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The Lewis Brothers: A Basketball Podcast (episode 3)

Tyler Lewis and Colby Lewis are co-owners of Phenom Hoop Report, they both played division 1 college basketball and now they both have a podcast. Welcome to the Lewis Brothers: A Basketball Podcast. On this episode we talk about week 5 of the Hoop State Live Tour. Give us a listen, rate us 5-stars and we'll see y'all next week!

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Phenom Podcast: NC State’s Freshmen making noise early (with Miles Masercola from Pack Pride)

Phenom Hoops brings you another interesting podcast, this time bringing in a special guest from Pack Pride, Miles Masercola. Patrick and Miles sit down to discuss the latest surrounding NC State basketball, which includes quite a few HoopState prospects that are quickly making a name for themselves. Miles dives into more from what he has seen from Shakeel Moore, Cam Hayes, Jaylon Gibson, and...

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Phenom Podcast: Winthrop off to a hot start in the Big South (Listen)

Phenom Hoops' Patrick O'Brien was getting the urge to talk some college basketball, especially after watching Winthrop on ESPN+. The Eagles are off to a tremendous start and are looking like the top team in the Big South early on. They are using a balanced offensive attack, getting on the boards, and stepping up on the defensive end, Winthrop is playing incredibly strong. It is one of several podcasts in which we talk about some college basketball.

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Phenom Podcast: Holiday Classic Day 7 Recap/ POB’s Eye Catchers

It was the final day of what was a long but exciting week at Phenom Hoops, as we ended the Phenom Holiday Classic in Rock Hill with a bang. Teams wanted to end the week with a big win on Wednesday, as players and teams competed on the court. We review and recap the action on Wednesday, go over the scores, and talk about POB’s Eye Catchers from the day. Make sure you subscribe to our...

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Phenom Podcast: Holiday Classic Day 6 Recaps/ POB’s Eye Catchers

We continue our coverage in Rock Hill for the Phenom Holiday Classic. It has been a fantastic event so far, that has brought some very exciting games.  We review and recap the action that happened on Tuesday, going over some of the scores but also talking about our standouts that we saw by Patrick O’Brien, who was on the Arena Court all day.  See who impressed us with their play....

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Phenom Podcast: Day 5 Recap and Impressions/Standouts

Patrick O’Brien with Phenom Hoops sits down for another episode to discuss and recap all the action in Rock Hill, South Carolina. We talk about all the final scores and games, some of our thoughts on each game, and standouts from the Arena Court (from what was viewed by Patrick). Who captured our eyes with their play on Day 5 at the Phenom Holiday Classic? Listen in to find out and make...

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Phenom Podcast: Day 1 Recap and Standouts/ What to Watch on Day 2 at Phenom Holiday Classic

Patrick O’Brien of Phenom Hoops sits down for a new podcast episode, as we discuss what we saw on Day 1 of the Phenom Holiday Classic in Rock Hill, SC.  Day 1 gave us two games, as Comenius took down Mount Zion and Victory Christian cruised past Elevation Prep.  Who were names that captured our eyes with their play? Also, Day 2 brings us a loaded schedule and must-see games....

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COACH’S CORNER: Combine HC Jeff McInnis on His Coaching Mentors + Building A POWERHOUSE Team in NC!

Check out this week's Coach's Corner with Combine HC Jeff McInnis. McInnis is a native of Charlotte, NC who played for 2 HOF Coaches in Steve Smith (Oak Hill) & Dean Smith (UNC). The former NBA tells us what those coaches taught him along the way and how they helped shape him into the man he is today. McInnis also fills us in on what he's building at Combine Academy in Lincolnton, NC.

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COACH’S CORNER: Former UNC Shammond Williams JOINS PHENOM + Favorite Career Memories!

Rick Lewis of Phenom Hoop Report sits down with a legend and a new member of the Phenom Family, Shammond Williams. He discusses his journey in high school, his time at North Carolina, and hearing his name called on NBA Draft night, Williams shares it all with us at Phenom Hoops. Listen to some of his great stories he has and the lessons he has learned over the years.

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COACH’S CORNER: Catawba HC Rob Perron on Transition from HS to College + Perception of DII vs DI!

Rick his the college coach landscape, now being joined by Catawba head coach Rob Perron. We dive into multiple topics including what it was like to make the transition from a high school coach to a college coach and his experience as a D2 player at St. Andrews. He also discusses his journey through several opportunities at the college level, including some great memories at Charlotte. Now, he is at Catawba and has continued to find success. What has it been like coaching there, scheduling against D1 schools, and his expectations and goals for the upcoming season.

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COACH’S CORNER: Lexington HC Elliott Pope on 1st Year Experience + What His Team Taught Him!

