PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

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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July Live Period Superlatives: Part One

Although there has been a ton of excitement swirling throughout the last few months, July is finally coming to an end. Between the NCHSAA/NCISAA events in June and the consecutive live periods across July, all levels of coaches have been traveling, evaluating, and establishing relationships with these prospects. Excluding the lone period in July, we will take a closer look at a slew of players...

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Bendel’s Best: Hardwood Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops hosted two separate events (Advance and Rock Hill) to wrap up the final live period and begin concluding the busy month of July. Folks were constantly buzzing about the amount of sheer talent on display in Rock Hill, but there was still more than enough appeal for various college coaches to make the trip to Advance. Programs of all levels came through the Rise...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers from Phenom Hardwood Classic (Day 1)

6’6 2022 Nolan Hodge (NC Gators)- Hodge already committed to Unc Wilmington came in today in full attack mode, and it seemed like he had a message to send. Hodge, always a team player, was more aggressive than we’re used to seeing. Hodge completely took over the game at times and showed he can score anywhere on the floor when he feels like it. Hodge was also locked in on the defensive end. 6’6...

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NCHSAA LIVE Period Team Previews: Northwest Guilford

After a lot of stressors throughout the last twelve to fourteen months, the grassroots basketball landscape has finally returned to normalcy. The shoe-circuits and high school LIVE periods were restored for the betterment of these young prospects who are simply fighting for an equal opportunity to advance to the collegiate ranks. Although this presents Division I programs with the chance to...

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Open Gym Report: NC Spartans

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Shining Light Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina for an extended preview of the NC Spartans Hartzell and Haidinger 17U rosters. Both teams feature a heavy mix of talent from throughout (and beyond) the triad area, the only difference being the Haidinger group includes multiple unsigned seniors worth noting. Founder Josh Thompson, in addition to his...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: Northwest Guilford Changing Directions

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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Jackson Hartzell Set to Play Big Role for the Vikings

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 over the past few years 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...

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Grimsley v. Northwest Guilford

On Friday night, Phenom Hoops traveled to the heart of Greensboro, North Carolina for a much-anticipated battle between the Northwest Guilford Vikings and the hosting Grimsley Whirlies. Coming into this contest, many would consider Grimsley the underdog due to losing their last two head-to-head meetings against Northwest. That being said, the Whirlies clearly stepped on the floor with something...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session III Camp Evaluations: Team 3

Team 3 Coach: Dre Simmons #23: 5’10 ’21 Isaiah Escobar (The Burlington School) Starting things off, we look at a player that continually stands out with his motor and scoring ability, Isaiah Escobar. He’s a smart, scrappy, high-motor guard prospect with quickness and nice perimeter shooting. Escobar defends quite well, especially for his size, and forces turnovers at a quality rate. Next in his...

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North Carolina Phenom 150 Session 1: Evaluation Team 7

North Carolina Phenom 150 Camp Evaluations   Team 7 Coach Donovan Perry   #66: 5’6 ’22 Jackson Hartzell (Summerfield, NC) Starting things off, we look at a player that truly bought into the team concept and made his presence felt, Jackson Hartzell. He’s a young guard prospect that understands his role within a team and does an excellent job of spotting-up around the perimeter. Hartzell...

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