Coach: Ryan Bernardi   #43: 5'5 '24 Caleb Jenkins (Sumter, SC) Starting things off, we look at a player that made a really strong impression with his two-way presence during camp, Caleb Jenkins. He's a point guard prospect with great IQ, quickness, and the ability to make his teammates better. Jenkins is a willing passer with nice...

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NC Junior Phenom Camp: Kevin’s Fab 5

Kevin's Fab 5 -NC Jr. Phenom Camp Session 1   5'5 2024 Caleb Jenkins: Bates Middle School (Sumter SC) Jenkins did amazing job at getting paint touches all day long, making all the right plays and setting his teammates up for easy buckets. Not the biggest guard at the event but that didn't matter no one was able to stay in front of him in a half court setting. Defensively he is disruptive...

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Miles Magical Five: #NCJrPhenom Early Day Standouts

It’s always great to get back in the gym for some camps and today’s #NCJrPhenom Session One has a ton of talent featuring some of the top 5-8th graders from seven states/provinces from two provinces.  Let’s take a look at some of the early day standouts! 5’0 2026 LJ Smith: Battleground Elementary (Lincolnton) Smith did an excellent job early on asserting his presence...

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