Check out today's segment with Lexington HC Elliott Pope of Lexington HS. Originally from the "Hoopstate", Pope found his way down to South Carolina after coaching stints at West Davidson and Mountain Island Lake Academy. Pope took over a young team this year after Lexington graduated 9 seniors following a 29-1 season. Hear about his experience playing and what got him into coaching.

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COACH’S CORNER: Lincoln Charter HC Bradley Gabriel on Most Memorable Moments + 2017 State Champ SZN!

Coach Bradley Gabriel has built something special at Lincoln Charter but he also has a tremendous story in how he got there. Coaching at South Iredell, he was able to change the entire program around and then headed to Bandy's before eventually going to Lincoln Charter. What has been his formula for success? What has been some of his favorite moments as a coach? And what was it like winning a state championship in 2017? That and much more in another great interview with Phenom Hoops.

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COACH’S CORNER: FCDS HC Doug Esleeck on His New Challenges + What His College Experience Will Bring!

We want to welcome in the new head coach of Forsyth Country Day, Doug Esleek, as he joins us on our latest episode of the Coach's Corner. He graduated from UNC and became the Director of Operations at UNCG, then a college assistant at Gardner-Webb, and then an assistant at Mercer. He talks about his time at each journey, including a few upsets he witnessed. Esleek talks about his journey to FCDS and what made the job so appealing to him. What also does he have planned for the program and what makes the program so intriguing? We discuss it all.

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COACH’S CORNER: Riverside Martin HC Bobby Williams

Rick Lewis brings you another great interview with Riverside-Martin head coach Bobby Williams, as he breaks down his journey in becoming a head coach. He certainly has paid his dues but he has such a passion for coaching. What made him get into coaching and what is the biggest impact he wants to leave on his players? He also discusses some of his talent. That and much more!

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COACH’S CORNER: QEA’s Andre Gould Speaks on New Challenge + What He’ll Bring from CHAMPS WSSP!

We talk to a legend in North Carolina, a head coach that has won six state titles as a head coach and three championships as an assistant coach. Coach Andre Gould was born and raised in New York, so he dives what it was like to move to North Carolina and his time at WSSU. He then dives into his journey up to the top, winning several titles and then eventually becoming the head coach at W-S Prep. Now he is at Quality Education and looking to showcase the talent at the program. What made him change to QEA and what is he excited about? And how does he want to be remembered as a coach? We discuss it all.

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COACH’S CORNER: Athen’s Robbie St. John on TURNAROUND & Putting out SCHOLARSHIP Players!

Rick Lewis continues his trip around the region, this time speaking with Athens Drive high school coach Robbie St. John. When did he decide that teaching and coaching was the profession for him and what lessons has he learned in his coaching career? We also discuss the remarkable turnaround he has had at Athens Drive and how he would describe his philosophies. That and much more with Phenom Hoops.

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COACH’S CORNER: Lebanon HC Ryan Potts the Hoopstate vs VA + What Lessons HIS Coaches Taught Him!

Born and raised in western North Carolina, Ryan Potts found a successful career in high school and then attended Campbell University and Appalachian State University to earn his degree. With a few years in multiple states, he has now settled in at Lebanon HS in Virginia. What prompted him to move and how tough was the move? What lessons has he learned from two outstanding high school coaches in Lloyd Church and Butch Smart? What are some of the biggest challenges he has faced playing in a small rural school? That and much more in another great interview.

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COACH’S CORNER: Dwayne Cherry Talks About His BEST Moments at CCDS + His Future Return to Coaching?!

Coach Cherry sits down with Rick Lewis, founder of Phenom Hoops, to take a stroll down memory lane, looking back the past few years. Recently resigning from Charlotte Country Day, he discusses some of the great memories he had over the years and some of his biggest achievements. We also look back on how he would describe his coaching style and if he wants to get back into high school coaching down the road.

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COACH’S CORNER: Carolina International’s Derix Bell on HS/Travel Coaching + His Program’s History!

A graduate from Winston-Salem State and also earning a master's degree from Gardner-Webb, coach Derix Bell certainly has a rich history. One that always has a great attitude and outlook on life, Coach Bell is hoping to leave a lasting impression on his players. Coach goes into what his mission statement is for the program, the history about Carolina International School, and he talks about his time as a travel ball coach and high school coach. How does he want to be remembered and what does the future look like for the program?

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COACH’S CORNER: From Indiana to the #Hoopstate! Matt Brown’s Journey w/ Basketball + Coaching!

Rick Lewis sits down for another great interview, this time with Northwood coach Matt Brown to discuss the latest topics. Phenom dives into his past, being a grad assistant at Charlotte and being an intern at Stanford. Brown has also been a high school coach in Indiana, South Carolina, and North Carolina. With his latest stop at Northwood, what are some of the biggest lessons he has learned over the years, and what fans expect next year? What has he seen throughout his journey and does he have an itch to go back to the Hoosier state? He sits down with it all!

