PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Bendel’s Best: City of Oaks Classic

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled to North Raleigh Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina for a five-game slate of high-level basketball. There was so much talent in the gym, both in terms of teams and individuals, which made for an incredibly competitive atmosphere from start to finish. This event proved to be a great tune-up and overall litmus test just before things start to heat up in...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Hoops’ City of Oaks Classic

6’0 ’21 Jamarii Thomas (Piedmont Classical) Although the newest addition to this roster, it’s easy to see that Thomas is a large part of the heart and soul for this Piedmont Classical squad. His quickness, toughness, and rugged mentality are evident on every possession. Thomas gets downhill whenever he desires and possesses a certain tenacity and ferocity that separates him from other similar...

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Durham Academy v. Village Christian Game Recap

The third game of Phenom Hoops’ City of Oaks Classic was another incredibly tight, neck-and-neck contest between the Durham Academy Cavaliers and Village Christian Knights. It opened up in favor of the Cavaliers behind the play of Cole Sinclair and Toby Harris. However, the Knights quickly turned things around through the leadership of sheer dominance of Zavian McLean. Village Christian held...

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Hoops and Dreams Showcase Day 1 Standouts and Storylines

The Hoops and Dreams Showcase is one of the best atmospheres of any event held in North Carolina, throughout the basketball calendar. MaxPreps called the Hoops and Dreams Showcase one of the Must-See events of the 2019-20 calendar year, and Day 1 lived up to all of that.

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Evening Standouts at Hoops and Dreams

6’2 ’20 Jajuan Carr (Pender) Regardless of setting, Carr always seems to rise to the occasion and lead by example on both ends of the floor. He’s easily one of the smartest and toughest floor generals across the entire state. Carr handles the ball with poise, creates for himself and others, scores on all three levels with efficiency, and sets the tone extremely well on defense. He rebounds as...

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Phenom Hoops’ Thursday’s Open Gym Tour

We started the day off bright and early in Burlington, North Carolina to check out The Burlington School. Fresh on a Wednesday night practice which saw the likes of Virginia, Penn State, and Louisville in the gym alongside High Point, we caught the 6:15 AM practice. Still, with coaches along the sideline, Wofford sent 2, Mount Olive and UMBC all in attendance, we watched them get after it. The...

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Poised to Breakout: North Carolina’s Class of 2020

We’ve finally reached July, which is when travel basketball goes up another notch and can truly change the lives of these young prospects. There are numerous players that we feel are underrated within the state, but just on the brink of blowing up. This article will take a closer look at five guys (with varying offers) that should be regarded as definite Division I prospects.   6’0 ’20...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Team Camp Session II

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina for Session II of our Phenom Team Camp. Both sessions were absolutely overflowing with talent, even with other noteworthy events taking place within the Carolinas. This article will take a closer look at some of the most impressive standouts across the three days….   6’4 ’20 Zavian McLean (Village Christian) There should...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Team Camp Session II

6’4 ’20 Zavian McLean (Village Christian) In short, McLean has been hands-down the most impressive performer in attendance at Session II of Phenom Team Camp. He was the clear leader and tone-setter on both ends of the floor, scoring, rebounding, setting up others, and doing everything defensively. McLean is very smart and incredibly efficient with his touches on offense, which led to consistent...

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Coach Rick’s Phenom High School Team Camp Session 2 Day 2

Coach Rick’s Phenom High School Team Camp Session 2 Day 2    6’4 2020 Zavian McLean (Village Christian) It was another productive day for the 6’4 2020 Zavian McLean. We’re talking about an all-purpose player that does a little bit of everything well. The southpaw can score from all three levels, entertain the crowd with thunderous dunks, and make plays for his...

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Underrated and Scholarship-Worthy (Part Two)

Yesterday, we introduced our “Underrated and Scholarship-Worthy” series, which took a closer look at a variety of deserving prospects. Today’s article will do the same thing, highlighting scholarship-worthy guys that currently do not hold offers. College coaches should certainly take the following prospects seriously, as each of them could become a major contributor at the next level…   6’7...

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Phenom’s North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 11

Team 11 Coach: Obe Gray   #12:5’11 ’20 Treyden Williams (North Mecklenburg) Starting things off, we look at a player that showcases a lot of toughness to pair with his extremely well-rounded skillset, Treyden Williams. He’s a smart, wiry point guard prospect that offers an excellent balance between scoring, playmaking, and defense. Williams doesn’t possess true size, but has the necessary...

