PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Coming on the scene: Names to Watch in NC after #PhenomFallFinale

Another event in the books and many of the names we have seen countless times but it also provided us some guys that we haven't seen before, or it has been a while since we last watched them. These players impressed us on the court this last weekend in Rock Hill and we are looking for them to make a bigger name in the state this upcoming season.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts

6’8 Trey Ramsey of Carolina Riptide 2022 is a very intriguing prospect with a lot of potential. He has a unique combination of length, height, and skillset that allows him to be very productive on both ends of the floor. He has a great touch to go along with good footwork that makes it easy for him to score in the paint. He has the ability to also stretch the floor with his ability to shoot it...

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10th Grade ACC Bracket: Team EAT caps off weekend with title

Final: Team EAT 77 – Watch Us Work Premier 74 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts.  Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event.  Let’s take a look at how the game went down. Two very talented and young teams, they both came out with something on their mind. Team EAT was able to secure the halftime...

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10th Grade ACC Bracket: NC Nets takes down Triangle Heat in championship

Final: NC Nets 76 – Triangle Heat 68 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts.  Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event.  Let’s take a look at how the game went down. It was one of tthe last games but the competition continued til the final seconds. These two teams were tied at 36 at the end of the...

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7th Grade Bracket: Team Loaded NC 2027 takes home the title

Final: Team Loaded NC 2027 62 – NC Gaters 30 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts.  Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event.  Let’s take a look at how the game went down. Team Loaded NC 2027 came in and were ready to show what they could do and that they did, rolling over the NC Gaters and taking...

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9th Grade Bracket: East Carolina Elite 2024 squeezes out win

Final: East Carolina Elite 2024 63 – NC Rim Runners 62 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts.  Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event.  Let’s take a look at how the game went down. This may have been the closes battle we had in the championship game as we went back and forth until the final...

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11th Grade Big East Bracket: Carolina Riptide 2022 showcases offensive power

Final: Carolina Riptide 2022 81 – Twin Hoops 56 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts.  Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event.  Let’s take a look at how the game went down. These were one of two Carolina Riptide teams in the championship game and the 2022 squad made it known they were coming for...

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Varsity Big East Bracket: Carolina Riptide holds on for title

Final: Carolina Riptide 55 – VA Havoc Roa 50 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts.  Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event.  Let’s take a look at how the game went down. Playing on the arena court, these two teams traded blows back and forth, with much of this game being a single-digit...

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10th Grade SEC Championship: Nitro 2023 earns the hardware

Final: Nitro 2023 51 – Team Thrill 45 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts.  Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event.  Let’s take a look at how the game went down. Both teams came to compete and that they did. They left it alll out there on the court but only one could take home the hardware. It...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Fall Finale

6’7 ’21 Toby Harris (Durham Hurricanes) After a fairly dominant summer season, Harris entered our Fall Finale with a completely new collection of teammates and didn’t skip a beat. Whether in a role or tasked with being a focal point, he always delivered. Harris offered his usual amount of all-around offensive savvy and efficiency while showing his ability to effectively contribute in all facets...

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8th Grade Bracket: Team Heat 2025 pulls out the win

Final: Team Heat Elite 61 – Bull City Nets 2025 56 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts. Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event. Let’s take a look at how the game went down. It was a classic battle between two young programs looking for a little recognition and bragging rights. Neither team was...

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ACC 11th Grade Bracket: Charlotte Guards secure championship

Final: Charlotte Guards 78 – Upward Stars 704 63 Championship Sunday was upon us at the Fall Finale and the competition was off the charts. Teams came to compete and looking to take home some hardware from the event. Let’s take a look at how the game went down. The Charlotte Guards and Upward Stars 704 matched up, with the Guards coming out strong with a balanced offensive attack,...

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Dawkins’ Championship Sunday standouts

Lewis Walker By: DeAjai Dawkins 2025 Jamier Rice (Durham Hurricanes) I love when I get the opportunity to watch point guards that operate years ahead of their respective age group. It’s one thing to see this quality in wings & big men, but a guard playing with an older mentality usually means that they have a set of traits they perform at an elite level. Jamier Rice possesses an elite set of...

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Varsity ACC Bracket: Bull City Prep caps off weekend with championship

FinalBull City Charlotte 87 – Team Dawgs 77 It was an offensive game in the first half, as Bull City Prep flexed their muscles and were able to get out to a double-digit lead.  Leading 46-34, Bull City was led by Treyvon Byrd who simply went off in the first half scoring all over the court, while LJ Thomas helped chipped in on the scoring.  Sam Perez played a strong first half as well...

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Traditional Throwbacks

Recently our news feeds are full of high clip shot takers, dunk makers, and human highlight films.  Big names are fun to watch and follow, they’re what most everyone talks about because they have the views and can fare. However, do those players play within the game, and will their teams to win games, do they make their teams better, are they making selfless plays or shoot at a high percentage?...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: #PhenomFallFinale (Day 1, Part 3)

2022 Gabe Proctor (Papa Pete’s): You have to love how this kid plays on the court with, especially the confidence that oozes out of him when he is knocking down shots and feeling it.  He did that once again, showing his range and floater consistently all game long. 2022 6’6 Noah Ross (Tion Burton): Ross is a long, high IQ, smooth type prospect that is showing more than his range and aggressively...

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Dawkins’ Best Freshmen from Saturday

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2024 Brayden Crump (NC Rim Runners)  Brayden Crump is a tough interior threat with budding confidence and scoring prowess around the rim. Crump was virtually unstoppable on the boards, securing rebounds on both ends of the floor and showcasing an ability to get second chance points at a consistent rate. At 6’7, his current frame allows him to be the tallest player in most...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts #PhenomFallFinale

6’6 Caleb Lominac of NLPB 803 is such a strong wing and uses his strength and athleticism to be relentless in the paint. He attacks the rim hard, creates contact, and finishes consistently. He rebounds very well for his size and has the IQ and handling ability to push the break and make good decisions. He has a great touch on his jumper that allows him to be a good shooter off the catch. He...

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Evening Standouts at Phenom Fall Finale

6’4 ’21 Trent Lose (SBC) There are many useful players on this South Mecklenburg roster, and Lose’s glue-guy identity is extremely reliable on both sides of the ball. He’s a big, strong-bodied wing prospect with the tools to consistently affect all facets of the game. Lose offers shooting, defense, rebounding, secondary ball-handling, and actively fills in the gaps however possible. 6’7 ’21...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Early Standouts at Fall Finale

7’0 Micah Handlogten of Upward Stars 704 has a unique blend of size, skill, and mobility that can translate into becoming a really good player. At 7’0 feet tall, he runs the floor very well and has a great motor that allows him to get easy points in transition. He has a really good shooting stroke that allows him to stretch the floor and knock down the three; he will be a great pick and pop...

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Early Standouts at Phenom Fall Finale

6’4 ’22 Zanje Lee (Bull City Prep) Bull City Prep is simply loaded with talent, but Lee is arguably as valuable as anyone on the roster. His ability to make a constant impact within the flow of the team makes him incredibly useful, especially as a cutter, rebounder, and all-around defender. Lee is great in transition and makes consistently smart decisions with the ball in his hands.  6’1...

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