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COACH’S CORNER: Mtn. Heritage’s Hank Newson on Playoff Runs + Playing in the Small Community!

Born and raised in PA, Coach Newson was a volunteer assistant at West Virginia and then became the AC at West Caldwell high school. He finally got a head coaching opportunity and hasn't looked back. Now at Mountain Heritage, he has made a run to the Elite 8 and Sweet 16 multiple times and has put his program on the map. What has it been like to play for a small community and what has he seen from the local fan support? What has been some of the biggest challenges he has faced and what kind of impact is he trying to make with his players? That and SO MUCH MORE!!! Listen in!

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COACH’S CORNER: POB’s Maurice Jones Gives Insight on DII Ball & Journey from Player to Coach!

Check out this Monday's edition of the Coach's Corner with Rick Lewis featuring Phillip O' Berry HC Maurice Jones. Coach Jones reflects on his playing days at Anderson University. He also gives us an insight to the misconceptions of Division II ball and how competitive it really is. Jones also gives us a timeline on his coaching journey from player to coach.

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COACH’S CORNER: South View Travis Lemanski From Michigan to the Hoopstate + His Team’s Outlook!

Moving from Michigan to North Carolina, Coach Lemanski knew that he wanted to coach sports. He got his first gig in NC at North Brunswick and then was promoted to the head coaching position, where he went 105-55. Eventually, he moved on and also become a football coach at Hoke County, How difficult was it to change sports like that and try something different for him? He also was the AC at Hoke, where he helped build a successful program. Then, he moved to South View, where he is today and has the program headed in the right direction. He has some impressive talent, including sophomore Cedavion Wimbley who averaged 20ppg. What is it like to play in a touch conference, how would he describe the state of basketball in NC, and what are some of his biggest lessons he has learned so far.

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COACH’S CORNER: Apex Friendship’s PJ Lowman on Changing the Culture + Coaching an ACC Commit!!

Rick Lewis, founder of Phenom Hoops, sits down with another coach in North Carolina in Apex Friendship Paul Lowman to discuss multiple topics. We start off with his history in becoming a coach, including 12 impressive years at Jordan Matthews where he won over 200 games. He then took over at Apex Friendship, turning around the program in just a few years. This past year, he had a chance to coach NC State commit Nick Farrar and play in the John Wall. What was that like for him and his team, and he also discusses which player had made a lasting impression on him? Make sure to check it out!

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COACH’S CORNER: Reagan HC Adam Muse Following COACHING FOOTSTEPS + the Lessons He’s Learned from Dad

Just recently named the new head coach of Reagan high school, Adam Muse is following the family footsteps. Before becoming the head coach, he graduated in 2010 from North Forsyth, and then attended App State. Once he graduated, he septa two years at Charlotte as a grad assistant under Mark Price, where he learned a lot. He then became an assistant coach for his uncle, Mike Muse at East Forsyth. Adam was put into the interim coach position and now is leading Reagan. What are the lessons he learned from his journey's and what did he learn from his father over the years? He shares some tremendous stories throughout his journey.

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COACH’S CORNER: HPC Joel Battle Talks About His FIRST LOVE + Coaching in the NC Pro-AM & More!

Rick Lewis continues his trip around the state of North Carolina with coaches, this time talking to Coach Joel Battle from High Point Central. Coach started off at Kinston but baseball was his first love and eventually played it in college at NC A&T. In 2008, he got a chance to be the assistant coach for the JV baseball and basketball teams and eventually moved to being the head coach in 2010. He also had a chance to coach the NC Pro Am, a learning experience he won't forget. In 2015, he became the head coach at High Point Central, earning Coach of the Year honors in 2017 and 2019. What did those honors mean to him and what has been his biggest enjoyment so far with coaching?

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COACH’S CORNER: Vance’s Brian Frasier on FRESHMAN DUO + College Playing Days at Catawba! (22-7)

Vance has been a powerhouse over the years, bringing in a lot of talent and the future is looking bright, as head coach Brian Frasier has this program riding high. Coach started his playing career at Catawba and became the head coach in 2015 at Vance, now coming off a season in which he finished 22-7. How would he describe a Coach Frasier team? What are some of his goals for the future with his team and a defining moment in his coaching career so far? Rick Lewis also goes rapid-fire with some questions for coach. Make sure to check it out!

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COACH’S CORNER: Page HS Evan Fancourt on CHANGING the CULTURE + Rising Duo in Ellis & Connor!

Born and raised in Greensboro, head coach Evan Fancourt has seen his coaching career start early in his career. Graduating from Lynchburg College in 2008, he had the opportunity to be an assistant coach and then become a head coach at Southern Guilford in 2014. He then became the head coach at Page and in his first season, he went 16-10, creating a fantastic foundation in rebuilding yet another program. He also talks about the play of two key returners in Jaden Ellis and Zion Connor, along with how his experience as a player helped mold him to what he is today.

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