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Brandon’s Big Time Ballers Pt 2: NC Top 80

The prestigious NC Top 80 has hosted the top talent in all of the Hoop State the last several years, this years edition didn’t disappoint. Greensboro, North Carolina- Phenom Hoops NC Top 80 camp is unique in it’s own right, due mostly in part to the amass of talent assembled together under one roof for competition. This camp provides coaches, media and, spectators alike an...

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#NCTop80: Miles Magical Five Possible Summer Breakouts

Every year in the HoopState there are always a handful of players that breakout on the summer ball circuit.  Last year guys like Caleb Mills (Houston/Asheville Christian) and Kadin Shedrick (Virginia/Holly Springs) saw their recruiting profile grow in an almost unimaginable way.  Here are some potential guys that can see a similar breakout summer with their respective AAU Teams. #94 6’7...

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Evening Standouts at Phenom’s Porter Gaud Holiday Classic

Village Christian: 6’1 ’19 Travion McCray It should come as no surprise by now, but McCray is an absolute dog that makes winning plays on both ends of the floor. He’s strong, tough, and does a great job of creating scoring chances for his teammates. McCray is able to get by most opponents and finish strong around the basket, but can also knock down perimeter jumpers whenever necessary. His...

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Porter Gaud Holiday Classic Friday Afternoon Standouts

There’s nothing like spending time in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina and to make it even more enjoyable than to cover the Porter Gaud Holiday Classic presented by Phenom Hoop Report. Fort Dorchester (SC), Trinity Byrnes (SC), United Faith (NC), Greenville Charter (SC), Legacy Charter (SC), Village Christian (NC) Goose Creek (SC), Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach (SC), Porter...

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Jamie’s List of Five — Hoops and Dreams Showcase

6’3” 2020 Zavian McLean Village Christian (Fayetteville, NC) McLean had one of the better weekends a player could have. Going head on against a pair of top 50 teams, McLean was awarded the MVP of both games. He is a hyper athletic 2-way wing who showcased the ability to both defend the perimeter and create offense. He scored the ball at each level and was a deciding factor down the stretch. This...

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Coach Rick’s Top Ten Performances from the Hoops and Dreams

The Second Annual Hoops and Dreams was filled with quality and nationally ranked teams and players. To put it mildly, there was an over abundance of talent. While some of the bigger named players did what big time players should do, there was also a list of players that used the Hoop and Dreams platform to elevate their recruitment and stock. Today, we want to take a closer look at the players...

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#HoopsDreams910: Storylines to Follow (Mid-Day Slate)

Independence Is Is THE Best Defense in NC Led by 6’6 Matt Smith (Murray St Signee), 6’3 AJ McKee (Queens Signee), and 6’6 Tyler Harris Independence is one of the most tenacious and versatile high school teams I’ve ever seen on the defensive end.  It’s clear that everybody on the team is completely dedicated to that aspect of the game and it’s obviously a huge...

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Player Standouts at Phenom’s Hoops and Dreams Showcase

Player Standouts at Hoops and Dreams   Freedom Christian 6’5 ’19 Brandon Murray The wing prospect was arguably the most consistent two-way performer for Freedom Christian, given his scrappiness on defense and ability to apply scoring pressure from all three levels. Murray is known for his shooting, but his penetrating and finishing was actually his most reliable scoring avenue for most of...

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Kevin’s Fab 5 Phenom’s High School Jamboree Session 2

Kevin’s Fab 5 Phenom’s High School Jamboree Session 2   6’3 2019 Quest Aldridge (Mt Tabor) Quest has a high basketball IQ seeing the play before it happens has such a calm demeanor about him never got rattled made everyone around him better and shot lights out.  He had good bounce, burst and balanced floor game displayed consistent shot making from mid-range and beyond the three-point line....

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Player Standouts at Phenom High School Jamboree Session 2 (Morning Session)

Mount Tabor 6’6 ’20 Jakob Moore The big man plays a vital role to this team, given his status as their main interior presence on both sides of the ball. He’s big, strong, and understands how to properly utilize his body to clear out space around the basket for finishes and rebounds. Moore is a team-first guy and it’s evident in his blue-collar role for Mount Tabor. The lefty also showed the...

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