PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Phenom Open Gym Tour: Combine Academy National

Combine Academy comes in once again as one of the top teams, not only in the state but in the country, and it is easy to see why.  The depth is all there, the talent is all there, and the coaching staff is there for this program to make a TON of noise.  We said last year after the open gym that this program looked like a Top-10 team coming in and they finished that way.  Now, they look even...

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Division I talent everywhere you look for Team Charlotte 2022

It is an easy statement to make but one that you can say almost every year… Team Charlotte 17u is absolutely LOADED with talent that will have college coaches flocking their way.  Phenom Hoops got a chance to watch them start the travel ball season at the Queen City Showcase.  This is a team coached by Derius McInnis, who has done an outstanding job with this group over the years.  When diving...

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Combine Academy vs Lake Norman Christian

In the game that everyone has been eagerly anticipating all year, Lake Norman Christian traveled to Lincolnton to take on Combine Academy on Tuesday night. With two of the top rated sophomores in the nation, the basketball community wanted to see Mikey Williams vs Robert Dillingham. While these two young prospects were the headline, each team was filled with several talented players and coaches...

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2022 Phenom Rankings: The shot blockers you need to know

College coaches certainly love big or prospects that can make a difference on the offensive end but they certainly don't mind having a player that can make an impact on defense, erasing opponents' opportunities to score by blocking shots. In the class of 2022, there are multiple names that could be found on the updated Phenom Hoops rankings that can help man or eliminate those scoring opportunities. There are just five guys that you will want to know.

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Combine Academy vs The Burlington School: Game Recap

On Saturday afternoon, Phenom Hoops traveled to Lincolnton to watch Combine Academy take on The Burlington School. TBS was facing a nationally ranked Combine Academy for their second game in two days after getting a close road win Friday night at South Granville. The first half was a defensive battle. Both teams were doing a really good job of pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers. Robert...

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Word of God Takes Down Combine Academy

In a matchup of two of the top teams in the state, Combine Academy travelled to Raleigh to take on Word of God. The anticipation and hype surrounding this game was real. Combine won the first meeting by four points on November 20th at Combine. You knew both teams would be ready. Each have played a national schedule and have notable wins on their resume. The ball was tipped and from then on out,...

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Holiday Classic: Moravian Prep vs. Combine Academy (Recap/Standouts)

It was the final game on Monday night, with two familiar opponents battling each other out once again in Combine Academy and Moravian Prep.  We knew the energy was going to be high in this one and it certainly was, led by their coaches. Moravian Prep came out a little heat and a chip on their shoulders, as they really played hard and looked to be physical on both sides of the floor, which...

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Battle at the Rock – Saturday Session 2 Standouts

Game 1           Combine Academy 76          Blythewood 45 Robert Dillingham    6’2       2023    (Combine Academy) Every single time Dillingham steps on the floor, he is nothing short of electric. The quick, shifty guard is a big-time shot maker who can get going at any moment. He has a unique ability to create off the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Battle at the Rock (Day 2)

2021 Bryce McGowens (LEC): McGowens looked strong once again, showing his full arsenal from the perimeter like he has shown countless times but also getting to the rack.  His blend of length, skillset, and versatility on the floor is highly impressive. 2021 Tay Burton (Byrnes): Though he was undersized, Burton played extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He had to go up against bigger...

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T-Lew’s Takeaways

Top Leaders  Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) – Strong / physical guard. He has done a tremendous job leading the way for Coach Wright and Liberty Heights. He has shown the ability to really lead a team. The guard is extremely explosive and I have yet to see anyone keep him out the lane.   Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School) – It is amazing to me that no Division 1 school has...

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Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy (Part II)

It is getting close to that time of the year, where Phenom Hoops hits the road to check out teams and get an early glimpse of the talent around the area. We first started out heading to Lincolnton, to check in on Jeff McInnis and Combine Academy who is loaded once again.

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Defensive Difference Makers

Defensive Difference Makers  There’s an old saying, “Offense sells the tickets, defense wins the game.” No matter the level, defense is the name of the game. When speaking to college coaches, one of the biggest questions we get as basketball scouts concerning a prospect is, ” Who can they defend?” In addition, we often hear players will play at the level they can defend. That being...

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North Mecklenburg Advances to NCHSAA 4A Regional Final

North Mecklenburg Advances to NCHSAA 4A Regional Final  It was a repeat performance for North Mecklenburg in the NCHSAA 4A Sectional Final. The season started with a 79-55 win over Independence, and North Mecklenburg once again posted an almost identical 77-54 win to advance to the NCHSAA 4A Regional Final against Olympic. North Mecklenburg jumped out to a 20-15 first quarter lead and never...

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If you Can Defend, You Can Play: HS Jamboree Session I

If you have come to a Phenom Exposure Camp this Fall, you have heard Rick Lewis talk about, "you can play at the level you can defend". At Saturday's 7th Annual Phenom's High School Jamboree there were a few defenders who would be classified as "special".

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Afternoon Standouts at Phenom HS Jamboree

6’5 ’21 Mike Dudley (United Faith) United Faith always possesses a ton of talent, but Dudley might be the most enticing of their current group. He checks so many boxes, from size to shooting to athleticism, and should only continue to get better. Dudley is so smooth that he’s able to actively toggle between being a primary offensive option and scoring as needed. He could really take off this...

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Elon Elite Camp’s Super Six and More

Phenom Hoop Report travelled to Elon University to cover the inaugural Elite Camp under first year head coach Mike Schrage. Elon’s staff of  Jonathan Holmes, Mark Adams, Allen Payne, Tyler Lewis and Josh Pierre did a remarkable job of putting together an excellent roster of talent. In addition, the camp was well organized and scout friendly as the players participated in stations, skill...

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What to Watch For… Phenom’s Summer Havoc LIVE — Mid-Major Watch

Every year July allows players to break out … Players who have all the tools, who have the size, the touch, the explosion, the skill set to play at a high level, but for whatever reason have been late bloomers or fallen under the proverbial radar. Phenom’s Summer Havoc LIVE is notorious for these Summer Blow Ups as it has been the stage where the likes of Aaron Nesmith picked up 20 offers and...

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On the Rise: North Carolina’s Class of 2021 (Part Two)

Yesterday, we took a closer look at some of the most underrated scholarship-worthy players within North Carolina’s Class of 2020. Now, we will highlight a variety of different guys in North Carolina’s Class of 2021 that have made a strong impression over these last two months… (Read Part One) 6’7 ’21 Omarion Bodrick (Independence) Everyone across the entire state should already be all-in...

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Final Thoughts from the #NCHSAALivePeriod

The new NCAA Live Period blew past all expectations and, most importantly provided a platform for a vast amount of talent to be displayed in front of dozens of college programs, but there are always improvements to be made in the future. Charlotte, North Carolina- What Year one did was brought in a lot of exposure, and offered the states best a legitimate chance to hoop in front of college...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Team Camp (Part Three)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Queens University for our annual June team camp, which featured an incredible amount of talent from various different pockets of the region. College coaches were in the building and kids got seen by a variety of different programs at the D2, D3, and JUCO levels. This article will take a closer look at some of the most impressive performers from over...

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Phenom Team Camp: Day 3 Standouts

By: Julia Funderburk Kheni Briggs (6’4, c/o 2022)—Briggs dominated at the Phenom Hoops JMAC Showcase at the beginning of the month and hasn’t stopped rolling since.  A force to be reckoned with in the paint, the rising sophomore for the A.L. Brown Wonders scored 16 in his first game of the day against Independence High.  His second half sparked a solid run to put the Wonders back on top after...

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#PhenomTeamCamp: Miles Late Night/Early Day Standouts

6’8 2020 Josh Hall: Moravian Prep (NC) Hall has established himself as one of the best prospects in the entire country.  He possesses an unbelievable set of tools with his three point range, overall fluidity, size, length, and athleticism that allow him to be a dominant player at the high school level.  He’s an incredibly dangerous spot up shooter, doing a great job moving without the ball,...

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